Relish the Valley: Life in the Low Points

Relish the Valley: Life in the Low Point...

What if your low point could be a high point? What if this time of desperation could be a time of spiritual growth and increased understanding unlike any you have experienced before? It certainly won’t be, not if you’re lusting for the mountaintop. The thing is, even when you summit the mountain it won’t deliver the thrill you have longed for if you get this wrong. My life experience has taught me to laugh at adversity, this is my message I pass to all dropouts I meet in my volunteer work , yes leaving the high school is not the best step but everyone can take online...
My Tale of Woe

My Tale of Woe

By now you all know I don’t like bugs. Can’t stand them. Hate them.  Yes that’s right … I said hate. A few weeks ago some of you laughed/cried/suffered along with me while a cricket tormented me. For over an hour my wonderful husband tried to find the f–n cricket, to no success. Its sounds kept changing location. We knew it was in the house. But we couldn’t find it. Finally after over an hour it stopped. I convinced myself it had left, and went to bed. But not before D broke our cardinal rule. The rule we agreed to keep to remain happily married.  The rule goes something...
How to Jumpstart Your Inspiration

How to Jumpstart Your Inspiration

Inspiration is like a disease whose symptoms are the words “I don’t feel like it right now.” What can you do when you need a boost of creative inspiration and it just isn’t coming? Work anyway. That’s not the most inspiring advice you’ve gotten today, I’m sure but working regardless of how you feel has some serious benefits. 1. You’ll have something to show. It might suck, but it’s a start You don’t feel like writing tests  today, but do it anyway (this is my business now: writing SAT questions for tests.) Sure, it won’t be the best effort but editing  is better than not...
Visions of Daffodils Dancing in my Head

Visions of Daffodils Dancing in my Head

Oh man. I’m officially over winter. D-o-n-e. I know that I live in New England, and that winter lasts until April here. I know that’s it’s only mid-January. That doesn’t mean I can’t start doing a little spring day-dreaming. I decided to brighten up my (and hopefully your) day by putting together a little spring decor inspiration- inspired by this cute spring wardrobe wishlist over at Bower Power! C’mon spring! The Living Room Our main living space is currently rocking a mis-match of greens, yellows and browns. Not even nearly as fun as it sounds. Here’s what I would do...

Jumping Into Uncharted Waters

After seven years of working at the same company and for the same boss, I’m going in to work tomorrow and will give them an ultimatum. When I joined this company in 2001, I was a single woman with lofty goals and great ambition. I worked very hard and got several promotions within the first few years. It was the right fit for me. My boss and I saw things the same way. We were always ready to forge ahead with any challenge and conquer any obstacle. And it was fun and exciting. Since I joined, I’ve gotten married and had two children. With my first child, I went...

I’m so Happy Now That…I Know The Secret...

I watched The Secret movie last night with my family. I’ve read the book twice, and this was my first time with the movie. Every time I open The Secret I’m struck by something new that I can apply to bring the Law of Attraction into effect. One of the more powerful suggestions in the movie and book is to visualize what you want, and feel as though you already have it. One contributor suggests writing it down by saying “I’m so happy now that”…. But now back to The Secret. One of the tricky things about The Secret for me is that I want to believe in it, but I’m...
Outdoor Life

Outdoor Life

I’ve mentioned before how much I love our porch. It’s a quiet little retreat from the city- green, breezy and relaxing. When I saw Gussy’s Inspiration Workshop post for today, I just had to join! It’s all about the porch!!! I love to walk out here before cooking dinner and gather fresh herbs! We’re growing thyme, rosemary and basil! Our porch looks out onto our backyard and our neighbor’s backyard- this is their gorgeous rose bush that has crawled up the fence that separates our yards! How lovely!When we’re having dinner on the...
Tiny wallet styles thrifty kitchen

Tiny wallet styles thrifty kitchen

It’s no secret that we love to be in the kitchen, preferably with the stove full of bubbling pots and something delicious in the oven. If you’re NOT cooking crazy like us, you may be resolving to figure it out this year and we’re here to help!! One major hurdle to getting your dinner on is the lack of proper cooking equipment. Fear not, frugal friends, because you can hook up your kitchen for mere pennies (well, not really, but still…).  Here’s what we consider to be the bare essentials of cooking a great meal. If you’re curious about...