Emergency Heart Stint

Dear Followers, I have client/friend who is in need of an emergency heart stint. They found 90% in one artery. The total procedure costs $17,500. He only has to pay 25%, but that’s still a lot. Especially since he needs it done as soon as possible and doesn’t have the money. Please, if you could help by donating, it would mean a lot. Anything helps. If you can’t donate please help by reblogging this. Thanks. https://www.gofundme.com/uqyzjf7w

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Four months

That’s right, it’s been 4 months since my last blog post. Oops. Life ended up getting really busy all at once. I ended up moving, starting my own salon (kind of), and having a bad Graves flare up. Things have started calming down so I thought I would catch up on my blog.

One of my goals this year was to blog more. I’m kind of sucking at that right now, but I do want to get better. You probably don’t believe me because I’ve said that in the past, so I guess I can just show you by doing. One of these days I may become a more consistent blogger. I’ve learned that planning my posts is a big part of that. I also don’t really have a blog niche yet. I’ve heard that’s important. I still haven’t found one so I’ve decided to blog about all the things until I find my niche. With that being said, here are some “themes” you can expect to find on this blog:

  • Paganism: I started studying Paganism last year. I don’t have a set path yet, so I will mostly be chronicling my journey to find a path. I’ve also been studying green witchcraft. Right now I’m identifying my path as Eclectic ChristoPagan. I was raised Christian (Mormon to be exact) and still keep a lot of Christian beliefs such as worshiping God and reading my scriptures.
  • Hair: I’m a professional hairstylist. I started booth renting back in April. I’m renting a suite so I will be posting the progress on my suite. I may throw in some hair tips and product reviews.
  • Graves disease: I was diagnosed with Graves disease back in 2012, but I still don’t know much about it. I thought it was something that you took medicine for for 2 years then went into remission. Boy was I wrong. This was mostly from my Endocrinologist. He hasn’t really talked to me about this disease so I don’t know much about it. Trust, I am looking for a new Endo as we speak.
  • Health: Because of my Graves, I’m having to change my lifestyle; what I eat, adding exercise (which I need anyway), and reducing stress levels. You will see me post updates on my diet, progress on my weight loss, ways I’ve found to reduce stress.
  • Green living: Part of my Graves is staying away from chemicals. This is mostly me just wanting to stay as healthy as possible. I will be trying to live a ‘Green” life by making my own natural beauty products. I will be posting about this journey as well.

So this is kind of what you will be seeing on my blog from now on. I’ve been having a lot of down time at work because it’s slow season so I hope to get some blog posts scheduled for next week.

Lent 2015

Mormons don’t participate in Lent as a religion, but I feel that as part of my spiritual journey I will take part in it this year. I have been researching it to make sure that I do it correctly and respectively.

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

During Lent, people give up certain luxuries as a form of penitence and replace them with more spiritual disciplines that draw them closer to God (prayer, scripture, etc.).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (or Clean Monday for some Catholics) and ends on Easter Sunday. There are 6 Sundays of fasting and also a few feast days. Here is a timeline I found of the days of Lent:

  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 22, 2015)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 1, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Thursday, March 19, 2015)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 8, 2015)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 22, 2015)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 5, 2015)

 

Things I am GIVING UP for Lent:

I was going to give up the internet completely, but I’m working on getting my Etsy shop up and running so that’s not going to work. I had then decided to just cut out certain websites, but all the websites I go on are ones I need to advertise my shop on. In the end I just decided to give up these 3 things. I think that abstaining from these during Lent will definitely make an impact and help me reach my spiritual goals.:

  1. Netflix & Hulu-Completely (this one will be hard because this is mostly all I do at work).
  2. Sugar-I had planned on giving this up anyway, why not do it for Lent?
  3. Frivolous spending-I’m going to stick to a strict budget of only buying the necessities.

Things I will be ADDING for Lent:

  1. Scripture reading: At least 1 chapter a day.
  2. Prayer: Twice daily (Right now it’s only been once).
  3. Meditation: Once a day.
  4. Journal: Once a day.
  5. Reading: One good/positive book a week (as an avid reader this is a doable goal. Especially if I’m cutting internet).
  6. Water: Eight glasses a day.

Also, Lent begins on a New Moon which I think is perfect for new beginnings.

What are you giving up for Lent?

Spiritual-New Year’s Goal #3

tri-moon goddess

Over the past few years I’ve kind of lost touch with my spirituality. I didn’t really have much to begin with though. I was raised Mormon (Christian), though I’ve never been a perfect one. I’ve always gone to church, with huge periods of in-activeness. I’m currently inactive now. I read my scriptures, mostly when I remember. Basically, I’ve always had religion, but I haven’t always had spirituality. That’s something I’ve been trying to work on lately. When I actually start to try, I’ll do good for a little bit, but then I just start to slip back into my old habits. This time I really want to try. This time, I’m taking a different approach.

I in no way wish to leave to Mormon church/faith or join another faith, but I have been studying other religions. Mostly Paganism, Wicca, and Buddhism  (mostly the first two for now. I want to start studying Buddhism next). I have adopted some of their beliefs and rituals into my daily life and spiritual practices. For the time being, I’ve started identifying as Eclectic Pagan or Christopagan because I wish to still keep my Christian beliefs. I still believe in the Christian God and read my Christian scriptures, but I also observe Pagan/Wiccan practices and holidays.

A lot of people misunderstand Wiccans/Pagans. They think that they are all witches and worship the devil. Though a lot of Wiccans and Pagans practice witchcraft, not all of them do. Wicca/Paganism is a religion. Witchcraft is a practice. As for the devil worshiping part, Wiccans and Pagans don’t even believe in the devil. That is a Christian concept. Paganism and Wicca are also nature based religions. I’ve been mostly observing that side of them. I’ve been spending more time out in nature and working with herbs. I’ve even started growing my own herbs. I even have an altar. That’s where I have my candles, crystals, and gemstones. It’s my sacred space. That’s where I do most of my chants and prayers. I’ve also started meditating a lot more which has been helping me out a lot. I’ve been observing the Sabbats and Esbats and working with the moon. I’ve really got to say, since I’ve been studying Paganism and Wicca, I’ve already felt my spirituality grow. I think this is the most spiritual I’ve ever felt. I’m just starting out, but I will continue to post more on my spiritual journey and keep you updated on my progress.