My Mind Is A Garden

Two Royal Empress TreesI have never been interested in gardening and always joked about having a “brown” thumb. I somehow managed to kill a cactus. Miraculously, all that has changed for me but it did not happen overnight. It has been a very long and difficult process. The last ten years have been extremely challenging ones for my family but in many ways they have been a blessing as well. The gardening has been the end result and has become one of my passions. I won’t get into the “issues” in my life that forced me to look at myself and change but I will talk a little about the journey.

I spent some time with my best friend Linda who is an avid gardener. She knew about my struggles and wanted me to have the peace and serenity she finds when she spends time in her garden. Linda told me to think of my mind as a garden. She said “you are the gardener”. Of course, I thought she was nuts at first, being that my life was crumbling, I decided to listen and try and follow her path. She told me that my mind was filled with negativity and the result of planting negative thoughts resulted in thorns. She promised me if I planted positive seeds my mind would produce a bountiful bouquet. Sound hokey? It did to me but I gave it my all as I always do and little by little, I began to blossom and my life changed in many ways. Whenever I feel my mind going back to the negativity, I quickly switch to the beautiful garden in my mind and immediately feel the stress start to dissipate.

I don’t know what I would do without my friend Linda. To thank her for her free psychotherapy, I sent her a King’s Ransom of Two Royal Empress Trees. Her garden is now filled with multiples of Two Royal Empress Trees which flower the most magnificent masses of lavender flowers. Besides the physical beauty of the trees, lavender scent has a calming effect which aids in the reduction of anxiety and stress. A natural relaxant! 

Think about what you are focusing on the majority of the time. Is it negative or positive? Let go of the negative and allow your mind to become of garden of peace and serenity! You deserve it! As Dr. Martin Luther King said: “The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right”. The time is now, my friends! Take care of yourselves and don’t forget to send me snap shots of your gardens.

Get the Results You Want With No Effort!

Two Italian Tomato PlantsNO EFFORT!!! Did I catch your attention? I bet I did… I would also guess that you think this is a diet gimmick. Am I right? Guess what? It is about diet but not about losing weight. It’s about getting the right nutrients in order to stay healthy. What better way to get vitamins than from Two Italian Tree Tomatoes from Rush Industries. Two Italian Tree Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Lycopene is beneficial to fight different kind of diseases, most of all cancer. Tomatoes also contain fiber which prevents diabetes, asthma, colon cancer, and lowers the amount of cholesterol from the body. Tomatoes contain vitamin C and A, which fights aging, soothes skin and hair. It also contains vitamin K which helps build bones.

Enough about vitamins let’s discuss “No Effort”. I am definitely not known for my green thumb. In fact, I am embarrassed to say I have killed cacti. Last year on mother’s day, one of my children bought me Two Italian Tree Tomatoes and convinced me to try my hand at gardening, yet again. He promised me that they were easy to grow and required no trimming, no pruning and no effort. He told me his girlfriend’s mother had planted them and they produced over 50 pounds of tomatoes. Although I was a bit skeptical to say the least, I gave it a try. I did not believe that it truly required “no effort”. I am a very busy woman, who works, runs a household and never has a moment to herself. I am sure many of my female readers can relate to that.

Amazingly, we had the most delicious tomatoes last year and we are contemplating starting a tomato sauce business. We have a secret family recipe passed down from my great, great grandmother. My children have been asking me for years to package it and sell it. The problem has always been the tomatoes were never quite right. Well, these are the perfect tomatoes! They are mouth, watering delicious. I have never tasted a tomato like it in the United States. When I taste them, it reminds me so much of Italy, one of my favorite places to visit.

I still can’t believe I got the results I wanted with no effort! I am quite proud of myself. You may be seeing my name very soon on grocery shelves, so keep your eyes open. I may even send my readers free samples….. Good idea? Let me know what you think!

Could This Be The New Normal?

