Raquel English

The Four Human Needs for Living a Balanced Life

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Hello Mermaid Junkies,

In this episode I will be going a step further into each basic need and describe what each need represents. If we strive to live in these quadrants we will be balanced in our lives.

Here’s a quote from Stephen Covey about our innate need to be balanced as individuals.

Human beings have natural needs they must fulfill in order to lead balanced, happy, healthy lives. The four broad areas of human need are the physical (the need to live), the social (the need to love), the mental (the need to learn), and the spiritual (the need to leave a legacy). When all of a person’s needs get fulfilled in a proper balance, that person experiences a “Fire Within” that drives him forward in all his endeavors.

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Thanks for swimming with me!

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It’s time to turn my shell over to you.

What have you found this week in yourself that you may need to reevaluate? Do you need to reexamine what quadrants you’re spending time in? Leave me a comment and let me hear from you.

Remember it’s important to be as specific as possible. There are many beautiful souls around the world and when you share your insight and inspiration, something you share may just be the exact thing someone needed to hear to ‘swim’ ahead in their life at that moment. When we give even just a moment of our time to respond to a question, it puts the continuous circle of progression out into the world, for all to benefit.

Thank you for reading, watching, sharing and being so kind. The Universe will reward you. I love you!

A Mermaid Junkie’s Time Management Introduction to the Basics

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Hello Mermaid Junkies,

I am so thrilled to begin this journey with you pertaining to balancing your life and all of the beautiful ways to achieve balance in your life through the Franklin Covey Time Management System and a few other techniques I’ve been using for years. This is my first Introduction series video on Mermaid Junkie TV. I hope you’ll stay tuned each week, for “Upwelling Wednesdays” where we’ll discuss all the important factors to developing a balanced life. Included in the series will be discussions on all aspects of someone’s life, such as, Physical, Mental, Social/Emotional and Spiritual.

We as beautiful human beings have many facets to ourselves, not just being a great person in one area of our lives. A person is all encompassing. There are many parts to what makes a healthy human being, and I am going to share with you the many things I’ve learned, tested, and tried that have been successful for me, that I’d love to share with you.

By all means, I’m not claiming to be perfect and have it all figured out, but I have been following a system for 20 plus years, and I do have a worthwhile history of tried and true measures that have worked for me. Let’s go on this journey together and work to becoming our best selves.  It’ll be fintastic… like a day at the beach!

It’s time to turn my shell over to you.

What have you found that helps you stay balanced on a consistent basis? Have you found Stephen Covey’s system to be valuable for your scheduling and maintaining a balanced life? What have you used to keep a balanced life?

Let me know in the comments below. Remember it’s important to be as specific as possible. There are many beautiful souls around the world and when you share your insight and inspiration, something you share may just be the exact thing someone needed to hear to ‘swim’ ahead in their life at that moment. When we give even just a moment of our time to respond to a question, it puts the continuous circle of progression out into the world, for all to benefit.

Thank you, and as always, for reading, watching, sharing and being so kind. The Universe will reward you. I love you!


The 4 Steps To Discovering What Your Dream Job Is

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Hello Mermaid Junkies,

I haven’t written a post in a bit, and even though I want to sit and explain how apologetic I am, I’m not going to. Not because I don’t feel guilt, but because even though It may not show, as of late, all the work I’ve been doing, is still very much behind the scenes. When you’re starting up a business all on your own, with no money, no connections, and nothing but a glorious dream, you have to do everything on your own, and become very ingenuitive. Though it’s a lot of hard work and long hard hours, it’s worth every minute to me.   Mermaid Raquel wNaudi Pirate

I can’t tell you how many times I have felt a tad bit of frustration, or I’ve called a friend to gab about yet loving members of my family, or friends that mean no harm by telling me, I’m wasting my time on this little thing called a dream. Or looked at me cross-eyed when I say I have this and that that I’m working on that has to do with my blogging.

It’s not just about blogging, and its taken me years to finally get to the point of REALLY start working on accomplishing this dream of mine. Not just saying i’m a blogger and writing some posts, etc.

I have to be honest and admittedly say, I get so tired of people saying, “oh you just play at home and do it for fun.” Even up until about 6 months ago, I wanted to just quit. Nevertheless, I became more determined in my mind to reach for my dreams. I’m not getting any younger. Has it been tough, yes… especially because when you’re starting up any kind of business, there is always some kind of money you will have to spend. In addition, might I remind you that “sailor” was unemployed for a year and a half? Therefore, you add that on top of me wanting to “live this dream.”  I knew I wouldn’t start off making any kind of money. I’m not doing it for the money, for starters, and it makes it difficult for those close to you, to see you spending your time on this “business/dream” and laundry is being put aside, I’m sewing projects and having my kids fend for themselves for dinner. Is that a difficult thing to juggle, absolutely? It would probably seem more viable if I was earning cold hard cash with my passion, but that’s not the case, as of yet. I say, as of yet, because I believe when we dream and work hard, creating and doing what we authentically were sent here to do, IT WILL HAPPEN!

I really think there are many new entrepreneurs out there that struggle with the same thing I do. Their struggles may even be a bit more stressful because they don’t have the luxury of having a spouse that’s bringing in an income.

When should you start living your dreams? If you know what you were born to do, or you have an insatiable appetite for your passions, you should start TODAY making a plan to start living your dreams! You’re not going to get any younger, and if you’re up in age, you realize time starts slipping by faster and faster. It’s not going to slow down for you. A mermaid junkie in the making me swimming pose

Honestly, I have never met anyone, that’s living their dream, say to me, ” I totally regret trying to live my dream.” EVER!  That’s because I don’t believe it exists. You must start, you must! Even if it’s 20 minutes a day, do something to start in that direction. Did you know that there has been statistics to show that out of every hour of the day, a person spends at least 20 minutes on social media? Imagine the things that could be done with your dream if you were to concentrate on your goal and stay off social media?

