Inspiration

General inspiration

Potpourri

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It’s simple and fun to dry flowers, add turn them into potpourri by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils!

Of course, potpourri was a much bigger deal in the 80’s, but I haven’t recovered! I just love flowers and watching them dry and turn different, vibrant shades of loveliness.

What would a person do with potpourri you ask? Well, here are a few ideas:

You can put the dried, scented petals into small sachet bags and use them to give your clothing drawers a nice smell, or hang them in your closet or use them in your linen closet. Of course you could gift them too!

Note: sachet bags can be made easily by sewing small squares of lace {or some other sheer fabric} together and tying the top closed with thin ribbon. Or better yet, put a small rubber band around the neck of the bag to hold it tightly closed, and then tie a ribbon around that. If you want to take it a step further, you could sew a casing in the top of the bag and use ribbon as a drawstring.

It’s also nice to add potpourri to bath salts, just for color.

{It seems we’ve talked about making bath salts before, but here’s a little reminder since we’re in flower season!}

1 cup Epsom salts
about 5 drops essential oil (singles or blend)
2 tsp dried flower petals (optional)

You can use a little or a lot of these salts in a nice, relaxing bath. Very therapeutic and beneficial for you or someone you love. In a small, plain or decorative jar, this makes a fun friend gift.

I hope you are well on this summer day!

Sending you my love and best wishes.

Jacque

Speak. The. Words.

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Ladies. Please, please change the words that you think and say about yourself if they are anything less than positive.

I heard reference to yet another study that was done in the 70’s about the power of words.

Under hypnosis, healthy subjects were told that their hearts were sick and malfunctioning. After this suggestion, electrocardiograms were done and the test results were taken to a cardiologist who declared that the subjects had a matter of hours to live. The heart “listened” and began to behave as if it were ill.

Our bodies are listening. Our minds are listening. Our beliefs are listening.

I know that sounds strange, but it is true.

I don’t care if you don’t mean it at first, but please begin if you haven’t already, to speak kind and encouraging words to yourself.

I recommend that you begin with the simple phrase, “I like myself, I love myself.”

Create miracles by speaking God’s truth about you.

You are indeed loved. You are indeed wonderful. You are indeed needed and adored.

That is the truth.

Please don’t wait. Please don’t think that this is a great idea for others but not for you. Or if the idea just sounds nutty, please trust me and do it anyway.

“Oh the places you’ll go” when you give the gift of love and acceptance to yourself.

Love to you!

Jacque

P.S. What if you get good at this and you’re beginning to feel better by thinking and speaking better, and then you have a really challenging day and find yourself berating your abilities and efforts and everything else? It’s simple. The moment  you realize that you are abusing yourself in any way, you stop yourself in your tracks and you repent! Right then! You apologize to your creator and to yourself and you pick yourself up gently and move forward. It takes less than ten seconds! Accept the mistake, own it, say you are sorry and start pouring positives over your mind and heart! I truly believe that we offend God when we speak ill of ourselves or others. We’ve all made the mistake. But we know how to make it right! The goal is to be “in love” and not to go out.

“I am strong!”
“I am healthy!”
“I am learning new ways of being.”
“I am full of hope and love.”

 

 

New Slow Cooker Steak

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This turned out to be delicious! And is there anything easier than putting something in the slow cooker in the morning and adding fresh salad and vegetables and rice to it later? Voila! Dinner is done!

Toss the steak in a bag with cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

Grate carrots. Press garlic cloves. {If you don’t yet have a garlic press, put it on your list!}

Put oil, amino’s, carrots, garlic, water and honey in crock pot.

Add meat and carrots, set timer for 4-6 hours.

1 1/2 pounds flank steak
1/4 cup corn starch or arrowroot
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
4 medium garlic cloves minced
3/4 cup Bragg’s amino’s
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1-2 cups grated carrots
Green onion or chives for garnish

Serve over brown rice. {I wish I had gotten a “finished” picture before we ate it! You’ll have to enjoy seeing the finished product when you make it!}

I hope you enjoy this! Happy day to you!

Love,

Jacque

“I Welcome Rest”

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Do you ever feel torn between getting some rest and tackling a project or catching

up on something that you haven’t had a chance to get to yet?

I feel for that dilemma, I’ve had it many times myself.

What I am learning in my age is that there isn’t much that is worth exhaustion or mental or physical fatigue the following day.

And come to think of it, usually the equation isn’t really about accomplishing things, but more about having an attitude about “not having the time” you want to do the things you want. Am I right?

Hear the martyr in this equation?

In essence it’s saying, “I have to sacrifice feeling well and rested, in order to do my thing and keep up.”

But, what if your un-rested self is hard to live with come morning? Or the feeling of victim-hood flowing out to all the household is in turn putting the people that “take” your time in the perpetrator role?

Eeek. If any of this rings true for you, I’d say maybe it’s time to make a little mental shift. Kids don’t need to feel as though they are the cause of your frustration. Your spouse doesn’t need to feel burdened by a feeling of resentment coming from across the table. And you, you don’t need to run faster than you have strength.

Yes, there are times of illness or other circumstances that encroach on a mother’s sleep, but when it is up to us to rest or stay up too late because we can, I’d say, go for the rest! And yes, sometimes a rest can be just a change of scenery or a little break of some kind!

Ultimately, those things that need to be done {which are far fewer than we usually think} will eventually get done. Those that aren’t terribly important will fall away. There are times and seasons for all good things, and before you know it this fleeting season will have passed by.

Please welcome the rest you need. Consider your health and the resultant resilience you will enjoy! And how much you can accomplish when you are truly rested and fresh.

This is yet one more way that your self-care is a large blessing to your family!

Love to you!

Jacque

Coming Soon!

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Coming soon to Lioness is a stunning bouquet of declarations set to music and illustrated with inspiring pictures! The intent is to fill your mind with words of truth about who you are with music that will bring those words to life and make them mentally “sticky” along with colorful visions about your creative journey and a reminder of the beauty of each day. I will challenge you to watch or listen to the video daily and let the messages lift your spirits and train your brain.

Can’t wait to share it with you!

Meanwhile, how is this week going for you thus far?

May I challenge you to set a timer on your phone at several intervals throughout the next few days to remind yourself to take a few deep breaths? To lower your shoulders and relax your jaw? In those few moments, also consider running a few hand-picked declarations through your mind that will keep you on track with your current goals. They might be as simple as,
“I am smiling at my children,” or
“I am moving forward” or
“I am calm and happy.”

By deliberately using your agent-hood, you will diminish the temptation to feel like a martyr taking up the slack or like a victim to the circumstances of your life.

Your words are your power.

Love always,

Jacque