Monday Morning Mindset


Taken from Emma Kate Dawson's Pinterest Page
Taken from Emma Kate Dawson’s Pinterest Page

My Teachable Tuesday posts are perfect for this! Education is a life long process… Learning new things opens doors beyond what we thought possible. What will you learn today?

With Love and Light,

Nova Namastè


Men’s Mental Health – Why it has become the Silent Epidemic, and what to do about it – Life Lab Magazine

Guys, it’s ok to be human and express yourself. Sure it may not feel natural but uncomfortable is EXACTLY how you grow. I’m here if you need support 🤗🤗💚💚


Men’s mental health has become a silent epidemic. Read on to find out more about this issue, and what you can do to help yourself
— Read on

What Are Your Emotions Really Telling You? | Brighter Path Counseling

This is profound:

One important note to remember is that your emotions are not facts.  Your emotions are entirely valid- meaning that they are never right or wrong.  But, they are not always based on realistic or rational thoughts

One important note to remember is that your emotions are not facts.  Your emotions are entirely valid- meaning that they are never right or wrong.  But, they are not always based on realistic or rational thoughts. 
— Read on

The verge of sensational oasis

First image taken from Pinterest

Autumn has been my favorite season for years, moreso as an adult though. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a more rich appreciation for the color magic and the all to familiar tastes of Fall.

The color combinations of Burgundy (one of my absolute favorite), with evergreens green and burnt orange is just lush!! The aroma of pumpkin and apple pie, turkey and ham… Mmmmm.

There’s nothing that’ll make me understand how fast this year has come and gone; but, I’m looking forward to all the aspects of Autumn.

Photo Credit: Fandango’s This That or the Other

Fandango’s Provocative Question


You can find all the details to his thought provoking post HERE🙂

His question: What are the 3 biggest challenges in your country right now? If you’re not Up-to-date on the news, you can respond on a personal level.

I don’t follow the news much; however, one doesn’t need to in order to see big issues in my country.

#1. Racism has been and forever will be the biggest challenge. Sadly, it’s the easiest one to fix. No motherfucker is better than the next. We all are immortal and we all hurt. One day we all are going to die. The ones who are remembered choose to live life with intention and a long term purpose.

#2. Gun violence, unfortunately, has crept it’s way up under the wing of issue 1. I don’t understand why the world feels shooting is going to solve problems. It’s everywhere though. Just last week, right outside a local public library, here in Cleveland, a man shot another man over some weed. The victim didn’t survive. He was 19.

#3. Poverty is the third biggest issue. Again, I’m starting to believe this is a global issue, but I don’t understand why. There’s more empty houses in the United States than there are homeless individuals??!!! It makes no sense. There’s been reports in the last few years where laws and restrictions have been placed about what can be done with outdated food or overstock.

It seems that alittle more love and kindness can solve all kinds of problems… Or maybe I’m just nieve.

I Give Up


Today on June 25, 2019, I’m following beside the brave and beautiful soul, JoyPassionDesire; and I’m giving up!

Say whhhhaaaa?

I’m giving up expecting others to care about my feelings when I know they won’t.

I’m giving up the fear to open up and let someone in.

I’m giving up the belief that I’m unloveable and difficult to love.

I’m giving up the downward spiral of his toxic life.

I’m giving up the caution that hinders happiness and invites doubt.

I’m giving up the belief in “finding the one”… Because life will lead love to find me.

I’m giving up the lie that I’m nothing because I’m not working.

I’m releasing all the negative voices, Vibes, and energy out into the vast unknown…

And I wait for that which my heart is speaking into my life.

The power of Law of Attraction will manifest my dreams and desires.

Filling all the empty places in my soul, with the sweetest taste of what’s meant for me.

What about you, what do you need to release? So you’re free to fly?

Let me know in a comment below,

Namasté 🙏🏼 🌟 🕉️

Tuesday Greetings


Good Morning Wonderful People 😀

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted. I’ve been reevaluating my life and future since this recent big change. It scary, slightly, because I felt my sense of direction has been removed. In a way, it has. Change rearranges our lives… And introduces us to new opportunities.

I had such a message sent to me yesterday, that’s inspired me to write a love story.

” If I ever saw an angel, it was in your eyes, for this I will sweep you off your feet and make God regrethe left an angel behind.”

Maybe if I do this, I’ll feel some healing. I’ll know someone has the love they deserve, even then some. LoL, does that make sense to anyone else?

Ok, my girls and I are off to do laundry and back out to the creek! 🙂

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Namastè 🙏🏼

Nova’s Wise Words Wednesdays


A window will always hold glass; but, it won’t always be clear glass. Sometimes, we need to remove the filter lense to see clearly!

Nova Namastè

Friday Feel Goods🌻



I’m thankful for

  1. Friends
  2. Decent health
  3. Running water (particularly hot water)
  4. Buds on trees
  5. Memories

People I’m thankful for

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian
  2. A Guy Called Bloke
  3. Andrew
    Stay Alive
    The Alchemists Studio

Songs I’m in love with

The Champion ~ Carrie Underwood Ft Ludacris

Masterpiece ~ Jessie J

Five O’clock Somewhere ~ Jimmy Buffet

Margaritaville~ Jimmy Buffet

Photograph ~ Ed Sheeran

Like I’m Gonna Lose You ~ Megan Trainor

Bleeding Love ~ Leona Lewis

Without You ~ Halsey

Flowers I am in love with





Morning Glories



Photo Credit Pinterest

The gray and colorless days arrive.

Fierce rain move in and floods her mind.

Insecurities, fears, endless lies,

Every second of every day.

She struggles to see the outlines,

The defining moments.. Her life

Becomes blurry, too fast.

Despite what pulls her down,

She remains loving of herself.

She embraces the unpredictability life is.

She accepts the process of

Her pain and discomfort.

Her love and light warms

The places in her life,

That her mortality attacks.

She is breathless and beautiful

From the inside out.

Nova’s Wise Words Wednesdays


When all is said and done, and you’re alone, standing before a reflection, if you can’t verbalize a thought, don’t say it elsewhere. Only you have to live with it’s birth; & words can’t be unspoken.

My Mental Health Journey 9


And yet, as if my burden isn’t heavy enough, the ONLY person who can update me says,

” I know him better than you ever will.”

Sure there’s some truth in that, but was it necessary to say? Did it need to be said? Was it said to help me feel some comfort?…

No.. Not much about this entire situation is bareable. I’m sure some of you want to tell me to brush it off or don’t listen to him. I’m sure you want to say his opinion doesn’t matter right now or try and forget about it. As a highly sensitive INFJ, that’s like telling someone who’s without brain activity to breathe on his/her own. Highly Sensitive and INFJs operate based on emotions and the senses. HSP is like living with every sense operating at its max capability, all at once! Emotions run DEEP… Every single one.

That’s just the facts of my situation. It’s not the dynamics of my relationship with his father.

No change…. Every moment feels like an eternity. I’m so tired.

My lungs still struggle to fill sufficiently.

The upside about today, the homeschool teacher brought me some coffee and my girls made these really cute Easter wreaths 🙂 She ( the teacher) and I both talked about our loved ones we lost to suicide. Right now, for us, it seems like the reminders are everywhere, like right in our faces! That’s another situation that’s so incredibly difficult, and it leaves so many with to many questions.


Free to Fly


Free in every and in all ways!

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My Mental Health Journey 6


When I think about mental health, I can’t help but to believe it’s the most vulnerable and susceptible to negative influences. It’s not like physical health, where a diet and exercise keeps away the illness. It’s more delicate and easily influenced by outside elements.

This morning, I was feeling REALLY good… And right now, I’m super sad. My resilience holds up for so long, before I need support 🙂 I truly believe we’re all like that though.

