Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing

College and school teach many things. While primary schools is very much about learning facts and figures, college is more about learning who you are and what you’re passionate about. A lot of self-realization and personal growth happens in college—not the least of which being how to become a true adult. These lessons aren’t learned…

The Power of the Smile

There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the range of emotions smile depict. Experts including anthropologists, biologists and psychologists agree, the smile is recognizable worldwide and can be viewed as…

Hope is Beautiful

A new blogging friend, melodiousgarden posed the question: “What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?“ Something akin to a slide show of memories began to display in my mind’s eye as I reflected on the beautiful moments I have experienced in this life.  There were so many. Which one to choose?

Blues Be Gone Aromatherapy Bubblebath Recipes

Homemade bubblebath is easy to make and I have two seasonal homemade bubblebath recipes to share in this post. The color blue is a mentally-relaxing color that has a pacifying effect and encourages relaxation. It’s frequently used in bedrooms and hospitals for calming hyperactivity and evoking sleep. The calming effect is also uplifting on a…

Hope, courage and strength

Our hearts all yearn for a better tomorrow, but hope is not simply wishful thinking.  Hope is ‘confident expectation in a change in direction’. Sherwin Nuland, is a surgeon, author and inspirational speaker. In this TED Talks presentation he mentions that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 14 definitions of hope but none truly hit the…

Do You Grow Your Greens?

Germaine Greer once said: A garden is the best alternative therapy. A garden is a friend you can visit any time. I heartily agree.  Humans have a deep need to connect with nature. Gardening is a close to nature activity that  many studies have  shown offers health related benefits. The benefits include  improved nutrition, exercise,…