Monday is as Monday does!

Yep, we have arrived at Monday.  I have discovered that Mondays come with their own unique set of issues.  One that I discovered today, language.  My seniors were finishing up their presentations.  Friday they had amazing presentations, great speech patterns, despite being nervous, and no language slippage.  Today…well let’s just say I had some great presentations that received poor marks due to poor speaking, inappropriate language, and slang!!!! Yes, slang in a formal presentation and project.  *sigh*

I know that the world is different for those who are younger, I teach high school and have for many, many years.  However, I also believe that if you are given a set of instructions, time to work in the classroom where questions can be answered by both the facilitator and those working around you, you should be able to create something according to those directions. Maybe I am just out of touch, but last time I checked, if I am asked to do something a specific way and I don’t, there are consequences.

After several false starts today, my students finally realized I was going to make them do their presentation until they met the guidelines, or they were taking a loss in points.  Most opted to re-do their presentations.  Some however, were content to just take a loss in points.  The understanding of why putting the work in to do something right, simply didn’t compute for them.

I ended up having to put a happy blend into the diffuser for my own soul.  In addition, I took several small trips to the outside so that I could let go of the frustration.  I took in the cool, crisp air and let go of the feelings building inside.  I have to realize I have done what I can, and continue to offer them the chance to grow and learn.  If they choose not to take the chance given, there is not much I can do about it.  Thank goodness I have a great green space right outside of my classroom door.  I can ground, center and come back in ready to tackle the next thing.

This weekend I accomplished nothing and it felt wonderful.  Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a new start.  I am going to stay the positive route, keep my mind and body moving forward and find some new blends and mixes for the diffuser.  Lavender and immune are still going at home as hubby still isn’t well, but I will be back soon with something new!

Today’s Tarot: Eight of Pentacles – Slow, steady work…labor intensive but commit with a sincere effort.

Happy Friday!

We have made it through the week!  Congratulations. Today’s oils are anxiety ease and breathe easier.  The kids are doing presentations so keeping their anxiety to a minimum and helping them take deep breaths is in order.

These are blends created by Eden’s Garden.  Anxiety ease is a balanced mixture of Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass.   Breathe Easier  is a healing mixture of Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. The two blend so well together and the classroom smells amazing. (Eden’s Garden)

The diffuser not only helps them, but it keeps any anxiety I might be having at bay as well.  I have done a better job the last half of the week keeping the anxiety at bay.  I’m not as productive at home as I want to be, but I think that may be the cold I am fighting off.  Hubby sounds like he has pneumonia, but he assures me it’s just a chest cold with head congestion.  I am doing all I can to make sure he is sleeping, keeping the air clean and not getting sick.

I have the same blends at school that I have at home.  At home I also use an immune support blend that is amazing.  That one is made by Ho’ola oils.  It has Orange, Eucalyptus, Clove, Cinnamon and Rosemary.  It is a sweet spicy blend that keeps the immune system boosted and the house smelling wonderful. Clove is one of my favorite scents, so I use it often, especially in the bedroom. (Ho’ola Oils)

Today’s tarot: The High Priestesses: the High Priestess can help you become more connected with the rhythm of the cosmos.  She is the female principle and reflects lunar mysteries. With her at our side we can begin to acquire the awareness and knowledge that there are greater forces at work in our everyday lives.

So…..

It happens.  I missed a day. I was doing so well too! However, I have decided not to worry about it.  I realized it right around 11 p.m. last night and decided I was too tired to type something up.  It had really been one of those days.

I am a reader.  I love books.  The issue when I read is that I tune everything and everyone out.  I get so focused that I forget the real world is happening.  I had taken a break from reading last week to see what it felt like.  Go figure, dishes got done, things happened with the hubby, grades were inputted, litter was cleaned and the blog was going strong.  Yesterday, I fell into a book series, actually two.  This means I am not up moving, I forget to do the things I need/want to do and I just read.  Not really healthy, at all.

This also leads to short tempers, miscommunications (I’m not actually listening when people are talking), arguments and of course nothing happening.  By 11 p.m. I was truly wondering who would miss me if I wasn’t here today. Hubby and I had argued and then he left for work (early) so we didn’t really resolve, although we did text, my oldest child can’t make Mother’s Day, I did something to upset the daughter and she told the youngest  she “needs space”, although I can’t actually recall talking with her recently, and of course the argument.

