Eight Ways to Get Your Zen on at Work

So I am really getting into this whole “mindfullness” craze.  Looking for ways to increase good health and happiness in the ever changing world with all the distractions is not easy.  I find it even harder personally being an empath and drawing in other people’s energy when need not do that for my own well-being.

Many of us have predictable jobs.  I don’t personally but for those of us who do I think these ideas might help find peace and well-being during the 9 to 5 grind.  Many companies have sought out corporate wellness programs for employees hoping to lessen the amount of “sick days” someone might take and to boost productivity.  I believe it is important to know when you need to detach from your workday in order to feel better.  So here are a few ideas for reducing your stress on the job.

  1. Hide you phone.  You CAN do it!  I promise it will not run away when you go to find it.
  2. Take a break BEFORE lunch.  It’s okay to take a morning break.  Even ten minutes to breath some fresh air, read a magazine article or grab a coffee will improve your mood.
  3. Gossip.  Social time is good for you!  Make sure you keep conversation office-free!  Talk about weekend plans, your dog, your fish, what you plan on cooking for dinner.  Anything but work or people at work.
  4. Disappear.  This does not mean sit on the toilet in the bathroom.  This means take a walk for ten minutes, make a call, mediate or listen to a quick podcast.
  5. Procrastinate.  Take 5 to play a game or day dream.  Your work problem is still there in the background but you may end up with a creative idea or solution in the end.
  6. Volunteer.  It helps you connect to others.  So grab them a cup of coffee if a co-worker is having  a bad day.
  7. Play with a puppy.  Ask your boss. You may just get a yes.  Some companies bring in puppies for some stress relief.
  8. End your day completely.  Leave your work at work.  Don’t take it home if you can help it.

I work from home so some of these are not relevant to me.  I can tell you that there are blessings and curses attached to your office being at home.  One being how to end your day and leave the phone when it is there.  I tried doing some of these things recently and I have felt better and more relaxed.  The world did not come to an end if I let the phone go to voicemail and return a call the following day.  My dogs were happy to have my full attention in the yard to play when I took a meaningful break (not throwing laundry in or emptying a dishwasher) and I always found when I returned to the computer I felt relaxed and less stressed too.





Ah, morning!

What marvelous unknowns will you set before me?

What unexpected events will you make unfold?

I awake. Curious, ready to receive your plans.


Gentle morning.

There is a newness to your breeze.

A freshness I invite into my body as I inhale you in.

I offer gratitude with each breathe.


Sweet morning.

You are a gift.  New every day.

Reminding me I too can give myself that same gift.

Yesterday is gone; never to come again.

I receive your gift, morning with compassion and an open heart.

Lea Austen/poetry


Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.  I met my husband seven years ago. My five year plan at that time was to move to Italy.  Little did I realize then that I was sitting across from my future husband.  So, even though I am not living in Italy, I am happily married and living here in Charleston.  One of the things that attracted me to Jon was his love of travel.  Not just saying that he wants to but actually took the time to visit other places!

We have enjoyed so many trips together.  Some here in the United States and some on other continents.  Hungary and Croatia are coming up!  The photos I chose are from a trip we took last January to India.  When I travel, I love to take time to photography people.  Taking the time to hang out and watch, feel the energy, listen to the sounds and just be present in a moment is very important to me when I travel.  I think it is the difference between being a tourist and being a traveler.  So I hope you enjoy these as much as I do





To reach

shaped by thoughts

we are what we think

As I pass from here to there, and then to now

my condition is changed, I become __________

That blank is open, infinite, fluid – changing minute to minute

As I become, staying present in this  precious moment in time
I am different now

No beginning or ending, just becoming

May I be worthy and may I be grateful for this precious gift

as I being to be again and again and again…..

by Lea Austen


I have been mediating on the word “become” for a few days now.  We use the word “become” quite frequently in our daily conversations.  Statements like “I have become (verb- angry, sad, excited) about or because of some experience or event”.  Maybe it goes like this, ” So and so became a (noun- preacher, firefighter, teacher)”, or ” The weather became sunny after the rain this morning.”  Whatever the use, the word “become” in its simplest definition is “begin to be”.

I really like that, BEGIN TO BE.  It is empowering to me.  I feel like the word become gives me permission to move forward every moment.  It is positive!  I can begin to be AGAIN even after something uncomfortable or negative or embarrassing happens.  I don’t have to stay there, stuck, owning some sort of misery and unhappiness.  My personal “BECOME” allows me to begin to be again!

Face it, some times we just don’t get our way.  We don’t get what we want.  The big dream we had just does not manifest they way we had hoped it would.  There are so many events, large and small that influence our lives and the way we view ourselves not only on a personal level but in how we believe the world views us.  I know that these beliefs are not always healthy and we need to dig deep and find our higher power to overcome some of the challenges and road blocks that we face.  It’s easy to walk around grateful and thankful when things are going our way, but what about those other times.  How do we handle the disappointments?  The word origin is a great place to start.  Becoming what we are could be understood as happening, an occurrence that we may not have envisioned or planned, but which has put us in a position from which we learn our own life lessons while teaching something to others as well.  I believe that some knowledge, some gift, something of value is given to us when we follow our path. So as I continue my journey I choose to be grateful for each moment, and use the time I have wisely!

Celebrating Earth Day

It was so hard to choose just ONE image to show off my love of “earth” – especially here in the Lowcountry where I call home.  I wake up every morning so incredibly grateful to call this my home and to appreciate the wonders of nature around me.  Sunrises and sunsets where I can feel the angels above me.  Water that reminds me just how small I am in great scheme of life that not only keeps me grounded but humble.  Our majestic live oak trees.  The one pictured here is the “Angel Oak” and it is over 60 feet tall and over 400 years old.  The gorgeous marshland behind our home and all over our coastal community are home to so many animals and birds.  They also help with protecting our barrier islands and provides food for fish and wildlife as well!  I hope you enjoy some of the sites I see daily here in Charleston!

Surprise – Photo Challenge

On a recent trip to California I took a stroll around the resort where my friends and I were vacationing.  Rancho Valencia has some amazingly beautiful landscaping and some of the flowers they can grow do not grow well here in South Carolina.  When I returned home and ran my photos through photoshop I got this very exciting surprise.  This sweet little hummingbird was by the flower and I never saw it when I first shot the photo.  So this is my pick for this weeks photo challenge; surprise.



Could you be an angel?

I stumbled across this great article “7 signs you may be an angel” by Lesli White.  It really resonated with me so I thought I would share this list with you.  Perhaps you are like me and believe in angels. Perhaps you have stories just as I do about how angles have helped you in some aspect of your daily life.  Perhaps your intuition is so “tuned in” to angels because you too are one!

Here is what she has to say…

Angels are everywhere. The Bible tells us, “Do not show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Earth angels are around you this very moment. They were sent to learn certain things about the human condition and to guide humans on Earth. These angels are usually Spirit Guides in training, or Spirit Guides who have been sent back to Earth in order to learn and heal others. You can encounter them anywhere at any time. Often, the chance encounters with these angels have the power to change your life. While some Earth Angels can know and feel they are different and are often aware of their spiritual duties, others forget and have a hard time managing their life on Earth. Here are seven signs you may be an angel on Earth.

You Seem Wise Beyond Your Years

A major sign that you could be an angel on earth is being wise beyond your years. You are extremely intuitive and often carry a strong energy and connectivity to the Earth. You may have also experienced an awakening very early in life and perhaps were always attracted to nature, mythical creatures and the meaning of life. Most often you are told, “There is just something about you that I can trust.” This feeling that people have when they are in your presence allows them to open up to you about things they may not have even shared with those they are closest to.

Strangers Always Approach You for Advice

People often come to you to vent about their problems and their frustrations, including strangers. You delight in being able to help them. Some guides are there throughout people’s entire lives and others will pop up every now and then to help others with specific areas of life or goals they are trying to achieve. If you are an angel, your level of conscious may vary from another angel. Some are at a heightened state of consciousness, while others are masters in specific areas. Your ability to help others enables you to have a powerful impact on others.

You Feel a Strong Sense of Purpose

Many angels on Earth feel a strong sense of purpose and calling – even if they don’t know what it is. Most Earth Angels have a sense that their mission is involved in helping and teaching others. On the other hand, other angels may not feel a strong sense of purpose or calling. In fact, they may even struggle with feeling grounded and finding a purpose. You may not feel called to do any one thing. These angels have not yet discovered their purpose. If you find yourself always helping and guiding others without a clear sense of purpose, you may be an angel on Earth

You Have Intense Sensitivity

Another sign you might be an angel on Earth is having intense sensitivity to other people and violent situations. Most often Earth Angels are told “you are just too sensitive!” They may find difficulty in crowds. When they are surrounded by people, they feel bombarded as if there are too many people around them. They will also repel violence in any form. This level of sensitivity is a gift, enabling them to intuitively know where their services are needed. In these situations, they feel a strong sense of purpose and calling.

You Are Interested in Methods of Healing

Are you interested in philosophy and other methods of healing? Are you also interested in the metaphysical? Angels are most commonly known as messengers and protectors, but they are also energy healers. Angels are made of unconditional love and shining light or energy. Angels are literally made of the healing component of energy medicine: light energy. No wonder they are such powerful healers! They have the ability to restore your mind, body, and soul back to health no matter what ails you. If you’re interested in healing others, including their ailments, you may be an angel on Earth.

You May Be Attracted to Abusive Relationships

Relationships may be difficult for you to handle as you may find yourself attracted to abusive partners or those with deep emotional issues. This goes back to your deep rooted desire to help others. You may also have a history of personal or family issues and addictions. You may use things like food, alcohol or drugs to numb the pain of feeling different or being intimidated by their life’s mission. Those who go through these experiences often realign themselves once they find or realign themselves with their true calling.

You Have an Intense and Deep Personality

Angels often have an intense and deep personality and are not afraid to dig deep within your psyche and the psyche of others to find the truth. People think that you “think too much” and it can seem like you take things too personally, when you’re only reacting that way because you care. People who don’t know you think you’re closed off from people when you’re simply guarded. Many are attracted to your personality because there’s something different about you that’s alluring – people want to know more about you, what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling.



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