ThursdayThinks: Tips to Enjoy Life and Not Take Shit So Seriously

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Life is full of reasons to keep us down, and we have a tendency to focus on them. But when we do, we don’t take into account all of the reasons why life is a damn party! Enjoying life is the best way to recognize (and then achieve!) abundance. So next time you’re in a rut, use these tips to shake up your routine and make life a parade!

  • Have a dance party in the morning
  • Do something out of your comfort zone (like going to a rooftop pool party in a unicorn floaty!)
  • Sing REALLY loud
  • Walk down the street like it’s a catwalk
  • Make a power party playlist
  • Tell riddles/ jokes to your co-workers
  • Take up a new activity you’ve always wanted to try
  • Get creative with your food!
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter (and pet all the kitties!)
  • Paint or tie dye
  • Pick flowers and wear them in your hair
  • Glitter eyeliner!
  • Make a YouTube channel with a friend
  • Light incense and breathe deeply
  • When you walk down the street, pick a color to find and make a game of it (i.e., how many shades of pink can you find?)

Try these tips to keep life light and exuberant, because it is!!! When you enjoy life’s many pleasures, you raise your vibration, and who doesn’t love that! Party on and stay witchy ( *)

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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Why so serious?

Aside from clinical depression and anxiety, running around life can cause a myriad of stresses, from money, work, family, love, health… shit, even which cat food brand to buy can be stressful!

Unfortunately, stress is a big manifestation killer. So, how do we minimize stress and maximize enjoyment?

Lately I’ve been wondering about this myself, because my schedule has consisted of working from home, working at my side hustle, sleep, and repeat. It’s starting to affect my mood, and when that happens, I’m pretty sharp at taking notice.

So, recently I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do to inject some happiness when I’m feeling stuck. Like, when I’m working away and feeling uninspired, I think, “How can I feel better right now?”

And usually it’s putting on some Ke$ha and taking a dance break.

If I’m stuck in my side hustle and can’t seem to shake the frustration and anger, I list the things that make me happy in my head. If it’s real bad, I run to the bathroom and tap or meditate for a few minutes until I can get back to baseline. Or, I even tell a joke to a coworker, even if I’m not feeling it, just to see their reaction.

These small practices bring The Sun into my life and help it to shine a little brighter. It helps me to have a little fun and not take life so seriously. Taking everything so damn seriously will drive you crazy! And there’s always a way to let brightness in through the clouds that you deem so important.

Use the Four of Wands to remind you to celebrate! You’ve got a beating heart and a brain in your head, so use them to make life the party that it is! You might feel beaten down, run over, and overwhelmed, but honey, it just DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

So, what makes you happy? When do you feel your most fulfilled? And how can you lighten the mood? Get thinking and stay witchy ( *)

 

Season 2: Episode 12

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Season 2, Episode 12 is live! And this is the last episode of the season!!!!!!!

I’m coming to you solo today to discuss creatively switching up your thought process and how it can lead to successful manifestation. I thought it would be a great way to tie up the season, and I even have a surprise announcement at the end of the episode!

Listen up and stay witchy ( *)

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ThursdayThinks: Navigating Family Through the Holidays

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It’s no secret that family knows how to push your buttons. And when they’re all gathered in one place, asking you the same drilling questions or making remarks that are unfair, it could make you want to lash out, drink heavily, or leave.

During this holiday season, use these tips to navigate a family get-together in a peaceful,  copacetic way. It doesn’t have to be a disaster if you’re prepared!

  • Get a buddy- Ok so there’s at least one family member you ADORE right? Make it a point to stick with them, and minimize time with those family members you know will cause a headache.
  • Make yourself useful– Helping out in the kitchen not only makes you look good, but gives you an excuse to busy yourself when you don’t want to answer why you’re not married yet. Being of service to your family while staying out of pressuring conversations is a great way to navigate Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Write a script– If you know there are certain questions coming your way, be prepared with some stock answers so you can be polite, but also not feel overwhelmed.
  • Set boundaries– Following suit, find an exit strategy. When the questions get too drilling and you start to feel bad about yourself, find a way to politely and discreetly exit the conversation with a few things you’ve prepared, like “Oh, there’s Aunt Blanche, I haven’t said hello to her yet!” or “I should really help Dorothy in the kitchen,” or “Rose, I heard you remodeled, would you give me a tour!”
  • Be grateful you have them– This last one is the most important. It’s easy to get annoyed and overwhelmed by family, but the holidays are for being thankful that they exist in the first place. Yes, they might drive you a little nuts, but each one of them has contributed to your life in one way or another, and it would serve you to not only be patient, but grateful.

So, this holiday season, be merry, be prepared, and stay witchy ( *)

 

Family and Putting Your Best Foot Forward

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I feel like when it comes to family, we tend to be more sensitive and lash out further than we would with anyone else. We know these people inside and out, and we’re comfortable with them. So when they do something that hurts us, we can act out in ways that we wouldn’t with anyone else.

It’s almost as if we know too much. We couldn’t assume with others as we can with family, because we’ve seen it all before. There is so much history to draw from, that whatever shit they pull can be traced back to a similar scenario. And the vulnerability factor is just so much greater when it’s a person you’re THAT close to. It’s enough to make you crazy!

When conflict arises, as in the Five of Wands, things can get a little testy and, since we know each other so well, we can say hurtful things to bring our family member to the level of hurt that we’re feeling. Conflict and tension arise and we say things that we’ll later regret.

Which can lead to the loose ends in the Five of Swords. Storming away after conflict will lead to a lack of closure, and can almost be worse than hurling insults. Not talking can sting even worse than sharp words. It feels like betrayal.

