There’s a lot of talk within the blogging community about writer’s block, and ‘where do I find inspiration for my next post?‘ As I sit here in my bedroom thinking about what my next blog post would be, I got to thinking about all the different ways I find things to write about. One of … Continue reading Blog Tip: Photos as Writing Prompts
Continuing from my last post about getting ready for surgery, I took a COVID spit test, which was less than pleasant. And it also came back with inconclusive results! I found this out the DAY BEFORE my surgery, which is nuts because I have to get a negative result in order to have the surgery! … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Recovering from Surgery.
I’m in bed getting ready to take the gabapentin prescribed to me by the surgeon. It’s supposed to be used as a pain killer, but she told me to take two at bedtime the night before my surgery to help me sleep. I guess my 130/80 blood pressure at my pre-op had her thinking I … Continue reading The Night Before Surgery
This Easter weekend looks much different from Easter last year when we had to stay home and watch the service online. Now people can attend the events person! Saturday I was at church helping with the egg hunt. We had over 400 families show up for the event! Families still have limited options for what … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Easter
Before the days of COVID, Good Friday services at this church were unlike any I’d ever been to before. Because this was the first time I belonged to a church that offered recovery meetings on Friday nights. This church partnered with the local criminal courts, so that when the court orders someone arrested on drug … Continue reading Redemption and Recovery
Yes, I’m a little late with the spring tribute, but I saw this bee buzzing around our blooming Japanese pittosporum bush and just had to record it with my phone. At this time of year, the bush develops flowers that have a sweet smell that’s very similar to jasmine. And lucky for me/us, I caught … Continue reading Bee-cause It’s Spring!
Beginning last Friday, I started thinking of what my self-care would be this Sunday. Maybe gardening? I bought a basil plant with plans to buy some vegetables on Sunday morning. Didn’t happen. It’s a beautiful day, maybe a drive to the beach? Nope, didn’t happen. And then I thought, “Why do I have to do … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Doing Nothing! (almost)
Dr. Frank X. Barron once described the highly creative person as, ''both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner than the average person.'' During the 1950's and 1960's, American psychologist and philosopher Frank X. Barron studied highly creative people, including writers, architects and even mathematicians. Dr. Barron and … Continue reading Are Creative Minds Different?
“There’s a redwood forest.” What? Did I hear my husband right? We live in Southern California, not Northern California where the famous Muir Wood redwood trees are located. He then went on to explain that a few redwood trees were planted in Carbon Canyon. So I decided this would be a perfect Self-Care Sunday get … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Road to Redwoods
This past Sunday I posted about how listening to music plays a role in my self-care. Many other people I’ve spoken with say the same thing. They love listening to music to boost their mood or have a ‘good cry.’ So with that in mind, I decided to do a deeper dive into how listening … Continue reading Does Music Really Help Our Mental Health?