I used to enjoy drama in my life. No, let me be honest: I used to actually seek and attract drama, like confrontation in work situations. Now? I consider stepping away from drama in my life as self care. Taking care of the home your soul lives in is just as important as taking care [...]
Motherhood. The word that best describes motherhood for me is bountiful. bountiful |ˈbountəfəl|- adjective, large in quantity; abundant Everything about mothering is abundant. Think about it: the abundance of microscopic cells creating a tiny human. The abundance of energy it takes to press through that last month of pregnancy or the stretch of patience leading [...]
I have lots of post-its scattered around my house with encouraging phrases and verses that remind me to “practice peace” and “ramp up my love walk”. Thank goodness my husband loves me because when I am really going through a challenge, the post-its run rampant throughout our home. On the kitchen cabinets. In the bathroom. [...]
Spring has supposedly sprung. The clock has moved forward and the calendar already announced the first day of Spring, yet behind the walls of my house I wait. By the end of February, I am usually crawling out of my skin, anticipating stormy days and crisp fresh air, which inevitably brings sunny skies and new [...]
Is it possible to be healthy and happy at the same time? Is it beneficial to trudge along in life, perpetually lacking a cheerful saunter in your step? How would you like to bring the attitude of “smooth sailing” to your world in every way: mentally, physically, and emotionally? “Living Happier and Healthier Lives,” a [...]
I found an old book published in the 1930’s at my grandmother’s house. The tattered ends and fading cover shined out from the stack of well-loved literature. I was giddy with excitement to bring it home, but hesitated displaying it , wondering if the book would compliment our décor. Reasoning that I did not have [...]
Spending time with a creative mentor has magical results. I have always had an interest in photography and when my clients started asking me to capture images of their staff and the interior of their boutiques, I jumped at the chance to add this visual option to my list of services. I researched taking photography [...]
I often think of “then” as a more relaxed and less chaotic time, one of whimsical memories and frequent impromptu trips to warm destinations. At thoughtless impulse I made frivolous purchases, not thinking beyond the needs of myself. “Then” meant I could be fancy free, tireless and full of energy. Bouncing back from a late [...]
The author of over twenty works of fiction in a variety of genres, Travis Thrasher has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, and pastors. His stories all feature broken characters on journeys toward redemption. From the moment I met Travis Thrasher, I could see his enthusiasm for writing and a genuine support for newbie writers. Tell our [...]
At the end of the day, I usually want to be alone. Detached with my thoughts and free from arms tugging at me. I got into this mindset that the night time was “me time”, but recently I realized there was someone else still awake and ready for time with me. My husband. Yes, self-care [...]
I struggle with an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to self-care. Now with everyone else in my life, of course, I am a pillar of encouragement to take 5 minutes a day plucking your brows, paging through a magazine, staring at a wall…However, there always seems to be a deep rooted twinge of [...]
Black Friday is no longer my go-to day to for gifts. Small Business Saturday, an initiative to support small shops and boutiques during the holiday season, has now become my favorite way to pay homage to local business owners. But what about the online small business owner? The business owner who doesn’t necessarily have a [...]
“It’s all downhill from here.” A stranger muttered these words to me in line at our local big box about the looming holiday season. I nodded my head in agreement, swept up in the moment of this person’s unhappiness. And I’ll admit it. I momentarily adopted the mindset of frustration with the retail world and [...]
I never knew a teeny tiny cell could cause so much disruption in my life. Today, I spent the day sitting on the couch with a sore throat, throbbing brain and aching back. I never get sick. As my tiny “nurses” served me chicken soup and brought me Oolong tea, I thought back to when [...]
My mother was a natural at being domestic. Her homemade chocolate cookies – the crème de la crème, lasanga – savory and even better as a leftover, our whites – whiter than white, my father’s dress shirts – stiffly starched and perfectly pressed. Yet there was one area, in my young opinion, where my mother [...]
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Cast as the exotic Amazonian Vampire, Zafrina, in Twighlight: Breaking Dawn, Judi Shekoni is not only a stunning performer but a supportive life coach and clever entrepreneur. ATG had the opportunity to chat with Judi about her love of literature and her lawless approach to acting. Besides being an eclectic artist, tell us three things [...]
Nourishment. There are several levels in which I keep myself physically, spiritually and mentally healthy. I consider self-care and spiritual nourishment to be at the top of my list and tend to neglect being flexible in one area when conditions aren’t perfect. Sustenance. Last month, I scoured my cook book library for savory dinners and [...]
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