self-care

Remembering the Power of Ritual

I will never forget when I started believing in magic again.

I was in my mid-twenties and struggling with making sense of the avalanche of changing beliefs that had defined the past decade of my life. Through a couple of new friends I got connected with a local pagan community called Reclaiming. I signed up for an Introduction to Witchcraft class taught by one of the wisest and most wholehearted women I have ever met.

During the first class, my skepticism was running high. I mean, magic? That’s not a real thing. I had a Bachelor’s degree in Science for pete’s sake!

But as we started to learn about the meanings of the carefully crafted actions and symbols of ritual, something began to click. These symbolic items and actions were a way of tapping into the power of our minds, our emotions, and our inner world. And maybe, through practice working through these channels, we might see real results in the world. Not an instant fix. Not Harry Potter magic, but the real magic of harnessing the power of our inner world and focussing it in a more intentional way.

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My perspective on the world changed that day, and this morning I was reminded that this is a tool I need to bring back into my life in a more active way. So in my shower this morning I put an intention into my body wash, that it would wash away all the negative fear and doubt that has been weighing me down lately. And I charged my moisturizing serum (which I always think of as magical unicorn tears) with bright renewing energy of the truth of my bright spirit.

It can be so simple. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and you don’t need to take a class. It can give our self-care routines added meaning and power. And I can help you find what works for you.

Personal Development

Better than Perfect

Hi there.

Things have been awfully quiet around here, haven’t they? Which is funny, since long before makeup, before entrepreneurship, before any career attempts I have ever made, there has always, always been writing.

You know who stops me every time though? Perfectionism. That voice that tells me I shouldn’t say something until I know for sure that it is the right thing to say, the right way to say it. That, every time I have an idea that I would like to share, screams at me that the format of the website is a disaster and you can’t just start publishing your business blog on a half created mess of a platform but you don’t have time to put into figuring that out because you need to be doing income producing activities because you have a family to support now and you took a crazy huge risk as a single mom choosing not to return to a soul-sucking office job after mat leave but instead to work a brand new home-based business with no business background so you could stay home with your baby who you love more than life itself and you’d better not fail him. And then, generally, I collapse into a shame-fuelled Netflix hole.

So today I am deciding to just be here with you. To be real with you, and let you share this journey, wherever it leads. Here are a few key things I do know. I have some pretty deeply rooted limiting beliefs that I am still only getting a handle on unravelling. There are parts of my brain that contribute to my struggle, perhaps more than some, certainly less than others. Those parts have labels like adult ADD, anxiety, and depression. I have an impressive array of unhelpful coping mechanisms that have become mixed up in this process.

There are other things I am learning though. I am stronger than I have ever fully allowed myself to realize. I may be almost 39 which can feel like a ridiculous age to just be figuring so much of this life stuff out – including love, career, money, purpose – basically everything adult-related. But I am also not even 40 yet and have a fabulous amount of potential still left and now is certainly not the time to admit defeat.

So today I’m choosing to dust myself off again and keep going, and I promise, we will go together.20190212_092115