Dandelions

 Children everywhere rush to pick dandelions, so that they can close their eyes, make a wish, and blow the seeds into the air. (And so do some adults). I still make wishes on dandelions. Doing this reminds me of my childhood and always make me smile. Blowing and wishing on dandelions is something that my children do now and they always bring one to me so that I can make a wish.

In addition to granting wishes, many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air.

I love this thought. I love the idea that dandelions can carry my thoughts to loved ones that are waiting for me on the other side. It like sending them my love through the air and up to Heaven.

The Dandelion means:

Healing from emotional pain and physical injury alike. Intelligence, especially in an emotional and spiritual sense. The warmth and power of the rising sun. Surviving through all challenges and difficulties.

The meaning of dandelions hits home with me. My sister and I just got matching dandelion tattoos in memory of our dad who died by suicide 25 years ago. We both had a lot of emotional pain from his death that we had to work through. The fact that the dandelion represents surviving through challenges, reminds me that we made it through his death together. It made our bond stronger and brought us closer.

I always see the wishes and never the weeds.

https://www.mofga.org/resources/weeds/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-dandelions/

Mighty Oak

Mighty Oak

 Kathy J Parenteau  More By Kathy J Parenteau

Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
Though storm clouds hover above you,
Your branches span the sky
In search of the radiant sunlight you
Count on to survive.
When the winds are high and restless and
You lose a limb or two,
It only makes you stronger.
We could learn so much from you.
Though generations have come and gone
And brought about such change,
Quietly you’ve watched them all,
Yet still remained the same.
I only pray God gives to me
The strength he’s given you
To face each day with hope,
Whether skies are black or blue.
Life on earth is truly a gift.
Every moment we must treasure.
It’s the simple things we take for granted
That become our ultimate pleasures.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com

Doctors that we need!

Here is a list of the 7 doctors that we need in our lives.

I love this list! it was posted on sun-gazing.com I gave this list a good bit of thought before I added it to the blog. I realized that all seven of these things make me feel so much better. They help with depression, anxiety, weight, and my overall being. http://www.facebook.com/sungazing

Think about it, don’t you feel better, happier, and less stressed when you are out in the fresh air and sunshine? I enjoy walking, so I get the exercise, sunshine, and fresh air all at once.

I read a book years ago, Eat Right For Your Blood Type, https://dadamo.com/. When I follow the diet that is right for my blood type, I feel amazing! It’s crazy, but there is a difference. I have more energy and feel less sluggish.

We have heard all of our lives that laughter is the best medicine. And it is!! So laugh today. Get outside in the sun and breath in the fresh air. Walk your dog. Drink some water. Eat how you know that you should and get the rest that you need.

Have a wonderful day!

Spring – Rebirth – Growth – Changing Me!

I love Spring!  My allergies hate it.  But there is something magical about seeing mother earth wake up and the plants, trees, and flowers being reborn.  There is something enchanting about watching the honey bees dance and birds playing and singing in the trees. 

Spring, to me, is all about rebirth and growth.  I do not make New Year’s Resolutions, I tend to make my changes (to me) in the Spring. This is when my heart is full.  Changes do not have to be big, I don’t plan on losing 20 pounds before bathing suit season.  No, my changes are small and heartfelt.  My changes are changes for me, about me, and better me.

A few of my changes.

Here are some changes that I am trying and doing that I would love to share with you.

1 – I have fallen in love with yoga!  I can have an hour of quiet time, learning my body, stretching my body, and focusing on me.  I get to re-center myself. https://www.facebook.com/yogaroad.withblair/

2 – With warm weather, I am walking the trails, roads, and parks again!  Fresh air fills my lungs, birds sing to me.  I can think and sort out problems.  This is when I can make a plan. I also get to meet people and pet amazing dogs. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/georgia/lake-zwerner-aka-yahoola-creek-reservoir–2

3 – Teas!  I know this one may sound a little crazy, but I have discovered hot teas and cold teas.  (I’m used to Lipton sweet tea)  I am loving our little tea shop by our office.  I have tried four different teas now (without sugar or sweetener) and they are better than my sweet tea.  https://www.myvintagegypsyteas.com/

4 – New skincare treatment.  Yup, today I went and updated my skincare routine and got new products.  Sadly, in 2020 I did not take care of me or my skin.  Right now I have a healthy glow and I feel beautiful.  

5 – I cleaned out my closet!  I got rid of clothes that I do not like, that do not fit, and that I have not worn in a year or more.  Why do I keep that shirt thinking I’ll wear it one day when I haven’t worn it in a year? That thing has got to go!

6 –   I am taking the advice of prior posts! Yup, I am taking my own advice.  I am protecting my energy.  There are calls that I am not answering.  I am telling people what I want and need. ( they can’t read my mind).  I am following my dreams even when others want to rain on them and discourage me. I am taking time to be alone.

7 – I am learning and practicing positive self talk. (More on this later).  I am paying attention to my thoughts and when I realize that I am using negative self talk, I acknowledge it, and change it.  https://cynthiakane.com/how-to-communicate-like-a-buddhist/

8 – Letting go of guilt.  Wow, this is a hard one to do.  But, I feel guilty about things that I literally have no control over and had/have nothing to do with.  I am changing and I won’t allow myself to feel guilty with my positive changes if that means leaving someone who is toxic behind.  (Before I would feel guilty for not being friends with someone even when I knew that they were toxic for me).