Early in my life I started out with a dream of working in the field of Art.
But then life happened…..turning my focus for the past 18 years down a path of coached in the field of Positive Psychology. However, I never let go of my love for creativity. I knew that at some point these two passions of mine would merge.
Fast forward to today….I am on an Journey….
sharing, and inspiring individuals in the use of creativity to foster a routine of daily self-care.
I share positive skills that silence your inner critic, liberating your mind, so you can create fearlessly from your heart.
I follow this simple routine to eliminate worrisome thoughts from high-jacking my day.
I offer creative journaling, online classes, stickers, and stationary, each with a positive message to motivate appreciation for self, and others. Our online store offers wonderful self-care gifts such as music and luxurious hand creams.
My motivating factor!
Aimee had a gift that Stafford wanted to expose to the world; however, her performances became a struggle for her due to allergy symptoms that hindered her ability to keep her voice consistent.
We sought advice and found that the underlying stress to her body was her fearful thinking of “not being good enough”. How could thoughts create this problem?
Aimee was a perfectionist, who was more critical of herself than anyone else. The tendency toward self-criticism is what created the stress and anxiety. Over time this stress began tearing down her immune system, creating the allergic reactions that were now affecting her ability to sing.
No one ever knew of her inner struggles. She was a bright ray of sunshine that would draw you in by her warm smile and sweet caring nature.
She and I were beginning to address these emotional issues, when she was taken from this earth due to a car accident.
Can Journaling really impact hopes and dreams?
I believe 100% YES! For myself, as a young girl of about 12 years old, I was asked to fill out a goal sheet. I was to write down what I would like to be and accomplish when I grew up. We were asked not only to list our goals and dreams but also the kind of man we would like to someday marry.
A few of the things I remember putting on that sheet were…. *A Mother, *A teacher, *Five Children, and marry a man who could play the piano. Why was I so specific about the musical talent? It was simple, I hated to practice myself, but wanted to have that instrument in my home as an adult.
Now fast forward…..
I have been blessed to be a mother to six children, 2 boys and 4 girls. I love to teach and have taught on different topics all of my adult life, (my favorite topics being… faith in God, the power of our thoughts to achieve our goals and dreams, health and fitness, and pretty much anything that has to do with art and design)
Now what about the husband who could play the piano? I got that too!!
He is a professional keyboard play, composer, and my sweet honey, now for over 36 years. His talent of music has been a wonderful blessing in our home. He is patient and quiet; I am focused driven and spunky. Over the years we have taken this great combination and learned to work together, helping each of us to cherish one another more and more.
Why have I started blogging?
As a young mother I quickly became familiar with holistic living and it’s benefits of health and wellness for my family. I had an “I can do ANYTHING” type of attitude, and I thought I was handling all the chaos that life decided to throw my direction pretty amazingly.
Then came our sixth child. She came early and spent her first week of life in the Baby ICU. When we were finally able to take her home, she came with a large mobile monitor and wires taped all over her tiny, little body. She was stable, but the Doctors had not yet discovered what was causing her to randomly stop breathing. Everywhere we went, this large monitor went with us. Among the hours of care giving that was required for our new baby, I was homeschooling 5, as well as giving service in my community and church. I really didn’t notice the signs of stress, and buried emotions I was exhibiting, such as impatience, short temper, and weight gain.
I thought I could handle anything; that is, until one day I was proved wrong.
I had just received an apology note from my oldest, teenage daughter over a small disagreement between her and I. She and I did not typically get upset with each other; but non the less, we were both frustrated from what ever had happened. She had a routine of writing me an apology letter , after everything had settled. She would always leave them in my bedroom where I would find them.
On this particular day after our disagreement, something inside of me snapped! I couldn’t take one more thing, I was done!
When I came upon the envelope she had left for me, I was still stressed-out and my mind was filled with thoughts of, “I am finished doing this same routine!” Before I thought through my actions, I reacted to those thoughts by throwing away her letter…. UNOPENED..
Six months later, our daughter was taken in a car accident. Yes, our little singing, ray of sunshine, who I already mentioned earlier in this post.
She was 17 years old…… I wished I had that letter!
Being consumed in grief, I could no longer hide from my emotions. It was either sink or swim.
I needed to make a “Real Positive Change”, and I needed it NOW!
The Saying Goes…
“An Ounce of Prevention is WORTH a Pound of Cure.”
I believe that personal change must be looked at as a marathon, not a sprint. Those who are willing to face the challenges of change with a positive outlook are the ones who blaze the trail to success.
Life is too short to get caught up in the muck, to hold yourself back from sharing your gifts and talents. It is for this reason that I have chosen to write a blog.
I write to encourage and to share what I have learned with other who are striving to be more active in our own health and well-being.
You no longer need to hold yourself back because of the affects of stress and anxiety. You can have the techniques to overcome and go forward to inspire others with your goals and dreams.
We all have a need to be Creative, to Imagine, and to be Encouraged.
I believe God guides our dreams to something bigger than we could even imagine. These quotes inspire me, even though I am not familiar with their original author….
“She decided to start living the life she’d imagined”,
“Be the Change You want to See in the World”.
A few more things to share about myself:
My training began 22 years ago in Emotional Freedom Technique.
I went on to be certified as a Personal Fitness trainer from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX.
I have been certified as a Master Rapid Eye Technician,
I have been trained in Reflexology and I am a Sand Tray practitioner.
I LOVE Rootbeer Floats, french fries, and all kinds of Tex Mex.
I would jump at the chance to walk along the beach, or go for a hike in the mountains.
I love everything that sparkles
I have a degree in Interior Design, I enjoy painting, and working with paper and crafts.
Mid-life has hit, and that “girly figure” is quickly going south….so I am courageously working out.
I am a firm believer in being YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL
Magic happens as you take real action to care for your wellbeing on a daily basis.