What I’m Reading this Month!

Did you know that Blessing Manifesting was almost called Spinster’s Guide to Romance?! I was really into Historical Romance novels at the time and I had been single forever so writing book reviews under the name “Spinster” seemed like a fun thing to do. I ended up deciding to go with Blessing Manifesting because even though reading romance was fun, personal growth was life changing. Reading has been my thing since I was a kid. When I was a teenager it was a way to escape my anxiety and feeling like I was never going to fit in. As an adult it continued to be an escape from anxiety and depression. It occupied my time when I spent years being single. And now? It’s still one of my favorite things. It’s my self-care. It does help me manage my anxiety. I listen to audiobooks pretty much every single day, especially…

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How to Combat Compassion Fatigue

If you’re in an emotionally heady professional field, such as an EMT, a teacher, or a mom with several emotionally needy souls constantly hanging on your ankles all day long, chances are you’re going to feel emotionally exhausted sooner or later.  This phenomenon — known as compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, or secondary traumatization — is extremely common. If you’re familiar with the feeling, feel free to read on in order to understand a bit more about this tricky emotional battle along with a few suggestions on how to manage things when it creeps into the picture.  What is Compassion Fatigue? It may sound cliche, but sometimes the most concise, effective definitions come straight out of the dictionary. Merriam Webster defines “compassion fatigue” in one of two ways. Medically, it is the emotional withdrawal, accompanied by mental and physical exhaustion, that takes place when someone cares for sick or traumatized people…

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Why I love Simply Earth Essential Oils

I’ve written about my love of essential oils many times before on the blog. Today I’m going to talk about Simply Earth Essential Oils and why I have a total crush on them. Let me give you a code first first! If you decide to purchase a subscription to their monthly recipe box, use the code DOMINEEFREE to get a $40 gift card with your purchase. You’ll also get a free “Bonus Box” which will have goodies we’ll talk about later! Simply Earth sent me their March Essential Oil Recipe Box in exchange for an honest review. So here you go: I love them. I love them A LOT. I used to buy my essential oils from my favorite metaphysical shop here in town, but when they closed I started just buying them from the grocery store because I’m cheap (I admit it). I thought about signing up for DoTerra…

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The Power of Inner Peace (And Everyday Ways to Achieve It)

In today’s increasingly frantic and fast-paced world, it’s getting harder to turn the volume down. We’re more connected to the world around us than ever, and that can be equal parts blessing and curse. It’s great to be connected with the people who are close to us (especially for a socially anxious introvert like me!). I love being able to see the latest news from all over the world via a few dabs at a touchscreen but when I’m anxious or sad I’ve learned that I have to create boundaries. Being constantly connected can add stress, anxiety, and sensory overload and letting all of that get to us takes us away from all of the amazing things that are happening in our lives.. It’s a fine balance between connection and stepping away so that you can experience the things (and people) around you.  The power of inner peace When the…

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