Friday Friends: Ursula & Cham Glam Botanika

Happy Friday, Friends! I love to share interviews with inspiring creatives entrepreneurs! Today we welcome the delightful Ursula from Cham Glam Botanika of Guam ūüá¨ūüáļ Ursula’s Healing Balm is what inspired me to get back to writing my book! Seriously– this stuff is the greatest! I knew I wanted to interview her someday. Today is the day! As they say on the island of Guam- Hafa Adai, Ursula!

1.     So, can you tell us a bit about your business? 

¬∑        In a dukduk shell, ChamGlam stands for Chamorrita Glamour. We are a local green beauty, eco luxe brand. Our products are made in small batches and hand poured. We use organic and fair trade shea+mango butters and feature Maracuja oil (highly regenerative) into our products. We are proud to be a Farm2Face brand, supporting local farmers on island. I am an Herbalist and I have been blessed to apprentice with our traditional healers here in the Marianas. I wanted to honor the sacredness of healing plants while looking dudus* simultaneously (editors note- dudus means feminine/pretty) . ChamGlam Botanika is inspired by the beautiful floral hues of our islands and the maga’h√•gas who have guided us.


2.     Do you have a favorite creation? 

¬∑       Wow! That‚Äôs hard to choose. I love cooking up all of them! I do love infusing the achote in healing oils as the base for the ‚ÄėDudus‚Äô lip butter. I can watch the colors change all day!  Such gorgeous hues of deep red and coral. Actually, my mother is the inspiration for the brand as well as Dudus lip butter. She wears coral so beautifully and I thought to myself, ‚Äėhmmm I can create that using achote!‚Äô I also love the process of making the ylanylang perfume solid. Visiting with my mali‚Äô and daydreaming under her magical tree. We then pick the flowers and then I infuse it and blend with other healing plants. Our ancestors have historically used Ylangylang for ceremonial purposes. Perfect for anointing and lifting your spirit.  There‚Äôs a sacredness that‚Äôs involved and I feel honored being in this space to pay homage to our ancestors this way.


3.     How did you decide which plants to use?

¬∑       They tell me! I have a deep love for our healing plants. They‚Äôve been healing and anointing us for thousands of years. They provide us with food, shelter and medicine. I love the emolliency of shea and mango butters. Have you ever smelled mango butter? It smells like to‚Äôa mango. Brings you back to totchi‚Äôing it in donn√® and salt in your nana‚Äôs outside kitchen. I also use Maracuja oil, which is luxurious healing oil. She‚Äôs derived from the seeds of the passionflower and is highly emollient. High in essential fatty acids, she soothes dry cracked skin as well as helping sun damaged skin recover. And she boosts collagen production too! I love her!  


4.  What do you like to do for fun?

¬∑       I love hiking with my son and fianc√© to visit our sacred, ancestral sites. I love doing little √•mot hikes and demos with kids to share our healing plant knowledge with them. I hope that by learning about them they will be inclined to protect them. I love to go to the beach and indulge in sunset swims with my ladyloves. 


5.     What is one unusual thing about you?

¬∑       Only one? LOL!! There are many! I‚Äôm an unusual being!  Here we go: I love the sound of phone book pages flipping (calms my soul!), I love slowly peeling off stickers and price tags (soo satisfying), I talk to my plants like they‚Äôre my best friends, I love love love love cilantro, and last but not least I have a corn beef key tattoo. Ox & Palm! It‚Äôs my comfort food. 



6.     What tv shows/ movies are you watching these days?

¬∑       So many! I can’t stop watching Chambers! Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is my other favorite. I love to cook! The Big Family Cooking Showdown is soooo good! I always end up crying LOL! Grown-ish, Black-ish, Claws, Handmaid‚Äôs Tale, She‚Äôs Gotta Have It, Insecure are my other favorites. ! I recently watched Pachamama with my little love bear so it‚Äôs on repeat. It‚Äôs about this little boy in the Andes who dreams of becoming a shaman. Oh! And Maisa, the CHamoru girl who saves Gu√•han, another fave of my love bear. 


