Tuesday, July 31, 2012

link love

Just some things I've been liking a lot lately:

Love this bookshelf. So fun!

10 simple things that can help make every day life at home happier

How much $ do you really need to be happy? One of the things that I was most struck by when I returned from my trip to India was how much junk I clutter my life with. I immediately purged my apartment of almost everything, from books (gasp... how could I... I still regret this a bit) to clothes, to everything in between because I was filled with loathing for over consumeristic culture. I think it's so true... we need less than we seem to think we do.

I'm currently in love with avocados and this avocado potato salad is up next in my new food list




Another video, this one to make you laugh.

Rethinking my online time courtesy of this article

Turn my wine drinking into art. Oh yeah baby!

Thinking about the choice to be or not to be a parent: respecting another's choice

This is something I've said before: happiness is a choice and here is someone else to share that idea with you if you don't believe little ol' me!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

This Week: July 23-29


Stars:

July 23 to 29, 2012
Sun in Leo
Moon in Libra, Scorpio, & Sagittarius

 Pathworking:

I’ve been working to combine my regular practice with morning sun salutations.  I find that the movement really helps my body and mind flexible and free of the constant hum of the everyday lists of things to do while trying to concentrate on my practice. I highly recommend it!

Creating, Planning, Trying

Painting my new craft space.
Revamping how I create in the new space
Catching up on Project Life works
Art journaling up a storm (lots of sketches that I’m going to play with)

Viewing, Reading, Listening:

Mr Faye and I have been on an Oceans’ 11, 12, and 13 kick!

OMG, I just totally devoured the book A Discovery of Witches and the follow up. Loved them! So much fun. And a lot of interesting and insightful observations about magic to be read between the lines. Good stuff.

Not much music going on in yours truly’s life this week.

Thinking, Realizing, Feeling:

I’ll be honest. This past week was not a good week for me. I was cranky. I squabbled with my partner every time I turned around. I seemed intent on picking fights. Some days (or weeks) are just like that I guess. In fact, my cranktankerousness directly contributed to me doing sun salutations and working on calming the mind a bit more so that I can get out of my funk.


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Gratitude:

Summer days at the cottage.
Drives along country roads
Discovering frogs along the shores near home
Afternoon spent drinking coffee and perusing books in a local bookstore
Summer movies and rain storms


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Friday, July 27, 2012

quote of the week

via pinterest

I think there is a theme in my quotes of late. Can you see it?

Sometimes I feel like it's so easy to think about tomorrow at the expense of today. Taoist teachings tell us to be present in the now. Hell, tons of teachings tell us that. So I guess I'm not alone in my thoughts of what will be instead of what is, right now.

But I think that we do ourselves a disservice by not taking time to stop and smell the roses. (Yeah, I'm full of witty maxims today).

On the other hand, while it's simple to say live in the now, how the hell do we actually do it? Particularly in the world of instant gratification, instant communication, and multi-tasking?

For me I think this means consciously unplugging at least once a week. As a blogger and a scrapbooking, I'm obsessed with taking pictures, texting, documenting the story, which means that sometimes I only see life from the other side of the lens, without actually being in it. I don't want my friends and family to look back and remember me as only the photographer and writer, even though I value those roles!

This is part of the reason why I make Mr Faye take part in the Project Life scrapbook endeavour (so that I can just be there sometimes instead of always documenting it). This is also why I take less pictures. And why I don't blog on the weekend. And why we decided to go for bike rides together and go for brunch at least once every 2 weeks, just to spend time together, talking.

I think that sometimes the moments in life that define us are in the details that we are forced to consciously remember, not just in the public record of photos, blogs, and journals. It's in the moment of sitting over wine, together on French terrasse, laughing over some crazy stunt that Mr Faye has done again. Some joke that I don't remember but that I savor in the now as part of a collection of moments of shared joy that I can reflect back on in old age, knowing that we have lived well together in a life full of laughter.

When I look back at my life I want to see a collection of stories, photos, but most of all, moments that make my heart smile. I think that would make for a life lived to its fullest "breadth and depth and height my soul can reach." ebb


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Colourful Brown World

Brown. Who knew? Some of you might love brown, but I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of the browns. That said, I'm typing this as I sit on my brown, blue, and green duvet cover, so maybe I'm more open to brown than I think?