Mental Health is something that can change a million times a day; and we never know what is going to change to. It sucks when the aura changes from super happy to fatigued and sad, but it’s life… And we feeling it and facing it, helps us to get through it.

If you’re down and out tonight, if you’re frustrated because you were good, just this morning. I get it. I hear you. Our mental health can change any second, and it’s a real struggle sometimes. Hugs!!

My Mental Health Journey 5


“You seem happier!”

Someone just texted me that.

It’s crazy how fast words hit my eyes, then my heart, head, and soul at the same time.

Inspiration is so refreshing.

Anyway, what these three words said to me is

” You’re validated.”

” You’re hard work is paying off.”

” You are improving, what you’re doing is working.”

It’s encouraging to hear from another that they see what I’ve been working so hard to achieve.

It’s not about acceptance from anyone else, but that my efforts are evident and I can proudly smile in self validation.


I am happier. It’s true.

In my writing, I’m able to expose my ugliness and feel heard.

That, alone, is freeing.

You’re my therapy sessions lol, except I’m not paying a fortune, and limited to two hours.


I’m happier because of this job opportunity.

There’s more to that than what’s on the surface.

Ten years ago, I was a married closeted Bisexual, living in low income and ghetto housing, miserable, lost, and unhappy.

I had little confidence & very little pride in myself.

That year, I graduated with a 4.0 and a teaching license.

It was the being of my self discovery.

This job opportunity is the first one that I’m excited to start.

This is the first one that I feel confident to do, and to do well.

This is the most motivated and eager I’ve felt about a job ” EVER”!

MAYBE it’s because this job is career material, incredible in so many ways.


I’m happier because I’m working on my emotions.

Being INFJ & HSP, AND EMPATH is exhausting.

There’s only a few of you who can possibly understand what I’m saying.

But, what I’m doing, and I just went through this process this morning, is being mindful and intentional about what I feel.

I was feeling so down this morning. I felt a certain way about an individual, and I didn’t like it.

Instead of sorting through why I felt as I did, I slipped insecurity through my fingers via text.

Then, I remembered I didn’t have to feel yucky. I realized I could identify what I do feel, remove the foggy lense, and feel ok.


I’m happier because I feel some sense of purpose.

Making time to care for these free little libraries has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I’m able to demonstrate kindness to my daughter’s.

I’m able to use my time for a greater good.

I able to get outside, and invest into the future of generations to come.

This allows me to give to the community and not have to deal with coworkers and deadlines lol.

This also provides a place where I can place necessities for those who may need it.


It feels good to feel this sense of self acceptance and identity.

It really does!

Mistakes Don’t Define


Photo Credit: Pinterest

We are our own worst critics.

I wonder,…. if we were to stand in front of the 4 year old version of ourselves, would we be so harsh? Would we talk so down about ourselves, what we look like, or what we’ve done? Would we be so unforgiving of the mistakes and so solid on criticizing our character.

I’m guessing doubtfully so…

Why, then, do we do it to our reflections? Because we should know better? Because we expect more of ourselves? Because adults shouldn’t have excuses for mistakes, but rather, there shouldn’t be a many mistakes.

The lessons we’ve learned this far haven’t been because someone said ” Don’t touch that, it’s hot!” And then we listened. Oh no, humans do the exact opposite of what’s good for them, usually within minutes of being told not to. It’s how we learn though, by doing… And by doing so, the expierence becomes relevant to our lives.

What children learn though, or what they should learn, is that they’re not defined by their mistakes. They’re defined by how they handle life… How they handle every situation they get into… And that by being given the opportunity to choose for him/herself, he/she can grow confident in his/her decision making.

Those who feel their mistakes are branded on their skin may have expierenced shame as a child. They may believe that they’re incapable of doing something right. They may lack confidence and self esteem. This type of person might be you.

I just want to say you are wonderful just as you are. Each of you is a gift to this world, and your mistakes have made you the better person you are today. We NEED mistakes, so we can learn and grow. There’s nothing of which will go down in vein of you ALLOW yourself to be uncomfortable and change. It’s taken me many years to erase the embarrassment from my skin.

