Walking Through Bridgetown (In September 2020)

Bridgetown – the capital of Barbados. To say that Bridgetown looks, feels and is a lot different from just a few months ago, is an understatement. If you’re somewhere else on the map, I figure the same goes for whatever the capital is wherever you are. For obvious reasons at this time, the well-known shopping […]

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5 Calming & Brain Boosting Things About Handwriting | Lettering

Quiet time with pen, paper and possibility. When’s the last time you wrote a page-full of words or filled a page with one or a few designed in your favourite homemade font? Maybe you’re more of a typing fan and haven’t written much by hand in a while. This might be more of a reading […]

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TENDING TO YOUR WELLNESS WHILE WORKING FROM HOME | THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR REFRESHMENT

When you enjoy what you do, it can be tough to press pause for a moment.  At first glance, the work-from-lifestyle can seem inviting, luxurious or totally relaxing. If you’re someone who’s driven by checking off boxes on a daily to-do list, exhilarated by constant movement and flashing faces, challenged about setting parameters for your […]

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What’s Your Beautiful Design? | Remembering your Essence | Encouragement

Have you ever had a moment or walked through an experience when you knew what you were called to do – a time when you understood how you serve best and shine brightest? What’s your beautiful design? First, where are my manners – it’s been about two weeks since my last blog post. I didn’t […]

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Weaning off plastic | Kitchen Organization & Dry Goods Storage with Glass Bottles

Plastic is a problem…and glass is an option, in some cases. How do you store your cupboard goods? Things like flour, oats, peas, spices, oils, seeds. In Barbados, where pretty-much anything in a container or jar has a starting price of about BBD. $10. (USD. $5.) and plastic Tupperware roughly BBD. $3. or a little […]

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Refreshing your Morning Routine for a Productive WorkDay At Home

Hi there, what mood do you usually wake up in each gifted morning? If you (like I) have either grown up around or lived amidst anyone who can quarrel at full volume before even saying “morning” you know how absolutely precious calm morning-moments can be for your mind and the attitude you approach the rest […]

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Who are you becoming as you pursue your dream? | self-examination checklist

You know that dream you have of becoming a this or that or reaching here or there? What is pursuit of that goal producing in your character? It’s a gentle question with a light reminder that prolonged hunger can sometimes trigger things like irritability, frustration, despair, desperation and just plain stinky-personality syndrome. I’m a fan […]

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Growing Food At Home | Starting Steps & 8 Essentials

8 years ago, this blog started with gardening pics, homemade recipes and photos from hiking adventures on the east coast of Barbados. i was living on a farm in the ‘farming parish’ of the island, and volunteering on another farm for a year. Today, I’m sharing tips to start growing food at home, even if […]

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your business is not your bae | encouragement for the overworker

No matter what some say, your business is not your ‘bae.’
Bae – “before anyone else” – as in ‘top priority.’ i thought i was happy because i loved what i did and the people i worked with, but there were many moments when life was a frazzled fiasco even though on the outside, i was the ‘go-to’ girl in the industry for sonic services. i was genuinely energetic and enthusiastic but essentially working off of fumes. Any of this sound familiar to you? Let’s talk ’cause you’re meant for more than your career

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7 Peaceful Things To Do On A Tropical Rainy Day | Barbados

Rainy days can be so relaxing. Find so too? Not those power-washing, tree-grabbing showers that come with stormy weather, but the light yet present rain that cools an otherwise baking day. You know – the one with a breeze that makes you get up and go close the windows on one side of the house. […]

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Re-setting the pace and volume of your life for the better | Personal growth

How busy is your life, and how loud is your space? Before this stay-home season, were you always on-the-go, and was the tv, radio, a podcast episode or playlist always on rotation? Not a quiz; just a gentle prompt asked by a former hot-footer. Sometimes it seems like we in the west are competing to […]

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remote work 101 | what your employer is concerned about & how you can reassure them

Hey, y’all read that article on Fortune.com? A recent post on Fortune shares some stats on employers’ thoughts about the work environment post-pandemic. 26% of business leaders believe employees will be working from home, and 25% define their biggest challenge is productivity and motivation. So, let’s address that one-time, not from a prove-them-wrong point of […]

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Planning Your Blog Content | A Look At My Content Calendar

How’s your online writing journey so far? Excited to start the blogging journey but feeling a bit overwhelmed at the idea of keeping up with content? Please don’t be. Yes, being and staying consistent with anything can be challenging in seasons, but you can set and maintain a writing and posting rhythm that works well […]

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A Fresh Look at Content Management

Content IS key. From content writing and content creating to content coordinating and curating, content is key…yet, we hardly hear about content living. Let’s talk a bit about that today…

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Using A Bullet Journal to Map your Blog Post Ideas

Are you a list maker? Mapping out or writing down goals, items, reasons to be thankful and project steps helps us keep get a clear picture of the paces between point A and point B. Not that we’re in control of time but when we picture time like a cake we get to portion out […]

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Working From Home After Traveling Constantly (Encouragement)

Passport in purse. Bills and coins from different countries tucked in one drawer, just in case. Adapters and converters to suit any socket – pre-packed. A fluid calendar and easy-to-reach bright pink mini suitcase, with a larger matching option depending on the trip. This was how life looked for me, not so long ago. Just […]

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Career Motivation & Podcast Preparation with Scott Carson | Interview

“Whether you’re in real estate or tourism or buying or selling property – whatever; we’re all in the media business these days.” ~ Scott Carson.

