What is a Constellation?

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A constellation is a group of visible stars that form a pattern when viewed from Earth. The pattern they form may take the shape of an animal, a mythological creature, a man, a woman, or an inanimate object such as a microscope, a compass, or a crown.

Like our cute Plesiosaurus Champ, who discovers a heart shaped constellation in the sky that helps him find his way to Nessie, constellations were used in ancient times to help people navigate. By finding Ursa Minor it is fairly easy to spot the North Star (Polaris). Using the height of the North Star in the sky, navigators could figure out their latitude helping ships to travel across the oceans. They were also used to help keep track of the calendar. This was very important so that people knew when to plant and harvest crops.

Today scientists recognize 88 constellations in the sky. Our favorite constellation is Cetas, also known as “the Whale” or “The Sea Monster.” Cetas is one of the largest constellations in the Northern sky.

What is your favorite constellation?   

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Oh-so-humble opinions…

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The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

In my oh-so-humble opinion, there is no better way to start the morning than with a freshly brewed, steaming hot cup of coffee and an inspirational quote! It’s not because I cant get through the day without this quirky habit, ok lets be honest, I can’t get through the day without the coffee – it’s just that I love filling my mind with thoughts that make me happy. Things that bring me joy, inspiration, or just a good laugh. Sometimes a book, a quote, even a song lyric can help you understand your circumstances better, be true to yourself, and move forward.

Reading can influence a person’s thinking and expand the mind, develop imagination and brings you places you never expected!

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Motherhood

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You may outgrow my lap, but you will never outgrow my heart.

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As a mom, I know sometimes you have to laugh so you don’t cry! The days are long and the weeks are short. We are always darting from task to task, with little sleep. We come into motherhood with a whole set of beliefs and assumptions about what it will be like. But quite frankly, no one can ever prepare you for what’s in store. With each milestone that passes comes new challenges. The universe is constantly reminding us that we don’t have it all figured out. (and never will!)

Motherhood taught me that we cannot control what will happen in our lives or with our children, but instead to surrender. Identify your problems, embrace the mess, but give your power and energy to finding a solution. Drop the need to have all the answers and just enjoy the experience. Go with your natural instincts and be the best version of yourself that you can be!

From the moment I knew I was going to me a mother, I was overjoyed. It took a long time for our miracle baby to come and I think because of that it changed the way I feel about “all the things”. Every little thing so special. It will be a lifetime experiment in letting go, I am sure of it. From letting go of his tiny finger when he was an infant, letting go of his hand so he could walk, letting go of his bike so he can learn to ride…letting go so he can live his own life, the one I prayed for and anticipated. (ok sobbing now!)

Every day I wake up with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and joy, knowing that the little boy I adore so much, will grow to be an amazing man. And I am going to look back and know, I had a lot to do with that.

The process…

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Publishing our book

In this day and age, we are all guilty of needing instant gratification. It’s not our fault really, we are all victims of the fast paced, one click environment we live in. You can’t help but feel that if you are not “visibly” achieving a goal, you are not succeeding. Being at the top of the mountain is all we care about. For the most part, this is not a bad thing. Our focus and determination will affect our reality. But it’s important to remind ourselves that the process of how you get to where you are is just as important, if not more so. Most times the hardest experience will result in the greatest achievement. (I know this for a fact, his name is Logan.) It’s in the process where we grow, where we find out what we are made of. The only way to gain appreciation for coming through the proverbial “it” – is to go through it.

Now we have all be through hard times, I am sure of it. But the process I am referring to in this moment, is publishing our book. The process is hard. Aside from the actual writing of the book which was quite fun. The hours of editing, planning illustration, layout, the formatting, editing again and again. It was daunting and in all honestly, I didn’t know where to begin. But it felt so right. And that’s what was important . We began this “process” in 2013, and now here we are almost 5 years later, nearly finished, and I couldn’t be more excited. Writing Champ and Nessie has been a fantastic creative experience. It was truly a labor of love. Champ and Nessie has been a part of our lives and conversations for many years and we are so proud of what it has become.