Tears were my companion as I went to sleep last night, I woke up multiple times in the middle of the night, sometimes with anxiety, sometimes still crying.  Good news, here I am today.  Kids have projects to work on, AP exams to review for and the end of the year to look forward to.  My resolution, get through the day.

I pulled a tarot card today (something else I had not done yesterday), got the 3 of Pentacles again. Guess I need to be looking at the amazing kids I have, let them be busy in their own lives and minds, and figure out the new journey in front of me.  I must have done something right, 3 of Pentacles says it all paid off in a positive way.

Today the oils are Breathe Easier and a Citrus Cream Blend.  Happy scents, happy moods and just maybe a happy day!

Have a great one…I promise to get back to informative stuff soon.

I Did It!

Merry Meet!!

I hope your Monday is going well.  Over the weekend I managed to get the meditation/altar/exercise space cleaned and I sorted through all my clothes and got rid of 4 bags of stuff.  I am sure there is more I can do, but for now it is a start.

Everything isn’t all organized yet, that’s for the next couple of evenings when hubby is at work.  However, there is a start, and clean space on the floor, which means I can at least keep moving, get grounded and return to a state of being me. This is important!

In addition to the hours spent getting that space cleaned I managed to go look at some open houses for ideas on flooring, run to Costco and spend too much money.  On Sunday we even managed to run up to the wineries and grab our quarterly boxes, as well as find some bubbly for Mother’s Day.  All in all not a bad weekend.

I ran a diffuser with grapefruit and clary sage mixed while I was cleaning.   Grapefruit essential oil helps remind us of those life-giving and inspiring moments of our lives. Letting your toes soak into the ocean, sipping coffee on a quiet morning, landing a job or getting on a plane to an exotic location. Grapefruit’s unique properties uplift, revive and inspire healthy lifestyles (Eden’s Garden).

Clary sage is considered to be one of the top essential oils for hormones, especially in women. Many claims have been made as to its benefits when dealing with cramps, heavy menstrual cycles, hot flashes and hormonal imbalances. It’s also known for its ability to increase circulation, support the digestive system, improve eye health and fight leukemia. Clary sage is one of the most healthful essential oils, with anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a nerve tonic and sedative with soothing and warming components (draxe.com/clarysage).

The delightful blend of these two oils made for a perfect place to keep busy and stay focused.  I felt like I was moving forward and not stagnating, and that I was helping not only myself but my husband.  I watched The Matrix trilogy and kept that fighting, never give up mindset through the whole of the weekend.

Today’s tarot: Three of Pentacles – keyword: planning

The three of Pentacles signifies a culmination of your efforts – your planning, hard work and dedication have paid off.  But the journey continues.  what hidden surprises await you as continue forward? There is nothing to fear as you continue forward, for this card shows you are on the right path!

I Hate Lavender

Now most people would say that is a heavy statement.  I use the word hate, which of course is strong language and I could tone it down I suppose.  If I did tone it down, however, it would not convey the absolute loathing I feel when the perfumes, heavily scented with the frangrant flower billow over my senses.

By now you are wondering why I even stated this.  Why should you care?  You should care because this is a post about essential oils.  And no matter who you are, lavender is at the core of essential oils.  Not the lavender of department stores though.  No, the true essence of lavender.  That scent that reminds you of being in a field and it gently blows past, enveloping and dissipating in a matter of seconds.  This lavender, this is the heart of essential oils.

Essential oils are are non-water soluble photochemical distilled from various parts of a plant.  They are the true essence.  Eastern cultures and Native cultures discovered long ago the health benefits of those things that come from nature.  Essential oils are just one way of doing that.  There are many ways to use essential oils, if you are interested in more than just diffusing or topical uses, please do your research.  I do not ingest or mix with food, as that is information I have not done research on and am not really interested in.

That does bring me back to lavender though.  6-7 drops of a lavender essential oil dropped into a water diffuser, 3-4 drops straight on a cotton ball or mixed in a roller with a carrier oil (apricot kernel oil is my favorite) have an amazing effect on most people.  Lavender is a natural calmer.  It can help you sleep, it can ease anxiety, it can help bring high tension down to natural levels.