Here’s the thing Mermaid Junkies, Once you decide and make your absolute mind up that you want to pursue your dream job, and stick to it, you will find it easier to say no to the other less important things. The YES, becomes greater, and it’s easier to say no to the insignificant. Because once the decision has been made, you now have a concrete goal. That will then force those unnecessary things that you’ve been spending your time on, out the door. a writer in the making

Let’s catch it all up:

1. You must first make the decision that you want to live your dream. If you don’t feel like you know what your dream is exactly, ask yourself these two questions. #1.  If you could do anything you wanted to, regardless of money, what would it be? Write that down. #2. Think back to your earliest childhood memories around the ages of 8-12, and what was it that you loved to do? Write that down. What is something that if given the opportunity you could do all day long or when you have spare time, what do you gravitate towards? Write that down. That’s what your dream job is! You may have to then start fine tuning that particular thing, but this is just a few steps to start out with.

2. You have to be clear with those around you, what your goals are, and let them know from the start, and that you’re serious about this decision. Tell them that you plan to do this and that you need their support, not discouragement, or negative comments.

3. Make a strategic plan for how you’re going to start living your dream. Even if it’s spending your lunch break jotting down a few things that bring you joy. Start there. JUST STARTING IS THE FIRST STEP! (Procrastinators and Perfectionists be aware of this step, self sabotage will set in quickly)

4. Begin creating a list of things that make you happy, giddy, light up with excitement. Write it all down.

I’d love to hear your feedback. Did you enjoy this post or find it helpful? Let me know in the comments below. As you know accountability is essential to anything, so I encourage you to complete the task, and swim back over and tell me what you came up with. I’ll be waiting.

How The Holy Ghost Is Like Fish/Mermaid Scales

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Hello Mermaid Junkies,

Ive missed you very much, and I’m glad to be back. I do have a whole story to tell you about being gone, preparing for the relaunching of my website, plus all sorts of great news, but I’ll save that for another post. I promise I’ll share.

For today though I thought I’d give you a small synopsis of my lesson from yesterday that I taught to “my girls” at church. I’m the Beehive advisor, which means I teach the young girls from ages 12-13. It’s a lovely calling and I’m thankful that my Father in Heaven has entrusted me with such a responsibility.

I brought to class this little treasure box as a representation of how the Gift of the Holy Ghost is a treasure/gift to each of us.

metaphor for Holy Ghost lesson

metaphor for Holy Ghost lesson

Fish have been given scales as a protection from predators in the water, just as we have been given the Gift of the Holy Ghost as a protection from physical and spiritual predators/ adversary.

If fish lose their scales in the wild they are in danger of bacteria and disease, even death. If we as children don’t take care of our gift we can also be in danger of losing our constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. The scales on the fish CAN grow back, but it’s very tough and it takes a really long time. When and if they do grow back, they come back differently.  I think it’s crucial to be careful to not damage that relationship with the spirit, so as to always have it with us, and not ever become so wayward that we risk it withdrawing from us. I then handed out these little bottles with a scale in them, as a reminder of the lesson.

mini bottle with mermaid scale 

 I also think it’s a beautiful thing that Heavenly Father knows me so well and personally that he inspired me with this lesson. I really believe that, because I had studied and studied the lesson and was drawing an absolute blank. Then when I thought about this metaphor, it all came full circle. It’s endearing that Heavenly Father knows I’m a quirky daughter, that I love Mermaids, and that’s how he teaches me. It’s perfect, and I also love teaching as the Savior did, with metaphors. Heavenly Father knows his children so well, and so individually that he allows us to use or passions, abilities & individual talents to benefit his kingdom.

I encourage you to take this moment to KNOW that your Father in Heaven loves you, cares for you and wants everything beautiful for you. He wants to give you your greatest desires.

Christmas Past 2011

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Hello Mermaidlings,

Since I am still working on the relaunch of my website, I thought it’d be nice to revisit my home a few years ago. I’m doing my best with these photos even though I know they aren’t that great.

white tree @ 2011 Christmas

This is my Victorian tree. The ornies are from my lovely mother that started my Christmas ornie collection when I was a little fishy. At the age of eighteen when I left home I had a great start and she continues to give me an ornie every year. In the beginning they were Victorian, but within the last 8 years  she has gotten me all mermaid ornies.Continue Reading

Halloween Part 1

Pin ItI’m sharing my Halloween decor from a few years back. Enjoy…Continue Reading

Underwater Construction

Pin ItHello lovely Merfolk, Thank you for being patient, it’ll be well worth the wait.  Image credits: Barbara Moustafa

Halloween Treats: If The Broom Fits… Fly It…Regifting

Pin ItSince the blog is under construction here’s another idea that I’m regifting from the past. I’m gonna do a Mermaid Pirate Booty take on this same type of Halloween treat, but until then… Go gather your potions for this one: Hit the link and see the tutorial so you can make your own… TheContinue Reading

If The Broom Fits, Fly It

Pin ItI swept up this little treat for you. I actually took the idea from Martha Stewart years ago. She sells the kits @ Michaels, but I like to make my own. It’s also cheaper to make them rather than buy the kits pre-packaged. My kids love to give these to their friends. They’re alwaysContinue Reading

I’m Getting A Facelift, What?!! Oh, & Halloween Decorations too!

Pin ItHello Lovely Merfolk, Well, I’ve have been missing in action somewhat. I apologize, as life has gotten hectic these past few months. Lots to tell you, but that’ll have to wait a smidge. I’m in the process of getting a blog/website facelift! I’m so excited & thrilled! I will still give you some postsContinue Reading