What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Everyone loves Spring, even with the high pollen levels that come with it.

Spring

You’ve just survived a long winter of snow and brown, leafless trees. Those first flowers and tender green leaves popping from the trees are like an espresso on the morning after a really late night. You smile, your energy increases and (if you’re like me) you itch to get out to work in the garden/yard.

gardening tools

We all know life is hard, full of trials and tribulations.

  • They can be health issues, financial troubles, emotional trials or even grief from the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship.
  • They can last a few days, a few weeks or even a few years.
  • They may even occur together or overlap each other.

But, one thing they all have in common is that eventually the issue will be resolved.

  • Financial troubles — you get a new job, you refinance your mortgage or maybe you sell a few items to get ready cash.
  • Health issues — you get cured, get on the correct medicine or recuperate from a surgery.
  • Emotional trials — you get a new therapist, you adjust to a new medication or you get some much-needed support.
  • Grief — you “learn to live” without the loved one (that’s about all you can do), you get back into the dating pool or you rebuild your self-esteem damaged after an abusive or bad relationship.

Since the trials and tribulations are so rough getting through, it makes the upswing afterwards like Spring after a tough Winter. The sun feels warmer, the trees are budding out and early flowers are popping up everywhere. Rejoice!

daffodils

So whenever you are going through a rough patch in your life, keep in mind that a Spring is on the horizon. Sooner or later, this trouble will be resolved and you will be celebrating a Spring.

Here are a couple inspirational quotes that may help:

“This too, shall pass.” (Bible)

“The sun will come out…tomorrow…” (Annie)

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” (Walt Whitman)

 

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8 Romance Subgenres To Find Your Next Love

It’s March so that means it’s time for Spring and Romance.

Romance

 

The trees are budding and the first flowers are blooming…turns a female heart to her next Romance read.

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With so many Romance subgenres, there truly is a Romance for everyone!

Here is a list of the Romance subgenres and a few authors to try within that subgenre:

  • Historical Romance – That’s right, it’s romance that takes place in the past, most often in the American West, Medieval England and Regency England. Here are some authors to try Mary Jo Putney, Amanda Quick, Beatrice Small.
  • Contemporary Romance – These take place in the present and tend toward humorous and often suspenseful. (This is my favorite romance subgenre and the type of books I like to write.) Some authors to try would be Jennifer Crusie, Elizabeth Bevarly, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  • Category Romance – These romances are often shorter and written in series. Some authors to try would be Suzanne Brockmann, Elizabeth Lowell.
  • Futuristic and Fantasy Romance – These romances are obviously written in the future or in an imaginary world. Some authors to try would be Dara Joy, Susan Grant.
  • Paranormal Romance – You guessed it. These romances contain vampires, ghosts or other creatures. Some authors to try would be Susan Krinard, Christine Feehan.
  • Time Travel Romance – Just like the name implies, these romances involve traveling in time. Some authors to try would be  Lynn Kurland, Sandra Hill.
  • Gothic Romance – These are mostly romances of the past with authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart (I love these old ones!).
  • Romantic Suspense – These books generally involve plots dealing with drug dealers, smugglers and stalkers. Some authors to try would be Susan Anderson, Tammy Hoag, Melinda Leigh.

So go out and try new subgenres, you’re bound to find your next Romance love. And never be afraid to try a new author, hundreds come out each month.

What are your favs when it comes to Romance reading?

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

Spring is in the air (or will be shortly for my northern friends & followers) so my romantic mind turns to weddings.

  • Big church weddings
  • Small chapel weddings
  • Beach weddings
  • Garden weddings
  • Large society weddings
  • Intimate family weddings

I love all kinds of weddings because they involve two people pledging their love for each other.

Through the years, wedding venues, receptions, color schemes, etc., may branch out but there are still some things that stay the same.

Roses are still the most used flower followed by tulips then canna lilies.

rose bouquet

Black & White is the most popular color scheme followed by reds then whites.

Black & White Weddings

Churches are still the most popular venue for weddings followed by ballroom/banquet hall then beaches.

church wedding

June is still the most popular month to get married followed by September then October.

summer beach wedding

So, let’s hear about your wedding? Did you stick with the time-honored traditions or branch out to show your uniqueness?

Mine was a traditional summer church wedding with a full dress and train, roses in my bouquet and my bridesmaids in coral.

wedding gown

 

Spring, a Time To Recycle

Both Earth Day and the Daily Post’s Photo Challenge put me in the mood to talk about recycling, re-purposing and reused.

If you stop and think about it, just about everything can be recycled, re-purposed and reused.

  • Old bed sheets can be cut up for cleaning and garage rags.
  • Used tea bags can deodorize sneakers and boots. (For more uses see 5 Uses for Used Tea Bags )
  • The brown paper used as packing in delivery boxes can be turned into wrapping paper that kids can color on or a free toy cats can play with for days.

    cat

    What looks like droplets to Quinn’s face is from the sun through the window blinds.

  • Empty milk jugs and pop bottles can be made into bird feeders.
  • Donate gently used items to your local thrift stores for others to reuse. The picture you’ve had hanging in your entryway for the last decade can be donated and exchanged for a picture that hung in someone else’s entryway for the same decade. It doesn’t have to be brand new, just new to you 🙂

The Internet and especially Pinterest is a great source for finding DIY projects from recycled articles.

Check out my Recycle & Reuse board on Pinterest.com.

Here are some more boards I follow:

Recycle Repurpose

Repurpose & Recycle

Here are a couple good websites I’ve used:

Bored Panda

HGTV

DIY & Crafts

So tell me what you have recycled or re-purposed?

Each time you think before throwing something away can make a difference to the earth.

Earth in a hand

Weekly Photo Challenge: A New Spring in My Life

The Daily Post offers weekly photo challenges and this week is to show the current season’s weather you’re experiencing or a metaphor for the current ‘season’ of your life. I chose to show the current season of my life. I am in a new ‘spring’ of my life.

snowy day

This may be the current season where I live, but like winter I am feeling excited to wake up and grow under the sun’s warmth. There are about to be some major changes in my personal life, including a long distance move from a cold climate to a much warmer climate. My family and I are looking at these changes in our lives as a new and exciting adventure.

red flower

I feel as if this change will be a new spring in my lifetime; a time of rebirth and renewal.

What season are you in (physically or metaphorically) ?

 

To read my last photo weekly challenge post, click Vibrant to Chase Away the Winter Blues

Ten Feng Shui Tips for Love and Romance

Cathleen has some great Feng Shui tips to help with love and romance, so I thought I’d pass them on to you. After all Spring is the season for romance 🙂 is it not?
Be sure to tell me what you thought or what tip you tried in the comments.
Have a great day!

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

Creating a Home Environment that Welcomes and Supports Love
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Along with  Money and Career, Love is right at the top of the list for most of my clients when they mention the area of their life that they’d most like to improve. Feng shui can’t solve all our problems, but it can help with the energy needed to bring more joy and happiness into our lives.  Whether you are already in love, need to perk up your current relationship, or are still looking for that special someone, feng shui can help you create an environment that will support the energy of love and romance. Below I’ve given you ten tips on how to get your home “in the mood” for love!
1. Out with the Old
I often work with clients who hold on to keepsakes, belongings, and mementos from the past. The problem with keeping items that either belonged to or remind you of a former flame is that physical items hold energy…

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