The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. - Harper Lee I have always been a story reader and my interest in non-fiction is fairly premature. I am developing it, in favour of my ardent pursuit of knowledge. I find that it is much … Continue reading Reading Non-Fiction
My first ever spa retreat! I have had back massages before but a full spa retreat package and the pampering and revitalizing was so new to me. It really was a wonderful day in itself but it also shifted my perception: my head was clearer and more focused in the present moment than it has … Continue reading Self Care and the Spa
The unexamined life is not worth living. This quote is credited to Socrates who is recognized for contributions to philosophy and posing questions to his students that generated new insights and ideas. In observing general social behaviours, talking to others, and reflecting on my own thought processes, I see that the average lifestyle does not … Continue reading Examine Life
Once, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and full of problems. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed as if just when one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled 3 pots with water … Continue reading Coffee, Please!
I had never heard of this book before but it came to me as a prize for a drawing contest when I was a kid. I took notice of it many years later in my grand library of two shelves. Since then, I have read it several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. One is never … Continue reading A Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
I went from trusting and loving this person, from feeling adored and protected, to licking bitter morsels that he is throwing at me off the ground whenever he senses that I am starting to break free. Now I understand why sociopaths are dubbed "human heroin". I have been shooting pure, unadulterated psychopathic love into my bloodstream for five years. I am coming down from a drug I didn't even know I was on, and the withdrawal has knocked me on my ****ing ass.
Cooking for oneself and family is healthy and therapeutic. The process gets me to relax and I know better what we are eating, especially with diet controls needed in the house for sugar and salt. I am not great in the kitchen but I am learning. I am perfecting my knowledge a few recipes and … Continue reading Cranberry Almond Biscotti
It seems quite counter intuitive. But I picked up the book with this title by Jocko Willink because, as time has passed and I have struggled, I realized this was true. Discipline does not tie us down; discipline creates freedom and more - relief, happiness, achievement. I got about half way through the book, then … Continue reading Discipline Equals Freedom
I love quotes! They are tidbits of wisdom that can give me hope, inspiration, and renewed energy. Or just make me smile and remind me that I am not alone in my dreams and struggles. I picked 5 of them to share today on some healthy, productive perspectives that we need for building a life … Continue reading A Little Perspective
Respect for my own time and capability is quite difficult. I am losing both to laziness, perfectionism and other habits/thoughts that deter me from generating results that I think I want and deserve (hopefully). At least, I don't give up. I keep attempting to combat these failures 25 minutes at a time. That's right, I … Continue reading 25 Minutes
In the blank isolation of a hotel room between flights, I found a great time to make a list of all the reasons why I launched this project and why it is so important to me. The list is lost somewhere in my luggage now but the exercise was good for me. All these answers … Continue reading Why?