Sunday, May 24, 2015

Deeply




I want to let go.
I want to run from societal constraints and smash the glass ceiling.
I want to live barefoot in the forest, amongst the trees, and become Goddess..
I want to Breathe.
Deeply
So very deeply

Inhale down to my nether regions,
Hold it.
This moment.
Right here.
Exhale.

I am grasping in a home with so many screens and walls and dejection.
I need to uncover myself..
Be stripped bare, be naked.
In the sea.
In the moonlight.
Feel the Earth under my feet, in between my toes,
Grounded.
Grounded and connected.
To light, to being.

I want to weep on my knees with the exquisite ache that resides in my heart.
It is heavy.
Heavy and full with love and gratitude, and masochistic tethers.
Am I tied to, or tied down?

I want to shatter them, break them, rip them from the ground and run,
Sprint.
Breathe.
Deeply
So very deeply

My wings are dark and excruciating,
They are desperate to expand.
To soar and be seen.
I revel with the lucid, the ecstasy, the benevolent unknown.

Like dipping a toe into the sea, I am ready for the sting.
The bite.
I welcome it.
The flame and passion are dancing on my skin. Enticing me and reminding me to..
Breathe.
Deeply
So very deeply

The light and life are reflected in my eye.
It beckons me inward.
Inward.
More.
Further still.
The divine facets of it All, lie within.

Deep as deep.
Deep as the ocean.
Here is the rapture of truth..
Not without.

To run is to forget and falsify the roots of my very soul,
I need only to dive.
And to Breathe.
Deeply
So very deeplys.




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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fantastic (and Affordable) DIY Projects For the Kitchen

Post by Paisley Hansen for the Kind Kindred series.



inage courtesy of YouTube

Many homeowners are daunted by the prospect of doing their own kitchen renovations, but there are a surprising number of projects one person or two can do by themselves. One of them is installing cabinets with sliding doors. The homeowner can build these him or herself or have them built by a carpenter. Sliding door cabinets are an unusual and arresting touch in a kitchen, and even sliding door hardware is interesting. Like other types of hardware, pulls can come in an array of materials, including metals that can be oiled, matte or highly polished. Track mounting can be placed before the doors, recessed or on the surface of cabinet interiors.

Another DIY project for the kitchen is installing tile counter-tops. Tile comes in so many colors, patterns and textures that adding it to an otherwise drab counter-top is practically irresistible. The one thing the homeowner should make sure of is that the subsurface is sturdy and waterproof and that the tiles are made for counter-tops or floors. Wall tiles are too fragile for the hard use a counter-top is put through. The project takes about two days, but at least one day needs to be set aside for the mortar to harden and for grout to cure.

Adding decoration to the walls can go a long way to accomplishing a filled out look in your kitchen Hanging pictures, or fleece fabric patterns are both good solutions here. Don’t feel like Any particular color scheme is the norm. Branch out, explore, and figure our which visual elements and colors speak to you.

Installing a new kitchen faucet is a relatively quick and easy DIY project, especially if the sink is being replaced at the same time. Fortunately, faucet replacement is easier than it was in the past, as manufacturers often sell entire replacement kits and easy plumbing connections. Another easy DIY task is the installation of a hot water dispenser. These not only provide near boiling hot water, but are aesthetically pleasing and complement the overall look of the sink.

While the DIYer considers installing a hot water dispenser, he or she might also wish to install an ice-maker. The DIYer needs to have some knowledge of basic plumbing, but once the DIYer has this, the task is also fairly easy. It requires running and draining a water line, installing a valve and mounting a solenoid. After this, the water supply line can be attached, and the factory fill tube and ice maker can be installed. When that's done, the unit can be mounted to the wall of the freezer.

Replacing a sink is obviously more involved than replacing a faucet and will probably require two people simply because of the weight of the sink. If a new counter-top is being installed, it will need to be cut to accommodate the sink. The DIYer will also need to be familiar with the sink's plumbing. A self-rimming sink is the easiest sink to install, but an under-mounted sink allows for an easier clean-up. Stainless steel sinks should be at least 16 or 18 gauge and should have an insulated underside to dampen the noise. The best choice is an cast-iron sink. Though heavy, it deadens noise and is long lasting. A cast iron sink can also be enameled.

