Joie Is…Wild Horses

This pair of beauties came strolling down the trail as I arrived at the trailhead with Ian. I was delayed from heading out on our hike for a while as I was mesmorized watching them.

They were even closer on our return! It was so inspiring to see them!

Guys, THIS is why the speed limits are what they are. It’s not for road conditions, it’s for the hikers and wildlife that may be crossing the road or wondering alongside.

2 horses were killed just a bit earlier this year, a momma and later one of her babies. So tragic and such unnecessary loss of life.

Hopefully this stallions flirting with the mare will result in a Spring foal!

Joie Is…being proud of yourself

being proud of yourself

This was a special moment to me. I haven’t set up a vendor table in a long while and this new design was inspired by a photo a friend shared. I had to tackle the great unknown Hobby Lobby to find what I was looking for. gulp! That was a huge win all on it’s own! LOL. I was happy I pulled it all together, showed up, dressed as me and spoke to the group. Proud side gig business owner moment! 🙂

What moment in your business has recently made you feel proud of yourself? Post a picture of it! Inspire me and everyone who sees it. 💜

Joie Is…Larkin and his Happy Place

Do you have a happy place? Larkin does.

Every morning there is a crush to get outside. I barely am allowed time to put on a robe and use the restroom before opening the door for the dogs to go out and greet the day.

Larkin grabs his toy and waits by the back door. He runs out and goes straight to “his” corner of the grass or his bed and lays down, holding the toy in his mouth. Doesn’t even make usage of a pee post first.

THIS is his happy place. He will lay there for an hour or two. Sometimes he’ll get up and move from one spot to the other, or change out the toy he’s holding but then he settles right back down and enjoys his morning.

It is such a joy to watch him.

Vegas Gardening | What’s Growing

Dusk is one of my favorite times to wander around in my garden. 

I thought I’d take you along with me and give you a bit of an informal tour to show you what’s currently growing and what you can discover when you look more closely. 

It’s easy to miss produce ready to harvest or a plant that is giving you clues it needs help (before it’s too late!). Taking a couple moments to slow down and ‘look’ is key. It’s also a great way to wind down from the day and ground yourself amongst Nature, who rushes for no one. 

Green Beans!

I missed taking a picture of the plants themselves, I was so happy for my harvest! I'd earlier seen 2 beans ready to be picked so I went to grab them and then sat down and started looking. A bunch more were hiding! They blend in with the leaves. lol.

First Tomatoes!

I was not expecting to see 'red' amongst my tomato plants yet. What a happy surprise! I checked my records but still can't seem to figure out what variety these are. lol. Bigger than a Juliet tomato but smaller than a Roma. All I know is they definitely aren't the Yellow Pear tomatoes I thought I planted here. haha.

Anaheim Peppers

Still a small plant but it's cranking out peppers so quickly! Look how many there are only days away from being ready to harvest. Time to start thinking of what to make with them. AND I have 4 more plants just like this one...

Basil

I love basil so much that I planted 5 varieties, or so. They are really starting to take off! I am determined to keep up on pruning them this season so they stay healthy and to make sure I don't miss out on any of their yumminess! Pesto, dressings and salad greens are my favorite uses. This variety is the more traditional Sweet Basil and has larger leaves.

Chamomile

This plant has the SMALLEST seeds I've ever seen! And the resulting seedlings are just as tiny and frail. Mine didn't survive the transplanting. THIS plant I bought from Star Nursery and it's exploded. I can't wait to harvest the buds to make my favorite tea of all time. 🙂

Calendula

These guys are doing so well, it's a joy to see all the blooms and pop of color they bring. I grew them indoors from seeds and look at the growth!

The New Bed

This, the New Bed as I call it, was bare just a few short months ago. This Spring/Summer growing season is the first planting in this bed that I built over the Winter. Do you see all that's growing?! Dill, Green Onions, Sunflowers, Basil, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and some baby seedlings I'm not exactly sure of right now.

Eggplant

I've already harvested 2 fruits from this young heat loving plant. Do you see all of the babies? There are at least 6 of them that I need to keep a watch on, the sooner you harvest the more the plant will produce. Waiting for them to get bigger is not better. More blossoms are already popping up!

Sunflower

This little-er guy could easily be overshadowed by the giant 9 footers he's growing in the shadow of. But I spotted him blooming AND he's facing my yard! 🙂

Can you spot him?

Here's the wide angle view. Do you see the one that's hiding? Look closely!

Oro Blanco Grapefruit

Looks like limes right now but nope, this is the most amazingly delicious Oro Blanco variety of grapefruit. It's a 2 year old tree and last year was it's first season with us - produced a solitary fruit and OMG was it ever good. Now I am happy to see there are a bunch, I hope they do well!

Lemongrass

First time growing this plant but it's doing wonderfully well! I'm excited for the tea I'll be able to make with the leaves. It's also a perennial and as I'm really trying to find edible plants that are longer lived than annual, I'm very pleased it likes the space it's growing in.

Fig Tree (I forget the variety)

This new tree has had 1 fig on it for several months now. I took a closer look and saw it is now bursting with figs! Do you see them too?

Aloe

What a recovery this plant has made! It sat in a tiny pot on the patio for a year, randomly being watered. It had grown to bursting from the seams and all brown. I pulled away all the babies and gave it some space in a 5 gallon pot (that my nectarine tree came in). It not only recovered with good dirt and consistent irrigation, look at all the new babies! If this keeps up I'll be able to start using aloe in my smoothies. Sweet!

Nectarine Trees

Sun set behind them but these 3 different varieties of nectarine trees are filled with fruit getting super close to harvest. I need to keep a close eye on them as the birds will poke holes to check for ripeness and then BAM! when they are ripe, it's game over.

Nectarine Fruit

Not a great image sadly, as it was getting dark but you get the idea. Currently than a golf ball but smaller than a pool ball.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my yard at dusk! If you like this closer look at my garden and would like me to do it again as the season progresses, let me know. 😊

Dill Nut Cheese | Plant Based Raw

My Anniversary Month trip to Canada with my husband (of 19 years 💝) was a culinary experience to remember!

One of the highlights from our time in Vancouver BC was the discovery and visit to this plant based cafe in North Van. It was also our very first time boarding the Sea Bus for a fun 20 minute ride over. We didn’t have to go far from the water, which was great since we were on foot. The ‘port’, or so it seemed to be one to me, had a buzzing with activity boardwalk and mall, jam packed with a wide variety of shops, cafes, including a Kombucha growler refilling hang out and a farmers market stand. The Plaza outside had great views over the water looking back out at Downtown Vancouver. 

I got goosebumps as soon as we walked through the doors of Cafe by Tao. I was jumping out of my skin with excitement and sheer bliss looking at the products on the shelves and in the cooler, already dreaming of how much I could carry away with me.

Not to mention reading the menu…Ahhhhhh.

If you think I’m exaggerating, just ask Kerwin. He was right there watching me and laughing.
Who knew 2 years ago that I’d be so excited over (non pasta, non pastry, non potato chips, non cheesecake) food?! I certainly didn’t.

Here’s a video flashback to afterwards, as we were leaving.

Now that the stage is set…the reason for ‘this’ blog LOL is to share a raw food win – I made the ‘to die for’ Dill Nut Cheese for the first time today and am in heaven!

It tastes almost exactly as I remember it!

I spread it, nice and thick, on the matching ‘to die for’ raw onion bread I had a freshly made batch of. Pictured ⬇️. Needing a tasty topping for the bread is what actually triggered me to finally pull up this recipe and give it a go.

It’s food like this that makes me laugh when I tell people I eat raw and they say “oh. Don’t you get tired of eating salads?” Nope. lol. 

Part of this life journey I’m on is about celebrating the joys, wins, and delicious food, so instead of simply sharing a picture on Facebook, I am choosing to savor this moment with an intentional post.

For this Dill Cheese recipe and more check out Cafe by Tao!

I promise I’ll share more about our day and incredible eating experience at Cafe by Tao in another post. 😊

Nothing Like Tea & Pastries

On a cold night in Vegas...

It’s fun to be able to say that. I almost thought the Winter season was over but the snow, winds and below freezing temps (just barely mind you 😉) have done their sneaky thing, as is often the case in February.

Out comes the tea and ‘pastries’, or in my world, these yummy snacks that are better known as Joie Bites. This creamy, sweet, richness that, until yesterday I’d forgotten how to make, is the perfect compliment to my Cinnamon Roobois Chai tea from David’s Tea. 

I’m not a big fan of chotzky souvenirs when traveling, instead I like to get things that we’ll use. This lovely tea cup with lid and loose tea brewing insert (I’m sure it has a more proper name than that lol) is the perfect memory of cozy mornings in our condo sipping tea as we journaled. 

I don’t need a mug that says YVR to help me remember our #CanadaTrip holiday. ☺️

It makes me happy to think back on our trip. It’s the reason we do what we do – to travel, explore and create amazing memories together! Having items out and visible to serve as these reminders is a wonderful thing – it keeps me focused and on track building my side gig.

Mel Robbins calls these visible reminders Positive Triggers in her Mindset Reset program. Check it out here! It’s available on demand replay and is incredibly beneficial. Best thing I did to kick off 2019 was signing up for her free program!

Or….it might actually be tied for top spot with my decision to start my 160 day eating Raw & Living foods challenge. Today is Day 51! And OMG, I had to get a calculator out to add up the days, it’s already flying by. 🤩

Signing off now so I can go feed the babies 🐶🐶🐶🐶! Till next blog…

For fun tips and healthy recipes you can follow me and my friends here: Joy, Wellness and Women. Creating a Vibrant Life You Love!

Cheers!

Holey Jeans

What's up with Holey Jeans?

I guess some people, maybe most LOL, call them ripped jeans but I've always considered them holey. Growing up I loved to get a new pair of fresh, bright jeans WITHOUT holes. I'm still not onboard with this trend that apparently has now become mainstream. I wear them begrudgingly and it drives me crazy that they put the holes around the knees, like does no one ever kneel down and make the hole BIGGER?! Sheesh.

On to the topic at hand! 😜

I’m home and wearing Holey Jeans!

Not a fan of jeans with holes 🕳 (haha, love this emoji that popped up) but it’s rather difficult to find a pair without holes nowadays. What’s your take on holes, are you for or against them? 

That being said, I’m celebrating that I work for myself, have no dress code and it’s warm enough back here at home to be able to wear holey jeans! 🥳😃

I just returned from a FANTASTIC Canadian 🇨🇦 holiday with my honey, in this our anniversary month, but my legs FROZE in jeans, even my only long length pair without holes. 

Side note….I think I will start calling him “my husband” when referring to him in public. He’s always been “my honey” to me but I believe #marriedliferocks so I’m going to make sure everyone knows he’s my partner, best friend, other half and HUSBAND of 19 years! 💍

We braved crazy temps, saw incredible views, ate TONS of yummy food and I came home weighing 1/2 lb lighter .😎

•More blogs and pics to come!

Time to start planning our next trip! Where shall we go….? 😉🌍🗺 What favorite location or trip have YOU taken? Please share and give me some ideas! 

Looking for a way to work from home, travel and have more time for what matters most? 

These 45 seconds below sum up what has given me the freedom and health to live the life I do. If you’d like to know more, comment below or private message me, I’m happy to share! 

8 Top Tips for Personal Development

Ahhh…..early mornings spent in my cozy chair snuggled under my blanket in front of the fireplace (loving the cooler weather) reading a “good book” is one of the highlights of my day!

My ‘book’ of choice now is actually a magazine yes, I know, but I love Live Happy! What a way to start your day on a positive note with great stories and tips! *And the digital edition available on the iPad is so FUN! 😀

Growing up I used to love reading fiction but now my joie is found in self-help books. The Law of Attraction says that you attract more of what you ARE. When you become a little better in some way than you were the day prior, your life and your circumstances will improve; things get easier as you get better. Who doesn’t want that, right?

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Jim Rohn

So how do you become better? Personal Development! By simply following a course of continual growth and striving to reach your full potential.

Here are 8 of the most helpful suggestions I’ve found for improving one’s self.

    1. Start Now 
      There is no such thing as the perfect time. Do something about your personal development plan today. Growth doesn’t happen overnight, so you need to start now. You can build on what you do today, tomorrow. Don’t become a pro at procrastination! 😉
    2. Read, Read, Read
      Make it your personal goal to read at least a book per month, or 10 pages of a good book a day. Learn from the successful people who have gone before you. Choose a trait you would like to improve on over the next 90 days and get books, lectures, attend a seminar…etc all around that topic.
    3. Me Time
      Take time every day to do something for yourself, even if it’s just 10 minutes of guilt free quiet time drinking a cup of coffee, or tea, as is now my drink of choice. Reward yourself in little ways for the progress you’re making.
    4. Journaling
      Keep a daily journal, recording your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and GRATITUDE’S. Time for Reflection is key as John C Maxwell writes in his book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Personal Growth:

      “Learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you.”

    5. Be Accountable
      As hard as it is to accept, you are 100% responsible for what you are today and where you are today. No one else is to blame. Your choices and actions have gotten you to where you are today. By accepting personal responsibility you free yourself from the victim mentality and can begin to change things in your life for the better. If you want to become someone (or be somewhere) different than you are today, make personal growth your #1 priority. YOU are in the driver’s seat for YOUR future.
    6. Feed Your Mind
      Choose carefully what and WHO you allow IN. By filling your mind with positive ideas, thoughts, and people who support and inspire you, you will be happier and have no room left for the negative.
    7. Visualize
      Put up pictures of your dreams and goals where you will see them frequently. Create Vision Boards. Allow yourself to dream big WITHOUT LIMITS! Spend time every day visualizing your dreams being realized, in full color with all the sights, sounds, smells and emotions.

           “You never get what you want, you always get what you picture.”
                                                                                             ~Bo Short

             8. Never Give Up
                Life works in cycles and moves to a rhythm. You will have days when the funk hits you. When you                  hit a slow point or things don’t seem to be moving, don’t give up. Be kind to yourself and Keep Going.

And most of all, remember that there is no end to your personal development journey. So have FUN and enjoy the ride!

My own journey really began just a few years ago when I left Corporate America and partnered with Neora, a company that has a heart and is committed to Making People Better. You can see the Neora Philosophy here:

One of my favorite quotes:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)

If you enjoyed this list, please comment below and let me know your thoughts on following these personal development tips! 😀