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July 2015- Mother I Feel You Under My Feet…

July has been a very mixed month, with some really crappy things happening but also some great stuff too, so here’s my little run down..

KEY AIMS FOR 2015

Friendship- Think I met up friends at least once a week during July, and there has been some really good times.

FUN- There wasn’t much, but there was Village Green, which I’ll come to later.

CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION- mostly I’ve been writing meditations to go with my crystal cards, not just from this month but so far I have around 28 guided meditations I’ve written!!!

Goals/Aims

Regular Healing Clients- I didn’t have any paying clients but I done some healing on Miguel a couple of times and also did a swap with my friend Lola.

To be a Supervisor- I finally got to take the supervisor test yesterday, but sadly found out today I didn’t pass 😦 Will have to keep at it for now.

To Finish My Book- not been doing much at all this month.

To go to Glastonbury and Gaunts House- for now, this is on the back burner due to financial issues.

To be better at birthdays- still not been good with this

spend less time on facebook- have been better again and not looking too often.

reconnect with my pagan/witchy side- went to a talk about magical uses of herbs

go into nature more- have been to the woods this month and also some beautiful gardens

watch less t.v- haven’t been watching much really apart from Humans (which is really good) and re-watching Buffy as they’ve been showing it on the Sci Fi channel.

get into music again- I went to a music festival! (Village Green)

What I got up to..

Miguel, Roberta, Gareth and I all went to a beautiful shamanic healing ceremony that took place in Gareth’s mum’s garden in Clacton. We connected with nature, each other, the fire, sang healing songs and generally had a beautiful healing space.

we went to the local one day festival Village Green that takes place at Chalkwell Park. We didn’t go last year as they have started charging now, but we decided to go this year after being invited by Fiona and Jon, and The Selector were playing so we thought they were worth the money anyway! It was a lovely warm day and very varied! We saw a female punk band called Petty Phase, watched an Indian circus, tried Bhangra dancing and of course skanked to the Selector! As well as having a lovely picnic and I even managed to find a vegan cupcake on one of the stalls!

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I went to a Southend Against the Cuts public meeting which had a few talks about the current situation regarding the cuts, and then invited questions and discussion from the audience. It was really interesting and inspiring.

We went for a rainy walk in Hockley Woods with Roberta and her daughter. I had to get Roberta and Miguel into the tree hugging action…!

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I had my women’s circle and it was a really special one. The theme was ‘Love’ so we did a discussion, but then we also did a very special opening the heart blessing I had written and created, we did it in Fiona’s lovely garden and it was really beautiful!

I went to a talk about magical herbs which was interesting.

I was a shamanic healing case study for a friend and I ended up having my second soul retrieval which was interesting and gave me lots of food for thought!

yesterday I went to basildon to do my RMP test which was a bit of a nightmare, as the shop was really short staffed anyway, and then as I hadn’t been in basildon for years I got a bit lost on the way back to the station, then I missed the train by about a millisecond! (literally the door closed just as I was about to get on)! Then I found out today I didn’t pass 😦

As well as those things we’ve had visits from Roberta, Gareth, Sherry, Fiona and Jon, and my friend Diana who has now moved away to herne bay to live with her new boyfriend.

Tonight Miguel is away at a shamanic earth healing ceremony so I’m having a few friends around to have an earth healing evening here 🙂

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Final day of Photo 101! Day 20: Triumph

It’s the last day of the Photo 101 challenge! Today’s theme was ‘Triumph’

My ‘triumph’ for today is managing to get a photo of this frog I saw today while wandering through Churchill gardens.

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and here are some other photos I have that represent ‘triumph’

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Top photo is of the glass walk pathway (yes I did walk on that)! 2nd one is me reading poetry in front of an audience and lastly walking on fire!!

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June 2015- Wake up and Smell the Coffee, or Just Say No to Individuality!

