Review: Unplug to Recharge, retreat I attended. Thank you, Gloria Grace Rand!

After a 16 hour adventure of a day that included: almost 2 hours driving over to Davenport, Florida, 12 hours of delightful retreat workshop activities, clean eating, body treatment under crystal lights, chatting with enlightened souls and making new soul bonds, and a bit more than one hour and a half driving back home to Bradenton, Florida… I was pooped but highly Energized! I thoroughly enjoyed my day (blessed IN Joy)!

Here’s my review of Unplug to Recharge retreat.

First, the other kindred spirits at this weekend retreat became new “soulie sisters” of mine! That means, we each felt as if we’d made a soul friend within minutes of meeting. And that’s always very aWEsOMe!

We started the morning by taking turns introducing ourselves to each other while holding a beautiful Talking Stick that Gloria brought. Those familiar with Stephen Covey’s classes, or Native American ceremonies will know what this is. It helped each of us feel heard, while encouraging the listeners to practice Active Listening skills (instead of thinking about what they would say next). We had fun with this routine though, and sometimes when one of us would get excited and want to burst with some statement, another would say, “Touch the stick, touch the stick”! And we would all roar with laughter!

Then, we moved to the massive kitchen table to being making salt scrub (mine’s in the glass jar with black lid in the photo). I was thrilled to do this activity because I’d tried this before (years ago–on my own) and hadn’t been very successful, so this was a treat! And now I know how to make this for myself from here on out. (Wink!) I used lavender essential oil and vanilla. It works well and smells sooo good!

Later in the day, we worked on cards, similar to vision boards, but much more interesting! The cards are part of a process called, Soul Collage–and for me, it served as a sort of automatic writing class! I enjoyed this time immensely, especially the sharing about each of our cards after we completing creating the boards and writing about them.

Here’s one of my cards. I named it, Blue. I guess it’s very fitting I’d do that, since I just finished writing my new book, Blue Eyes (it’s off to the editor as of 9/9/2022).

Sheila’s soul collage, “Blue.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Blue.”

I can’t say enough about how this experience allowed each of us to learn more about each other and bond. I’d had an expectation that I may not engage that much with this project because I’d not Connected so strongly with vision board creation years ago–wow, was I wrong!

I loved exploring more about this way of automatic writing (I’d wanted to do automatic writing but had not previously taken the time). So it was really revealing and I enjoyed that.

Here’s a picture of me creating my boards (note the blue glass in the window):

Gloria snapped this picture of me while I was making my soul collage.

And this is my two second board, along with the page out of my journal (a gift from Gloria to each participant):

Sheila’s soul collage, “Sunlight.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Sunlight.”

Gloria cooked lunch and dinner for us, and totally exceeded my expectations of food that was gluten-free (and grain free). Plus, the food was so good, I asked for the recipes! (That almost never happens.)

Dinner – chicken cabbage squash and radishes

We also said a meditation prayer of thanks (and held hands) before each meal (that had lovingly been placed on the kitchen table by the host). This blessed our food and perhaps, added to all the lively flavors!

Meditation for Blessing our Food

Here’s the cabbage I made yesterday, after returning home from the retreat:

We had the opportunity to take in several holistic health treatments too, and I chose to lay under the healing crystal lights.

The crystal lights were on a stand beside a bed and had an array of colored lights that would turn and off in rhythm. And light music played for the 30 minutes I was under the healing lights.

Fully clothed, I had a sheet on me and pad over my eyes so I could relax and meditate. I probably would have fallen asleep but I could hear my soulie sisters talking in the next room, just a bit–enough to keep me more present. I enjoyed laying on the under those crystal lights.

After dinner, we surprised Gloria with a luscious Chantilly Lace birthday cake from Whole Foods, a card from ALL, and gifts. We enjoyed dinner very much and the cake was divine. (I chose to have a small slice because I’m now on week 6 of WildFit.)

Gloria’s birthday cake – Chantilly Lace from Whole Foods

We had plenty of time to talk about meaningful topics with one another, do a little shopping too (from one of the gals’ crystal offerings), and try vocalizing in Light Language.

Crystal bowls Gloria played a bit for us

Gloria Grace Rand sings and speaks Light Language and gave us a collective session. I had heard it a few times before but was hesitant to try it. With much encouragement though, I did give it a whirl and sang or hummed something that sounded Asian to me. I had never heard myself sing anything like what came out of my mouth this evening before. It was stunning and energizing! I think I will continue this practice at home. (Wink!)

If you’d like to hear Gloria’s podcast where she shares her Light Language, check it out here: https://gloriarand.com/receiving-gods-grace/#more-19380

Gloria snapped this picture of the light reflecting in multiple colors on the tile floor
Crystal bowls and card decks
All the blue

Toward evening time, we wrote on a piece of paper any of the things we wanted to “let go” or release. And then, we went into the backyard (which I noted had two twin Live Oak trees, and I felt that was uncanny since the next day was the 21st anniversary of the day the twin towers fell in New York City). We had a short full moon and fire ceremony and lit our papers on fire. I sang a bit and gave thanks for a day well spent.

