Monday, August 31, 2009

Positive thoughts and naming my blog

I've been blogging here for over a year. Each time I sign on, I use my "Plant Your Garden" email address. Sometimes I write about investing and how to try to save money, while earning little bits of interest. Sometimes I write about my garden and how gorgeous that it is.

This past weekend, I researched, "Naming Your Blog." A lot of sites showed the most used words, like blogger, journal, and perspectives. I don't really see it as keeping a journal. I write about the things that I love and the places that I hope to go. This is why I chose the name Flourish. It means to do well, to move forward, and to prosper. Perfect. This is what I'm all about.

Like everyone, we have taken a hit in income this past year. Although we've cut back on EVERYTHING, money is still tight. Whoever thought that you'd have to put a bra or bedsheets on a wishlist for a month or two? This is the reality where Flourish was born.  I will continue to save money, even if it's one dollar a month, and I will plant my vegetables, and all will flourish with positive thoughts and forward thinking.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Leap of Faith

I named her Hermione which means earthy. Okay, so you might say that she was nothing but a grasshopper, but she's been here all summer. First, I thought that I needed to spray the beans because she was eating the leaves, then I decided that it wasn't a big deal because I still get all of the beans.

She'd come up and hang out with me when I worked in the garden. No, I'm not even kidding here. I was so mesmerized by this insect that was sticking around, I finally looked up "grasshopper, animal totem." I found that the grasshopper signifies encouragement to take a Leap of Faith. I have been procrastinating some big decisions ...

As soon as I got the message, she was gone! Three months of friendship, and once she got her message across, she was gone. Hermione, my earthy little insect friend. It was a pleasure.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Fit Horse Companion

Wow, it finally arrived! The hard copy of my book, The Fit Horse Companion arrived today. Published! All of my research and stall mucking coming to fruition. Stall mucking? Absolutely the best time to hang out with horses.

Some of the best conversations that I've had with horses were in their stall. First of all, it's a pretty small space. It's where they eat and rest. It's a privilege to be in there in the first place, and, if you're not close, and they don't want you in there, you're toast!

It is my hope that some of those people who get on their horse and ride away, then call their horse stupid for bucking them off, will get the drift of a proper warmup. I've always wanted to say "Your horse bucked you off because you didn't warm him up and he was too stiff to run. He's not stupid!" Now, I can simply say, "You should read my book. Maybe if your horse were properly warmed up, that wouldn't have happened."

Perfect. Something to cross off of my bucket list. It's been many years in the making.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Health Care Issues

I try to stay away from political arguments or opinions. We all have something to say about what we see on television, but choose the proper time or people to share it with.

I've been in the alternative or complimentary health care business for my entire 30 some year career. I understand that research has been slow in this area as opposed to Western Medicine, but I believe in prevention and complimentary care. In fact, to say that research has been slow is an understatement. Only this year did researchers follow bicyclists at the Tour De France to extensively compare muscle recovery of muscles that had been massaged vs. not.

To get to my point, prevention and complimentary care are not new concepts. I was watching a guy on tv tonight who was pro health care reform. He was a doctor. What really bugged the #@&$! out of me was that he was expounding on the fact that new therapies like acupuncture were proving to be beneficial according to research. Duh? Proving to be beneficial for over 2,000 years. WTF? Medical experts. Expert opinions. I'm not even going to go into mine right now.

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