With all my posts for Photo 101 I almost forgot to write up my regular monthly run down blog! June was quite a hectic busy month as well. Here’s how I did with my goals and aims..

Key Aims for 2015

FRIENDSHIP- Pretty good in June I think, quite a lot of things happened, and I felt some of my friendships are getting closer than they were before.

FUN- I did lots of things, and many of them interesting (which I’ll get to) but I think the most ‘fun’ thing I did was going to another gig!

CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION- not so much writing wise, but I’ve been doing the Photo 101 photo project and been really enjoying it, even trying some of the more technical suggestions!

Goals/Aims

Regular Healing Clients- none this month

To be a supervisor- only thing I did really was quite a bit of overtime on one of the weeks.

To Finish My Book- worked on the grammatical errors, now just re=-reading and amending as needed.

To go to Glastonbury, Gaunts House and 3 Wishes fairy festival- sadly the fairy festival has been and gone, and I haven’t made it to the others either.

To be better at birthdays- have not been good with this at all this year 😦

go along to Street Spirit- have decided not to do this one, Saturdays are just too awkward for me.

Spend Less time on facebook- not been great..oops

reconnect with my pagan/witchy side- can’t think of anything specific apart from relating to my next goal..

go into nature more- yep, have been aiming for 3 times a week, and having a photo project has made me try harder.

watch less T.V- hardly been watching any

get into music again- as previously mentioned, I went to another gig! This time it was another nineties band I missed out the first time round, L7! Unfortunately we didn’t get a great view and no photos BUT we did have room to dance and they were very very cool!

Things I did in June

I went to the Inspiring Women meeting and we talked about challenges. Mine was about getting to Peru next year!

Miguel and I went down the seafront with my friends Susan, Fiona, Sara and Linda. There was a maritime festival going on when we went and there was supposed to be a drumming workshop there, that must have been cancelled as it never turned up! Luckily Susan had brought along some drums anyway, so we sat on the cliff tops and had a little play before having a walk about (and we got some yummy vegan friendly chocolate fondue with strawberries)! Then all went back to Susan’s house where we had soup, then she made a fire and held a small circle placing prayer logs into the fire.

Our friend Gareth came round for dinner one day and he came round another day too, also our friend Roberta visited.

I had to go to Camden for the L7 gig so we went a bit earlier and had a look around. I managed to find Cookies and Scream, which is a vegan friendly cake/cookie/etc stall in the Camden Lock market and I had a ‘Dowser’ which is half cookie, half brownie!

My circle was the following day and was about Living Your Dreams, and one of my friends that attended said she left feeling motivated so that’s good 🙂

Miguel ran his first workshop which was giving the Munay-Ki Rites and I was one of the people who attended. It’s far too complicated for me to explain fully here, but it’s a series of Peruvian rituals that connect you to various energies and give you extra protection, and strengthen your psychic abilities. Once you have them you can also give them to others, but I have to wait 6 months first to fully experience them myself first. I’ve only had little changes so far but for Miguel they affected him quite a lot, including helping him to lose weight!

I went to the Anti Austerity march in London. Luckily a coach got arranged from Southend so it was affordable and quite a lot of people I know went on the coach too. It was a good day. Thousands of people were there and there was lots of amazing banners. I just hope we all keep the pressure on!

Our friend Crystal hosted a Summer Solstice fire ceremony at her house, so we went to that, there was only a few of us, but it was a lovely ceremony.

I had a week off as it was my birthday. In that week, Roberta visited again, I went to see my mum and brother and grandad, it was my birthday so Miguel took me out for lunch at The Railway Hotel. We had the celebration proper the day after when 10 of us all went for dinner at The Oaktree.

Think that covers it, phew!

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Day 19: Double

Photo 101 is almost finished! (sadly there aren’t 101 photos in this project)

Today’s theme is Double. with the extra challenge of trying different rotations, so here is my photo in 2 different rotations:

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Day 18: Edge

Another challenging theme for Photo 101 ‘Edge’

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