Personal Self-Reflection Questions


Questions Taken from Jeanine Nicole’s page:

Self-Discovery Journalling Prompts

1. What three words describe me best?

2. What are the important things in my life?

3. What values are important to me?

4. What does my ideal life look like?

5. What is my biggest regret?

6. What are my favourite memories?

7. What makes those memories so good?

8. What is holding me back I life right now?

9. What is my biggest strength?

10. What allowed me to reach this far in life?

11. What makes a life good?

12. Am I happy with my life?

13. What do I admire about myself?

14. When am I most happy?

15. Do I like the person that I am today?

16. What is my best quality?

17. What is my biggest weakness? How do I make up for it?

18. What is my love language?

19. What is my communication style?

20. What is my passion in life?

21. How happy am I?

22. What is my purpose on this earth?

23. What am I most grateful for?

24. What do I want to improve about myself?

25. What are the most impactful events that have happened to me thus far?

26. What are the three most valuable life lessons that you’ve learned?

27. Where will I be in 10 years?

28. What am I most looking forward to in the next 5 years?

29. What could I give a presentation in with no preparation?

30. What do I lack confidence in?

31. What do I judge myself about?

32. What is my personal definition of success?

33. How successful am I in life?

34. What is on my bucket list?

35. When do I feel most comfortable?

36. What makes me uncomfortable?

37. What stresses me out the most?

38. How do I deal with stress?

39. What drains my energy?

40. What gives me life?

41. Where do I feel most at home?

42. What are 4 fundamental beliefs that I have about life?

43. What are 3 limiting beliefs that I have about myself?

44. What are 5 empowering beliefs about myself?

How to Listen Without Getting Defensive


I will be the first to say ” I Do This!! ” No, I don’t want to, so I’ve been working on it.

Today I learn something so interesting, our neurotransmitters filter all the information we absorb. Now, when we hear a ” difference of opinion” about a subject of our deep concern, because it’s of importance to us, we get defensive! It’s the same process that occurs if we see a loved one getting attacked.

This particular article talks about how we can work ourselves out of that defense mode. These are EASY AND SIMPLE changes that can strengthen our relationships of any level!

You’ve Got This!! Good Luck!

Here’s the key to listening non-defensively.
— Read on

How Rude!


It’s been said, and I’ll say it again, how we handle situations in life defines us. Our behaviors speak for us, about any and all situations we encounter. First thing on a Friday, you come to work and there’s donuts in the staff lounge. You’re excited and bubbly, grateful to have a bite of anything since you were running late.

It’s easy for us to behave in a positive manner when we’re in such situations. Those of us with mental health conditions sometimes better handle anxiety, too. What about those times, when we’re confronted with conflict contrived by another individual? Or a discussion leads to another becoming offended.

Here are a few healthy tips to guide you should you come across a Rude Randy or Ridiculous Ruby:)

Additional Information


In addition to Journaling in search of who you are, you can write about

  • Who you want to become.
  • What your grateful for.
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Self esteem building
  • Goals you want to set for yourself.

Consider these 9 thinking behaviors, how do they impact your life? Do you recall seeing each one of could you strengthen one? The way you think will best show you the roadbumps of your path.

All photos taken from Pinterest

In the Mess of Things


Photo taken from Pinterest

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to hold on,

Don’t lose hope in the best of society.

So many already have, and we need it.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to smile,

Too many faces have forgotten how,

Replaced by tears and anguish.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to keep being kind.

So much has been buried

Brokeness and bitterness now reside.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to love.

It’s the element that sustains life.

The light in the path of darkness.

In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to have Faith.

Not necessarily solid at all times,

But remains existing in a world of chaos.

Finally, In the Mess of Things,

I need to ask you to Self Reflect

All that ever is, was, or will be


This Daily Prompt: Armor


Sheryl’s Your Daily Word Prompt can be found HERE .

