Raquel English

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






The Week Before Yule

Good Morning darlings,

The fall has come and in less than two weeks it’ll be Yule. I am tickled pink to share this Christmas holiday with Oliver and my BG. Last year I was spending the time with my children in Oklahoma, which was lovely in itself too. I do look forward to having all my children visit me here on the coast, perhaps next year. That’ll be a dream.

This is a little picture I painted for our holiday card. It turned out adorable. The inside caption says,”Merry kisses and Christmas wishes. Love, The Stafford’s” I love it so…

It’s so interesting to me that when I was raising all of my children I had so many traditions and carried on with all of them. Things in my life now are so much simpler. I find having a lovely fresh Frazier fir, a few handmade ornaments, a few strands of lights, some balsam pine candles and I’m as pleased as punch.

I think that one of the reasons for all of the bells and whistles that I used to have to have, was truthfully because I was trying to fill gaps that were lacking in my life.

You know what else is interesting? I see that in so many women nowadays. If I could just cradle them and chat with them, telling them life isn’t about “STUFF” or staying so busy. I used to be that woman that would catch onto all those pyramid businesses, like selling candles, cosmetics, pampered chef parties, etc. you name it… I was staying absorbed in it all. That’s not even considering all the volunteering I did. Now, I’m not one to say that I don’t like to serve and be kind in that way, but I know that where my heart was in doing the acts of service weren’t where I should’ve been. I believe too many women extend themselves way beyond their capabilities. All in the name of trying to earn a sense of self-love and acceptance. When the acceptance we are internally really reaching for is our own acceptance. We truly come from a conditioned society of feeling the need to earn our existence. I really believe that if women had more self-love and confidence we wouldn’t have so much depression and stress among women.

I do also realize that I was on my own journey too back then {still am} and we all learn from our own life experiences, not words.

I find that really loving the act to serve out of the sheer joy of it, is the way to go. If we have a guilt, feeling of having to, feeling sorry for, obligation, we should not do anything under the guise of these feelings. It’s all in vain anyway, if you ask me. I say that because what happened to me is that I started to resent people and any kind of act, even down to doing things for my husband, children and parents.

My rule of thumb now is… I ask myself, do I really want to do this? Am I doing it because I really want to, and am I doing it for the sheer joy of it? If those are a ‘Yes’ I’m all aboard!

I happy as a clam for you each swimming by to say hello and spend a little time with me today. I also wish you a lovely Christmas and a most beautiful New Year!

I personally cannot wait! Everyday is truly a gift and I have a whole treasure chest full of them!

I love you each so very much.


Keeping A Cottage Bunny

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to share my story of Oliver Twist, how he came to live with me, and how to keep a house bunny.

I had written this almost a year ago, but I’ve had some blog issues, so I’m attempting this again.

I had two little dogs in my previous marriage which were a shorty Jack Russell and a silky Yorkshire terrier. Dave is the JR & Savvy is the Yorkie.

They were sweet dogs, but I had honestly always desired a bunny, probably since my early twenties. I even had the name ‘Oliver’, picked out that long ago. The truth is, I actually wanted to name one of my boys Oliver, but their father wouldn’t hear of it, so I stuffed the name away, until one day. I would have a house bunny and then name the bunny Oliver. I’ve also had a fish named Oliver too.

After my divorce and I moved back to Florida, I thought to myself. I am going to do, be, and have all the things I’ve ever wanted. When I first began dating Jeffrey, and on one of our little conversations, I spoke of how having a house bunny had always been a dream of mine. He surely filed that away and remembered it.

When my birthday came around, my BG asked me what I’d like for my birthday, and I told him I really wanted a rabbit. He smiled, asked if I had found one and that we’d surely go and pick up that bunny I wanted. I cried a puddle of tears,  I could not believe he was actually going to buy me a bunny.

I was shocked and so pleased. He said, ” Baby, I want you to be happy and I know you’ve wanted a bunny for so long, and I want you to have one. I want my baby happy.”

He said, ” Baby Doba (my nickname because he says I look like i have doe eyes’), I want you to be happy and I know you’ve wanted a bunny for so long, and I want you to have one. I want my baby to be happy.”

I’ve had many people ask me about caring for a house bunny, so let’s chat about that.

Here’s how I care of my ‘Oliver’ at the cottage.

I went to the pet store and purchased Yesterdays News, which is a cat litter. But they recommend it for a bunny as it won’t cause them harm. I actually had my father reconfigure an old antique pie safe by converting it into a bunny house. I had bought this pie safe over twenty years ago, and it seemed the perfect bunny house.

I’ll list the things I bought for Oliver when I brought him home:

  • Yesterday’s News kitty litter (it’s not harmful to the bunny)
  • Fresh Parsley, Carrots, & Cilantro
  • Timothy Hay
  • A Blanket
  • Water bowl (I had some vintage ones packed away)
  • food bowl (clay bowl) I already had
  • Plastic kitty litter pans (I purchased at the dollar store)
  • Some old driftwood and tree limbs from the yard for him to sharpen his teeth

Oliver is a Jersey Wholly Rabbit/ Blue Tort (which is a rare breed), Oliver only weighs 3 pounds and he’s at his growth capacity. I wanted a small rabbit and a gentle temperament.

When my BG and I went to the breeder, we had our eyes on a black Jersey Wooly, but when I got to the breeders home and began looking and holding the rabbits, I saw Oliver and wanted to hold him immediately.

My BG was holding him the whole time as I was talking with the breeder and chatting away. I looked over and Oliver was nearly asleep in Jeffrey’s arms. I knew right away he was our bunny.

So, If you plan to get a bunny, first, do your research and secondly listen to your beautiful heart. The rabbit that belongs to you, will speak to you, for sure. I believe in the law Of Attraction… even when it comes to rabbits and who wants to belong to you.

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