WednesdayWisdoms: What Are You Grateful For?

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It is easy for us to say that we are grateful for everything we have, but what does that mean? What is everything?

If we wrap up all of the intricacies into one term labeled “everything,” we minimize some of the most important aspects in our lives. So for this weeks practice, we’re going to make a list.

I want you to start out with a list of twenty things that you are grateful for. I know that sounds like a daunting number, but once you get flowing you’ll realize you have so much you never accounted for! You can start with some big ones: the fact that you’re alive, your family, that you have two legs (if you do) just to get the ball rolling. Then, slowly, get more and more personal. Is there someone in your life that makes it better? Is there a particular family heirloom that makes you smile every morning? Do you possess a skill or trait that makes your world a better place?

I wrote my list above. Look it over and see if it brings you inspiration. Then write yours out. REALLY set time aside for it. And when you’re done, post it somewhere you will see everyday. Above the kitchen sink or bathroom mirror. Somewhere super visible. Post it with a mala or your favorite crystal. Bring some light and energy into it. The more emphasis you place on this list, and the more reminders that you have to be grateful, the less space you will have in your heart for the negative.

And you are highly encouraged to KEEP ADDING! If you think of something new to be grateful for, pop that bad boy of the list and watch it add some more shine. Sprinkle it with glitter. Kiss it with lipstick. Love that list because it makes your world great.

Stay grateful, and stay witchy ( *)

Lets Make a List!

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The two of wands represents future planning, progress, decisions and discovery.

And if any of you are like me, that gives you anxiety.

When we have all of these projects, due dates, travel plans, and errands swirling around in our heads, we sit in this overwhelmed place and most of the time lose a lot of sleep.

But how do we organize this mess of thoughts? How do we make these seemingly unconquerable tasks a tangible reality? How do we do it???

Well, it might sound all too easy, but if you just write it down, its like it already happened.

I have always had a huge problem with income anxiety. No matter how much I made or how little, there was always a problem with my fear that I couldn’t make it. So one day, I decided to sit down and make a forecasting chart. With a very modest amount, I projected how much I would make in a week, how many pay days were in that month, deducted my expenses and got my profit margin. From that number I committed to a reasonable amount to set aside each week for saving, and I automatically felt a weight of relief.

I know your head is spinning from all that math, but bear with me.

When you make a plan, write it down, and stick to it, your pre-frontal cortex (the one that plans and overthinks) can rest and delegate all of these tasks to your lower brain that works on auto pilot. Every week a set amount goes into savings and all I have to do is look at the progress.

As a supporter of 12 step programs, I like to live by the mantra “One day at a time.”

Guys, this can be applied to ANYTHING.

And this is why I created three lists on my phone.

  1. To do right now
  2. To do this week
  3. To do eventually

Breaking down all of your “to do’s” in a simple, organized manner purges all of that anxiety and helps to clear some space out in your head for what is really important.Have a million things to do after work? Write them down in to do right now. Have some things you know should be done (laundry, etc.) but don’t have time today and its driving you crazy? Write them down in to do this week. Have things coming up in the future and these tasks are mocking you from their space in the calendar? Write them down in to do eventually. Then your anxiety surrounding time management or if you will forget or not disappears, and when you check those bitches off once they are complete its like a thousand Christmas mornings!

This kind of anxiety is manageable and unnecessary. You can have control over it by doing such a simple thing, so why not? Try making a list this week and take note of how you feel. Stay witchy my friends ( *)