Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Yule and Merry Christmas!

It’s been a very, very busy week. I actually started writing this post last week, and never got back to finishing it.

Yule Ball 2016Last Sunday, my Circle put on a Yule Masquerade Ball in partnership with the Heathen Freehold Society of BC. It was a lot of work, and a lot of fun!

I was the Snow Queen for the event. I love to dress up, and I don’t have as many opportunities as I would like. So it was fun to put on a dress I had made several years ago, and don a mask, and be a hostess for the evening.

We had dancing, and a costume competition, and a raffle with AMAZING prizes. Honestly, we put on a pretty fantastic event, if I do say so myself.

I can’t take credit for it, though. There was a whole team of people, both from my group and the Heathen Freehold, who put in a ton of effort.

Also this past week was my baby’s 11th birthday. A little over a month ago, he asked for a surprise birthday party. Since then, he didn’t ask a single thing about it. Thankfully, I have connection to most of his friends’ parents. We managed to pull the surprise off – I even baked a cake without him knowing. He had absolutely no idea.

Work was surprisingly busy, so that kept me on my toes.

My Passion Planner arrived this week, too! So I’m starting to look forward and plan for the upcoming year.

I’ve got a brief week off of work, and so much I want to accomplish. Lots of sewing, some writing, and getting CD’s ready. That’s right, you will soon be able to order CD’s of my guided meditations!

And now, I have a gift for you. As you prepare for a new year, I offer you Seeds of Enlightenment Guided Meditation. This meditation helps you envision where it is that you want to be, and reminds you that you do have everything you need, right here, right now. And when you think you can’t go any farther, the Universe reaches out and gives you a hand.

To download, send me an email through the form below, and I will send you the download link. The link will be available until January 8th, 2017.

Happy Yule and Merry Christmas!

Blessings,

Mary

Snow Day

We had snow this weekend. A LOT of snow. More snow that we’ve had in several years. Put together.

Snow DayIt started on Thursday night. By morning, it was there stereotypical winter wonderland. And because we don’t get snow very often, very little was plowed. It took an hour for my husband to get the boys to school and then come back and pick me up from an appointment I was at.

We managed to make it home without any incident, though it was close a couple of times! And it took quite a bit longer than usual.

Once home, we didn’t want to leave, which greatly upset our oldest, who wanted to to go visit his girlfriend. I, however, was content to stay in the warm house with my computer and my book.

When I woke up Saturday morning, it was still snowing. And there had been no plow in our neighborhood. We were supposed to go to an event that evening. I kept hoping it would stop snowing. By noon, though, it was pretty clear that it was not going to let up.

It was like the Universe was telling me to take the weekend off. I listened. We cancelled our event that night. I spent the day doing a craft project I had been wanting to do and ticking off some movies on my watch list.

When the power went out (very briefly), I decided it was time to turn the computer off and read. Before the weekend was out, I finished the book I was reading, the last in the series I’ve been reading for quite a while.

I made hot chocolate, and watched my boys play in the snow.

The snow finally stopped late Saturday, and the plow came by just before midnight. Even so, I cancelled my travel plans for Sunday as well. The lazy, snowy weekend had me wanting to stay close to home. AT home.

Like a gentle reprieve from the world, the snow let me hibernate. Sure, it was a temporary reprieve. In crazy, busy times, I will take whatever I can get.

Blessings,

Mary

 

Indulgence or Escape?

This weekend I had an interesting discussion while I was reading tarot. The 9 of cups came up in the reading, and we talked about enjoying the pleasures of life, while being careful of overindulgence.

The other person commented about over-consumption, and I responded that it’s not just that. For whatever reason, that card hit me personally, Overindulgence is not just over-consumption. It can also be escapism.

I am a Pisces, and there are times when I really have to focus to stay in the “real” world. I have a tendency to want to escape (and I really hope you read that in Dory’s voice from Finding Nemo… es-CAH-pay!).

escape into books, indulge in a bookPisces have a tendency toward addictions as a way to escape the world. Drugs and alcohol are obvious choices there. And yet there are many things one can become addicted to – caffeine, sugar, people, lifestyle, etc. I’ve managed to avoid addiction to drugs and alcohol, and I’ve experienced addictions to caffeine and sugar and people and experiences.

Addiction isn’t the only way to escape, though. I escape into books or movies. I escape into creative projects. I escape into games on my phone. I’ve been escaping into books mostly. (To be fair, it’s a REALLY good series, and I’m almost done.)

Reading is a lovely indulgence. It gets me away from the glowing screen, and activates my imagination. It’s also a means of escape. I’m frantically writing this blog post before I go to work this morning because I chose to read yesterday morning, and go to a movie yesterday afternoon.

Was it self-care? Heck yeah! November was a crazy busy month, and December doesn’t seem much less busy, with more requests of my time the more I try to hibernate. With all of the demands on my time, it doesn’t seem too unreasonable to give myself the downtime of reading.

As long as I keep it balanced and get my work done, too.

How do you find your balance between indulgence and escape?

Blessings,

Mary