Fire ceremony – burning our limiting beliefs
Another angle of the fire with blue flame

The retreat was located at a house called, Contemplation Castle, in Davenport, Florida.

When I see more photos on Facebook of the event, I’ll update this and add them, as I didn’t take any pictures during the event because I totally unplugged (and didn’t even take my phone out of my bag all day, except for one time to check messages from my husband). And that was the whole point of the day, for me. (My hubby always says I have my phone attached to my hip!) LOL

Additional pictures

Blue light showing up as we looked in from the outside
All of us
Love how the journal Gloria gave us matches my MacBook (noticed this when I got home)

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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What I learned from Clubhouse

By participating on Clubhouse for about 6 months this year, I learned:

  • Have Patience with others
  • Have Persistence with myself
  • Prepare at least a few talking points before each call
  • Practice engaging communication skills with every person I meet
  • Be honest; no hiding
  • Practice with many, though I may only deeply connect with a few
  • Build depth; enjoy deep meaningful conversations
  • When setting up calls, meditate to uncover what topics to discuss
  • Allow the conversation to meander a bit, before attempting to bring it back on topic
  • Record or take copious notes
  • Don’t answer people on the back channel that I haven’t talked with first in a room
  • Don’t join 100 rooms
  • Decide how much time I can commit to the app and stick to it
Clubhouse announcement: leaving 12/31/2021

I am all for networking and building online friendships, but people must be honest and have integrity. Not everyone wants to buy your stuff.

These were some of the topics I facilitated chats about:

Clubhouse discussion topics.

Natural fiber clothing review: Synergy Organic Clothing is sexy and chic!

Natural fiber clothing review of Synergy Organic Clothing

Wow! What a fantastic organic clothing line! Synergy Organic Clothing is aWEsOMe, sexy, chic, and sizzling hot! I felt like a million bucks while wearing a Synergy dress and walking down the red carpet, during the launch of my first co-authored book. Confident to the max!

Wears like a breeze

I have purchased several Synergy Organic Clothing ladies tops, dresses, and other items for myself to replace some non-organic and other non-natural fiber items in my wardrobe. And I love how the Synergy clothing wears.

Synergy tissue light weight shirts are Cruise perfect!
Hamsa design.
Here’s a bit more of the design, close up.
Moon phase Synergy tissue weight is perfect as a cover top.
Better view of the moon phase design.
Synergy T-shirt. Love the longer length of the short shirt sleeves.
These Synergy Organic tops packed so well, I took several with me when we went to Ireland, England, and Scotland in June-July 2019, and even to layer when we went back to Ireland in December 2019!

Here’s how my review stacks up:

  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing is so wonderfully comfortable and soft, it FEELS great!
  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing collections are versatile, SEXY, and sizzling hot! (I heard nothing but rave reviews of this dress on book launch night!)
  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing styles are perfect for living the yoga lifestyle – or even if you’re just into healthy natural fiber comfortable clothing!
  • Yes thumbs up – Synergy Organic Clothing is now available in more stores and of course ONLINE so it’s now getting easier to find and buy!
  • Yes – the Synergy Organic Clothing company is becoming a LEADER in ladies organic cotton, yoga, and health mindset clothing!
  • Yes – the team at Synergy Organic Clothing company is SUPER helpful and FUN to work with!

Sizing

I reached out to Synergy Organic Clothing about writing some blog posts of their fantastic clothes but told them that the French Terry Isis dress I had ordered (size: XL) was too small and that I had planned to wear it to my book launch for Transform Your Life! Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice. The kind folks at Synergy Organic Clothing offered me options, one being that I could choose another dress from one of their other lines that may fit better for my blog review – they assured me that they wanted me to FEEL confident at my book launch – and I did!

To make things a bit easier for them (knowing I may not get my first pick) I selected two styles and mentioned two colors, thinking that if they only had an XXL or such of one of those styles, it would be easier for them to send me one and I was ecstatic to receive one! But the sweet and gracious team over at Synergy Organic Clothing didn’t send me one dress, they sent TWO! One of each style and color! And to ensure that at least one of the dresses fit they sent a size larger and indeed, after I’d attempted to lose weight for three weeks to fit into the first dress I bought (they didn’t know that), the larger size was no problem at all! Both dresses are super cute and fit loose!

The French Terry Isis dress is made from a bit heavier material, so the XL size of that dress fit me more like a ladies size 8-10 dress would fit from a big box store. Just something to know when you’re ordering, you may want to buy a size larger than you normally would, if you’re choosing from the Fall collection.

I am enjoying wearing many other pieces in my existing wardrobe due to losing about ten pounds, and also, I’ve ordered more tops and items from Synergy Organic Clothing due to their kindness and also because I love the look and feel of these clothes! I also love the soft feel of the cashmere poncho and scarf!

Some of their clothing comes in different fabric with a little more stretch and that’s what they sent me. I did order now from one of their previous collections (and they’re on sale) where their sizing goes through XXL. The Summer Plus line is also great if you’re a size 14 or 16 and would like extra wiggle room in your clothes. The Melissa Tie in charcoal is the dress I am wearing in the photos. It was super comfortable, soft, yet chic, and loose fitting. The flow of this dress was fantastic. XXL would have worked but this was a plus size. The Piper Dress in aqua (check it out on their website) in XXL will fit you well (and loose) if you wear a ladies size 12 in other dresses.

Be sure and check out their Plus size line for yourself or anyone on your gift list!

Improving lives

I love the story of how the Synergy Organic Clothing items are made and how many women’s lives are improved by making these clothes.

Synergy Organic Clothing company makes their clothing using Certified Organic Cotton and other eco-friendly fibers. Organic cotton and eco-friendly fibers greatly and directly help our environment by reducing pesticides, lessening damage to fresh water resources, and cutting down the health risks for global farming communities.

We know about 1/5th (17-20%) of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment. Synergy uses low impact dyes and plays down finishes, which decreases water pollution before, during, and after garment production.

Where to buy

You can browse and order Synergy Organic Clothing at: https://synergyclothing.com

Check Synergy Organic Clothing company out on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/synergyorganicclothing/

Why natural fiber?

Why natural fiber clothing? I am a firm believer in possible health benefits we can achieve by wearing organic fiber (and natural dye) clothing. Great things come to those willing to do the right thing.

Aside from the soft and comfy feel of the garments you only have to go as far as the natural skincare aisle at Whole Foods, or other health food stores to see that people are becoming more aware that what they put on their skin matters. Healthy clothing – yes it exists when manufacturers choose natural fibers! I continue to read about the many health benefits we can achieve by wearing organic fiber (and natural dye) clothing. Wearing organic natural fiber clothing is a must if you live in hot and humid climates or sweat a lot- think about the entertainer Liberace and the ill he suffered once from the dry cleaning solution people had been using to clean his performance attire! When the pores of our skin are open we are more at risk to absorb chemicals from “killer clothes”.

If you are suffering from a chronic disease you seriously need to consider wearing only natural fiber clothing to aid your body’s natural wellness abilities. Countless people with allergies do not even consider that it could be the rayon, nylon, elastic, and polyester they’re wearing that is contributing to the problem.

For a deeper explanation about why synthetic and chemical laden fiber clothing is bad for us – check out my previous article:

Got allergies? What are you wearing?

A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Career writer speaks! Discover your most valuable words: WordPLAY

A career writer speaks: WordPLAY by Sheila Murrey, Embodiment Wordsmith 

Workshop: Release the WORDS that no longer serve you; Exchange those words for uplifting, inspiring. and empowering ones that raise your consciousness and benefit ALL. 

A writer speaks: Words Workshop has been evacuated and rebranded as WordPLAY and sessions are being scheduled.

Audience: Wellness business owners, small business owners, teachers, speakers, managers, and parents.

In the WordPLAY Playshop

We will:

Identify the words we USE and when we speak them with an intention and tone that carries the frequency of a “to destroy” curse, such as the words typically spoken when we’re angry, upset, or in pain;
Use an intentional and elegant process to release the WORDS that no longer serve us, such as, low frequency, negative ones.
Playfully explore how we can replace lower vibration words with higher, more purposeful words to uplift, inspire, and empower ourselves and others to raise your consciousness and benefit ALL by expanding and elevating our collective consciousness.
And we’ll mine for words that resonate higher (and reach farther into the ether) to become aware of the empowering CHOICES we have when it comes to improving our health and wealth with our powerful words. Yes, voice matters (in multitudinous ways)!
As well, we will let go of words we overuse, that are unnecessary, or those we say because we think we need to fill empty space.

About the Process

During the WordPLAY playshop, you’ll be encouraged to play with thoughts and words in this interactive workshop (where the facilitator will be using a whiteboard and 3×5 index cards).
This will be an empowering exercise in Awareness, by a writer with over 33 years of career experience and two degrees, both in science (aviation business) and the arts (visual communications).

Bonus

We will uncover brilliant SEO keywords to expand our reach in the Mind, Body, Spirit, Soul Internet space! 

Send an email (Subject line: WordPLAY class) for class dates, times, and fees. Package discounts are available. Group sessions in person and online are available.

Both subtle results (new awareness) and tangible will be achieved.

My credentials

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

I am currently setting appointments to speak at bookstores, libraries, crystal shops, acupuncture and chiropractic offices, and other holistic, natural healthy lifestyle businesses.

Embodiment Wordsmith | Entertaining Speaker & Educator : Profoundly raising consciousness to ease us into living a Wholly Vibrant Life!

Specifically, I connect with small business owners and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Winning! Thank you, SoulTreat!

Winning at SoulTreat

I am still reeling from all the exciting stuff that’s been happening with me lately! It has been a whirlwind of fun Energy for sure!!

I just got back a week ago, from attending a heart-expanding, life-changing Wellness Retreat, called SoulTreat. And SoulTreat was held at the beautiful Creative Life Center in the heart of the red rocks energy of Sedona, Arizona. Yes, to say it was all gloriously fabulous is an understatement. Really.

Sheila attending SoulTreat at Creative Life Center, Sedona, AZ
Sheila attending SoulTreat at Creative Life Center, Sedona, AZ

I went by myself, though I had invited hundreds via my personal Facebook page, and in personal invites, after I won my ticket (valued at $397). And even though another friend won a ticket also, she had a previous commitment and couldn’t attend.

Going alone

So, even though I was a little scared to pack up, move my body through space and time and fly to Phoenix, and then drive 2 hours to Sedona, alone in a rental car, I knew this was something I could do.

I had just went to Las Vegas (for the ASEA convention–discussed here), and had navigated easily from that airport to the nearby hotel and convention center, but I was meeting a group of friends there.

Mind Control

I kept reminding myself that I used to fly all over the country from 2000-2003, for work, and that I could do this. Yet, I hadn’t done that in years and for this trip, I would be alone. On the upside, I could create my own adventure, and I did!

Flying west during sunset
Flying west during sunset

At a stop along the drive from Phoenix to Sedona at sunrise
At a stop along the drive from Phoenix to Sedona at sunrise

Choosing for myself

I picked out the closest hotel to the Amithaba Stupa and Peace Park to stay because I’d been to that park 3 years ago and found it to be sooo spiritually uplifting. Read about that here.

Medicine wheel at Amithaba Stupa Peace Park
Medicine wheel at Amithaba Stupa Peace Park

Synchronicity

I met a wonderful soul-connected friend (Hi Suze!) during SoulTreat when the participants of our first breakout session were prompted to “pair up” while enjoying an experiential tuning session.

Getting in Tune

For all of this first retreat day, Suze and I chatted about our tuning experience. If we owned the tuning forks, we agreed to practice with each other when we returned home, (via Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangout), because we each felt the physical benefits from the session.

I wanted to learn more about the tuning forks, but was on the proverbial fence about spending the money, though it was a good deal (for SoulTreat attendees), and was actually less than I had thought it might be!

Giver Receives

Though I am a giver by nature, I still consider anything over $200, to be a “use your head, not just your heart” kind of purchase.

So, after I won a raffle prize the last day, and had “just happened” to walk into the center that morning with the facilitator of the tuning fork session, Rosemary Levesque, I knew I wanted to “pay it forward” and literally bought my set of tuning forks and her program in the parking lot at the end of the day as everyone was leaving! (Suze had bought hers a bit earlier that afternoon.)

Work continues

Now, I am happy to report that I am participating and learning more from her, via “The Wounded Healer” online program.

I am also all signed up, registered, and paid (because I added a night and upgraded my hotel room), for SoulTreat 2020 to be held in Boone, North Carolina in October of next year! Woo-freakin-hoo baby!! Yeah! ❤️😉

Contents of the raffle prize I won
Contents of the raffle prize I won

Outside of the bag of the raffle prize I won
Outside of the bag of the raffle prize I won

I haven’t had time to unpack it all yet, but desire to write blog articles for each person who contributed. ❤️

Give Receive, Receive Give

Plus, I am sending more gifts this holiday season to friends (than I otherwise would have done.)

I recall the universal law my friend, Lila, taught me years ago, “Give receive, receive give.”

All this WINNING has sparked a whole lot more generosity within me. And as my heart overflows with GRATITUDE, I can’t help but GIVE more! ❤️🦋🌀

#Wellness Retreat

#Arizona Retreat

#Spiritual Retreat

#Self Development

#Event

#Workshops

#Wellness Retreat Arizona

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can check some of them out here: https://sheilamurrey.net/our-original-songs/

I am an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I’m available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

I’m “The Caring Techie” and your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Meaningful scents

Scents that mean something

I have come upon two lovely products with scents that take me back. Ah, indeed one even honors my ancestors!

A great grandfather of mine (many greats back in my lineage), happened to be a fairly known rose gardener in England or Wales. So, it may surprise you to know, as it did me, that while touring the Roman Baths in Bath, England a few weeks ago, that I would stumble upon this gem: The Wiltshire Beekeeper’s English Rose Hand Cream! I picked two up, mostly just because these tins were small and useful (neat little souvenir), and to have something to give to my sister-in-law, Rose.

