Simple Pleasures – Fun Things To Do This Summer

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The lazy, sweet days of summer….

The summer is in full swing and I am thinking about things I can do to really enjoy the fruits of the season.  I want to do things that will bring joy and meaning to my summer days. I started to think back to my childhood… I went to camp, played outside, spent my days at the beach…  I was carefree and easy drinking bug juice and sailing the summer seas. Childhood immediately brings us to a time where we were playful, joyful, imaginative, and curious.  I want this summer to be like that!  We are not taking any vacation per say, but as you know I live on an island that is a vacation destination.  My challenge to myself is to carve out a little time each day to find a simple pleasure of summer.  Here are some of the things that I am going to try to do:

Simple Pleasures – Fun things to do this summer:

1.  Make a sun tea – my husband is always asking for iced tea and though he is a traditional iced tea drinker, I want to make some delicious herbal fruity drink too.

2.  Build a sandcastle – it is so wonderful to just focus on digging in the sand and molding shapes with water and your hands.

3.  Play hopscotch or jacks, or another favorite childhood game like Miss Mary Mack!  That will bring a smile to your face for sure!

4.  Go beachcombing – look for stones, shells, and beach glass, find the sea trinkets that are calling your name.

5.  Gather your family and friends and sit around a firepit and enjoy smores. Sing a campfire song or tell a scary story too!

6.  Retake a picture from an earlier time in your life. Family photos are really fun to do!  We did that last summer – in the original photo my kids were 10, 7, and 4, in the re-do, they were 23, 20, and 17.

7.  Play in the waves.  Grab a boogie board or a raft and float in the sea.

8.  Have a bbq and play lawn games – croquet, wiffle or volleyball, or badminton. Capture the flag is one of our family favorites.

9.  Make a chalk drawing on a sidewalk. Let your creativity flow.

10. Go out for ice cream and an evening stroll. There is nothing like a summer evening and a gelato, ice cream  or frozen yogurt. My favorite is frozen yogurt with a little hot fudge.

11. Play a round of mini golf. When the sun goes down and you are looking for an evening activity, head to your local mini golf course. Make bets with each other and heighten the stakes and the laughs!

12. Take an outdoor yoga or tai chi class. A great way to begin or end your day, movement and fresh air will help you ground and balance yourself.

13. Spend an hour under a tree in a hammock.  What a peaceful way to recharge and reflect.

14. Sit outside and read or draw.  I love just sitting on my deck with a cup of coffee or tea, reading from my current book, or with a sketchpad in hand, I might color my wildflower garden or the view of the water.

15. Have a beach picnic at sunset. One of my favorite things to do is be on the beach at sunset.  It is not so much the dropping of the sun into the sea, but the afterglow – the light and color in the sky is magnificent.  And don’t forget your favorite food and beverages, or your chairs or blanket, so you can relax and enjoy yourself.

Let me know what your summer simple pleasures are and more importantly, how they make you feel.  This summer, let’s all feel the joy, the peace, and the love that we deserve. 

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2016-07-17T00:27:30+00:00 July 17th, 2016|Simple Pleasures|0 Comments

Make a Promise to Yourself

I have been thinking about how New Years is coming and that there is always this pressure to make resolutions.  Resolutions I might add that few of us are really able to keep.  So I decided something.  Instead of a resolution, I am going to make a promise – a promise to myself, to do something for myself each day.  Something that will make me smile, that will make me feel good about who I am and the path I am on.  As I thought about what promise I was going to make to myself, I thought about all the possibilities – exercise everyday, meditate every morning and night, take a class, eat healthier, sleep more… but I wanted it even simpler and easier to do. So I decided – I am going to wear something luxurious everyday.  Be it a great sweater, a beautiful silk scarf, cashmere gloves perhaps… I want to feel something on my body that feels cozy and luscious.  I want to sense beauty and softness on my skin… to remind me of my blessings and of the good that exists in the world. 

What a perfect time of year to make a promise to one’s self… to do something that makes you feel good every day.  Even if it is just wearing a favorite hat.  Pave your path with joyful moments. Take heart in the present moment. Make a promise to yourself.  No resolutions… a promise, to be kept daily.   ~ jill <3

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Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-12-26T11:26:56+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Quotes and Thoughts|2 Comments

Birthday Giveaway!

