Food For Thought

Use Your Attention Wisely

Food For Thought

What Are YOU Inviting Yourself to Experience?

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How will YOU answer that question?

Today, the sun is shining the allergens are low and I am sitting in the sun.

Today, I made time for Art Therapy with my group via Zoom, not something I’ve allowed myself for a few weeks.

Today I invite myself to embrace my child-like joy.

Today I invite myself to BE IN THIS MOMENT.

Today I invite myself to Dance, without judgement.

Today I invite myself to Breath with ease.

Today I invite myself to be FREE: of judgement, guilt, and the “shoulds”

Today I invite myself to laugh and smile for NO REASON.

What will YOU invite yourself to do?

#possibilities #openandbrave

Random Thoughts

Im Searching for…Patience

“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.”
–Saint Francis de Sales

Other Blogs · Personal Growth

Why Do You Blog?

By Dr. Perry

This popped up in my WORDPRESS feed at the right time: I’m coming up on my 1-year anniversary for my Blog and considering if it’s serving a purpose, for others, for me.

I started my blog as a companion to the Facebook Page I was trying to grow into a community of support for people searching for purpose, interested in growing, and wanting to set and accomplish goals.
Admittedly, the first month I thought I’d lost my mind. Thinking I could set up and contribute regularly to a webpage was overwhelming. Though I’d read Blog posts before and enjoyed them, the thought of having a Blog of my own was (and still is) terrifying. I’m great one-to-one, but putting my self “out there” into the world still scares me.
Friends (most of whom don’t even follow my page!) kept encouraging me that I had something worth sharing.

The biggest reward for me is starring down my fear and putting myself out “there”, wherever that is.

I have a few followers and have received very little feedback, so that side has not yet felt like a reward. However, each time I share some aspect of myself or something that interests me… my fear lessens and I’m more empowered.
The reward is personal: recognizing my voice and accepting that my voice matters, if only to me.

Thanks, Dr. Perry, for your Blog post. This actually made me feel MORE committed to my Blog. I was considering giving it up, but now I see it is fulfilling a purpose: It’s ok if the purpose is me!

Personal Growth · Random Thoughts

Dealing with Grief

I admit this is jarring. I would even call it ugly. It’s how I feel.

I am drowning in sadness today. Today it is just too much. There is too much pain… and it is ugly and dark and angry and even scary.

I am at the bottom,

Pain chokes my soul.

Tears I want to shed won’t come.

The Tears won’t fall,

Choking me.

Cracking apart.

Screams stick in my throat.

The pain won’t come out.

Today is a hard day. I know it will pass, but today is still here.


Random Thoughts

My Life Story (Humor)

Random Thoughts

Social Distancing on a beautiful Day

Me social distancing 😁

Taking a walk with beloved teen and crazy dog. 💕

As always, I love outside. New to me: outside is not always kind to me… finding balance in all things.

#allergictooutside #asthma #balance #gratitude #lovesunshine #openandbrave

Food For Thought

Searching for Motivation and Meaning

I always start my day TRYING to focus on Gratitude. For I’m a firm believer that no matter how lost I feel, there is always SOMETHING to be grateful for.

I was looking at the gallery for my daily gratitude journal (I use the Five Minute Journal App), and realized how many quotes there were. Some weeks are more pictures, others quotes. This week has been heavy on the quotes.

What I see: I’m searching for inspiration. Things that make me laugh, think, find gratitude, or motivate me.

We’ve been in quarantine/social distancing mode since mid-March. It’s getting harder. I miss people. I miss interactions. I miss all the weird, funny, crazy that comes from BEING out in the world.

I don’t know how long it’s been for you. Maybe you’ve never been stuck at home because of your profession and long to be in my shoes. Maybe the social distancing experience is different for you because of your circumstances or personality.

Personally… I’m getting to the point of hysteria. I’m introverted, but I also like people. The first three weeks weren’t bad. I liked being cocooned at home with my family.

My daughter is thriving in this environment: she’s loving virtual schooling and has been successful at getting everything done. She’s happy to video chat with her friends and has little to no desire to go anywhere.

My husband is more stressed. He’s the one who works outside the home. He does the shopping and errands. He worries about me. I have asthma, so I’m higher risk for infection and he feels grateful that I work from home and prefers that I stay home.

Me: I’m wanting to be outside, on the rare nice day… but the allergies and asthma have forced me to stay in-doors. I miss seeing clients and caregivers. I miss interacting with the world.