Wiltshire Beekeeper’s English Rose Hand Cream

Once we got back home and I began to use this luscious rose scented balm on my hands, when suddenly I was struck with the memory of my mom always telling me a phrase her father (my grandfather) used to say, “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” Ah! And the tears flowed. I remember grandfather! I do this everyday now because it uplifts my mind and well-being. 🌹

Wiltshire Beekeeper's English Rose Hand Cream

Wiltshire Beekeeper’s English Rose Hand Cream

Wiltshire Beekeeper's English Rose Hand Cream

Wiltshire Beekeeper’s English Rose Hand Cream

Bettys Naturals Raw Shea Body Butter

Bettys Naturals Raw Shea Body Butter

Bettys Naturals Raw Shea Body Butter

Bettys Naturals Raw Shea Body Butter

Bettys Naturals Raw Shea Body Butter

Once I smelled this body butter (and I don’t normally even use body butter), I had to buy it. Yes, it smelled THAT amazing! And it’s vibrant scent somehow put me at ease.

Once I got home, I looked at the label again and realized my mom’s name was on the label: Betty. Aww! Such a mystical find! So, I am wonderfully pleased with both of these beautiful holistic products that please my well-being.

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

 

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Book Review: Voyages into the Unknown by Bruce Moen

Book Review: Voyages into the Unknown

Bruce Moen’s book, Voyages into the Unknown is deep and profound, with it’s assay into the bottomless mysteries one might imagine when you dare to dive into Afterlife exploration.

Sometimes, the word for word familiarity was uncanny with things I have experienced–other times, passages or terms were, at least initially, way over my head. Yet, Bruce’s writing kept me intrigued from start to finish–though I’m not entirely finished, as there are more books in this series to eagerly inspect.

For those of us who love fiction based on true stories, enjoy deep and riveting mysteries, or simply have a passion to dig through the numerous tangles within our Connections, I believe you’ll find this a treasured book.

Voyages into the Unknown
Voyages into the Unknown

I have enjoyed the challenge and stretch Voyages has brought to my ever evolving consciousness.

Consciousness, as a topic and in all of its aspects, beckons me to study it further, not out of mere curiosity as much as out of this fantastical question of “where do I stop and you begin?” –and because of my mother, aunt, and grandmother all suffered with Alzheimer’s dis-ease. I am a sleuth of sorts, always and in ALL ways forward-thinking to try and solve the riddle of why we’re here.

You may also like my post, Expanding Consciousness here.

Connections

I came to know Bruce’s writing through his beloved wife, Pharon. And I desired to finish her husband’s book before embarking on a Sacred Celtic Journey with my husband (a journey that Pharon, Patricia McGivern, Kim Cintio, and several more would also join).

I met Pharon on my Sedona journey, and we have stayed connected since. But, I had not gotten to know Bruce before his passing, or crossing over beyond The Veil. And I wanted to learn about him and his Afterlife exploration from having attended his memorial service, or Celebration of Life.

In order to live a wholly vibrant life, I feel we must continually expand our awareness. And when I saw several people from Bruce’s past Afterlife exploration attend his service (from as far away as Japan), I knew I must read his books. I love reading books, but reading books by those I know (or know their family member) is a real thrill!

Synchronicities

I don’t want to reveal too much, but I thought you might be interested in a few inside peeks to see what engaged me so much!

I’ll share three relevancies or synchronicities that struck a chord within me as I read, Voyages into the Unknown:

1) “Bits and pieces that ring true to your own experience…” (Bits and Pieces was the name of an establishment in my hometown of which, I can’t explain much about except it intrigued me and I looked forward to going there for years. When I was finally old enough to get in, it had closed for business.)

2) “All the events of my life seem so woven together and interconnected…” (I probably don’t need to explain why this sentence resonated with me, but if I do, read this.)

3) A powerful explanation about reoccurring dreams and how many times we remember these dreams 30 or 40 years later!

Believe it or not – a key to healing

Bruce details in his book a question that I have pondered for years. Why some people can have spontaneous healing in their bodies, yet others not–and while I agree none of us can really know how much Faith a person has, I dare say that I’ve known many who displayed great Faith (especially believing for others), yet continued to personally suffer. A key answer to this perplexing conundrum is put forth in Voyages–and it relates to how each must believe within our own frame of reference for the body to accept the healing!!!

Fascinating topics

If you are fascinated by any of the following, I believe (no, I FEEL), that you’ll love Voyages into the Unknown:

  • Afterlife exploration
  • Astrology
  • Hypnosis
  • Numerology
  • Paranormal experiences
  • Past lives
  • Quantum entanglement
  • Reincarnation

I wish for all of my readers to have fantastical synchronicities and experiences also!

Be open to receive.

Many blessings to you in ALL ways.

Amen and Namaste. OM

❤️🦋🌀

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thank OMniscience ALLways

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you came here to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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CD Review: Simple Truth by Shelley Morningsong will lighten and uplift

CD Review: Simple Truth

The following is my review of singer, writer, and soul-Connected sister-friend, Shelley Morningsong’s latest music CD: Simple Truth.

You can listen to the title track song on Shelley’s website here.

My readers know that I’ve reviewed Shelley Morningsong’s CD before and that I feel she and partner, Fabian Fontenelle, continue to authentically create spiritually uplifting and healing music that connect us with each other, as well as put us back in touch with our own souls. Anyone can listen to Simple Truth all the way through, and be moved.

