Book Review of “Spiritual Lighthouse: The Dream Diaries of Ann Marie Ruby” by Ann Marie Ruby

Thank you to Ann Marie Ruby and her team for providing me a copy of this book to read in exchange for my honest review of it.

Title: Spiritual Lighthouse; The Dream Diaries of Ann Marie Ruby

Author: Ann Marie Ruby

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Published: December 14, 2017

Can be purchased on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Lighthouse-Dream-Diaries-Marie/dp/0692999477

This book is a collection of 40 of Ann Marie Ruby’s favorite dreams that she shares in interesting and easy to read detail with her readers. These collections are not only spiritual but also give much information rooted in science and history which was very appealing and delighting to me. I felt this way as I am a very scientific person who has also always been very interested in the spiritual side of the world, so this was the perfect content for me! Ann Marie Ruby’s collection of dream also presents thought provoking ideas about the application and representation of dreams throughout history in Egyptian, Hindu, and several other cultures and faiths.

Throughout her book, she gives examples of different ways that her dreams have come true or have been a guiding light to her throughout her life and the ways that this has influenced her life and her spirituality. Reading her book has given me a whole new interest in paying attention to and writing down my own dreams and what they could mean to me. I am a person who dreams often and had never taken much time to consider the gift that this was and the things these dreams could be telling me.

This book although based in spirituality would be a very interesting read for any person, whether they feel strong in their faith or not. There is a lot of other very interesting content such as some of the meanings of specific pieces of her dreams, her travels and journey that these dreams have led her on, the history and science of dreams, and much more.

This book will take you some time to read as it is around 300 pages long, but it was such a interesting read and I would definitely recommend this read to others.

I have included the Amazon link to this book in the top of this posting but I have been informed that Ann Marie Ruby has several other awesome books out about many different topics, check her out!

Xoxo,

Katie

Celebrating Earth Day

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Today is Earth day! While we should be trying to take some time as often as we’re able to celebrate and honor this beautiful planet we are so lucky to live on, today is the perfect opportunity to take a moment to step back and think of some great ways to celebrate and give back!

Take a walk and spend some time outside. If you’re able to, physically connect with the earth by touching it with your bare hands or feet. This direct connection with the earth is called “grounding” and is believed by many to give people a direct connection to the earth’s energy.

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Dedicate time and make changes to give back to the environment. There are many ways this can be done and you’ll have to decide upon the one that you enjoy most and fits you best. Ways that this could be done include by planting trees and other plants, by cleaning the environment. You could look into reducing your wastes by getting reusable ziplock bags, straws, and cut out plastic bottles by replacing them with reusable bottles and cups. Try shopping with reusable bags! They’re sturdy, large, and so much better for the environment.

Stay educated! There’s a lot to know about how the things you buy will break down into waste and if they can be reduced, reused or recycled.

Recycle everything that you can! On this topic, make sure that you’re separating everything into the right bins.. Our lovely recycling people don’t want to spend their day doing things that we could have!

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There’s a lot that we all can do today and every day to thank the earth for all the wonderful days we have on it. What are your favorite ways to celebrate the earth? Have you done anything special today? Hope everyone is having an amazing start to their week!

Xoxo,

Katie

Thankful Thursday

I’d like to start out by saying that I hope that everyone is having a great Thursday. I’m not sure about anyone else’s week, but mine has been long and trying. We’re so close to being done with this work week! Throughout this demanding week I’ve been keeping things in perspective by trying to focus on the countless things I have to be thankful for right now. I believe when times get tough, I believe it’s so important to consider making a little shift of attitude and perspective to help to shine a little light on any situation!

Although my job can be very difficult, I’m beyond blessed to be able to spend my life taking care of people’s physical and mental wellbeing, educating patients and their families on a multitude of different topics, and getting the opportunity to make amazing connections with people on what would otherwise be the worst days of their lives in the emergency room.

I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to be continuing my education at my first-choice university (GO HAWKS!!). I’m so fortunate to be able to continue to learn and grow throughout this journey. This degree is also something that I could never be achieving full time while working full time without the hugely amazing support system I have. They’ve been encouraging me and supporting me from the beginning and the end is finally in sight!

Something that I often take for granted because it’s something that always seems to be there is my pretty constant state of great health. I am reminded often by taking care of my patients that there are so many people in the world who would wish for nothing more than to have good health again, and I am so glad to have mine.

