Self-care ideas

Ideas and inspiration about the need to care for ones self

Oils!

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Are you using essential oils? I have some new favorites I wanted to share with you.

There are so many oil companies out there. And many of them produce subpar products. I have enjoyed this company a lot because their oils are high quality while being practically priced. Very practically priced.

A few months ago I purchased Eden’s Garden’s ceramic diffuser and two oil blends that are soooo lucsious! Joy and Aphrodisiac. {They offered a couple of blends at a reduced price with the diffuser or I may not have tried these particular ones. Ha!}

They are each wonderful alone but they also are great together.
{Wish I could post a smell sample!}

Besides being fun to wear, oils are such a wonderful way to put beautiful scents in your home without using toxic chemical sprays and synthetic fragrances in candles or the like.

I am very pleased with this diffuser too. It is nice looking and works very well. If you’ve never owned one, I highly recommend them!

Love to you in all you are doing today! You’re leaving things better and I love you for it!

Jacque

Wow!

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Hello friends. It’s been a few days of a technical difficulty and now we’re back online. Thank you for your patience!

Today I’d simply like to say, wow! You ladies amaze me!

You are fighting the good fight of finding time for self-care in the midst of very challenging circumstances. You may not feel like you are winning, but remember that every thought and every glance in the direction of caring for yourself is taking you closer and closer to your best self. Think on it, speak of it, enlist the support of your family and make it happen little by little.

You are learning from mistakes. You are learning about what makes you tick, what you natively do well and what you have to work to achieve.

You are learning that sometimes you react in ways you’d like to change. You see that you are susceptible to “button pushing” and you’re striving to be ever more in control of yourself.

You are gaining experience, the kind that brings wisdom with time, through each difficulty and in each realtionship.

You are hanging on and in the end, showing your true, beautiful colors.

You are tough. You are brave. You are, while human and ever-learning, a great force for good.

You are also learning to cut yourself some slack and to speak to yourself in a more tempered and gentle voice. You are also learning about the struggles of others which makes you feel less in competition with them and more charitable toward them.

You’re making it. Keep going. Find simple solutions to the small problems and you will find greater peace and success in the seemingly large issues before you.

Mostly, keep you eye on the prize. The prize of building a family and finding your best self and joy in the process.

With love and confidence,
Jacque

Drought

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It is dry as a bone at our house. Good thing lavender is hardy, because most everything else looks drab and brown and nearly dead. And it’s amazing to me what a difference that makes. Our home looks less inviting because the yard looks less alive because the underlying need-the water-isn’t plentiful this year.

I have never thought of water creating the look of home of plenty of graciousness, and yet it is exactly the element that is missing in this year’s landscape.

This realization strikes me, that sometimes when we feel less than our best; less than warm or inviting or gracious, less than sociable or giving, it may just be that our inner well has run dry.

It is our job, our most important job, to replenish the spring in us that allows us to feel loved, to feel nurtured and at ease; to have enough and to spare, enough and much left over to give.

What waters your soul? Close your eyes and be still and listen…let the ideas distill on you. Then make a plan to restore your reservoir if needed and strive to keep it brimming to the top!

There are few things that are without limit. God’s love first and foremost. Feast on it, drink and quench your thirst, then share those blessings to your heart’s delight!

Sending you love and best wishes today!

Be well. Claim your blessings. Become your whole self.

Love,

Jacque

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.”