Should the government, WTO, be allowed to decide what, when, and where of international trade goods? The rich continued to be rich; while, others in foreign countries starved.

In 1999, the people of Seattle challenged the WTO and it’s leaders. Many protectors were dressed in armor of gas masks, turtle costumes, and cement barrels linking their arms. The people aimed for a peaceful protest; however, the city was still in complete chaos.

You can read more about this historical event on the web at

Saturday Night

🌸 If you don’t read/see /hear positivity, BE IT 🦄

Kindness makes all the difference. Be that which you wish to see in this world 🌸

Today, Zivah and I put together these bags for our community. We’ll place them in the free little libraries so that whomever needs can privately do so. 😀 We were able to make 18 bags. Many included items are juice box, raisens, pen and writing pad, tea, hand wipes, tissues, and lotion. There’s additional items I didn’t list. I know some days, it’d be great to know where I could grab some lotion if I really needed it.

Time is like an ice cream

Time won’t wait

As we prepare for the glorious warmer days ahead, may we remember the precious taste of savored time! 🍦

Time is like an ice cream
— Read on

Buttercup’s Spaghetti

Tragic love story

  • Rollie Laffitte married his wife in 2005, having just met her a year before. He knew immediately this was the woman for him. Their chemistry flowed so naturally, and she “got” him. For Rollie, that was a new experience.
  • “Whoopsidaisies!” He murmured, as he attempted to throw a paper ball into the trash. She laughed; his throw was the worst she’s ever seen. She, however, was conscientious to make sure he didn’t hear her. No man needs an ego blow.
  • They honeymooned for two weeks in the gorgeous Lake Como, Italy. His father’s side of the family was Italian. Rollie’s dad, Martino Saviano, was full blooded Italian. Martino grew up in the heart of Florence.

    Florence at night. Photo credit linked.

    While in Italy, Rollie bought her a wooden stake souvenir, for their garden at home. She grew up in a family who owned a flower business. Her mother and father could name every category and individual type of flower. Rollie quickly gained admiration of her deep passion.

    Six months post honeymoon. She was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. As a penniless writer, Rollie did the very best he could to provide for his dying wife. He had little help from his colleague, who owned the local newspaper. Once in a while, he’d receive a request for an article for a magazine. None of it scratched a dent in the bills that added up. The only thing Rollie could think about, however, was spending as much time as possible with his love.

    She withered away quickly, but not without prolonged tormented pain and suffering. Unfortunately, since, he’s struggled greatly: physically, financially, mentally, and spiritually. Life for him has become dark and empty.

    Letting Her Grow

    Letting Her Grow

    Formulated for The Sunday Photo Fiction 😀 You can read about it HERE.
    Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr

    Robin was a single mom to three grown young ladies. When her youngest was just 18 months, the girls’ father ran off with some sleezy French chunky chic. He met her at one of the an doctors conventions in New Zealand.

    Though, without a doubt, the task of parenting these girls alone was tough, the priceless moments made everything worth while.

    Today, Jasmine, the 18 year old ambitious spring flower, was taking the train to upstate NY for school. She’s a beginning freshman, and she is beyond ready to begin this adventure.

    ” Ok, you ready?” Robin asked her precious babe.

    ” As ready as I’m going to be!” Jasmine declared.

    ” Please be careful. As soon as you step off the train, please call me.”

    ” Of course, I know how you worry. Try and relax mommy, everything is going to be fine. We’ll Facetime later this evening, ok? Jasmine continued.

    ” Alright. I love you Sweetheart!” Robin finally added.

    ” I love you most!” Jasmine replied, embracing her mom for a tight hug.

    They’ve always been close. Robin felt so grateful in that moment.

    (200 words)

    Friday Fictioneers

    Friday Fictioneers

    Photo Credit: Jean L Hays Photo Credit: Jean L Hays. Chosen for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Friday Fictioneers Challenge. You can read more about this by clicking on the image.

    Those old dusty roads,

    Birthed from years and years of travelers.

