Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Do you remember your dreams?

I have dreams every night, that I remember vividly upon waking up, but usually lose them within an hour. Sometimes they'll come back to me later in the day, or another day, but at some point I always remember them. I always wonder if this is normal, or healthy? After a little research, it seems that it's not so bad.

One study suggests that  "One speculative possibility is that dreaming allows you the opportunity to practice things you may or may not ever have to do, like running away or fighting off a predator." 

Oh. Well, that makes sense. 

It's noted that your dreams are important for your good health.
  • Your dreams are valuable because they reveal your secret desires and subconscious feelings.
  • Your dreams give you an increased knowledge about yourself. They show you things you would not admit during your waking hours.
  • Your dreams bring about self-awareness. You get to know yourself through your dreams.
  • Your dreams are healthy because they help you confront your fears and express our feelings.
  • Your dreams are healthy because they help you relieve stress.
  • Your dreams are healthy because they unlock long forgotten memories that lead to wholeness.
  • Your dreams regulate your mood.
  • Your dreams will help you make connections in a safe place and allow you to integrate thoughts that may be troubling to you during your waking life.
Laboratory studies have shown that we experience our most vivid dreams during a type of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. During REM sleep the brain is very active, the eyes move back and forth rapidly under the lids, and the large muscles of the body are relaxed. REM sleep occurs every 90 - 100 minutes, 3 to 4 times a night, and lasts longer as the night progresses. The final REM period may last as long as 45 minutes. Less vivid dreams occur at other times during the night.
So, if nothing else, it seems that in order to have dreams, you must be getting good, quality, long periods of sleep. That's comforting to know! (especially since the dogs wake me up at least once a night.)

Do you remember your dreams every morning when you wake up? I can't be the only one, can I?


Sources: Common Questions, Dreams, Healthy to Dream
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Round it up.

If I have ever died and gone to my-dream-style of a blog, she's finally arrived. Currently Coveting is just about the best thing ever. If I could describe what I'd love for my evolving style to be, it's this. {sigh, eventually!}

And, I finally ran my first 5K Saturday. I've created my first Running playlist. Wan' hear it?

That's all for today. Have a great rest of the week.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

70 degrees+ = DIY

In celebration of the warmer weather this week, I have been spending lots of time cleaning out/refreshing around the house, and outside. 

Sooooo when I started this blog, and the years following, I wanted to photograph every little project, so this could be a DIY blog. What I've found though, is when there is no pressure to photograph anything, I DO ALL THE PROJECTS. IN A DAY. It seems, when there is no need to stop and whip out the camera, I can move right through the motions, and get down to the actual work, no documentation needed. So, yesterday, I took the time to snap a few, mostly so I could have them for myself... and I thought I'd share those sweet, sweet grainy photos with you here too. 

Since there was remaining hardware on the back door for simple roller shades, I took a trip to Lowes, and had a shade cut to size for the back door. I taped off stripes, and painted two gray stripes for a little extra interest. 


They aren't perfect, but these little stripes make me smile when I walk past, so that's a win in my book.

Next, I picked up oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and went to town on the heavier-than-I-expected wicker furniture on the front porch. The white color had become so dirty and dull, that the new spray paint instantly made them look brand new. (The three spray cans I bought barely covered 1 1/2 chairs. Major under-estimate. I'll be picking up more tonight.)

Also, I've pinned a bunch of photos with the idea for my Summer Porch. So exciting.

And that completes your poorly demonstrated update on what I've been up to.

And a few things I found this week:

Animals losing the battle with furniture.

The neatest website for background noise.


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