How I manage my time and structure my day [PlanetJoy: Routine]

Life of a FREELANCER Massage Therapist and Collage Artist

Around 7:30 AM: wake up
Brush teeth
Tea (or hot water with lemon) ((at this time of year I love juice–cranberry, lemon ginger echinacea, apricot nectar, apple cider–whatever I’m in the mood for, mixed with hot water. Add cinnamon and ginger and voila!! Yummy.))
Read bible
Journal (try to write at least 2 pages)
Yoga or Barre workout (I use YouTube videos: Melissa West for yoga and Jessica Smith for barre)
Clean a little

Improving business
Try to get outside
Exercise (fitness blender on YouTube is excellent)

Talk to TJ
Go to bed

Of course, some days I am totally lazy and waste my whole day on Facebook and blogs and laughing at YouTube videos….lets just be honest.

Zodiac Women: Scorpio


Oct 24-Nov 21
Mistress of the smoulder. Very intense gaze. Lots of sex appeal.


What is LOVE?


What is love? (“Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more….”)

Love. According to the bible:

Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no records of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

But, what does that MEAN? I have heard those words over and over but haven’t really REALLY grasped the concept. Sooooo I got out my trusty Rogets International Thesaurus ((yay.))

What love IS

Love is patient. Love supports, sustains, bears with, puts up with, stands for, takes what comes, braves, holds still, stands still for, submits, grins and bears it, is armed with patience.

Love is accepting, understanding, indulgent, long-suffering, enduring, disciplined, self-controlled, persevering, humble, adapting. All in good time. Good things come to those who wait. 

Love is good, decent, gracious, warmhearted, tender, loving, affectionate, sympathetic, compassionate, brotherly, sweet, mild, easy to get along with, agreeable

Love is bighearted, generous, considerate, thoughtful, attentive, tactful, mindful of others, has good intentions.

Love is humble, modest, simple, Christlike.

Love comes on bended knee, treats well, does right by, is at ones service, spoils, has heart in the right place, makes love not war.

Love minds ones manners, observes etiquette, waits upon, is graceful, old fashioned, chivalrous, well-mannered & well-spoken, housebroken, refined, ladylike, suave, thinking of others, makes a sacrifice, does unto others, is unpretentious.

Love is devoted, committed, unpossessive, great souled, openhanded, noble, doing the right thing, upright, honest, pure, clean, innocent.

Love plays by the rules, practices what it preaches, speaks the truth, is frank, tells it like it is.

Love is virtuous, full of integrity, openhearted, straightforward, direct, heart to heart, trustworthy, reliable, responsible, faithful.

Love defends, shields, guards, advocates for, champions, fortifies, shelters, keeps safe, nestles, unmolested, undamaged, founded upon a rock, out of harms way, snug, cozy, alls well!

Love takes to heart, attatches weight to, takes on faith, trusts ones word, is confident in, satisfied, certain, easy in ones mind, secure, sure, no doubt, no second thoughts.

Love counts on, looks for, expects, trusts, confides, presumes, feels confident, rests assured, relies on.

Love is optimistic, sunny, of good cheer, upbeat, thinking positively.

Love puts a bold face on, cheers, inspires, supports, promises, looks up, encourages.

Love persists, keeps going, endures, holds on, stays.

Love is faithful, undiscouraged, rain or shine, come what may, all the way.


Next we will look at what love is NOT.

Bio for Joy Boardman, PlanetJoy:Otherworldly Massages


Joy Boardman 

Massage therapist:

*provides mind-blowing mini-massages in shops downtown: 


Cranberry’s every Friday from 1-5

Made; every Sunday (Nov/Dec) from 12:30-5

*performs myofascial release (gentle, deep-tissue massage) for Year of Massage clients in her home office on Sears Hill

*helps out at Alls Well Massage on Beverly Street 

Art therapist:

*hosts collage art parties around town and in home

*helps women set goals and craft treasure maps to their hearts’ desires

*hosts powerful women’s retreats which teach how to be EXCITED about your life 

It all began with lefty-scissors and a trip to Spain. 

Not only do Collage and Massage rhyme, they BOTH provide spiritual healing for mind and body.

When I’m not actively working with women to improve their lives, you can find me hosting full moon parties, doing nutrition research, making eye masks & aromatherapy bath fizzies. Also, drinking wine, eating food, and dancing….

*I know how to tango

*I’ve been to England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain (twice! &first time all by myself!!), France, & Italy 

*My hair has been at least 10 different colors

*I went to Governors School for Art when I was in high school 

*I started working for myself when I was 24 years old. 

*I studied at The Steiner Institute of Massage in Charlottesville, VA 

*I’m an only child of a single parent with mental illness 

*I work mostly with busy women (entrepreneurs, teachers, mothers) 

*I’m a liberal Christian, tree hugger, wild child, & pixie kitten 

*I want more than anything for women to take time to take care of themselves and live lives that make them excited to get up in the morning. 

