Category Archives: CravesMisc

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Relationships MATTER!

I recently read an article and it addressed relationship care. I thought to myself what is relationship care. Then I started thinking about how to connect during a pandemic. How technology connects us as well as can disconnect us. Really be with each other when face-to-face as well as virtually!

Think about the time you take to work, exercise, etc. Then think about the time you take with your greatest someones. Is there a good balance or could use a re-balance. 

That meaningful and nurturing time with your greatest someones matters! I really believe it helps with wholeness and balance. It helps with your health and wellness too!

I remember growing up with my group of girls and we could not get enough time together. We spent all day together in school and for hours by phone in the evenings. If we could get together on the weekends for shopping or a movie we made it happen!

As an adult I have those few close relationships where you pick up right where you left off even if it has been days, weeks or months. Also, I tend to nourish and nurture those relationships that are healthy and positive. I really try to not take those relationships for granted either. Those relationships are precious, matter and are a true gift!

With your relationships you may see an improvement in the quality of your life as well as your health and wellness! Especially in communicating and engaging. In connecting and deepening those relationships. Making the time to continue to build, grow and expand those relationships!

That nurturing of our relationships helps us nourish ourselves and our well being as well as others and their well being! It is another form of self care. It can be enriching and boosting to your whole being!

We are humans that crave connection and engagement. We are humans that want to belong to something other than ourselves. We are social beings living in a tech world.

There is nothing better than making time to spend quality time with family and friends! You do not need to spend monies either. The simplest things are totally satisfying and make your day better. That is the love and support we all crave! 

  • Gathering and sharing a meal.
  • Catching up, sharing and laughing.
  • Caring and supporting by being there, thinking about them, etc.
  • CELEBRATING!!!

That landscape has changed a bit with the pandemic. However, a lot of people are getting creative with the virtual and making time to gather and share! 

We all do our best to live well! To be kind and generous. To be compassionate and care. To just be genuine and be who we are!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Please Share Some Fun Ways You Are Staying Connected To Your Greatest Someones. Love to Hear!


Boosting

Your Self Love and How You Feel About Yourself

Do you practice self love?

I do and my whole being likes a good pep talk! Tuning in to how your whole being feels. From your mental awareness to your mood to your body language. Your breathing and posture can tell you a lot about your current state of being too! 

Do you know how amazing of a being you truly are! You have everything you need from within to handle life’s moments and life’s adventures, from the happiest to the most challenging. How you discover that is by listening to the inner you!

  • Your beliefs, values and virtues.
  • Your respect and trust.
  • Your intuition and wisdom.
  • Your gifts and talents.
  • Your gratitude and appreciation.

Remember to reflect on and focus in on nourishing and nurturing your whole being! How to feel better in your whole, well being. How to be the best you can be. Most of all love you for you!

Remember to learn and try new things! Be present to what you are truly experiencing. Tune into your mindful awareness and really focus in, especially on the here and now. Tap into that passion and empowerment as well as that motivation and drive. Practice and learn each and every day!

Sometimes I feel like I need to speed up and sometimes I feel like I need to slow down! I find I make better decisions and choices in slowing down. To think and to process. To quiet the noise to gain clarity. To become more aware and pay attention to what I need!

Think about pleasing yourself as well as forgiving yourself! Find that confidence to boost yourself and make your whole being feel its best. Find that trust to build yourself and engage your instincts. Discover your whys in your needs and do it for you!

Think about that internal validation from yourself versus the external validation from others! Own your decisions. Validate. Own your feelings and emotions. Empowerment. Own your passions and dreams. Owe it to yourself to be the true, real person that you are!

Remember to communicate and connect with yourself! To build. To cultivate. To challenge. To just be and show up for YOU!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Pause, Breathe Deep and Really Listen to What Your Whole Being Needs! Tune Into Your Self-Talk and Truly Listen!


All In The Details

Exploring . . .

 


(Photos by RSheridan)

Love to Hear Your Explorations, Please Share!


Resilience

Being Prepared

What does resilience mean to you?

  • Knowing yourself to handle yourself in situations.
  • Practicing . . .
  • Learning life’s lessons.
  • Gaining life’s experiences.
  • Developing and growing.

