palliative lightwork · planners

September and Planners and Light

I love September so very, very much! When I was a kid it meant going back to school, so the love was a little less, but the changing of the season and the gorgeous leaves of all colors (I grew up in New England) made up for it.

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Now September means the switch from unrelenting southwest high desert heat to cool nights and cool breezes. Heaven. It also means that suddenly the views of planner posts have gone up again! I’ve pretty much stopped searching for the ‘perfect’ planner, because one doesn’t exist for me, so I’m still using a Passion Planner (I purchase the outgoing year on deep, deep sale and redate it – they have become really expensive!), though frankly, as usual, there’s not much planning going on in it. I’ve never been much of a planner, tending to be more of a ‘go with the flow’ person, so appointments and light sessions in color-coded highlighter are what fill it. I think next year I’m going to do a simple two-page per month setup in a blank Artist’s Loft journal from Michael’s ($7.99), and then use the rest in whatever way comes up, day-by-day.

I mentioned in my last post that I was stepping away from Twitter for the month, and wow, what a difference it’s made in my mental health in just a few short days! I still keep up with the COVID information, but the ongoing terror about what’s happening in the US and the climate…that I don’t miss. And I’m sure my other half doesn’t miss the ranting I was doing daily as I read those tweets.

Yesterday I sent light to the entire planet and all who live upon it, and the dumortierite sphere I used was incredibly hot when I finished the session! And over an hour later it was still faintly warm! The distance sessions seem stronger, and I wonder if stepping away from the doomscrolling stress has something to do with it? Or has the Darkness grown so much stronger that the Light is working double-time to bring balance back? I don’t know.

Speaking of the sessions, I’ve decided to keep them ‘pay what you can’ (except putting me on retainer, which is half-price) because money is tight, and by making them more available to you, together we’re working towards me being able to support myself from home (an incredibly necessary move as my other half is needed more and more care). You can purchase a session here; just pay what you can!

I hope all is well with you and yours, and I look forward to helping your pets feel better!

With hope and love,

Pip ✨🌻

books · palliative lightwork · planners

Choosing A Word For 2021

Picking a guiding word for the year is something I’ve done for a while now. Last year I decided to go with a feeling, lighthearted, and quite frankly, this year has left the vast majority of us feeling anything but, am I right?

Normally I just wait til a word pops into my head that feels right, and I go with that. Thing is, I also don’t really do anything to help that word along. Not this year!

I use Passion Planners, which come with a Roadmap to help you focus on and achieve your goal. December hit me hard and I’ve been super depressed. Rereading The Desire Map seemed the thing to do, and Bing! Lightbulb! Feelings, not goals. How do I want to feel next year and more importantly, how can I make it happen? I dropped the gamechanger part of it, choosing instead to focus on all 4 important emotions that compromised my core desired feeling: Light.

It’s not easy finding a picture to represent what I mean by light…

Light? Didn’t I choose lighthearted last year? I did. Is there a difference? Honestly, not much. The world is too heavy right now, and as any empath can tell you, it’s suffocating. Anything that isn’t heavy is how I want to feel, so light, light-hearted…same difference.

I scribbled all over my current planner’s Roadmap, which I never filled out, sifting through words and what would help me feel light, and finally, finally, narrowed it down to Delight, Comforted (a big one), Peaceful, and the hardest one to pin down, Financially Secure and Independent. I’d first chosen “like I make a difference”, and that is a part of it, but mostly I want to work for myself, helping others feel better. Which is a way to make a difference, so yay.

Then came the important part. What will help me feel each of those 4 feelings? Under Comforted I have “my journal, fleece as much as possible (soft soothes me), special treats such as hot chocolate and ice cream”. Nothing major, but little things I can focus on weekly to make sure I stay in the Light lane and don’t veer off into the No Eating for a Week and All I Want to Do is Sleep lane again. I’m still not out of that one yet, to be honest.

I’m still fine-tuning it and haven’t transferred it to my new planner. I feel good about it. I hope next year is better because of it.

Do you choose a word? What method do you use to do so, and have you ever felt the need to repeat one because it means so much to you? Let’s chat in the comments! I’m curious how others go about this.

Happy Yule!!!!

With hope and much love,

Pip 😎

©Pip Miller – December 2020

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Smoky Planning

It’s smoky outside today. There’s a fire in Arizona by Phoenix, and the wind has carried it all the way here. I remember one year when it was suddenly so smoky that everyone came out of the their houses into the street as we all looked to see what exactly was on fire. That time it was a fire in SE Arizona. It’s amazing how far wind carries things!