Whenever I think of brown, I think of a certain friend who loves brown and earthiness. Brown is all about the element of earth for me. It's heavy but nourishing, full of promise. As I was making the page, I was really thinking about the path forward and ideas I'm working through at the moment.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

still working on my litha goals


Well the bike riding hasn't been so great, but to be fair it has been replaced by swimming. So I'm still thinking that's ok! Yeah. Yesterday I headed to the lake, the day before was a pool, and again, and then, before that, the waterslides.

One of my coworkers invited us up to her cottage yesterday. It was so lovely! Now I want to visit all the time. Is there really such thing as overstaying your welcome, really? I mean... she did invite us up anytime! :P
There's something about the waterslides that is amazing fun but incredibly disturbing when you contemplate the eco-water disaster that they must be. I'd like to say that I think the water gets recycled in the pools like a fountain, but alas, the cold temperature of the water indicates to me that this is probably not the case. Sometimes my carbon footprint concerns just really get in the way of me being able to enjoy certain activities in my life. Sad, but true. 

Anyways, in other project updates:

Reading.

Ok, so my friend recommended a Discovery of Witches to me the other day, and it's all I've been reading. I'm obsessed. As in I read 2 books in about 5 days. My eyes hurt and feel like they're ready to shed vampire blood tears. I think I need a reading break so that my eyes can uncross themselves.

Cooking

I've added a new salad and burritos, both courtesy of my Vegetarian Times magazines, into my cooking repetoire. Mr Faye also added this fancy schmancy Tuna Steak thingy into his cooking skills. It looked yummy, even to this non fish eating vegetarian.

A Colourful World

The last page that I intend to do as part of this project will go up tomorrow. And then I'm off to explore new projects. Not sure what they'll be, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Like catching up on my Project Life scrapbook, post move. I've been totally side tracked since moving. Partially because my craft room isn't really set up yet. Which is on my agenda for today. Because the chaos is starting to get to me.

So fingers crossed that it won't be too hot to paint today! Cause this lady needs to get her creative space in order!

 And I've already figured out at least one goal I'd like to set for myself for the next turn of the wheel, but I'm going to keep you in suspense, 'cause that's the way I like to roll!

Hope you're having a lovely day so far.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

This Week I Am

This week I'm on vacation. You'd think that would mean I'd have more time for blogging but life has taken over.

Swimming, painting, home decorating. Wanna see? Go here.

Otherwise life at the moment looks like brunch here:

Friday, July 20, 2012

quote of the week

via pinterest
I'll be honest, there's something about this quote that rubs me the wrong way. Why? Because it hits too close to home, really. It makes me uncomfortable because it forces me to admit to the things that I feel like I should be doing but obviously don't REALLY want to be doing. Like going to the gym regularly. Or calling that friend. Or making more time for my husband some days.

There, I said it. Making time for my husband. Isn't that an awful thought? That maybe I don't appreciate him enough to think it's important enough to make time for him, to nurture our relationship?

And what about my health? Why don't I prioritize that more?

I think the answer is in the fact that I take them for granted. I assume that he'll always be there and that my health will always be fine. But I shouldn't. I should remember that these are the things that I should take the LEAST for granted because let's face it, they are subject to change and deterioration just as much as the next thing in my life.

Last week I wrote about my Litha goals, mentioning that I wanted to work on balance in my life, admitting that I haven't been as diligent at living my word as I had intended in the new year. And that's fine cause let's face it, things happen. But I'm challenging myself to make a change and re-prioritize what I think is important in my day to day, mundane life.

What would you change? What do you think you're making excuses about? For me it's food, exercise, and making time for the people who count in my life.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

pinspiration: crochet bracelet

I've been eyeing up this pinterest goodie for a while now and finally decided to try my hand at making my own variation:


Just to be clear, I don't know what stitch the original item is made of. In some ways it resembles the stitch choices I made, but in others I sometimes think she might have made it with an icord stitch. Either way, I'm not trying to detract from her item as her stitch is tighter and more polished than my particular attempt. As a fellow etsy vendor, I often find that much of what I make and sell most often is stuff others could make but either don't have the time to, have the inclination to, or have the basic goods needed to make them and would cost more to invest in than to just purchase. Handmade is important but often more expensive than store bought goods because vendors are charging a somewhat fair wage for their time, as compared to goods made in other countries at below market value.

Mine wraps 7 times and has a loop at the end to go around the button. I chained a ton (I didn't keep track) in black bamboo crochet yarn, skipped 7 stitches to create the loop, slip stitched into the 8th stitch and then single crocheted my way back down the cord.

I managed to create the cord in about 1/2 hour to 45 mins. And mostly it took that time because the first row back into the original chain is always tricky for me to maneuver. I tend to feel all thumbs during it.

