Raquel English

A Splendid Few Weeks

I wish I could verbally express how much I have been enjoying my wonderful little life here on the coastal waters, especially these past few weeks. The little chickadees at the general store have given the gardener and I reminders of days past and that confidently we belong in a lovely little Victorian cottage tending chickens, growing and harvesting vegetables and heirloom flowers from Europe just steps away from the roaring ocean waves,  and nurturing little mischievous rabbits sitting below my feet as I write and illustrate my children’s storybooks.

I will begin volunteering at a lovely historic structure in my hometown. It’s sure to please me as I learn the exciting things about the historical grounds and rest in the beauty of serving my local community. I have a certification in historical restoration with a specificity on Victorian and the Arts and Crafts era. I really get quite capricious over such things.

On my way to volunteer, I often stop by my favorite little tea room, The Tilted Teacup, as they serve everything fresh daily… from petit fours, scones with Devonshire, lovely victorian teas and lemon curd scones with cream or a crisp cucumber salad. I almost never leave without the receipts of something there, whether it’s a special tea selection or a soft Pima cotton Victorian scarf.

It’s the loveliest of memories and I could not be happier to support my local establishments as a patron. They have delightful events year around which include Jane Austen’s Christmas Affair, horse, and carriage rides or a Downton Abbey Christmas, to name a few. I’m still very ambitious about them creating a ghost walk. They have never thought of such, but when I lived in Oklahoma they had such a thing and I was beside myself in the thought of ghostlings, tales of witchery and haunted buildings.

Mr. Oliver Twist has become very thumpity thump in his adventures around the cottage. I still have to protect him from predators as we have very large beastie dogs next door, so I made Oliver a darling velvet leash that I put around his neck, loosely but also so he can hop around as he sees fit. I just keep a keen eye on him at all times. He really loves the sunshine on him and enjoys digging profusely beneath the heirloom Cherokee tomato bushes. It very much reminds me of having little ones again, as they must always be looked after, or else they can get into mischevious predicaments instantly.

This weekend will be farmers markets, the flea market to find a beautiful quartz stone, planting more seeds of vegetables and sunflowers in our garden, lawn care, and a wonderful movie, probably Jane Eyre (because we can never watch it enough) as I paint beneath the soft sounds of flickering candlelight and a glass of sweet red wine with my Beloved Gardener.

May your weekend be as exquisite wherever you are.

Yours truly, Raquel



I’ve Found My Way

Hello darlings,

Boy, the time is certainly swift these days. These past few months have been absolutely delightful in so many ways. I’d love to share with you what I have been experiencing these past few months. In the most wonderful way, I’m rediscovering myself, writing and my first love; my art. Let’s start back from the beginning and I’ll give you a little abridgment.

I’m finding myself to a greater extent, refocusing on my love of painting and recognizing the reality of my dreams are lining up ever so nicely as if I were a child again.

I may have not ever expressed the love I have had of painting, and how I’ve always been an artist and a writer. As a young girl, my dream was always to be an artist and a writer. This blog seems to reach new perspectives with each passing day, but I do believe I’ve surely found my way for good now.

Let me step back for a moment and tell you a little story about myself.

As a young girl, I would spend most days reading, writing, and painting while sitting in my little tree house that I managed to build and piece together myself. I would scavenge my father’s wood shop for all sorts of extras.. wood, spindles, cedar, rusty nails, etc. anything that I could find that looked interesting to me that I could use to create my very own little refuge. I would use pillow cases, and old little baby blankets to assemble as window treatments; making it like my very own teensy sanctuary. That’s the place I would go every day, and play pretend. My mother would take me to the public library and I’d get to check out the maximum books for a two week period, which was twelve. I’d always ask if my brothers didn’t check out that many, if I could use their library card amount, so I could retrieve as many as I could carry. I have written since I could hold a pencil, never to fail always excited to make pen pals and write consistently throughout my life. The written word is a timeless act, a glorious art that is slowly dissipating.

Even as a young girl, I have always had a fascination with old clothes, and old century style living. I do believe I was reincarnated, and that I was once a confederates wife. I was a farmer raising livestock in Europe with one little toe-headed daughter.

I was eventually trained and conditioned out of my old way of dress and living. I would always fantasize that I was Laura Ingalls Wilder. In primary and middle school I had my aunt and my friends (they lived on a chicken farm) mother make me 1800’s style dresses, bonnets, petticoats, bloomers and blouses to match. I would wear them every single day.  I was a young mother that dressed old, with laced up Victorian boots, smocked and embroidered my children’s clothes, canned and grew my own food, and made everything from scratch, even making all my children’s fresh baby food. My children had never had store-bought bread until they were five years old.