So, the moral of the story is to really try with family. Because the emotional stakes are so high, its imperative to put your best foot forward and rise above the pettiness. Reaching out in a calm manner that describes how you feel and clarifies your emotions is far more constructive than screaming and insulting. Your family might know how to push your buttons, but a hasty reaction can lead to an even worse feeling. Dealing with family isn’t always easy, but they’re yours. It’s best to just take a deep breath, sort your emotions out clearly, and approach a situation with a level head. Get calm, and stay witchy ( *)

 

Season 2: Episode 11

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Season 2, Episode 11 is live! Today’s interview is with the witchy woman behind Witch Baby Soap, Chelsea Selby! In this episode we discuss her creative process, mood boards, and how to harvest a creative environment for your children!

Listen up and stay witchy ( *)

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ThursdayThinks: Bringing Your Shadow to Light

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Shadow Work is work to be done in the murky depths of your soul, but one to be unjudged and untamed as you trudge through the trenches. It is very deep and emotional work, but once you get into it, you’ll see incredible results manifesting in your life!

Essentially, when you find certain behavior distasteful, it is because there is a piece of you that connects with it, and you’ve shunned it into your shadow. Disowning it. And at the most inopportune times, it will show up and wreak havoc.

So in order to tame the shame, we have to show our shadow some compassion. A way to recognize this is by doing the exercise below:

Watch a movie or TV show in which you absolutely hate a character and try to identify with them.

Sit with a piece of paper and make a log of every single behavior you have a reaction to, and try to dissect it.

Why does that face make you annoyed? Why does that response anger you? What is it inside you that reacts to their reaction?

Keep a log of this and try to identify with the negative, and when you’re done with the movie/ show, read your findings aloud. Reading aloud honors them and shows attention.

Read without judgement and acknowledge that this is a part of you.

Then, if you feel so inspired, start an inner dialogue, devoid of judgement, as to when these were cast to the shadows. Understanding your shadow is the best way to heal it.

Happy hunting, and stay witchy ( *)

Shadow Work and Compassion Over Shame

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So, you’re trying to manifest  money and it just isn’t coming to fruition. You’re constantly annoyed by certain pet peeves that make work miserable. Or, you can’t seem to date without tossing every guy with a minor flaw aside.

What may need to be done is some Shadow Work.

What the hell is Shadow Work? (Thank you for asking, Sharon.)

Shadow Work is a practice derived from the work of Carl Jung, in which we uproot and investigate the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to look at. As a Scorpio, this dirty work is just the kind of fun I’m looking for, but for most people, it’s terrifying.

Our shadow is a collection of parts of ourselves that we deem unfitting or undesirable, so we cast it away (into the shadows.) However, it is still a piece of US, and as multi-faceted beings, we should be able to honor even our ugly parts. So, when something inside of us gets ignored, it shows up right in front of our faces in very confusing ways.

Do you find it annoying when people ask for things at work? Maybe that’s because you are too afraid for ask for things yourself.

Are you weirded out by guys who have a nurturing side that you deem too effeminate? Maybe it’s because you’re shaming your own femininity.

Are you not manifesting your desired amount of money? Maybe there’s a piece of you that wants you to fail.

The point of Shadow Work is to come to these realizations and connect with the piece of you that had desires other than what you’re outwardly projecting. Show compassion for the pieces of you that are your own black sheep. Give those pieces a hug instead of shaming them and casting them out.

Because living in this duality, this split personality, is only going to leave you lying awake at night, as the Nine of Swords. It brings anxiety and confusion. It brings pain and suffering, because you refuse to see the root of your missteps.

Instead, embrace the Devil reversed, and free yourself from the clutches of ignorance. Sit down with your dark parts and come to a mutual understanding. The more you shame, the more powerful your shadow becomes in the depths of your soul.

So, bring your whole self into the light. Show compassion over shame. Hug your darkness and embrace yourself for every nook and cranny you have to offer the world. Respect your shadow, and stay witchy ( *)

 

Season 2: Episode 10

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Season 2, Episode 10 is live! Today’s interview is with The Spiritual Boss Lady, Miss Amanda Frances! In this episode we discuss how to break through your money blocks, harvest a soulful relationship with money, and manifest your wildest dreams!

Listen up and stay witchy ( *)

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ThursdayThinks: Words to Romanticize Instead of Tragic

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When I was in my teens I always thought “tragic” was such a glamorous word. There was something about pain that was so beautiful, so comfortable to me. But, reflecting on those years, I see now that it is only because it was the only world I knew. Tragic HAD to be beautiful, because otherwise my foundation would crumble. As a former drug addict, if my addiction couldn’t be seen as “cool,” or my pain as “pretty,” then I’d have to clean up and rebuild.

So, this week’s ThursdayThinks, featuring yet another Oracle Card from my Modern Goddess Oracle Deck (illustrated by @tamalgoth) I’ve decided to list some words that SHOULD be glamorized for those that need it. Feel free to post yours in the comments ❤

  • Strong
  • Tenacious
  • Patient
  • Nurturing
  • Logical
  • Loyal
  • Respectful
  • Encouraging
  • Supportive
  • Ambitious
  • Courageous
  • Motivated
  • Balanced
  • Positive
  • Empathetic

Some of these words might even be your core values, or may inspire you to live fully. Use this list when you feel down and begin to do things that aren’t aligned with your soul, but with tragedy. I implore you, if “tragic” is something you feel akin to, take this list and start looking up, because when the Tower crumbles, new beginnings emerge. Stay witchy, beautiful ones ( *)