My favorite essential oil is frankincense. It reminds me of the trees walking in the forests of Washington. Pine trees make me feel comfortable and remind me of HOME. Ponderosa pine trees were something that was ugly to me as a child, and have become something that I miss when I travel. Pine needles, pine cones, Pine sap you name it I love it. As a child playing at recess, we braided the needles into bracelets, necklaces, and headbands coming in groups of three needles per bundle as if they were made for budding artists to fiddle with.
I love airplanes, but do not like to be in them. I have a tattoo of a P51 mustang with the shark face, on the inside of my right arm. The furthest I have flown was from Spokane WA to Boston or New York. Planes are something I admire but like to watch from afar. Some of my closest friends were pilots, or have family who is.
(My P51 Mustang)
My friends are important to me, and scheduling time with those I love is a priority in my life. Saying "I love you" and "I appreciate our friendship" often is something I try to do every time we talk. I know some of the kindest people on this earth and am blessed to have friends who share their friends with me. If you have had the pleasure of having someone in your life for at least 7 years, chances are you can make a lifetime friendship together. My favorite, most eclectic group of friends we call “The Budge Group” we all would gather at a brewery called The Budge Brows. Even after the brewery closed, we still get together and travel to new breweries as Budge brothers and sisters.
(My talented friend Mark Meyer, Porkchop, and I brewing beer together with the Budge Group.)
Spending time alone helps to ground me. Taking time out to re-adust and center me helps my productivity. Alone time is not for everyone, as an empath I have noticed many of my friends also enjoy time alone. Practicing my many hobbies helps allow me to process daily life along with my art. Giving yourself time to hone your skills and grow in new directions can be time-consuming, and priceless moments we allow ourselves in life. Hobbies are a great way to fill up the time while being productive and growing as an individual.
(Glass bead I made with my mother's ashes inside.)
I do not like games. I do not like to play games of almost any sort. As the oldest sibling games were something that I did with my siblings and as an adult bother me. I prefer to compete against myself rather than with others. Life itself has been enough of a game for me. Every once in a while I can be convinced to play a game with a few good friends.
(The first game I have played in years.)
As a cook I enjoy new flavors, working with herbs, unique spices, and other natural ingredients that make each meal worth remembering. Sour and bitter are some of the flavors that draw me in as an individual, while spice and heat are avoided for they make my sensitive stomach turn. Tamarind is something I was shown in second grade and reminds me of my oldest girlfriend and our childhood adventures together. To this day we still share sour treats with each other. Learning my preferred pallet has helped my love of food grow while being open-minded and trying new things along the way brings a constant evolving door to my kitchen and food experience. Blessed be to the friends who expose me to family traditions, recipes, inspire, introduce their own passion for food my way. Recently we made our first crawfish boil with local crawfish!
(Crawfish bill that we made recently.)
Different and strange things make me curious and want to learn. I encourage you to surround yourself with unique people and try new things. Embrace what makes you different, and find something that inspires you, introduce a hobby into your life, learn a new skill. It is never too late to become who you have always wanted to be. And remember that life is too short to use bad soap.
(Christal Clear Soaps)
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(Eucalyptus hanging in our shower)
Here is a list of my completed blogs! Learn a bit about Cold Process Soap and Christal Clear Soaps, and how I got started making all-natural fragrance-free soap.
2) *True cold process soap https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/what-is-true-cold-prcoess-soap
3) *10 random facts about me https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/10randomfactsaboutmyself
4) Activated bamboo charcoal https://christalsglass.wixsite.com/christalclearsoaps/post/activated-bamboo-charcoal-christal-clear-soaps
7 Rose & wildflower
8) holiday gifts
9) In the garden
10) What’s in my bag
11) Fall is here
12) Essential oils
14) Favorite self care tips
(Packaged Christal Clear Soaps.)