News Flash: Did you hear that a department store in Sweden introduced “normal size mannequins” instead of size 00? How exciting is that? Could this be the new normal? I was so excited when I heard this on the news. The latest rage in Sweden are these “real women” mannequins sizes 12 and 16. I couldn’t believe how fabulous they looked when I saw them. As excited as I was at the news, I heard some negative comments which is always the case when something new comes along. The comments included that they are “condoning obesity” which is certainly not the case. By the way, did you know that the average woman is a size 14? I don’t know about you but I’m tired of that skinny, scrawny, anorexic look. In my opinion those women look absolutely miserable. In my opinion they never look happy, do you agree? If you haven’t noticed, take a look and let me know what you think. I am not telling women to let themselves go and eat whatever they want but we have to learn to love ourselves and love the bodies that God blessed us with. With that being said, LOL, I discovered a Lower Belly Shaper at Rush Industries which is giving me just that little extra support I need after giving birth to four children. After all, no matter how many miles I run, or how many crunches I do, mother nature has taken a bit of a toll on my body. I bought a very cute Panty Girdle that gives me just that little bit of extra support I need under my pants or skirts. Besides being comfortable, it is sexy and very affordable. I also bought the Powernet Control Panty for days when I feel as if I need a bit more control in my butt as well as my thighs. Now that the mannequins are larger sizes, maybe I can apply for a job as a model… Hmmm, now that’s a thought…

Do You Feel Love?

Have you ever heard it said that love cures? I heard someone say that love cures those who give it and it cures those who receive it. 
I’m not sure I believe it but a friend of mine who is battling cancer told me that this is what helped her through the challenges of her illness. She said love is no mystery, but its results are magical in many ways. It’s generally accepted by many people that a lot of illnesses are psychosomatic. Many of us often feel anxiously alone, abandoned, lonely, fearful, and unloved. As a result of these feelings we often express our need through our bodies. It is so sad that so many of us are so hindered. We have the power to change that if we are willing participants in a solution. The action one must take to achieve this is simple. The only requirement is the decision to act with favor toward one another. Try using your eyes and give a struggling person a loving look offering him or her the strength to try and try again and thus succeed with whatever their challenge may be. With no more effort than a genuinely warm glance, you can change the course of history today, tomorrow, always. She told me that she was so sick and was losing her will to live until two of her friends nursed her back to health. She said it was their love that nursed her back and she is now on the road to recovery.

She bought them Cancer Bracelets to show her gratitude for all the love they showered upon her. “What Cancer Cannot Do: corrode faith, shatter hope, destroy peace, silence courage, invade the soul, steal eternal life, conquer the spirit, cripple love, kill friendship, suppress memories.”

How To Overcome Fear With Visual Imagery

My advice for the day!
Take this great thought and dwell upon it: “We have nothing to fear in all the universe!” Did you know that you have the power of control through the wise use of your subconscious mind? Try sitting down quietly and think about a beautiful lake on top of a mountain; envision a still, quiet night. Imagine the surface of the quiet, placid lake and you will see the stars, moon and perhaps the nearby trees mirrored in the water. If there is a disturbance in the water, you won’t see the stars or the moon. Try to quiet your mind, relax and let go and think of peace and stillness

I lead a very busy life, work full time plus and am often filled with fear. When I get home at the end of a long day I often have a very difficult time quieting my mind and relaxing making my fears much more prominent. A friend of mine suggested I Buy Lavender Plants and plant them in my backyard. I took her advice and bought a Set of 10 For Only $44.98 from Rush Industries. I now have magnificent cascades of gorgeous richly French lavender that takes my breath away.

Back to the above great thought… I began doing some visual imagery with my lavender and I have finally achieved the peace and stillness I have always sought but was never able to obtain. In fact, there is a body of water adjacent to my backyard and I see the cascades of lavender in the stillness of the water when dusk arrives. In addition to the mirrored waters of my mind, I have the advantage of calming my mind through my beautiful garden. I have finally learned that if my mind is too busy or there is something that is bothering me, I won’t see the beauty of the world and will go back to a place of fear. My visual imagery is my saving grace thanks to my lavender…I no longer live in fear!