Practicing . . . Learning . . .

For some resilience seems to come naturally while others seem to need to practice and learn resilience.

  • It is not easy to see challenges as opportunities.
  • It is not easy to keep a positive mind set.
  • It is not easy seeing the gray among the black and white.
  • It is not easy seeing the details and the big picture at the same time.

Believing . . . Trusting . . .

Does resilience come from knowing who you are as well as the belief and trust you have in yourself?

I think so! If you cannot trust yourself, who can you trust, right. You have the tools in the toolkit, the mind set and the resources to deal. You have the ability to handle it. Really discover your strong!

You have to exercise your whole being, right!

  • Mentally and physically in order for you to think clearly and have that physical ability.
  • Relaxation and rest in order to be at your best self.
  • Emotionally and spiritually in order for you to have clarity and find your equilibrium.
  • Nurture to develop, grow and experience.
  • Nourish your wants and whys in what you need, want, crave, and desire.
  • Tuning into your emotions, feelings and thoughts.
  • Believing, valuing and trusting in yourself.
  • Self love and self care.
  • Self confidence and self compassion.

Really put yourself to the challenge to become more flexible and versatile! To overcome the unknowns and conquer those fears. To know what you can control and to accept what is out of your control. How to really be open when faced with challenges and changes!

Really be more! To be aware and listening to tune in as well as tune out. To be mindful and in the present moment. To focus on the task at hand. To do what you truly love!

Belonging . . . Loving . . .

Do you think resilience comes from having a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives? Do we really belong to something greater than ourselves?

We all have that innate desire to belong as well as be loved! To find what we love and are passionate about. To discover our talents and gifts. To tune and tap into goodness in general that surrounds each and every one of us!

We look to be part of a team or look for our tribe!

  • To trust that you have each other’s back, especially at times when you need that person to help you be resilient.
  • Seeing value in others and treating each other how you want to be treated.
  • That ability to communicate as well as listen.
  • To interact, connect and engage.
  • That social aspect of support that gives us happiness and healthiness.
  • Knowing your role, especially in how you lead and follow and influence and control.

A major part of that is our greatest someones who love and support us in everything we do!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Love To Hear Your Thoughts, Please Share.


Walking On

The Wild Side

In Sawgrass Lake Park again. Can you tell I like to go here to explore and adventure.

The Wild

We encountered a gentleman on the boardwalk and he introduced us to Mama Gator. He stated she has about 24 babies. I saw one of the babies.


Mama Gator


Mama Gator

The Flora


Holly


Lantana

These are Beauty Berries

The Unusual

I could not figure out what species of bird this was, so I sent a picture of it to the local Audubon Society to help me identify.

Let me introduce you to a Limpkin. Looks like a cross between a crane and a rail. However, this wading bird does not have any close relatives. I got to see not 1 but 2 Limpkins! These birds are usually solitary.

An unusual bird of southern swamps and marshes. These birds like to eat apple snails hence the shape of their long bill to extract the snails from their shells. This bird enters into Florida and Southern Georgia to satisfy its dietary requirement for apple snails.

I encourage you all to do an internet search for the “Limpkin Call”. Its screaming call is like a haunting banshee wail. This bird was too busy searching for food, so it did not make any noise when around it. In my research I found out these birds mainly call at dawn or at night. I cannot imagine traipsing through the swamp at night and hearing this bird scream – gives me goose bumps writing that!

The Fauna

The Birdlife

Egrets

Heron

Ibis

Moorhen

The Exotic


Do you see the snake?


(Photos by RSheridan)

Have You Taken A Walk On the Wild Side? Happy Exploring & Adventuring!


Evening Stroll

North Redington Beach


Strolling Along . . .

Capturing Seashells

A Glob of a Jelly – Watch Out!

An Ocean Bubble

Beautiful Blues

Beach L-O-V-E


(Photos by RSheridan)

It Feels GOOD to Slow Down the Pace and Be In the Moment – Enjoy!


Lake Okeechobee

aka “Florida’s Inland Sea”,

“The Lake” or “The Big O”

The name Okeechobee comes the Hitchiti words oki (water) and chubi (big).

The largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida! 730 square miles with an average depth of only 9 feet. At its capacity the lake holds 1 trillion gallons of water! 

There is something about being out on a big body of water versus standing on the shoreline! The airboat tour was 2 hours and the 1st hour was in the fog and the 2nd hour with the sun slowly peeking through the mist. It made for an interesting composition of photos!


Not that deep!

Lake Okeechobee sits in a shallow geological trough that also underlies the Kissimmee River Valley and the Everglades. The lake is the headwaters of the Everglades. The Kissimmee River provides more than 60% of the water flowing into the lake.

The 100 foot dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Used by hikers and bicyclists.

Interesting Fact:  Lake Okeechobee is featured in the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Florida Airboat Charters

Chartered an airboat from Florida Airboat Charters to get out on Lake Okeechobee. Our Captain and guide was Jason, a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist, Coast Guard Licensed Captain, experienced airboat operator, and state certified airboat instructor. He has worked extensively with alligators and knows his lakes and marshes in Central and South Florida. In Very Good Hands!

Florida Airboat Charters offers a custom airboating experience tailored to your wants and needs. Exploring. Wildlife (Gators) and Bird Watching. Ride On!

Highly recommend taking an airboat tour on Lake Okeechobee! A learning opportunity, an experience and oh so much FUN!

The Giant Toad

aka Bufo Marinus or Bufo Toad. Also known as a Marine Toad or Cane Toad.

Jason talked about the Bufo toads. The largest of the frogs and toads found in Florida. DO NOT Touch!

The toad’s call is a low-pitched trill and a chorus sounds like an idling diesel engine.

This toad is not native to the U.S. Released in the U.S. in the sugar cane fields to help control white grubs. Then accidentally released from a pet dealer at the Miami airport in 1955 (about 100 toads released). There were subsequent releases by pet dealers in the 1960’s. These toads will eat all types of native frogs and toads. These toads breed year round too!

Here is the Word of CAUTION!!!

When this non-native species is threatened or handled it secretes a highly toxic milky substance from its large glands at the back of its head, behind the ears. This secretion can burn your eyes, may irritate your skin and can even kill cats and dogs if they ingest the secretion.

Cities Around Lake Okeechobee

There are 5 Counties around Lake Okeechobee.

  • Okeechobee
  • Glades
  • Hendry
  • Martin
  • Palm Beach

All five counties meet at one point near the center of the lake!

Okeechobee

Okeechobee is known as the ‘Speckled Perch Capital of the World’. Lake Okeechobee is a natural resource for the fishing industry and is a sportman’s paradise, including several nationally sanctioned bass tournaments.

Interesting as well as Scary Fact:  The Lake Okeechobee area was the site of the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, the first recorded Category 5 Hurricane in the North Atlantic. One of the deadliest hurricanes ever to strike the United States. Two years before that was the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926. Both hurricanes dramatically altered the landscape of the area.

Moore Haven

A city in Glades County on the Southwest shoreline of Lake Okeechobee.

The city was named after James A. Moore, its founder. In its early days, Moore Haven was often called “Little Chicago” due to being a boom town.

LaBelle

A city in and the county seat of Hendry County. The city began as a settlement on the Caloosahatchee River around the time of Hamilton Disston’s efforts to drain the Everglades in the hope of promoting growth in the area. The settlement laid on the western edge of Captain Francis A. Hendry’s large Monroe County’s land. Populated with cattle drovers and trappers. In 1909, Captain Hendry subdivided his land to be sold. the majority land holding stake was bought by E.E. Goodno, which increased the size of LaBelle almost twenty times its original size. In 1925, the Florida Legislature chartered the City of LaBelle, which replaced the Town of LaBelle.

LaBelle hosts the annual Swamp Cabbage Festival, which is held in honor of the Florida state tree during the last full weekend of February. The festival includes a 5K walk/run, beauty pageant and rodeo.

Clewiston

A city in Hendry County near Lake Okeechobee.

Clewiston is known for it sport fishing, particularly of largemouth bass. This area was once used as a fishing camp by the Seminole Indians. The first permanent settlement began in 1920 and was incorporated as a city in 1925.

