Friday’s Free Refill: A Whiff of Summer

For me the smell of Earl Grey and flowers EVERY season warms my heart and fills me to overflowing with joy.

My husband swears I would make the best bomb sniffing dog. Let’s just say I know someone is thinking about chocolate before they even open the hidden bag of chocolate chips at the back of the baking drawer.  When someone leaves out the milk, I know it before the carton turns warm and that’s while sitting in another room. Light a lavender scented candle and I drop to the floor and begin meditating.  More strong sense of smell has the ability to change my mood, transport me to another place and inspire immediate action.


For me raspberries are more than the smell and  taste of summer. The slightest hint of raspberry takes me back to 1973 standing in my grandparents garden. The sun is out, the birds are singing, grandma is inside their white house making apple pie and grandpa is mowing the lawn on his riding lawn mower. I am happy, barefoot, stepping through the garden picking the ripest plumpest berries and popping them into my mouth. I am not just in their garden, I am in heaven.


More than forty years later, that is what the smell of a raspberry does for me. Takes me to one of the happiest times in my life. More than happiness, more than a sign of summer, for me a raspberry is pure joy.


A plethora of smells have power over me, taking me to another place. A place of calm, surrender, inspiration, or peace. Lavender calls me to calm the hell down and invites me to create something with my hands whether it is a big green salad or to color with crayons. Lemon grass whispers my name to actually enjoy doing nothing. Peppermint invigorates my mood and lifts my spirit.


I could go on and on and on about how certain smells trigger particular memories and remind me of specific moments. Smell moves me. I make scents that have a positive impact on me a part of my daily life, whether it is in using essential oils, lighting candles, cooking certain foods or stopping on my path to smell a rose.


I encourage you to discover the smells that move you. What inspires, calms, invigorates or relaxes you? Is it a fresh tomato off the vine? What about the first whiff of coffee in the morning or the last smell of vanilla before you fall asleep. Choose the smells that take you back to that summer where you were standing barefoot, happy, immersed in heaven. Put them on, breathe them in, cook with them, burn them strongly. Play with their power. Allow yourself to be transported to your happy place.

Cheers, Jenny

Hello! I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Coach for your Life and Spirit. I have been leading retreats for women and coaching them since 2009. One of my favorite ways to fill my own cup is by writing. May my weekly blog give you a sip to reflect, a nugget to chew, a thought to refill. If it is an accountability partner you seek, I offer life and spiritual coaching for women, men, teenagers, and couples, in person in Seattle and by phone.  2017 Mini-retreats in West Seattle 9:30 – 2 pm. Next one, September 15 (2 seats left). Limited availability, register early. or 206 255 0463.