After somewhere around my mid to late twenties  I was slowly being trained and conditioned to stop dressing and behaving in that manner. Most look upon eccentric individuals such as myself with either revelry, respect, or either ridicule. For many many years, I began to slowly lose that part of me. I even forgot that I could draw and paint for over thirty years. I had even received a four-year scholarship to an elite art school right after graduation ( which I turned down). I had completely forgotten about that until I was forty-two.

Let’s forward now to these last few months. I’ve been going through a glorious transformation for several years now, and I’m just now actually being mindful of the self-care and self-nurturing that belongs to me. I am now with my soul mate and forever companion that has been the greatest and most delightful force in my life. He is forevermore encouraging me to embrace my olf self, the real Raquel that had been stored away like a gorgeous piece of heirloom clothing. I’m recapturing all of those moments of my bygone years. I’m overwrought with emotions, all being sheer beatitude and euphoria beyond one’s capacity to articulate in words. Try as I might.

I daresay I remember that little girl with strawberry locks, freckled face and freckled knee caps, and I love her ever so much.

I’d be remiss, if I didn’t say, “Welcome Home dearest, Raquel.”

Thank you for staying beside me as my metamorphosis continues, for reading this blog, and supporting my work as a full-time artist and writer.

Yours truly, Raquel



7 Treasure Trove Tips To Creating A Belief & Vision Board

Hello Mermaid Junkies,

If you’ve recently started following my blog or my youtube channel Mermaid Junkie TV You know I base all of my practices on Abraham Hicks.

I have been using a Vision board, or what I now call a Belief board for over 13 years. Until learning of Abraham and the practices, I never understood why many of my visions weren’t manifesting. Now, I fully know and understand where the gap was, and I’m excited to share it with you. In case you’ve ever wondered why your boards weren’t working, I’ll inspire you to begin getting what you want and explain in detail how to manifest your dreams and desires.

Who is Abraham Hicks?

Abraham is considered one of the most revered sources for anything pertaining to the Law of Attraction and manifesting dreams.  Abraham is a group of consciousness from the non-physical dimension translated by and communicates directly through Esther Hicks. Esther Hicks is an inspirational speaker who travels all over the world sharing the wisdom channeled from Abraham, together they appeared in the world famous movie The Secret.

The Secret’s original teachings are actually all based on Abraham. However, Abraham (Esther Hicks) never gets the credit deserved for The Secret’s success. So as much as, The Secret has inspired millions, I give all my credit to the original source which is Abraham (Esther & Jerry Hicks).

Abraham Hicks sums up the how The Law of Attraction works, and the missing piece that keeps most people from actually getting this Universal Law to work for them: (Below is actually Abraham speaking through Esther explaining the Law of Attraction). 

“There are three steps in the Creative Process. The first step is:

The first step is: Ask for what you want. You can ask with your words, but your asking is really happening on a vibrational level.

The second step is: Answer the request. That’s not your job; that is the job of Source Energy and Universal Forces. Law of Attraction (That which is like unto itself is drawn.) is the manager of that. But that answer always comes, and it always comes swiftly and accurately and precisely, and fully in the moment of your asking.

“When you ask, it is always given, now,” surprises many people, because they say, “Can’t be right. I know, I’ve been asking, and my stuff has not shown up yet.” And we say, that’s because you are unaware of your job in the third step.

And the third step is: You must be in the receiving mode of what you’re asking for. You have to be a vibrational match to your own desire, or, in this vibrationally based Universe, you’re not letting it in. Usually, the asking is born where your vibration is not pure. So, in the middle of the asking, you are rarely in the receiving mode.

We think the thing that confuses so many of you, is that you think you are asking with your words, and when you ask with your words, if the answer is coming, it should come right now, and it should be in a form that you could recognize. And when it doesn’t come right now, in the middle of your asking, you assume that something has gone wrong. And we say, nothing is wrong. You’re just in step one. When you get in step three, you’ll let it in.”

The difference between a Belief and a Vision. Many times, desires and beliefs don’t match up vibrationally. We must remember that like attracts like. So our job as manifestors, is we need to blend them together. That’s what expectation is.

So now that I’ve explained the differences, let’s get started!

7 Treasure Trove Tips To Creating A Belief & Vision Board: 

  • Getting started: I began my board with A Mermaid Manifestation Affirmation for the year. Each year I create one, as I’ve had my vision board for so long, I change and add things throughout out the calendar years. This year for 2017 mine is:

Dear Universe

You know what I want, you know who

I am and how I want to live, you know what my future holds,

and lighted what I have been offering. 

I am ready to let in as much as you can accommodate now. 

I love you and appreciate the way you are constantly loving me. 

Thank you in advance.

Love, Raquel

  • After you have written your Affirmation it’s time to start with the fun stuff. Begin by collecting things. Cut out pictures from magazines you love. Cut out words that speak to you, quotes, affirmations, poems, art, scrapbooked items, ephemera etc. Always pay attention to what you are feeling in the moment of creating your board. Be authentic and only put on your board what feels true to you.