7.     Do you have a theme song?

¬∑       Theme soundtrack! La Raza by Kid Frost and Suavecito by Malo and Brujas by Princess Nokia and Kiss of Life by Sade and Lookout Weekend by Debbie Deb Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers Uptown Ranking by Althea and Donna


8.     What is one thing you would tell your younger self?

¬∑       Don‚Äôt get boo‚Äôd up too quickly mamas. Don‚Äôt let anyone get in the way of your hustle. 


9.     Is there anything else you would like to share with us today?

¬∑       Keep supporting eco-friendly products Bonitas! You can‚Äôt be Dudus on a depleted planet, let‚Äôs do our part! 


Stay Dudus yan Biba Green Beauty!

IG: ChamGlam

Farm2Face, Eco-Luxe, Organic

Be sure to check out our other Friday Friends interviews! Here are just a few from earlier this year.

Katie & LuLaRoe


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Mo Quintana & tomiandcleo

Wednesday Wellness: Journaling

Welcome, Friends! I started writing about wellness topics on Wednesday’s as I noted many of my friends an creative types struggle with balance, as do I. Join me on my journey as I explore mental health and self care, stumbling along the way!

Even before I was an author, I was a writer. I vividly remember when I was six years old, I insisted that my dad drive me downtown to buy a diary. I have always written in one form or another: journals, stories, blogs. (If you write a blog post and nobody reads it, is it a journal?) Did you have a pen pal when you were a kid? I had several. Some of those letters were epic, let me tell you! It was a form of journaling.

Currently I am journaling in no less than five journals. And that’s not even all of them! I can think of two more which I have only temporarily abandoned, and one more which I would like to replace. (Then there’s a really fun one I might want to start up again!) Let me explain.

Each journal has its own function and purpose. I can keep five journals simultaneously because each has its own design and intention. First, I’ll start with my daily planner. Sure, I use it to organize my future plans. But I also use it to keep track of what I do from day to day. See my posts on creative, decorative journaling and how it helps me manage my anxiety. #PlanforMagic Journal No. 1.

Journal No.2. This is my work notebook. Similarly, it is my list collection of daily activities, but at work. This is something i reference often something when I have a similar instance, and want to recall how i processed something. Recently, I changed the way I use it. I now refer to it as my Success Log. See my post here on how to keep a success log. Basically I now track what I did, instead of listing what I have to do. I find this mindset helps keep anxiety at bay. Of course, I till need to track my To Do items, so I write them on Post it’s and stick them on the facing page. This practice reminds me of the Word Banks that we used in creative writing in school. Use these words. Do these things. But it’s okay to keep moving them to the next day, accordingly.

Journal. No. 3. At my birthday brunch a couple of months ago, everybody gave me a journal. How delightful! My besties know me so well. Here is one of them. Isn’t it gorgeous? This one reminds me of Lucy’s journal in the TV series Timeless. I am using this one for traditional journaling, by this i mean recording feelings and processing difficult subjects. Like what, you ask. Oh just the basics, you know, inspiration and mortality…

Journal No. 4 is my book journal. This is a entralized place dedicated to my book writing. It is part organization, part freewriting, part collage. I cut and paste in images, doodle, list, the like. I have some larger worksheets that I fold and insert in the back. I may list questions that I have for further research. I may list websites which have been helpful to reference.

Journal No 5. I received this one as a gift. With my success with my work journal and my personal daily planner, I decided to try this one. It is basically an interactive goal-setting workbook. I appreciate how it guides you. This one is designed for career and professional goals, but I think I am using it more for personal goals. It is like having a personal coach in your back pocket. In the past, I have used Leonie Dawson’s guides for this purpose. Here is a link to the Acheivement Journal I am using now. Here is a link to the Life Goals workbook I have used before.

Not pictured: Gratitude Journal. Last year I used a guided gratitude journal that was in almanac style. I realized quickly that my daily planner (journal no 1) was the source and reference for completing my gratitude journal. Although you can use a gratitude journal daily, I found that I would often have Gratitude Sessions, in which I would sit in a cafe and open my daily planner to where I’d left off in my gratitude journal. I’d review the planner, taking one thing per day to write about in my gratitude journal. I found it to be a great way to savor my memories, as well as my coffee or tea! I began to look forward to my practice of self care in this way.

