What Is That Nut Up To Now?

Over the past week, I’ve been pulling all of the poetry that I had ever written and published to my old blog “Pull Up A Toadstool”, and am thrilled that this part of the project has been completed. I have it all printed out, ready for organization and editing. The last step will be to figure out a good program to format it to publish on Amazon as an e-book. My best friend told or sent me the name of something that she had heard works pretty well. As per usual, I may have to ask her to send me the name again because as I tend to do…I wrote it down on a slip of paper. If you’re anything like I am, you know how those little slips of paper have a way of running away from you.

The editing and formatting process will likely take about a month to get sorted out, but I wanted to post about this today for a few reasons. The first is that I’m excited about getting it all rounded up in one place for all of you. The second is to hold myself to some sort of a deadline on this project. I’ve been pretty good about sticking to deadlines for a while now, which is good. Just wanting to hold myself accountable on this one and get it done because it would be waaay too easy to skip learning the whole formatting and e-publishing process, and I have other things waiting in the wings.

One of those things is another life coaching certification course.  A few weeks ago, I finished the Life Purpose Coaching certification. This one will be to do life coaching for groups, which is pretty cool. Another upcoming project will be to send out my novel query package to some more agents and publishers in the Fall. I just finished one round last week. The other things which I have sitting here on my plate and am working on in between work and my other projects are to keep up with a semi-regular art practice and to keep learning to play the guitar.

Admittedly, the poor guitar sat untouched by anyone other than someone who is way better at it than I could hope to be for several years for over a month. Yes, yes, that is a bit of jealousy that you detect over his amazing skills. Every time he touches the thing, I sit in a state of flux between swoon and oh my god…what the hell was I thinking. All joking aside, I feel fortunate to have someone close who is this skilled for those times when I hit rough patches. Tonight though, I finally took it out and spent the better part of a few hours in between clients relearning the two cords which I had learned and forgotten and messing around with the free version of the Yousician app. Let me just say…I’m saving up for a full version of the app because it is that awesome. Within minutes I was learning a lot and it didn’t take too terribly long to get a sound which resembled something other than a dying animal.

I’ll also be getting back into recording some video’s with my best friend and partner in The Sisters In The Shadows and The Sisters Of Wyrd. We’re planning our next recording session for Monday, and this time we even have a topic picked out…gasp! For the two of us to have a topic picked out is amazing. I seem to collect amazing friends with whom conversations seem to go something like this:

Me: Hey, what do you think we should do tomorrow?

Friend: I don’t know. Did you have anything in mind?

Me: No, if I did I wouldn’t have asked.

Friend: Shit, now what do we do?

Me: Wing it, I suppose.

Friend: Okay.

This is no joke. If I had a few bucks for every conversation like this which has happened just in the last year alone, I’d definitely have enough saved up to take the beach vacation I’ve been dying to take for the past few years.

As if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be diving into some new fiction projects that I’ve been thinking about for a while. One of those is to start the second novel in the “Twisted Faith” series, and the others are short stories for use on this blog, for Sisters In The Shadows annual spookfest, and a few top secret ideas which I’m keeping up my sleeve for a while. This just covers the work stuff (most of which feels like play honestly). There are some personal things which I’m really looking forward to as well. I’ll be getting some company in a few weeks and doing a little traveling later this year…not to mention the play time that I get in locally.

Speaking of play time, I need to wrap this up and see if I can try to capture some elusive sleep. I have a play date with my sister tomorrow. We’re going to head out and pay The Herbiary (which is an amazing local store which carries almost every herb and essential oil you could wish for) a visit in the afternoon, and who knows what else we’ll find to do. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone. See you back here next week. Take care of yourselves!

Till next time…


In The Works

I haven’t been around here as much as I used to be, so I thought I’d come by and give you an update on what I’ve been working on and what’s in the works. In my spare time just a few weeks ago, I finished my course and received my certificate as a Life Purpose Coach. This is something that I’m pretty excited about because even though the majority of my work with clients at this time involves mediumship and Reiki/energy healing, I have always enjoyed working with others in a coaching capacity. Now that I’ve got that certification completed, I have enrolled in a course to become certified as a Group Life Coach . This is something which is appealing to me because I enjoy working in group settings as a facilitator.

Other than that, I’ve been doing a little artwork which is something I haven’t carved out time for in a while…and it feels so good. My next project which I’m beginning today is going back to the very beginning of my time as a blogger on Pull Up A Toadstool (which I no longer post to), and pulling out all of the poetry to begin compiling a poetry anthology. My current plan is to self publish it electronically and place it on Amazon as an e-book. This project is something I’ve thought about for a long time and now I feel ready to make the time for it.