We diffuse it downstairs at night for the dogs.  Yep, for the dogs.  Our Newfoundland can be a little high strung when none of her people around, and they sleep in the living room. I discovered that a little lavender essential oil in the diffuser, which is in the dining room, dissipates enough through the downstairs to help her sleep through the night.  I do not have it directly where she is because the effects of heavy doses is not known on animals, so I have it away from them, where she can get the benefits of it simply being there, without harming her.

If I am traveling and can’t take a diffuser, I will take some cotton balls and a small vial of lavender, and right before I go to bed I will put some lavender on a cotton ball and tuck it under my pillow.  This allows it to be close and scented, but not be overwhelming.

So while I do hate lavender, with a passion, the uses and the purity of it are highly beneficial. I have discovered that even I can tolerate that which I detest, for the benefits of a good night’s sleep, a little less anxiety and a general calm within the air.

Today’s Tarot:

Ten of Cups – On the Ten of Cups, there is a couple holding each other while facing a beautiful house and a green garden. Beside them, there are two children playing joyously. The couple is seen holding each other in a loving and romantic embrace, while the children are freely playing. The couple seems to be in a stable relationship, while also blessed with the abundance of a comfortable home and beautiful children. The green land signifies fertility, and the river shows how freely the feelings of the couple are flowing, meaning that their relationship is quite peaceful. Above in the sky, there are ten cups, shaped in an arc, which are meant to symbolize blessings from heaven. The rainbow behind them shows the end of hard times and sorrows, and a new happy life where each and every one

Late Nights

Ah the joys of sleep…what are those?  Today, I couldn’t tell you.  After a wonderful evening out, a little shopping, some hanging out with the kids before they went off to do their own thing, up to bed I went.  Hubby turned on a movie I wasn’t even interested in seeing so he could go to sleep and I closed my eyes.  Then I opened them, less than 30 seconds later.  He was already asleep…granted he had worked the night before and had not done any sleeping yet, so I can understand that.  I don’t begrudge him sleeping when he hasn’t for 36+ hours. However, he sleeps with the remotes in his side, because he is usually up at night and I get up at 4:45 in the morning.

Did you know Lost in Space is actually an engaging movie at 9:30 at night? So engaging I didn’t make it to sleep until almost 1. Now, for those of you who engage in this late night behavior all the time you’ll be laughing. Remember though, my alarm is going off at 4:45. So I slog through 2 snoozes, rush through my shower and morning, grab a quick protein shake and zoom off to work and prep for the sub. Today I am out of the classroom to run state testing make-ups.

Once everything is going I realize I am still behind. No lunch, the Apple keyboard for the Pro isn’t working (known issue) and I’m just in a funk. I feel frazzled, even though I shouldn’t. Today is not a day I can step outside to get centered or that I can just take a break. So what do you do with no sleep and a discombobulated day? Well I would text my bestie, but she is on her way out of the country, so not happening.

The fact is, I haven’t figured it out yet.  I am hoping once I can get up and stretch that som doc this offness goes away on its own. I can’t be certain if it’s being in a room with the energy of kids, some of whom are stressed over this test and others who just don’t want to even be here, or if it is something else. For sure here at work there is an undercurrent of stress.  We are getting a new principal, there are some teacher things, and it is just the end of the year.

If, the end of the work day doesn’t bring a change, then tonight I will definitely be taking the time to meditate and take a walk around the park. A cleansing bath, with epsom salt and essential oils may also be on the list. One of the things I miss when I am out of my classroom is my diffuser.  I know it helps me get through my days, and it does the kids good room always feels and smells good.  So tonight at home the diffusers will also be going.

If you don’t use essential oils may isiggest you start small, but definite start. That’s another topic I’ll be delving i to soon, but they are something I believe if only for the mental breath we seem to take when something smells nice.

Today’s tarot card: The Lover’s:

Upright: Love, union, relationships, values alignment, choices

Reversed: Disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values

Your first instinct will most likely be to associate this card as representing love, but, much like love, it does not possess a simple nature. Not only does love comes in many forms, but the Lovers may indicate important or difficult choices ahead in your life. This is bad, in that the choices it portends are generally mutually exclusive, paths to two very different futures, but also good, in that it also confirms that at least one of those paths will take you to a good place. As such, if you happen to find it in your spread, you should consider it carefully, but not fear it. It tells a story of difficult choices, likely painful, but that the correct decision and a positive outcome are within your grasp.