  • Picture of yourself. You can either find a photo that you love of yourself, when you look at this particular photo you feel happiest with yourself. It doesn’t have to be a new one, but it should represent a time when you felt most joy and happiness in your life. You only want to feel the great energy when looking at photos of yourself. If you have a polaroid camera, you could take a little selfie, then it’s all ready to go. I have a little Instax mini 7, and If I can’t seem to find a photo from a magazine, I’ve been known to snap a polaroid of it from the computer or Pinterest. Then I have all my visions up on the board instantly.

  • Clarity- Now this step you don’t have to do, but I do like it when my board looks clean to a certain degree. I don’t like my photos overlapping too much or have my board all jumbled feeling. You want to leave space for all things energetically to come into your life. Focus your mind on your desires and your worthiness of them.
  • Be specific with your desires. Unless you feel a sense of wobble in your vibration, you might want to stay more general, until your desires become stable. What I mean here is, I am very specific about what I want. Many people creating boards say to be general. I am quite the opposite. I think the more specific the better. The universe only hears what you mean, not what you say. So I say be as specific as you’d like. Here’s an example: Do you have the desire to live on the beach? Is the image of a beach cottage, an estate, a mansion? What would you rather live in on the beach? I am specific when I’m putting out my beliefs. Try to stay open to all options. The Universe has the best and highest in store for you. Seek the joy of the ‘thing’ and the Universe will give you even more than you were able to remember. The Universe still has all of our desires in our Vortex escrow. We have most likely forgotten many of our desires throughout our lifetime, but Source/God has not.
  • Create a manifestation space. After collecting, creatively display your items, such as your vision board, focus wheels, crystals, mandalas, art, candles, affirmational quotes and all pretty things that make you happy on a beautiful antique table or a dresser, or an altar of some sort. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but make it peaceful and a place you enjoy spending time in. When I lived in my little apartment, I had a small closet that I converted into a little meditation area. It was the only extra space I had to use, but it was perfect for me at the time. Think outside of the box.
  • Visualize. I spend my time visualizing and it’s mostly right after I’ve meditated. Visualize for as long as it feels good.
  • Let it go. After you’ve done all of these things, in order for them to work, you have to TRUST the Universe has already brought your desires into fruition. Imagine sending them out into the ocean, releasing them to Source, knowing they will come back to you. Having no doubts whatsoever.

There you have it!

This was a long post but I feel it has oodles of beautiful content for you to be a powerful creator and manifesting your dreams and desires!

Yours til my next swim, R

Being Spiritual Doesn’t Mean You’re Always A Positive Mermaid

Hello Mermaid Junkies,

I think the more I dive deep into the Personal Development/Law of Attraction field, I’ve realized how much of a misconception there is about how we live our lives. That we mostly are void of contrast, constantly riding the waves of excitement, blissed out of our brains, living the fairytale life 24/7.

I know for myself that as Wellness Coach & Spirit junkie, I would categorize myself as one that is the most interested in spirituality BECAUSE I had a difficult life. I think most of us that desire to teach, help and inspire have a deep desire to understand life. What makes us tick, so to speak.

Here’s a prime example of when my life is going along superbly, I’m feeling in alignment most days, and then I go to a family function. Let’s just say, I met with an “all hell broke loose and it got bat shit crazy.”

A family member basically attacked me and my way of life, and I went ballistic. You know what they say about feisty redheads? Well add that into the mix of nutsville, and I was ready for war.

I will clarify that anyone that’s on a spiritual path, knows things are going to happen. I do appreciate the contrast as it is basically my universal report card as to where I am vibrationally. Spirit Junkies, know that it’s important when life lines us up with contrasting events, it’s a great opportunity for us to see where we are.

Being spiritual means we’re still half human 

We need to be kind to ourselves and show ourselves, love. We are all going to make mistakes, say hurtful things and make unkind choices. That’s okay, we aren’t perfect, we are human.

The thing I’ve learned, though, after the waves stop crashing and the seas have calmed, I no longer hold my spirit capture, by beating up on myself. I don’t hold onto guilt, or relive all the things I did or said. I focus on alignment and being my greatest version. I am constantly moving forward. I believe we do this too much to ourselves. It’s like hooking a Mermaid and then holding her captive, instead of realizing you hooked a Mermaid and then giving her a quick release. We’d make things so much more smooth sailing if we can but learn to do this.

We experience contrast as a way to consciously keep us aware of our alignment

I think the one very dominate moment after the run-in with my family member, was that I was at a serious wobble. It’s easy in life when everyone adores us and finds us as the most delightful humans there is to be around. Whereas this feels lovely, it’s not those that are compliant that teach us the most. It’s the ones that challenge us, irritate the piss out of us, that keep us shedding our old scales and growing new skin. We actually need these type of people in our lives to help keep us continually working on our sea legs.

