Boxing Up My Worries

When you start any type of massive project, it’s best to break it up into steps.  At least that’s what my husband suggests to me, and it’s nice to be reminded.  Otherwise, I tend to over think and analyze what details I’m missing and fret over the enormity of the project.  I’ll hear, “BIG PROJECT!” and automatically list in my head the myriad number of things that need to be done and what could go wrong instead of right.  That seems terribly counterproductive....more

Value

Do you value yourself?  What I mean by that is do you value your time, your knowledge, and your presence?   Or are you the type of person who gives unceasingly?  Do you share your time and know-how with others without any thought that it is valuable?  Why do so many take that time and wisdom for granted? Your time has value.  I am not referring to the time spent at work; your employer actually compensates you for that time....more

Running Away to Home

Six months after our military separation, four months of collecting unemployment, all this time living with relatives, with only the baggage we carried on the flight from Germany MY HUSBAND HAS A JOB! This has been a long transition! We're still waiting, and in the process of waiting, I needed a break. Doing what any sensible adult female would do, I ran away from my father in law's home to my parents house. You can read all about my adventure in running away to home here:  http://thecaswellclan.blogspot.com/2015/04/running-away-to-home.html ...more

Motherhood… my early mid-life puberty

I had this thought the other day, in the shower of course, because that is the only place where all the other noise in life is drowned out… usually… anyway, this thought that the last time my hormones were this crazy and I was going through a major shift in my identity along with it was puberty. That was over 20 years ago for me, so I’m a little out of touch with this whole “shifting my identity” bit. ...more

Some things you just don't need on your plate

When someone says they have a lot on their plate or that their plate is full, I would suggest having some compassion or understanding to what it is they are saying.Have you ever had to explain to someone exactly what’s on your plate in order for them to just get it? Even when you don’t want to, or feel like you should not have to - -for personal reasons or whatever the case may be?...more

Being More Mindful During Your Social Media Time

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite places to connect online, and how I'm trying to do that in a more mindful way. I enjoy social media, sometimes too much. I spend valuable time on my phone when I could be playing with my kids (not a great example to set), reading a book, writing, or scrapbooking. And then, at the end of the day, I wonder where the time went. Of course, when I really think about it, I know where it went... ...more
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What would you do...

I've asked this question many, many times, but it never gets old to me:Today's Write Your Life writing prompt is a biggie:What would you do, if you weren't afraid? Here are a few of my thoughts on this question from my journal:...more

How to Be Inspired By the People Around You

I remember a time in my life where I felt like I was comparing myself to everyone around me. They were thinner, smarter, richer, happier than me. Not only was it an awful way to live my life, it didn't encourage me to love the people around me or to be a better person. ...more

"Hot Tubbing" in Mammoth Lakes, California

You may be asking yourself why I am writing a blog post on the small hot pool of water in your yard. Don't worry, I was a little confused when I first heard the term "hot tubbing," too. However, I am not referring to the man-made hot tub next to your swimming pool or on your patio. I am referring to stone "tubs" fed by natural hot springs like those you can find in the Eastern Sierras near Mammoth Lakes, California....more

How to Live With The Past, Embrace The Present and Look Towards The Future

There are times when we are told that we shouldn’t focus on the past but then come the voices that say that holding to those past experiences will actually help us.I know how hard it can be to let go of the past, especially if it holds very unpleasant or very pleasant memories. We hold years of memories in our mind and body and it can only be true that we have a hard time forgetting. When we forget it usually involves those things that if we could we would treasure for life....more