insult to injury

so, i lost my job on friday.

i can’t say that it was totally unexpected (a job is only willing to put up with issues and illnesses so long, it seems), but it still stings and the fact that it happened right before christmas is just salt on the wound that has been this entire year.

i also admit that i’ve been pretty mopey and angry about the whole thing.

how dare they fire me?

but no one is irreplaceable, are they? especially in the work force. there’s always someone who’s willing to take up the space you filled for less and that’s what corporations want, right?

even in my situation, my desk was emptied and filled the very next day (i heard this from a friend who works in the very same department), and even that wasn’t shocking.

it still hurt, though.

i gave four years of my life to that job, and while it soured toward the end for various reasons (personal and health related alike), i did enjoy what i did.

but, dwelling on what could have (or should have) happened isn’t going to do anyone any good and as of today, i’ve spent a week doing the thing i told myself i wouldn’t do.

so, i’m not going to anymore.

i got fired.

it happens.

it sucks, and it’s a definite blow to my pride and ego, but i can look at this as a positive instead of a negative.

  1. i’m no longer working a job that i’m bored with for people that don’t want me around.
  2. i have the opportunity to explore new adventures
  3. i have time to focus on my studio and other projects i’ve put on the back burner

ultimately, i’ll be alright.

things are tough, but i’ve made it through my entire life by just tucking my head down and plowing forward.

this really isn’t all that different.

sure, money’s tight and i’m not quite sure where i’m going to scramble my next rent payment from, but i have to trust in the universe, right?

for months, everything’s been telling me that change is coming, that adventures await, that new beginnings are to be had.

i didn’t think it would be this extreme or jarring, but who am i to judge?

i just have to listen.

xx

always make time for tea

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one thing i always make time for is a cup of tea.

it doesn’t always have to be the same time, or in the same place, but somehow, in some way, some small part of my day is taken up in a slow sipping meditation in the act of making and drinking a cup of tea.

one of my favorite kinds of tea is the ever classic earl grey (it’s the bergamot that does it, just adding that extra little lift of flavor that makes it lovely) with milk and a dab of honey.

it just hits the spot oh-so-right, be the day hot and sticky or bone chillingly cold.

be that as it may, while i love my lord earl grey, i do also enjoy dabbling in making my own tea blends and creations.

as a witch, i find that it’s an easy way to incorporate magic into my every day life when I’m struggling to find the energy to do so, in one way or another.

i thought i’d share some of my favorite blends with you all now.

for relaxation: 

1 part lavender (for healing, calmness, and purity)
1 part mint (for psychic and verbal communication)
1 part chamomile (for money, peace, and love)

steep this tea to taste in boiling water. i find that adding a little sugar or honey and even sometimes, a little milk really does the trick to make me relaxed and sleepy.

nutritional iced tea:

1 part rose hips (for good luck in life and love)
1 part chamomile (for money, peace, and love)
1 part catnip (for influencing new friendships)
1 part skullcap (for relaxation and peace)
1 part nettle (for driving out negative energies)
1 part lemon balm (for soothing emotional pains)

this tea can be made in large quantities and i mix a huge batch and then add some of the mix to a reusable teabag when i want a cup.

the world’s best chai: 

4 parts black tea
1 part nutmeg (for enhancing clairvoyance and clear sight)
1 part cloves (for dispelling negativity, cleansing, and purification)
1 part vanilla beans (for love and friendship)
1 part ginger (for love and success)

this tea is so warming and comforting. i love drinking this one on rainy days and when it’s cold outside and I don’t have to leave the house.

these are just three of my favorite mixes and blends, but if you feel inclined, with a little bit of creativity and know-how, you can be well on your way to finding out and creating your own favorite blends as well.

happy sipping!

xx

a time for release

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happy full moon in saggitarius, friends!

as you go through your day, work on releasing all the negative energy of the last cycle to begin anew tomorrow.

let the moonlight cleanse and rejuvenate you and wash all that gross ickiness away, leaving you feeling fresh and clean and ready for another day.

if it’s your jam, do a simple tarot reading to find out what this upcoming cycle has in store for you and let the excitement of what’s to come give you motivation to see your intentions through.

be kind to yourself and take it easy today, letting your body and mind rest.

treat yourself to a cleansing bath or meditation.

forget the bad, remember the good.

life is way too short to be focused on the bad anyway.

xx

on labeling oneself

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like every new practitioner, i once found myself inundated with so much information i didn’t know what to do with it all.

where do i start? what do i need to know? how will i know this is the right path?

stop. breathe.

it’s going to be okay.

i’m going to let you in on a secret:

you don’t need a label.

wild, i know, but bear with me.

i myself have gone through many different phases along many different paths and let me tell you, none of the labels i gave myself ever stuck for long.

why? because i was and still am evolving into my true self.

and maybe “witch” doesn’t even apply to you.

that’s perfectly okay. there’s no rule book when it comes to your personal journey, except the one you write for yourself.

embrace it.

embrace the uncertainty and be willing to push those boundaries. that’s where you learn the most and obtain what it is you truly, truly need.

maybe even that something that you didn’t even know you needed in the first place.

that’s all part of the fun anyway.

enjoy it and let the ebb and flow of it guide you.

by opening yourself up to the chaos of taking everything in, you open up your mind to endless possibility and achieving of things you never dreamed yourself capable of doing.

live. be free. grow.

there may be time for labels as you learn your craft, whatever that craft might be, but in my experience, limiting oneself is detrimental and damaging to the creative and discovery process.

as a young practitioner, i ran into the struggle of labeling myself a kitchen witch.

not only was this not true (i am not, nor will i ever be a “kitchen witch”), but i also found myself not studying things i was interested in because it went against what I thought my lot in life was, simply because it “wasn’t what kitchen witches did”.

sure, i could have went against the grain and did my own thing, but in my case, I had to completely do away with the labels and constraints I’d given myself and start fresh.

i could have saved myself so much stress and drama.

in the end, save the labeling for an established practice and allow yourself absolute freedom to explore and change.

you may find it’s just the sort of spontaneity you need.

xx

the “eyes” have it…

i’ve been pretty nonexistent this last month, as you may have noticed.

oops.

long story short, my eyes decided to mutiny and i spent the better part of may struck down with ridiculous migraines and annoyingly doubled vision.

as a result, the only thing i could manage was to just barely crawl through my desk job responsibilities (which has me staring at a computer screen for 8+ hrs a day) and some days, i couldn’t even manage that.

but, enough of that pity party parade.

my eyes are on the mend, my head is (mostly) pain free, and i am so ready to get this show back on the road.

over the next coming weeks, watch this space (!) for more awesome posts and fun adventures to be had!

there may even be a few surprises on the horizon.

but you didn’t hear it from me.

welcome summer! it’s about time you got here!

xx