If the kitchen's lighting is uninspiring, a DIYer can also install new and better lighting. This might be as simple as installing a dimmer switch. Task lights can be placed beneath over-sink cabinets and even inside cabinets and drawers. More complicated projects may involve installing a pendant light or chandelier or recessed or track lighting. However, the DIYer needs to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of his home's electrical system and make sure that the power is off before the project begins. The power needs to be shut off at the service panel, then a voltage tester should be used to make sure that the power is all the way off.

Happy DIYing!

Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. 
When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym..
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Pink Cottage




What wonderful peace I have found
in the loving arms of quiet solace
it's in the retreat I have calmed down
and this is how I hear her

What a life changer this solitude is
bringing me light in places once too dark
not knowing how I lived like this
such is the need for deep reflection

The pink cottage down the path
this is where I can go to find time away
and the silence brings thoughts to catch
this is a luxury I find myself enjoying

Stillness is often the journey itself
just to find time alone in this chaos
feeling the hermit's energy and help
spirit pulls me in her blanket of peace

This is the light in the dark I've needed
this is the quiet and the silence
this is the answer to why I retreated
this is the reason for spiritual solitude


Published writer & ‘Unique-tivity Guide’, Renee Avard-Furlow runs a successful site where she shares her writings & reflections, offers spiritually-based services and shares ‘Magic Musepirations’ monthly. 

She currently has two short eBooks available on Amazon, with more planned & is writing her poetic memoir, due out in late 2015.

She can be found at: www.reneeavardfurlow.com, on Facebook  and Twitter.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Dash

Post by Taralee Hurff for the Kind Kindred series.


photo courtesy of Timothy Vollmer on Flickr

Linda Ellis wrote a poem called “The Dash” in 1996. It is inspiring, thought provoking and the words have the capacity to literally change your life. Here is the link to the poem. Please take a moment to soak up the words that will flow effortlessly making perfect sense.

I read this poem now and again when I lose someone close to me or when I have someone in my life suffering from a loss or preparing for a loss. I prefer to celebrate a person’s life not mourn the loss, and this poem helps me to remember and focus on that. Celebrating the person’s life doesn’t make the loss any less painful and it doesn’t take away the questions of why or the unrivaled void you feel in your heart. What it does allow is the sun to peek out from the shadows of hurt, confusion, anger and fear. It allows you to smile when your eyes are clouded by the tears of memories that you are afraid will somehow slip away over time. Celebrating them keeps your hearts connected.

Think about the celebration that occurs when we are born, the love that surrounds us and the wonder of what we will become as we grow and live out our “dash.” What if we took that celebration to another level when a loved one’s time is called upon? What if we made it about really celebrating their “dash” and what they have meant to us? What if we paid our respects by sharing a favorite memory with their immediate loved ones or maybe having everyone participate in the person's favorite past time? Think like the show Parenthood when the family played a game of baseball together to honor and remember the happy after losing their father and patriarch of the family. These types of moments, I believe, help us to let more of that sunshine come out of the shadows cast by death and loss.

I choose to remember moments of that person’s “dash” that bring a big heartwarming smile to my face or even cause the shed of a happy tear of a time we spent together. If it is a friend that is suffering the loss I want to be able to remind them of a special moment or memory that embraces them like a warm hug. There is no right or wrong way to handle the death of a loved one or the inevitable array of emotions that surround and sometimes consume us. There is no timeline on grieving. Ride the wave but don’t get lost in the rip tide. Remember, the ones you lost don’t want that for you. They want you to smile and live out the rest of your “dash” as abundantly and joyfully as you can. They want you to keep them close to your heart, not have their memory destroy it.

