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Always Starting Over

The song in its entirety is heartbreaking and inspiring. Here are the most inspiring lines, the ones that remind me that we start over new each day. Live in the moment and don’t regret.

"Always Starting Over"

If we’re always

Starting over

Every brand-new morning

Then we’re always

Starting out

With the end in doubt

We can leave life for tomorrow

Or grieve all that we thought we’d do

Or make each moment new

All that has happened is…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on March 13, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Frozen but not Stopping

The winter weather seems to be following me. After two more weeks with snow, I thought I would get a break down south. Instead, we had an ice storm and record cold. The cold is getting to me. As much as I try to moisturize, my skin is dry.

I haven't been perfect in my new year goals, but I have kept up with what I intended with those goals. I'm not looking for perfection, just to find the time for the things that are important to me. Life can sometimes run away with you. It's…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on February 17, 2015 at 8:04pm — 1 Comment

Life as it is

It's difficult to adjust to our new living situation when we can't seem to settle into a routine. We've had two major snow storms in as many weeks. Imbolc was celebrated through the storm. I'm glad for the reminder that the earth will waken soon. I will miss the spring flowers that will bloom. Next autumn I will have my chance to plant bulbs that will be early harbingers of spring.

I have marks on my arm; proof that I still struggle with depression. I did so well with the stress of…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on February 3, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Changes

This has been a transformational week. We cleaned out the house last weekend. Filled a dumpster and donated four car loads to goodwill. Monday we finished laundry and packed what we want for the next five months. Tuesday morning the mover showed up to pack up our house. Within eight hours everything was boxed. That night we moved into my parent’s house. Early Wednesday the movers were back to clear everything out. By early afternoon, my house was bare. We walked out for the last time. …

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 23, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

The Frozen Ground

I'm trying to figure out what to do with a couple of items frozen to the ground. The first is my offering dish that I use for mature spirits. It's frozen to the ground. Hopefully it will be lose tomorrow with the rain. Maybe I'll be able to dig into the ground to free the statue, that is if I can find it. I'm not exactly certain where it is. I feel I need to make an effort, since as part of the spell I said I would unbury it at the end.

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 17, 2015 at 8:46pm — 6 Comments

The Unexpected Turns in Life

Next Thursday we will have closed on the house. A week ago I thought we might never sell. A week from today, we will be living at my parents, the house will be packed.
Plans and routines will be flipped upside down for the next couple of weeks. It's a good thing. Resolutions won't be met, life takes priority.
My wish is that this home will serve the buyer's needs as well as it has served ours. I desire a smooth completion of the sale. So mot it be!

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 13, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Random Thoughts of the Week

It’s been a slow start to the new year. Mostly because I’ve been sick all week. I broke down and went to the doctor yesterday. Medication has started to make a difference, but I have a way to go to good health. Staying home sick yesterday meant my little boy spent the day in my lap. He was sweet and loving.

Being ill all week did put me behind in my fitness goals for the week. I couldn’t run yesterday. One day short of my goal. I won’t be running in the frigid cold, not while…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 10, 2015 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Lesson Learned

I've been writings lot in the last few days because it's been a slow week at work. As much as I love to write, I know I won't have as much time most weeks. My goal is to write once a week.

I've earned my first degree and have taken the second degree course.I have first degree because I wanted to be part of the Correlian tradition. I never finished my second degree project. One thing I love about the Correlian tradition is that the information is there for us to learn. Some day I may…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 4, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Subject of Pay

The subject of pay came up in office gossip today. We didn’t talk about our own pay, but rather what the rumored offer was to someone who didn’t actually take the job. Then what the starting salary for junior engineers might be. All it proved was that if you want to make more money, it’s all about timing and how much does a company need you. It makes me wonder if I could have made more money for making my move.

If I take a look at my situation, by moving alone, my pay rate goes from…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 2, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Resolutions

Each year I put together goals that I hope to achieve. Often, I don’t make all the goals. Sometimes, I don’t make any of the goals. New Years is a fresh starting point to try again; a new beginning.

