I write about a lot of different topics.
Both from the heart and imagination.
My passion in life is not only wellness
- but keeping creativity in daily living.
~ Tabitha Montgomery

Thursday, December 18, 2014

~ Simple Joys ~

I find myself more and more
observing simple things in life
that bring subtle joys within...
There is no amount of stress
I ever want to allow to steal
away my right to breathe well.

To think clearly.And when I'm
starting to feel overwhelmed,it
is my Que to refocus on some
of simpler things in life again.

Non of us are perfect but it is
a healthy way to achieve our
best today,starting simple as
we move through some of life's
more challenging aspects too..

Here's wishing you each find
what you appreciate about the
simple things in life you enjoy.

~

Tabitha

Stress and Grief

Just a note to anyone feeling the stress,
grief or work overload this time of year to
remember to breathe.This too shall pass.
In all our days in living life, we can choose
to stop and admire something relaxing that
can offer some subtle joy,admiration and to
remind ourselves we can get through this
Here's to self care through any time of year.
~
Tabitha

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Live life.

There's nothing like the sudden death
of a mutual friend or family member to
get us thinking about our own mortality.
Thereby creating room to re asses our
priorities at this point in life.For me,it is
all about quality over quantity.Solitude.
Joy.Work.Adventure.Creativity.Health &
Love.That's tons.And if we're ever all out
of touch for any great length of time, it is
never personal - I always send everyone
the best.Truly.Life is so worth living well.
Let's each customize it - with gratitude
and gusto ! (( Or how ever you wish to )).
After all,what are we waiting for ? Live life.
Much love,
Tabitha

Spreading a little cheer here and there..

Sometimes the best way to cheer up
- is to make someone else smile too.
~
Tabitha

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tis' not the season to be jolly for everyone.

December isn't always a joyous month
for everyone.There is plenty of room
for numerous personal reasons why..
So in the spirit of giving, perhaps it's
worth it to remember to give some
people the space to hibernate - or -
to get through the holiday season in
their own way rather than how some
of us may think they should, our way.

I like the simple things about the
holiday season - but I do not take
it personal if others do not take part
 or don't enjoy Christmas time..

Tis' the season to be jolly
for some
but not always for everybody.

Just my two cents - respectively.
~
Tabitha

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Good Morning !

Tabitha Montgomery ©


Sunrise is my favorite time of a new day.
It's peaceful opening offers the perfect time
for me to sit and meditate in my own ways.

I enjoy taking photos of the sunshine making
it's grand entrance over the horizon as well.
No two sunrises look the exact same but all
to me,feel reassuring of new,real possibilities.
( the good kind of new possibilities in life we like!)
This morning I took my big dog Alice out to
play - but her ball was frozen solid it's so cold
out here today.But no matter,it's still beautiful.

Here's wishing you each find something that
makes you smile,where ever y ou are in the
world and even if your face is frozen outside
in subzero December temperatures today .. lol

~
Tabitha


Saturday, November 29, 2014

~ Oosouji ~

I've recently inspired by an annual Japanese ritual called
Oosouji.And BIG house and work place clean done at
the end of the year to ring in a fresh start both at home -
and in the work place.I'm putting this inspiration into my
home only.And giving myself a rather long head start as I
have already begun the clean up.I started small from the
sections of our kitchen cupboards and small sections of
the house and spaces at a time.It feels great to finally be
clearing a lot that I have procrastinated on for so long !
Sharing for anyone else who may appreciate a boost of
home cleaning energy too.It really does make me feel a
lot more at ease and proud of my home.Appreciating just
how much we have in our big old humbled abode.And all
I can de junk and all I can keep better organized now too.
Here's to working with what we've got,starting small and
rewarding ourselves with the big improvement it feels like.
~
Tabitha

Here is a Blog link with more interesting details on Oosouji.
http://ltpcs.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/oosouji-a-japanese-custom-becomes-your-new-year-tradition/



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just a note about my grief writing.