Yesterday my guy needed a particular date for a old medical visit, and I went and pulled out my Passion Planners from the last two years and easily found it. I realized that if I’d needed to search my Bullet Journal it would have been nearly impossible to find since I don’t use an index, so I got creative and mapped out a copy of the Passion Planner month and week set-ups in pencil in a new notebook (I’m almost through the one I have).

Cool, right? And doesn’t that sticker look simply gorgeous on that purple?

Then I made a mistake. I looked on YouTube. Chelsea Brown Designs has a video called “7 Planning Styles for your Passion Planner”, and I just had to watch it. I really like the Time Tracker method, simply because I don’t have a lot to plan, but do wonder just what the heck I do with my days! Thing is, my new set-up doesn’t extend long enough through the day, so I made a one page spread that runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

It doesn’t leave room for much else, so I’m not sure how I feel about it, but I’ll use it ’til Sunday and see what I think.

I can’t wait to start adding energy healing appointments!!

Much love,

Pip 🙂

BTW, do you prefer a planner that starts the week with Monday, or with Sunday? And why does America start with Sunday? Don’t other countries start with Monday? Sunday IS part of the weekend, so Monday just makes more sense, I think.

©Pip Miller – June 2020

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Has Using a Planner Stifled My Journaling Habit?

I’ve been a fairly consistent journal-keeper since high school (oh, those angsty poems!), but over the past few years that habit has fallen to the wayside. My present journal was, if I remember right, started two years ago! It’s a 5-subject notebook, and I’m not even half-way through it. That’s not normal.

Last week I was writing a note in my planner (at that time a Passion Planner), and it occurred to me that using a planner, rather than a simple datebook, could be part of the reason my habit has dwindled.

Between trying to make a planner work for me, and social media, my thoughts are more scattered…and more public. By the time I sit down to journal, I’ve either posted a mini version of what I was thinking, or added it to the planner to, quite frankly, keep it from being full of blank pages. I’m no longer diving deep into my thoughts and feelings, and I miss it.

Is this something that’s happened to you, too? Are you ok with it, or are you trying to get back to keeping a journal, and if so, how? I’ve tried prompts, but not in a while; I may have to give them another shot and see if that gets things rolling again.

I’m curious to see your thoughts on this!

Happy Fall!

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – September 2019

PS: have you checked out my energy healing distance sessions? All done while you’re in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you are in the world!

 

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Admitting That I Want Things

Most of my life has been financially strapped, you know, the ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’ lifestyle. With too many times that were behind by two paychecks or so. It sucks. It’s a scary way to live, the stress ebbs and flows but never quite disappears because how will you pay rent this month is never, ever far from your mind…

Since my word for next year is transformation, I’m going to sit down today and do something I’ve never, ever, ever done before: I’m going to write a list of things that I really want. Things that I never admit to because “I’ll never have the money for it” is the first thought after, “Wow, wouldn’t that be cool?!”, followed by, “There are other things that are more important than that”. It never ends. So I pulled out my Passion Planner and started this page.

I’m going to write down every single thing, no matter how frivolous, like Funko Pops which I never buy because ‘no, spend the money on necessities’ overrides the desire for joy in my life. Even if it comes from a mini Funko.

What do you want to do differently next year? Something that seems small but in many ways is the biggest leap you can take? By writing these things down, I’m putting it out to the universe that I’m READY to live abundantly. That I am so over being poor. That I never want to have to ask for financial help ever, ever again (thanks, Mom, as always). That I want to experience things that I’ve never allowed myself to. That yes, living abundantly actually does mean spending money on more than what is necessary to live, and that by doing so, I open the door for more income to flow to me.

I’m ready. Are you?

©Pip Miller – December 2018

BTW, I have a session that shifts all the energies of your lower five chakras, one that can bring about big changes over time. What a perfect way to ring in the new year, right? Check it out!

health · palliative lightwork · planners

This Wounded Healer Takes On Building A Healing Business

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In my last blog post I mentioned breathing problems, and, as with so many of us who live with chronic conditions, adding a new problem to my admittedly small list is a bit overwhelming. I shake, I have pain, and now I have compromised lungs. Woohoo. Not.