Shelley’s powerful and rich vocals dive deep to our inner BEings, and stir our emotions.

Each of Shelley and Fabian’s CDs are masterfully produced, thus I feel all will richly enjoy listening. Put it on repeat. Listen intently or listen while working. Either way, you’ll receive the love put into each track on Simple Truth.

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CD: Simple Truth

Songs:

I Wanta Live opens with a single strong drumbeat to set the tone, and then the guitar comes in, following with Shelley’s powerful and rich voice. “Free my mind” she sings.  This song is an uplifting positive life affirmation. A positive message one can use to start each balanced day. Listen at any time to ground and center yourself.

Fatherless Child feels like a true and heartfelt story. I pick up some old blues in this, as it’s a slower tempo. This has clear guitar riffs and wonderful musicality. Shelley’s music is often full of deep emotion. And moving. This may bring tears if you’ve been in or known anyone in a similar situation. All are worthy of love. ❤️

Love Brought You Here is a favorite of mine and I’m not always a fan of duets, however this one is exceptional. The production on this love song is superb! Elements of soul and easy listening. A gentle piano and orchestra arrangement. And vocals that blend exquisitely. Where ever each of us has been, love has brought you here, indeed.

As I listen to the title track, Simple Truth I remember sitting outside on the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona and contemplating my life.  This song beckons us to embrace each day and all lessons. Take time to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate yourself for who you’ve become. Appreciate your family, friends, and neighbors.

Amazing Grace Interlude is a short folksy kind of instrumental of the classic spiritual tune.

Wade In The Water is a cover of a classic spiritual / blues song. I so love Shelley’s smooth voice. I’d never heard this song before, but the more I hear it, the more I enjoy it.

Soul Tie starts off with a rattle and guitar. Shelley paints an endearing story of abiding and timeless love. Soul to soul. We are knitted together and feel the ties. Kindred spirits, yes. Overlapping vocals embellish this elegant tune.

Quiet Place opens with guitar or dobro, which to my ear, lends a beautiful ancient Native American sound. The melody feels familiar. We can wait out any storm with Shelley listening to this track.

In California Dreaming, we hear Shelley’s version of this 1965 song originally written by John and Michelle Phillips and was a hit for the Mamas and the Papas.

With Good Day To Live, beautiful guitar opens and Shelley brings us in with her rich voice and story about it being a good day to live, no matter the season or circumstance. Forgive, let go, because life’s short. We love the melody and guitar work. Aho!

Finding My Way finishes off this CD with organ, piano, and Shelley’s Native American flute. A gentle healing song with an uplifting message. Forward progress promoted. No fear. Shelley encourages us to find and believe in the possibilities.

Overall, I have played Simple Truth from start to finish, even putting on repeat. It’s full of refined and graceful musical wisdom. I feel it’s a CD with which you can heal, and awaken.

Remember, We Are All Connected. Whether we have physical eyes to see or not, our loved ones stand with us. We are powerful and more loved than we may know. We Are All Related.

❤️🦋🌀

Order your own Simple Truth CD (or download individual songs if you’d prefer) from Shelley today –> Click here.

Come out to one of the following festivals or pow wow’s to meet Shelley and Fabian in person! Check the Musical Echoes Flute and Cultural event website to find upcoming dates.

I met Shelley and Fabian at the Brooksville, Florida festival after viewing their video (Click here to see the video –> on YouTube), which totally clicked when Shelley spoke the words that I was given years ago, We Are All Connected.

When you visit Shelley’s website be sure to scroll down, especially if you click on the Store or Gallery links, as there is much to see!

Another way you may wish to connect with Shelley, is through your support with Half the Sky. Click here –> Half the Sky to learn more about how you can help impoverished women and children who just need a hand up.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

I would love to emcee your outdoor health festival in Florida – reach out to me. I’m a licensed Florida notary and would love to marry people also.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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CD Review: Full Circle by Shelley Morningsong is energizing and heart-opening!

The following is my review of singer, writer, and soul-Connected friend, Shelley Morningsong’s music CD: Full Circle. 

Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have created deep and genuinely healing music that reach out to connect with our souls. Those of us who are open and warm-hearted passionately resonate with this Full Circle CD.

Shelley and Fabian have strong and smooth vocals, that play and blend melodiously. When Fabian joins Shelley, their honest voices produce an effect that seems to reach right into the soul.

Each of Shelley and Fabian’s CDs are masterfully produced, thus I feel anyone – even if you’ve never bought a Native American CD before – will richly enjoy these.

I believe you’ll love listening to Full Circle all the way through, the same as I wrote about Love Medicine. And while playing their Sacred Mother CD–from beginning to end–I put it on repeat when in a contemplative mood.

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Songs:

Return is a contemporary piece that employs, guitar, drums, percussion, and flute. Shelley sings with melodious power and strength. This song is an earnest call, a prayer. Beautiful musical wisdom with which you can flow, sway, heal, and awaken.