Travel Journal: I always encourage my children to keep a journal when we are on vacation, just as my parents did for me, when I was a kid. Last summer my daughter and I each created our own travel journals: smaller booklets with diary entries, weather tracking, memorabilia and photos. This is a good, first activity if you are overwhelmed by the idea of journalling, because it is contained and limited in scope. Read my post “Dear Diary” about how special it was to read my friend’s travel journal after she died.

Training journals: I keep a notebook for professional trainings I attend. I keep a separate notebook for personal development sessions- coaching, podcasts, or webinars.

Collage Journal: This was a favorite activity I started in 2011. The memorabilia and paraphernalia is what makes the collage journal magic. Here is a sample of my collage journal spread.

Bullet Journal: this is a modern minimalistic journal practice. It is very trendy now. I have seen examples that are simplistic habit trackers and goals/ lists, and others with ornate doodles and drawings. Usually done with a small journal with grids, you make a table of contents and may use a code. Bullet Journaling/ Bujo also has a cult following. This is another good introduction into journaling. This can be an “everything” journal, in which case you may need to replace it every month. Try it for 30 days. See if it works for you!

Do you journal? What kind of journalling do you practice?

Friday Friends: Sapira Cheuk & Dolce Planner

Happy Friday, Friends! On Fridays, I like to feature creatives. I am delighted to spotlight artist-entrepreneur Sapira Cheuk of Dolce Planner. I personally have found her hand drawn designs to be the perfect enhancements for my daily planner. Her work is inspiring, literally inspiring us to do more, and to love our lives. Be sure to check out her online store! I hope you enjoy the interview. Welcome, Sapira!

1. So, what have you created and produced?

  1. I have 2 main creative outlet, first is my contemporary art practice and the second are my planner stickers. They are very different from each other and serves different purpose. I don’t see these two outlets as contradictory even tho they look and represent very different things, rather, I see them as different ways of expressing.
  • My contemporary art practice are mostly ink paintings on paper influenced by traditional Chinese brush paintings, the subject are usually about women’s embodiment and subjectivity. 
  • My planner stickers theme usually revolves around different girl themed activities or identities. 

2. What subjects & causes are near and dear to your heart?

  • Most of the works I produced have the female experience in mind. While I identify as a feminist, that identity is rooted in the believe of equality. 
  • 3. Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?

    It’s magic! Sometimes it feels like making a half-remembered dream real, sometimes I just start drawing and whatever takes shape, takes shape.

    4. What do you like to do for fun?

    I love to eat! I know it’s not good to link food with reward, but it’s sometime I look forward to mostly. I also love to draw, play Switch, drink wine, and go to museums/galleries.

    5. What is one unusual thing about you?

  • I love Star Trek, my favorite is TNG
  • 6. What music inspires you?

    My music taste is kind of all over the place, I would describe as indie electronic/pop. I keep a playlist on spotify specifically for painting. 

    7. How many books did you read last year?

    20ish – mostly audible 

    8. Ranch or Blue Cheese?

    Both!!! Both I especially love Ranch with pizza

    9. What are you working on right now?

    March Passion Planner Sticker subscription designs 

    10. What tv shows/ movies are you watching these days?

    I don’t watch a lot of TV, on weekends I like action movies. 

    11. Do you have a theme song?

    No… not yet

    12. What is one thing you would tell your younger self?

    Do what you love and don’t give up! 

  • Thank you for letting me share a little bit of me today!
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    Wednesday Wellness: Success Log

    Greetings, Friends!

    I started writing about wellness topics on Wednesdays, as I noted how many of my creative friends struggle with balance, as do I. Join me on my quest for wellness as I stumble along the way– literally!

    Accidental Planner

    If you are reading this you likely already know that I am sort of the Accidental Planner, as a creative spontaneous type I eschewed formal list-making and such, until I became a mom.  I happened upon the Planning Community only two years ago and it really has changed my life.  Now I enjoy planning!  There are so many creative tools available to personalize your planning experience.  There are so many etsy shops with creative and functional stickers. There are Facebook groups and instagram for sharing layouts and ideas. It has taken me a little while to get into the groove, but now I know how to really USE my planner- in a way that works for me.


