God Gave Me THE FEELS

God Gave Me THE FEELS…

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You can tell me to build a thick skin. You can tell me it’s no big deal. You can even tell me to lighten up. But if you tell me I’m too sensitive, you’ll have an argument on your hands. 

Many years ago, I was built a certain way. God gave me the feels. That includes, but is not limited to the following:

sensitivity, emotion, passion, sympathy, empathy, thin skin, fear of the unknown, depression, anxiety, and unconditional love. 

And now imagine all of that swirling around in my body at any given moment. It could be a good moment in which all of those things serve me well. The feels do their job and life is good. 

But the swirling can also occur when the moment is not so good. It could be an argument, a strange place, a difficult person, or even something as simple as a paper cut under certain circumstances. 

When the feels emerge here, the consequences are disturbing and unavoidable. This is when physical reactions are added to the mix:

rapid heart beat, chest tightness, sweaty palms, shaking hands, uncontrollable tears, shortness of breath, and stomach knots.

It’s not pretty, it doesn’t feel good, and it doesn’t even stop there. For days, those reactions manifest themselves into tension, stomach and head aches, indigestion, insomnia, and sometimes, panic attacks.

As much as I’ve learned, as strong as I’ve become, and for each and every hardship I’ve survived, I was still built the same way. With the feels.

So, yes, I’ll do my best to put my big girl pants on every day and ride the storms that evolve around me. But I can’t ever change the way I feel about it. And you’d be wise not to ask me to.

God gave me the feels. And I like what God gave me.

God

Busy Bees for Deserving Teachers

Busy bees and busy hands are at work today for a Teacher Appreciation event coming up next week. I will be presenting the divisions of my business, Shanti Mom For One: Author, Artist, Educator.

Thank you to Keeping it Real and her Really Crafty Link Party for allowing me to share my progress. These will be clothes pin magnets for teachers to use in their classroom. The attached note will say:

“Thanks for bee-ing you!”

I went through a couple of failures before ending up with the right combination of pieces, colors, and materials. These are made with:

  • clothes pins
  • black paint
  • black pipe cleaners
  • yellow puff balls
  • yellow and glittered black felt
  • googly eyes
  • yellow and white striped straws

Still 6 bees to make and then they will all be attached to the clothes pins and magnets. Just a small token of appreciation and an example of my mixed media art work done through Oh BaBee! Originals.

 

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CD Giveaway on Blog Mom Reviews!

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Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Portland, February 28, 2017 ~ Red Yarn, Portland’s acclaimed family folksinger and puppeteer, releases a new album called Born in the Deep Woods on March 10. The album completes his Deep Woods trilogy, an epic song cycle exploring the roots and branches of American folk music. With his full band and puppet troupe, Red Yarn will celebrate the release with shows around the Pacific Northwest this spring, at SXSW in March, and on an east coast tour this summer.

Seven years ago, Texas-born artist and educator Andy Furgeson began a deep exploration of American folk music, adapting dozens of songs and posting rough recordings under the name Red Yarn. He dreamed up a forest called the Deep Woods to contain the strange animal tales he found. He created a cast of “critter” puppets to bring the characters to life. His homespun aesthetic caught on in Portland, where he built a successful career performing these songs and stories for thousands of families. Three award-winning albums and many music videos later, Red Yarn culminates his Deep Woods project with Born in the Deep Woods, his boldest musical statement yet.

Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry Studio with celebrated producer Adam Selzer, Born in the Deep Woods explores the genres that grew out of American folk music. From bluegrass to heartland rock, the album traces the evolution of our national musical vernacular.

At the heart of the album are Furgeson’s harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs. Recorded while she was expecting their second child, many songs channel the joys and fears of bringing new life into the world.”

Learn more about Born in the Deep Woods and Red Yarn at www.redyarnproductions.com, and at this link.

See Red Yarn, Ms. Jessie, their full band and critter pals LIVE:

SXSW Week: March 14 – 18 – various performances (with LiveMom, Do512, Children’s Cancer Association, and Spare the Rock Radio) in Austin, TX 

Saturday,  April 22 – The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest two-time Grammy Award nominee Justin Roberts, at Mission Theater and Pub, Portland, OR

 

Reviews Have Me Beaming!

Feeling proud today. I’ve got twelve reviews of my book on Amazon and this site. These words are so meaningful. Those who have read it range from family and friends to acquaintances and those I’ve never met. This outcome is astounding and I am beaming with pride! Thank you!

By Mythreesons on January 9, 2017

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A wonderfully woven tale of friendship, discovery and a journey towards motherhood. A great read for all but particularly if you find yourself at a crossroad of spirituality, growth and the human experience. Libby allows us in as she discovers the spiritual connections around her.

By M.C. O’Neill on January 11, 2017

I loved this book! It’s a quick read but packed with marvelous observations about friendship, becoming a mother and learning about life. Makes me want to try yoga.