Of course it hasn’t been all work and no play, because that just wouldn’t be acceptable. The past few weekends have been especially nice here, so I’ve been getting out and enjoying the beautiful weather and the interesting little things which Asheville has to offer with a special friend. I have to say that it’s a pretty golden time in my life, and I’m enjoying every moment of it.

I hope that all of you are taking or making the time to work on the things which make you happy and to spend time with the people who make your heart sing. Until next time…





Among the things which have been popping up with me and with the people that I am close to is time…striking a balance between work, the ones we love, and time just for ourselves. This includes finding the time to work on projects which are important that it is difficult to otherwise find time for, for various reasons. In my own life, things have changed so drastically that I have had a difficult time keeping in touch with a few people who are important to me.

One of the shifts which I’ve made in recent years is prioritizing things like my writing, art, and a little bit of self indulgent time here and there. Not only that, but I have made a social life a priority which is not something I’ve ever done really in the way that I do now. It has been a little difficult to get past the guilt of the past. It used to be impossible for me to do the things that I have been doing lately because I felt like a “bad” person for taking the time for “my stuff” instead of being at the ready for my loved ones at all times, even if that meant that I never got around to what mattered to me personally.

Something a little amusing (to me) about that is that I would tell my loved ones and my clients to make sure that they took time for themselves and to absolve themselves of guilt for doing so. It was so easy for me to see that this was okay for everyone else but myself. Now I’m getting it, but now and then the guilt still creeps in and I have to remind myself of what I’m always telling everyone else. Not only is it okay to make the time for ourselves and our stuff…it’s what we should be doing. Not only does it help us to strike a balance of health and satisfaction within ourselves, but it also helps us to be a better friend, family member, lover…whatever…to the people we care about.

As always, there is a little disclaimer. There is balance in all things, including this. Of course, relationships require maintenance and we can’t just completely neglect them. Just know that it’s okay to take that time that you need for yourself, and that the people who truly care about you will not only understand it, they will encourage it.

NaPoWriMo ~ Days 28 & 29

Well, NaPoWriMo is almost over for this year. I am a day behind, and am going to combine the two days in one post. I’m in haiku mode again, so below are two haikus. The theme in my mind today seems to center around light.



Magic little stars

Send light across galaxies

Night sky’s wondrous glow



Sweet little fireflies

Herald summer with green lights

Beautiful light show



NaPoWriMo ~ Day 27 ~ Taste

The prompt at NaPoWriMo today is to write a poem which explores the sense of taste.

Your Lips

Sweeter than any candy, your lips are divine when they meet with mine

Even unadulterated by any other flavors, they are intoxicating

Then there are those times on a chilly, rain soaked afternoon

And we’ve ducked into the tea house for a sip and gab

When your kisses are flavored by the rich spices of a warm chai

Or the days that we sit at the table solving the problems of the world

Over big mugs of our favorite coffee, Love Buzz indeed

As I walk past to pour another, your hand reaches out to pull me closer

So that the buzz can mingle between us for a moment or two

Before parting for a while to carry on with things

I carry the delicious memory with me until we meet again.

NaPoWriMo ~ Day 26 ~ Closed

The Door Has Closed

After decades of life, lived in a way that wasn’t true

To who I was at my very core, to who I aspired to be

The time came to release my grip on what never was

So that I could walk toward what I wished to create

It wasn’t so much about turning my back on anything,

But a choice to turn and face the brightness of being

To fill my days with happiness and peace, along with

Excitement about the exploration of what makes my

Entire being come alive and to dance to the rhythms

Which emanate from deep inside my own heart

I’ve released the guilt which wasn’t mine to claim along with

Ownership of the burdens meant to be carried by another

And embraced love, true love which exists just because

With no fear, expectation, or obligation attached

Just a simple, joyous state of being, free to live and love

The door to yesterday has closed with all of its narrowness sealed away

Allowing me to seize the moment which lies ahead, the bindings gone

Blinders off, and the future wide open.

NaPoWriMo ~ Day 25 ~ Spaces

The prompt today at NaPoWriMo is to write a poem which explores a small, defined space.

Trinket Pouch

Inside your palm-size leather boundaries lie comfort

You go with me everywhere, containing little things with lots of meaning

A small photo out of a photo booth from a lifetime ago

Which chronicles the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of sisters

A few acorns, a tradition borrowed from the ancient Norse people

To imbue my heart with a sense of strength and the energy of life

Rose quartz as a reminder of love, a reminder to hold it in my heart

And a reminder that it is alive and well in the world

There are other things hidden inside of this pouch

These things are just for me – others might find them silly

But to me they are symbols of things which are sacred

Little reminders of the sweeter, more gentle side of life

With just a dash of fortitude thrown in for good measure.