3 Treasure Trove Tips For How To Stay Optimistic In Times Of Contrast

Friday, September 21, 2018

My Beloved gardener and I on our wedding day.
Pour some tea, you'll want to be sitting down for this one.

He had been falling down and blacking out for some time now. He's not the kind of man to be told what to do, but then again how much can I argue with him because I am exactly the same. I'm as stubborn as they come. That's one of the reasons as to why we are soul mates. I thought it may had been his blood pressure medicine and it needed to be adjusted. All in all i knew this wasn't normal. 

As many of you know, especially my youtube subscribers that I have spoken about my shoulder injury. I then went on to tell you in the past few days that Jeffrey and I were admitted to the hospital. We initially went because of me, and I ended up faring better than my beloved. i see the good in that, because jeffrey would've never admitted he was so bad off, but for me he'll move mountains. The universe likes to play magic. I say that because It was a blessing in disguise to get Jeffrey to the hospital. 

Come to find out he's had pneumonia and bronchitis and then the caveat came this evening. he can no longer work as a landscaper. We have learned some devastating news and that jeffrey has got to take care of himself and that is the reason for his passing out, he has no oxygen getting to his brain. I won't go into the nitty gritty details, but what I wanted to talk with you is how life  hands us some great contrast and then it's up to us to decide how we are going to grow and learn from it. I have constantly heard that old cliche quote as a practicer of the law of attraction " Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place."

I'm truly holding to that quote. And to be quite honest I'm not sure if I had been psychologically planning for this and my heart already knew it intuitively, or I'm still in shock. I actually made the statement 5 days ago to jeffrey as we were driving to get supper. " I think the universe is preparing me because I am literally going to be made to be the breadwinner and get super serious about this career out of no other options." And then today Jeffrey and I got the news. The lady was actually very stern with Jeffrey  and I finally saw his face literally become stationary and his eyes glossed over. 

I don't say all of this as a way of getting sympathy or pity, I just say it as a way to be of comfort to perhaps someone out there reading this to let you know even when lifes seems like all hell is breaking loose, we've got to hold to optismistm. I'd like to share 3 Treasure Trove Tips I'm holding to that is encouraging me to stay optimistic and perhaps they will inspire you as well. I view my contrast in a very different way than most do, especially because I believe in the law of attraction. That creates within me a knowing that all things are working together for my good even when it seems quite the opposite.

1. Remember that life is allowing you to have contrast, and that it's actually the laws of the universe working things in your favor according to the escrowed desires that are in your vortex.

2. According to the teachings of Abraham, contrast  comes into our lives to help us finetune our earthly experience. If we didn't have contrast how would we know what we really want. It's what Christians say, "how would you know the good without having the bad."

3. Please remember that you are not being punished by God/Source/Universe nor is what's happening, karma. The one thing we have control over is our thoughts and how we focus. I know that if we are laser focused on our greatest desires, we will always be rewarded with what we desire. There have so many times in my life where the domino effect has happened. I have wanted something and in order for that desire to have transpired, the proceeding contrasting event that took place prior had to happen.

 It's going to be okay. You are going to be okay. It's moments like these that we have almighty trust that Source/ universe/God has it already worked out. For today I am at peace. I don't know what the next hour, days, months or years will evoke, but for this moment I hold to peace. 

How do you deal with contrast/adversity in life? 

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx

A Mermaid's Fall Decor

Friday, September 14, 2018
My dear friends, 
Won't you pour some tea and lets sit a spell. I'm making some lemon verbena tea with honey and having a few cookies. The gardener is home with bronchitis and the flu so I am trying to stay well hydrated and just like the law of attraction, not speak illness into my existence. Did you know that the law of attraction is much like what christians call faith? I remember being a little girl and my momma would always say, " Raquel don't own that sickness honey." I liken the LOA to being very much the same way my mother taught me as a little girl. I do however believe in the dousing myself about with essential oils and keeping a good bill of health.

I must confess I've been vacant from ye olde blog, feeling quite a bit of overwhelm. I've spent many days just sleeping to try and bring myself into alignment. Here's the skinny on being an entrepreneur and working arduously to make something wonderful and great. It takes time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are brands and businesses. I'm learning so much about myself through this process of creating something so beautiful.  I am reminded I must put self care above all else. There was a time I would overlook myself and just keep going like the energizer bunny. That eventually caught up with me and now I make sure to put myself first. The difference these days is that I try to stay transparent with you my dear friends. Not so much as I want pity, but just to hold myself accountable and to be authentic with you. The creating a brand and a business is so much work. I spend so much of my time behind the computer or pen in hand writing and curating.  It's those long nights, weekends filled up, writing and creating behind the scenes. It's where all the deep work comes in, but no one ever really sees that. I want to constantly document my journey, because I feel like there will come a day that I will want to look back and remind myself of all the things I did and how I worked arduously to accomplish things all by myself.  It's important for me to say I had no help. I think for me personally it's a way of making me see I can do great things and that I am capable. A reminder that I am a powerful creator and I can do anything I set my mind to do. It'll be monumental. I should say, it is all NOW monumental. Thank you for swimming along with me on this journey. I really appreciate you. You're a genuine community of love.

Now let's get into my fall decor.

In the last few years I've been minimal with decorations on the holidays. Last year I did a little for fall. Halloween is my favorite holiday of all and this year I wanted to decorate for two reasons. One is that I wanted to create content for my blog as I'm building my brand and second, I've begin reaching out to companies for collaborations and sponsorships.
To give a bit of the mermaid aspect to the decor, I draped some Aboriginal shells along the shelf.
I've been knee deep in Victorian restoration, research and architecture literature. The Victorians were very much known for their silhouettes.
The frame is from Walmart. You can find them in the dollar frame section for 4 bucks. When I bought it, the gold was horrendous, so I spray painted it with a Krylon gold spray paint and then brushed over it with a walnut gel stain to give it an aged look. The creepy picture inside is from the dollar tree. The skull is from the dollar tree as well.

I've got a collection of wispy brooms so ill just add a few of my raven paintings and that should do it. I like how it turned out. What do you think? 

Do you decorated for fall, or Halloween?
Most affably yours til my next swim, Mermaid Raquelxxx