Introversion

I have always been an introvert.  With all the events that have gone on in my life in the last year, I am almost bordering on agoraphobia.  Other than work and trips to the grocery store, I am perfectly content to stay at home.   Savoring that time alone, I indulge in reading, crafts, and spending time online.  I have to make a conscious effort to leave the house and it is frequently difficult.  I have turned down invitations, backed out of trips, and missed time with friends....more

Boundaries

Part of my plan for savoring life has to include boundaries.  In order to enjoy my year, I have to erect boundaries (or walls) keeping out those who wish me ill or just bring such toxicity with them, that if discolors all around them.  As I have said before, this is extremely difficult for me as I tend to believe that deep down, everyone is good. The truth is, deep down, there is good in everyone.  However, that good does not always surface or is aimed in your direction....more

Savoring Life

Too often, we get wrapped up in the minutiae of every day life.  There are a million little things every day that make life special. The other day, I woke up to a special gift.  As I started my day, I went to turn on my laptop.  Sitting on the keyboard was a bag of cotton candy.  I am a cotton candy addict!  The night before, my son had gone to the store and picked up a bag, just to put a smile on my face.  It worked! This is a little thing that, in reality, was a huge thing....more

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