Welcome To 2015!

So, traditionally this is the time for New Years resolution. I had always shunned resolutions, as they are usually abandoned before they even had a chance to sprout. But something about this year is different.

Welcome 2015

2014 has been such a turbulent year, that for 2015 I need clear direction. In order to achieve that, considering that we are self-employed, homeschool our children and belong to an alternative religion, any structure we give to a year has to come from ourselves. There is no one to tell us what needs to be done when, we decide. That freedom is wonderful, but it takes discipline if any meaningful work is to be done.

Therefore I chose to go for the New Years resolution, among other things (like using structures apps and programs to help me run the day to day of our lives), and I want to list a few of these here. Maybe in a year, when it is time to review the previous months, life will show itself as a little more calm.

Well, I can at least plan to make the trip a little smoother.

So here are my resolutions (which in true Law of Attraction fashion, I am posting in present tense)

1. I am loosing 15 pounds. I am currently heavier than I have ever been, touching the 140 mark, and I do not like it. Okay, I am now over 40, with a thyroid condition, but I am not giving myself a break here. It is time be back in shape. If I find any books, products or any blog post from other bloggers that help me along the way, I will share them here.

2. I am increasing our income threefold. I have done it before, so I can do it again. With that I mean hubby and I, and we got a pretty solid plan, and are a great team, so that is so workable. One of the ways to achieve this, is by using abundance magick and law of attraction. I will write about that, on the blog you are currently reading.

3. I am moving to Los Angeles. I have been talking about this for 4 years now, and every time something came up. This time, we have the means, the plan, the time frame, the combined efforts and energy, so that will happen. We got to do this before end of April. Did I mention we currently are living in Florida? Not sure, if I want to write about that anywhere yet, but knowing myself, I probably will.

4. I am writing more. Deadlines and all, I am making a list and sticking to it. I will post any updates on publishing schedule on my writing blog. I got a blogging schedule for all of my blogs, and plenty of resources to structure my offline writing. Any great (or not so great) writing books I find will be reviewed on my writing blog.

5. I am organized. I grew up with an abusive perfectionist adoptive father. So I became disorganized, slightly chaotic, and anti-structure. That does not co-exist well with the needs of bookkeeping, payroll and taxes. Just like it does not work well with kids who want to get into college. So, I bought the above mentioned apps and software, bookkeeping essentials, created a daily planner, and I am ready to go. Wish me luck. (I will write about those too – not on my spiritual blog, or my writing blog, but on my productivity blog – yes, I have three blogs!)

6. I practice a more consistent spiritual practice. The last year, I have practiced my Witchcraft on a very irregular schedule. Mind you, I am not Wiccan, I am a Hedgewitch and solitary, so there is no need for structure, expect a personal one. I feel that I can learn a lot from a more regulated, even if self-regulated structure, and will explore that in depth. And of course, as with everything, I will write about it. And that would be on this, exact blog.

So here it is, my list (albeit incomplete, considering that other goals involve other people, and I value their privacy) for 2015. This year, I know, with the help of the Gods, will be my best year yet. I am ready and open for all of the changes and wonderful experiences, as well as the lessons that it holds within, and I am grateful for the present that every moment of the coming year is.

In parting, I wish you all the best as well, as you envisioned, and however it is best for you.

Goddess Blessing

Claudia

P. S. This post is a “The Pagan Experience” Post, based on the prompt for January 5th “Resolutions”. I know I am a little ahead of the posting schedule for that group link, but this topic just demands attention on the first day of the new year!

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Empowered

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We are empowered by our friends, online or offline, sometimes more then we are empowered by those who are a part of our biological family. Many times, our private little cheering section (or the friends who tell us like it really is) are what keep us from holding back, giving up, breaking down.

With that in mind, I want to take this opportunity to examine our own ability to be that cheering section, that encouraging, needed friend. A little act of kindness, and a moment to stop, and write a few encouraging words to someone who might not be a “friend” in a traditional sense, can mean the difference between a good day and a really bad one, or a devastating decision and the realization that there is hope.

The internet in particular can be a world filled with trolls and unkind voices. We can be different though, we can choose to be the empowering.

So I will challenge myself to be more of that person, who empowers, who sits in the cheering section, even if that cheering section might be in front of a laptop half across the world from you.

And I would love for you to join me!

Here are some bloggers who have inspired me today:

http://spectrumbloggers.wordpress.com/

http://kate0murray.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/out-of-my-comfort-zone/

http://reaspracticeblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/witness-protection/

http://marthakennedy.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/fear-itself/

http://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/daily-prompt-witness-protection/

http://bloggers4peace.wordpress.com/

 

Time For Some Bloglovin!

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So glad that the A to Z Challenge month is over, and I can pay more attention to this blog. For the month of April, my writing/reviewing/movie blog  has gotten all of the attention, but now it is time to share the little bit of blogging time I have between both.

