Happy World Laughter Day! 🥳 😆 The first Sunday in May is World Laughter Day, which was founded by Dr. Madan Kataria. He established the first World Laughter Day event in Mumbai, India on May 10, 1998. Dr. Kataria is a family doctor in India and the founder of the Laughter Yoga movement. He started … Continue reading Self-Care Sunday: Signs of Laughter
Can a 50 Year Old Go Back to School?
Since I was laid off more than 6 months ago, the universe has made it clear that I’m no longer employable as a graphic designer. Oh there’s been a few freelancing jobs, but when it comes to landing a full time job, I’ve consistently made it past the initial HR screening interview only to not … Continue reading Can a 50 Year Old Go Back to School?
SCS: Gardening Therapy
It’s pretty common knowledge that being out in nature is good for our mental health. So why not take it a step further and get those hands dirty! Be engaged with nature, nurturing it instead of just observing it. This Self-Care Sunday is dedicated to my amateur gardening skills. I have a planter box in … Continue reading SCS: Gardening Therapy
The Night Before 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
Bee-cause It’s Spring!
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!
Are Creative Minds Different?
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?
Self-Care Sunday: Road to Redwoods
“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
Does Music Really Help Our Mental Health?
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?
5 Ways Blogging Relaxes My Anxiety
It goes without saying that 2020 was a difficult year. And for someone with anxiety, the changes that came with the pandemic could be overwhelming. The city lockdown, food shortages, disappearing paper products, and separation from my friends all elevated my anxiety levels! Not to mention the virus itself that had infected patients overwhelming hospital … Continue reading 5 Ways Blogging Relaxes My Anxiety
Let Us Smile
While going through our photos, I came across this gem from a couple years ago. It was my birthday road trip that included a stop at the Santa Barbara Zoo. I've always loved visiting zoos and I especially got excited over any opportunity to feed an animal. So imagine my delight when we discovered the … Continue reading Let Us Smile