    Good Vibes


    What Works for Me:

    I use a vertical weekly planner with 3 sections and no time stamps.  I like to list and use color, and of course, sticker! This was working very well for my life and life/work management.  I wanted to keep work details separate, so I keep a work-only notebook on my desk.  I used to keep To Do lists, but I found that to be somewhat anxiety-producing, so now I keep a Success Log.

    I keep a running list of what I do all day, as I do it. This allows me to feel more accomplished.¬† Instead of getting stressed about what I need to do, I feel satisfaction at having completed it.¬† At the end of the day, it looks like a To Do list, only it’s all Done.


    Success Log

    When I Stumble

    Recently I took a bad fall and had to recover at home for a week.¬† My planner was a great tool for me during this time, as I had previously decorated it with inspiring stickers for the week. I also used some stickers that said “Over It” “Survived Today” and “Let myself rest.”¬†¬† And my daily list became Reminders: Rest, Meds, Ice, Repeat.


    Got Ice

    But What About Deadlines?

    I do keep deadlines & priorities in the forefront of my mind by using the weekly sidebar on my life planner.  For my Success Log at work, I use a project management spiral notebook which has a blank sidebar, and numbered lines.  I also use the reminders feature in Outlook to keep my digital work calendar up to date.

    Memory Keeper & Gratitude Journal

    My life planner weekly spreads are so fun to create and decorate!  I often write in what we actually did, and even name the shows we watched and food we ate (or the amusement park rides we rode!).  It then becomes a memory keeper, which I can reference as I write in my separate Gratitude Journal. This is a good practice to keep staying positive.

    Quotes of the Month

    There is a blank page following the last week of each month in my planner.  I use this area to write funny or significant quotes that my family members say.  I found this was a really neat way to memory keep, as well.  Each member of my family has a different color for their events and quotes in my book.  My daughter is pink, and my son is orange.  So I can tell at a glance who said what.

    How do YOU stay organized?

    Please let us know in the comments!

    Read about my Plan to Have Fun philosophy here.

    Read about my 15 -year Historical Spreadsheet for Holiday Gift-Giving here.

    Wednesday Wellness: Information at your Service

    Happy Wellness Wednesday! I started writing about wellness topics on Wednesdays as I noted so many of my friends and creatives struggle with balance, as do I. Join me on my journey towards Wellness, along the yellow brick road, acknowledging all things shiny along the way.

    One of my first jobs was working at the bookstore at the mall. I loved to work the Information Desk. It was a really neat way to be helpful and also learn things along the way. Many times somebody would ask me a question and I didn’t even know that I knew the answer until they asked. This continued as I moved on to the bigger flagship bookstore. I would put books on hold for myself, but after a few days return them to the shelves, as it seemed just thinking about them helped me realize what I needed to about them. Information was everywhere. So many books, so much information. It was my job to help people, but they were helping me, too. They were helping me develop my intuition.

    I’m only just realizing that my current job (of twenty years!) is kind of like that, too. People come to me for assistance, and I assist them. They might ask me for information. I might know the answer, or I might know whom to ask to get the answer. I am providing information, as well as learning information. Sometimes still, I am able to provide the answer, not even realizing that I had already known the answer until that very moment. A little glimmer of a whisper in the back of my mind comes forth. And I am humbled.

    The Doctor is IN

    I am NOT a doctor. But I can help you find a book.

    My dear friend Noel was a kindred spirit, and we both used to improvise playing piano.¬† When people said they liked her piano playing, she’d say “Isn’t it great?¬†It’s the Holy Spirit!” She had a way of playing a song that is commonly known as ‚Äúfaking it.‚ÄĚ There are Fake Books published, and this means the basic notes of the melody are noted and lyrics, but no other music is provided, only the Guitar Chords. It is an outline for the recipe of the song, if you will. There are many ways of making chocolate chip cookies, but in the end, they are all chocolate chip cookies. I love to improvise as I play piano, in fact, I even ignore the written accompaniment, now. If you listen hard enough, you can play the tune. You can play notes, or you can play music. You can follow a recipe, or you can make a cookie.¬† Are you with me?

    So often something reminds me of something else.  Many times, I find myself looking for something, when, in fact, I find something else which I had been looking for before. Whomp, there it is.

    Call it The Secret, the Law of Attraction, remote preparation, seek and ye shall find.

    I truly believe that having an open mind allows one to perceive truths one might not otherwise recognize.

