vintagewitch: (wild unknown tarot draw)
 Y'all, 2015 was rough for me. It wasn't as rough as 2014 was, but it was still rough. It was a year of making difficult decisions to keep moving forward. It was a year of leaving behind people and jobs that were doing me harm. And it was the year that Matt and I broke up. He wasn't doing me harm, but it became necessary for me to leave him to continue learning about myself.

2015 was also the year I started graduate school, which was both incredibly stressful and very rewarding. I ended my first semester with straight As! Woo! And considering all the personal life stuff that was going on this last semester, I am so happy and thankful.

I think that resolutions can sometimes be bad for mental health. I heard someone say recently (I think it was Adrienne Mishler of Yoga with Adrienne) that it shouldn't be New You, but True You. And so I'm looking forward to the next year with setting not so much resolutions, but intentions, and amplifying the things that I'm already doing that make me feel good.

So, my intentions for 2016:

Continue eating healthy foods, and make a concerted effort to eat more veggies
Get outside more
10k in April, and keep running after that
Do more tarot
Learn more about astrology and practice
Find an internship or job during the semester (but hopefully only 10-15 hours per week, because omg time and grad school)
Develop a side hustle project (this may look like doing tarot readings, blogging in attempts to make money, etc.)
Travel
Above all: TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. If that means foregoing some of these things for a bit, that's ok. That's why these are intentions, not resolutions. There is some flexibility.

This career stuff might look a bit daunting, but my master's has an internship requirement, so it would be good to start working toward that. I am setting a firm boundary that I will not take an unpaid internship during the semester. Nope. Can't do that. But at the same time, grad school is a fantastic time to jump-start my career, and I want to take advantage of the connections I'm making.

I'm going to get moving for the day - I've got a meeting at 1 to prep for, and I have a couple other things I need to do around the house.
vintagewitch: (wild unknown tarot draw)
Oh, and I just remembered after hitting "enter" on the last entry. I wanted to put these here.

Chani Nicholas is one of my favorite astrologers, and she sent out a quick blurb on the year ahead for each sign in her newsletter today. I'm already feelin' these 2016 vibes. I thought this was hopeful for my year.

Sun Sign: Cancer )

Rising Sign: Virgo )

Also I've been slowly making my way through a fantastic book on astrology that [personal profile] syntaxofthings lent me. The more specific I get with astrology, the more it makes sense.

In other woo news, I'd like some more practice with tarot. If anyone would like a free 2016 "looking forward" spread, I'd love to do one for you! Just comment/let me know.
vintagewitch: (tori storm)
 So today I hit a wall where self-care was necessary.

Have been on the periphery of the 4th precinct shutdown here. Trying to get out and show support as much as I possibly can, and donating funds/resources when I can't be there in person. Grad school is really amping up assignments for the end of the semester. Relationship stress is really taking its toll on me as well.

Managed to host an awesome party last night. Felt lots of cognitive dissonance, but it felt so good for my soul to have so many friends in my house. If you believe in astrology, I'm a Cancer and we are incredibly nurturing people, so it felt amazing to feed people last night and welcome them into my home.

But today ... I need to nurture myself. 

So I'm going to watch TV, and in between episodes do some "light" work on a group project. I've lit some candles, we've got some wine leftover from last night, I managed to make myself bean tostadas. This is good. This is needed.
vintagewitch: (crystals)
There has been some seriously crazy astronomical/astrological shit going DOWN this year. Coincidentally (or not so coincidentally?) my life has been off the rails.

More on this later, but I've been paying more attention to what's going on in the cosmos this year, and it seems to correlate with what's going on in my life and the lives of others. Astrology, as far as a part of witchcraft/occult beliefs goes, has never been something that I thought I would seriously engage with.

But here I am. Tracking the cosmos.

I need to read more about astrology. But can I just say that I'm really relieved that today is the first day Mercury is out of retrograde? I'm ready for the "rebirth" that astrologists are predicting for July.

More to come: Pictures of the new place! It's really starting to come together! I will post pictures - probably not tonight, but soon.

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