Today’s guest on the blog and podcast, is a marketer, entrepreneur (with a background in real estate) and a nationally syndicated radio host of the popular podcast, The Note Closers Show, which has millions of listeners across 17 AM and FM radio stations and downloads across 130 countries

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4 Breathing Techniques For Your Morning Routine | Video

Hi – quick question, without any pressure. How’s your breathing right now? I filmed a less-than-one-minute video for you, sharing some calming conscious breathing exercises that you can include in your morning routine, if inspired. Depending on how consistent and focused we are, it can be easy to fall back into unhealthy habits, of any […]

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Get Creative While Staying At Home | Interview With Creative Stress Relief Life Coach, Janelle James

Hey, how’s your stay-at-home season growing? If working from home is new to you, I understand how challenging it can be at first (and at points along the way.) Here’s an encouraging video with some smiles and straight talk for you.

This week, it’s a creative conversation with a guest writer on the blog who happens to be a Creative Stress Relief Life Coach. Meet Janelle James

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Scheduling well While Working From Home (Tech Talk)

A calendar is part of a time management toolkit, but it’s up to us to decide how we’ll make use of that gifted time. A calendar doesn’t make anything more important just like logging stuff on a line or in a box doesn’t actually save the date. But hey, it’s just a cool digital tool that comes in handy when scheduling. And so, let’s talk about Google Calendar

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Switching Skills For A Season (encouragement & tips)

If you’re an entrepreneur, what service or product does your business offer and how can you re-package or pivot that at this time. For anyone who is recently unemployed due to the current global situation, I’m not here to try to make light of what you’re facing right now – here to share some encouragement and a few practical steps forward…

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3 Breathing Exercises To Do Right Now + Video

Today, I’m sharing 3 breathing exercises to help you reset and invite a clarity and calm into this gifted day. Breath is a gift, and the ability to breathe ‘on our own at will,’ without technical support or physical monitoring, isn’t something to take for granted although we tend to.Let’s do something about that now, ok?

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The Work From Home Lifestyle (encouragement)

Is working from home something new for you? It was an expected lifestyle for many before it grew into a trend and most recently, a nationally recommended and socially appealing option.

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3 Ways To Plan Your Blog Post Ideas

Are you experiencing a creative drought coming up with content for your blog? It can happen from time to time – don’t be hard on yourself, if so, okay? You may just need an inspiring ‘jump start’ or a refreshed perspective on the purpose of your blog. Coming up with ideas for blog posts can […]

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What Does a Relationship Coach Do? (4 Eye-Opening Lessons) – Guest Post

LOVE it’s oxygen to the soul, a healing balm to the hurting, a gentle caress to the soul, and a breath of fresh air that can make a cold heart long for a warm hug.  Today’s post is by a relationship coach who reached out to share his insight on the dynamics of relationships with […]

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Actions speak loudly, but Words Still Matter

i was at the other end of the pasture on a hot afternoon, when a shrill voice rang out and echoed across the field. In the distance, I could see two people sitting in front of an open trunk of a car beside a school, but it was too far to make out clearly who […]

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How To Write Articles From Recorded Audio Interviews | Tips & Steps

So you drafted those questions, booked your guest, had that meeting, and recorded audio from the conversation. Now it’s time to filter and compress all that info and produce it as a written article. What turned into an hour-long talk now has to be expressed in a limited amount of words and completed by a […]

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Tending To Your Wellness While Taking Care Of Business {Video}

When you think of your daily to-dos in terms of your wellness, what 3 things come to mind? Quiet time in The Word in the early morning? A jog to start the day? Hair-care? Sharing time with close loved ones? Tuning into your gifts and pouring them out in service? Living out your purpose? Being intentional […]

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5 Top Tech Tools For Your Creative Content Business

I’m writing on this tech topic with a little bit of a smile considering the electricity was off, island-wide in Barbados for about a day and a half between yesterday and today, but here goes: These are 5 tech tools (apps or platforms) that I use and recommend for managing your content business. They’re all […]

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5 Tips & 3 Formats For Interviewing People For Your Blog, Podcast or Magazine

What is it about some interviews that makes them stand out…? Sometimes it’s the story, the delivery of it by the interviewee or their personality, the introduction by the host, timing of the moment, presentation style, background info, production approach, editing techniques, strategically-placed background music, crowd response or the use of silence and ambient sounds. […]

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Sister To Sister – Choosing Encouragement Over Envy And Community Over Isolation

There isn’t a woman I know who doesn’t have a journey of bright highlights and heartbreaking challenges, beautiful smiles and oceans of tears, bestie memories and betrayal let-downs, wonderful surprises and painful trials, confidence-injections and insecurity battles, celebration moments and passing storms, things to look forward to, things to breathe past and things long gone. […]

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Lessons from Laundry | gratitude prompt

How do you feel about laundry? It’s not a generally a crowd-favourite among the list of household duties we each have to take care of. Depending on the amount of people in your home, it can involve a small mountain or clothes or at the very least, a small mound of items. Either way, as […]

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Benefits of Waking Up Early In The Morning

Good mornin’ Along with being the most quiet time of day, whether in your neighbourhood, city or town, mornings are usually the most sonically peaceful pocket of time out of our general waking hours. The atmosphere You know it’s early in the morning, when the sky starts to transition from the dimness of dusk to […]

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A Visit To Ball Park ~ outdoor adventure

It was once a marine park in Barbados, and now is a popular yet refreshingly quiet rehearsal venue for top bands springing from the island and mini-golf spot. Today at rehearsals with Spice & Co. (for “Barbados On The Water” in Toronto this weekend), I went on a little adventure around the area, and discovered […]

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Easy-to-prep & snack or mini-meal

Hiya, do you agree that everything doesn’t always need to be a big production in the kitchen – or in general, for that matter. Well, here’s a flavor-filled, layered collage of edibles set in an easy-to-make Mexican style mini-meal that sweet for movie-night or a  gathering of friends. I made this recently, and thought to […]

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Outdoor adventure on the east coast of Barbados

Barbados is a popular travel destination, known for its sunny skies, turquoise waters, history, cricket, musicians, festivals and more. The island is sliced into 11 slices called parishes and is an entrepreneurial hub, popular Caribbean wedding destination, and a beautiful place to journey around by foot, boat, or car. Going on outdoor adventures is a […]

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A Seed of Kindness: tenderness in a tough world

Tenderness in a tough world.   Kindness is on my mind. Can you remember what it felt like when you were shown kindness when it was least expected or when you received it from an “unlikely” person…or at a time when you felt invisible? I’m sure you’ve been both the giver and receiver of this beautiful […]

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Trees & flora of Queens Park, Bridgetown

A walk in the park… Located at the edge of the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, Queens Park is a mostly-quiet park filled with trees, flowers and activities from time to time. The grounds are sprinkled with bright beautiful flowers and majestic trees ( including a rare baobab ). At a time when a drought is on, and water […]

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Coconut trees in Barbados (Part 1)

The coconut tree is a wonderful Creation found in abundance in The Caribbean. From the trees, there is drink, food in the form of rich, nutritious and delicious jelly, shade, durable and versatile materials. Art from trees Trees & Flora

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Benefits of Waking Up Early In The Morning

Originally posted on Joyful Life | Creative Career:
Good mornin’ Along with being the most quiet time of day, whether in your neighbourhood, city or town, mornings are usually the most sonically peaceful pocket of time out of our general waking hours. The atmosphere You know it’s early in the morning, when the sky starts to…

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The priceless gift of encouragement; giving is receiving

Originally posted on Joyful Life | Creative Career:
Encouragement: the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope: Criticism: the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes Listen to blog audio “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25 Everyone is going through, has…

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Outdoor adventure on the east coast of Barbados

Originally posted on Joyful Life | Creative Career:
Barbados is a popular travel destination, known for its sunny skies, turquoise waters, history, cricket, musicians, festivals and more. The island is sliced into 11 slices called parishes and is an entrepreneurial hub, popular Caribbean wedding destination, and a beautiful place to journey around by foot, boat, or…

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Sister To Sister – Choosing Encouragement Over Envy And Community Over Isolation

Originally posted on Joyful Life | Creative Career:
There isn’t a woman I know who doesn’t have a journey of bright highlights and heartbreaking challenges, beautiful smiles and oceans of tears, bestie memories and betrayal let-downs, wonderful surprises and painful trials, confidence-injections and insecurity battles, celebration moments and passing storms, things to look forward to, things…

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A Seed of Kindness: tenderness in a tough world

Originally posted on Joyful Life | Creative Career:
Tenderness in a tough world.?? Kindness is on my mind. Can you remember what it felt like when you were shown kindness when it was least expected or received from an “unlikely” person? I’m sure you’ve been both the giver and receiver of this beautiful gift called kindness.…

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