Crazy Johnny If you’ve ever been down, or know someone who’s been misunderstood, then saved – this song will resonate. A touching story that I had never heard put to song before. It is moving.

The only instrumental on the CD, Morning Song is blissful with its native flute and light rattle. It offers us a rich and introspective way to start each blessed day. Listen at any time you feel upset or off balance, to ground and center yourself.

Everything is One Thing is a favorite of ours. If you’ve been reading my blog posts for any length of time, you’ll know why. The song begins with a gentle flute, setting the stage beautifully for Shelley’s deep and inspirational words. This important song beckons us to unify and join together for the sake of ALL. We Are All Connected. We Are All Related. OM

Every time I listen to Slow and Gentle I think of how much I have learned about relationships and love. Yes, for some of us, the road to real love has been long, full of challenges and heartache. But, this is a love song. A warm and beautifully played native flute opens this song and Shelley’s voice steps in to tell the story. Shelley’s graceful flute comes back in the end.

I’m a Warrior evokes a deep and thought provoking survival story. It will summon profound strength from within your soul. When the drums step in, and Fabian’s voice–be empowered. Know this: You can do this. You’ve got this!

The CD’s title track is: Full Circle. This song rocks! Shelley’s soul-reaching and meaningful lyrics about life (and how each of us learn lessons along the way) make this a stand out song. The musical influences are mixed, so you can appreciate the Native American tones and enjoy this as you would any contemporary song on the radio.

Invisible People brings us several touching stories about people from different walks of life who for one reason or another seem to be down and out. The message of this song invites each of us to not only see the invisible people, but also to do something–if we can, and if they are open to receive.

Show Me Love opens with a gentle guitar and Shelley singing lyrics that paint a picturesque view and flow over us with a hopeful call for love. Fabian joins in too!

In Mustang, Fabian opens this song with the story of wild and strong mustang horses. Backed by Spanish guitar, Shelley joins in to complete this amazing and aWEsOMe song that ends with the voices from the mustangs.

Be sure to pick up your own Full Circle CD from Shelley today –> Click here.

Come out to one of the following festivals or pow wow’s to meet Shelley and Fabian in person! Check the Musical Echoes Flute and Cultural event website to find upcoming dates.

I met Shelley and Fabian at the Brooksville, Florida festival after viewing their video (Click here to see the video –> on YouTube), which totally clicked when Shelley spoke the words that I was given years ago, We Are All Connected.

When you visit Shelley’s website be sure to scroll down, especially if you click on the Store or Gallery links, as there is much to see! Stay tuned for a review of Shelley’s new CD, “Simple Truth.”

Another way you may wish to connect with Shelley, is through your support with Half the Sky. Click here –> Half the Sky to learn more about how you can help impoverished women and children who just need a hand up.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I can come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

I am interested in being the emcee for any outdoor health festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me. I’m a notary and would love to marry people during the event also.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

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Meet vibrant artist, Brenda Robinson!

I had the most energy-filled, vibrant, and nurturing of interviews with artist and soul-connected friend, Brenda Robinson.

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You see, I’d met Brenda a few months ago when we took a class with Michelle Giambra at Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu in Sarasota. And from our initial meeting I had felt a connectedness with her, but I didn’t know why. Before we left that day, she had shown Michelle and I a recent copy of one of her paintings and it literally sent a rush of energy through my body, yes, just holding that piece of paper! I’d never felt, what I term as “God bumps“, just from holding a piece of paper before, so immediately I knew there was something special here–and that I wanted to speak with Brenda more about her art.

When I learned that Brenda was showing her art at a new gallery in Lakewood Ranch, I knew it would be a great time to go see her, and hopefully interview her about her beautiful and colorful artwork.

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I only had to ask Brenda one question and our conversation flowed with so much ease and connectedness that she nearly answered all of my questions without my needing to ask many more.

So, what was that first question?

Well, I asked Brenda what inspires her when she gets up in the morning to create her art, does a muse strike, or does an idea come when she sits down with a blank canvas?

In Brenda’s humble and gracious answer, she said:

To sit down with a blank canvas is the scariest thing, and I fought that for a long, long time.

I used to do workshops creating altered books by taking old, unloved, throw-away books and turning them into beautiful works of art. The ultimate in recycling.

One of the first books I found at Goodwill was called, “Jumping for Joy” and after altering it and turning it into a beautiful art-filled memory, I painted the cover blue.

 

Some books have old, thin pages, or new books with flimsy pages or unstable spines. So, you take these kinds of otherwise unusable books, and glue pages together, or staple or sew on them, and draw or paint on them. You’ll blank out some of the words you don’t need or want, paint on the page, write on the painted page and create a journal, put your own photos inside, rendering a new kind of artwork.

I got a bit caught up in the moment when we talked about drawing though, because I’ve never considered myself as able to draw (as I’m married to a man who can draw, hence, I understand the ability and talent involved in that). So, when I told Brenda that I can’t draw she was quick to say, “Yes, you can”, “Oh, yes, you can draw.” And proceeded to give me all kinds of tips to inspire me to start–even after we concluded our interview.