I’ve been blessed with the most wonderful family, parents, friends, boyfriend, and his family. I could really not be more happy or lucky had I hand-picked them all. I know that no matter how terrible of a day or week that I have, that it will pass, that I have this great support group and many people to call and make plans with even if that just means wine on the couch. Life is so much better with my loved ones.

Lastly, I’m thankful for my ability to look for and see the positive in even the worst of situations. My parents worked hard to teach me this and on my worst days, they and my boyfriend remind me how to see this way again.

For all of these things I am thankful this Thursday and each day! What are some things you are thankful for today?

Hope everyone has an amazing rest of the week, hang in there!

Xoxo,

Katie

Getting to know Katie

It’s been awhile that the blog has been up and running and I thought I’d do a post dedicated to telling everyone a little bit about myself!

  • What’s your name?

Katie!

  • What’s your favorite color?

Lime green is definitely my favorite color but I am a lady that LOVES colors, especially water colors. The more color, the better!

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  • Do you have siblings?

No, I’m an only child, but I grew up very close with my family and friends.

  • What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind?

The kind of legacy that I’d like to leave behind is one filled with total love and joy! I want all the people that I touch to feel that way. I want to continue to work to help and positively influence all the people that I can my whole life. I want to pass those things on to my children some day when I have them, too!

  • Biggest fears?

My biggest and ongoing fears are of the dark and letting the people that I care about most down or disappointing them… One is silly and one is a lot more philosophical!

  • Greatest accomplishments?

My greatest accomplishments so far have been becoming a registered nurse and then getting my first nursing job which was in the ER. I’ve worked in ERs ever since! My boyfriend and I buying out first home almost 2 years ago was a HUGE deal, too. We love our home and our pups.

  • Someone who inspires you?

There are so many people in my life who so greatly inspire me, but my greatest inspiration is my mom. She is the happiest, most positive, most loving and caring person in the world, no matter what is thrown at her. She’s immensely knowledgeable and hardworking. She and my dad have been here for me through everything in my life and I could never express my gratitude for them in a way that they deserve.

Taken by my Dad in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 2018
  • Where is the place you feel most at peace?

The place that I feel most at peace is being with my family and anywhere on any kind of water. I love to be on the river, on lakes, or at the ocean. Being with my loved ones and by water is where my soul feels whole.

Taken by me in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 2018
  • Favorite things to do?

My favorite things to do are to be outside, to be with my friends and family (and puppies), to travel, to learn new things, work at my mindfulness practices, read and write, listen to music and sing at the top of my lungs, watch murder mysteries, take long walks, and have a couple alcoholic beverages with my girlfriends J

  • Favorite season of the year?

This one is really hard for me! I love all the season for specific reasons. Fall is an apple cider, bonfire and pumpkin patch time to spend with friends and family. It’s my time to squeeze in the last of all my outdoors time before it starts to get really cold where I live. Winter is an amazing opportunity to rest, recharge, and grow. Spring is a time to continue growth and for new beginnings! But my very favorite time of the year is summer. The warm weather gives me, my friends, and family the opportunity to boat, camp, and spend all kinds of time outdoors which is SO good for my soul! 

  • Favorite food?

Gluten free chips and some queso and salsa (and a margarita– my favorite drink)! I am a sucker for Mexican food- I could really eat it every day!!

Taken by me in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, 2018

Well now you know just a little bit more about me and I’m enjoying getting to know just a little bit about all of you!

I hope you guys are having the greatest Monday and continue to have a wonderful week!

Xoxo,

Katie

In the beginning..

Hi! My name is Katie and I’m an ER nurse that is very passionate about mental and physical wellness. When I’m not at work or furthering my education, You can find me doing a variety of things: I love enhancing my knowledge of delicious new food and drink recipes, learning about the mind and things like stress, and the best coping mechanisms to combat those feelings. I also love to practice and research mindfulness and the many positive impacts it has on the way we think and live. I live everyday trying to gain knowledge, better myself, and positively impact the world. I’m starting this blog to share this ongoing journey with you, share and document some of my experiences, and share some of the books, music, and recipes I’ve really enjoyed! I would always be delighted to receive feedback from you!

Xoxo

Katie