Friday, September 26, 2014

What I've been woking on lately...

This project is finally done! Woo hoo!

It only took me a year.


It's not perfect. But I'm ok with that.

It's about to go up on our washroom door. And I'm pretty stoked that all my hard work is going to be on display and help add some unique charm to our home.

Most excellent!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Gratitudes

I've been working, slowly but surely, behind the scenes to reconnect with some of my favourite mindful practices lately.

Creating Monthly Gratitude Journals is one of them:

And here's the same calendar, a little further along into the month. I've been doing pretty well about taking the time to remember gratitude. I know that the act of logging gratitudes might seem odd to some, but for me it's a practice that helps me remember to be mindful. There are far more things that happen on a daily basis to be grateful for but I am someone who tends to over analyze and criticize, so this is a practice that helps me break that pattern to some extent by remembering that there are more good things happening daily than I tend to remember if I don't take the time to jot them down. 

The thing I love the most about the practice is that when I look over the calendar, I'm often struck by the things I choose to write down. Often I find there tends to be themes. September's theme seems focuses mainly on Baby Faye and his amazing leaps and bounds development lately. Seriously, this kid is just amazing right now. And instead of remembering the long car ride home in traffic when he was a douche (yeah, I said it), I'm choosing to remember how his giggles immediately made me smile and lose my road rage on another trip. And for me, that's a really good thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#SabbatGoals : Mabon

Happy Autumnal Solstice!

For me, Fall always marks a time of chaos and excitement. I think it might be years of going to school and working in education that does it for me. I associate Fall with change and fresh starts. It's a time of paper and organizing and I just love it.

So in the spirit of fresh starts and lists and paper, here are my goals for this turn of the wheel:

I've been working slowly on weight/health issues. I've lost 8lbs since August (I fluctuate a bit though between 6-9lbs). I've been paying a lot of attention to food and what I eat. Some days/weeks are better than others. But I'm still plugging away at it. I've gotten a little sidetracked as work has gotten busier, but I'm recommitting to doing the work and planning my food/exercise for consistency.

Magically/Practice speaking, I'm going to work on my studies a bit more than I have in a while. From spells to journaling, daily practice to reading, it's time to get back into a consistent habit. Thankfully I have support helping me get back on track. :)

And in an effort to be a bit more frugal and eco conscious, I'm purging my wardrobe, setting some better, more sustainable clothing goals (from recycling & upcycling to buying less, but more ethical clothes).

I'm looking forward to it. Bring it on Fall, you're my favourite season!


Monday, September 15, 2014

#paganlists : apples

Fall is in the air, and with it, the fall harvest, which, to me at least, means apples.  With that in mind, I thought I'd share some of my fav apple recipes in a list:

I love fall. I think it might be my favourite season. I love the crisp air, the warmer clothing, the desire to stay inside and snuggle up with a good book or a loved one. And I love all the delicious apple goodies that I'm tempted to make at this time of year.

One of the best are beer battered apple rings. It's a Dutch goodie but really not healthy. Go google it if you're interested (I won't be responsible for teaching to you fry your food!)

Now... to decide which apple goodie I'll be making for the Solstice, that is the question!


Friday, September 5, 2014

around here

Things have been crazy over here in Faye land. We are integrating Baby Faye into daycare, my job is in a state of flux, I'm trying to implement some health changes, and I have to admit that by the end of the evening, I'm just tired and not motivated to take the time to write in this space.

Hopefully that will change as things settle into a new routine. For now I'm giving myself a little bit of grace as we adapt.

a recent page I've been puttering away at slowly and thoughts about my new job role...

Ironically I feel like the biggest adaptation has more to do with my changing job situation than the actual new schedule. Before I left for maternity leave, my boss pretty much royally screwed me over in a way that I have never experienced before professionally. It was a huge source of bitterness and strife for me, particularly given that I couldn't really file a complaint because nothing was official until I returned from mat leave, at which point it would be too late.

I'll leave the background info at that.

Suffice to say, returning to work has been challenging because I was walking into a very different work environment. At the same time, while I'm frustrated by the uncertainty of my role, I'm also excited by the possibilities ahead. New ideas for my job duties are incredibly exciting and have ended up turning what was a contentious job change and turned it into an interesting blessing of sorts.

I love it when life works out that way.

Now, to find balance in it all, that is the task ahead...


Thursday, September 4, 2014

what are your rituals leading up to the sabbat?

I recently had a conversation with a friend whose background is Hindu. She was talking about the fasting she'll be doing for Navrati and what it used to mean to her. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about a custom that I knew little about and it was a fascinating conversation.

I found myself thinking about various purifying/sacrifice based traditions that different paths have and wondering about if I see them in my own path. In our conversation we both mentioned that we often don't see the things we do as being part of these types of rites and do them without sometimes realizing that we have traditions that are similar to other paths.

contemplations over morning coffee
I'm not explaining myself well. Let me try again...

In Judaism, there is Yom Kippur, which is a time of reflection and atonement. Christianity has Lent, a time of sacrifice. Yes... I realize these are over simplifications. Hinduism apparently has Navrati (should you choose to do it) and Islam has Ramadan. Other paths may have similar rituals but I don't know about them so I'm not going to go and do a google search just to fill a gap because that's not my point.

Pagans who follow the Wheel of the Year/8 Sabbats also have times of sacrifice and reflection, but aside from the actual Sabbat, do we have rituals of fasting, purifying, reflection, etc? If we don't, should we have them as part of our practice to help link us to the Wheel and remind us of our nature/aspirations? And if we do, are they relevant and do we do them with intention/mindfulness?

I have to be honest, I often feel a bit disconnected from the Wheel because I don't think about the deeper meaning of the Sabbat until I'm in circle, celebrating it.

Would I benefit from thinking about it ahead of time in order to allow the season leading up to that turn of the Wheel to have a deeper meaning and personal significance in my daily life? Possibly. Or would I only be over complicating my life? Possibly!

What about you? Do you do anything to help get you into the head space of the season/Sabbat or do you think it just happens naturally?

Sometimes I think that because I live in a mainly secular Christian world, with a calendar and work schedule built around the Christian holidays, that I tend to be, in some ways, more mentally in the head space of those holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Easter) than the pagan ones that I actually celebrate. It's an interesting conundrum for me because I don't know how I want to change that, if I do.