Three bouts of bronchitis and one of pneumonia over the past three years has done enough damage to my lungs that working in a manufacturing environment meant that the chemicals in the air necessitated inhalers, which didn’t help. More than once I got into my car at day’s end and sat there, gasping for air. After literally nearly choking to death on congestion while sick with bronchitis (the most terrifying thing you never want to go through, let me tell you), the fear of not being able to breathe is a constant, and as I tweeted, “You don’t realize how much you take breathing for granted until you can’t!”

What this has done – again, touched on in my last post – is create a determination to live the life of my dreams, helping others with my healing work. Planning isn’t my strong point, but I’ve turned my Passion Planner into a business planner, keeping track of blog and social media ideas, as well as client appointments and feedback. I’ve got my eye on a guide for business and blogging from Blessing Manifesting, too.

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I’m taking the need for little physical activity as message from the ‘verse to knock my shit off and run this business as a business, otherwise what’s the bloody point, right? Squandering my ability would be such a waste, and if I don’t do this, I’m going to look back one day and regret being too scared to really step up and make a serious go of it. I’ve done it half-assed over the years, having that “it will all work out” mentality, but in reality it hasn’t, and it’s because I blithely expected a successful business to just fall into my lap with as little effort as possible on my part. I tend to go through life that way, as I’m sure many of you have noticed. 😉

This journey is going to be something new for me, and I hope to be of service to you as I build this dream bigger than I could have ever dreamed!

©Pip Miller – November 2018

PS: All healing sessions (except Dare) are 30 minutes for $30. And you don’t even have to leave your home!

Journal · planners

Back to the Bullet Journal

Planners, planners, planners. What is up with all of them?? I’ve been through more types than I care to admit, and after a recent attempt at a Planner Pad (which, in and of itself, a FABULOUS planner) and finally admitting that I seriously don’t have that much to plan and so I tend to do more logging, I decided to give the BuJo a try again.

Rather than buying a new planner – though, I will be buying one of these beauties from J. B. Welly for next year!! – I took my already-in-progress journal/commonplace book/notebook and added the bujo to it. It’s a five section notebook, so I started the bujo in the 4th section so I’ll have room for the rest of the year.

I’m keeping it simple this time. Last time I watched way, way too many videos and had too many sections and it just went off the rails. Now I have The Alastair Method as my monthly setup (with a change brought on by this picture) simple daily pages, and a few collections. My master key is based on the one Dee Martinez created, plus her double margins on the left, too. Add to that Ryder’s tracker to the right of each page, and I’m good.

I refuse to look at all those gorgeous bujo works of art that are all over the internet, especially the ones with the calligraphic handwriting because I just can’t. My handwriting has gone to hell from the tremors (and I even dropped color-coding), so it’s better this way. Really, it is. *sniffle*

Much love,
Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – May 2018

PS: is calligraphic a word?

healing harmony · planners

And now…a Fauxdori!

Yep, I recently jumped on that bandwagon, and found a fauxdori at Michael’s near Thanksgiving last year. It’s a pretty blue, and it’s the traditional tall and narrow size. I had a 50% off coupon, and figured this would be a great, inexpensive (for once!!) way to test out a new planner. 🙂

It came with 2 “books” (each bound insert is called a book) and a craft-holder book that I immediately took out as it tore when I tried to use it. I purchased two more books and now it’s holding 4.

The covers are basic tan cardboard, unadorned.

There’s a blank book…

One with grids…obviously I decided not to include these here. 😉

And an undated calendar. I like the blank page to the right for notes!

I don’t remember who, but someone mentioned covering the staples in each book with washi tape, so I used heart stickers that I had, and it made it pretty. 🙂 I decided to split each book into two, using each half for a different purpose until I figured out exactly how I wanted to use a faudori. This is my healing work section.

This is the front book, which is basically a notepad.

In the calendar section I decided to pull a Sacred Rebels Oracle card once a week and keep track of it to the right of the daily planner. That ended quickly and now it’s notes for the day, as mentioned above.

I’ve been carrying it with me daily, and to be honest, it’s pretty much turning into just another notebook. I’m using the calendar to note appointments and things, but the rest of the books are filling with notes about different things, and none will end up being important enough to keep long-term, I suspect. I even started one section as a BOS (Book of Shadows), but one, I’m really just now starting to see if witchcraft is a direction I want to go in, and two, it just didn’t feel right. I call myself a patchwork pagan, and I don’t really have a lot of rules for what I do. So instead I bought a 5-subject notebook and it’s become my journal-BOS-of-sorts-important-tarot-spreads-(like for the year, not daily ones)-and-other-things-I-will-actually-want-to-keep-long-term book.