I've been writing for years and began grief writing
as a means of traveling a little deeper into my own
loss and translations of those changes and emotions.
What I discovered is a way to self express a lot of
mixed feelings from anger to gratitude.There is often
so many thoughts to process during sudden loss and
life altering impacts that we lose touch with ourselves.

http://tabithamontgomery.blogspot.ca/2010/04/my-grief-writing-melody-beatties-grief.html

The link is from a post I shared four years ago that is
related to a multiple loss grief piece I was hired by an
author named Melody Beattie,to write for her website
called the Grief Club.For anyone looking to find more
support online for grief as well as books and forums,
please visit Melody's Website.I'm sure you will find a
topic that you will find suitable for your inquires and /
or needs right now.

Thank you for visiting here,
Sincerely,
Tabitha


A new post from my Grief Support Blog.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

" Alien Houses "


I've been sorting through an old seashell collection.
Feeling somewhat in awe of the uniqueness of each shell,
the designs,textures,patterns,colors,light up my imagination.
It almost feel like I am holding delicate,scared skeletal remains.
The empty houses that were once homes to a variety of interesting
marine creatures.To me,they are like Aliens - as they are so far
different from life above water.Like another world,I am intrigued
by the watery underworld of oceans,seas,lakes,rivers and streams.
There is so much to leave to the imagination which is why I
affectionately called these incredibly beautiful seashell creations,
"Alien Homes "
~
There is so much in this world and other worlds
that leave much mystery to feed one's imagination.
And I love it.
~
Tabitha







Monday, November 17, 2014

Back from hiatus.

Returning to Blogger once again after a long hiatus.
Working on some more changes.Writing is feeling
good and productive.Imagination and creativity is
doing well.Looking forward to reading up Blogs.
Here's to self expressing our own voices / views
via this creative and technological medium.
~
Tabitha

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring into healthier eating..


Winter long cold and dark days often creates our desire for
rich and savory meals.Hearty to hold in a big mug with our
own spoon.Often we devour more treats around Christmas.
The ripple effects of our Winter nibbles of sweets n salts can
catch up to us by Spring and we're in need of a little healthy
Spring cleaning physically,not just around the yard and house.

I found this link to some attractive,fresh new healthy salads to
add to your daily menu if  you're like me and yearn to eat a bit
more fresh and raw foods for your health,body and wellness.

Spring is an inspiring time of year to explore and nurture new or
- old ideas and start growing those visions into a vibrant reality.
~
Tabitha

http://www.coastalliving.com/food/dinner-in-a-breeze/fresh-spring-salad-recipes-00414000073583/

Growing life and beauty from home..


Last night I was thinking just before I fell sleep,
about all of the houses and landscapes I admire
in my neighborhood.Then this morning I woke up
feeling more inspired than ever to put a little more
hard work and pride into my own home and garden.

Our living environments can make a huge difference
in the way we feel physically and physiologically,daily.

So here's to taking time to enhance the well being of
our homes and gardens with a little imagination and
customize beautification.Because - There should be ..
no place like home So,let's enjoy making it our own.
~
Tabitha

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mayo,mustard and Azodicarbonamide ?

I recently wrote Subway to ask about the background news story
I had read about an ingredient in their breads called Azodicarbonamide.
Subway is not alone in this ingredient use and they are taking steps now
to remove it as an email I recieve back stated.I'll share it here for you to
read,because I think it's important for consumers to reach out to the very
source of our foods if and when we ever have questions,comments and -
concerns.Because when are having a lunch favorite prepared for us and
the sandwich makers asks if we would like mayo and mustard on that,we
have to ask someone else if there's Azodicarbonamide in it first to be sure
we're satsified with it's quality all the way through.It's our money.And it's
our health.Ask questions when it doubt.It puts pressure on companies that
need consumers trust and money to survive.Let's hope Subway can set the
example for other companies to stop hiding chemicals in our foods that may
have long term health effects.Or at the very least,reveal every ingredient and
let the consumer decide for themselves.So yes to the mayo and mustard but
hold the Azodicarbonamide please.

