Walking Lightly is Noeleen Watson’s first book of poems. On a journey of self-discovery, Noeleen realises her true potential as she finds she has a gift of putting words on paper that create something special.
While some people cruise through life without ever giving their spirit a second thought, the search for the meaning of life and death is a desire that some of us just can’t ignore. The process of soul searching can be a long road for some people. It can be confusing, difficult, ambiguous and very often unpredictable. But it can also be the most enlightening and rewarding experience. Finding and connecting with our own spirituality can be life changing in so many ways.
Searching for your Spiritual Path
Whether it’s an easy or difficult journey, I’m sure we all have one thing in common – we yearn to satisfy our curiosity about the spirit and our universe. Some of us will be forever curious about the mysteries of life and will spend an eternity searching for something we may never find.
We all seek different answers and explanations. What might satisfy the curiosity of one person, may not necessarily satisfy the next. There are many beliefs and ancient myths about spirituality and life & death. What we need is to be open minded about these beliefs in order to find what resonates with us. Learn from each other’s experiences and follow your own heart because it’s your spirit and your journey.
Reading is one of the most effective ways of learning. Atlantis Éire Magazine is a source of information that can help you to find your path.
Oh dear! My alter ego, Miss Personality herself, Tasheenga, is not happy that her blog hasn’t been entered into the V by Very Blog Awards. I think she feels a little bit left out! Her blog is still a fledgeling and maybe next year she’ll get the opportunity to shine. If she behaves!
She gets very annoyed at me when I instruct her to stay calm and quieten down. Sometimes she tries to help but quite often her input can hinder a situation rather than improve it.
Occasionally I allow her to help me to write my posts on We Are Holistic, but she’s safer over on her own little blog. She can rant and rave all she wants in her own little corner of the internet. Yes, I do value her input but I can’t let her think that she can completely take over. I need to balance all the different parts of myself. Ashamedly, I have to admit, I did try to keep her a secret but by following the advice of a very wise friend, I revealed the true identity of Tasheenga.
One of my favourite things about blogging is the support and friendship received by fellow bloggers from all over the blogosphere. I’m part of a wonderful blogging group called Big up Your Blog. It’s a drama free group where everyone loves to help each other. No meanies allowed and everyone plays by the rules. (Even fabulous people need rules.)
I have to say, I was thrilled when Shelley Wilson, mega blogger and author – find her HERE on her author blog and HERE on her motivational blog – nominated me for the Liebster award. No big deal? Excuse me, but I’ve been DYING to get nominated to take part in one of these fun posts that bloggers share with each other. So thank you Shelley. You made my day!
What is it Exactly?
The Liebster award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The idea is to welcome new bloggers into the blogging world and help them to get noticed. However, it seems that anyone established or starting out can be nominated.
The word “liebster” originates from Germany and has several meanings; welcome, sweetest, pleasant, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, valued, cute, kindest and endearing.
The blogger who nominates you asks 11 questions and then in return you nominate 5-11 bloggers with your own 11 questions. Lorraine from Wording Well explains in more detail.
There is no obligation to accept, but since it’s nice to be asked, it’s nice to keep it going.
Here’s what Shelley wants to know from me
Q1 Have you met any of your internet friends in real life?
No. I have yet to meet my internet buddies in real life. Some day hopefully!
Q2 What’s your favourite TV show? What character would you be from that show?
I don’t watch much TV but if I see the Big Bang Theory on, I’ll stop what I’m doing to watch it. Sheldon just cracks me up! I’d love to be Amy but in real life I’m more of a Penny.
Q3 What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write? (Book review, personal post, fiction, etc.)
I like writing about fun with friends as it makes me laugh. I enjoy writing the light-hearted personal posts on my fledgling blog, Tasheenga Writes Here. It’s just for fun!
Q4 What are your most and least favourite things about blogging?
The thing I love most about blogging is the camaraderie between fellow bloggers. I also love the buzz I get when I hit publish!! My least favourite thing? Time. I wish I had more of it. I try to squeeze too much into my life but that’s not such a bad thing I suppose.
Q5 Is there a genre you wouldn’t read? Why?
I like some science fiction but I’m not a fan of steampunk. I tried reading it a couple of times and I just didn’t enjoy it.
Q6 Which of your own blog posts is your personal favourite? Why?
My all time favourite post is ‘Come Dine With Me Please – Part Two’. My friends and I play Come Dine With Me, and this was Jackie’s night in our 2016 competition. It’s my favourite one because it was such a fabulous night. I believe that fun with friends is the best therapy. We don’t take each other too seriously and just enjoy a good laugh and having the banter.
Q7 Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and do they help/hinder your blogging/writing? If no, what would be your ideal pet?
My six year old is allergic to cats, dogs, horses and cows. So my husband is my pet and don’t get me started on whether he helps or hinders my writing!! A bit of both to be honest. But he’s brilliant and I adore him!!
I’m a cat and dog lover. My daughter has the most beautiful cat who I wish lived with me!
Q8 What’s your favourite type of takeaway food?
King prawn biryani. Nom Nom!!
Q9 What would be your ideal career? Why?
A professional spa goer! Getting paid to visit spas and then write reviews about it. Why? Because I love spas and I don’t get to go enough. And I love writing!
Q10 Which author do you like to recommend the most?
Terry Tyler. I haven’t read all her books yet but I recommend her to all my friends and anyone else I chat to about books.
Q11 Who’s your go to band/artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
André Rieu! Love him!
