Skip to main content

Posts

5-Minute Stress Relief: 75 Exercises to Quiet Your Mind and Calm Your Body (Book Review)

This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 

Let's talk about stress this month. I imagine right now, a lot of people are stressed out over back-to-school stuff, more so in a pandemic.
Typically, parents would be preparing their kiddos to go back to school—buying new clothes, backpacks, school supplies and lunch boxes—but 2020 has really done a doozy on the process this year. 
I really feel for parents, teachers, and kids right now. Are schools opening or not for in-person classes? Do parents have to figure out home school or online learning options? Will kids ever get to see their friends during the school year and have normal, kid lives again? How are teachers going to cope with all of this, too? How do administrators keep kids safe if they return to in-person classes?
It's so incredibly stressful for all involved, with decisions literally impacting life and health to come. I don't envy anyone faced with th…
Recent posts

Using the Power of Your Mind: Virtual Vacations in the Time of COVID-19

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 


It's now July. The heat of summer is SIZZLING!! I don't know about where you live, but it's been in the high 90s here in Pittsburgh! I feel like I could fry an egg and bacon on the sidewalk and no one would bat an eyelash.
Typically I'd be down south by now, spending some time with my parents near the North Carolina beaches, enjoying a mix of high heat and humidity juxtaposed with ocean breezes and gentle evenings listening to the peepers.
But then COVID-19 happened, messing up vacation plans the world over.
I could sit here and be upset that I can't travel right now. I could feel bad for myself, even though I really have nothing to feel bad about. After all, I'm healthy and employed...I don't really have anything to complain about, except for general worry for the world, which sometimes lends to unhappiness and a feeling of helplessness…

On Pandemics and Productivity

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 


I can't believe we are already halfway through June, and I've only made one substantive post and two announcements here in 2020, so last week I sent my mailing list a message explaining my absence these past few months.
While I may not have any kind of viral following, the following I do have is steady, and people noticed I wasn't writing. Some asked me why. I gave them the basic answer but didn't really get into any negative things, because I'm not much of a complainer, and other people were going through so much more than I was — I didn't want to pile on.
I've been wanting to write here, but just...couldn't. And now I feel like I can again, but it seems weird to just resume writing without acknowledging that something happened. So let's get into the WHY of my absence. 
Between a deadly pandemic, natural disasters, racial injust…

And...we're back!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 


So if you caught my last post, I had taken some time out (between new job and pandemic and current events and life stuff and and and and...) to try to spiff up this website. 
Long story short: I've decided to stay on the Blogger platform for the time being, after all. It looks like they've actually made some improvements to the tools, so I'm going to give them a chance. Sorry for the change in plans, but I'm no web master, and I'm choosing my battles, LOL.
I did some meditations on acceptance recently, and I accept that I can just stay here!  
Look for a post next week. I've got a lot rattling around in this ole' noggin of mine, and this is my favorite place to put those thoughts.
Thanks for your patience during the downtime. :) 
In the meantime, make sure you catch in-between-posts content on the Facebook page by following me there. 
See y…

BRB - Renovations Underway

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 


Hello, I hope you are all well during the COVID-19 pandemic! We are doing fine here in Pittsburgh. We are sheltering in place and, so far, staying healthy.

I've been doing some work behind the scenes to make positively b.e.e. a better site. Since I work full time and also take on freelance work nights and weekends, this has been a slow-going process for me, but the blog WILL be back! 
Stay safe out there, and we'll see you soon! 






~positively b.e.e. is on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest. Follow me there!~

Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 


***Disclaimer: The following, as with any article on this website, is not to be construed as medical advice. It is simply my own exploration of a topic with links to additional information. Please consult with a medical professional for this and any health concern.

Hello everyone! I hope your new year is off to a good start!

For this month's post, I'd like to focus on something that affects many people this time of year: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as S.A.D. I call it the "winter blues."

This syndrome seems common among people I know (including myself). How many memes have I seen on social media about how January is unendingly dreary, long, and awful? Perhaps talking about it will help us disrupt some negativity!


What is seasonal affective disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder is type of mood disorder where specific symptoms are wor…

My 2020 Resolution: Going Within and Listening

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, by which I may be financially compensated. See Disclosures for more info. 


Greetings, all, and Happy Holidays! I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday season. 


We have had a nice set of holidays here at Chez Bee. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas were simple and lovely. My husband and I took time to cook together (though he treated me by doing most of the cooking on Christmas day; I was sous chef), and I've been rediscovering how much I enjoy baking. 

Since we downsized into this smaller house many years ago, I really haven't been doing that much baking due to our small and, frankly, terrible oven. We have one of those apartment-sized stoves (it came with the place), and we haven't replaced it yet. It doesn't bake evenly, and it doesn't have a light, and I'd just kind of lost my enthusiasm for baking. 

But then I discovered just how good my toaster oven is. Indeed, the manual gives instructions for baking sev…