Sidebar note.There are hundreds of products with Azodicarbonamide. and or
countless other chemicals we cannot pronounce much less know anything about.
I hope more people will do their research,read the labels,write companies when
they want more information about their food sources.It can make a difference for
your own good to know files,And keeps companies more accountable for quality.
More information here.

Good morning,
I wanted to share with you what we here at SUBWAY® have been working on to further improve our bread. We know you were previously very concerned about our bread containing Azodicarbonamide.
Our new Azo-free bread dough (No Azodicarbonamide) is now in over 75% of our North American stores and we expect that number to be at 100% within the coming weeks. Our previous bread recipe will be out of all our stores by the end of April, and to our knowledge Subway will be the first major restaurant chain in North America to completely remove Azodicarbonamide from its core bread formulations.  

At Subway we take great pride in our bread leadership, and that leadership goes back 30 years to when we first introduced in-store baking in 1984. Once again we’re pleased to lead the way in the quick service industry, this time with the removal of Azodicarbonamide.  

Azodicarbonamide is used in most bread and by most brands, and is a safe government approved dough conditioner, but removing the trace amount in our breads has long been part of our bread improvement program. We introduced Azo-free rolls in 2013 and will complete the entire conversion within weeks. .

At Subway we are always improving, and we will be making even more bread improvements in the years to come. For example, here are some of the recent improvements that have been made to our bread.

2014 – 51% whole grains now used in our 9-Grain Wheat bread (100% of the daily Whole Grain requirement per Footlong).
2013 - Azo-free bread introduced (Azodicarbonamide removed), with 100% conversion by April, 2014.
2012 – Sodium content was reduced by 29% for 9-Grain Wheat bread and 42% for Italian bread.       
 2011 - Removed high fructose corn syrup from our 9-Grain Wheat bread (There is no HFCS in the Italian bread)
2011 -  Fortified US bread with Vitamin D and Calcium
2009 – Improved Wheat bread by converting to 9-Grain Wheat bread
2008-  Introduced az0-free flatbread
2008 - Removed trans-fats.
2007 – Increased fiber content in wheat bread
Sincerely,
Paula Gomez


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

3 Dances a Day



I do not dance in public.Just how I am.
Sometimes my hubby and I will pretend
to dance for a minute here and there but
he's just not got the rhythm.And that's ok.

I love music.Live or not.But I just can't
seem to unfreeze myself in public enough
to really cut a rug.But I like it at home now.
And here's why.

A friend of mine suggested some time ago
that to get exercise daily can be as easy
as turning your stereo on and playing the
music you love that makes you dance ♫

She said three dances a day is a great
way to enhance your wellness as it's
good for circulation,cardio and more.

So I tried it.Reluctantly I cleared space
in the living room and put some music
on.My dog was confused and thought
I was playing so in part of my dance /
pushing the dog away'ersise,I smiled
and even started to laugh out loud.

Soon enough,I felt my body get in tune
with music,my thoughts disengage from
the barrage of things to do lists and just
enjoyed the music.Eventually, starting
to sing.And let me tell you something,
when I sing along to a song I feel like
such a professional.Try to sing a song
without it - and I sound like an animal
of some kind.lol.Not really,but point is
music makes us feel good.And so does
dancing at times.In fact,I recently read
that singing also enhances our health and
well being.It is an expression that comes
from within physically as well as tied in to
self expression via lyrics..win ..and win..

So,as shy as I may be to publicly dance.
I enjoy my three dances a day at home.
In the privacy of my own living room -
well yes,with my dog.But she too seems
to enjoy the music as well.She's getting
some good out of it too.As for the cats,
they silently watch slightly amused from
the comfort of the feline friendly perches.

And when it's all done,I've worked a bit
of a sweat,smiled quite a bit and got the
daily recommended requirement my friend
said I need to help maintain good health.

So if you're a creature of comfort and or
somewhat shy to dance in public too,but
in desire for a bit of bodily movements to
get the blood flowing.Turn on the music
and give three dances a whirl - you may
just enjoy it as much as my dog and I do.