There are no promises of a new day, but there can be a grateful heart for every new day you are given. The poem hits the nail on the head. Life isn’t about what we accumulate or accomplish, life is about how we live and love and spend the time in our “dash.” Are you living and loving within your “dash” in a true and real way? Are you grateful each day? Are you showing and speaking your love for those that matter to you? Are you having meaningful interactions and creating joy in your life? The impending question is if your time is called upon at this very moment would you be proud of the things someone would speak of how you spent your “dash?”



Taralee received a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and Criminal Justice from Moravian College. She received her Special Education Teacher certification from DeSales University. Taralee is a NJ certified Teacher of the Handicapped, and has been working in the home and school settings for over 15 years. Taralee is currently President of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Regional New Jersey Early Intervention Collaborative, she is serving in her fourth year as a Board member. 
Taralee’s most important job is raising her three creative and inquisitive children (ages 9, 7, and 4) in Southern NJ. 
Taralee's book "100 Things To Do Before You Are 10" was published in April 2014. 
Please visit her Facebook page or send an e-mail for ordering information.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Get comfortable with uncertainty



photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

Should I or shouldn't I... do that, go there, try it, stop that, start this... the list goes on. Analysis paralysis and decision making fear are things we all deal with. How do you make a good decision? How do you know it's the right decision?
TRUTH, truth? 

Nobody ever knows if a decision is 100% right. Life isn't black and white. It's many (more than 50!) shades of gray.

So what's a human to do with all of this uncertainty? Pull up some snuggly socks and get comfortable.

Uncertainty is a huge part of our human experience, and it's something that most of us don't like to admit, even to our closest friends. It's so much easier to pretend you're sure, there's no doubt and this is absolutely the right choice.

In my experience, that's not how it really feels, but there are some ways to become more comfortable with that uncertainty and open up so many more possibilities. My favorite way is to approach decisions, new situations and uncertainty inducing choices, is with an attitude of curiosity. It's natural to want to know how something's going to turn out. Trust me, the control-loving part of me would love to be able to predict everything, but that's just not how life works. What does work is curiosity. Curiosity takes the pressure off of being right, and creates space for whatever comes next.

Here's how this looks in real life: 


Suzy wants to try some new things, but she's scared no one will like her, unsure if she'll like the MeetUp group she joined, and generally uncertain about what to try. Suzy could easily stew for days, imagining all of the possible ways this could play out...OR...Suzy could simply be curious about the event. She could wonder if it'll be fun or boring; if the people will be welcoming or snobby.

AND 
Suzy can give herself permission to change her mind. Once she makes a choice and tries something new, her attitude of curiosity allows her the freedom to form a real opinion about the activity. If she loves it, she stays. If it's a snooze-fest, she allows herself to leave.

By approaching new things with an attitude of curiosity, the fear and paralysis of making 'the right' decision is removed, and you get to experience the infinite possibilities that open up. You also get to experience the empowerment that comes from truly allowing yourself to make a choice, that's not based in fear.

So, where are you going to use your curiosity?


Thanks for being on the journey with me.
❤, Lara

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dusty Grins




Cold nights behind the hollow masks
Of wealthy teeth and rich refrains
With faces dull and dusty grins
Smug in the warmth that doesn’t ask
Of others’ paths and walks away
In silent stares to cobble stones
That echo darkness left unseen
By steps that quicken with dismay
And crave forgetful locks on doors
So keen
To keep the words without that stir
The dormant fossil of the soul
Like coal
With sparks and breeze to breathe and seethe;
So, dampened down with dry old drops
The paces drum
And faces
Drown for want of change – they don’t
Exchange a word, a look, a smile
But hide behind the surge of bile
Which spins
On faces dull and dusty grins.



Adriano Bulla, a servant of Calliope, was born in Italy and lives in London. He has been publishing books since 2005, when his first collection of poetry, Ybo' and Other Lies hit the shelves; he has since published a surreal and unusual novel, The Road to London, which mixes poetry and prose, a collection of short stories, Tales for the Free Mind and Open Heart and a second book of poetry, Queer Poems, he has also published a study on Dante and Coleridge and a grammar book. His constant search for new and innovative forms in Literature, intense and unusual imagery has been accompanied by a growing awareness of social and psychological issues.
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