    Passing through Thoreau, NM.

    The Red Mountain Market and Deli sat on the main

    road through town.

    As Josh crept past the old store, he smiled from the bittersweet memories of him and his grandfather.

    One particular weekend, Clint Eastwood made an appearance. He had heard they had the best organic cattle cuts in all of West United States.

    He remembered another story; his grandfather met Bob Livingston. It was one of Josh’s favorite.

    Time just got too expensive. Time aged his grandfather. Josh had to close the store.

    {100 words}

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    Mystery History


    This is the chosen image 🙂 It’s been chosen from Pixabay, and I feel in love with it as soon as I saw it.

  • The challenge is to write a piece of historical fiction about it. There’s a
    • 150 word limit
      Try not to use the words tree & green.
      Tag 3 people to use the same genre of writing and this photo to create a post.
    <li>I can't wait to see what you stories you create :D</li><u>Let's start with these lovely bloggers</u>
    1. Fandango: This, That, and The Other
    2. Sadje: Keep it alive
    3. Lolsys’ Library
    4. Laura: lauravent69
    5. Paula: Light Motifs II
    6. John: The Eclectic Contrarian
    7. Kat: like mercury colliding
    8. A Creative PTSD Gal
    9. Roy: A Guy Called Bloke
    10. Violet: Thru Violet’s Lentz

    For My New Followers


    I’m so excited you’re here! Thank you for choosing to follow me 💕

    Telling you a little about me:

    • My heritage is majority British & Scottish .
    • I have two daughters.
    • My favorite type of orange juice is Florida’s Natural, not from concentrate, without pulp.
    • I love butterflies.
    • I’m in love with nature (other than when it snows).
    • I enjoy crafting, and the arts.
    • My favorite hand lotions are Aveeno & Cerave.
    • I am obsessed with makeup.
    • Lavander fragrance is all over my apartment.
    • In 2005, I almost committed suicide.
    • In 2014, my husband did kill himself.
    • In 2014, a good friend of mine attempted it twice.
    • I’m pro-life, liberal, spiritual, and introverted.
    • Sunsets and the 7 o’clock hour are magical.
    • I love variety.
    • I was adopted very young.
    • I love all kinds of music, except heavy metal, which of course is my boyfriends favorite .
    • Daffodils, Roses, Fushias, Lotuses, and Tulips are my favorite flowers.
    • I prefer evenings to mornings but enjoy runrises.
    • I have three clocks hanging in my home, one of which was a Christmas gift from my late husband. It plays a clip of music every hour. It’s my absolute favorite.
    • I could eat peanut butter on nearly everything.
    • I use many Dove products.
    • I have an Amazon Firestick.
    • I wear the same necklace all the time. I never wear earrings.
    • I’ve been blogging for almost a year, and I love it.
    • Other bloggers are incredibly talented and inspiring.
    • I hope to learn more about you and see you in my notifications

    Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.

    ~ Rumi

    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

    ~ C.S. Lewis


    February #coffeeshare

    Morning coffee

    Coffee time! Who else is enjoying the liquid elixir of sanity and dilution of adult responsibility?! I’m heading to round two, as I slept hard but not enough. My mattress is severely in need of a replacement. My girls loved to jump on it. One day, I heard a crack or something that I shouldn’t have. Fun fun fun!

    How’s everyone doing today? It’s the second month of the year! How’s your resolutions coming? Every day is a fresh start, it’s never too late to try again.

    Season’s Child


    Four Seasons Garden– Photos taken from Flickr

    She was sewn together with the needles of evergreen. Her hair, the waves of lavender and baby’s breathe. The air filled her lungs, inhaling life, exhaling fate. A single tear fell down onto her lap. As she sat upon this beautiful place, she enjoyed every possible moment. As the winds change, and the trees begin to turn, her life grew shorter and shorter. She became weak, unable to hold herself up. When the sunset faded, and the last leaf slowly drifted to the ground, she transcended back into her nature place.