I was thinking about ways to make this a more "magically" charged talisman or sorts and came up with the idea of adding gemstone beads into the mix, or playing with colour as ways to make it more it a bracelet with a little bit of spiritual oomph. I might have to play around with it to see what I can come up with.

What would you suggest?

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Monday, July 16, 2012

This Week (last week)


Stars:

  • July 9 to 15, 2012
  • Sun in Cancer
  • Moon in Aries, Taurus, Gemini


Pathworking:

  • Regular practice

Creating, Planning, Trying

  • The last page of the Colourful World art journal project
  • Home decor projects
  • To not lose it!

Viewing, Reading, Listening:

  • Paperclipping Roundtable

Thinking, Realizing, Feeling:

  • The Moon in Aries is not a good time for me. I'm all ragey then. I was confronted by someone and I nearly tore a strip out of them. There was nothing calm about my reaction (and there shouldn't have necessarily been given the situation, but still...)
  • This is the first time that Friday the 13th has ever felt unlucky to me!
  • Next week is a new week, with no mistakes in it, yet.

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Gratitude:

·       For NOT burning down our new home after hitting a wire in the wall. BIG gratitude for this! Someone was looking out for us.
·       For my job being made permanent
·       For work friends who listen and love when I need to vent


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Friday, July 13, 2012

quote of the week

via pinterest

One of the things that I love most about art journaling is that it creates a safe place to just play and try things out. Somehow, there's something about the process of art journaling that makes it ok to not be perfect. And lord knows, many of my art journal pages are less than perfect in terms of their art, or journaling, but just perfect in terms of where I was that particular day.

Journaling and sketchbooks are the perfect place to try things. I don't need to be the next great writer or artist in those spaces. And that I think that's the heart of why art journals are such a great medium. They don't ask for perfect. They just ask for reflection and play. And in the end, learning what works and doesn't work for you artistically, creatively, emotionally... in life.

I encourage you all to fail big in order for you to succeed even bigger! After all, for every piece of greatness that is in the world, there are at least an equal, if not bigger, piece of failure that led the way.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's a Colourful Black and White World

Up this round: black, white, and grey (well ok, silver)



Grey is not a colour that I am particularly drawn to. It's a colour that seems blah to me. And yet, it's all the rage and I even just painted my living room grey. What gives? Am I having a change of heart towards grey?

Perhaps.

When I sat down to work on this page, all I was thinking about was floating in the ether and the idea of not quite knowing where I was headed at this stage of my life, be it magically or mundanely. Life has been about limbo for so long that it's weird to be settling down and facing myself in the mirror knowing that I am facing the "what next" stage.

Don't get me wrong. This is an exciting time. My workings have been about grounding and bringing the abstract down into the concrete. Making the theoretical real. And it's an amazing process to witness.

Manifesting and applying. Living a magical life in the day to day. It's a great time of transition and possibility. And oddly enough, grey, which absorbs it all, seems like the perfect colour metaphor for this stage.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Litha Goals Update


So for Litha 2012 I wanted to finish our table and chairs! And finally, after much ado, I can say shout out for joy: The Table is Done!

 We've gone from this (mid refurbishing) to this:


The table runner is something I made a couple of years ago. The seat covers are VERY red and I may end up changing them in a year or 2. But for now, I am happy enough with them to leave them alone for a while. Sometimes projects become a compromise of necessity and husband's tastes. The fabric on the seats is not what I had originally envisioned, my idea was more along these lines, but Mr Faye has a voice in the relationship and in home decor that is quite active and engaged. And I believe in encouraging his participation so we work to find happy mediums!

When I tell my friends about his input, they are always surprised that he wants so much say in things. Especially when his vision conflicts with theirs! Or sometimes mine. He's not a laissez faire type of husband. He was active in helping with the wedding planning and he's active in home decor. Unlike my friends who just decorate how they like, bringing things home to add to the look they want in the house, everything I do in the house gets vetted by Mr Faye for approval. I think this is important in a marriage because god knows that I'd be pissed if he didn't extend me the same courtesy.

That said, there are definitely times when he doesn't care or when he just says, "Yes Faye, if you want to do that, we can do that," without really contemplating the option. Such as refurbishing the table. Mid job he was bemoaning the labour intensive project that I had conscripted his aide in. And to be fair, the project was much more difficult and laborious than I anticipated! Suffice to say, I will not be stripping, sanding, and redoing any furniture in the near future!

I need Mr Faye to forget about this one before I'll be able to con him into doing it again.

Other goals:

Cook something new.



I got this recipe from the summer edition of Vegetarian Times. The recipe isn't online yet but they were simple and yummy. Basically I did this: baked 5 small red potatoes then cut in half and scooped out part of middle, 1 seeded and diced tomato, 1 tbsp cilantro, 2 tbsp onion, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 diced avocado and 1 tbsp lime juice. Then baked till crispy. Super easy and yummy. I used those measurements approximately. The coriander, cumin, and lime really make for a tasty flavour combo. Definitely will make them again!

Bike rides with Mr Faye.


We moved near the river and there are tons of bike paths in our neighbourhood. (One of the perks of suburbia)! So we went exploring.We found picnic areas, biked past old stone homes, and through bug infested forests (I have 2 mosquito bites even though I was racing to get through). It's awesome and made me feel happier about our choice to move out of the city for this. In total, 8km, quality time together, and getting outside. I call it a win!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Witch's Apothecary: Facial Cleanser

Sometimes when I look around at the plethora of goodies available to me in the supermarket, I am eager to purchase and consume goods that I just "have" to have in order to be prettier, brighter, shinier. Yet, when you start looking at the ingredients in so many of the products (if they're actually listed on the container), most of the time I have NO idea what the hell the ingredients are! So I did some research and found out that more often than not, most of the ingredients are just garbage. Most commercial soap is more dehydrating than nourishing, despite claims of jojoba and aloe. Most toners have more alcohol and perfume than anything that actually tones your skin. 

And then, the crux of it: most of these goods can be made easily and cheaply at home. So that's what I'm going to do. I promised myself in my eco make-up purge that once the goods started to dwindle, I would replace them with more sustainable choices.

One of the things that I've been considering is which ways I'm going to go about revamping my facial cleansing routine. And I've decided I'm going to go back to the basics that I know work (or have worked in the past for me).

First up: facial steam once a week. This is a trick my Mom or my Grandma taught me as a young teen and honestly, I used it fairly often and never really had bad acne as a teen (I think partly due to the steams and partly due to living near the ocean). Since moving to the big city, I've noticed that my face needs a lot more care so I think going back to the maternal tricks are just the right recipe!


Steam (once a week)
Super easy.
  • Boil some water. 
  • Pour it into a large bowl (I use one of my baking bowls). 

  • Grab a towel.
  • Add a few drops of real essential oil (not perfume oil). Good ones to try: lemon, lavender, chamomile, rose, tea tree (any good aromatherapy book can help you with this). Please note that if you use lemon, you'll need to be careful in the sun as it makes your skin a bit more sensitive to the sun (but if you want to lighten your hair, lemon juice is a great way to do it naturally). Also be aware if you're pregnant that you need to investigate to make sure that the oils you use are safe!




  • Lean over the steaming bowl of water, about 10 inches away, place towel over your head and bowl to create a sealed off space for the steam to work at opening your pores
  • Stay in steam for 5-10 mins
  • Wash face in warm water
  • If you have really clogged pores you can exfoliate  after the steam wash 
  • Pat face with cooler water to close pores




  • Enjoy healthy, glowing skin. It makes your skin feel super soft. I always love the day or 2 after doing a facial steam. Honest to god, this is the best facial cleanser that I have ever used. It works better than any commercial products out there. When I have bad acne, I use it 2x a week. This time around I used organic tea tree oil because its antiseptic/antibacterial and I've been sweating a lot in the summer heat. Sometimes if my pores are really bad I do break out a bit just after a facial steam, but it passes quickly and consists of very small acne. I'd just recommend letting your skin breath for a couple days and then doing a 2nd steam that week. 



  • Plus, since I'm a waste not, want not kind of girl, I upcycle the water after it's cooled to use to scrub my house. Tea tree, water, and then some vinegar = excellent toilet bowl cleaner. Though I have to admit... knowing that I use the same thing on my face (minus the vinegar) as I use on my toilet... not so luxurious a thought!
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Monday, July 9, 2012

This Week I am: July 1st to 8th, 2012


Stars:

  • July 2nd to 9th, 2012
  • Sun in Cancer
  • Moon in Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces


Pathworking:

  • Prayer work for others
  • Art Journal colours with Tree of Life in mind


Creating, Planning, Trying

  • The last pages of the Colourful World art journal project
  • Regularly scheduled blogging.
  • Sabbat goals.


