Just Jeri – Words

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We all know how powerful words can be whether they are used to heal or hurt.  They have power based on the writer’s intention and the interpretation of the reader.  I find it so fascinating, based on a person’s mind set, how one word could be interpreted in multiple different ways. This year I picked a word to try to incorporate into my actions and thought process.  My word was consistent.

I have been consistent in my personal growth and having a positive mindset. I have not been consistent in my writing intentions for the year. The word consistent is giving me a plethora of mixed feelings, but I choose to see I have six months left in the year to improve my writing intentions. Do you have any words you absolutely love or hate?  Leave me a comment below

Just Jeri – Gifts

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I want to talk to you today about gifts, not the kind that come in pretty packages. The kind that are innately yours. Everyone has a gift even if you don’t think so, you do trust me. Think outside the box. It doesn’t have to be a talent such as singing, dancing or acting. It can be something as simple as being a good listener, baking the best cupcakes or being the ultimate secret keeper. Everyone should have a friend that holds all your secrets and still loves you.  Maybe you’re still searching for your gift.

I didn’t discover my gifts until later in life and I have multiple as I continue to learn and grow. I am also convinced that if you continue to be a life long learner you will discover more hidden talents. I would love to hear about your unique gifts. Leave me a comment below.

Just Jeri – Full of Blarney

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I know I’m late to discuss St. Patrick’s Day, but for good reason.  I travelled to Ireland for a fun filled week of exploring a good chunk of the Irish coast. We did the scenic drive where The Last Jedi was filmed and saw the sweeping beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. We went to the villages of Adare, Dingle, Killarney, Cork and best of all was Blarney. We visited the famous 15th century Castle of Blarney where you can find the Blarney Stone. The legend is if you kiss the Blarney stone you receive the gift of gab that can get you out of all kinds of sticky situations.

I won’t keep you in suspense. No, I did not kiss the stone because I was too chicken. You have to hang upside above a hole that is high up in the tower of the castle.  What I loved beyond the beauty of the grounds of the Castle was this legend that has prevailed through time. Maybe there is some truth to the stone if we are all still talking about it.  Have you travelled somewhere that had some interesting history? I would love to hear about it leave me a comment below.

Just Jeri – Space

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Space and not the final frontier. I’m talking about workspace. I was lucky enough to finally get my own office when we moved and I love it so much! I have created a space with everything that brings me inspiration. I have fairies all over my book shelves, special books as stacked decorations and my little stereo for music. I have some lovely scented candles and considering adding a small plant, but then I worry about the cats. They tend to use my office as their personal sunbathing room. I think my overall theme of enchanted forest is working.

The one place I can’t seem to organize is my desk. It’s a big desk with 3 drawers on each side. The bottom being file hanging drawers. My center drawer is filled with all kinds of stuff thrown in haphazardly. The other drawers are not deep but can fit journals, stationary, etc. How do I tackle this desk. I would love to hear your organizing tips and tricks. Please, I beg you, leave me a comment.

Just Jeri – Passion or Obsession

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    Tennis is my passion or obsession. I can’t decide. I always look forward to January because it starts off with the Australian Open. If you don’t know what that is it’s the first major Grand Slam for tennis. If I had to pick one of my favorite players it would be Raphael Nadal from Spain, but trust me I like more for many different reasons. I singled him out because he embodies a work ethic coupled with humility we don’t see much of in today’s sports world. This man has won The French Open 14 times! His career spans close to 2 decades and he’s been number one in the world many times. I could go on and on about his accomplishments.

    Every single time he steps off the court he is humble in his wins and losses. He gives credit to those that support him and is complimentary to his opponents. Best of all when he loses he goes back to saying, “I will have to work harder and train more.” Tennis is a sport of endurance, strategy and self-reliance. These two warriors go out on the court and give it their all for literally hours. I maybe romanticizing it, but the professionalism that is displayed by Raphael Nadal is rare.  We need more examples of sportsmanship like that in the world. What’s your favorite sport or person?  Leave me a comment.

    Just Jeri – Fun Stickers!

    Planner with pen and plant laid on desk

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    It’s that time of year again when people make New Year’s Resolutions…blah blah. I Don’t. Instead, I begin planning my year with my Bloom Planner. You can find them at www.bloomplanners.com. They are a small female owned business and I love supporting their vision.  What is unique about their planners is it has pages that inspire you. The first page asks you what your Word for the Year is and I love that so much! The next few pages focus on your personal goals, habit tracking and how you did the previous year. The best pages are of Things Not to Do and your Joy list. I really love how this planner gives me Vision and hope to achieve my goals.