My Uncle Tom, A True World War II Hero!

Believe it or not, for much of the 20th century, asbestos was as normal in the United States military as red, white and blue. Asbestos was everywhere to be found in the military due to its ability to insulate and fireproof! The men and women whose job it was to protect our country viewed asbestos as a vital ingredient to help safeguard them. Asbestos was prevalent in all branches of services and was everywhere by design as mandated from the top.

Today, asbestos is another story, a sad story, a story of illness, disabilities and sometimes, even death! Many of our Veterans who risked their lives for our freedom are forced to cope with life-changing illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestos-caused lung cancer and asbestosis. Often times the life expectancy of the disease is short compared to that of other cancers and quite frequently patients are not diagnosed properly until the disease is in its late stages.

I recently visited with my Uncle Tom, a World War II Veteran who is unfortunately ailing from mesothelioma. He told me about Weitz & Luxenberg, a law firm which has become a household name due to their television commercials regarding asbestos. Uncle Tom informed me that they are the top asbestos lawyers in the country and he is so grateful to have found them. Although Uncle Tom, is quite ill, he was pleased to tell me that for the first time in months, he feels hopeful, not only that he will get the medical treatment he needs but also because he was compensated monetarily. He said Weitz & Luxenberg held his hand from the minute he walked into their offices. They guided him to Asbestos Veteran an organization that matched him with a veteran advocate who advised him every step of the way.

I am so happy Uncle Tom’s questions and needs are being handled by competent, trustworthy people. I hope other veterans are as fortunate as my dear Uncle Tom and find their way to Weitz & Luxenberg!

“I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July”

God Bless America, God Bless Our Veterans and God Bless The Home of the Brave!

Don’t Miss Lady Liberty!

I heard on the news that the Statue of Liberty will reopen on July 4th, 2013 after it was closed in October 2012. Liberty Island suffered significant infrastructure damage from Hurricane Sandy which rocked the east coast.

Did you know that Lady Liberty officially celebrated her 100th birthday in 1986? The Statue was given to the United States by France in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Lady Liberty’s symbolism has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as international friendship.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island embraces one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern, and eastern Europeans into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains, that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. The Island served these immigrants as the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new life in America.

My maternal grandfather passed through Ellis Island way back in the early 1900s and I think his name may even be engraved on the walls. I plan on visiting this summer with all of my family to pay tribute to all who passed through and will continue to pass through to live in the great United States of America, the land of freedom and opportunity. As a tribute to Lady Liberty, I discovered 4th of July Military Gifts for friends of mine in the military to show my appreciation for all they do for our Country and other countries throughout the world. I bought a bunch of USA Flags and USA Home of the Brave Caps. Be sure to visit my blog for pictures of the group. It is going to be a glorious celebration!

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The Statue of Liberty Ellis Island, Symbol of Freedom & Opportunity!

Are You Still Subjecting Yourself To Painful Bikini Waxes?

I don’t understand why I haven’t learned my lesson yet!!! I have been using the Epilady Legend for over 6 months and for some silly reason I decided to go back to the salon and subject myself to a bikini wax yet again… There must be some inexplicable reason why I subject myself to pain… I think I need some serious psyotherapy for this issue, don’t you agree? Why would anyone voluntarily agree to lay down on a table, allow a stranger to pour hot wax on their private parts and then allow them to tear it off??? Yikes, just typing the words is sending me into a painful tizzy LOL.

I’m going on vacation with my husband and children and popped into a salon in the neighborhood, stripped down naked and subjected myself to the most excruciatingly painful bikini wax I have ever had. Don’t bother feeling sorry for me because I should have known better. I sound like my mother who always seems to remember to say: “I told you so!” It’s as if she takes pleasure in letting me know I made a mistake, especially if I have done it over and over again. That’s a hot topic for another day. I can entertain you with mother ~ daughter stories forever but today it is about my bikini. I’m definitely switching back to my Epilady which removes even the shortest and finest hair by the root and leaves my skin smooth for up to 4-6 weeks. I probably shouldn’t be sharing such personal information with you but my private parts have been as smooth as a baby’s bum since I started using my Epilady. I must have been having a senior moment when I walked into the salon. I can assure you that will never happen again. You had to see the looks on the other customers faces when I walked out of the room. The shrieks they heard coming out of the waxing room will surely be the talk of the town for a long time to come. LOL…

A 3-Step Formula For Peace Within

I have Serenity Bracelets that help me seek peacefulness at times of uncertainly. It seems that few of us would admit to wanting anything but peace then why does it evade us so often? Have you heard that we receive that which we seek? Then if we are feeling stressed, uncertain or afraid we are obviously not seeking peace. What we obsess about and what we think we want are frequently far different. The former is what we usually get. I have a formula for discovering peace and it is quite simple if you try following 3 steps:

Step 1: Stop Thinking
Step 2: Quiet Your Mind
Step 3: Turn your attention to your Spirit within and ask for clarity, for a perspective, for a forgiving heart.

If you follow these three steps peace will come.

I know you are asking, if it’s so easy, why aren’t we surrounded by more peaceful companions?
The answer is because the noisy ego self is so seductive. Our egos clamor for our attention just as it clamors for control of our lives and the lives of others. The ego is so strong it convinces us we will be more secure if it is in charge. By painfully learning, again and again, that that’s not the case eventually leaves an indelible mark. When we reach that point of desperate pain peace will seek us. Change the path you are on and let your Higher Power guide you and you will find the peace within. It is a fool proof formula! I use it on a daily basis so I can attest to the claims! Try it and see for yourself!

“God Grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to Change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.” Look within, find inner strength, peace and serenity…I did!

A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of A Member Of The Special Forces

My friend Alan is a member of the Special Forces. Members of the Special Forces are highly trained to perform unconventional, often high-risk missions. I saw him last week after a long deployment to Afghanistan and he was a different person than the one I had known years before. He told me:

“I am prepared and ready to fulfill my obligation as a soldier of the United States! I recite this mantra every morning before I get out of bed. As soldiers we undergo extensive training and frequent drilling. We are put through exercises in various simulations of actual battle, so that we will be ready when the enemy attacks. Obviously, to wait until the attack and then prepare ourselves would be suicidal. Therefore, the prepartions must come long before the attack. Preparing for the enemy is the same as waiting for the negative voice inside my head that is seeking to destroy my serenity. The negative voice is a most cunning enemy, with a huge array of tactics and singlemindedness of purpose. The negativity never tires and has infinite patience, lurking in stealth and waiting for an opportunity to attack just like the physical enemy. Confronted with such a persistent and formidable foe, a person must be prepared at all times. With that being said I begin this preparation as soon as I awaken expressing my gratitude towards my Higher Power for another day of life. The acknowledgment helps me center myself and dedicate myself to serving my Higher Power and my fellow countrymen. This further increses my capacity to resist the destructive maneuvers of my negative inner voice as I train my mind and accustom my body in how to think and act. This helps me maintain a state of alertness and preparedness against the attempts of my negative inner voice to mislead me.”

I was so impressed with his dedication and the manner in which he trains his mind on a daily basis in order to prepare not only for battle but for life on a daily basis. I bought him Special Forces Rings in commemoration of his service in the Armed Forces gallantly defending our Country. The rings are distinctly designed with the official insignia of the US Special Forces. The sides of the rings contain finely sculpted US Special Forces emblems as well. He was so touched by my generosity, he said he will treasure it as a keepsake for generations to come. God Bless Alan and all of our troops! The time for world peace is now!!!