Often people are busy trying to make enough money to live the life they think will make them happy. They buy more “stuff” to help them “relax” or shuttle their kids to “more and more” after school sports or classes. They get buried under a mound of Self Help Books and TV shows offering a solution. Or they have a reason why they have “NO” choice.
If you are one of these people then know life can be calmer and more enriching. I put the Seven Spiritual Laws into practice. You only focus on doing one law each day. It is so freeing to not worry about the mound of things I want to change about myself. God made us an integral part of the world. So I now let my life ebb and flow in tune with nature. I am ready to accept all of the blessings flowing my way. Follow the law of the day and begin to slow down to a more enriching life.
I saw this tip on Pinterest for removing the water glass rings on wooden furniture. I tried it and loved the results. So I started using it on all of my wood furniture.
Next I tried it on an original old Eames Chair that had been out in the sunshine. It really spruced up the back of the chair that is wooden. So I thought why not try it on the leather also? Wow! What a difference. This is now the way I nourish all my wood and leather.
Just put olive oil in a little bowl, add 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. I use a cheap paint brush from the dollar store to apply it. I wait about an hour and wipe it with a cloth. Depending on how dry the leather or wood is, I may apply 2 coats. People have asked me if just vegetable oil will work? Not really, olive oil is a thicker oil. Just by the cheapest you can find. Nourish away.
Toni Faile Lyerly
I have a fixation with boxes. My mind always wants to package ideas in a box so that I can easily duplicate the idea for other people.
Recently I was reminded of how my first business in St. Croix came to be. My daughter Linley and I were looking for balloons and candles on Virgin Gorda in the BVI a month ago. Should be easy, "Right?" Well the party shop at the marina had only one banner, that read, "retirement" and we thought 4 years old was a little young to celebrate that. Then the only candles were numbers 5, 9 and 1. We could not seem to create 4 years with those numbers. Balloons were the only thing left. You purchased the bag, paid $1.00 to have each balloon filled with helium and $1.00 for a string. $15 later we walked out with our one party supply.
Back to my memory of my first business. In St. Croix a mother had to race around hoping to find birthday supplies and this was after they dreamed up an amazing "Theme". At age 8, I decided to put the Mom's out of their agony and create a business for myself. I created the whole package, theme, invitations (given to the Moms to fill out) cake, tablecloth, paper goods, decorations and games with prizes. I enlisted the help of two friends to help the day of the party. I put together about 5 theme packages for Moms to choose from. This helped my Mom only make one trip to buy everything I needed. She was a good sport to run me around to the parties. I set-up and cleaned up. The only glitch was that I needed a business plan because I did not really charge enough to make much money.
Later in life in my 30's I walked into the new school in Pinehurst NC, where I had just enrolled my two daughter's. A woman coming out the door, asked if I would be in charge of the the back to school picnic. (New to the area, I had no idea that everyone else was at the beach.) I soon started hosting thank you luncheons for the teachers, luncheons for guests of the school and graduation. She also asked if I could help with the "Thank You" luncheon for 100 women at the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build House. I agreed and became in charge of all the dedications etc.
There have been many more opportunities in my life to host parties with a purpose. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of the parents who have supported their children's business adventure's and helped them to learn skills they could use their whole lives.
Follow the Rule of "1" to have sucsessful meetings.
Do not be afraid to ask everyone to follow this format.
Most meetings need to be held once a month to : keep member's interest, keep up with past, current and future events.
If meetings are kept to one hour: more people will attend, ideas and questions will not be repeated, people arriving unprepared will realize the preparation needed the next time.
Sending the agenda one week before the meeting gives everyone the chance to contact you with questions, concerns and additions.
Sending the minutes one week after the meeting reminds members of upcoming events and their assignments.
Most importantly: Start the meeting on time. When we worked in India meetings would start 1 to 2 hours late. We started our meetings on time. Either members will get the messages to arrive on time or they may no longer want to be a member.
Time is precious . Respect your time and others will be thankful.
I bring absolutely everything I might need on a plane, train or just just hanging out. The trick is to buy small sizes, pill packets, multi use toiletries and pack them into one cube. I never remove them once I return home. Here is my list.
2. Pashmina ( doubles as a blanket)
3. Small ice bag ( doubles as a way to keep food cold)
4. Winter down jacket, packed in it's own bag ( doubles as a pillow on the plane).
5. Argon Oil can be used on your hair as a conditioner and your face as a moisturizer.
6. Really good headphones ( needed on the plane or to stay friends with a hotel mate.
7. Packets of: Imodium, Tylenol, Ibuprofin, Nightime & Daytime Cold Medicine, Allergy pills.
8. Eye drops
9. Beeswax for nails and lips ( wipe it on a sore spot on your foot to avoid a blister.)
10. Tea Tree oil ( 100 uses). Antiseptic
12. Hat clip ( I make them ). Can clip on anything.
13. Water Bottle
14. Dehydration and probiotic tablets.
15. Small plastic bottle of Absorbine jr. ( for bug bites & sore muscles).
16. Headlamp ( useful when the power goes out).
17. Fold up rain jacket with hood.
18. Scented oil ( put under nose to help tolerate bad smells).
Ideas for life.
Information on this website is personal to me and in no way is an endorsement of a product, medical advice or advice for child rearing. Travel advice is only for you to get ideas and not a guarantee of a perfect vacation. The creations I make are for my friends and family. I can only share how I make my creations with you and I am not responsible for your creations.