Monthly Archives: March 2009

Natural Anxiety, Insomnia Relief with Valerian and St. John’s Wort

I’ve been talking with a friend who is a survivor of lifelong depression. She’s tried various medications throughout the years, even St. John’s Wort and Valerian as herbal remedies, until she found something that works well for her.  There’s such a freedom in finding relief, especially if you have something as debilitating as depression and anxiety can be.  My younger brother Bobby, and my father both suffered from depression.  Both died by suicide.  Relief is exactly what I felt when each had passed, knowing the daily struggles they went through.  I think I’ve always been the lucky one. Mom called me the strong one, but I just never found life to be a struggle and things have come fairly easily for me.  Not so for my younger brother who dropped out of high school and got involved with some shady doings; not so for my father who had a 6th grade education and had a family to support since the time he was 13 years old.  By the time I came along, they were ready for a golden child.  So I got braces and dance lessons while my two older brothers got abandoned. Continue reading

Being happy with who you are and what you have

Monday March 30, 2009. Your habit of resistant thought is the only thing that ever keeps you from allowing the things you desire.  And although you did not intentionally develop these resistant patterns of thought, you did pick them up along your physical trail, bit by bit, and experience by experience.  But one thing is very clear:  If you do not do something that causes a different vibrational offering, then nothing in your experience can change. It is our desire that you become one who is happy with that which you are and with that which you have – while at the same time being eager for more. That is the optimal creative vantage point: To stand on the brink of what is coming, feeling eager, optimistic anticipation – with no feeling of impatience, doubt or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it – that is the Science of Deliberate Creation at its best. From Manifest Your Desires by Abraham-Hicks

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I visit Gainesville and Ocala; a memory of a good feeling time and place

Sunday, March 29, 2009. I’ve had a busy last two days.  Yesterday I was in Cassadaga, and Friday I was in Gainesville and Ocala.  I had to meet a client in St. Cloud first thing Friday morning, so I took the turnpike and I-75 into Gainesville.  I had not been there for several years, and immediately noticed there was eastbound traffic on University Avenue.  My timing put me there at noontime, and of course I was driving into downtown.  I noticed there were azaleas in bloom and dogwood and wisteria.  I love the look of the little houses and yards with their flower gardens.  I liked driving past the university and seeing the kids all out and moving about.  I like being in a college town, it’s one reason I enjoy living in Melbourne, with the young, eager, hopeful energy of the college students.  It makes me even more hopeful about our future. Continue reading

Organizing My Finances, My Script From Think and Grow Rich

I’m not a savvy business person. Not in the conventional sense.  I basically just go about my work and pay bills when they come in and don’t keep track of the money too closely.  That way I always have more than I think I’ll need.  I’ve never used a Quicken or Quickbooks type program to organize my finances, although I use a billing program (MYOB Plus 11) for my invoices to advertisers and other clients.  And I just discovered that my MYOB program can also help me keep track of my expenses and make it easy for me to get the info to my tax accountant each quarter.  I’m stoked! Continue reading

Saturday March 28th Noon Vegetarian Lunch Yoga Shakti Mission

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This Saturday 28th March  at 12 noon a vegetarian Uzbek Lunch will be served at Yogashakti MissionNora Morgan, who was born and lived in Uzbekistan will cook  Mashkichiri, (a traditional Uzbek dish with mung beans, black-eyed peas,vegetables,spices and chopped basil), Also served will be Pirojki (individual sized baked or fried buns filled with vegetables and herbs). There will also be homemade salad.  Because of scheduling conflicts we are having this on the last Saturday of March instead of the first Saturday of April. Do not miss this chance to taste the first ever authentic Uzbek lunch  to be served at Yogashakti Mission! RSVP much appreciated so we may plan. Yoga Shakti Mission, 3895 Hield Rd NW Palm Bay, FL 32907    321.725.4024


This has been such a good week, getting a lot done and also having a fairly relaxing time at it.  I picked up my paperwork at my tax accountant’s and it weighed like 12 pounds.   I did feel much lighter after writing my check to Uncle Sam, though! I realize I probably do things the hard way for them, just giving them my statements and check registers, but no one’s told me to do it any differently yet, so it must be fine.  I am going to begin getting them their info quarterly and that will train me to be stay informed about it also.  Like today I decided to go through the check register and see what checks had been written for gasoline costs in 2008.  The first six months I had my Hyundai Santa Fe which averaged 22 mpg.  I paid about $240 a month for gas those first six months.  Then I bought my Toyota Prius, which averages 46 mpg.  I pay about $80 a month for gas now. Continue reading

All you need is a few good clients

“You don’t need a gazillion clients.  You just need a handful of the right clients.  You don’t need more workers.  You just need the right workers.”  The first time I head those words, I could hear the bells going off signalling a big, giant truth that had just been revealed to me.  And over the years, I’ve found that to be true. While doing the billing this week, I decided to look at my “card list” for all clients and advertisers.  I couldn’t believe how many I had.  Some of them had just advertised once, perhaps, so I didn’t recognize their names.  But many names were very familiar to me. I thought about how I’ve had so many of the same advertisers for the past 10-15 years and how grateful I am that I don’t have to run around selling ads to get each issue printed.  I would be more industrious if I had more time, and make ad calls, but it’s too easy to just keep things the way they are.  Comfortable.  Manageable.  Then I realized, that’s it.  I am comfortable with the clients and advertisers I have now, and we make a good family and it keeps the cats fed. Continue reading

Social security; pruning always encourages new growth

Tuesday, March 24, 2009. It’s been a great week so far.  From the end of October until March is when I have to do the magazines back to back, with not much time in between.  That’s to accomodate the holiday printing and delivery schedule of my printer.  As often as possible, I try to piggyback onto the delivery of another publication on the same truck, to decrease my delivery cost.  Even if it means a little more work for me, I like doing this.  And it’s not all that hard to do since (1) it’s a job I love to do, (2) since I love my job, I find it easy to do, and (3) I’m a workaholic, so working 24/7 is my path of least resistance. Continue reading