by Lisa Zajkowski
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
When skeptic Marvin meets artistic Natalie in a coffee shop on a cold October morning, the two fall fast in love, but nothing is ever as easy as it feels.
Natalie believes that a divine something is guiding her life for her greater good, and it seems to be true. She lands her dream job and she and Marvin marry at a beachside castle. However, the ease and flow of their lives start to change. At the same time that Natalie becomes pregnant, Marvin experiences strange symptoms and visits his doctor.
When faced with a diagnosis that changes everything and odd dreams of the child that hasn’t yet been born, will Marvin let go of his skepticism or will he miss out on a lifetime with his loving family?
They walk through the archway and the dancing roses appear to be just what Talie said it would be. The roses grow in such a fashion that they dance with the breeze and the aroma in the garden is what love would smell like if there were such a scent associated with it. There are thousands of vibrant colored roses up and down in rows and they do not look like typical rose bushes. The stems of the roses are different, stronger, and able to uphold the bud. Almost any color that can be thought of is here, including purple, red, blue, yellow, rainbow, black, turquoise, white, pink, orange, two and three tone colors, and a bright red-orange sparkling rose. “Who owns this place?” Marvin asks. “There’s a plaque with the owner’s name on it over here,” Talie says leading the way. The memorial reads: Jonathan Rutherford and Ellen Campanilli Rutherford established “Roses of the Garden” in 1913. “Wow,” Marvin says, “They must have some secret formula regarding horticulture because I’ve never seen such roses!”
Self-love is the most important thing you can do for yourself and the world. It took me years to understand that I am my very best friend and all the years of self-loathing and bashing hurt me in ways that I can never fully understand. Quite frankly, I didn’t know how to be kind to myself or how to love myself in such a way that was honest and gentle.
Why was I so cruel to myself? Perhaps that’s a different blog, but I believe it’s partly because I wasn’t taught in school about self-love. I was taught that I need to respect adults and be kind to others, but relating to myself is not something that I remember along with my geography lessons (which I’m terrible at). Respecting others is great and all, but what about me and my emotional self?
In my recent years, I created a program called ‘Interlinking’ that resets the structure of schooling today and shows children from pre-k through high school different levels of self and how to love oneself. It includes things like meditating to intensive journaling to understand feelings and relating that to faces (happy, sad…). I think the fundamentals and the way that we’ve taught over the years is stuck on default. The world is evolving, so why shouldn’t our schools evolve and get more in-touch with the human side of living.
I am not blaming the school boards for my lack of acceptance and understanding of self, nor am I blaming my parents or anyone else. I am saying that perhaps there’s a deeper side to life and it can be enhanced within a flawed system of schooling that teaches often things like history, math, etc., yet it rarely shows us how to show up in life and how to relate.
Think about it, how many of us come from a “Leave It To Beaver” kind of family? We are all living in some form of dysfunction, right? There is no “normal” to compare ourselves to others, but only the “normal” we know. I feel that if we have a structure that could teach from such a young age on how to identify feelings, how to talk about these feelings in a healthy way, and how to love and understand self that there would be many more people in the world who are their own best friends and who love themselves fully and unconditionally. Through therapy and much inner-work, I have that self-love that I wish I would’ve had years ago. My hope for every person in this world is that they experience acceptance and love of self!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lisa M. Zajkowski has an exhilaration for life while exploring all areas from the ethereal to the ordinary, and she appreciates learning something from every aspect. Her main theme in life is fun, as she indulges in laughter and looks for the positive in every situation. She also thrives on pushing the boundaries of the body while enduring in the sport of Triathlon, having completed a Half Ironman. However, it’s her first love of running that brings her an immense sense of liberation and connectedness with the beauty of the world. Lisa loves connecting with people, and being a massage therapist allows her to do this as she enjoys helping people facilitate healing within their innate body systems. She is comforted in the softer side of life while cuddling with her dogs and cat, and desires to own a horse ranch. Lisa revels in the freedom of being fluid in her writing, taking pleasure in all genres of authoring. She is currently working on Drama, Sci-Fi, and Horror novels.
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