10 Gemstones Everyone Should Own For Emotional Healing

I want to be buried in a bed of healing gemstones. I love love love all my stones and I literally could hang out at a gem and crystal show all day long. Now down here in Guatemala they don’t have shows like that but what they do have is a street lined with gem jewelry and pieces and art and oh…em….gee!!

But I don’t love them just because they are beautiful and make amazing pieces of jewelry. I love them because of their healing properties. Their very powerful healing properties. In case you didn’t know, and if you already happen to have some gemstones but just though they were for looks, crystals have mind blowing healing benefits.

Say what??

You heard me. Gemstones have emotional and physical healing properties. In this post, I’m only going to touch upon emotional healing but you can check out this great book for a more in depth description of all the healing properties of the stones.

The Crystal Bible I had this book when I lived in Canada and I sure do miss it.

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Anyway without further ado, here are 10 gemstones that are amazing for their healing

In no particular order of favourites, (er wait maybe it is?)

Rose Quartz

The love stone, fantastic for loving yourself again, wanting to feel more love and helping you heal a broken heart. I have a gorgeous Rose Quartz crystal pendant I wear when I really feel I need to have more love for myself.

Tiger Eye

Feeling like your self confidence or self esteem just got flushed down the toilet? This stone will help you feel more courageous, brave and more confident in yourself, your work and your ideas. I often wear my Tiger Eye gemstone ring if I have to go do something out of my comfort zone.


If you’ve been feeling stressed out lately grab an Amethyst stone and find a quiet place to chill out in. This is a great calming and meditating stone. Also if you are feeling anxious about something this stone is great to help soothe your nerves.

Lapis Lazuli

Such a pretty stone. This one helps you with your self awareness/expression and also to find your truth and speak it. It also is great for raising your self confidence. If you are feeling like you don’t belong or don’t fit in anywhere or maybe you don’t quite understand who you are, this will help you gain some clarity.


Another good stone for stress but it’s also really great for helping you with inner strength and peace. It also helps to control emotions if you have been frazzled. This is a great stone to have around for any sort of new venture.

Clear Quartz

Though Clear Quartz is the go to stone for amplifying the healing properties of other stones, it really is fantastic for clearing and preventing negative energies. A great stone to have around if you just had a fight with a partner, co-worker, family member etc, to clear the toxic energy of the room. But really, pair this stone up with your other stones to magnify the energy.


One of my favourites for sure! This is the perfect stone if you have fears or phobias. The Amber will aid in helping you get through them. Also a powerful gemstone for clearing away negative emotions and limiting beliefs that still may keep you back from living a life you deserve.


This is probably the best stone to repel negative energy and calm your stress/emotions. It’s an amazing grounding gemstone to help you stay, well, grounded in any stressful or upsetting situation. It’s also a beautiful stone to pair with others.


Another great gemstone to help with negative energy but this one is also really fantastic for increasing positive energy, self confidence and concentration. Keep  a Fluorite stone in your hand if you need to face a difficult decision making situation.


This stone is by my side all the time while I’m working. It sits right on my laptop. This is an amazing gemstone for motivation, creativity and courage. It also helps with me with focusing on the task at hand. This is a great stone for those in business for themselves to help with feelings of success.

These are my top 10 stones and all of these, plus many more, are never too far away from me at all times.

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Don’t Be a Birthday Hater.

September is my birthday month. Yippee!! Ok, so my birthday is not until the end of the month but nonetheless, I am excited all month, and I totally love my birthday. I know, I’m a rare breed. Most people cringe when their birthday arrives, hide in their bedroom all day, shut themselves out from the rest of the world, ignore the phone, perhaps even cry.

Not this chickie. I’m like a 6 yr old getting ready for the party of the year.

Party like a rockstar on your birthday

Now before you all go thinking I’m some sort of crazy party animal that can drink you all under a table, hold up. Not quite so. 30 years ago maybe. The day after my 50th birthday bash I was not so gently reminded of my age. I was 50. Not 25.

The garbage can on the side of the bed that acted as my *puke bucket* for the day reminded me of that. Oh, but fun was had by all that night. Wait. Fun was definitely had by me, I don’t remember if anyone else had fun but that night, it just didn’t matter. It was MY birthday and I was the star of the show.

Period. That was the last time I drank that much and that was almost 6 years ago.

