Emotional Health

Good Samaritan Gift Card Mission 2016

Good Samaritan Gift Card Mission 2016

It's Christmastime again and that means it's time for... Good Samaritan gift cards!

If you haven't been around my blog for the last couple years and don't know what that means, let me tell you.  

Every year, I buy four or five gift cards and carry them around with me so I can give them to strangers as I feel led.  They're not extravagant... usually just small amounts to Harris Teeter and Target.  But to the person on the receiving end, they can mean the world.  Especially when the world is full of chaos and we all could use a little more love and kindness.

Living an Intentional Life vs. Living in Your Head

Living an Intentional Life vs. Living in Your Head

When I explain the meaning of bucket list living to people, I often say, it means living the life you "live in your head" in real life.

But what do I mean by the life you live in your head?

You know, all those things that you think about doing... all the things you dream about accomplishing... the places you imagine going and the hobbies or activities you mean to start.

Tidying Up Your Computer

Tidying Up Your Computer

When it comes to tidying up our workspaces to be more productive, our focus is usually on the stuff around the computer - the file folders, post-it notes and overflowing piles of paperwork.  But while it is important to organize your desktop, tidying up the computer itself can make a big difference in your productivity since you won’t have to spend hours looking for a single email or piece of saved information.

So, how do you do it?  Try these six simple steps and you’ll be feeling less like a hoarder and more like a virtual virtuoso in no time!

How to Create an AM or PM Routine That Will Lead to Better Days or Restful Nights

How to Create an AM or PM Routine That Will Lead to Better Days or Restful Nights

Routines have always been a bit of a conundrum for me.  

I like (make that... LOVE) organization, lists and color-coded files, so it would only make sense that I like routines too.  Except that I have never really liked having to be somewhere at a certain time or do something at a certain time (which is why I work for myself!).  I would much rather accomplish things on my own time, in my own way.

But when I got struck with advanced adrenal fatigue in 2014, I really had no choice anymore.

6 Things My Mom Taught Me About Life (Without Even Knowing It)

6 Things My Mom Taught Me About Life (Without Even Knowing It)

The other day, as my friend was struggling to find the right word to describe how she felt, I interceded with a quote from my mom.

"You feel like a dishrag," I said.

What's funny is, when I said it in that moment and again when I just typed it, that makes total sense to me.  But I'm guessing probably to others, notsomuch.

To "feel like a dishrag" basically means you are out of energy, kaput, done-zo.  What that actually has to do with a dishrag, I have no idea.  But that was just one of the many "Rose-isms" that I got used to over the years.  

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

The other day while driving on the highway, I did something that I never do.

I turned the radio off.

That might not seem like a big deal to most people.  But for me, it was HUGE.

See, I never and I do mean NEVER turn the radio off.  It is always on and if I happen to need to hear something, I will turn down the volume.  But I never turn it off.

I'm not even sure why really.  I just always like to have music on in the background.

Or so I thought.

This One Photo Explains the Adult I Grew Up to Be

Yep.  That about sums it up.  

  • I am being adventurous/crazy/goofy.
  • My mom is scared senseless by it.
  • My dad seems rather bored by the whole situation.

I found this picture when I was going through my mom's stuff after she passed away in 2013.  And although there were a lot of others that were sweeter, cuter or more sentimental, I knew this one was a keeper.

It literally sums up my entire childhood AND why I grew up to be the way I am as an adult.

Changing the Legacy

Changing the Legacy

I loved my mom to pieces.

She was seriously my best friend and we could talk on the phone for HOURS on end.  In fact, believe it or not, we once talked on the phone for EIGHT HOURS without realizing it.  Yes, the length of an average person's workday.  Granted, it was from like 6 in the evening until like 2 in the morning.  But still... who does that??

So I love when people tell me that I remind them of her... either in looks or personality or even the sound of my voice.  I can only hope that I will be as generous, kind and loving as she was.  And if I'm lucky, I might carry on her "there's no way that's your age!" trait.

But all of that said, there is one pretty major thing that I don't want to carry on from my mother...

Review: Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet from Starrhealthyself.com

Review:  Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet from Starrhealthyself.com

Recently, I was asked to review an essential oil diffuser bracelet from the blog and shop, Starrhealthyself.com.  And I'll admit, I didn't know which way it was gonna go.

On one hand, I LOVE essential oils and am super interested in learning about more ways to use them (right now, I mostly use them in a small, electric diffuser I keep in my bedroom).  But on the other hand, I've never been much of a bracelet fan.  

I try... I really do.  But I always end up taking them off halfway through the day, because they are usually annoying me.  This is typically not the bracelet's fault.  But instead because of my freakishly-thin wrists that can't seem to support anything more substantial than a rubber band.


The Importance of Self Care and Putting Your Own Needs First (It Doesn't Make You a Bad Person!)

The Importance of Self Care and Putting Your Own Needs First (It Doesn't Make You a Bad Person!)

(If just reading the words “putting your own needs first” in that title made you cringe a little, this post is for you.)

Are you the type of person who does everything for everyone?

You cook the meals, you clean the house, you take on the extra projects at work, you coach the kids’ sporting events, you volunteer… and then at the very end of the day, if you have any time or energy left, you might pay attention to yourself.

Sound familiar?