In Loving Memory

Zack - Close up. 2014

“Zack” Augustine

April 15, 2005 – October 8, 2014

Zack was laid to rest on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 after being hospitalized earlier in the week and diagnosed with advanced stages of Congestive Heart Failure and elevated Kidney functions. The last 20 hours of his life he spent in an oxygen tank to assist with his breathing.  Zack was just 9 years old.  Zack will be fondly remembered as the feline duo of Ziggy and Zack in the book “Secrets I Learned From Ordinary House Cats.” … read more.

Running on Empty

Running on Empty – How Journaling Kept Me Going

It’s been almost 4 months since my mother died, and I realized yesterday that in an 18 month span, I had a lot thrown onto my shoulders creating unimaginable stress.  It’s a wonder I don’t want to run away – but right now I’d be running on empty … read more

Thoughts on Jealousy

Dog Days and Cat Daze are upon us. Though, I always thought Dog Days were in August. It’s already a daze with my cats with long days indoors because of heat and humidity, bright sunlight shining in because we live on the west side of the building, as it’s too hot to enjoy that west-facing patio. So they sit just inside the sliding glass door and sulk, dreaming of the chew of leaves and the possibility of catching a bird high in the feeder. Storms come, winds blow, the sun is scorching. Meanwhile they sit waiting patiently for cooler weather.

Interestingly, through all this I noticed that cats experience jealousy much like we humans. Read More

Stand with God

It’s Easter Sunday, and I chose to take a hike instead of going to church.  You see, for decades I have felt closer to God in the woods than I have … read more

Drink the Kool-aid

Kool-aid pitcher.

 

So often I hear excuses when it is suggested, “why don’t you journal on that?” In my years of writing journal entries and teaching the process to go within using the journaling technique, I get a reaction as if I’m asking you to “drink the Kool-aid.” Your inward journey is … read more

Angel Visit Anyone?

Angel Wings.

Would you like an Angel Visit?   If you believe in the power of angels, I invite you to continue reading and consider an angel visit.  I was recently asked by my friend Sandy if I would be interested in an angel visit. She explained what I would need to do and I immediately said yes. Fast forward to my  … read more

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Get Out of the Way

Snow Feb 5 2010.

Waiting for a snow storm to come, it’s cold, dreary and I need to write.   It’s January 2nd and I’m hoping you are pondering the New Year. Is it business as usual? Probably not because you want something different for 2014 … don’t you?

Forget your New Year’s Resolutions. Sit down and think about what you want to accomplish in 2014. You probably should have done this in November (I did and sent an email around about it), but there is still time for you to do it now. So take a moment with pen and journal in hand and write out your wish list for 2014 – personal; professional; health; emotions; work; travel; play; thoughts; etc. Your list might include things like:

*Manage debt repayment and/or invest savings or retirement monies;
*Enjoy travel to the following destinations _________(name at least 3 places;
*Implement diet / nutrition / exercise program(s);
*Consider buying a house / buying a car / or buying other big ticket items;
*Schedule classes / continuing education / life-long learning;
*Change or adjust your career / business / job;
*Deepen your religious or spiritual understanding.

Journal on your thoughts around these suggestions or other things you included on your list. Write about your resistance or anger toward them. Identify your distractions and how they redirect your true focus. Describe what you are putting off because of fear, lack of funding or no self-confidence to pursue.

Most importantly, give yourself permission to do any and all of the things you listed knowing only you stand in your way from completing them.

Get busy, it’s already January 2nd.

In the spirit of love and light …
Rosemary Augustine