    Everything in your life thus far has prepared you for the next moment. It’s synchronicity.

    This afternoon as I drove around during my lunch break,¬†the 80s station played¬†that¬†song “Pure Energy”¬†by a group called Information Society.¬†¬†Upon entering¬†a place of business, I heard their¬†radio station¬†playing¬†“Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha.

    What I know for sure, is that I am not yet aware of all that I already know.

    What do you know?

    Travel Tips: Family Getaway

    For a recent family getaway, we went to Las Vegas for two nights.¬† We enjoyed a wonderful time, and I will detail our activities in a future post.¬† But today, I wish to share with you¬†some of my travel tips.¬† This is not a sponsored post- no one is paying me to talk up their products.¬†¬†Just a¬†couple of tips and tricks I have picked up along my journey.¬† I am a strong believer in “paying it forward-” and I hope my experience may help you plan your own¬†fabulous vacations!


    Eiffel Tower, Paris, Las Vegas


    We packed for all four of us for two nights.  Happily everything fit in one big suitcase. (Always pack your medications in your carry on.) Basically we packed two day outfits for each person, plus pajamas, underwear and bathing suits.  Everyone wears tennis shoes on the plane, and we pack flip flops for swimming. For myself, I packed an extra dress and flats, because I like to dress up if we are going to see a show.  My daughter wore cute skorts that were comfortable in the day and pretty for evening.  My husband and son wore khaki shorts and a polo shirt or t shirt.  We were in Las Vegas, after all!  Where is was no less than 105* F.

    When I am in a hot, humid location, I prefer to use liquid makeup.¬† I find this keeps my skin moisturized and not itchy. I use liquid foundation and concealer, as well as liquid lipstick.¬† A tube of lipstick¬†can melt.¬† A liquid lipstick tube with applicator fits the bill.¬† I also bring along these Almay Q-tip eye make-up removers for touch ups.¬† When traveling, I bring eye shadow crayons, like these double sided ones I found on Avon (similar here).¬† They are super convenient!¬†Six colors on 3 sticks and I can do “Sunset Eyes.”¬†sunset eyes Read more about my travel make-up case (and other tips!) here in my post “Cruisin’ 101”

    The best tip I have for you is to¬†bring along these microfiber towels.¬† You can find them in Target, or on Amazon. I hold them one at time¬†under the faucet to fill it with water.¬† Then you must really wring it out.¬† A quick¬†“snap” and you are ready to go.¬† Wear around the neck for instant cooling sensation.¬† So important when we are traveling in the hot summer.¬† If you can keep cool, you can keep your wits about you- am I right?

    cool kids

    Cool Kids

    Here is an awesome bag I found on the internet last year. It is called Not-a-bag and it folds into itself for easy storage, then opens up to a regular tote bag, or you can pull the straps through to turn it into a back pack. 25 Euro and worth it.  I pack it in my airplane carry-on, just in case. It is perfect for when you are walking down the Strip.  Sometimes places do not allow backpacks for security reasons (sport arenas), and so this is convenient alternative.

    One more thing- I love to read but I did NOT bring a book this time.¬†I had finished my “vacation” book the week prior, because it was so good!¬† And the next book I wanted to read was a big and heavy paperback.¬† So I downloaded the free sample from Amazon Kindle (usually 1-3 chapters) and brought a magazine.¬† #PackLight

    I will detail our travels in a separate post, but for now, let me share with you that in Vegas, I prefer taxiing versus using Uber.¬† Uber is only very slightly lower in price, but the designated pickup spots are NOT at the front of the hotels.¬† They are in weird locations such as the parking garage, 3rd floor. If you are in Vegas without a car, you don’t want to even enter a parking garage.¬† For that reason it’s so much easier and more convenient to just take the cab.

    Finally I want to underline the importance of planning.  Do your research before.  Think about what you want to see and do, and mock up an itinerary. I used for this trip. I am so glad I did, because I found out that a couple restaurants we wanted to revisit had since closed.  Understand that you may need to be flexible.  Things happen.  And in a taxi town, everything takes longer to get to than you think.

    Tune in next time to see what we did!

    What are your favorite travel tips?