We all are gonna have ebbs and flows. The ocean is gonna pull us under tow, but it’s our work to rise above the surface, regain our breath and align once again with Source.

I hope this served you, and as always I love and adore you!

How To Follow The Flow After Disappointment

Hello Mermaid Junkies,

As a powerful creator and one who lives the Law of Attraction, I think sometimes there are those moments in life where we start to feel disappointment when we aren’t manifesting our desired intentions in what we perceive as a timely manner.

I’ am so excited for my latest contrasting moment of disappointment, because contrasting moments is basically the Universe showing us where we are feeling a little wobbly in our vibrational energy.

I look at it like a mermaid’s buoyancy. Let me explain.

When I was learning how to perform as a Mermaid, ( which takes years in training) one thing that a Mermaid must constantly remember, is her breathing/ buoyancy levels. If I were to take in too much air from the hose, I’d rise right to the top, if I exhaled too much, I’d sink and fall right to the river floor. My job was to constantly inhale, exhale and hold the perfect amount of air in my lungs to stay centered in front of the underwater stage and perform so that all the people in the theater could see me perfectly.

I liken those breathing exercises to disappointment and being in alignment. It’s continuously an ongoing exercise, and one must always work at alignment.

I’ve also learned a few things that will help in maneuvering through disappointment, and what is the real reason for disappointment when we experience it.

When I married my BG (Beloved Gardener) and soul mate (currently writing my soulmate story) last year, I moved into his little cottage, which I named “Staffordshire Cottage”. We had spoken many times of our desires and dreams and we both have always agreed that our ultimate dream was to live on the water. We both enjoy the water so much and that’s one of the many things we adore about each other. So when it came time for me to really begin putting together my workshops and retreats/curriculum for my non-profit organization (Mermaid Junkie Academy), we decided to sell the cottage and buy something more conducive to the foundation.

We were happy and I was enjoying the DIY projects and preparation to put the cottage on the market. I got a phone call from an acquaintance saying that she had found the deal of a lifetime for me and my BG. We could buy the home which was on the water, and we’d make enough off of our current home to have no mortgage. I was ecstatic and so was my BG. Beyond excited, and I felt as though all my powerful intentions were coming to fruition. I was continuing to manifest my dreams. 


My heart wasn’t the most thrilled because the house wasn’t right on the coastline, it wasn’t a mansion/ESTATE, it wasn’t an old European/Medieval style, and the home wasn’t in California. So really four major things for me that were causing contradicting vibrational energy.

I tried to put those things out of my mind, as it did seem to be a really cool thing, and maybe I was beginning to think I was being a little far too dreamy with wanting to live in California in an estate, etc.

Fast forward three weeks later and let’s just say, my bubble got burst and the whole arrangement fell apart.

I wasn’t too upset, but my dearest BG was devastated. He was so let down.

I tried to encourage him, and suggest that the Universe had something better for us and that what we needed to focus on was our alignment.

Here are the 3 things that I learned that you might find beneficial when experiencing disappoint while living the Law of Attraction: 

-I believe the reason I didn’t manifest the house on the canal was because the Universe knows me internally, knows my deepest dreams, desires, and wants.

-The Universe knew what I really wanted, and it was contradictory with what was about to manifest. I had expanded past the small home on the canal. My desires and dreams were greater. I can have all that my heart’s desire and I think sometimes because of conditional training, we somehow believe that we aren’t really worthy to have our fullest dreams manifest. That we should maybe settle for mediocrity. I think that was a belief that I had as a child from a very religious upbringing. I somehow believed that I had to earn all of my desires and dreams. If “God” thought I was worthy enough, I might get what I wanted. I had to earn it, though. I’m so appreciative of The Law of Attraction, and now I fully know I deserve every single desire and dream completely. Not only that, I will have all of my hearts desires.

-I just needed to line up with my true desires. I am now working at having simplistic and utter joy for no reason at all. I feel so much vibrationally like I did when I manifested my soul mate. It only took two months to manifest my soulmate, and it’s because I worked at my vibrational energy, and left the paddling upstream alone. I let go of the oars and let the Universe carry me downstream. 

I still don’t have a home on the water as of today, but I have complete belief without any contradiction that the universe will allow the right home to come to me and my BG. I have complete belief, and I trust Source with all that I am.

So in case you have had disappointment and you can’t understand why your desires aren’t manifesting in the way you would have thought, remember that the Universe loves you and is holding all of your highest desires and dreams in your VORTEX. There are many times we have forgotten our dreams, but Source has never forgotten. Perhaps, reevaluate your truest pure desires and dreams and line up with them.

So when disappointment comes, let go, check your breathing, and KNOW with a surety that the Universe is holding your vortex in a vibrational escrow bubble.



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