By Sara on January 16, 2017

Wow! Libby M. Blumberg’s, In So Many Words—a medley of life changing conversations, was nothing but inspirational. The conversations and stories that Libby shares, with her audience, are truly eye opening and encourage you to think of your own life’s journey. This original piece of literature, allows the reader to spiritually and emotionally analyze their own personal feelings by making connections and reassuring yourself that there is a bright and positive side to situations in our lives. In So Many Words, is uplifting, inspiring, and provides a sense of hope. Libby M. Blumberg, not only shares her honest life stories, but most importantly how she overcame uncertainties in her life through spiritual awareness, yoga, and her lifelong friendships-which is genuinely admirable. I personally cannot wait to read, She Waited for Me, Libby’s next book.

By Kindle Customer on January 18, 2017

In So Many Words: a medley of life changing conversations is truly a worth while read. Libby M. Blumberg tells her story as closely to having a conversation face to face as a reader can get. It is refreshing and inspiring and full of feeling. This book, without a doubt, is so applicable to so very many. I am confident that readers from all walks of life can find something to relate to, some meaning to take away or have an “I really needed to hear” that moment during the course of this well written, down to earth book! Happy reading!

By Jason Sandberg on January 22, 2017

Libby Blumberg has written a gem of a book, collecting and preserving some of those impactful conversations that enter our lives at just the right moment. “In So Many Words” will be valuable to anyone in the process of setting a new course in life, or mustering the courage to make a course correction.  * Jason is a fellow author and illustrator. Check him out.

By April from MA on January 29, 2017

Rarely do you find a book that speaks to your soul as a mother, a woman, and a seeker of self-awareness. “In So Many Words” is a honest reflection of life from the perspective of another mother and woman who asks the eternal question, “Why?” I found this book easy and enjoyable to read. Honestly, it flowed much like a conversation with an old friend.

By L. Postell on February 3, 2017

Thank you for being so courageous and willing to share your journey with us. It was amazing to read her passion for life through the good times and bad. I’m interested to read the next book!

By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2017

Libby’s story is one of courage, deep faith and trust in the value of human relationships. She has a gift for introspection, acceptance and an open heart. She inspires the reader to take that “leap of faith” with confidence and trust. I look forward to reading Libby’s second book, “She Waited For Me”.

By connie butler on February 27, 2017

Thank you Libby for sharing your heart with us. I love how as a young woman that were open to learning from women that were older. It is my belief that we are all here to share our wisdom and love with one another unconditionally. Your story is heart warming and I look forward to your next book.

By Ron Mexico on February 26, 2017

Such an interesting story. So glad this group met to help this beautiful woman. Libby leaves us wanting more from her next book!!

By SS on January 28, 2017

If you’ve ever had good friends (and you know you have) you will enjoy this book. Thanks to Libby Marsh Blumberg for writing it all down….

In So Many Words: a medley of life changing conversations is truly a worth while read. Libby M. Blumberg tells her story as closely to having a conversation face to face as a reader can get. It is refreshing and inspiring and full of feeling. This book, without a doubt, is so applicable to so very many. I am confident that readers from all walks of life can find something to relate to, some meaning to take away or have an “I really needed to hear” that moment during the course of this well written, down to earth book! Happy reading!  * Jessica is a fellow Fundanoodle Ambassador. Check her out.

 

“Oddball” DVD Review and Giveaway!

Oddball is a dog. A really sweet dog. But he’s a dog who gets into a lot of trouble. Until he finds his calling…penguins. “Oddball” is a sweet, loving, and happily ending story for the whole family. The cast of characters, both human and not, are as different from each other as they can be. But somehow they all come together to show that persistence, love, and instincts can solve the toughest problems. We promise you will adore this movie! Enter my giveaway to win the DVD or Digital Copy. The giveaway opens at midnight tonight!

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A little more from Entertainment One:

“Oddball is based on the true story of an eccentric chicken farmer, who with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.”

Thank you to Momentum Pictures for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review and giveaway. Good luck everybody!!

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Show Some Love to Book One

Show some love to book one with me, as I mentally prepare to begin book two on March 1st. In So Many Words is my baby, will always be my virgin step into ‘author-dom’ and has had exactly the response I hoped for.

So, here, with five days until my fingers hit the keyboard for another deep, introspective, and frankly, a bit scary ride, thank you to book one, the people who read it, and the impact it has had on friends, family, and complete strangers.

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The task ahead is daunting, but so exciting. Book one churned up quite the array of emotions. Book two has the potential to take me back to places which will make me stop in my tracks and feel a pit in my stomach. But the purpose behind sharing these things will far outweigh the fear.

Reading In So Many Words is not a necessary prerequisite to reading She Waited for Me when it comes out later this year, but it would be helpful. You can purchase it on this website under my Author tab above or on Amazon. If you read it, I would greatly appreciate a review on Amazon and/or this site.

 

Always connect.

Namaste.

 

 

Featured by Cee’s Photography!

Being featured on Cee’s Photography is such an honor! She is a fabulous photographer and lets us play with her all week in her cool photo challenges. She featured my post, Boulder Faces, and her message came at a moment when I needed something to smile about. Thanks Cee!

Now, onto Looking Down at Things…hmmm.