I believe that there’s always time for a great glass of wine, life is too short not to eat as much as you like, & buying organic is important. I believe you should always be yourself and tell the truth: no holding back. I believe people will be just as happy as they allow themselves to be. I believe you can cure what ails you using natural foods, supplements, & essential oils instead of running to the doctor for medication. I believe touch is the universal language and it’s SO important to connect with each other.

Find out how to make time for yourself, take care of your body, and live your most exciting life:

Message me to set up an appointment:



PlanetJoy: Otherworldly Massages, Planet-Friendly Collages



October playlist 2014


Just a little mix of songs I’ve been listening to lately!

October playlist 2014:


Malady Monday: Gastritis

I have a client suffering from chronic gastritis. She constantly has an awful taste in her mouth and has a very hard time finding foods that will sit well with her.

Literally means “stomach inflammation”
Term for any weak or damaged stomach lining

The mucus lining of your stomach protects from acids that help digest food.

Common causes:
Infection, pain medication, stress, alcohol, bile reflux

Made worse by:
Poor digestion, poor metabolism, & blocked elimination

Other factors that can worsen gastritis:
Overeating, excessive tea, coffee, or alcohol, excessive condiments (vinegar), stress, heat and sun



*licorice tea
*2 cups of coconut water every day
*lemon juice relieves vomiting sensation and bloating
*hot water with cumin
*milk (only low-fat or fat-free to control stomach acid)
(Do not drink with meals–dilutes digestive juices and delays digestion)


Lean meats: chicken, cold water fish
(Key words: broiled, grilled, or roasted)
Rice, barley
Broccoli (actually KILLS h.pylori)
Potatoes, asparagus, carrots, peas
Apples (apple juice, apple sauce)
Pomegranate, grapes, peaches, pears, melon, kiwis
Bananas (eat with low-fat or fat-free milk in the morning)
Garlic, Coriander, cardamom (soothing)

Ginger (chewing ginger before meals stimulates digestion & treats acid)
1/2-1 t fennel after every meal
((Make sure to eat at strict times))

Vitamin e
Aloe vera

Do NOT eat fried food
red meat, red pepper,
sour foods, pickles,
oranges, grapefruit, figs, berries, dried fruit
black tea, coffee,
sweets, and aerated drinks

Stop eating at least 2 hours before bedtime.


Figuring things out

Making: odd life choices. I’m trying to intentionally become less busy but I am not sure what that looks like, yet.


Cooking: well BROILING leftover pizza….and adding herb de provence to make it, um, fancy.

Drinking: not enough, apparently. I need more lemon water in my life and I’m going to make it happen

Reading: Timothy Feris’ 4-Hour Workweek because I havent read it in years and want to see what was so life-changing about it.


Wanting: my face to stop freaking out. Also, I want to have more energy and for my mom to cheer up….

Looking: at my mess of a room. And getting upset about it. What is HAPPENING?!


Playing: Kokology is a fabulous way to get to know someone really well. I recommend it. 

Wasting: too much time being tired. Not spending enough time cleaning and exercising. If those are the only two things I ever want to do, why are they always the LAST things I actually get around to doing?


Sewing: eyemasks. I need to be sewing eyemasks. Because they sell fast and people love them….okay so exercise, clean, and sew eyemasks. Three things.


Wishing: I didn’t like pizza so much….it always makes my stomach hurt but I LOOOOOOVE it.


Enjoying: memories of yesterday. Making the Soctober film was unexpected and delightful.

Waiting: for it to be 3:45 so I can get ready for my massage appointment. Whenever I have things scheduled it makes the day feel like it takes 800years longer.

Liking: the idea I have in my head of a perfectly clean house where I can REST knowing I have finally gotten to the point where I can STOP worrying about how messy everything is.


Wondering: how clutter binds together so fast. It’s horror-movie creepy. One minute everything has its place and the next everything is EVERYWHERE.

Loving: the concept of free-time.

Needing: someone to come help keep me company so I don’t have a meltdown about everything in my life feeling so overwhelming.


Smelling: an oddly stale smell….I just want to dump baking soda all over my LIFE.

Wearing: too many clothes.

Noticing: that I haven’t written in my journal in a few days and THAT is probably why I am feeling overwhelmed.

Knowing: if I put one foot in front of the other and focus only on the things I HAVE to do….life will be pretty okay.

Thinking: it’s time for me to mentally prepare for cold weather….


Feeling: yucky. But, if I get up and start cleaning I will feel much better right away!


Giggling: at the remembrance of our awkward impromptu dance party on Sears Hill, yesterday…. :)