October 16, 2017 Laura

Swirls of Jasmine and Amber smoke fill my room encircling me in their sweet scents… This is one of my experiences from my Yogi Surprise Box. I can’t get enough of the wonderful treats I received. Whether you are a new Yogi, a long term practicing Yogi, or just inclined to living spiritually this box creates the right moment for you. Auromere Incense Sampler – I use incense on a daily basis. They are a huge part of my daily rituals and routines. However many times I run into an issue because many incense are made with imitation fragrance oils which…

October 14, 2017 Laura 4Comment

I sat down this morning to take some time to explore my personal life values and the desires I have for my life. I really took the time to dig deep, creating a super long list of all the values that are important to me. Narrowing them down to a handful and I discovered that there are some things I really want in my life, that I talk about all the time, but I haven’t been making as many actionable steps towards them that I should be making: 1. Adventure 2. Exploration 3. Discovery In my younger years I didn’t…

October 12, 2017 Laura 4Comment

The idea of hope came up in a conversation today. I spent part of my hour drive home thinking about it. Hope. noun – the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. verb – to feel that something desired may happen; to believe, desire, or trust. The comment made to me was “All we can hold onto is hope.” He was right. We are meant to hold onto hope. Isn’t hope the motivator of so many things that we do in our lives? We buy a lottery ticket because we hope…

October 8, 2017 Laura

There’s something so healing and soothing about being surrounded by nature.  Today I got to head out on a hike for a work event…sometimes my job can be so fun! We headed up to Chickies Rock in Columbia. A nice walk through the woods, down the path to a beautiful overlook above the Susquehanna River. We were in the perfect moment of the day between rain and the leaves had just fallen coating the ground with oranges, greens, and reds. There was a group of about eight of us, some of us meeting for the first time. The diversity of…

October 6, 2017 Laura 13Comment

Earlier this week I wrote about the anxiety I was feeling and how much it had been kicking my butt and overwhelming my brain. This week I made it a goal to focus on myself and my goals, after all it is a new month and for me that always presents itself as a new beginning. It has made a huge difference in my thought patterns with putting myself back in focus. So this week I made it all about me. It was tough at first because I felt selfish and it felt out of character for me a little….

October 3, 2017 Laura

I got into the blogging world several years back when I launched a crafting blog. Then I migrated to a foodie blog, and finally finding my home in launching Do Five Things A Day in 2010. When I started Do Five Things A Day I was going through a bit of a rough patch in life. I was struggling greatly with my Rheumatoid Arthritis on top of other life challenges and found myself many days with a lack of motivation and energy to make it through my day. I started taking a step back and focused on slowing down, taking…

October 2, 2017 Laura

I had a little help from my son with this post, as we sat at the kitchen table Saturday morning thinking about the things we want to do together in the next few months. I’m a huge fan of bucket lists. Bucket lists set into motion little adventures (and big adventures). Here’s our little round-up of adventures to have this Fall full of creativity, some tasty treats, science experiments, and a little travel. 2017 Fall Bucket List 1) Carve Pumpkins 2) Take a trip to NYC 3) Go on a fall hike 4) Make pumpkin ice cream pie 5) Paint…

October 1, 2017 Laura

For October I’m making my mantra “Set goals and don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of reaching them”. I had some great wins in September which is just fueling me for an even bigger month in October. I want to finish up the year with a bang!  Blogging Wins for September: Hit 1000 Facebook Page Likes – Woot! Woot! – Actually exceeded my goal by 269 page likes Hit my halfway mark for my payout minimum with Shareasale Got an e-newsletter out every week to my subscribers So this month I’m setting some higher bars for myself….

August 4, 2017 Laura

To All My Past Lovers: I hope you go out there and find yourself. I hope you explore and experience the world with eyes wide open. Maybe I gave you too much, maybe I didn’t give you enough. Maybe I hurt you, maybe you hurt me, or maybe we hurt each other. Maybe we were too different or maybe we too much of the same. I hope you are learning to let go. I hope you have forgiven. I hope you have moved on. I am ready to forgive. I am ready to let go. I am ready to move…

August 2, 2017 Laura 2Comment

Adrenaline was coursing through my veins. I started my Fitbit too soon, I had to stop it. I was nervous. I was anxious. I was excited. One by one, clouds of emotions rolled over me. Here I was standing under an over cast sky on an early Saturday morning in June waiting for the announcer to yell, “Go!”. I stood still, holding my balance strong while being bumped around by runners rearing to take off just as much as I was. I was at the starting line of The Baltimore 10 Miler. Thoughts of doubt, thoughts of disbelief, and thoughts…