Or if  you have a human dance partner,
- make that part of the fun times too !

~
Tabitha

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Turning dreams into poetry.



Walking down a quiet gravel road,
Wearing her crystal glass slippers.
The heavy rain drenching her blonde
Hair and black mascara. Red cotton
Dress waving with each step against
The gusts of wind. Freedom guiding her.
Solitude holding her hand. Love carrying

her heart. She felt safe and free alone.
Thunder filled the darkened, stormy skies
Lightening casted spells upon her spirit.
She slipped out of her mirror slippers and
Held them in her slender ivory hands and
She smiled softly, dancing gracefully within
the full night’s dream, until it came to a fork
in the road at sunrise. Then the gravel road
transformed into a green pathway. Where it
led she did not know. She simply slipped back
Into her glass slippers continued to wonder,
Free.
And fearless.

Written by Tabitha Montgomery.
Fun threading dreams with words.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Working with nature...

This mornings meditation I was thinking about how
life - and wellness move a lot more smoothly when
we learn to work with nature.From discovering ways
to enhance our sleep at night,to using our bodies and
our minds during the day productively and creatively.
( Of course everyone has their own schedules here. )

I think it's easy to overlook when were going through
spells of resistance for one reason or another.That is
how life just gets sometimes.We struggle until we're
ready to surrender - and make healthier connections
to ourselves and the world.I believe in the power of
our choices.Once they feel right, customize them all.
That includes all areas of life from nutrition to work.

And stay in touch with the natural side of living well
and true to you and your amazingly unqiue lifetime.
After all, life and living is natural too.
~

Tabitha

Monday, March 10, 2014

Resuming Grief Blog writing..

Just sharing a link to my Grief support writing blog
for anyone interested.It's a way for me to funnel
through my own darkness,finding bits and pieces
of lightness along the way.So many have guided
me at times with their unique lights.Thank you !!
Tabitha

http://whenforeverendstoosoon.blogspot.ca/2014/03/happiness-again.html

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Patti Smith: Advice to the young

Sharing here for anyone,any age.
What she says is so great and true.
~
Tabitha

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You'e beautiful,even when you don't smile.

That's not to say frowning is attractive.
But being present within ourselves during

times of low energy,stress,grief and other
spiritually challenging times,allows us to be
free to walk within our own skin like a lantern
in the dark,maybe not smiling all of the time
but allowing our light to shine in other ways.
Sometimes the dimmest light in the room is
the most comforting.Be your own beautiful.
Let your light keep your path gently lit before
you and for those who may cross your path.
To me,that is true self caring beauty...
~
Tabitha

Monday, February 10, 2014

When it rains...

Photo by Tabitha Montgomery 2014

~ Turn rain into tranquility ~

~
Tabitha

Friday, January 24, 2014

Solitude under the stars..

Last night I curled up into a down filled sleeping bag
and laid across our vintage church pew outside under
our little Dr.Seuss looking tree that still has the string
on Christmas lights in it.As I rested myself beneath a
warm colorful glow from the branches,staring up at a
ceiling of heavenly Winter white sparkling star lights ~

The hum of traffic dissipated behind a low lying layer of
freshly whipped up fog that rolled in from the cozy inlet.
I admired Mother Natures marvelous display of beauty.
And strength.We humans are so small.Amazing how we
can cause so much ruckus down here on Earth's surface.
I embraced the peacefulness of peppermint fresh air sink
into my cheeks.Eyes slightly watery.I just relaxed and I
smiled to myself.Not a stress or worry was on my mind.

I didn't stay out long but the few minutes I did take just
star gazing was enough to refuel some clarity and rest...
I carried the whimsical feeling of mystery that are hidden
behind the stars,with me and my imagination.This to me
is what creates poetry,science research,dreams and living.
Imagining the unknowns,without fears.And with respect.

I slept well thru the night and - wanted to share this as a
hopefully inspiring reminder that no matter how busy our
lives can get,there should always be time made for some
solitude.
~
Tabitha

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

From my world to yours..