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Aging gracefully

I could never quite figure out why people hate their birthdays so much. It’s the most beautiful day of the year, besides Christmas. This is the day you were put on this God given earth to grow, learn, love, laugh and live. How can that NOT be awesome?

You hear people say “Omg I’m turning 40 this year, geez I’m getting old. It’s all downhill from here”. You’re kidding me, right?? They even say that at 50! Seriously? It’s all downhill from here if that’s how you want it to be.

If you expect it to be horrible from here on in then for sure it will be. Just for you. Not this girl. Turning 50 was the most exciting awesomest fabulous bestest day of my life. I made it this far and, man oh man, I got at least another 30 years in me. Woot!

I don’t look my age ( to me anyway, and of course, that’s all that matters ) and I absolutely don’t act my age. Ask any of my friends and family. They will positively agree to that one. But wait, I am young! I’m only 56 for goodness sake. I have so many fun exciting years ahead of me. Places to go, people to see, things to do.

I still have great health, a sharp mind and an adventurous loving spirit. That’s all I need (Ok so maybe money might help too). There is still so much life to be lived.

Just a number

56 does not mean I’m old or getting old or I’ll be a senior soon or anything like that. To me, it’s a number that indicates how long I’ve been on this beautiful planet for. I’ve been around for 55 years. Holy wow, I say!

That’s awesome, yes? In 56 years I’ve grown, loved, lost, laughed, cried, and most importantly learned a whole bunch of mindblowing lessons. I look forward to another 30 or 40 years of more of that stuff.

If you’re thinking that life is starting to suck and go downhill each year on your birthday then it’s definitely time for an attitude adjustment. Get out there and live and have fun and make a difference! Stop looking at the numbers. I usually just tell people I’m 50 ish. 😉

Who cares how old I am? I’m here, life is fantastic and that’s all that matters. I honestly think people want to know your age so they can compare themselves to you. Why do we do that? Most women my age are married, have a house, white picket fence, ready to retire from their government job, maybe a grandchild or two, golf on weekends with hubby, shop at Sears (haha I know some of you just say “hey I shop at Sears what’s wrong with that?”..lol).

Life is comfy, relaxed and normal. Compare that to my life?? Don’t even bother. But people still want to do that.

If you think that you still haven’t done some of the things you wanted to do, then go do them! Stop making excuses and get out there and enjoy this fantastic thing called life and, for love of God, STOP complaining about your birthday and age. Really.

Pass the chocolate cake please.

Peace and Love

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I’m Going to Hire God to Be My Business Partner.

These past few months have been rough. I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been struggling a lot with making my business work for me. I’m working up to 12 hours a day every day to promote, create, network, market, write and everything else I feel I should be doing. I’m meditating on it, journalling it, manifesting, you name it, I’m doing it. Some days I’m not sure if anything is working. I decided I needed to make a drastic change. I decided to hire God as my business partner.

I was reading an article on Medium the other day and it spoke so loud and clear to me. It was like a huge light bulb moment for me. I love being a writer there. The stories are great as are all the other writers. Anyway so this post was amazing to read. Take a second to check it out here.  Though my story and situation is slightly different than hers, I totally get where she’s coming from. So…

I decided to hire God as a business partner

It’s not that he applied for the job or anything and it’s not like I was even looking for a business partner. Not like I have a budget for it. But it dawned on me, that I just can’t do this alone anymore. I’ve been working alone for the last 7 months and I’m no further ahead. It was time to make drastic changes.

Now I probably could go find a job mind you here in Guatemala that ain’t so easy to do. I’ve been picking up the odd writing job here and there but I need more than that. I really needed to hire someone else who doesn’t need to be paid in money. God was perfect for the job.

He doesn’t ask for much

We’ve already discussed pay and He said it’s not necessary. All He asks me to do is be faithful, have trust, release and let go. Oh, He also said I need to pay attention to signs, and listen to my heart. Sounds like I have a lot of work to do.

I told Him what the job entailed. He has to stay with me, comfort me, carry me, guide me, send me signs and signals, He has to point to things that wouldn’t have been obvious to me. He has to take my work and bring it to people who need it, all the while I need to trust and let go.

He needs to reassure me on a daily basis that I’m on the right path and if i happen to fall off my faith path He has to gently nudge me and get me back on the path.

He also has to show me miracles. He has to deliver miracles and blessings.

It’s a big job

There are a lot of duties in this position. To be my business partner, you have to be on guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You have to pick up and carry 125 lbs whenever she falls.