Viewing, Reading, Listening:

  • True Blood but I think it might have to go. It’s just getting too absurd, even for me and I have a high tolerance for bad TV!
  • The Golden Ass (still)
  • CBC radio during the morning commute (I think this might be a sign that I’m officially getting old)!


Thinking, Realizing, Feeling:

  • Fairly energized these days. Like I’m finally ready to pick up the thread again and get back into things after a much needed break. That sometimes I just need a break!

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Gratitude:

·       For seeing Lightening Bugs for the very first time
·       For crafting dates with friends
·       For being told that my office smells like a spa



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Friday, July 6, 2012

a little sumthin' sumthin' for the weekend

For your contemplation this weekend

Catching up on my blog reading and Danni's post led me to this post, which had me reflecting on who I thought I'd be vs who I have become. An old friend and I used to always joke about how our 16 year old selves would totally think we're lame now. I think it's good to be reminded from time to time, to get up and get out of the comfort zones we tend to fall into.

Loved this art journal background tutorial.

Not sure what I think about an at home HIV test.

Currently loving her creations. Seriously, those little fairy teacups... yeah, my craft room could use one!

This picture just made me smile.

While I'm not a huge pagan music person, I am currently in love with this song by Kelliana:



Drink your coffee and know its good for you! Oh yes, my precious java addiction, you are now vindicated.



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quote of the week

via pinterest

You know the line: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger? Yeah, I can't say that I love that quote but in all honesty, I believe that it can be all too true. As someone who always just seems to have to learn things the hard way, more often than I care to admit, I really find myself reminded regularly that its in those dark nights of the soul that I find my spirituality/path the most important.

And yet, if you're like me, sometimes those dark times are the times when we are the most likely to drop the things that actually nurture us.

Stressed? Of course I know doing yoga or exercise will help. But no. I'm the queen of actually making it worse and eating unhealthily, hibernating in my home, and worrying. More often than not, I make the journey harder than it needs to be by losing sight of what helps the most.

This was recently reaffirmed, in a very positive way lately, when I was freaking out about the latest drama in my life, making a mountain out of a molehill as it were, and struggling to find the right way to address the situation and correct it. But because I couldn't find my voice, I said nothing. And here's the irony. In saying nothing I was actually able to give myself the space and time I needed to actually act constructively instead of just reacting emotionally.

All the angst and woe settled and in time I was able to see the situation more clearly and holistically in terms of multiple perspectives. And then I was able to navigate it better than I would have when I felt like the issue was pressing and NEEDED to be taken care of IMMEDIATELY.

When I did act, I was surprised by the strength and clarity of my actions. I was pleased to be able to feel fair minded and sure of the rightness of my actions. And I was super proud of myself for being a bigger hearted person than I tend to give myself credit for, which was pretty awesome.

I don't know about the rest of you, but sometimes those moments of duress have taught me the biggest life lessons. Like how to be forgiving, how to accept that my needs and views are not the only ones, and that sometimes there is a big difference between what you need and want! Those moments have also taught me that I'm stronger than I tend to think or that I am more flexible in terms of my thoughts than I assumed.

I think that lives that have never faced challenge never have the opportunity to learn how much more they can be in terms of their strength. And yet, when we have the opportunity to move past what is often self-destructive behaviour (ex, not going to yoga class when stressed), we can often find that we are wells of unexpected strength. While I might not like those moments of darkness, I cherish the lessons they have taught me.*

*(now don't be getting the wrong idea universe. I am NOT asking for more lessons...)

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Litha 2012 Goals

I am the queen of a kazillion projects but not so great at the follow up. This is something that I want to work on for my own personal development so I thought I'd put it on the blog in order to remind myself of what I set out to do. I was totally inspired by Elise on this one, so I can't claim the idea as my own.


I like her approach (she combines her One Little Word into the project). I promised myself that this year's word would be balance. So far... eek... not so good. Shhhh don't tell anyone ok? It'll ruin my calm, cool, collected front. Can't have that!

But seriously.

I wanted to adapt the project to reflect the wheel of the year, to mark the turns as I go through them instead of just having it be a monthly project. Plus, added bonus: it gives me more time to actually complete my goals. Every month felt a little overly ambitious for this procrastinator!

Something that was really important to me in terms of this keeping track of my projects was to link it up with the idea of balance. My time off during the move made me realize that I'm not keeping things balanced in my life. I'm a little too much of an all or nothing kinda gal at the expense of everything else. So I wanted to balance health, studies, crafting and my relationship better than I currently do. As such, I really tried to pick goals that reflected a little of something in each category.