It’s my birthday and I am celebrating on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/soulofamermaid. I have some wonderful gifts to give away…

You’ll need to do these things to enter: FIRST, in the comments of this post tell me what you do, or what you would like to do to celebrate your birthday! And I need your e-mail address so please either write that in the comments or pm me. NEXT, if you are on facebook, please make sure that you have liked my page and all the other participating pages too… you can swim over and say hello with a tail splash!  And the LAST thing is to please share one of my original posts so that I Must Be A Mermaid continues to grow and thrive in this great ocean of social media!

Thank you so very much for swimming with me! I am so grateful for all of your love and support. I have enjoyed riding the waves of life with you all!

Here are the pages and descriptions of the giveaway gifts:

Mermaid Musings – Release your inner mermaid and wear your passion proudly! This Bohemian metallic turquoise leather cord bracelet is approximately 7 ¼ inches long, and features a Tibetan silver mermaid/whale tail, Bohemian metallic beads, and a Silver Vintage-style bead closure. Looks incredible worn alone, or stacked with other bohemian ocean bracelets. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MermaidMusingsOcean

Peace of the Beach – Matte print. Many of you are familiar with the beautiful photography by Marianne Mollica! This is one of my favorites… I love the rolling waves.

Jagged Touch Studio – Sweet mermaid piece is an 11×14 matted giclee print with these words: Breathe in the laughter of the autumn breeze dancing through the trees.
Breathe in the tears of the stormy days when breathing feels absolutely impossible.
Breathe in the sounds of the Ocean waves as their Music reminds you to dance again.
Breathe in the love of the warmth of the sun that awakens your soul to the possibilities.
Just Breathe.
http://jaggedtouchstudio.com/portfolio/

Mermaid Shack – Mermaid Shack’s 2016 Calendar provides whimsy, color and fun on each of the 12 individual 5″ x 7″ sheets. Professionally printed matte sheets. Calendars are available for sale atMermaidShack.com

Sea Quarius Skincare – Sea Your Beauty – Love these products from the sea! The SeaQuarius “Sea Clean” is a natural deep seawater, olive, and virgin coconut oil facial wash. It purifies and leaves the skin feeling as if you just stepped out of the Sea, because you have…
http://www.oceanskincare.com/SeaQuarius_Sea_Clean_p/sea-clean.htm

Seaside by Arlene – Many of you know Arlene’s work. Sea glass jewelry- white sea glass with purple and aqua blue sea glass inside. This necklace is made from sea glass Arlene hand picked on the shoreline of the beaches from Kittery, Maine to as far north as Beals Island Maine. On an 18″ sterling silver chain.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Seasidebyarlene3

Thanks for celebrating birthday number 3 with me! Swim close. I will be announcing and e-mailing the winners on Tuesday, November 10th.

~ jill 

3rd b-day giveaway collage

 

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-11-08T16:52:39+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Love Is All Around Us

I see hearts everywhere.  Roundish hearts, angled hearts, white rocks, grey rocks, calling to me from their beds of sand.  They whisper and remind me that there is love all around… all we have to do to see it,  is open our hearts. 

love is all around me collage

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-08-08T13:07:17+00:00 August 8th, 2015|Dive Deeply|1 Comment

When We Open Our Hearts

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Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-02-11T20:10:51+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Quotes and Thoughts|2 Comments

You are the Greatness!

10406676_336069323251273_7123511049257581877_nYou are the greatness…. the beauty…. the stars in the sky…  We are living in an amazing time where we have the opportunity to connect and be one, collectively and globally.  The technology is here and the internet and social media provide the threads of which we can weave a new paradigm, a new world.  Today marks the launch of The Wellness Universe Directory.  I am very excited to be a part of this new resource of facebook pages and websites!  Hope, encouragement, inspiration, health and wellness, education…. it is all here for you!  Be a part of the shift and The Wellness Universe!

 

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Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2015-01-25T13:14:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Find Myself, Searching

I find myself searching.  I find myself, searching.  Searching for a light, a path, a way to personal peace, serenity, happiness.  The sun rises and the skies brighten; yet I awake with a heavy heart, my soul unsettled, it questions.  With both feet on the ground now I take stock of how I feel.  My muscles and joints ache.  There is sadness in my heart. And so I begin the daily search – I breathe, deep breaths, to cleanse my soul, cleanse my energy.  I reach my arms to the heavens to stretch my physical form, allowing my very breath to infiltrate and then fill every cell with the purity of the love that I hold within.  I feel somewhat centered now and so move on with my day.  But there is still that scent of sadness.  It is as if there is on one shoulder, my left, a bubble of happiness, and on the right, one of sadness.  And it is so much easier to look to the right.  And when I do, I find sadness just sitting and waiting.