When I decided I needed to hire someone it barely took me a second to realize there was only going to be one suitable candidate for this job.


I talk to Him every morning and every night. We talk before meals, I talk to Him randomly throughout the day. We’re already pretty tight and He already knows my troubles and struggles. He understands my work and my business model so who else would I hire?

I think I chose the right candidate

I feel very confident in my decision. I had a talk with Him last night and said “Hey as you know, my business isn’t doing so well, nor am I, so I am going to hire you to be my business partner. I clearly can’t do this alone anymore and I can’t think of anyone better than you. I hope you know and understand all the work involved in being my business partner. Are you ok with that? Great stuff. Welcome to Amazing Me Movement. We’re happy to have you join our team”

I prayed, we virtually hugged on the deal and I smiled.

Finally. The best business decision I’ve ever made. Today I decided to hire God to be my business partner and I’m excited for our future.

Peace and Love

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7 Ways to Have Abundance, Love and Happiness in Everyday Life

Is life starting to feel mundane? Are you starting to wonder what it’s all for and desperately trying to find happiness, joy and love? You’re not alone. So many of us struggle with everyday life. Why aren’t we happy? Why are we so frustrated all the time? But the bigger question for many of us, “why am I always broke and sad?”

There’s a saying that I hear and read often that kinda drives me bat shit crazy.

‘The way to joy is to be here now.’ 

Sounds simple enough but trust me, it’s not. It doesn’t answer the one million questions going on in our heads every minute of the day. Be here now. The be all to end all of quotes. Can you imagine if it was that simple?

Everyday life is stressful dammit.

It is! Get up, get ready for work, get everyone else ready, work all day, come home cook dinner, clean and then before you know it, it’s bedtime. Where the hell did the day go? Then you lay in bed and toss and turn all night because your mind is going a million miles an hour.


Why can’t we be happy like the Jones’ (damn those people)? They always seem like they got their shit together. Trust me, they don’t.  Nobody’s everyday life is perfect, not even the Jones’.

So I’ve dug deep for this one and came up with 7 easy ways to make your everyday life happier, more abundant and with less stress and more love. Enjoy!

7 ways to find abundance, love and happiness in your everyday life.

Stop comparing your life to others.

We stress ourselves out because we think our life should be like our neighbours’ or your co-workers’. No it doesn’t and they have struggles too. Don’t think you have to keep up with everyone else. You are doing the best you can with what you have, until you learn or have more. Stop comparing.

Be grateful now

Like right this very second. Be happy with what you have, even if it’s so little. You have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, food to eat and eyes to read this blog. That’s more than many people in the world have. Be grateful for all you have and you will surely attract more goodness into your everyday life. That’s actually a fact. Hello Law of Attraction.

Mirror mirror on the wall

Self love and self confidence talk anyone? When was the last time you did this? Took a few minutes to look at yourself in the mirror and appreciate the magnificence of who you really are. We don’t love and appreciate ourselves enough.


Turn the TV off, put away the electronics and go play. Go feed ducks in a pond, go play with puppies in a shelter, go do something that makes you feel like a kid again. Leave all your stress, cares and woes behind, unplug and play. Our inner child is screaming to be released. You won’t even believe how therapeutic this is.

Dear Diary…

When was the last time you journalled but more importantly, when was the last time you wrote out all the shit that no longer serves you and released it? All those toxic thoughts you keep thinking are poisoning your soul and hurting any and all your chances of being happy, abundant and having more love in your everyday life. Those thoughts are thorns in your side. Time to let ’em go. Get them all out.

Switch off negative Nancy

You know who she is. She’s constantly whining and complaining about how horrible everyday life. Tell her to shut.the.fuck.up. You must immediately catch yourself when she shows up and switch your thoughts. Like immediately. Don’t stay and wallow there. It will suck you in a deep ugly vortex. Switch her off and remind yourself of the things you are grateful for!

Goodbye comfort zone

Is there something you’ve really been wanting to do but you keep talking yourself out of it because you’re actually afraid of doing it? Go do it. Get off your couch, out of your comfort zone, face your fear and tackle that dream. Many have claimed to have found their life purpose just on the other side of their comfort zone and you know what happens when you find your purpose? Yup. More love, abundance and happiness.

Those these 7 tips may seem a tad overwhelming at first if you are yearning to change your everyday life and bring more joy, abundance and love to you, try these!

The more you do them, the richer your life will be. Trust me on this one.

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