Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Natural Pest Control from The Old Farmers' Almanac

From the August 26, 2008 e-newsletter:

Herbs can be used for pest control. Dried wormwood, yarrow, santolina, tansy, mint, and lavender are traditional moth repellents. If you find unwanted creatures in your kitchen, don’t reach for the poison. For example, discourage ants trailing in and out with sprigs of pennyroyal or wipe your counters with vinegar.

If it’s your pet that’s bothered, try putting a drop of lemon oil or oil of rosemary on its collar for flea control.

To sign up for this newsletter full of useful and interesting information about the natural world and agriculture, go to Alamanac.com/newsletter.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Changing my attitude toward change

Madeline Gerwick of the Good Timing Guide recently posted this information that helps put change into perspective.

In addition to the explosive and volatile energies of Mars opposite Uranus, plus two eclipses, now we have the cycle of Mars square Pluto in range. It will be with us through August 25th and it peaks on August 16th, just in time for the Lunar Eclipse!

I'm sure that’s no accident. The Universe is sending us a BIG message here. It wants us to focus on what really motivates us. What gets us out of bed in the morning? What makes us feel alive and juicy? What actions do we take that inspire us to move forward in our lives? If we’re not feeling that way, it’s time to reassess what motivates us, and take different actions.

This can feel like a crisis as we go through this process and realize that what we’re doing isn’t working for us any more. It’s OK. We’re all making rapid changes now and since we’re going to continue making rapid changes, nothing is ever going to stay the same. We need to go through this process periodically.

I find the last paragraph completely applicable to any time of change. If one is feeling overwhelmed by everything that's going on now, it is helpful to remember that this is natural to feel. And I always try to allow my natural curiosity to come forth. When I say "gee, I wonder what's going to happen next!", I feel my spirit lightening. I'm no longer oppressed by the unknown, I'm excited by the unfolding that is on its way.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Great quote

"Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew." - Cicely Tyson

Friday, August 15, 2008

Free Tools for Self-Development

I just found a wonderfully generous site, www.destinies.com. It's put together by Peggy McColl, New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognized expert in the area of goal achievement.

On the site, you can take her Destiny Switch Emotional Analysis, a way to gauge where you are in your thinking about abundance. The "test" addresses practically every aspect of emotions, using twelve scales:


Examining emotions is critical, for they are the foundation on which a fulfilling, abundant, happy life is built.

Be honest! It's the only way to know where you are and to identify the opportunities for you to grow.

In addition, there are other free tools - a video that gives a great explanation about why it's important to focus on the positive, a set of short audios on building the habit of focusing on abundance.

And of course, she is selling her book, Your Destiny Switch: Master Your Key Emotions, and Attract the Life of Your Dreams. It explains the time-tested principles for creating wealth and how to alter your behaviors and emotions to actually change the nature of your relationship with the powerful stream of abundance that you can tap into at any time.

I just purchased Your Destiny Switch as well as 21 Distinctions of Wealth. McColl gives away so much that I really liked, I'm sure there is a lot more value in the books. I like to reward people who offer such amazing value for free. Here's the link again: www.destinies.com.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Facing a Life Transition?

The book Transitions by William Bridges is a framework for understanding your process during this transition period. He wrote it 27 years ago and it's still as fresh today as when he wrote it.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Hunger Site

To do my bit every day to help fight hunger, I click on TheHungerSite.com. Once there, I click on the indicated box. Sponsors donate a certain amount of food per click, to various US and international charities.

I also tab through to click-and-help other causes: breast cancer (free mammograms); child health (free health care); literacy (free books); rainforest (habitat protection); and animal rescue (food and care).

While not the only way I contribute, it's a simple daily thing I can do to support groups working in these important areas. The practice maintains my awareness of the causes, reminds me of how fortunate I am, and helps me continue the cycle of give/receive.

All that, and it takes about 30 seconds - literally!

You can sign up for a daily reminder with a click-through at TheHungerSite.com.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Glow Project

View the trailer for an upcoming DVD from The Glow Project.

It's intended to help women tap into their inner strength and assets, by showcasing the lives of 14 very successful women and how they overcame severe challenges. The trailer focuses on the challenges. I assume the DVD then focuses on their solution - apparently tapping into their "glow."

The trailer is very slickly produced, testament to the professional abilities of the women it features. If that sounds like damning faint praise, perhaps it is. I'm always a little leery of these highly produced products that promise much and end up delivering not so much. Like The Secret.

The Secret promised to give us "the" answer to getting what we want from life. All it did for me was repeat something I've heard for decades, albeit in a very dramatic, telegenic way: think positively. For many people, including me, the question then was "so how do I do that?" I wanted tools. Supposedly, The Glow provides them. I will definitely check it out.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Free Internet Tools

I sign up for LOTS of free things on the web, following the paths that open up click by click. Today, I landed on eazyclick.com, a site offering a bunch of free tools to help people start an internet business. Dave Boardman, one of the founders of Netscape, started this site. According to him:

The information and products available on this website are free for you to download, you have open access to some of the best "how to" products available on the Internet today ...and you can turn them around and sell them for a profit if you want. It's totally up to you.

Why am I giving away products for free? Well, I believe that If I help you ...you will probably help me in return (it's called reciprocity) ...it's a simple principle that really works plus it feels great to help others!

All I ask is that you opt in to my newsletter so that I can keep you up to date with the latest techniques and new products I discover (but there's no obligation to buy anything).

There is a lot of stuff, some of which looks really great. I'm off to check out my downloads now.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The SoulMate Oracle

The SoulMate Oracle is located at AskAlana.com, a site devoted to teaching and insights from the collective energy of Heart, who asked to be called Alana (because of the three sacred, and heart-activating "ah" sounds). Alana is channeled by Sandy Breckenridge, an intuitive.

I found the site years ago when searching for my sister Alana's name on the web. As my twin, she certainly is my mirror! And in Irish, Alana (Ah-layn-ah) means "beloved one."

Over time I've read lots of insightful messages on the site to support my growth. So whether one "believes" in channeled energy or not, the content is definitely helpful.

Here's what the site says about Alana:

Alana is essentially the same energy or vibration that dwells within the hearts of all humanity. This collective heart energy has found a way to communicate to us directly, through Sandy. When we receive an answer from Alana, the response is a mirror of the intention behind the presented question...Alana is the energy of our hearts mirrored back to us.

"Alana" says of "herself":

Alana-being is all heart...Alana tone is this same vibration coming forth so that you may know your heart. You see, many have asked to feel and remember their spiritual essence, which lies within their heart. So Alana so willingly comes forth, blended with Sandy-being, to be a mirror of you. Alana is here to play with you and support you in awakening to your grand self... Sandy-being has spent many lifetimes learning how to be connected to her heart so that she may be a mouth piece for the energy of heart, which is Alana. Do understand that the name, Alana, is purely a tone and not a needed personification of identity. It is a way to direct intention, therefore the tone which comes from the spoken word of Alana awakens the heart.

Encouraging Quote

Hellen Keller said:

"Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles."