Raquel English

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.



13 Signs You’ve Met Your Soulmate

Hello Mermaid Junkies,

How are you? As many of you, that follow my blog, are subscribers to my youtube channel and social media know I’ve begun to take this blog in the direction that is more precisely focused on my mission in life and many of the new intentions that I’ve set for my business’ future.

I’m quite excited about all the wonderful manifestations that are presenting themselves to me, and it makes me joyful.

To make a splash for the new year of 2017, I’ve decided that I will dedicate each week of the year to a specific topic, always keeping with the flow of spirituality… Mind-Body-Spirit…

I had such a wave of activity on my youtube channel with regards to my soul mate video that I thought I’d start the year out with some great posts, affirmations, and video all about soul mates and of course LOVE!

If you don’t know my soulmate ‘tale’ as of yet, here’s my list of 13 signs that I met my soulmate and below I embedded my youtube video in case you may want to watch it instead. 

  • You feel really safe with your soulmate, share all secrets with them.
  • You recognize them in a family member.
  • You have an innate sense that you have known them in another lifetime, and It’s because you have.
  • There are uncanny connections between major dates, such as births, meetings, etc.
  • You’ve had cryptic dreams about them prior to a meeting.
  • You may have met them before when you were younger, or perhaps spending time with them but never actually met.
  • You recognize something in their eyes. You have seen those eyes before.
  • You have a sense of what they’re feeling, thinking without them indicating anything to you.
  • More than just a feeling. It’s an inner gut that permeates especially when you’re away from each other. You long to be with them.
  • Have intense chemistry. When you’re together it feels as though you were just together as though you’ve never been apart.
  • They are home to you.
  • It’s as if you are two beings but your soul split. This is when you are soul mates and twin flames.
  • Can never see yourself with another person.

If you think about soul mates or ever wonder about them, that means that you have one out there.

Yours til my next swim, R



Old Endings & New Beginnings

Good Morning Mermaid junkies,

I hope your holidays were filled with copious amounts of delightful memories, wonderful times and an internal sense of renewal for a new and prosperous year of 2017. 


I am going to try and bring glimpses of joy this new year, something for each of you dear souls to carry with you, in hopes to inspire you to seek alignment and inner well-being.

As many of you may have noticed, I’ve updated my ‘about’ page and I have attempted to explain a little more in depth of my mission for my blog, Web TV show (youtube channel), as well as, all of the services I’m now offering, such as painting commissioned art pieces or mermaid creations surrounding either your underwater castles or Law of Attraction tools to use in manifesting.

I so desired to write this post to you before now, but wanted to wait for the New Year. I wanted to ‘catch you’ up on the many things that I’ve been working so diligently to unfold for you.

In my dislike to reach back into the past, I would like to explain to you a bit of what I’m now doing over here. I have recently changed all of my business information, and all things are now back to my maiden name, Carter. I do believe it’s going to be a wonderful thing for me to carry on my own name from here on out. Thank you to all that have been patient and sticking with me.

After my divorce from Mitch, I found myself really trying to understand what my mission in life was, I always knew I wanted to have the Academy and inspire women and children ( I had a dream when I was 19). I had spoken of my dreams so many times. I just couldn’t quite get some to jump aboard in my what seemed to be far-fetched, somewhat delusional, unrealistic imaginative dreams. Much less where and how to take this blog. I felt like I was just wading around on a lone island all by myself.

Until, I had received my divorce, started really living the Law of Attraction as an ongoing discovery of my life, did I realize how much all the dots began to connect. The universe actually started to respond to my desires and intentions that I was setting. I remember being on the couch in California, where I had basically retired to for weeks at a time. Mitch and I weren’t doing great, and I was starting to once again feel like I wanted to leave the marriage. I remember listening to Abraham Hicks on youtube one day. I had come down with several illnesses and literally wanted to just die. We had no health care, I was bedridden for two weeks with a terrible toothache, a urinary tract infection, strep throat, and three kidney stones, all at the same time. I knew my body was trying to tell me that something awful was happening to me. I was so very unhappy. I felt so alone and uncared for. I literally moaned and screamed into my pillow ( not to wake my children & husband) because the pain had went on for a solid 8 hours one night. I lost 10 pounds in 8 days.

So anyway, I was pleading to the Universe, that I wanted change and wanted a new life, I wanted to know the secrets of what my life meant and what I was meant to be and do. I wanted to know the mysteries, like the Gods, Universe.. What this whole thing we call earthly living is all about. I meant I was gonna know, and nothing was stopping me, or no one was stopping me.

Have you ever been at a place in your life like that? Where you are just at the literal edge and you’ve had all the bull you’re going to take. On that night, in a cold room crying, that’s where I was.

Fast forward to several months later and we are in Oklahoma, I am now angrier than ever, felt as though I was stripped from California, at this point, I was never going to get my non-profit organization off the ground, and I had to live in Oklahoma. Not that it was so much of the living in Oklahoma, as the knowing that after many talks with Mitch I wasn’t going to ever see myself living near the water, or at least for a very long time, if at all. I was done. I couldn’t let it be about someone else anymore. I wasn’t going to stay in California and then Mitch informs me he’d love to eventually settle in New York. Now, I love to visit New York, but I have to be near the water. Out of all the places in the country, New York would be very low on my list of destinations for me to settle in and live out the rest of my days. I just sat in a puddle of tears and cried for months on end. I closed up and shut down emotionally. I was becoming a shell of a person.

I realized for the first and last time, It was NEVER going to be about helping to inspire Raquel to live her dreams. I had spent almost more than half of my life sacrificing for someone that never intended to do the same for me. It was one of the most devastating, heart wrenching feelings that I have ever experienced. That day honestly, something inside of me died.

The flood gates of sadness, heartbreak, self pity, resentment, agony and pain just ripped through my soul. What was I gonna do? I really didn’t know if I had the courage to do what I did, but I knew that with God’s help, I was going to build a new life.

Most of you that follow me now know how my life has turned out so far and what a divine life it is. I am so appreciative! I’m now blissfully married to my soul mate/twin flame, I am the founder of Mermaid Junkie Academy a 501(c)(3) for purpose organization, I love and live with passion for what I do every single day, we live a beautiful life on the coastal waters of Florida and abundance has begun to flood in. Manifestation after manifestation has unfolded because I set intentions and have followed my bliss by believing I had self-worth, and finally… finally I could actually say I LOVED myself. 

Jeffrey didn’t save me, as much as, I would like to say he did, but he sure has inspired me in an incomprehensible way and has truly lit my soul on fire. He encourages me, and always tells me how much faith he has in me; how much he believes in me. That’s all I needed, but mostly I needed to believe it for me, for Raquel. Honestly, I have been ignited with a passion that is unfathomable.

So dearies, now that I got that out, I’ll begin a whole new blog post to begin our year off right by focusing on our Mind, Body, Spirit. If you are still here after that very long post, thank you for floating around. I appreciate it immensely.

Yours’ til my next swim, R






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