52 weeks of gratitude – Week 8

Writing at least weekly has already changed my perspective. It’s another way that I can take time to honor myself. I won’t say that what I write is that good or helpful to other people. My brain feels like crusted over tectonic plates ready to give if I keep at it. At one time I think that I was actually pretty good and if my creative writing hadn’t slowed down over the years I think it would be quite good now. It’s all a process.

I have been spending this week at work getting ready for the school year to start. I’m about a days worth of work away from having every piece of paper filed away in my band room! Had the air-conditioner not busted I probably would have already been there. I’ve already sat down and begun ordering things for the new year and scheduled a lot of what could be scheduled so early on. Tomorrow we interview for our new assistant and I’m optimistic about what can be accomplished in the new year. I feel like a lot has been done to help set this year up as a success.

I tend to sell myself short. A lot. I’m my own worst enemy, but the problem is that I just can’t turn my thoughts off. Instead I try to keep my mind busy and distracted so that it doesn’t wander too much into overthinking everything. I’m working on stepping back and trying to see my strengths and flaws the way I would see anyones. I tend to give everyone I know the benefit of the doubt except myself. I have learned over time to work with the natural flow of things much more easily. I do still have the instinct to fight against every current if given a choice. I’m working on that as well. I think that I am allowing my highest good on this journey of life. Sure she’s gotten beat up a little bit with what happens to the living, but my good is still there. I believe that all people at their core are good and want to lead happy, good lives. I believe that all people start off wanting to do right, and wanting to be amazing. I know that people along the way are lost or pushed aside by the force of other people and living, and most of those people reach out for help getting back on to fulfilling their dreams. Unfortunately not everyone is seen when they are waving for help and that’s when they stop trying. To do my greatest good I think I need to continue to seek out those people that need help getting on the path again.

I’m grateful that I’ve had a few people reach out and grab me throughout my life, and that I can recognize that for what it is. I’m grateful for the new perspectives that I’m being offered, and for all of the time I’ve had for self-reflection this week. I’m also very grateful for the time to get my room and job much more in order than it ever has been before the beginning of the school year.

Have a good week.



Making things in jars!

There are many reasons why people start to make their own home products. For some the appeal might be saving money, or to save the planet. Some people may want to win the uber crunchy award.

Me? I’ve found meaning in those mason jars that are now spread about in my house. The detergent in the laundry room was soap in it that I grated outside on my front porch. It’s not about convenience, it’s about the opposite of convenience. It’s about having to work a little for the little things because we appreciate the things that we work for, even if it’s not that much work. I do appreciate my clean laundry more now that I’ve contributed a little more to getting it clean than dropping a pre-measured pod into the washer.


My fridge is filled with purple mason jars filled with salads and fruit infused waters. The salads are SO good! I am sure that I’ll be making these and taking them to work when I get back to school in the Fall. You simply layer your dressing at the bottom, then harder veggies (or fruits), followed by layers that make sense to keep everything fresh. There are so many things that can be done with these, and I haven’t had a salad disappoint yet.

With the infused water, I’m adding in essential oils with the fruit. I bought a topper for the jar that has a fruit infuser in it which works great. I also have a set of toppers to turn the lids of my clear jars into drinking jars. I made some infused fruit water with that too, but I prefer the water with the infuser built in. In any event, I add some essential oil along with the fruit and away I go for the day. Mostly right now I’m adding in a drop or two of geranium (geranium oil is VERY strong smelling) and 5-6 drops of Doterra’s slim and sassy oil. I can’t say that it’s making me slim or sassy, but it does seem to give me energy throughout the day.

In the past week or so I’ve also made jars of:

  • coconut/ castille soap face wash
  • a witch hazel/lavendar and geranium oil toner
  • nopoo shampoo
  • bug itch spray
  • natural cleaners

More pictures coming soon!