Brenda really has a way of making you feel that you can do what she does! She told me a face I might draw will be my face, different from the way someone else would draw a face. Just like, God made a leaf, then any leaf I would draw would be my leaf, my interpretation of that leaf. Ahh! What an eye-opening moment for me!

Continuing on, Brenda explained,

I painted a dog for Southeastern Guide Dogs “Heroes on Parade” last year, and by the way, “Doc” came in third place out of over 50 painted dogs. He is now living in the lobby of Doctor’s Hospital, bringing joy to all who come into the front lobby. During that project, I had all this paint so I started slapping the paint on canvases and started making my imaginary flower garden. In this case, the Superhero dogs were my muse. Now, I’m not a landscape or flower type artist, and a purist probably wouldn’t like my flowers because my rose wouldn’t look like their rose.

What style or type of art do you like?

I love Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (the French post-Impressionist artist). If you look at his work, and the colors he uses, he was inspired by the gorgeous colors of Tahiti, it’s people and environment. I like Monet and all the texture of the impressionists. There was movement in their art. I didn’t know that’s why I liked it. But, it spoke to me.

Some of my all time favorite artists are: collagist, Romare Bearden, story teller and installation artist, Whitfield Lovell, and the multicolored art of Louis Delsarte.

I continue to be inspired by other contemporary artists that are too numerous to mention.

My art breathes and tells a story, there’s always a story. There is life in that memory of remembering.

Going back to the altered books.

One of the first things I used was the old time handkerchiefs that we used to iron because they brought me joy, and this book was filled with all of the symbols of what was joyful to me.

I used one with decorative edges. Fun! Also, I love butterflies, so I cut the shape of a butterfly within many of the pasted pages using an X-Acto knife and cut it so the wings would flutter. There were pages that were glued together. Some pages contained Bible verses, and song titles, such as my mother’s favorite song, “In the Garden.” [Author’s note: That was also my mother’s favorite song! Ah, synchronicity!]

There were pages with rocks on them and the words, “If you don’t praise Him the rocks will cry out to Him” and put angels on it too. One of the pages had blood on it, so I added the words, “The debt was paid in full” with a receipt from one of those receipt booklets added to the page.

Another cool thing about creating these altered books was that we’d have a group of seven people and we’d send our book to another and that person would take their turn to add to your book, and so on to another person. When you’d get your book back you’d have seven different people’s art in your book. I still have almost all of those altered books!

Now, some people don’t have patience, or want to be too exact. But not me, I’m free flowing and easy about it. If I thought I did something wrong or didn’t like what I’d created, I would just paint over it!

We looked at several of Brenda’s paintings and discussed what we see in each of them. Everyone sees different things in art, which is why I love it so much, and this is something (among many things) that Brenda and I share in common.

Brenda’s work is always spiritual. In her own words,

Painting is praying with my heart and hands. Using them to help the viewer see the common threads between us all.

God is the ultimate creator, we are made in His image. And He’s given us the glorious task of representing him on earth.

I paint how it feels to me to listen to a beautiful song, what joy feels like, hope, sadness, or grief. Painting is my response to the messy middle of our color-filled world. Color is my way of communicating. I feel most alive when I am being creative and painting! I try to capture the energy of our common humanity, where we can connect our spirits through art and show that we are more alike than different. When I complete a piece of art, I am in awe of what my Creator has allowed me to share.

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This morning, Brenda woke up with Marvin Gaye’s song on her mind, “What’s going on.” And that inspired her this morning. Whatever is going on in the community or the world right now, that’s what inspires her to paint. She writes prayers and verses on the canvas first, before she starts, and she’ll paint over them. It is important for her to have her DNA all over the canvas. And for me, as a writer and energy medicine person, the vibration of the words, they’re still there and they call me in.

I invite you to visit Brenda’s art display and spend some time to visit with her work and look for the aliveness she presents.

Please visit Brenda’s blog at: http://rubysdaughterbrenda.blogspot.com

Brenda’s website is: http://www.brendakrobinson.com

Brenda is currently displaying several pieces of her art at:

J & J Gallery 

8131 Lakewood Main Street

Suite M-106 (It’s on the corner)

Lakewood Ranch, FL

941-444-6056

I must tell you that upon stepping into J & J Gallery, I was warmly greeted (by Judy, the owners mother), and I sensed a lightness. The gallery is very expansive and energetically inviting.

Before I left, I had the opportunity to talk with Judy about the opening of the gallery and several of the artists displaying works there. It is a family gallery, so you will not see nudes there. The gallery also looks for artworks that are of an uplifting and positive nature. Thus, my visit to J & J Gallery left me with a huge amount of heartfelt appreciation for the owners and the artists. I highly recommend you stop in for a visit.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

P.S. If you find this blog informational, won’t you consider a small donation to keep it going? PayPal.Me/SheilaMurrey