Tabitha Montgomery ©
From my world to yours,
here's to living creatively.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This mornings meditation..

I sat on the finished hardwood floors just beside the heater vent.
Wearing my pajamas and wool hat,nibbling cheese and crackers.
And witnessing Natures morning routine outside our large living
room window that faces the Southern mountain horizon and wide
open skies.My two dogs sitting by my side.Smiling.And drooling.

The sound of the new day opening is unlike any other.It is almost
transparent in any noise until you listen carefully.The way the birds
greet each other first thing in the morning with their unique songs ♫
And the way the dusty colored fog yawns and stretches across the
pine tree tops from the little watery inlet down in the bay near here.

I crunched my crackers gingerly,trying not to disturb the tranquility.

I watch the silhouettes of the feathered friends frolicking through the
open skies like porpoises free out in the open seas.Swimming thru the
refreshing crisp air freely and taking nose dives into the misty floors
beneath the trees,then streaming up again like a rocket being launched
way up into the brilliant bronze and mixed blue skies of the sun opening
up from behind the mountains.Big puffy clouds made a path that looked
like stepping stones,directly from the center of the sky, into the sun rays
flashing from the entire circumference of the sunny day breaking.

So brilliantly subtle,bright,colorful,peaceful.And right before my eyes.

I smiled,gratitude filled me.For this life of mine and the wisdom to truly
feel I can appreciate life's beauties,mysteries.And learn from some of
life's miseries too.My meditations are part of  living well.From the soul.
And imagination.Very liberating and cherished to see life along my path.
I mean really being able to see it.Outside my window and inside my mind.

No denial.To me,this is living full.Seeing what you need and hope for in life
for yourself and others.And without seeing life wearing rose colored glasses.

The furnace kicked on and the cheese and crackers now devoured by my
canine family and I.The day has started with a list of things to do being met
slowly but surely.And as I write this post,I am reminded how important my
daily meditations are because they are as important as a healthy breakfast..
(Which btw can also be a few slices of cheese with crackers sometimes! )

Mornings refuel my overall energy and help keep me grounded to what's most
important in life..Taking the time out to find inner peace and reflections.With that
perspective,I feel far greater to succeed in kick a days ass in other areas of life.

Here's to a new day ~ May yours be re energized in your own ways too ! ~

~
Tabitha

Monday, January 13, 2014

Post Traumatic Growth


I watched this video over the weekend.
It struck close to home and I am grateful
to have learned of something that is being
called, Post Traumatic Growth.Very good!
~
Tabitha

Friday, January 10, 2014

Remembering to nurture our..Curiosity . . .

Photo by Tabitha Montgomery

This past Summer I spent an afternoon alone
in the sanctuary of an outdoor Chinese garden.
Created with Japanese maples,Bonsais,stones
and a waterfall cascading into a modest small
pond that was filled with marbled Koi fish.

I let my mind wonder far away from the day to
day stresses - and let my imagination run free....
I hopped stepping stones and took photos of
cobwebs,fish,turtles,trees,sun kisses and more.

I found a perch next to the Koi fish pond where
I sat and marveled at the turtle sun bathing on a
lone rock , as the mermaid like fin of the exotic
goldfish fanned the very still waters,creating gentle
and calming waves with it's feathery fishtail wand.

I let myself observe everything that afternoon.As
the sun held my face and hair in it's warm hands,
I felt my body relax,my breath exhale freely and
my desire to feel more balanced was being met,
slowly but surely with each new sunbeam on me.

As I closed my eyes and listened to the hush of
the waterfall and the city traffic off in the distant,
And I was profoundly moved by the awareness
and connection that curiosity has in simple living.

The kind of whimsical, fresh freedom that fed my
urge to learn, to imagine, to climb trees and swim
under waters.To read and dance,To experience the
sense of adventure within a daydream or a field trip.
My personality was being nurtured.My spirituality,
being fed wisdom,insight,creativity,awe,wonder and
so much more that contributed to who I am today.

