Author: Kori Bird

DIY Bath Soak

DIY Bath Soak

Try this simple bath soak recipe to turn your everyday bathroom into a “Day at the Spa” experience. It is super easy to make and you can add components to the base mixture to cure what ever ails you on any given day. Main Soaking […]

DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers

DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers

Try these simple DIY Essential Oil Shower Steamers to add that Day-At-The-Spa feeling to your everyday routine! You make the steamer itself and then store them in an airtight container until you are ready to use them. Simply add the essential oils that your mood […]

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

The Alchemist – A Bookshelf Must Have

Early this Spring a dear friend of mine, who is a freelance writer and Nonfiction Writing student, and I were out enjoying the beautiful views of Montana on horseback. We often did this when I could drag her away from her pile of books and convince her she needed a break. These moments seems to be a kind of a therapy session to me more than anything. It is hard to explain the healing nature of a horseback ride in breathtaking country to someone who has never experienced it for themselves. Oftentimes our conversations consisted of the day to day topics such as school, work, relationships, world news topics, dating, etc. On this particular ride the topic of literature and good books were brought up (derived from one or two of the previous topics I listed which we had been discussing). She mentioned to me a book she had read that I HAD to read as soon as possible….The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Now I am a lover of books in general. It is not uncommon to find me curled up in a cozy blanket with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. I love getting swept away in romance novels, elevating my heart rate with a good mystery or action packed read, transporting in time with a historical  story, or even finding personal growth with a self help book. When a book comes highly recommended from someone who is as well read as she is I knew I had to bump it to the top of the list.

I cannot remember the exact context of the conversation were were having at the time but it had to do with choices in life and the paths we are meant to take. There are often times you come to a crossroad in life; whether in your career, personal relationships, schooling, etc. and we are faced with choices that we must make. The scary part, for me anyways, is making sure I make the right choice or decide to walk the path that is going to get me where I want to be. What is so scary about that you might ask? Well, the fear comes from not knowing the consequences of your choices. Granted, we have a pretty good idea of certain outcomes. You graduate high school, you choose to go to college and choose a major that you are interested in that holds financial or fulfilling  promise, you choose to move to a new town where job opportunities are more prevalent, and now you have done everything you can to set yourself up for the successful life you have desired. But as we all know…life doesn’t always go as planned. There are mountains to climb and valleys that seem to swallow us up all along the way. Not to mention that google maps app has not updated and takes you somewhere you never intended on going (metaphorically speaking…or not).

Life. It is never ending in trials and surprises. The joys and lessons you find in the little things…That is what this book is about. You accompany a young man, Santiago, that did what he thought he always wanted. He dreamed of being a shepherd because of the adventure it brought into his everyday life and the companionship of his sheep. He was living his dream until one day advice from a stranger opened his eyes to what he could truly become.

This book is full of adventure, a quote on every page that will speak to you, uplift you and motivate you, unlikely friendships and even a little romance. In a review my friend wrote she stated: “I highly suggest reading this novel with a pen in hand to circle encouraging lines and write in the margins. On days bogged down with doubt, you can flip through the pages and read the gems [there are many] Coelho placed in the pages for exactly those days. The almost childlike simplicity of his writing exercises one of his recurring messages: the simple things in life are often the most beautiful. The simplicity of Coelho’s writing makes for a quick read and his ideas make it worth reading again. The Alchemist reads like an adult fairy tale while working with themes of faith, philosophy, happiness, love, and more.”

What I love most about this book is the hope it brings into your heart and mind as you read it. Everytime I read (or listen) to this book I pick something up I hadn’t before or it speaks to me differently because I am in a different place in my life. It encourages you to have dreams and to pursue them with your whole heart invested. Not only does it encourage you to dream but it doesn’t sugar coat it. In any pursuit of your “personal legend” (or dreams) you are going to face trials, you will need to learn and grow, you will need to put in the work and the time. Dreams are rarely achieved overnight. You may even get sidetracked at times.

If you are looking for that next good read, give The Alchemist a shot. It is a short, easy read but one that is well worth your time. I promise you will find yourself returning to it time and time again.

See some of the most famous quotes from The Alchemist here.

The Benefits of Grounding or Earthing

The Benefits of Grounding or Earthing

Recently I was chatting with my sister and she mentioned “grounding” to me. In the context she gave it to me, I instantly became lost. Her words to me were, “I am not surprised you don’t know what grounding is because it’s something you do […]

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

Essential Oil Infused Pine Cones

I love walking by a counter, tv stand, coffee table, or bookshelf in my home and getting a quick whiff of a delightful aroma. This often is created by the use of a candle, potpourri, or synthetic air freshener. With the use of essential oils […]

30 Days of Thanksgiving

30 Days of Thanksgiving

 

I once read a quote which stated “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for last night”. As I pondered on this I realized how “ungrateful” I was without even knowing it.

I spend a lot of my free time in the mountains; enjoying that view from a beautiful mountain top, taking the opportunity to work my muscles on a never ending trail, giving my mind a chance to wander or reflect, breathing in crisp clean air, seeing amazing animals living unkept lives…wild and free. Living in Montana, these little blessings are always readily available. Often times the most effort you need to put into achieving their benefit is simply getting in your car and making the 10 minute drive to the trail head. It is one of my greatest joys but until I read that quote did I realize that I took for granted something as simple as the nature around me. I have always lived somewhere where the mountains/nature were available to me. So I had to ask myself, what if they weren’t? What if this simple joy in my life was no longer available to me? How different would my life be?

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie

We live in a time where everything is so readily available to us. We can get almost anything we want in the blink of an eye. You need that last minute item to be able to cook that family favorite meal? You go to the grocery store, no need to wait for the garden to grow. You need a new shirt? Head on over to your favorite retailer and pick one up, no need to wait for mom to sew you a new one. You love the song you are listening to on the radio? In a matter of seconds you can have it downloaded into your favorite playlist. You have to make it to school, work or an activity by a certain time and it is on the other side of town? Jump on the bus, take your car, ride your bike, call for a ride. No need to saddle up that old nag in the back pasture (who, let’s be honest, is gonna give you one heck of a run around before you get him caught) and ride him into town. So many conveniences in life! Are we truly thankful for them? I know I am guilty of taking them for granted mostly because they have always been accessible in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to never have gone without. That doesn’t give me the right to be any less grateful for them.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

-Tecumseh

What a great medicine it is to be thankful! To truly acknowledge all of the things in your life, great or small, that bless it every day. That smell that uplifts you, that sound that touches your soul, that view that brings a smile to your face, that every day item of convenience that you can’t imagine living without, that person that helps bare your burdens, that purpose you wake up for. These things are in our lives every day which make them routine or of little significance in a way; you don’t think twice about them. But ask yourself, what if you woke up one morning and they were no longer present in your life because you were not thankful for them yesterday?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

-Melody Beattie

Here is a challenge for you, for the next 30 days think of something you are thankful/grateful for. Post it on your social media, tell a friend or family member (ask them in return what they are thankful/grateful for), or write it down in a journal. Look at all you have been blessed with and make a mental note to be grateful for what you have and the opportunities you get to experience.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

-William Arthur Ward