So yeah... that's that... Only 4 weeks (less) to finish up 8 goals. I'll keep you posted!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Personal Blogging Reflections


Yesterday I asked:




Here are my answers:

1 and 2. I come to blogs for a variety of reasons. Sometimes I just look at pictures, sometimes I read the content. There are blogs that I ALWAYS read, blogs that I sometimes read, and blogs that I keep in my feed to check back on from time to time. Generally the ones that I read consistently are blogs that balance the personal with some particular niche.

I read blogs in my google reader. If a blog doesn't post all the content within the reader, I stop reading. Honestly. I have enough blogs to read that I cannot keep track of them all through links. So I won't bother going to blogs with only tag lines that link to the actual site.

I want to know who the blogger is, how they live, and how their niche fits into their daily life.

Which leads me to ask myself, if, in my own blog, I'm a bit cagey about my actual life... do I lose readers like me? Do I care? My goal isn't about having the most readers, you know...  But it's food for thought.

3. OMG. I NEVER comment on blogs. Next to never. Honestly. I could have been reading you for years and you'd never know it. For example, I was tickled pink when a blogger who I've been blog stalking... (ok, just following for a good while) found her way to my wee little corner of the web. (ok, now that I've dorked out and totally outed myself for having blog crushes cause I totally get them). But here's the thing... it was only when she commented on my blog that I ever commented on hers. Seriously. I suck. I love comments. Let's face it, we probably all do. But most times all I have to say is "yeah, totally" which doesn't really make for much in the way of conversation. Or worse, I'll go to write a big comment and just feel like it's overkill. So I don't.

4. I'm not sure about the niching. I'm working on free spirited niching. That's my current take on the issue.

5 and 6. Obviously the answer is yes. Also obvious... the fact that I possibly overthink things from time to time! But here's the thing. While I want to be positive, I also want to be real. I don't just want to be all about the light with no reflection of the darker days. Nor do I want to wallow in negativity. Sometimes I find it hard to do one while staying true to the other. Thus the re-evaluations.

7 and 8. A little bit Oprah, a little bit artsy, mostly eclectic. Honestly, I hope to find a balance between the personal, the artsy, and positive spirituality. I admit to wanting to prompt people to use art to express their spiritual paths. I also want to remind people to find more satisfaction in their daily lives because I think the act of remembering happiness and gratitude actually nurtures more happiness and contentment in our lives.

9. Hells no. But I'm mostly ok with that. I stop and start all over the place. Art mirrors life over here in faye-land!

10. I do a bit of both. I think I blog better when I combine the 2. I feel like the blog falls apart a bit when I just post as I go. But then again, I also think that life needs to be lived and that means that I can't always be in front of the screen, planning out a blog post. You know? I'm a big advocate of the concept of blogging with obligation. I don't need to say sorry for not being around for a while, and I don't feel like other bloggers owe me regular posts even if I like reading them!


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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

questions about blogging

So in the past few weeks all that has come up on my blog stream are quotes I've pilfered from pinterest. I know... I shouldn't be pilfering the goods, but hey, I always give link backs so I think my good karma is still in check! 

But this blog has been devoid of the personal touch lately, and honestly as I contemplated what I wanted to write about as I got back into things, I was really unsure of where I wanted to begin.

Do I want to share:


And as I contemplate all these options and more, I'm struck by the fact that I'm not sure, dear reader, what it is that you come here to read about. Is it solely the art journaling stuff? The scrapbooking stuff? Spiritual reflections? Personal reflections? I've been thinking a lot about blogging lately and why I blog and why I read blogs. What it is that makes me comment on a blog and which blogs do I stay silent on?

All the blogging advice out there talks about finding your niche in order to build a cohesive identity in blogging. But here's the thing! I call bullshit. I'm not cohesive in my day to day life, so why the hell would my blog be any more niche than my day to day existence? You know what I mean?

I suppose on some level my niche on this blog is paganism and at the end of the day that is enough of a niche isn't it? When you look over your blog, do you ever re-evaluate your voice? Your topics? The direction you're taking in your blog?

How would you describe your blog? Do you have a goal in mind behind what you share? Is it just a quasi journal of your life or are you looking to do something else? Do you feel consistent in your posting style?

Do you blog as life unfolds or do you write in advance and schedule your posts?

For those of you who wonder about my answers to these questions, stay tuned... this post is getting long so I'm going to post my answers in another post, tomorrow.

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