    Who wants to attract abundance? (Who doesn’t?) I have started my own manifesting abundance practice, combining elements from various teachings, and let me tell you, it’s working.  In more ways than I could have imagined.

    As my friends and readers know, I have been working on wellness.¬† I read a ton of personal¬†growth- type articles, books, my own faith community and am developing my own wellness toolkit. What works for me mat not work for you, I’m just sharing because starting the conversation can start somebody else’s journey.

    So my kinesiologist suggested to me the crystal Pyrite.¬† I was intrigued because it’s a bit muted in hue, and it appealed to me. I find 24 karat gold a bit much, and I had¬†even dipped my yellow gold engagement and wedding rings into white gold a few years ago.¬†¬†But the muted tones I quite like.¬† I am an introvert, after all.

    Admittedly, I have¬†had a block when it comes to wealth and abundance.¬† I’ve observed persons who became “wealthy” and affluent¬†who cease to function like nice, normal human beings.¬† So I’ve resisted it.¬†Is it any wonder the universe hasn’t shown me abundance, then?

    So to honor this new practice, I placed my pyrite bracelet on my nightstand beside my other crystals, bracelets and Himalayan salt lamp.  Some days I placed it in my clear glass Coventina dedication, with coins. It looks really pretty when I circle the top of the glass with the bracelet.

    During this time I started practicing mindfulness- particularly with drinking.¬† I started drinking lemonade, honey tea, ginger ale, and the like, thinking “Liquid Gold” as I drank. I bought a scarf with sparkling threads, and I started bringing out my yellow gold jewelry again.¬† Wearing my pyrite bracelet every day and night. Applying my favorite True Gold eyeshadow highlighter. All with the intention of attracting abundance. (A couple years back, I wore orange for a month and sparked my creativity- publishing a book of poetry and recording a CD.)

    I had lost my citrine crystal earlier in the year, and every time I passed my crystals I would think fervently, “Doh!¬† I wish I had my citrine!”¬† I honestly believe that just having that thought in my head seems to have activated her benefits.¬† Surprise checks, rebates, and royalties started coming in.¬†¬†¬†My new book sold more than a few copies each month.¬† My blog tour and book release party were quite successful, and my one of my guest posts received my most retweets ever!

    Recognizing the power of thought and mindfulness, I amped up my prayers and gratitude. I added the dynamic of fierce, fervent thought.  It is the focus and for lack of a better word- loudness of the thought which seems to give it power.

    Some days I awake and fervently thank God, Jesus, Mary, or Jesus-Mary-and-Joseph.  Some days I thank the Goddesses for their energy.  Does it really matter what religion one practices?  Not really.  So long as one is humble and kind to others.

    Some days I fall asleep remembering the 80’s power ballad “Gold” by Spandau Ballet.

    Nothing left to make me feel small
    Luck has left me standing so tall

    Always believe in your soul
    You’ve got the power to know
    You’re indestructible, always believe in, ‘cos you are

    I’m glad that you’re bound to return
    There’s something I could have learned
    You’re indestructible, always believe in

    I admit it’s not much, and I’m certainly not affluent.¬† I still struggle with rewarding myself with too many little desserts and not enough big major important things like good tennis shoes or a really good bra. But I am aware in a new way.¬† And one of the things that has turned me off from¬†wealth in the past has been lack of community.¬†So I¬†selected another charity which I have wanted to support, and made a donation.¬† Felt really good.

    It’s not magic. It’s work.¬† I have to remember to focus. I have to remember to do the work.¬† I have to sign up for these app companies that give you rebates.¬†I have to connect with readers.¬†All these lucky charms talismans are¬†just things- ¬†it’s the power of your¬†thoughts/faith/belief and ACTIVITY¬†that makes them “work.”

    I’m now working on adding to my fervent thoughts of liquid gold- my health and my art-making. What if I applied this gold manifesting to health?¬† Can you imagine? I’m also working on my new book. I AM READY.

    If¬†I were to suddenly found myself extremely wealthy, I’d¬†build two resorts on a tropical island- one¬†for commercial use and one reserved just for¬†my family and friends, and¬†sponsor wellness retreats on site. That, and start a music education cable TV channel.

    What would you do?

    What’s stopping you?

    You are Gold.

      Gold by Spandau Ballet