Blessed Imbolc!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Imbolc/Candlemas Comments

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Happy New Years!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to 2014 everyone! Time to start planning for the new year, the new you, or that goal that you've wanted to do for quite some time.

I always say I really don't do new years resolutions. I used to do them in the past but like many people, I never accomplished them. After a few weeks, the resolution was out the window and forgotten and things continued on like they always have.

So, I'm still anti resolution but I'm going to work on goals instead. For the past two years, I've been trying to get healthier. I've lost some weight, I joined a gym and I've worked out pretty regularly. There have been some missteps here and there and  I've fallen off the wagon, but I'd really like to keep going to find a balance with a healthier lifestyle. My ultimate goal is to eventually run a 5K but I feel like I still have a long road to go. Staying on track is hard!

We did begin the new year though but cleaning out the bedroom and removing an old dresser that was broken and falling apart, not to mention it smelled horrible as it collected moisture from the air. We stopped storing clothes in it forever ago but it was just in the way. It went along with a probably broken fishtank. We also removed the holiday decorations and cleaned up a bit. Nothing like beginning a new year with less junk and dirt.

Anyone else begin the year this way?

Prayer Before Solstice 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Passing on a UU prayer before the solstice from a CUUPS group.This is a pretty short video, but full of a nice little prayer on centering yourself before Solstice and taking the time to become one with everything.

Tending the Flame

Monday, December 9, 2013

A small look at my altar today as I lit some prosperity incense and spoke with the Goddess today.

I have to say, I'm quite glad I have found the Church of the Large Fellowship online (an online UU congregation). I first found them back in March and attended some services before I decided to officially contribute and join. It has been spiritually uplifting and comforting lately and reminds me to take time to find time for the divine, in whatever form that may take.

I have made more of a conscious effort lately to find time for the divine and it has been quite comforting, especially with the past few months being emotionally draining. I think tending the flame of the altar and taking just a few moments to ground and center myself has really made a difference in how I approach things, even if I find it hard to cope with at the time.

I challenge you to take just five minutes to ground and center in a place that you find sacred. Light a candle, maybe some incense and see where it takes you.  It's very empowering and comforting.

Also, I know Yule is coming but I'm not very good with the altar decorating. I don't have many statues or things to adorn with. It mostly stays sort of 'blah' year round even if I do honor seasonal celebrations.

Make the rest of 2013 Awesome

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I feel that every year, as the clock strikes midnight on January 1, we have lots of great ideas on how to make the next year awesome, but in reality, our goals fall short. We tend to get caught up in life or our old habits or even our insecurities or worries.

I was prowling on Lifehack today and came across a little article gem on how to make the rest of the year awesome. They're all pretty easy, practical tips. I think it could serve as a nice, inspirational point to get you started on living the rest of the year in a great way.

One tip, number 4 on the list, starting a journal is something that I've done pretty regularly, but with current life circumstances, I've taken to again. This time on a different platform. This one is more of a private journal rather than a social platform. Anyway, journaling is something I'll address later as I think it can help open us up spirituality and heal us emotionally. There are so many great benefits to journaling, so I really couldn't encourage you to try it any more!

5 Tips for Making the rest of the year awesome

DIY: Paper/Letter Organizer

Thursday, August 15, 2013

We have a lot of clutter. I mean a lot. It tends to collect on tables, the table where we eat mostly and since it's a small table, it's hard to eat there sometimes. Randomly, after my girlfriend took out the recycling today, I asked her if there were any cereal boxes. Sure enough, there was a box. This is what I came up with. She mostly did the leg work though.

Supplies Needed:
Cereal box
Scissors/Exacto knife
Scrapbook paper (or any type of decorative paper)

Measure along the front; make a mark and use your scissors or exacto knife to cut along the line. We didn't cut it completely off however. We scored it and pushed the flap inside and into the bottom to make the bottom better reinforced. Make sure you leave enough height so whatever you place inside will not fall out too easily. 

We cut the sides but at an angle to give it a better, more sophisticated look. Also, it'll support the back better. We also cut off the top and side tabs. 

Then, take your scrapbook paper and glue and get to work! It took a lot of measuring and cutting to make sure the pieces were the right size and would fit. We even glued some pieces on the inside of the side flaps so you can't tell it's just a box. We were able to cover the box with just two pieces of scrapbook paper. 

Of course I had to test this right away. It went straight up on the wall and I cleaned all the mail off the table. It looks so much better and you can't even tell the organizer came from a cereal box! This practically cost nothing to make as we had all the supplies on hand. The good news is, next time I finish a box of cereal I can make another. I'm pretty sure we will too!

Bird Symbolism and Meanings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Have you ever encountered an animal and knew without a doubt that animal was bringing you some sort of message? Today was a day like that for me.

I was at work, sitting in the break room working on teacher work. I was planning, working on lesson plans and the like when I noticed a Robin walking very determinedly around the back patio. At first, I really didn't pay much attention to it, I figured at some point it would fly off after being startled when I or someone else in the room moved. Instead of being startled, it continued to walk towards the glass and it stepped directly behind a coworker and watched her for a second. When I mentioned this to her, she turned, and I half expected the robin to once again, fly away, but she did not. Instead, she wandered in my direction and stood just outside the glass, watching me.

At this point, I became distracted and just watched the robin myself. I found it very hard to concentrate. I was sure I was supposed to take something from this encounter. She watched, I watched, the minutes ticked by and then she turned and walked away. I'm assuming she eventually flew away, off to find food or to her home. I'm not sure which but I was sure I was supposed to get something from it. I considered it a messenger of some sort.

So I looked up Robins and their meanings and symbolism and I must say I was shocked. Some of the lore surrounding them was fascinating. In short, robins mean rejuvenation, new beginnings, pleasure, renewal, simplicity and many more things! To me, this make sense. I've been dealing with a lot of family issues lately, a lot of problems and arguing with my mother. We have a very rocky relationship that's for sure. The other day I made a decision to just let things go. I decided she should do whatever she wants, and that I just need to let some things go myself, especially my issues with her attitude and behavior. I have resolved that it will never change and I just have to understand and accept that it's just how she'll always be. That in itself was a relief and it felt as if a weight had been lift off my shoulders. So seeing this robin and learning of the symbolism seemed logical to me.

Have you paid attention lately to the things/animals you see around you? Thinking back, do you feel that any of them contained a message or lesson for you? Sound off in the comments if you wish!

Garden Products you should never buy again

Friday, April 26, 2013

I came across this article today from a UU green organization on Facebook  I read through it and thought it was quite fascinating.

I wanted to share here, especially since I know that everyone, like me is starting to garden or at least prepare their garden plots for the warmer weather.

There are tips for everything from slug repellent, to bug repellent to fertilizer. Hopefully these tips will help you with your gardening this summer. It's definitely a more cost friendly, greener way to garden!

10 Gardening Products You Should Never Buy Again (With DIY Alternatives)

The Spring Awakening

Friday, April 5, 2013

Today was the first day where I truly felt that Spring was here. The sun was warm and shining brightly. The birds were chirping and the air, despite a slightly chilly breeze, was warm and inviting. It finally felt as if Spring had arrived and Mother Nature was inviting people out to come and join her, to enjoy her beauty and all of the things that were returning.

One thing I've noticed, especially since trying to attune myself with the seasons and the natural cycles of things, is that once Spring arrives, I feel different. I can feel myself shift out of the winter cycle and into the energy of Spring. I feel rejuvenated (even if I am tired); I feel ready to get out, to do more things. Spring always makes me want to get outside and enjoy the Mother, nature, trails. Anything nature is fair game when the weather turns to Spring.

I suppose, I feel awakened.

This is funny because as I reflected on how Spring made me feel today, I realized that the CLF's theme for their Sunday services is Awakening. I never took much stock in the themes. I never thought they would mean something to me. I just saw them as a reflection point really; something that probably would never strike a chord with me. How wrong I was! I have been awakened to a few other things as well, those matters however are just small personal issues that I'd rather not discuss in dealing with family but the point still remains; I had an awakening, even if it had to do with the cycles of the seasons.

This weather makes me want to get out and meditate in the sun. I think I would take advantage of it if the weather was slightly warmer and the sun was stronger. I've found that sun meditations rejuvenate me in ways other meditations cannot.

Spring is (hopefully) coming!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The sun is shining. It is usually shining or at least starting to shine by the time I arrive at work in the morning. The birds are back and are happily chirping as they forage for food. I can feel Spring in the air, even if it's usually 40 degrees and very cold/windy every single day.

As the FB says, we began our planting almost a week ago. Things are already starting to sprout! We're debating on getting a raised garden bed to place outside of our apartment. It would certainly make our lives easier. The best part? We can take it with us if/when we ever decide to leave. If we ever take the leap I'll be sure to update in a post with pictures. 

For the most part, things have gone rather smoothly. There has been some troubles at work but things have continued to run smoothly after the offender has gone. In matters of family, things have gone OK. They're not the best but they're OK. I'm not sure how to make things better honestly, especially considering some people will just NOT get along despite my best efforts to make it so. Also, some people just cannot listen to advice even though the advice would really help their current situations. It's frustrating and something I need to work on personally; understanding that I cannot fix everything or people and situations. I guess I grew up a fixer. 

On the spiritual front. I have slacked. Honestly, I don't always feel like I have the time and personally, I do not always have the energy to think or do. Understandably, I get that a healthy, well rounded individual includes a spirituality practice as well. One thing I have discovered however is the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship online. I've toyed with UU worship for years. I know many Pagans attend UU churches while still maintaining their personal belief systems. The CLF holds Sunday worship sessions and occasional Wednesday sessions. In fact at 8PM EST tonight they're having a session. It's done online; so essentially a virtual church without walls. They fascinate me and so far have seemed like something I can tolerate. They are definitely something I wouldn't expect from a church.

I do have a local UU church just down the road for me. However, I think stepping foot into one will be the hardest part. I'm not always a social person and new situations make me uncomfortable so we'll see if I ever actually visit the UU church in town. Time will tell.  At least I have a chance to engage in spirituality in some form even if it's only online and once a week. I suppose it's almost like a spiritual battery recharge weekly. If you ever check into a UU online service, let me know what you think!
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