You can do anything your heart desires if you approach it the right way. We have a beautiful book written for our son (he loves his character in the book!) It makes my heart smile to watch his reaction when he hears the story. We can’t wait to share it with the world!

The Loch Ness Monster!

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Whatever is the truth, there is no denying that Nessie will intrigue the world for years to come.

-Johnathan Bright

The Loch Ness Monster is a mythical lake creature that is reported to live in the Highlands of Scotland, UK. There have been hundreds of ‘sightings’ of the monster since the 1930s, but there has been no evidence found that proves the Monster’s existence is true. George Spicer was the first modern day person to “see” this monster. Describing what he saw as a “dragon” over 4 feet high and 25 feet long! With a long neck that looked like an elephant’s trunk.

In 1934, the famous ‘Surgeon’s Photo’ was taken by Robert Kenneth Williams. This was the first photo to ever be taken of the Loch Ness Monster’s neck and head. It was later declared to be a hoax.

For us, Nessie has become a cute creature of fiction. She emulates kindness and friendship. Her character is special because she essentially is me. When Champ sets out across the sea in search of his friend, in essence he is looking for his purpose, his friend – his love.

The Power of you Subconscious Mind

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“We are what we repeatedly do”

Aristotle

Did you know that our subconscious does 90-95% of our daily thinking. Our skill set, action or behavior is all part of our success. If you become completely absorbed in something you wish to become and develop the necessary skill set to execute your desires, great results will follow! I am all about the Law of Attraction, but that is another story, for another day.

Mantra’s have always been my thing since reading The Power of the Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy. His words are inspiring. I have the original 1963 Edition. The pages are tattered, and there are notes in the margins, yellow highlighter covering most of every page…yellow sticky notes peeking out every 10 pages or so marking some of my favorite titles. Every time I pick up this book, it amazes me how it still is relevant and resonates with me in a different way than it had in the past. For a book printed over 50 years ago, its principals and teachings have managed to evolve through the years. It has lifted me up again and again at different stages of my life.

When you consciously believe something and generate a thought about that thing, your subconscious will try to align itself with it. This means that your subconscious will do whatever it can to make a reality what you just thought. No matter what your age or phase of life you are in now, it can always be better. That is what life is all about…growth.

If you want to change any part of your life, buy this book.

Happy Nurse Week

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Zeb and I met many years ago working together in the Emergency Room at a local Hospital. We worked together for over a year before we actually got together. I knew when I first met him that he was a special person. I still remember the day our Director of Nursing walked him through the ER to give him a tour. He was turning heads around every corner! Everyone thought he was so handsome. It wasn’t until a year later, we went out with a group of friends, Zeb and I spent most of the night talking and laughing. We realized we had a lot of the same interests, and things just took off from there. We both knew right away that we had found something pretty amazing. Less than a year later we were engaged. We just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary on April 30th.

Happy Nurse week to all the nurses out there! You are amazing, and I know first hand what you do is not easy!

Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster

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Lake Champlain is a natural freshwater lake in North America. It is mainly within the borders of Vermont and New York, but it does partially stretch across the Canada-US border.

“Champ” the Lake Champlain monster was allegedly first spotted in 1609, by Samual de Champlain. He claimed to see a lake monster that was silver-grey with a large mouth and sharp. dangerous teeth. Native Americans claimed to have seen similar monsters. But the creature is considered to be folklore, and the legend of the monster is a draw for tourism and generating revenue. There is even a “Champ Day” held on the first Saturday of every August in the Village of Port Henry.

Over the years there have been over 300 reported sightings!

What is a Plesiosaurs?

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Our main character Champ, is a Plesiosaurus!

A plesiosaurus is an extinct, large marine reptile that lived during the early part of the Jurassic period. It is distinguished by its small head and long, slender neck. In short, the name of this reptile means “almost lizard.” One of the most interesting facts about a plesiosaurus is that despite having a large awkward body they were very good swimmers. They had a muscular and stocky torso, a short tail, and four large flippers that allowed them to propel through the water at great speed. They were twice as long as a horse and weighed around 1000 pounds! Although this creature could spend a considerable amount of time submerged beneath the water hunting squid, plesiosaurs could not breath under water. They had to come to the surface to draw air.