Stress Management

Dancing CloudsMost of us as human beings deal with some form of stress on almost a daily basis. A good portion feel this burn more than others. Rest assured, I’m here to offer some help on the subject.

My key readers consist of a group of mothers and writers. A portion of you may not fall into that bracket. However, I feel the following may be a substantial relief to all of you.

Stress can come in many forms but, it all feels the same. Stress could spike our blood pressure; make us feel nauseated, fatigued, and sometimes (in a worst case scenario) cause a panic or anxiety attack. From a medical and psychological standpoint, there are many ways you can deal with this.

The following are some tools I’ve learned over the years. Please do not replace these for medical advice. Especially, if you are indeed in crisis. My only intention is to pass on some knowledge that may be of help when you are having a particularly stressful day.

Turn off all devices. Electronic and otherwise. Minimal noise and distraction will already alleviate about 50% of your stress.

Find a place that brings you peace & go there. When you feel your blood pressure start to rise is clearly the best time. (This may be harder for my Mommies reading this since you can’t always just “walk away”. In that case, I suggest doing this at your first free moment.)

Clear your head. This can be difficult but once you know how, you can do it at the drop of a hat.

Do something you enjoy. With our many jobs/occupations, this can again be difficult. Make a list of activities. It can start with something as simple as listening to music & end with something as complex as painting that spare room. If it relaxes you, do it!

Give yourself alone time. We all need this at times. Even if we don’t realize it.

The above mentioned tools are just some of many. They’re just the ones that have helped me the most. Being a Mommy and the many skills that requires (nurse, teacher, therapist, organizer, janitor, etc. All Moms know exactly what I mean.) along with a writer and an artist; juggling the three can get quite stressful at times. My main advice to all of you along with these tips is simply to relax. Not to take yourself so seriously all of time.

Now, I just have to nail taking my own advice. 😉

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Reflective Perspective

Finally, it’s August. The summer is winding down, undoubtedly.
For me, this means a bunch of changes. The first and largest milestone would be my son turning 3 years old at the end of the month.
Next? My writing going back into full swing come fall. (I may be posting a lot less here due to that.)
Last, the autumn will soon be in the air. Unshakably, my favorite season.

If time allows, I’ll be snapping a ton of photos when fall arrives. Hopefully, I can have those uploaded & posted here (as well as my gallery) for all of you to enjoy. (Or despise..if you so please..buuuut..let’s hope not.)

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In Dreams


For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a book about dreams. As some of you may know, I only write fiction material. With, of course, the exception of here and a few movie reviews I’ve done in the past.

I’ve tackled this topic with only close friends and family. However, it remains a recurring theme and a powerful force in my fictitious psych-horror stories.
This begs the question: Do I really want to share my thoughts on this with the masses? Well, the answer is yes. However, I ask only one thing. Those that read any further keep an open mind and don’t…please don’t be judgmental toward anyone that may share their opinion or myself.

It can be agreed upon, that some dreams have a psychological significance. They could be traced back to trauma, subconscious wants or needs, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), just to name a few.
What about the other half? The dreams or nightmares we can’t explain? The ones that seem like (and may very well be) premonitions..

I’ve done years worth of research on this topic and would enjoy sharing with you the results (as I see them) from both sides of the proverbial coin.

There are a large amount of people from all different parts of the world that sometimes believe a loved one, relative, or even ancestor, can “send” them a dream. Telepathically, so to speak.
Another group of people believe it’s their psychic gift that helps them to have a so-called “prophetic dream”.

Lastly, a bit of us believe all three. They embrace all possibilities. Both from a psychological and spiritual standpoint.

I can’t tell you which way my own mind bends. However, sharing the following may be of some comfort. I don’t believe it’s possible to lump anything into just one small category or perspective. Things need to be analyzed deeply before anyone can make an assumption.

A great deal is still being learned about the human mind and dreams themselves. R.E.M sleep research, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry are all trying to get a better grasp and understanding of the subject. That’s not even a fraction of the people and professions trying to understand it.

I barely have a grasp on them myself. They definitely have a huge effect on me, though. Those around me tell me the same about themselves.

The photo displayed above is one I took just earlier today. When I saw how beautifully it came out, inspiration for this post flowed like water. It was a gift to me from my cousin. She said “It reminded me of you.” My closest friend echoed that sentiment when I sent the picture via text. They couldn’t be more right..


Little Things

Sometimes it just takes something simple.
When being a parent of a young child, it’s important to engage them in activities that help their minds to develop. Coloring, drawing, building something with blocks, finger-painting, counting objects, and pretend play are all fun ways to do this.
You certainly don’t need to be rich to do any of these things. Some fun activities you can even create yourself. Your child can aid in the process. Children love to help.

My son and I made this together. I was teaching him the basics of spelling with simple everyday words. I’ll be sure to post some fun DIY activities in the future.

It’s the little things. 😊