“Laugh and the world laughs with you,
snore and you sleep alone.”
Anthony Burgess


Recently I’ve been going to bed earlier and earlier. I’m working on not staying up so late, so that I can get an early start on my day. I had been sleeping maybe three to four hours in the night and it was taking a toll on my mind and body.

The benefits of sleep make a big difference in every area of your life. People don’t realize how much sleep they need and why it is so important. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research shows that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.

Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine has done a great deal of research to find out how your body manages sleep. According to their findings, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing. Throughout the years, extensive research has been done on the effects of sleep. These studies show that sleep plays a vital role in promoting physical health, longevity, and emotional well-being.

That explains why after a good night’s sleep, I feel better, my thoughts are clearer, and my emotions are less fragile. Without adequate sleep, judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information are weakened.

I sympathize with young mothers who have great difficulty obtaining enough sleep. But, maybe somethings will just have to wait while you get some rest. Maybe even taking a catnap with the kiddies will make a big difference in your entire day.

So, make a commitment to yourself to get at least seven to eight hours sleep each night. You will feel and see a big difference in all aspects of your life when you get that much-needed slumberland.

Shine On

Fever Dream

“Reality is never as bad as a nightmare,
as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.”
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Fever Dream

As a child or as an adult, we’ve all experienced it. Everything disconnected from logic. That feeling of impending doom. Someone is torturing you. You’re being chased by some demonic creature. The feeling you are falling from an incredible height. Then, waking just before you reach the pavement. Waking to blood curdling screams, only to realize they are your own screams.

Nightmares or bad dreams are experienced rarely by me. Sometimes when I’m sick with a fever or feeling under the weather I have disturbing dreams. My husband has awoken me on a few occasions from such dreams. Often, I don’t even remember what I was dreaming to cause such creepy nightmares.

Our minds can have such a powerful influence on how we perceive the world. The mind is this private sphere which no one but the owner has access. No one else can know our mind. We can only interpret what we consciously or unconsciously communicate.

Sometimes, little insignificant incidents in our day can trigger thoughts we are unaware of, until during a deep sleep we are face to face with that fever dream.

Shine On

Looking Back

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

Looking Back

Standing at the stern watching Catalina sail away.

The boat ride from Catalina to the mainland was quick. Getting back into the swing of things, well that didn’t take long either.

But, driving around today taking care of all my errands, I’m reminded how courteous and friendly everyone on Catalina is: It’s such a contrast to the Angeleno lifestyle.

So, I’m already planning my next return trip to captivating Catalina. Hopefully, my husband will be able to join me, and am looking forward instead of looking back.

Shine On

Time to Yourself

“We all need empty hours in our lives or
we will have no time to create or dream.”
Robert Coles

Pirate Ship on the Pacific

Pirate style sailboat sailing past the Esplanade.

I don’t care who you are, we all need time alone. It can be as short as ten minutes or as long as a week.

This concept is really driven home after guests have visited.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having visitors and cooking, cleaning and playing Martha Stewart, but it sure is nice to have my time and space back. Especially when you are used to having lots of your own time alone.

Some people hate having alone time. For me, I have so many hobbies and things I like to do that require alone time, that I’ve always enjoyed my space and time alone.

Going for walks, visiting the library or just siting in the park can be a great way to allow yourself alone time. It not only clears your head, but can give you a fresh look at the world around you when you get time to yourself.

Shine On

Dreaming Big

“All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney

The Great El Capitan in Yosemite National Park as painted by Albert Bierstadt.

The Great El Capitan in Yosemite National Park painted by Albert Bierstadt.

For the past few weeks, the news has been covering the free-climbing of El Capitan by two young determined men. The men made history Thursday, January 15, 2015 when they reached the top of El Capitan.

With daily news of terrorist attacks, blizzard killing storms and a dysfunctional Congress, this ascend by two steadfast men gives us all a glimmer of hope.

Perseverance. Team Work. A positive attitude. These are just some of the virtues that these climbers of El Capitan had to help them climb this historic mountain in Yosemite. But their real inspiration they said came from their families and each other.

Their climb to the top of El Capitan is an example of what can be achieved when you set your mind to something. I know I will never ever climb to the top of El Capitan. Mostly because I suffer from acute mountain sickness. However, I do believe that we should always reach for the stars. Always reach for the impossible. Sometimes achieving it. But most important is to never stop dreaming big.

Shine On