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Here is something really amazing about Cee (from her page About Cee):

“One of my other passions is in life is Qigong for healing.  I had Chronic Lyme Disease and it was undiagnosed for 25 years and have been through a 40-day coma with multi-organ failure and am dependent on insulin (Type I Diabetes) because of my Lyme Disease.  To read more about Lyme Disease, please see My Lyme Disease Story.  In November 2012, I was on my death bed and a Master Qigong Healer started to treat me and began healing my body.  Currently all symptoms and infections of lyme disease have been healed.  My body has sustained a lot of damage over the past 30 years and is still healing and will be for a few years yet.  But the constant threat of dying from lymes is no longer a part of my life.  Just this past month I have started classes to become a qigong teacher and eventually a healer (2014).  It will take at least six years to become a healer.  I’m just starting that journey.”

Boulder Faces for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Boulder Faces for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

I fell in love with this boulder on my brother’s property, 8 Point Farm, a couple summers ago because I liked the top image of a dancer in mid leap. But it was the first photo I thought of for this challenge because there is so much else to see. I can also see a few different faces: a squished face, a guilty face, a fat face, and a scarred face. I’m sure if I studied it longer, I could find some more. What kinds of faces can you see?

I’ve offered two different rotations of the photo, but feel free to look at it from all directions. Who knows what you might find!

 

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Facebook Asked, What’s On My Mind?

Facebook asks me, “What’s on your mind?”  Well, that’s pretty cool. It’s nice and open ended. Tonight, as I enjoy a hotel stay by myself on my way to a conference, I’d like to simply tell you what’s on my mind.

  • A headache is on my mind, but it should be gone soon. Bedtime will be early tonight.
  • My daughter and hubby are on my mind. I will miss them this weekend but hope they have lots of fun together. Facebook
  • Fundanoodle Fiesta is on my mind. This is the first ever National Sales Conference for Fundanoodle. It will be so much fun! We will learn how to grow our businesses by sharing ideas with each other and learning strategies from the experts. I have the honor of sharing a yoga practice on Sunday morning. We will explore postures for our Second Chakra and tap into our creative energy.Facebook
  • Two of my yoga students from this morning are on my mind. One of them is a friend of the women who contributed to my book, In So Many Words. We really connected and hope to work together on some yoga/healing work. The second one is a woman who had been out of class following knee replacement surgery. After class, I asked her how class felt. She said, “It was like coming home.” What an amazing response! Those words made my day!
  • Lots of SEO work on my websites is on my mind. Two experts in the field gave me some really good information about the importance of Search Engine Optimization and the best ways to implement it. Will be a lot of work, but not difficult.
  • And lastly, my very full belly is on my mind. But it won’t stop me from eating the chocolate covered raisins I bought at Cracker Barrell.

Peace out !

Childhood Memories for Cee’s Share Your World

Childhood Memories for Cee’s Share Your World

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Admittedly, at times I prefer juice because it’s easier. If a fruit requires peeling, cutting, or coring, I will go for the juice. Fruit also has to be at it’s best point for me to eat it. Canteloupe is so yummy when perfectly ripe, but I never know until I eat it. Then, I’m either really disappointed or making yummy noises. So, orange, apple, and, occasionally, cranberry are my go to juices.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

We moved around a lot when I was little, so bear with me…

I grew up (partially) in a small town on the south side of Chicago called Beverly. I loved it. We only stayed until I was six, but I remember walking to school, playing in the snow, and being envious of the Barbies the girl down the street had.

From there we moved to Lambertville, NJ. Another small town where we lived on the outskirts in the country. We had ducks, rabbits, cats, gerbils, and a Great Dane. My most vivid memory there is falling off my bike at the end of our steep driveway, face planting into the gravel. Youch!

Then we entered what my Dad calls, “The year of the turd.” All five children remember it with fondness. We moved in with my grandparents in the farm town of Ottawa, IL. All five kids slept in one room. I helped my Grampa feed the cows. We took truck and tractor rides. Our Gramma gave us “midnight” snacks like apple slices and raisins in a bowl made of tin foil. It was the best six months of my eight year life!

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Then it was on to Barrington, IL. A little bit larger suburban area, in a brand new neighborhood. Honestly, I barely remember this place. We had the same Great Dane and when we walked her to the pond down the street, I always imagined the Lochness Monster emerging from the water. One of my three older brothers must have put that thought in my head.

Finally settling for the rest of my childhood, we moved to Great Falls, VA, a beautiful town in Northern, VA just outside of DC. I often dream about this house, the pool, our neighbor’s horses, the nearby park, our schools, parties I wasn’t supposed to have, etc. I adored this place. We stayed there from 1977 – 1987. Our Great Dane, Tia, died there at the age of 13. At age ten, I received a cat, Bojangles, for Christmas. He lived to age 21.  I was in college when my parents moved and I never properly said goodbye to this home. That’s why I return there in my dreams. It was my absolute favorite home full of treasured memories.

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If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

Brown and Green for all of the country and farm land.

Yellow for the joy.

 

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

  • YOGA
  • Hanging with friends
  • Being with my daughter at bed time