Soothing my Strained Heart

I have been so overwhelmed with emotional stress and pain lately I am doing what I can to alleviate the strain. Clean sheets, a hot cup of tea, lavender oil, journaling with black ink, and watercolors soothe my strained heart. Image

I have some chronic pain issues and woke up very early this morning just aching. I soaked away in a hot bath listening to the dreams and night time rhythms of Stevie Nicks, letting the pain drift away with the steam.




I am a huge fan of bath products and these bath salts by Knopp are truly incredible. Today, I chose the Juniper to help ease my strained lower back muscles and alleviate the pain. They are extremely high quality, foam beautifully, and are pure.

I’m spending the rest of the day trying to nurture the soreness out of my heart reminding myself that all is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. I am free.




Gilded Cupids and Dust-Furred Windows

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My favorite author Donna Tartt has released her new novel after an excruciatingly long hiatus. I have been celebrating with lovely drinks, a new journal, fresh sheets, and long luxurious hours of soaking up her words.

“A wildneress of gilt, gleaming in the slant from the dust-furred windows: gilded cupids, gilded commodes and torchieres, and- undercutting the old-wood smell- the reek of turpentine, oil paint, and varnish. I followed him through the workshop along a path swept in the sawdust, past pegboards and tools, dismembered chairs and claw-foot tables sprawled with their legs in the air. Though a big man he was graceful, “a floater” my mother would have called him, something effortless and gliding in the way he carried himself. With my eyes on the heels of his slippered feet, I followed him up some narrow stairs and into a dim room, richly carpeted, where black urns stood on pedestals and tasseled draperies were drawn against the sun.”