3 Pearls Of Blogging Wisdom From "My Blogging Secrets" By Amber McNaught

Thursday, May 30, 2019

You know those moments when the universal Gods see fit to bring delightful souls into your world; indeed, today that would be the day I'd come to truly like Amber McNaught. I'm not quite sure how I came to find her, but if memory serves me, I think I was scrolling through the Instagram discovery page {before deleting social media a few years ago}, looking for bloggers. I'm drawn to natural redheads of Scottish/British descent such as myself. {You can read this post if you are curious as to why}.

How To Prune An English Victorian Garden

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
My dear friends,

Won't you pour some tea, and let us have a visit. I have to tell you a short story. So, you know that I am married to a gardener, my beloved gardener. He's really a horticulturist/landscaper.

The 4 Things I Learned From Blocking People On Social Media {According To A Mermaid's Metaphor}

Monday, May 27, 2019

 My dear friends,

Several months ago, I was put into facebook jail. I know, shocking, right? Well, I used that opportunity to learn something more deeply about myself. It was actually a good thing.

The Victorian Art Of The Unfolding

Thursday, May 23, 2019

My dear friends,

In the past, I was always afraid of taking my writing seriously. The reason being, I have a difficult time with my writing. 

I love English; however, I'm not keen on this process. I feel like I'm back in school. I passed English with flying colours; however, I'll never forget my teacher constantly reminding me that my grammar was not good. Through my life, because of that insecurity, I built a false belief about my intelligence.

The 5 Things All Blogs Should Possess {According To A Landlocked Mermaid}

Friday, May 17, 2019
My dear friends,

Pour some tea, and won't you bring your tea kettle? Mine was broken and had to be thrown into the rubbage bin.

As many of you know by now, if you're avid readers of my blog, you know that I've been a blogger for well over 10 years. I wasn't always as serious about my blogging as I am now, and from the archive visual, it appears to be new. After my divorce, unfortunately, I had to start all over from scratch. Which meant, I absolutely cried on the kitchen floor for two weeks because I had lost 10 years of blog journaling. Ten years! I was devastated. After getting rip-roaring drunk {line from "The Notebook"} for two nights, I collected myself and went to work determined to learn how to create a new blog. With the help of a google search bar and many YouTube videos, I learned it all myself. Needless to say, I'm very proud of my accomplishments. If nothing else, I have learned to never take defeat lying down, nor ever give up.

6 Ways To Scale Your Energy Levels

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
My dear friends,

Won't you pour some tea, and let us have a visit. I think I spoke to you in a few posts previously explaining that I have had anaemia for most of my life. However, I have not allowed that label to define or limit me. I thought this would be a lovely opportunity to share the 6 ways I have been able to scale my energy levels all while maintaining a highly active lifestyle.

But first, I want to talk about the most essential element; the internal psychological benefits.

I have always been an energetic person. I'm not sure if it's because I naturally have a rapid metabolism or If I'm just a hyper person.

I first discovered I was anaemic when I was asked by Weeki Wachee Springs to show support to our community by being a blood donor. I had always thought I was a tired soul because I swam so much. It's a known fact that swimming wears a person out. So on my days off from my mermaid performances, I would sleep close to 15 hours straight.

I was actually happy to learn what the issue was, and ever since I have incorporated tiny things to encourage my mental and physical strength. I will also preface that when our bodies need rest, it's so vital that we heed the call. Do not feel ashamed for needing to sleep. I think frequently folks are quick to judge sleep lovers by assuming we are lazy, when in fact, it's our inner being guiding us into alignment towards the path of least resistance.

6 Ways To Scale Your Energy Levels

1.  Zipp Fizz

I have been drinking Zipp Fizz for about ten years. You can find it at Sam's Club and Amazon. That's pretty much the only two places I have been able to find it in the last 2 years. I highly recommend this drink especially, if you struggle with anaemia, and if you enjoy a little caffeine, pick me up, It has 120 mg. Per serving. I'm not a coffee or soda drinker, so this is a staple at the cottage.  Zipp fizz's main ingredient is B12, which is essential for anaemic folks.

Another little TTT {Treasure Trove Tip} is to add some vanilla liquid coffee creamer and voilĂ  it tastes like an orange creamsicle. It's delicious.
Above: the bottles that have my branding labels are the oils I sell in my Mermaid Junkie Mer~cantile.  I have also curated specific ones for myself and my beloved gardener. 
2. Essential Oils

I swear by essential oils. I haven't been on medication in over 10 years, so essential oils are necessary to have in my arsenal. I wear and consume imperative oils every single day, and I love them so much. If you are leery of using essential oils, or perhaps you think they don't work, it's because you believe they won't work. Everything we believe is a direct reflection of how we have trained our minds. When I was going through my aromatherapy certification training, they state that it takes most folks at least 5 experiences of using oils to be convinced they work. Men are especially reluctant. However, if you try them and do it a few times, you'll see they are lovely. Think about the Egyptians thousands of years ago, to practice aromatherapy was the only way to live.

I am a doterra advocate, so if you would like me to curate an oil specially for you, I'd be tickled to do so. Not all essential oils are alike. I use only the certified therapeutic grade, which is doterra. It's one of the purest oils in the world.

I advocate that prevention is critical. It's much wiser to prevent illness than to have to correct it, once it's gone fully active.

I use essential oils by placing the oils into gel capsules and consuming them that way. Essential oils are very concentrated and potent. Just to give you an idea of the strength; one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 24 cups of peppermint tea. I have been able to heal every ailment my family or myself has had from essential oils. To name a few: urinary tract infection, yeast infection, gall bladder, arthritis, pain injury, cavities, kidney stone, strep throat, migraines, nausea, weight loss, etc.

 3. Supplements

I take a few supplements that are chewy and made up of organic powder from the root of the plant. You can find a few brands in Whole Foods or Sprouts.

I truly believe with all of my heart that if we care and love our bodies, we will be rewarded and our bodies will like us back.

4. My Spinach Lemonade {A Mermaid's Seaweed Smoothie}

I did a separate post on this, so I will just link it here.
I drink loads of water every day. I add essential oils and floral infusions to give me boosts of energy. 
5. Exercise
I find a way to do some sort of activity every day. I don't necessarily do it to stay in shape, I do it for my mental growth and happiness. Exercise increases endorphins, and that's the key to making us happy. I love to jog, practice yoga and walk. Those are my favourites. Find things that you enjoy doing, and they won't be a chore for you, you will look forward to them.

Try and remember that exercise isn't about looking like a hottie in your swimsuit or shorts. Yes, that is an added benefit, but we should exercise because it creates a beautiful mind. This took me years to learn, and I don't think I truly understood it all together until I began practising the law of attraction. Remember, most folks do things for the external factors {payoff}, but we should always strive to make our insides better first and then it will naturally reveal itself externally.

6. Meditation

I'm a huge believer in the practice of meditation. It is so vital to having energy and not just physically, but mentally as well. I have never in my life felt such energy than after I have sat in meditation. A few years ago, I wrote a lovely post about meditation, which I will link here. I think you will really enjoy it.

I shall write again soon. 

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx