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HA HA Happy Halloween!

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“I vant all of your Reese’s Peanut Butter cups”

May you all have a Happy Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead. 👻💀🎃

(Try not to eat too much candy today.)

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Adventures in going out: Week 43

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The Ho Ho Ho edition.

This week has been a fun week and a tiring week all at once. This week was not a week that I did much going out all over the place. I did get the opportunity to go for dinner with a group of friends this week. When we get together it is always a fun time. The energy is just so electric when we are together that so many good times and memories are had.

Most of this week has been about shopping for the holidays. As I sit here and write this blog post on Christmas morning. I did not get the time to really write it last night as I was incredibly busy. I was hosting Christmas eve dinner for my family. So I spent the majority of the day either cooking, or cleaning up after I cooked. I make a wickedly delicious lasagna, and I don’t even get to have any. As I don’t eat those foods, they don’t agree with me. Dairy and Gluten. The holidays have always been a fun time for me, I have so many incredible memories of this time of year. The magic and the love that is within the air during this time is just so lovely. For some, it’s stress, misery, and family arguments, and spending too much money, and going into debt. For others they are saddened by the loss of their loved ones, who can not be with them on the holiday. I still remember the last Christmas we got to spend with my mom, she was sick during it, and shortly after the holiday she took a turn for the worst. And passed the second of January back in 01. We were lucky  that we got to spend one last Christmas morning with her. Of course at the time you don’t really appreciate that. We always end up taking for granted those precious  moments we have with everyone over the years. So, today tell a loved you one you love them. Be thankful for the moments and memories you get to create with them. For it’s all so finite the amount of time we have with each other on Earth.

Even with all of that, I don’t really even think of that around this time of year. I remember all the good times and memories, for those are what last with us. She loved this time of year, as do I. She spent so much time and energy cooking, and baking, and then having everyone over. And now I carry on some of that with me to this day, as I cook and bake, and have family over. Cooking the foods, and the desserts she did. Christmas eve dinner was one of my favorite times of the year. As we all got together Christmas eve, ate good food, told silly stories and jokes, and played games with each other. No matter how stressful life was, how many arguments or fights that occurred with each other, it didn’t matter that day. All that went away that day as we all came together and just had that. That was the magic of Christmas to me. The love, the giving, and the sharing that was always flowing those few days, was always incredible. The thrill of going out and finding that one perfect gift for a loved one, and the giddiness that builds inside while you wait for them to open it. That’s the hardest part for me these days waiting until I can give them my gift.

This year has been an incredible year for me and the best gift I got this year was the incredible people I have met and now have the privilege of calling friends. I never expect that with all of this, with my journey, and my travels. I set out to better myself and push my self beyond what I thought was my limits. And in the process I learned so much about myself and meet people that I am thankful for and have impacted my life in so many ways. They are the best gift I could have ever received. That to me is what these holidays are all about. It’s not the amount of money we spend on each other, or the fancy things we get, it’s about the memories, the love and joy, that we give and receive this time of year. And the ability to experience that with people that mean the most to you, and are a part of your life, makes it so much more incredible. Even if we fight with each other the rest of the year. That is something that can not be bought. It’s something that can be felt and shared freely. If we could take that love for each other and continue to hold that magic in our hearts each and every day this world would not feel so harsh and abrasive. We would know that it’s going to be alright.

So thank you all for the love, the shares, the likes, and for reading this blog over the past year. It has been a whirlwind of a year for me, and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for it all. I truly do. No matter what holiday you celebrate, whether it’s Christmas, Yule, Hanakkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Festivus, Anyone I missed, or nothing at all, I hope your day(s) is a wonderful one, full of love, kindness, joy, and merry blessings.

 

Adventures in going out: Week 40

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photo by: Marie Gilbert

The Holiday Toy edition.

Another week down in the books and another week of adventures. This week marked the 40th week, which by my counts, is ten mounts of having fun, and enjoying life. That is a feat all on its own. Time is certainly flying by this year. This year was incredible and I am working, and will be working, to make 2017 much more so.

This years weekly adventure was a little different than my normal outings and was also me doing something new and going out of my comfort zones many times. Earlier in the week I had a fun meetup with friends, where we started at dinner, in a place walled Brickwall, and followed that out with some group discussion and chat, with a lovely bunch of people, that I have gotten the opportunity to meet and get to know this past year. Every time we get together we have so much fun. The energy is wonderful and much laughter is always had.

Then this Saturday was one of two Holiday Toy for Tots drives I was hosting this year. I have always wanted to do something like this but have never been able to. So this year I thought, now is as good a time as any to do one, so I put it in motion. Threw it out there, and was amazed at how many people jumped on board to help out with this, get involved with this, and just be a part of it. This week, On Angel Wings MM.LLC was gracious enough to allow me to use their store for this. I can not thank them enough for their kindness and their help with all of this. All of this was new to me.  I had never done something like this. So I stepped out of my comfort zone many a time for this. Normally I am the one that just slips into the background and becomes a part of something. I’m not the one who starts something or takes charge, the lead, with things. My path has taken me more and more into new and unfamiliar territories as I grow and learn so much about myself. I will admit there were many a time where it would have been so much easier to just quit it all, call it off, and hide my head in the sand like an ostrich. But that is not what this journey has been about. It’s been about pushing myself forward in life and creating a new world/life for myself. I am glad that I kept moving forward with this and with my life. It is really opening up new doors and opportunities for myself.

For this Toy drive, myself, along with a few others, would be doing oracle card/tarot card readings for people that wanted them. It is amazing how far I have come with that. From being scared to doing them in public for others to now hosting an event where I am doing them for the event, to next year I will have my first table at an expo where I will be doing oracle card readings all day. It’s been such a whirlwind of a journey that has been incredible, and scary, and exciting all at once. I would have never really taken that first step if it wasn’t for my friend, and inspiration, Marie Gilbert, who encouraged me, and really pushed me into doing it. In fact everyone has been so supportive and encouraging with me through all of this which has helped me so much and helped me gain that confidence that I need in myself and being who I am, that I an not thank them enough for it. I truly would not be where I am today without them. Being around link minded people, who encourage me, and help me, has been the best part about this journey. They have always seen things within me, and believe in me, when I did not, and it has helped me in so many ways.

I had the opportunity to do a few readings for people yesterday that really connected and were well received, which made me feel good. One of the best parts of this journey is all the people that I meet and have met over the year. It is amazing the way you just meet people. Some that share the same things you do or are going through something similar to what you are. It’s as if the universe just lines up for that moment to meet these people, to share some wisdom with them, to become friends, whatever is needed in that moment for that individual. It is both amazing and humbling to be apart of it. Sometimes you become lifelong friends with these people and sometimes its only meant to be a brief encounter. Everything is exactly as it is meant to be.

The Toy drive was quite the success, we had many show up for it, and many toys were donated for it. The box upon when I left was overflowing with toys, and will continue to collect until the 9th, when I pick them up to get them to be dropped off to the local toys for tots branch. Next week I will be hosting another event at Spirit Light Services, where I will be doing more card readings, along with a few other talented readers, that I am honored to be alongside them for this.

I never expected myself to be in this place, doing things like this. I had no idea where this journey would take me, when I set off in March to do it. Now I can not imagine my life any other way. I have had fun, talked with, and met so many incredible people. That have forever changed my life and way of being. I am thankful and grateful for all of it. The ups and the downs. I would not change a thing. I am building a better life. For I know, deep within myself, that there is so much more to life and living and that I deserve so much more than I ever gave myself credit for. I am becoming more confident within myself and allowing myself to be more of me.

I look forward to where I am heading. I have lots of work to do to get there, but I am willing to work at it, and make those changes. I would never have gotten here had I not have taken that first step. Had I not have put myself out there and gone out. The journey of a thousand miles truly did start with that first step. I am thankful that I took that first step. That I found the courage to go out there. To have fun. To enjoy life. To live life.

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An overflowing box of toys. Photo by; Theresa Sayers