And I have so much exiting stuff planned!

First of all, I will continue to participate in the Pagan Blog Project. I know, I know, that was the plan all along, but hey, there are only so many hours in the day.

Upcoming book reviews: I have some really cool Pagan books I want to share with you, with upcoming release dates!

And of course, it is time to share some thoughts on the practical side of being a Witch, what I think of spiritual practice in relationship with food, real life Witchy living, and stuff like that.

So follow me via WordPress or Bloglovin – you can also find me on Twitter as @homeschoolwitch.

Hugs and Goddess blessings!

Take A Chance – Be Who You Are

Being a part of an “alternative” faith (meaning not one of the big 3 book religions) means taken a chance to be not accepted. I have tried – and failed – a few times to distance myself from that essential part of me, the practice of Witchcraft, the religion Paganism, the connection to my Matron, Hecate.

There are have been many reason for that – love, trying to fit in, being mad at some of the organized parts of the religion, but the Craft and my Goddess always calls me back. When I arrive at home, I am at ease. Simply because, as a Pagan Witch I am authentic.

Being one’s true self – no matter what other people might think about the label or the religion is important. It took my husband a long time to accept that I can not live in the closet. Now I can’t get him to stop asking to read for him, or create change when needed.

I stuck to my essential self, a big chance to take, when the love of your life is on the line. At the end, authenticity and unconditional love won.

Everyone who knows me knows of my path, the reason for it, is because it is important to me not to hide. Sometimes that leaves to strange questions or stares, but I really do not care so much about the opinion of others that it will make me change. I welcome discussions, sure, after all we learn via dialogue, but that won’t change who I am as a practicing Witch.

This means that somehow though I have to balance my mundane job of being a Writer (okay there is nothing mundane about it, just bare with me for a moment), and the fact that I am a Witch. Should I become famous and achieve my goals of making bestseller lists, and create scripts for some kind of blockbuster, do I want to be known as the odd one out, by being open, by writing openly about my path?

The other option would be to not be open, to stop writing about what I believe in. For me, who has an opinion about everything, and has a way to big of a mouth to not speak my mind, that is really not an option.

So I am taking a chance. I work on both of my blogs, just like I work on both of the most important, most defining aspects of my life – I am a Writer, I am a Witch.

Blessed Be!

Rampage of Gratitude

I am in a rampage of gratitude kind of mood. The one where I am sitting in the appreciation of my now and of the more now to come, the moment where everything feels right, and I just have to express my gratitude for it.

I appreciate the lessons I have been taught by Abraham and the many teachers I have encountered.

I appreciate the companionship that many venues can bring forth – not limited to those whom I can see in front of me, but the whole world through the eyes of our technology.

I appreciate living in this time and place.

I appreciate the awakening to the love of my animals.

I appreciate my resistance to some aspects of my life, and the desires born from that.

I appreciate the music that does not only come from artists but also from nature.

I appreciate the nourishment I choose.

I appreciate of the wonders that are already waiting for me.

I appreciate that I can turn toward them.

I appreciate knowing that I am more in control then I thought five years ago.

I appreciate knowing.

 

What do you appreciate today?

Love And Linger – A Vibrational Experience

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In the place of alignment with ones purpose and passion, everything is love.

Sounds like some new age stuff, but it is anything but new. It is the place where dreams can come true, where the joy and passion you feel can grow exponentially.
It is a love that transcends the emotion that we consider attraction and comfort with another person. It is bliss. And this is where I like to linger.

It is easier for me to linger in the moments of loving bliss when the bliss is not attached to a person. The world of writing and film making, the stories within a song that dance through our hearts are these moments of bliss. Any contrast I hold in these moments are only of my doing, and with that knowing I am aware of my total control of it and direct it.

Creating is bliss. Watching the creation of others who where aligned with their own bliss is also bliss.
It is that place I like to linger. It is that vibration that is my love story.

This blog post is based on a combination of two daily prompts “linger” and “love story

Careless Whispers – Words Are Power

One magickal principle suggests that words are powerful. Words create worlds, our chants, our spoken spells, and our prayers are an aspect of that.

But the power of words go beyond the times when we deliberately create change. The carelessly uttered words about another, a group of people and also about ourselves are just as important, specifically if they are repeated often.

Examining how you speak about yourself is an essential part of spiritual growth. Do you speak ill of yourself, do you put yourself down on a regular basis or do your words empower you? Becoming first aware and then moving to adjust your uttering just be a priority. Those words spoken in automatic terms are often an indicator of your inner well being, and therefore an important indicator to you what you need to work on.

So think beyond just the times what you say when you are in front of your altar or in conversation with others, but consider how you speak about yourself to yourself.

Hail Hecate!