The freedom of learning to ride a bike, when I took
the risk and let my Mom let go of the bike.I wanted
to know what that felt like.I was raging with curiosity.
And I can still remember clear as day the satisfaction
of gaining new lessons along my sidewalks of youth.
It was empowering.

All the years later,as a Mother and working adult who
has bills to pay and adult realities to tend to, I reunited
the simple joys and freedom of curiosity. To marvel at
the over sized gold fish and the way the sun set off sparks
across the meditative pond before my eyes.That is what
feeds our spirituality,the desire to learn more.And it all
starts by remembering and allowing our curiosity to join
daily adult living.It feeds spontaneity and experience.

It add joy our day to day routines,outside the limits of what
we can otherwise, unintentionally, lock ourselves up within.
( Like stressful emotions.etc)

Curiosity can become a companion and a teacher.

Today I heard a bright laugh from a woman who has no
children of her own - and feels she perhaps is missing the
childlike wonders that parents are often reconnected to
when raising kids....But if you heard this woman's honest
and carefree laugh,you'd know she's still got a lot of child
like whimsy and curiosity in her somewhere.May she look
to find it more often after reading this,written in her honor.

Thank you for keeping me reminded me too, Sylvia.

~
Tabitha

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Soup Season !

Posted some homemade soup ideas to help you
get through the cold/flu/Winter season.Nutrition
is preventative medicine as well as daily moving.
Keeping our health a priority doesn't have to be
a chore.It is one of the best parts of self care
Enjoy trying new recipes that include whole fresh
foods from your local market.It's easy and never
expensive.Like making lunches to go to work,you
can create whatever best suits your pallet and -
your daily balanced nutritional needs.So enjoy -
And best wishes for healthier vibrant daily living!
~
Tabitha




 Chicken Tortilla Soup loaded with fresh herbs,spices,steamed chicken,beans,tomatoes,
veggies.Topped with unsalted crushed corn tortilla chips and grated Monterrey cheese.
Perfectly balanced spiced wholesome goodness to feed the body nutrients while nursing
a cold,flu.Or just to cozy up with a good book on one of these cold Winter days or nights.
~
Pureed Red Lentil Curry Coconut soup.Simple,nutritious and prefect to warrm up
the body just before a nap or when resting up on the couch with a good book one
lazy Winter Sunday off work.Red lentils,onion,carrots,ginger,garlic,curry,coconut milk.
Quick and easy wholesome homemade goodness.
~
~ Here's to simply healthy living during the colder months of Soup Season ~

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year ~ 2014 ~

Living and learning does not always mean
having to endure tough lessons in life.We
can also learn how to survive and live well
when we stop and listen to the wisdom of
simple life pleasures,deep and intense love
and heartfelt passions within.This year I am
wishing everyone the sense of adventure to
take what you yearn for in life and find ways
to make it happen.However best works just
for you.Do so without trepidations to what I
or others may think.Because chances are -
the world will greatly appreciate your entire
participation in living true to yourself,mind -
and heart.So in the year of 2014,may you be
spiritually free to live true to you and enjoy !
~
Tabitha

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Learning to turn worrying over.


This photo is how I imagine our letting go can make us feel.
Trusting we'll be okay
with the unknowns in the
big sea of life and our minds.


Worrying is a big negative loss of precious spiritual energy.


Keeping faith in others is far more energy efficient - so that
we've still got energy to enjoy and embrace my own life too.
Detaching with love from people we are concerned about will
help us see the possibilities through hope rather than disparity.
And I will always keep the hope for others who need help and
or wellness again in their lives.They are loved.And so are you.
~
Tabitha

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tis' the season....


Here's to sticking to your sobriety over the holidays
to all of you abstaining from drug and alcohol use..
Temptation is all around this year.Stay strong and
grateful.However works for you,stay well and safe.
And if you're a casual drinker,remember to plan a
ride home before you go out..Happy safe holidays.
Sincerely,
Tabitha