In the meantime, I’m using my Art Journal as an outlet for expression and finding quotes to keep me inspired and motivated to keep moving forward.

The Five Minute Journal app by Intelligent Change has helped keep me positive and appreciate life more.

#gratitude #openandbrave

Food For Thought

Patriotic Not Political

My Quarantine 2020 Journal

I want to be clear: I am not making a political statement.

I am working on a #100daychallenge2020 using Art Journaling as a self-care measure and expression. This project is a way of keeping consistency during this time of Social Distancing, stress/anxiety relief, letting my experience of Art Lab Classes continue through trying new things, and letting the Art take me where it wants to.

So, on Thursday, I took a piece of an old book (bought at a library book sale) and I made it into something new by seeing what words “spoke” to me. The funny thing about this day’s project is this: the page is taken from a gardening book about different types of flora and fauna from an English garden. Yet from this gardening page came a sense of patriotic pride I didn’t even know I was feeling.

The words that popped out too me were: exquisite, kingdom, It’s name is America, the great. From these words the art took me to a place of honoring the ideas and beliefs our country was founded on: land of the Brave, home of Freedom, land of opportunity (which can lead to success).

Though this is not a Right vs. Left point if view piece, found myself feeling afraid of how others would view and judge it. I was afraid that others would SEE it as a statement of one view or the other. This made me realize that I needed to put it out there. I needed to share my feelings about it… and let others do the same however they need and want to.

I believe these statements to be true of America:

  • America IS Land of the Brave
  • America IS Home of Freedom
  • America IS the place where Successes ride on the tails of opportunities taken

Is America perfect? No. Are Americans the best people? Not always. Like any country, anywhere in the world, we have our flaws and our strengths, our great people/great minds, and our evil people/dirty minds.

I’m not casting aspersions on any other country. You may live in another country, and hopefully YOU are proud to be a citizen THERE. I hope that where-ever you live, you are proud to be a part of that country and community.

I’m not a proud of every American, I am proud to BE American. I’m grateful that I was born in a country founded on autonomy and freedom. Where we can be who we choose, and let others do the same. Where differences of opinion are allowed, if not necessarily accepted. A country where individuals have the freedom to take opportunities, or not. No one must stay where they start, nor does the government tell you who you are or what you must be.

Don’t miss understand, I am not saying everyone here lives their best life here. My own life has had its share of personal tragedy and setbacks, but I have a good life. I am not a millionaire. I’m not a captain of industry.

Even now… during quarantine and having sustained a severe second degree burn a week ago today that is driving me crazy, I am happy.

I have a good life:

  • I have a husband who loves and supports me
  • I have a daughter I love, who has far greater goals than I could ever have imagined for her or myself- and nothing stopping her from achieving them!
  • I have a home
  • I have a working car
  • I have plenty of food and clothes for my comfort
  • I have a job that challenges me
  • I have interests that I participate in

When I look at this list, I realize how grateful I am to be where I am. I’m not Rich or powerful. Then again, those were never my goals.

My life goals were to have a home, have a family, have a job where I help people. I have these things. Do I have everything I want? Heck, No. That’s what goals are for. To keep me striving, learning, growing!

In closing, this journal piece represents to me: opportunity, freedom, and bravery. The things I am always striving for❤️.

#possibilities #openandbrave

Personal Growth

Transformation Week

This post was from the first week of January 2019.

I way overslept and now I’m trying to get my day back on track
It will happen!

How do you rain-in your day when it’s gone off the rails?

#transformationweek #Hpxlife
Technically, Day 3 (video & worksheet post at 1pm PST)
I’m starting my day working on Day 2 exercises: Get Energy!
If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time!!! Go to to get logged in! It’s FREE!  #openandbrave

So yesterday was a bit crazy with catching up on my late start. However, I want to share how much I am learning and enjoying #transformationweek #hpxlife with Brendon Burchard and his wife, Denise!

Day 3 topic: self-discipline (an area I always can improve!)
Day 4 topic: productivity mind-set

I encourage anyone struggling with momentum, setting intentions, trying to figure out what you want… etc. to CHECK IT OUT! The worksheets really help get clarity.

Looking forward to Day 5!!!

**HPXLife with Brendon Burchard has just completed another Transformation Week! (June 2019) Check out for more upcoming dates. **