Archive for ‘Finding Purpose’

Making Soap With Meraki

Meraki – a Greek word which in English means to do something with passion, love and undivided attention.

Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

Making soap has recently become my favorite passion project. Creating soap is creative and unpredictable. There seem to be an infinite number of ingredients that you can add to change the color, fragrance and texture. Soap is also useful and I can try out my creations every time I take a shower or wash my hands.

For Mother’s Day my daughter sent me the book Milk Soaps: 35 Skin-Nourishing Recipes for Making Milk-Enriched Soaps, from Goat to Almond by Anne-Marie Faiola and I’m very excited about trying out the techniques shown in the book. The soap pictured above is made using the Circling Taiwan Swirl technique shown in the Milk Soap book and on Ms. Faiola’s Soap Queen website.


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Nirvan Mudra Card

From the card deck “Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit” by Gertrud Hirschi

One of my yoga teachers lets us randomly select a card before class from a card deck called Mudras for Body, Mind and Spirit: The Handy Course in Yoga The teacher suggests that we set an intention based on the card. This week I picked the Nirvan Mudra card of longing and yearning. The back of the card had an interesting and complex description that I have been thinking about, especially the part about moving up the spiral.

My feelings of longing and yearning are usually for people and places from my past. For example, summers bring a yearning for my grandparents. I vividly remember staying at their house during the summer and going swimming at the town pool or in a nearby river. But I’m interpreting the card’s advice as not to dwell on the past but instead to focus on yearning for future events and even life beyond the present one.

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Be Yourself

Willow City Loop, Fredericksburg, Texas April 2019
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

This cheerful red flower in a sea of bluebonnets reminded me of the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The book was popular when I was about 10 years old. I remember absorbing a message from the book of being yourself and not conforming. I also liked going to the beach and watching the gulls fly, imagining one of them to be Jonathan.

A few days ago my husband and I drove the Willow City Loop between Fredericksburg and Llano in the Texas Hill Country. The multi-colored wildflowers, meandering creek and rocky hills were beautiful.

Willow City Loop, April 2019
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

Appreciating the present

Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas.
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” Walt Whitman

I walk by this old train station every day without really noticing it. This morning the blue sky, trees leafing out and a new paint job on the building caused me to notice and appreciate the intricate plaster castings on the building. I spend a lot of time thinking about the future and often forget to appreciate the things and people right in front of me.

Sunset Station, built in 1902, stopped functioning as a train station in 1998. The building is now rented out for events.

Front of Sunset Station
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier
West-facing side of Sunset Station.
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

Do you know your Life Path Number?

Yellowstone National Park, Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

Last year I began worrying that I hadn’t yet found my life purpose so I enrolled in a free email class on finding your purpose on the website “The Diary of an Empath”. (I highly recommend doing the class.) One of our first assignments was to calculate our Life Path Number.

Your Life Path Number is calculated by adding together the numbers in your birth date until you have a single digit or 11. So my birthday is June 13, 1962 which calculates to 0+6+1+3+1+9+6+2 = 28. Then you add those together 2+8 = 10. And you end up with 1+0 = 1. So my Life Path Number is 1. Then you can look on a website such as this one from Felicia Bender to read a description of your Life Path Number.

After I determined my Life Path Number I calculated the numbers for family members and friends. I found the numbers to be surprisingly accurate for their personalities and career choices. Many of my family members work or volunteer as teachers and their Life Path Numbers all corresponded to either the Teacher or Nurturer type.

I’m still searching for my life purpose but learning my Life Path Number helped me become more aware of my personal strengths and weaknesses. If you found it useful to learn your Life Path Number then you may want to calculate other numbers such as your Personality Number and your Heart’s Desire/Soul Urge number.

The Journey Begins

San Antonio sunset 2

Hello.  I created this blog to share my creativity, inspiration, spiritual musings and interesting discoveries.  I split my time between a high-rise building in downtown San Antonio, Texas, and a house in the country near Fredericksburg, Texas.  My interests include making soap and bath and body items;  greeting cards and paper crafts;  candle making; yoga; baking bread; listening to music and playing my flute; attending musicals and plays; travel and restaurants; and bee keeping.  I live with my husband and dog Hannah and I have two Millenial children.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and inspirations with me.