    The really fun part is they have a wide selection of fun stickers you can use for all kinds of activities and events. I turn into a 3rd grader putting all my stickers in place for the year. Even chore stickers are fun like cleaning and appointments.  How do you approach the New Year? Leave me a comment.

    Just Jeri – Tis the Season

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    You know the drill, shopping, decorating and lots of eating. All of that sounds exciting and fun, and it is, especially eating all those yummy Christmas cookies. My favorite part of the holidays.  Personally, I struggle with the holidays. I know I am not the only one and its so easy to stay in that holiday funk. Instead, I’m choosing to look at the season as an opportunity to experience joy.  I find that if I serve others in some way, it brings a unique joy. Listening to someone, being present for them in their struggles is one of the most rewarding things I can do. Giving those little gifts to people who will never know who you are is one of my greatest joys. I get to be Santa!

    If you are struggling to feel the holiday buzz. Do something for yourself and for someone else. Spend time seeing the joy in those Christmas lights, get out and be present, maybe make some cookies for a neighbor. I’m making cookies and trying my hand at fudge this year for my neighbors. I would love to hear how you’re making your season bright and merry and if want to share a cookie recipe I would love it! Leave me a comment.

    Just Jeri – Dreams

    Book open with writing and coffee cup sitting on opposite page.

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    I am not talking about the ones we have when we are asleep, but the ones we have in those quiet alone times. People ask me if I always wanted to be a writer. Honestly, no I never saw myself becoming a published author. Growing up I never dreamed of any kind of future for myself, sad I know. It’s a story for another time.  Dreams are not just for little kids wondering what they will be when they grow up. They are for all of us at any age and they change continually.

    I think people assume dreams are the goals we hope to achieve in our lives.  My spin doesn’t involve the mundane. Dreams are magic! It’s visualizing the potential for anything you want. Having hope and faith that you will create a new world for yourself.  Guess what? You can. I have big dreams now and I know I will have to work hard for them, but I am not giving up. Are you with me? I would love to hear about your big dreams. Leave me a comment.

    Just Jeri – Fairies

    Pink Magical Forest with a path

    I love Fairies! Yes, they are real. I had an opportunity this summer to do a Writer Retreat in Ireland. It was a dream come true.  One of our excursions was to a Fairy Forest where we walked in silence for about a mile. This gave us an opportunity to experience the forest in all its beauty. It’s called a forest bath.  Our guide told us if we look closely, we can see a fairy sometimes sitting in a tree or under a plant. It would be a brief glimpse if you can catch one. I believe I saw one or two.

    Magic is everywhere if you choose to see it. Fairies help me to believe in the magic of this world and helps to spur my imagination. I love them so much I collect them and have them all over my office. I am trying to turn my office into a magical forest.  I’ve been gifted a few that are either reading a book or sitting on some books.  Do you have magic in your world? Leave me a comment. I would love to hear about it.

    Just Jeri – Spooky Story Time

    Large spooky hotel with dark rain clouds
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    Have you ever heard of The Stanley Hotel? It’s located in Colorado in the mountain town of Estes Park. It’s also the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. My daughter went to Colorado State University and on one of my visits to see her we decided to drive up to see the famous hotel. I am a huge Stephen King fan, so I was not going to miss this opportunity.

    The hotel is over 100 years old and the rumors of it being are haunted are legendary. We took the day tour of the hotel and its grounds. It’s beautiful to say the least and a must see if you are a King fan. We made our way to the 4th floor stopping next to Room 401. We were waiting for the rest of the group to assemble before the tour guide could continue the tour.  My daughter was standing right next to the door and no one was next to her. I was standing a little across from her so we were facing each other.  She darted her eyes to her left a few times then leans over and proceeds to tell me that she felt someone touching her arm. She said it was like they were running a hand up and down her arm. The tour guide told us that Room 401 has a very lecherous ghost who likes to touch young ladies. Apparently, that room was used as a break room of sorts for the nannies that came with families in the early 1900’s. They had complained of being touched inappropriately.  My daughter didn’t know any of the history of the hotel, so for her to experience something gave me goosebumps. Have you ever had a spooky experience. I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment!

    Happy Halloween!