7 Essential Oils to Get Through “Those” Days

The Essential Creative

Do you sometimes wonder how you are going to make it through the day? You’ve got the kids screaming, dinner burning, spouse about to get home from work, and STILL there are baths, homework, and bedtime routines. Maybe for you it’s colleagues or demanding clients, the stress of not being able to find work, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed and wondering if sleeping all day is an acceptable option past the age of 30. Whatever your situation, when you have these days you wonder: HOW DOES ANYONE DO THIS?!

We’ve all been there. We have had those days where we want to get into the car, drive sixty five exits past where we live, change our name, and make a new life for ourselves where we live out our passions and smile every day. Just me? But we also all know that this is…

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Pictures & Prose: Dead End

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

Sometimes I like to look a picture and then let my fingers run all over the keyboard. No edits – just free writing for 15 to 30 minutes without really thinking so much as letting my Spirit take charge and do its thing. Today was one of those days but I used two photos… one had to begin the story and one had to end it without losing flow. ~Shell

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I’d driven down this road before, knowing it led nowhere, yet I kept coming back to it. The sign staring me down each time I approached. “DEAD END” it shouted at me, challenging me like a “Wet Paint” sign not to let my curiosity win and instead just turn my truck around and go another way. I stopped momentarily, as I did each time I came upon the sign, and contemplated turning…

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Rachel Hollis’ #Last90Days Challenge & “Girl, Wash Your Face” Book – Join Me!

This is posted and ready for you to read over on my blog The Essential Creative.

It’s time to ensure we wrap up this year with a powerful book that will help you break bad habits by starting new ones and a challenge designed to help you end the year strong. Let’s make this the best fourth quarter yet!

via Rachel Hollis’ #Last90Days Challenge & “Girl, Wash Your Face” Book – Join Me!

When Getting Lost Is How You Find Yourself…

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Have you ever felt like you aren’t walking the right path for your life? It isn’t a feeling like you are doing things wrong or like you are in a completely inappropriate place, but this feeling like you just aren’t on the path you belong on. You find yourself saying and doing things below the level of performance that you know you belong operating at… you are surrounded by people who are good people but aren’t pushing you to become better, to go higher. You look around you and you feel like maybe somewhere along the way you walked off the course that was your life and started walking a rabbit trail, yet in that trail you found elements of you that you didn’t know existed?

I have.

It has been my life these last couple of years since returning to Connecticut. I have felt like I have been living…

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Pictures & Prose: Be The Change

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

Sometimes I like to look a picture and then let my fingers run all over the keyboard. No edits – just free writing for 15 to 30 minutes without really thinking so much as letting my Spirit take charge and do its thing. Today was one of those days. This is purely fiction and does not detail anyone I know or any location I know. Enjoy! ~Shell

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The Day I Received My Vision

I was walking down the same city street I’d walked down many times, singing the same song I’d sung each time I walked it. Lost in my own world, enjoying the break from the humidity, I noticed something was out of place that day.  I took in the sight, it looked the same way it had looked the day before, and the day before that, and well… really every day since I’d moved…

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Platform: Self-Publishing — Carrot Ranch Literary Community

This is NOT my post. I am sharing a post from Debby Gies. This is one of the best posts I have read regarding how to self-publish. I want to reiterate her note about how important editing is invaluable! Take note authors and soon-to-be authors, as the information here is invaluable! ~Shell

How to Build a Readership with Blogging and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we […]

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Love Is

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

What Does Love Look Like?

Love is giving of myself until I can’t give anymore yet not losing myself within you.

It is surrendering my all to you, even when you haven’t given anything to me; yet, limiting how much I give out to ensure I am not enabling you in bad habits.

It’s picking you up off the floor when you overdose. Holding your hand as you recover. Checking in on you for the months to come.

It’s giving you space yet not letting you go when you need me to hold on.

It’s allowing you grow and shine, ensuring the sun is always shining on you, and watering you when the rain stops coming.

It is laughing with you when you need a smile, crying with you when you need to release, and walking with you in silence when you just need someone to be there…without being there.

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Appreciation – Epitome Freewriting Story

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If you haven’t already heard of Epitome, it’s time to become familiar with them. I recently had the opportunity to freewrite during their “Appreciation” Album Release party. As the band played, Felicia Stevens of The Drunken Palette painted a beautiful rendition of what she saw in her mind and I wrote a story of what I was seeing in mine as we heard the music. Below the unedited story, you will see the painting. Enjoy!


He’d been walking throughout the day, wandering really. This church, that bar, stopped by a friend’s house, even ventured through the local State forest. So many opinions and thoughts. So many gestures of, “I love you” and “So nice to see you”. Yet he still felt as though he were alone. As he ventured toward the riverbank, he reflected upon his years. There were moments of joy, pain, happiness, sadness. Moments he thought…

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Poetry: I’ll Be There

When you struggle, I’ll be there.

When you celebrate, I’ll be there.

When you want to just sit in silence because you don’t want to be alone but you don’t want to be with anyone, I’ll let you come chill and sit in the comfortable chair.

When you need a hug, I’ll offer a hug.

When you need direction, I’ll point the way.

When you need more of God, I’ll pray with you.

When you can’t see Him, I’ll pray for you.

When you can’t see me, I’ll always see you.

When you think no one would love you if they knew what you did, I’ll still be here loving you more than I understand.

When you want to give up, I’ll help you be strong.

When you want to scream from the rooftops, I’ll ensure the stairway is unlocked.

When you’ve overdosed, I’ll hold your hand and go through the phases with you.

When you’re high wandering the streets, I’ll walk them too.

When you’re opening your first business, I’ll stand by your side as you cut the ribbon.

When you write your first book, I’ll buy the first copy.

When you buy your first house, I’ll help you move in.

I am here.

I am not judging.

I celebrate and mourn with you.

I rise with you, and when you fall I will help you up.

I value you.

I cherish you.

I love you.



Originally posted on my Creative Writing and Poetry blog: https://shellverapoetry.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/ill-be-there

Movies & Meditation: When You Realize You’re A Showman…

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My daughter and I finally sat down and watched The Greatest Showman a few months ago. It quickly became one of our favorite movies because of its message of hope, love, and possibility.

Why did it take us so long?!

What a beautiful movie! There is not a single song on the soundtrack that my daughter and I don’t enjoy. Each one could easily have become a Music & Musings segment here but I want to focus on the overall movie (though I will surely talk about a song or two as well). The characters made us smile, and a couple upset us. We laughed and cried. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aren’t We All Showmen?

When we really think about our own lives, aren’t we all showmen of sorts? Don’t we put our best face forward and make it seem like we have it altogether when we really are falling…

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