I know many LOVE the flexibility of a ‘dori, and I totally get that. I guess I still haven’t found my “perfect planner”, and I’m beginning to suspect that there isn’t one out there for me. I’ve come to the conclusion that planning isn’t my thing…I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person, and I end up with lots of blank pages in any planner I purchase.

I’m keeping and using the Fauxdori, and when the calendar ends at the end of June, I’ll purchase another to get through the year, but next year, honestly?, I may just buy one of those little thin date books for my purse. 5 years of buying planners and inserts has shown me, without a doubt, that all I really need it one of those and a journal.

I’m keeping my Malden, though. 🙂

©Pip Miller – January 2018

healing harmony · Journal · nature · planners

Revisiting the Bullet Journal

A year or so ago, I tried out bullet journaling (bujo for short), but it was too chaotic, disorganized and repetitive, so I went back to my Filofax. And, in the manner of many planner users, that hasn’t quite fit the bill, either. The rings are in the way, I carry around a ton of stuff that I never use or look at…I love, love, love my Malden, but…I need to try something else.

I don’t remember what led me to bujo videos on youtube the other day, but I was quickly caught up in them and decided to give the system another try.

I had a nice hardcover notebook on hand, which I wouldn’t normally use except that this one lays flat when open. I wrote my key (which is still undergoing changes) and a little “if you find this” note and taped them inside the front cover.

My last bujo’s index was a mess. I wrote dang near everything there, because if I want to find something, I want to be able to find it NOW. As a result, it was insane, and part of why I decided to drop this system. This time it will be a bit more general, but in a way, hopefully, that I’ll still have a sense of where to look for a particular entry.

I’m too lazy to write little calendars for the year-at-a-glance, and I just happened to have one of those little calendars that insurance companies will give you, and I cut the tiny ‘month before and after’ ones and taped them in. Easy-peasy. 🙂

I found the weekly set-up in a video (sorry, I don’t remember which one), and as I prefer a weekly view, gave it a shot. I already know that it’s not big enough, so next week will be a week-on-two-pages setup. Otherwise I’ll end up with tons of notes elsewhere, and I really don’t want that.  I’m also trying out trackers, but I don’t know if I’ll stick with them. I’ve also made some mistakes, as you can see, and the perfectionist in me has managed not to freak out and start all over…go, me!

After the weekly page I have a sort of daily setup, where I’m writing notes. When I go to the 2-page setup, I may drop that. Or do more of a brain dump section. I’m not sure yet.

I just started using a bujo over the weekend, so I’m curious to see how I tweak it and how it ends up working for me. Fingers crossed!

©Pip Miller – August 2017

PS: update on the marmot. All 4 of her paws were burnt. 😦 It seems that when people go camping in northern NM and CO, marmots crawl up under the hood and when the vehicle is started, they are too scared to move and end up riding under there til the car stops. Ouch! They healed her paws and drove her to northern NM and released her into a family of marmots. It’s not hers, but at least she’ll have an easy time fitting in; if she was male, territory issues would cause problems. So she’s ok!!! #happydance

divination · Journal · nature · planners

Hello, March!!!

I love March. It’s a great month for me. And it finally feels like winter is heading out, and spring is wandering in. For the first time ever, there’s been more than one robin at the birdbath. The other day there were 6!! I couldn’t believe it!

Last night I did some random card readings using my trimmed Fey Tarot, and it must have been the wine, but my intuition was on the ball and the cards just spoke to me. It was wonderful! I pulled these for March:

March reading

I love this deck, and I love not knowing what the majority of the cards are. Helps my Virgo step aside and let my Pisces intuition kick in! What do you see in these cards?

Things are changing, that’s obvious. Not always in a good way, but still, changing. I came across an Instagram post by Alaina O’Brien this morning that mentions how things/we are being broken down in order to become something bigger and better. Pretty much sums it all up, wouldn’t you say?

There was also this amazing post by Pearl Wilde that really hit home last night, too.

I have high hopes for March. Hopes that the darkness and fear and struggles will get easier, hope that peace is to be found in the little things, and hope that spring brings growth and joy and happiness with it. Do you have hopes for this month?

©Pip Miller – March 2017

PS: I have a part-time day job again, but I have plenty of time for healing sessions! Don’t hesitate to ask for a particular time! If it doesn’t fit my schedule, we’ll work something out. 🙂

PPS: One thing I’ve noticed since I haven’t been using my Filofax…I can’t find anything!