I read the most beautiful book this week. It has helped me get my groove back. I had decided last year as my business was failing that I would go back to school to be a chef (but it is hard … Continue reading IKIGAI; What is Your Purpose?
It instantly calmed my breath. My shoulders relaxed. A smile crept onto my face. My mind quieted. I’m no expert at meditation and my discipline in the world of exercise has something to be desired but I found an instantaneous … Continue reading 50 Things (replacing anxiety for peace)
And then they thought, “Why, we should be four. Four holds infinite love at its door.” But first there was one. She is our youngest daughter, Emily, and she is ever so much fun. Then there were two. And no … Continue reading What if There Were Four? (a joyful family tale)
Happiness. Happiness is one of those things that can elude as quickly as it comes. Particularly now that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is settling into our bones and spirits, are there ways to assure happiness? To establish a sort of … Continue reading 10 Ways to Be Happier
A fellow told me that I am the happiest person he has ever met. My husband is the happiest person I have ever met. We are a veritable roaming comedy team. But happiness and balance is something that we must work for every day. In this world of negativity and news stations we must protect ourselves, seek balance, and constantly be keepers of the light. The first day’s lesson in the Setting Yourself Free series is Releasing. Releasing Others: Here is an exercise for you. Walk through your life, view it like an old home video. You will see some … Continue reading Setting Yourself Free (Part 1- Release and Being a Keeper of Light)
More and more of my to-do lists include things that will make me happy. Instead of working myself to death over say, dishes, I want to include more day to day activities that bring a smile to my face. Like smelling the orange blossoms in my window. My daughter gave me this journal a few days ago. I love its cork-like cover and its simple but profound words. Do one thing every day that makes you happy. Enjoy a cocktail on the porch watching the sunset. Read a great book. Be with the ones you love. Take a walk. Indulge in … Continue reading Daily Bits of Happiness, Added Silliness, and If You Had No Fear…What Would Your Life Look Like?
Our homesteading school garners a lot of interest and folks of all walks of life are more and more interested in leaving the rat race and joining the simple life. Most people have a romanticized view of what homesteading looks like, but the good news is, most of those images are true. It is lovely to live so simply and to not worry as much and to have more freedom with time. We have a lot of people, friends and family, ask how to get to this point. How do you achieve the homestead? How do you get your own … Continue reading How To Become a Homesteader-Part 1- Finances
We went and visited our friends, Lisa, Lance, Brandon, and Brett, on their homestead. Maryjane is such a little animal lover and horse whisperer already. Her friend, Tuvia (Lisa and Lance’s grandson) was there to play with her and together they visited with cows, chickens, horses, and dogs. A farm girl in the works! The aftermath of the cold was sobering but not surprising. Everything in the cold frame was gone. I just received this cold frame as a barter for a class so I am still new to it. Should I have packed it with straw? Covered it with … Continue reading Photo Glimpse of Farm, Family, Life
1. Notice Something New in Nature Every Day. This could be while walking down a city sidewalk to work or in your own field of hay. Take a moment to smell the air, see the different colors that nature has painted … Continue reading Ten Secrets to Living a Simple and Enchanted Life
This is my favorite sculpture. It was created by Roxanne Swentzell. I could not bring the statue home but I was able to obtain this greeting card from her gallery in New Mexico and I keep it on my secretary. … Continue reading Face to the Sun (early crops and prayers)