Keep It Simple Workbook Exercise 2-2015: Nurture The Magic Within

K.I.S. Exercise 2-2015The reminder to nurture the magic inside of me came when I returned to the work force in September of last year.  Nurturing your magic can come in any form that is natural for you.  For me, it meant remembering that I have extra energy to call on when I need it; it meant having faith in that energy.

I was facing a tough transition going from being self-employed for years to working in an entry-level position in a new field.  I had a nightmare, and felt stressed that I wasn’t going to be able to succeed in my new job.

Lucky for me, my intuition perked up and reminded me that I could call on that special energy inside of me.  Just remembering to do that was all I needed.  Everything changed!  I was energized and confident again.  It didn’t take long to get my first promotion, either!

There is magic inside of you.  Nurture it, and let it open you up to all the wonder you’ve been manifesting.

Now, for the workbook portion of the exercise!  The Kindle version of the workbook is currently only $0.99.  Signed copies of the paper workbook can be ordered directly from me.

 The statements:

I know that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me.

I trust that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me.

I love that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me.

I accept that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me.

Instructions for plugging in the keys if you haven’t done it before, or if you would like a refresher:

Pg. 14 of the workbook has a space for what you know is true about yourself. If your meditation with the words, “I know that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me,” energized you, comforted you, or in some way felt like it was the one, this is where you’ll write the phrase in and date it. You know how much fun it is to look back on those entries!

Pg. 16 of the workbook is where you’ll write the words, “I trust that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me,” if this is the phrase that gives you a good feeling, energizes you, or in some way adds something to you.

Pg. 17 of the workbook is the place to write, “I love that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me,” if this is the phrase that gives you that loving feeling.

Pg. 18 of the workbook is where you can write, “I accept that I am good at nurturing the magic inside of me,” if this is the feeling that resonates most for you.

You can have more than one that feels good, so it’s up to you if you want to write it in more than one way. I think of this as one of the deeper introspections to explore, so please, do be gentle with yourself. Write the dates on each entry so you can visit them or work with them in the future.

Please feel free to get in touch with me privately if this exercise brings up anything you’d like help with. I’m here for you.

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5-Star Review: ONE ORGANIC Culinary Matcha Green Tea Powder

The lovely people behind ONE ORGANIC Culinary Matcha Green Tea Powder asked me to try their green tea powder and share my opinion.  I had to think about the offer before I accepted, because I had an unpleasant experience reviewing another green tea powder recently.

It turns out that I had nothing to worry about.  ONE ORGANIC’s matcha has a wonderfully rich, smooth flavor, and aroma.  The best part?  The best part is that the powder dissolves in hot water, like it’s supposed to.      ONE front

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Honestly, who wants to find half an inch of green glue at the bottom of their tea cup?

This matcha held up especially well, considering that I added cold milk to my hot tea to make a latte.

If you’re used to buying matcha powder, then you know that a little should go a long way.  ONE ORGANIC’s matcha lives up to that expectation.

Some powders are mysterious about where they originate, but this one clearly states that it is from China.  Why the mystery with other brands?  If you know, please, share.

So, if you’re looking to try matcha for its proven health benefits-

Proven?  Yes, there are many studies proving the capabilities of antioxidant-rich green tea.  Some of the benefits recorded are: improving blood flow, lowering cholesterol,  preventing high blood pressure, preventing congestive heart failure, and stabilizing blood sugar for diabetics.

You may have heard that green tea helps with weight loss, which isn’t proven by its merits alone, but it does stand to reason that if you’re drinking green tea instead of a drink with more fat and/or sugar in it, then it will help with weight loss.

Is green tea right for everyone?  It does contain between 24-45 mg. of caffeine for an 8 oz. cup, on average, which can be a problem for: hypoglycemics, those with ulcers, those who are dehydrated, those who have trouble sleeping, or with mood swings, to name a few.  Whether or not green tea is a fit for you is a great question to address with a nutrition professional who evaluates your health and can give you a qualified, individualized answer.  Like me!

Do you like matcha?  What’s your favorite way to prepare it?

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A Chat With Rita Lee Chapman, Author of “Dangerous Associations” and Other Fine Books

Rita Lee Chapman OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA is the author of three books so far;



I’d like to congratulate Rita on her new release, Dangerous Associations!

Rita and I met in a marketing group for authors on Goodreads, and I’m glad I was able to meet such a wonderful author. Rita has agreed to answer some interview questions for me, which I am pleased to share with you.

Gina: I’d love to know what inspired you to write Winston – A Horse’s Tale.  I really enjoyed seeing the horse’s perspective.

Rita:  I wanted to write from the horse’s point of view – to try and explain why horses sometimes do the things they do. Once I started there were so many stories about other horses that the book almost wrote itself. Although it’s very horsey and written for people who are really in to horses, it’s the book I had to write and I had so much fun doing it.

Gina: What inspired you to write Missing in Egypt?

Rita:  A holiday in Egypt. What a wonderful place to set a mystery! Egypt is amazing – very different to anywhere else in the world. It is easy for my readers to believe that secret tombs exist, when they are still regularly being discovered. . The great thing about Egypt is that most of the temples are still standing, unlike other countries where only a few rocks remain. The Valley of the Kings impressed me the most. It is totally isolated and feels as if time has stood still.

There is also a Large Print version of Missing in Egypt.

Gina: Do you own any horses now?

Rita:  Unfortunately not.

Gina: What is your favorite style of riding?

Rita:  Australian style – just hacking around! I love to watch show jumping and become very involved, taking each jump with the horse and rider. Although dressage is a wonderful discipline for horse and rider, especially for show jumping, I sometimes think the riding style is over-exaggerated and I feel sorry for horses that are never able to enjoy anything else.

Gina: How did you get started with interviewing authors on your website?

Rita:  I did a couple of interviews myself and that made me interested in doing my own. I’m always looking for new authors to interview, so if anyone is interested they can contact me through my website at

Gina: What advice to you have for aspiring writers who have not published yet?

Rita:  Just do it! Self-publishing is a great option if you aren’t picked up by a publisher and it is nice to make all the decisions yourself regarding your own work. Make sure you edit, edit, edit – it’s very hard to see your own mistakes and so easy to see those of others!

Gina: Do you have a favorite place to write?

Rita:  I type straight on to my computer, so I find the study is the most comfortable place to be. Although I have a laptop and can take it outside and sit by the pool, the bright sunlight makes it very hard to see the screen.

Gina:  Thank you so much for your time, Rita. It’s a pleasure to learn more about you.

Rita:  Thank you Gina for giving me the opportunity to connect with your followers. Here are the links for my books:

Missing in Egypt is available through Amazon  and Smashwords.  There is also a Large Print Edition

Winston – A Horse’s Tale:  Amazon and Smashwords.

Dangerous Associations:  Amazon and Smashwords

As always, thank you for reading,