Monday, January 29, 2018

What I've been up to...

Hi readers, happy almost February, aka best-month-of-the-year, otherwise known as my birthday month!  Cheers to me, everyone!

I know I was on a daily posting binge in December, and that was fun and motivating for me, but after the holidays, life got a bit busier, and I haven't really sat down to connect with my blog.  My poor little blog, it has been neglected lately!

So, what is my excuse?  I don't really have one, but if you're interested, keep reading and I'll fill you in on what I've been up to since my Blogmas days.

1.  I'm back off the meat-eating wagon.  It was a, shall I say, interesting year and a half of eating meat after an 11 year hiatus.  Don't get me wrong, salmon and steak tips indeed tasted like a million little delicious stars bursting on my tongue the few times I ate them.  I even found myself ordering these dishes at restaurants at times.  I mean I really enjoyed the flavor, but I could never really get over the actual thought that I was eating meat... and then something happened.  I just woke up one day, tried to eat some grilled chicken and....... ugh.  No can do, I thought.  I was literally repulsed by it all over again. Okay, fine, maybe chicken was off the list, but Jade's wedding was only a week away and I knew I picked steak as my option.  Dinner was served, I took two bites, and it happened again.  My eyes thought, oh! this looks good, my brain thought nope!  Since then, my stomach instantly turns at the thought of chewing on meat, let alone swallowing it and letting it sit inside my body, so, needless to say, I didn't mean for it to happen this way, but I'm back to being a full blown vegetarian, and I'm really feeling great.  I feel like the real Holly again.  I know I'm living a life I believe in, and I know I gave meat eating a chance. It didn't work out for me, but that's what makes us all different, right?

2.  I have finally finished writing my book!  Now, all that's left to work on is the final touches of artwork.  Thank you to the HUGELY talented Platinum Circle Media for all their help with listening to my wants and needs and delivering nothing but professionalism, precise artwork, and the ability to put up with my ever changing mind.  If you are in the market for any graphic design work, marketing, promotional work, website design, etc., then definitely click here.  You're welcome.

3.  I've been working on connecting with myself more than ever.  By connection with myself I mean this: writing more poetry and songs, enhancing my already way too long nighttime skincare routine, planting some seeds with the hopes of watching them grow into beautiful plants and spices, spending more time with friends and family, trying to meditate more, practicing yoga more often, and making lots of travel plans.  My home has little crystals hidden about, and a batch of white sage is sitting on my living room table.  Some people think I'm weird, but I don't care.  These are the things that make my soul feel healthy, and since I'm about to be a 31 year old woman, I think it's time to nourish my soul as much as my physical body.

4.  With that being said, I also crossed something off my long list of goals. Just yesterday, I became a certified Reiki Level 1 Energy Healer!  This feels like one of my greatest accomplishments yet.  I have always been super intrigued by the world of holistic health and energy healing.  I was only 19 years old when I received my first Reiki treatment when I worked as a receptionist in a spa.  I had a terrible migraine and my boss convinced me to let her give me a Reiki treatment.  At that point, I didn't really know much about Reiki, but I was willing to try anything to rid myself of the agony.  After about a half hour into the session, my migraine disappeared.  Mind = blown.  Ever since that day, Reiki has been the only true treatment to fully dissolve my headaches and break up the negativity in my brain, and so began my exploration of alternative healing. After two years of suffering with abdominal pain which led to surgery over this past summer to remove endometriosis, I decided it was time to educate myself some more on self healing.  So, yesterday I took a class at a beautiful yoga studio nearby, and I learned so much.  I learned the history of Reiki, the physical mind-body-medical aspects of it, I received it, I mediated, I was eventually attuned and finished by practicing on some really cool friends I made.  What a day I had.  Next up is Level 2!

5.  I booked a last minute trip to Nashville to visit my sister and second family the weekend before my birthday.  My aunt and uncle from SC will also be there, and we will celebrate my birthday in the heart of my favorite city on earth (besides you, Toronto, you know you still hold much space in my heart! See ya in April!)

6.  Work. Work has been busy lately, and I'm really happy about that.  There's nothing better than knowing you're working your bum off at a job you are passionate about.  It's a great feeling when we settle a case, and we know that we all worked hard together to get the job done.

7.  I BOUGHT A NEW JEEP.  I worked hard all year, and it totally paid off.  I figure if I'm going to spend a frustrating amount of time in traffic each day, I might as well look damn good doing it.  AmIRight??  Go after what you want people!

8.  I've been busy working on writing for some new clients, and that has been exciting.  Meeting new people and networking is what it's all about!

I'm sure I've missed a few things, but the above has been my life in a nutshell lately.  Thanks for sticking with me every step of the way - I promise not to neglect this space again.  I hope this post inspires you to go after those things you've been wanting to do but have put off.  There's no time like right now to put YOURSELF first.  A wise friend recently told me "the time is going to pass anyway, so you might as well do it!"  So, stop thinking and just do, I promise you'll be happy.

Love to love ya!