Large sugar plantations were established around Lake Okeechobee. The US Sugar Corporation remained the dominant manufacturer in Clewiston, which became known as “America’s Sweetest Town”. There was plenty of sugar cane to see driving around in this area!

By the 1950’s and the 1960’s the cultivation of citrus and vegetables as well as raising cattle were important to the economy.

Birdlife

Fauna

Lake Okeechobee is at capacity right now with all the rain and the vegetation was full! It was hard to tell at times if I was on water or a big, grassy field! 

Gators

These gators know how to camouflage really well, especially among the full vegetation! Plus it has been warm, so prefer to be in the water swimming about!

Lily & Lotus

A favorite area of mine!

Snail Kites & Snails

My 1st time seeing a Snail Kite! I was not able to captured the Snail Kite with the snail in its talons though – move so fast as well as pretty much without sound!


Snail Eggs (finally know what this is!)

Spiderwebs

I am so not a fan of the eight-legged! I had to suck it up though while going through hundreds of webs while sitting on the airboat. Those webs are quite sticky too. I would have lost it if I ended up with a full face of spider though!

Then Jason had to ask, “How many spiders do you think are out here?”. Too many in my opinion looking at all the webs surrounding me. Plus 1 Spider is more than enough for me!


(Photos by RSheridan)

 Happy Exploring!!!


Natural State of Being

For the Whole Being

A place to breathe.  


Hello!

A place to unwind and slow down the pace.

A place to relax, reconnect and recharge. 


(Photos by RSheridan)

A Great Place to Become One With My Whole Being!


Just Breathe

Open Your Heart

When you are feeling stressed out and on “over” everything remember to connect to your whole being from your feet to your head! Just breathe and communicate to your inner being. Just breathe and connect to you. Just breathe and focus on your heart to center!

 

“I am enough. I have enough.”

“I have all that I need. Come what may, I have all that I need.”

“I breathe in the light and love.”

“I breathe out to release and let go.”

Breathe in and count to 3.

Breathe out and count to 5.

Focus on a good, positive and happy memory. Hold on to it.

 

Breathing exercises are a good practice to start in becoming and being a healthier and happier being! Calm . . . Center . . .  Connect . . .

I know it helps me clear my mind and relieve the tension and stress! I can tune into my emotions, feelings and thoughts. I find my calm and centered self. I find the love, kindness, caring, and compassion that I need for me. I focus on the good and the positive and release and let go of the bad and the negative!

Breathe In . . . Breathe Out . . . Repeat . . .


On My Tip Toes

Leaning Over the UNKNOWN!!!

I am trying to see the good as well as the blessings that came from having doubts and fears! Change and the unknown are a great way to learn and grow as a person. I am engaged and stretching outside of my comfort zone too. So far I am very much alive and surviving my fears and embracing change!

I have 3 things in my life that keep me on my toes.

  1. Having Doubts and Fears
  2. Experiencing Emotions, Feelings and Thoughts
  3. CHANGE

I really want to move through my doubts, fears, emotions, and changes! I do not want to get stuck in the motions and feed into it. It is okay to be afraid, but you need to understand why and how to handle it! There are times you move forward and proceed with caution. There are times you step back or back off from a situation to really evaluate it. There are times you need to take a breathe and clear the mind before taking that initial step; “standing on your tip toes“!

I often wonder where my strength and courage comes from and how it knows I need it too! Especially when I feel as if it is MIA. I usually go within myself and tap into my inner strengths to handle a situation. I know I need to be ready to act and deal with what comes my way; the good, the bad and the ugly!

I know I need to follow my heart and listen to my inner voice! I know getting myself into the negative self talk and putting myself down is so not going to work and is so counterproductive too. I want safety instead of risk. I want protection instead of putting myself out there. I want MORE out of life, so I do what I have to do when it comes to living my life and creating the life I WANT!

Thank goodness for social support, cat-like reflexes of being able to land on your feet and when all else fails parachutes! I want to feel motivated and inspired to gain those life lessons and life experiences. I want to be following my path and listening to myself and my needs when it comes to living my life! So I am going to get out there and live it large.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Not Letting Anything Stop You and Get In Your Way to Living A Life of Want!!!


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