New Year’s resolutions 2015

1. New nail design each week with photos posted to social sites.

2. Write a blog post once a week.

3. Keep up with exercise routine.

4. Live my spiritual path.

Other things I want to remember are to prioritize my life: myself, my…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on December 31, 2014 at 7:44am — 4 Comments

2014 Year in Review

2014 is coming to a close and what a year it has been. I focused a lot on the mundane this year as opposed to the spiritual. Last February I started school to become a certified nail technician. I have no intention of changing careers. This was done all for the love of nails. It’s a passion for me to create wearable art.

2014 has brought more travel than I’ve had in years. Starting in February, I got to go to Vegas. It was work related but still a fun experience. Plus, I got to wear…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on December 30, 2014 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The real gardening post

Why did I not think of winter gardening before? This is wonderful! A friend sent me an article on how to grow romaine and onions from the kitchen scraps. It's working on the romaine. I will have lettuce soon. Then there were the potatoes that were growing eyes. I took one and sacrificed one of my cloth shopping bags to start growing indoors. Since I had all of this going, I decided to start some cilantro.



This is year four of my gardening. Year three with containers and with a… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 6, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Winter Garden

I was reading an article about the issue of self image and feeling fat. I don't think this problem is limited to a certain size, since I've felt that way many a time. Since having children, I haven't liked looking at myself naked. It's a crazy standard to try to live up to. Why I could see other women's beauty regardless of size, but not my own?



Something changed, I don't know when. I realized today, I don't dislike my body. I can look at myself without thinking, 'fat' or 'ugly'. I… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 6, 2014 at 5:35am — No Comments

New Year New Me

I don't think I had resolutions last year. I'm not going to check. I had a one month old last new year. I was overwhelmed. I was in a dark place that I didn't deal with for months.



This year is different. First and foremost, I want to be happy. To that end, I am going to a physiatrist. Taking my medications and working toward a better me. I picked up a pocket calendar to keep track of my emotions. I had one relapse on Sunday, the day Uncle Mickey died. The rest of the week I can say… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 4, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

My little Tank

Gabe is a tank. It's true. But we didn't think of the nickname for a long time. Alex was Tiger at birth. Lee looked at him and called him Tiger right away. We also called him Monkey as he began climbing.



Gabe is solid. He's the 90% in height and 75% in weight. At eleven months he was wearing 18 month clothes. He likes to pick up and carry things he finds, like the five pound kettle ball he found one day. He wasn't supposed to be in that room. He has moved his pack-and-play around the… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 4, 2014 at 6:46am — No Comments

New Year

First card of the year is the Star. What an illuminating way to start new.



Tonight is also the new moon. Looking forward to ritual tonight.



Alex pulled his first card... The Close (death) change is in his future. I only see good for him. I am glad my tarot is not classic with death as he card. It was easier to explain to him today.



I think 2014 will bring positive change for my family. I feel a strong positive energy that I haven't had in a long… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on January 1, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

Totems

Butterfly has always been a totem that I have felt a connection to. Now, in the last two weeks, dragonfly has joined. Their similarities demand I pay attention to what it is I need to change in my life in order to grow.

Added by Wren Silverleaf on December 28, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Yuletide Blessings

2013 was rough year for me. I know that I’m very lucky and have a blessed life. We may not have a lot, but we have what we need and have a warm loving home. Knowing this makes suffering from anxiety and depression frustrating. I feel like I have no right to have such negative thoughts and it was a deep hole that I was living in. Things that used to be fun had turned into misery. I finally gained the courage to go to the doctor in June. I got put on medication and started to feel better. I…

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Added by Wren Silverleaf on December 26, 2013 at 9:53am — No Comments

As Time Flies By...

September was a whirl of activity. Work, family and social life was overwhelming at times.



I forgot to get babysitting for my LARP weekend and had to bring the baby with us to the camp. I help write for and run the LARP and it seemed like a good weekend until we got feedback. There were so many complaints. Many of which were hurtful in tone. I am finding it difficult to muster myself to write for the October event. What I get out of LARP is giving the players a good event. When that… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on October 5, 2013 at 11:28am — No Comments

August Moon Festival

Last Sunday we were in Boston and discovered that it was the day of the August Moon Festival in Chinatown. It was a lovely day in the city.



The festival is also called the Autumn Moon Festival and is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. It is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. It is the time to celebrate the end of the harvest season.



Mooncakes are traditionally given as a way of giving thanks. We made sure to stop at my favorite bakery to pick up a… Continue

Added by Wren Silverleaf on August 18, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

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