Financial Health

On this Frugal Friday, let us close out the week of self-care with a quick look at financial self-care....more

Your Spiritual Self

Allow me to preface this post by saying I am not a huge fan of organized religion.  In my lifetime, I have noticed the distinct trend of people who most loudly proclaim and publish their church attendance and their personal holiness as being those same people who are mostly likely to betray, stab their fellow man in the back, and use that same religion to judge and belittle other people.  That is not my personal opinion of a spiritual being. Most religions, whether Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or Wicca, hold the same premise of the Golden Rule....more

Emotional Care

Yesterday, I spoke on physical self-care.  Honestly, I believe that the physical aspect is probably the easiest to improve and manage.  Emotional self-care is more difficult by far. Taking care of yourself emotionally means making some difficult choices.  Is everyone in your life healthy for you?  Are there toxic people or relationships that really need to go?  We all seem to have that friend who disguises a slam as "just trying to help" or "thought you would want to know". Actually, no....more

Self-Care

You have heard it before.  "You can't take care of someone else until you take care of yourself."  How many times have you answered that statement with "Yeah, right!"?  Exactly. There are just as many aspects of self-care as there are to one's personality.  The self-care can be emotional, physical, spiritual, financial or any other aspect of life....more

Silly Little Things

Resolutions tend to be major changes or life events.  I know my resolution is and so are those of some of my friends.  I also have some silly little ones that I work toward on a continuing basis.  Allow me to share a few of them. I'm slowly replacing my lingerie with matching sets.  Yes, I realize that those are the women who die in horror movies; but I want to feel pretty, even when it's covered by a hoodie and jeans!...more

Supporting the Arts

This Frugal Friday, I am asking you to actually spend a little money.  It does not have to be a lot...you may even be able to find a free event in your area. In honor of the artists lost in Paris, take time this weekend to support your local artists.  Visit a museum, buy a book by a local writer, or attend a performance by local dancers.  The journalists and cartoonists in Paris died for their art, their passion, and their belief in the freedom of the press....more

A Poet's Soul

I am blessed to have a friend who is a poet.  I admire her art, her ability to express herself, and her openness in sharing herself.  I, personally, do not have the grace she possesses.  I admire it from afar and am grateful to have such beauty in my proximity. I have observed that her poet's soul feels things deeply.  With the tragedy at Charlie Hebdo, she was devastated; not only for the loss of life, but for the loss of the art and the artists....more

Into The Ether

When I write, the words are mine as I am writing them.  Once I hit that publish button, they no longer are in my personal possession.  Each word becomes the property of the reader, and each reader endows them with their own experience and spin. In the past, I have had readers who were convinced I had written about them when, in truth, I had not. It upset me at first, but it also taught me a valuable lesson.  I am not responsible for the perception of others....more

The Power of the Pen

ast week, we received a horrific reminder of the power of the pen.  My heart breaks for the families of the cartoonists, editors, and writers of Charlie Hebdo.  The deliberate assassination of journalists strikes at the very core of any democracy whether here in the United States or in France.   Along with the power of the pen comes the knowledge that such freedom bears a price.  The staff of Charlie Hebdo knew the risk they had taken as evidenced by the police guard present in that editorial meeting....more

How Are We Doing?

How are we doing this Frugal Friday?...more