MIND DETOX

Do you ever feel like you don’t want to get out of bed? Or maybe you feel drained or like you have too much on your plate?

Have you heard the saying from an old commercial that said, “Calgon take me away” and you want it to take you away?

You’re not alone!

Relieve yourself of the guilt of trying to live up to unrealistic expectations.

You can only do what you can do!

We hear so much about detoxifying your body but have you ever thought about a mind and emotional detox?  We have so much to fill our minds, that it never rests. Have you been there? Are you there?

We all encounter so much on a daily basis that we don’t realize or even aware what it’s doing to our mind and emotions. Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night or feeling tired, grouchy, emotional or even depressed?

The reason could be that you are allowing everything to build up in your mind. I do know that there are things or circumstances that we can’t control.

We can be mindful of what we think and how we let it affect us.

You can not have a positive life with a negative mind or attitude.

What can you do about it?

MIND AND EMOTIONAL DETOX

Start by setting an INTENTION:

If you don’t intend on doing something, most of the time it doesn’t get done.

1.PRAYER

We get so busy that we forget to pray and talk to God about it, and then that opens ourselves up for the enemy to have a field day with us mentally, physically and emotionally.

Give it to God! Don’t play tug of war with God. Don’t give it to him and try to pull back to you. He wants it!  Believe me, I know it’s easier said than done.

A good cry! It can release a lot. When is the last time you shut yourself in the bathroom and had a good cry? It has a way of releasing. It can help!

  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

2. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

When you become overly tired, exhausted and anxious, it shows up physically as well.

What can you do?

•Make yourself rest.

•Fill your mind with other things: read, watch your favorite movie or TV show. Listen to Inspirational music.

•Get outside in the sun.  Lack of sunshine can reduce our Vitamin D levels and it can have an impact on our moods. We need sunshine! If you feel emotional or depressed, give it a try.

•Move your body. Get the blood flowing. Go for a walk, exercise, do yoga, painting, gardening, anything to get you moving.

3. DECLUTTER NOT JUST YOURSELF BUT YOUR SPACE

Your surroundings have an effect on your mental state.

A good place to start is by cleaning up your space.

Take steps to put things away, clean and declutter your space, it just makes you feel better. Burn a candle or use essential oils. Good smells can help.

4. TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is a bittersweet thing. It’s great, it keeps you in touch with family and friends but it’s also like photoshop. It makes everything look a lot better than it actually is.  Social Media can make you feel like your not good enough, pretty enough, have enough…

5. SAY NO

It’s ok to say “no” or to miss an event and not have a reason for it. “No” is a sentence. You don’t have to have a reason.

YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL!

Take care of yourself. You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.

Take one day at a time!!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”    Matthew‬ ‭11:28-29‬ NIV

Enjoying the simple life,

💜 Davilyn

I am no doctor or professional, if you think that you are depressed or have a problem please seek professional help.

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Cruise Day: What to Expect

Before Cruise: Carnival Cruise

It’s cheaper to order things before your cruise.  You can order cases of bottled water, alcoholic beverages, sodas, juices or gifts to be delivered to your stateroom. You can also have your room decorated for a special occasion. You can order the “cheers” or “bubbles” program.

They also now offer pixel packages that are only available prior to the cruise. Once on the ship, you will have to pay for each photo individually.

The wifi plans are cheaper if you order online before the cruise. It saves up to 15% when booked prior to sailing versus onboard prices. You have up to 24 hours before cruise day to order.  They offer different plans.

Social Plan $4/day included all social networks

Value Plan $10.25/day includes all of your favorite sites including e-mail, news, sports, weather etc.

Premium Plan $14.88/day includes all of the above and Skype. It also promises the fastest possible connection with speeds 3 times faster than the other plans.

You may pay by the day or for the whole trip.

Download the Carnival Hub app before you set sail. It will allow you to see the Fun Times (events for the day) order pictures, keep up with your account balance, see the menus, ship maps, all for free.  You can pay $5 per phone and text or “chat” with your friends and family that are on the ship.

Embarkation Day

Embarkation day is busy.  When you arrive at the terminal the porters will take your luggage. The next time you’ll see it, is when it’s delivered to your stateroom door. It’s also good to take a photo of your luggage, just in case it gets lost, you can show guest services the picture to help locate it faster.

Do not get to the cruise terminal earlier than your set arrival time, they will not allow you in the terminal before then.