I have tried many paths, searched for answers, solutions, ways to stave off the sadness, find happiness, heal my heart. I have searched with astrology, numerology, psychic readings, channeled readings, shamanic healings, energy clearings, Akashic Record Readings, past life readings, Jin Shin Jyutsu, yoga, meditation, aryuveda, Chinese medicine, and Marconics.  I search for a pathway that allows me to successfully search and find myself.  All of these pathways provide a light to our deepest insight, our deepest dreams, our deepest darkness.  They are all in their own right miraculous in that they do for those moments in time somehow break through and shatter the sadness, helping to balance and align the mind, body, and soul, allowing new insight and perspective, and often a new outlook on life itself.

The searching and finding is a process, a journey, a metaphor for life. If we live presently in each moment, search moment to moment for that peace, serenity and happiness, we can be at ease with our life and ourselves.  We can turn our heads to the left, and live in that happiness bubble – because in the present there is no worry or anxiety about what is coming or what may be, there is only what is.  We are truly capable of breathing in love and balance.  We can taste presence, and the greatness we hold for ourselves within.  So search. Search high and low. Do not leave any path untried. Search the heavens and the stars and the oceans and the shores. Search deeply within. And find yourself.

 

Resources for healing:

http://anniebossingham.com/

http://suekrebs.wordpress.com/services/akashic-record-readings/

Jin Shin Jyutsu  – https://www.jsjinc.net/

Marconics  – http://www.marconicrecalibration.com/

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2014-09-08T23:24:47+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Emotional Weather on the "8's"|1 Comment

The Art of Flow

to flow.jpgTo flow is to move along in a steady and continuous stream… gliding, unhampered, as if you are water itself.

I always love when the universe is trying to give me a clear message. There were two posts the other day that jumped out at me and caught my attention. They both spoke about the ability to keep moving on, that it wasn’t enough just to make a move, but that you had to keep the motion flowing.

That is the key. You have to keep moving, flowing. And keep flowing forward at that. I have discovered that the art of that flow is to anchor yourself each day with things that help you stay grounded and feeling productive and good about yourself. I call these my “three little somethings.” I have found that if I can do three little somethings each day, that my energy, outlook, and overall health improve. The first something is something for myself – like conscious breathing, meditation, exercise, yoga, a walk on the beach, or a lovely bath just to name a few ideas; second, something productive – maybe it’s for work, maybe it is for the household… it could be a task, a chore, catching up on correspondence or filing, maybe it is cleaning off my desk! Maybe it is as simple as driving one of my children somewhere, or in my case the other night, preparing a family dinner for nine. The third something is something creative – journal, paint, dance, write, sing… for me it is usually writing, but maybe it is creating posters for my facebook page, maybe it is playing guitar or piano.   Doing something for my creative heart and soul lifts my spirit and at the same time renews my energy.

Accomplishing my “three little somethings” each day helps me to stay grounded, happy, and feeling good about myself. And by the way, if for some reason I don’t get to all three, I forgive myself, knowing that I did the best I could, and that tomorrow is a new day. I keep flowing forward, drifting, swimming, gliding… whatever it takes to just stay in the art of flow.

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2014-06-28T16:59:45+00:00 June 28th, 2014|Emotional Weather on the "8's"|1 Comment

Water Note #4

the ocean is my well, it replenishes all that I am.

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2014-01-06T01:59:49+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Water Notes|1 Comment

There is a Process for Everything

There are just some days when everything feels like it is falling apart.  The emotional chaos seems too much to bare, and the reveal of how deeply painful it all is plunges you down into the darkest cave.  You try to see light and hold on to all the inspiration you have memorized and planted.  The “everything happens for a reason,” “there is a lesson in everything,” and “trust the universe,” all feel so shallow, your faith and belief are clouded. What are you clinging to that is holding you in this vibration and preventing your joyous energy to flow?  What if the one thing that you are holding on to so intensely is, when let go, the very piece that will balance everything else into place, and the flow of ease will be restored? (more…)

Jill Alman-Bernstein

I Must Be A Mermaid is the blending of my own personal soul searching with the inspirations and insights that I first found in the community of like-minded writers, healers, and teachers on Facebook. I dove in, created my page, and found the courage to swim through whatever was in my path, giving voice to my feelings through my personal observations and writing, as well as of those that spoke to me. With my I Must Be A Mermaid blog, I will fearlessly dive deeper into the realms of my heart and soul, swimming through their waters as a mermaid immersed in the sea of life.

By | 2014-02-02T21:49:53+00:00 September 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments