It’s another glorious morning.  The sun is shining bright.  The petunias are in their full bloom – the blues, purples and lilacs waving in the sunlight.  Not wanting to be over-shadowed, the roses are strutting their stuff....more


 I’m having a pretty good day today. It’s funny to me how small the difference can be between a good day and a not so good day. Sometimes I just wake up feeling mostly happy and that just hangs on. I’m a touch frustrated, though, because I don’t really know what to write. Some days I can write for hours. Other days I spend hours trying to write....more

When Too Much Self-Help Can Lead To Self-Destruction

I am a self-help junkie, but lately, I am starting to realize this is not necessarily a good thing. See, I am also a perfectionist. Well, a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist. I struggle daily with perfection and letting go of it.per·fec·tion noun 1. the state or quality of being or becoming perfect. 2. the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art. 3. a perfect embodiment or example of something....more

Why American Women Hate Their Faces and What They Could Learn From the Brits

One cannot watch the Oscars -- or any grand Hollywood event -- and not be swept up in the fashion, the pageantry, the suspense, the... cringe-worthy sport of seeing just which aging actress has ruined her face.Seriously, I sit and watch these things and wonder out loud: "Why do American women hate their faces so much?" Because they must, right? They would have to be filled with such loathing to make the inexplicable decision to take what we typically call our "calling cards" -- our faces -- and mutilate them to the degree so many do....more


BlogHer – NaBloPoMoTuesday, March 4, 2013 How is your writing voice like you? How does your writing voice differ from you?~~~~~~~~My writing voice is mostly simple; like me, yet, when I let ‘self’ go, and the writing take over, it flows smoothly. I can write for hours as the emotions, feelings, and thoughts just keep flowing.Unlike me, my writing voice is not concerned with perfection; the words just flow.Debra Mauldin, Blogger, Writer, and Certified Aromatherapist...more

Putting on the pressure

Inspired by NaBloPoMo writing prompt for Monday, January 27, 2014: What puts more pressure on you: time constraints or achieving perfection? Those who know me well probably won't be too surprised to read this, but I'd have to say that while both time constraints and achieving perfection are pressure-causing situations, the quest for perfection tends to be a bit more of an issue for me. ...more

Perfection is Bogus

Honestly, the idea of perfection is bogus. If I thought I was the perfect anything I would stop learning, perfecting, and evolving in my roles at home and at work. I can strive to be the best in all that I do but I will never truly be perfect. There is always something new to master. I would also imagine that perfection is boring, static. You are at the top so there is no where else to go.  ...more

What is the Perfect Holiday?

Stress and the Perfect Holiday?

Stressed from trying to recreate a perfect holiday?You’re not alone!...more

Waiting for the "Perfect" Tea Party

I have two grand daughters.They love to have tea parties.They love to have tea parties with their Honey.While  here at Christmas, I promised Rosalyn I would “have her over for tea”….and she doesn’t forget a thing....more