When you get in the terminal you will go through the process….customs, security, also your carry-on luggage will have to go through the security belt, so make sure it will fit. Then you will be in a waiting area until it’s time for you to board.

Carry on Bag

Make sure to have all of your cruise boarding documents with you, boarding pass, health screening paper (it will print with your boarding pass), Passports, birth certificate and a photo ID if no passport in your carry on bag.

I recommend having your medicines, camera, tablet or any expensive jewelry in a carry-on bag. Some like to put a change of clothes, swimsuits, sunscreen in them. Do not lock any of your luggage, carry-on or checked.

You may bring a 12 pack of sodas per person and a small bottle of wine, per person, over 21.  This will have to be in your carry-on luggage.

ONCE ON SHIP

Once you get on the ship, you may eat lunch. After lunch, we like to explore the ship. The elevators will be very crowded and mid ship elevators shut down for the staff to deliver luggage. So, take the stairs if you’re able. You can locate your room but it may not be ready for you at that time.

Also, the fun shops and casino will not be open until you hit international waters. (usually a few hours)

UNPACK

Once you’re able to get into your room, unpack. I know you’re excited and ready to begin your fun but it’s so much easier to get your room set up before you set sail.

MUSTER DRILL

The not so fun but necessary safety drill.  The last thing you want to do after you board the ship is an emergency drill. In any event, this is a mandatory attendance event for all passengers. You must attend! They count how many people are in each safety area where you meet and will not start until every passenger is in their right spot, so get there so you don’t hold it up. The crew will show you how to put on life jackets, where your lifeboat is located, and escape routes.  Hopefully, you won’t need them but you are prepared if you do. So get there quick, listen learn it and file it away. As soon as it’s over the fun begins!

SAIL AWAY PARTY

Attend the sail away party on the lido deck. The cruise director and DJ will there and there will be dancing and lots of fun. It gives you a chance to wave to people as you set sail. It’s really a fun time!

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PICTURES

Take lots of pictures of your own. They will have many photo opportunities as well.

It won’t be long until it’s time for dinner. If your luggage hasn’t arrived by dinner time, they allow you to go as you are on the first night. But you should have it before then.

Have fun and be safe!!

BON VOYAGE

Here is the link to my facebook group, I would love to have you join.

Cruise Travel Group

Enjoying the simple life,

💜 Davilyn

Girls Weekend: Miranda Lambert’s, The Pink Pistol

Girls weekend!!

Well, it really wasn’t a whole weekend, just about 24 hours in all. My best friend Jennifer and I try to get away for an overnight trip at least once a year. It doesn’t have to be far or extravagant. We don’t have to do really do anything but just be “girls.” We as women need that. We are so busy with our families and lives that sometimes it feels good to get away, be silly and just have a mental break for a few hours.

We decided to go to Miranda Lambert’s store, The Pink Pistol, in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, population about 5000. It’s only about 100 miles from us. We love Miranda’s music and she’s a Texas girl like us.

Many of Miranda’s framed platinum and gold records, including best-selling singles like “White Liar” and chart-topping albums like “Platinum,” hang on the wall. There are Souvenirs, T-shirt’s, boots, jewelry, things from her songs like “pink sunglasses” and lots of sparkly and vintage things. It’s definitely Miranda’s hippie, vintage style and you can tell her personal touch is on everything. I feel it represents her well.💖

Also in the store is a Hemingway Tasting Room. The decorated wine bar is managed by Miranda’s parents, Rick & Bev Lambert. You can enjoy wine tastings from Red 55 Winery, Lambert’s brand of wine. All of the wines are named after her songs. Kerosine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, White Liar, Platinum just to name a few.

You can enjoy Ol’ Fashioned Sodas from old bar-stools serving up ice cream floats, fountain drinks, and Miranda’s original Pink Pistol Signature Drinks.

Also, Connected to her store is a restaurant called Love and War. It’s very good, so if you go, eat there. I don’t believe it’s affiliated with her store.

There are several photo opts and we took advantage of all of them. We felt like teenagers trying to take selfies and asking others if they’d take our picture. I have two grown sons and she has a teenage son. They would have probably been embarrassed by their mamas. 😁 That’s okay! They love us anyway.

We bought a T-shirt alike. We laughed so hard trying to take a mirror selfie in our shirts. It only took about 15 times just to get this one. LOL

You know we girls do things like that. We’re just different from guys. We can talk for hours, eat lots of chocolate, share clothes, ask each other what we think of our hair or makeup or how we look in different clothes.

