The Open Heart Attracts Miracles – Five Minute Friday

Open Heart Affirmation by Rebekah

I’m linking up with the Five Minute Friday Community today to write on the word of the week as usual.   Because I am working on my poetry books, I won’t be writing today’s post in poetry form (but I did read a poem by Walt Whitman in today’s Poetic Friday Podcast).   Today I’m free flow writing unfiltered and straight from the heart.  The word is OPEN.  When I hear that word, the next word I think of is heart.  I think of both the difficulties we face when having open hearts, and the miracles.  The miracles always trump the difficulties.  I thought I’d write on how the open heart attracts miracles today!         Years ago I probably would have said that the open heart attracts drama … Continue Reading

The Time I Cooked My Daddy Corn Syrup Burgers

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There is this wildly popular thing on social media called “Throwback Thursday”.  Since today is Thursday, I thought I’d share a funny cooking disaster story from when I was in the 5th grade.  I’ve had many kitchen foibles over the years, as any experienced cook has.  The time I cooked meat in corn syrup is the very first cooking disaster I ever remember having.  As far as how this relates to living inspired- I’d put it in the category of being bold and trying new things you’ve never done – all by yourself (like a big kid -HA!).  Of course trying new things you aren’t sure you can do is always inspiring-even if you fail.  Failure means you tried it so that is a GOOD thing!     I grew … Continue Reading

Loving YOU: Are You as Good to Yourself as You are to Others?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I want to talk about self love today because Valentine’s Day is not just for couples in my book.  We often do so much for others and we treat others with love and kindness, but how are you at loving YOU?  I’m hoping that you take time out to love on yourself and treat yourself as good as you treat those around you.  This is really important as this self love thing trickles down to every aspect of our lives-including our relationships with others.  It affects our self worth, our own personal happiness and our ability to live inspired!  It is also part of a healthy self care practice.  Today I want to tell you how wonderful YOU are and encourage you to love on yourself this … Continue Reading

8 Ways to Create a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

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Last year for Valentine’s Day (our first Valentine’s as home owners) I put together a sweet, romantic dinner for two here at home.  I LOVE creating themed tablescapes so today I’m sharing 8 ways to create a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two!  I had to create last year’s Valentine’s Day tablescape with things we already had on hand because we are just starting out and I haven’t yet collected all the things seasoned home owners have.  I’m enjoying this phase though- the putting a life together piece by piece (on a budget) and making due with what we have.  I thought it would be fun to show you what I put together from my little treasure hunt through the house.  This is one of my first tablescapes and the … Continue Reading

Tip of the Week- Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Everyone and Every Budget!

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I love holidays and I love making my loved ones feel special!  This week I’m sharing some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for all budgets and all people on your list (even treats for those who can’t have sugar).  Valentine’s Day gift ideas for women, men and kids!  Are you ready to spread a little love around with me?  I won’t separate these gift ideas in categories, because usually the gifts I give for Valentine’s could work for several people on my list.  I will put some suggestions with each item for who the recipients could be and I will make it easy for you by providing costs and links to everything.  This post also includes some of my savvy shopper money saving tips- so don’t miss those!       … Continue Reading

Poetic Fridays – On Dreams and Publishing my Poetry

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Hello Inspired Friends!  It’s a snowy Friday evening (a poetic Friday in fact!) but by the time you receive this via email it will be Saturday morning.  Poetic Friday’s are important to me (I mean poetry has been a big part of my life since elementary school AND has always been a major source of inspiration for me).  I am going to be taking a break from posting MY new poetry during Five Minute Friday’s for awhile.  I may still do Five Minute Friday’s here, but just write regularly on the word instead of poetry style.  No worries for those that enjoy my poems though- I am not going to stop writing them!  The thing is I am working pursuing my lifelong dream of publishing poetry books.   So here … Continue Reading

Make Every Day a Celebration!

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Happy start of the week inspired friends!  Today I want to talk about what (for me) is a crucial part of living inspired-making every day a celebration!  It is part of how I create a happy, joy filled life for myself that makes the mundane marvelous (as I like to say).  You can do this in very little ways or in larger ways.  It doesn’t have to be a holiday.  In fact it is BEST when it isn’t one because it keeps life fun during those in between times.  I’ll give you a few tips on how I create ongoing celebrations in my life and also share photos from the tea party I had this weekend as part of my ongoing Christmas/New Year and just plain Winter festivities.   This … Continue Reading

Breaking the “Rules”-Christmas Continues for Me!

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Phew!  It’s been a doozy of a year with a lot of awesomeness in 2014, which ended with a lot of stress/chaos in the last couple months (as you may remember from THIS post).  That being said, I’ve decided to make my own “rules” about holiday celebrations this year and am continuing Christmas!  I am celebrating the New Year at the same time and have already picked my “word” for the year (which I will be sharing in a later post).  One of the ways I live inspired is by doing things that bring me joy, even if it’s not the “norm” and even if that means dancing to the beat of my own drum when the world is playing a different tune.  I’ve never been much of a crowd … Continue Reading

Classy Christmas Decor-My Snowy Owl Tree Topper

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It’s time to come on in to the cozy cottage and see some Christmas decor!  Last year was my first Christmas as a home owner with my very own “grown up” tree.  We live near the woods and I wanted to create an Enchanted Woodland Christmas theme in the upstairs living room.  I saw these cool white snowy owl tree toppers at the Pottery Barn but they were out of my budget.  As luck would have it, I was able to find the same owl for a WAY cheaper price at another store!!  AND, even luckier yet I was able to get my owl tree topper FREE.  I will explain how you can get a faux Pottery Barn snowy owl tree topper for next to nothing (or free depending on … Continue Reading

Inspired Poetry by Rebekah-An Abundance of Riches

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    It’s here!  The latest poem I wrote for my inspirational poetry book.  I know it’s not a poetic Friday, but since last Friday was Thanksgiving weekend, I am sharing this now.  For those of you who don’t know, poetry has been a big part of my life since about the third grade.  One of the poems I enjoyed in childhood was one from the book “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Today’s poetry was inspired by the little poem “Happy Thought” that he wrote (as seen in the graphic image above).     An Abundance of Riches   When I see the discontent of the world, I have to wonder if there’s a lack of noticing. Are we blind to the riches we possess, Because of … Continue Reading

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