Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!! Here's a little love note for you! Do you have any big plans for your day? We tend to have a low-key celebration. Probably some lunch out and then dinner at home followed by Netflix binging (and maybe some wine). Over on Instagram, I'm discussing the concept behind this photo. I'd love [...]

Top 10 Posts of 2018

Top 10 Posts of 2018

End of 2018. The end of the year is often a time of reflection. What has happened over the course of the year. What you liked about it. And what you might do differently next year. I typically wait and share my reflections on the anniversary of Bedlam & Daises because that anniversary is January 9th. [...]

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge. How many of you love to read? Hands up in the air! ...and wave 'em round like you just don't care! Woo Hoo! As an introvert, I take great pleasure in my reading time. Now don't think I'm saying that extroverts don't read. Because I know for a fact that they do. My [...]

I had DNA testing on my three teenagers. Here’s how that turned out.

I had DNA testing on my three teenagers. Here’s how that turned out.

DNA Testing. I've shared on the blog before about how I had my DNA tested through Ancestry.com. My Results. My results came in August of 2016. You can read about that original result in this post: Keys to the Past. After I wrote that post, I received questions about the process for testing and I [...]

Why I Set Goals Instead of Resolutions

Why I Set Goals Instead of Resolutions

Why I Set Goals Instead of Resolutions. And what in the heck is the difference? As we approach the new year, many people start talking about setting their New Year's Resolutions. I used to set New Year's Resolutions too. I'd brainstorm about all the different things I wanted to change about myself or my life [...]

The Giving Of Thanks

The Giving Of Thanks

The Giving of Thanks. To all of my American readers, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. To all of my readers from other parts of the world, I want to wish you a very blessed and beautiful day filled with gratitude for the abundant blessings in [...]

The Reason That November 15th Will Always be a Significant Day For Me

The Reason That November 15th Will Always be a Significant Day For Me

  November 15th. In case the title didn't give it away, November 15th is a significant day in my life. If you've been following my blog for any length of time (or a year, to be exact), then you are probably already aware of why this day is significant. Love and Death. If you are new, [...]

A note about clarity

A note about clarity

Clarity. Monday's usually my catch up day and today is no different. However, I just wanted to pop in and share this course that I just finished watching. It's called the Clarity Course. The tagline is How to Handle Doubt, Get Unstuck, and Live Your Purpose. It's a free course hosted by Caroline Garnet McGraw [...]

Halloween, Hauntings, and the Death at Yosemite

Halloween, Hauntings, and the Death at Yosemite

    Halloween. I don't need to tell you that today is Halloween. Most of you already know. Often that brings an evening that's often filled with both screeches of delight and horror. It's a time when we love to scare ourselves. Hauntings. We tell scary stories of ghosts that rise up from graves and boogeymen [...]

Thoughts on turning the page…To 41

Thoughts on turning the page…To 41

Birthday Celebrations. That's right! It's my birthday! I'm singin' and dancin' that out ya'll! Thoughts on being 40. I had an amazing year of being 40. I grew by leaps and bounds. Pressing comfort zones both physically and mentally. It really felt like a coming into my own. Background. If you are new to my [...]