Guys don’t do that. The funny thing is, I always say that I’m glad I’m a boy mom. I don’t think I could handle raising a daughter. God knows what’s best!

The Pink Pistol is fun for girls to visit, yes I’m calling us 40 something’s girls, we felt like girls that day.

We really enjoyed our day. Hope you enjoy our silly girly pictures.

Ladies, take the time to do something for yourself sometimes. I know it’s hard to find the time, but you’re worth it.😊

Enjoying the Simple Life,

💜 Davilyn

Cruising to The Bahamas

Hi friends! I’m counting down the days to vacation, 30. 😍 We are going on a cruise to the Bahamas. We will visit Key West, Nassau, and Freeport. We are cruising on the Carnival Breeze. Love that ship! We always cruise with carnival. We have never had a problem with them so we will stick with them. We are building up our points! 😊 We are getting an aft room this time.  My brother and sister in law are going with us. Their room is right next to ours, we are going to have them open up the balconies so we can have one big one.

Warning, picture overload!😬

We have been to these ports before. They are beautiful, but not my favorites. I’ll talk about those at a different time.

When we went to Nassau last time we went to the Atlantis, and it was so nice and big, lots to do but you need more than one day. (The Atlantis is in the first photo above.) We are not going to the Atlantis this time. We are going to a beach resort. At Key West, we are planning to rent a golf cart for the day and sightsee. Of course, the Key Lime Pie Factory is on the list. We just want to go at our own pace there, since we know it’s safe.  In Freeport, we are also going to a beach resort. It’s very hard for me to go to these islands and not go to the beach. I am a beach girl!💙 I need all of it I can get.

This picture is at a beach in Freeport, just look at that beautiful water.

We enjoy the ship.  Love sea days! All we do is lay around the pool, eat, drink and be merry. There are usually games going on around the pool and a DJ. We don’t go to any shows or play bingo or do anything like that if it’s during the day. We really enjoy being outside. We enjoy the serenity deck as well, adults only. Nothing bad just means no kids running around. 😆

We go to the dining room and enjoy the dress up nights. We don’t do “formal” more like “semi-formal” and casual.  My husband tries all of the different exotic foods they have, I don’t. I’ll stick to the hot melting chocolate cake. Yummy!! Calories? Who’s counting?

After dinner, we have many options, lots of music and dancing areas, karaoke and comedy shows, dive in movies by the pool. They have a big casino but we are not gamblers. I might, okay I will, do the claw machine. It’s like those machines you see that have stuffed animals in them, except its money. I did win $100 one time and only spent $5 and then I quit for the night.😉

Sorry, not a great picture but my proof. Have no idea whose reflection that is…photo bomber! Lol

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This is our “formal” night.

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I love how the sun reflects on the water.

The sunsets are so beautiful over the seas. The sunrise, I normally don’t see but my husband tells me they are beautiful.😎

It looks like the sun is sitting on top of the water.

They turn our bed down at night with the “fun times” of the events for the next day. They always a fun towel animal or design in our room. I have several pictures of those, but I’ll spare you.

It used to be said, ” what happens on the cruise stays on the cruise.” That’s not true anymore. Now what happens on the cruise, is usually on Facebook live, or any social media.

Yes, they now have internet on cruise ships, but it’s spotty. I like to unplug, although, I will buy the social media package to keep in contact with the kids and post a few pictures. Everything else can wait!

This photo is at a beach resort in Freeport, Bahamas. Who doesn’t like hammocks?

It’s the most relaxing, peaceful vacation that we can have. It’s nice to be waited on and have your room cleaned twice a day.  It amazes us how your room stewards and waiters know you by name.

This was in Nassau Bahamas when we went in 2014. The water and sand are so pretty.

I sure hope the next 30 days go by fast! I’m really getting excited!😎

I’ll blog about that trip when we get back.

Here is the link to my facebook group, if you would like to join. I would love to have you.

Cruise Travel FB Group

Enjoying the simple life,

💜Davilyn

All photos by Captured By Eberlan (me) except the photo of our formal night (carnival)

A Beautiful Life

I love daisies! They have always been my favorite flower. I love their simplicity and their beauty.

The daisy flower means innocence, purity, loyalty, love, and cheerfulness. They come in many colors. There are many types of daisies. They love the sun and grow in any type of soil. They all start with a seed. You plant the seed, give it water and sunlight and it grows to a pretty flower. When the flower starts to wilt you pull it off and it grows back.

