Ancient Wisdom / Eco-Friendly

Wreath Making 101

I believe most Mainers’ first word is “yup.”

For Downeaster’s, their first word may be “wreath” or perhaps “tips.” “Downeaster” denotes those who come from the 2 southeastern counties along our coastline of Maine, Washington and Hancock counties. Wreath-making is often a family event, and I’d guess balsam sap may very well run through their veins…

I spent almost 2 months making wreaths and like many Mainers, can now spot the difference between a bad or “Canadian wreath,” and one made by an experienced maker. 

Get Ready for the New Year!

Stay off social media or at least reduce it to every 3-4 days. Turn off your phone notifications, too. Stop distractions whenever and wherever possible. The world won’t end if your presence isn’t known every hour or two. Quite frankly, you aren’t missing anything except drama. We all know how easy it is to harp on something you saw 3 days ago, letting our Ego get the best of a useless situation. I sometimes don’t answer a personal text or email for 1-2 weeks—my friends are aware this is normal and they’re afforded the same freedom from having to respond to me immediately.

IPDE – More Than Just a Clever Driving Technique

Whether you consider IPDE as a driving lesson, a martial arts defense move, or futuristic view is irrelevant. What’s important is to look for opportunities, predict where and how they may occur, decide how you’ll react in each version of your future reality, and then actually take that leap.

Fall Equinox in Western Maine

Western Maine boasts some of the most amazing mountains and geography I’ve ever seen, comparable to my years spent in Western North Carolina, around the Asheville area. Since it’s been a few months since I’ve sent an update on the landscape of this beautiful state, I thought I’d take this time to share a few pics from our anniversary weekend with you. These are a few photos from the Greenwood/Newry, Maine area – a stretch of glacial magic called Grafton Notch State Park. Note: it’s only 3 of the sections on the outskirts of this beautiful park, so there will be more exploring and pics for you to see at a later date.

Learning to Say No

It has to be the hardest 2-letter word in the English language. At least that’s my opinion. It’s something a therapist taught me to say over 15 years ago when I was going through my divorce. He had me read “Saying No Without Feeling Guilty,” a book I now recommend frequently, especially to women. …

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Distractions Meme

It’s Not All About You

Our distractions and lack of discipline don’t just affect us as individuals. It’s actually time we stop thinking about ourselves all the time. Narcissism is a horrible trend social media and smartphones have exacerbated. I can’t tell you how freeing it was to actually lose my account and not look at endless selfies and useless stories/TV channels now available on Instagram. Yeah, we take too many pictures and videos of ourselves – occasionally, it’s OK. But not every. Single. Day. Multiple times, for some people. 

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