And now I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster award;
- Caroline Cunningham at Wild Star Landing
- Jean Reinhardt
- Claire Wong
- Katie – better known as Fatty McCupcakes
- Lorna at Gin and Lemonade
- Krystal Long
- Diane at Yes This Moment
- Gabe Burkhardt at Almost Unsalvageable
- Kerry Manning at Fabulicious Fifty
- Kate Ennals
- Sarah Whiley
And here’s my questions;
- When are you at your happiest?
- If you were to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, whose would it be?
- What’s usually the first thing to pop into your mind when you wake up each morning?
- What’s your biggest regret in life? If any!
- If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would you like to be and why?
- What’s your favourite smell and why?
- Are you a slow writer or can you whip up in a good post in a couple of hours?
- What household chore do you hate doing most? Or is there one you actually enjoy?
- What colour dominates your wardrobe?
- What’s your laugh type? Quiet & Polite, loud & boisterous, more of a chuckle, or a musical ha ha ha ha?
- Are you a romantic?
I’ve found that the rules vary slightly but they’re all similar!
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the person asked you.
- Answer the 11 questions the person asked you.
- Nominate 5-11 people (comment on their blog to let them know).
- Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.
- List these rules in your post.
- And most importantly…….
Today is World Mental Health Day.
Taking care of your mental health is vital and many of us don’t give it the attention it deserves. Even though you might feel absolutely fine, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore your mental health.
Whether you’re happy, sad, anxious, fearful, fed-up, bored, busy, or stressed always make time for yourself. Even if it’s something simple like smiling in front of the mirror!
A few days ago I read a simple but inspiring post on a blog that I discovered recently – Another 30 Thing That Make Me Happy! – and I was smiling while reading it because it reminded me of lots of things that make happy.
I think it’s an exercise everybody should do occasionally. No matter how bad your day is going, surely you can think of many things in your life that make you happy, or at least make you smile.
Write them down and allow yourself to smile your biggest smile and feel grateful for all that you have. Rather than fretting about the things you don’t have.
Try it and let me know how you get on!
Here are 30 Things That Make me Smile!
Tranquility in Poetry & Nature!
‘The Whisperings of Nature’ is an endearing little poetry book written by Caroline Cunningham. This is Caroline’s first published book of poetry and it represents her ‘stepping into the light’ with her written work.
‘Angelic Thinking’ is a fantastic little book written by Angel Healer, Andrew Marmion. Andrew shares with his readers some very personal information about his life. He tells how he spent years living every day in mental agony because he was destructively attached to his emotional past.
By practicing the Mental Cleansing and Refurbishment Exercise, which is the main content of this book, and because of his friendship and guidance from the angels, he changed from being a victim to being a healthy self-loving positive person.
When I hear the word ‘curiosity’, it reminds me of the time Mrs Palm Stinger (my school teacher) gave me six of the best with her worn out old ruler. I was only about 8 years of age and in second class. We were all standing in a circle, like the good little girls we were, doing our English reading.
There was a knock on the classroom door and Mrs Palm Stinger ordered us to remain quietly in our places. As soon as the door closed behind her, the whispers and the giggling began. Of course, everyone was dying to know who was at the door, including me! The girls teased and dared each other to sneak a peek. Nobody budged! Feeling very brave that day, I dashed to the top of the room and took a quick glance through the glass panel door. Continue reading
I didn’t know what dental floss was when I was a child. Candy floss was more prominent in my vocabulary. The importance of taking special care of our teeth wasn’t drummed into me or my brothers when we were children.
We thought it was normal to have teeth pulled when they decayed. “Sure we’ll get brand new ones like our parents did. Lovely new white straight teeth”. Did we really say that? Yes, I’m afraid we did.
Of course we were warned many times about the dangers of eating too many sweets but it didn’t stop us munching our way through sticky toffees and sugary jellies. And who could forget the Blackjacks and Fruit Salads? About ten in a bag for 2p. And they lasted for hours.
I remember being so excited if I found a halfpenny on the street. I went straight to Mrs. Fultons sweet shop for a Golfball chewing gum. It used to last me three days! A day at school went so slow when you had a couple of pennies in your pocket to spend in Mrs. Fultons on the way home. She was every child’s most favourite woman on the planet!
My business Seol Beo, has really taken off this year and I have recently moved my practice from home into town. I now work from the Leisure Centre in Bailieborough. My therapy room is warm and cosy and situated in a quiet private part of the leisure centre. It’s actually a wonderful place for clients to receive a treatment as they have the option of using the leisure centre facilities before their massage treatment.
- Look into all the colleges close by. Visit them and check out all aspects. You will know which one is right for you just like I did.
- Make sure before you take it on that you have space for it in your life. You want to be able to give it your all without burning yourself out because if that happens, you will be of little use to anyone.
- Look after yourself mentally and physically
- Make time for meditation, it will keep you grounded and happy.
- You need to be caring and kind if you are considering this line of work. Sometimes when people come for a treatment, you may be the only person they have confided in about a problem. It’s important to take care with this, be gentle. Confidentiality is also important.
- As a therapist you need to be gentle in touch but firm at the same time.
- Your treatment room needs to reflect the need for calm and quiet.
- All of this and more will give your client a reason to come back to you.
For anyone interested in this line of work, go for it…. I would really recommend it. I had a great time getting to know the other students on the course but I also got to know myself. It was an awakening for me in many ways!
I have lots of wonderful clients – some I see on a regular basis, some a couple of times a year. The main hassle I had was the whole male idea of what some of then thought a massage entailed. The tv programme “Love Hate” had a lot to do with this !!!!! It really annoyed me, but I soon learned to ignore them.