This description reminds me of a Christian. We love the SON, we should be pure, loyal, full of love and joy. We come in many colors and sizes and should be growing in our “soil” the Bible.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t have problems or trials. We will! But, we have the Son Jesus, who helps, if we allow him too.  Just like a daisy needs the sun and water to grow, we also need the Son. Sometimes we wilt, we go through the storms, but when the storm is over, and the sun comes back out, it seems even brighter than before and we may even see a rainbow. Adults still get excited about rainbows. 😊

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I remember pulling off daisy petals one at a time saying, “he loves me, he loves me not.” I have found that HE loves me no matter what. He loves you too.

“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A simple life is a beautiful life. I love simplicity. I don’t have to have the “best” of material things because I have the best of all things, Jesus.

We live in such a busy world that sometimes we forget to enjoy life. Take time to enjoy the simple things…a sunrise, sunset, the stars in the sky, the sound of the ocean, (if you’re lucky enough to be by it 😉) wildflowers, a snuggle or hug from a loved one.

We love to sit on the back porch and watch the squirrels or listen to the birds sing or the wind chimes. So peaceful! One of my favorite things is the wildflowers or “weeds” that the kids pick out of the yard and give me. They don’t see weeds, they see pretty little flowers and are so excited to give them to me. Oh the children, they know how to enjoy little things.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”” Matthew‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭NIV‬

I took this picture last summer. I love the wildflowers and weeds with the beach and sky in the photo.  Only God can make something so beautiful.

Enjoying the simple life,

💜 Davilyn

Time to Sail

I am a person who is just fine with the four corners of my home. I am an introvert and comfortable with that. When I started this blog I really stepped out of my comfort zone. Writing a blog has been on my heart for years. I finally started in January. I already feel like I’ve come a long way, in such a short amount of time. I feel like that ship. I wasn’t made to just sit in the harbor. I’m not sure what all God has in store for me but I do know I had to take the first step. I’ll try my best to do what God calls me to do.

This is the chorus of one of my favorite songs.

“OCEANS”

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior.

I encourage you to listen to it if you haven’t heard it.

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn 💜

BE STILL AND KNOW

I’m not one who needs attention or someone to “dote” over me. I am not a procrastinator, would consider myself more OCD and busybody.  I’m not one to sit around and do nothing, not even sit and watch TV for that long. The only thing I can do for a while is sitting out by the pool or beach.🏝 That’s where I can relax enjoy the sun, peace & quiet.

Four months ago that changed for me. I have had migraines my whole adult life but have had them under control. I even went in September and had a yearly physical with blood work and all was good! The end of October I was awake all night with a migraine and sinus pressure. Migraine medicine doesn’t help, sinus medicine doesn’t help.  Let’s just say that I’ve been through lots of meds that don’t seem to help. I’ve seen a neurologist, ENT, dentist (all with a different diagnosis) and my wonderful family doctor, who cares the most and trying to help. I’ve had an MRI so at least I know it’s nothing life-threatening. I function, I am not laid up in bed. Some days I feel better and some days I’m literally pushing myself to do what I need to do. If I didn’t push myself, I’m sure I would be worse. I’m not trying to play into the “self-pity” party because I have always been stronger than that, but to be honest, I have laid in bed and cried about it. I don’t like to complain, that’s just not me. I don’t do Facebook post, oh poor me I’m sick etc. In fact, only the people close to me even know about this, until now. 😳  I am a private person.  I’m not writing this to get attention or pity. I’m writing to confess, that’s it’s okay to feel weakness, alone and sometimes to need other people. I’ve heard that confession is good for the soul.

I am learning to BE STILL & KNOW that God has it. To know that HIS GRACE is sufficient and HIS POWER is made perfect in my weakness.

Hopefully, this season is about to be over. I’m learning to rest and be still and not feel lazy about it. To be still in HIM. If it’s a spiritual season, I’m ready to learn what I need to learn and be over it.

This is a hard thing for me to write about because I don’t open myself up like this, maybe it’s what I needed.  I didn’t plan on writing this!

I’m sure I’ve been more irritable and sensitive during these times but I’m trying not to be. I’m tired of it, four months is long enough. I pray that it ends soon. I’m believing in faith that this is the end!!

Just because I need to see a beautiful picture.💙

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn💜