The Art of Self Appreciation – The Alchemy of You – Empowering You from Within

November 3 2018:

Who struggles with self appreciation? It has certainly been a deep learning curve for me and I feel the art of self appreciation is needed by so many of us.

“Camilla is a wonderful mentor. I took four sessions with her. She taught me simple techniques to connect with my inner self, and enjoy the present moment. She also helped me cultivate more self-trust, self-love, and peace of mind. What I loved the most about her mentoring sessions was that the answers I was seeking for, came from the heart! I also loved the writing and breathing exercises she shared with me. Thank you Camilla!” Jessica Araus, Netherlands

Which is why I was inspired, four years after the idea was born, to soft launch my mentoring program, The Alchemy of You – Empowering You from Within, by offering 10 gratis sessions. Six sessions are taken with four remaining.

Definition of appreciation: the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something (Dictionary.com)

Definition of appreciate: Rise in value. Recognize the full worth of (Oxford)

During a session, client chooses a situation that triggers negative emotions, responses, or uncomfortableness. I walk client through connecting with the emotion/feeling to release it and to further open the heart.

I feel what is holding so many of us back from being our authentic selves and knowing what we want to contribute to the world are these triggers and our response to them.

I like to describe the process I offer as a recipe, and like all recipes the ingredients can be adjusted by the client to suit their “taste”.

Go here to learn more ….

The Alchemy of You

 

 

Decisions As We Approach Lillian Darnell Reaching 18 Years of Age – Nevada

September 30 2018:

Friends with special needs adult children … Lillian is 17 years old now and it’s time to decide about guardianship. I’ll need to decide whether to do a full guardianship, or just financial, or just medical or both or alternatives.

**Nevada friends have shared about Supported Decision making – About to educate myself on that!!** So … input on any and all routes friends have gone is welcome! Lillian is capable of making decisions. Although, she has a difficult time with some decisions; with much anxiety.

Would you mind sharing your thoughts and experiences with this? I’m interested in hearing from all, especially friends in the state of Nevada since state laws can be different.

Did you have your local Regional Center (state organization that provides services for special needs kids) to assist with this by giving you information and/or conducting a psychological evaluation?

Thank you so very much for your input!! xoxo

Lillian is not medically fragile and we hardly ever go to the doctor. She hasn’t been in years. Her difficulties are her ability to articulate her speech, and emotional and mental issues. She does have difficulty making some decisions. She almost always ask for my input; which I give to her. She still has some difficulties after that, yet, I usually will try a bit more to get her to make the decision. If she’s not able to do it, I’ll make the decision for her (which, sometimes will snap her into being firm with her own decision)!

Wild n Crazy Ice Cream Flavors and Farewell Swim

September 26 2018:

Thomas and I stopped to get our Icecycle Creamery fix before Alchemist Theatre tonight!!

Oh my gosh!! Pickle flavor! Unfortunately there was only enough for us to taste and find out that we loved it!!! Yummy!! Must go back for that!

I tasted about 4 different flavors and Balsamic Roasted Tomato was one of them. I really didn’t think I would like it. Surprise! Incredibly delicious so that’s what I had.

Thomas had half Roy Rogers and half salted butterscotch.

September 28 2018:

This afternoon Team TLC had a farewell swim in the amazing pool! After this weekend, it’s drained and covered til next spring.

This Pisces girl is going to miss submerging in the water so often. And I know Thomas and Lillian will miss it too.

Deep gratitude for the wet, silky-smooth, hugs and love! I love you water …. til next spring! 💙💦💦 💦 💙

 

The Romano Duo are Back and Celebration

September 20 2018:

After 3 years, The Romano Duo are back! Right back where they lived when first moving to the area in 2004! Dayton!

We are thrilled to have them back in the same state and so close! (Picture from when they left 3 years ago … September 2015) xoxo

September 21 2018:

Lil celebration toast after dinner tonight! The last of Lillian’s birthday cake and goodies that Yvon brought to us from Deventer. Here’s to good news! Here’s to us!!

Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day – Bowers Mansion

September 22 2018:

Free museum day!!! After all these years, Thomas and I finally toured the inside of Bowers Mansion.

(Not Lillian’s thang! She loves the grounds but no interest in seeing the inside.)

Lots and lots of photos to follow as I love the grounds and trees!!

This is a group of accidental photos Thomas took after taking my picture. I think the blurr from the movement looks wonderful!

Where Would You Fly at Reno Barnes & Noble

October 19 2018:

On Saturday, Nov 10th, Lillian and I will be at the Reno Barnes & Noble for a “Where Would You Fly” book signing from 11-5. We’d love to see you there!! xoxo

Deventer The Netherlands Meets Reno Nevada USA

September 8 2018:

A little piece of Deventer The Netherlands is headed to Reno. This beautiful card is the prequel!

A beautiful writer friend from Deventer is vacationing in Northern California and Reno and we get to see each other face to face next Saturday!!

I’m so excited! Can’t wait to see you Yvon Stokkink and meet your hubby too!

September 14 2018:

Tomorrow! Tomorrow my friend from Deventer The Netherlands will be in Reno!! Can’t wait to meet her face to face and share in person hugs! We met in an online writers group about a year ago. So fun!!!

September 16 2018:

I am so full up with joy! Got to spend the afternoon with my friend Yvon Stokkink from The Netherlands! It was wonderful meeting her husband, cousin, and his wife!

We had coffee and conversation at the lodge, then a swim, and ended with lunch at Great Full Gardens South Meadows Reno!!

Yvon brought us milk chocolate bars and a tin of ginger cookies from her hometown. Yum!!!

She also brought my book with her so I could sign it. And we gifted her with one of Thomas’ books. Now she has all three!

They’re on the way up to Tahoe now. What a fun time! Can’t wait til we come visit y’all in Deventer!!

The Romano Duo Return to the Reno Area

September 8 2018:

Exciting News: After THREE YEARS The Romano Duo are finally moving back to Reno (well, sort of, as they are moving to Dayton). We just knew they would make their way back here eventually! September 15th is moving day!! What a GREAT Birthday present for Lillian as that’s one day after her 17th birthday!

Photo from June 11 2018: Team TLC sunset walk tonight with The Romano Duo and Robert. Beautiful night. And fun being silly with pictures. They head back to Surprise, Arizona tomorrow morning. xoxo

Witch Creation by Lillian Darnell

**THROWBACK POST**

October 23 2013:

A little something Lillian wrote yesterday in OT … Many of you know of Lillian’s obsession with the weather. She watches the accuweather videos every night before bed and must tell me the humidity before going to bed. If she forgets she will get up and come to my room to tell me. So this had my eyes wanting to sweat … xoxo

Witch Creation – A myth by Lillian

Once upon a Halloween, a witch was born on October 31, 1899 and she had a pet named Angelic.

When she grew up, she had a witch-daughter that was born on October 30, 2013. Her name was Marcia Angel-weather. When the witch-daughter was 19, the witch learned that she had weather magic instead of Halloween magic that scares people from her clever daughter Marcia. So Ms. Angel put an alarm on her rose so she knew when to change the weather. She’s still out there changing weather and she can be seen in the clouds. They all lived happily ever after.

Witch Creation by Lillian 10.23.13

This story and many other stories, poems, and tales are included in Lillian’s debut book published January 2018! Go here to learn more and get your copy!

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017

Lillian and Independent Time

September 7 2018:

Lillian is still going to the lodge once a week for independent time. It’s been a year now. Yay!!! She stays anywhere from 1-3 hours.

I stay with her for 10 minutes while she walks on the treadmill working on that heal toe movement. Then she reads, does artwork, and uses her phone.

During the summer she incorporated going to the pool while she’s there. Had the pool all to her self yesterday! Except I crashed her solo pool party for a quick swim too! 💦💙💦