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Gratitude and Uncertainty

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It’s a bit of yin and yang these days. Especially on Twitter. The purchase has left many heading for oligarch-free hills, myself included, while many want to stay and not cave in. My dilemma is that I dislike the who, the what, the thinking, the political leaning…everything about that man, and I want to cut ties. On the other hand, I love the site, I get my COVID and other news there, and most importantly, I have friends who aren’t on other platforms, or if they are, they’re platforms I don’t use. It’s a giant Catch-22.

I can’t wait for the election to be over, but at the same time, we’re in for another 2 years (or more) of this ever-increasing violence and deliberate fanning of the flames of hatred. All in the name of what seems like politics, but is, in actuality, about capitalism. Isn’t it always? All I can say is, “Gird your loins!” and watch your back. The yin/yang of the times is not pretty, but humanity has been through worse, and if nothing else, hopefully we’ve learned that we need to support and help each other. Without that, we’re lost.

I wanted to shift mental gears starting this month, and a friend who created an amazing ritual/hand-fasting ceremony for herself (with a hell of a twist!) inspired me to make it a big shift. I decided on a year-and-a-day of focusing on gratitude and being kind to myself. I almost went with ‘self-care’, but that overused phrase doesn’t sit right. More about taking care of ME for a change, sleeping when I’m tired (and am able to), eating better…yeah, being kind to myself. Doesn’t sound big but for me it is.

Which leads me all to the gratitude portion of this fairly rambly post: Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Without you who read this blog, who have followed me through all my whinging and indecision over the years, who have hired me to help you or your beloved critters; without you I wouldn’t be able to experience the joy I get when someone sends me feedback from a session, the feeling of the energy flowing through my hands, the connections made through comments, etc. And it means everything to me. So again, thank you. I appreciate you every single day!

With much love and MUCH hope,

Pip ✨🍂

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What do you think?

Substack or WordPress? Do you subscribe to both? Do you prefer one over the other? I only ask because I want to write something a bit niche, and I’m not sure if this is where to do it -though “Life” is part of the blog title, and I’ve stopped focusing on energy healing – or Substack would be better.

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And, by the way, I most likely won’t continue to pay for the domain name here, and I’m hoping it will just become thishealinghobbitslife.wordpress.com when the time runs out. If not, I’m going to be a bit lost. lol

Thanks for your help!

Pip

©Pip Miller – June 2022

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Do you know?

I’ve been finding referrals to this site from something called Traffic Camp or Simple Traffic, and I have no idea what that is. It looks like something you sign up for to get more views to your blog, so does that mean someone is using my url? I’m kind of confused. Anyone know what’s going on?

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Star light, star bright

Last prompt! “How do you feel when you look at the stars?”

In awe. Every time.

And one summer, shock. I distinctly saw a light coming over the mountains, which then turned into multiple lights that all flew apart and then disappeared. No kidding. Another time I saw a light heading east, stop on a dime, and reverse direction before disappearing, too. Not a big loop like a plane or helicopter would make, I’m talking an immediate reverse. I still look for things like that, since we live in a state known for sightings of unexplained flying objects.

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But the stars…oh, the stars. I love nothing more than sitting outside and night and staring up at them. There are more satellites, sadly. I love seeing Orion, even though I know that means I’m going to be cold for a handful of months, but what I really miss is the Milky Way. I know it can be seen, but not from my house. When I lived in New England, you could walk out the back door and there it was, big as anything you could imagine, and it made me feel very, very small, and part of something so much larger at the same time. It’s beautiful, and really beyond words.

Well, Bloganuary has been fun! Lots of new blogs to read, lots of new readers (thank you!), and while I know some of us kvetched at bit about the prompts, it’s very difficult to please everyone, and they did serve their purpose, right? Most of us wrote more than we had been, and that was the goal.

Be safe, be kind, and keep on writing!!

With hope and love,

Pip 🌻✨

©Pip Miller – January 2021

ETA: I was reading another blog post, and was reminded of when I lived at the top of a mountain, and when we went outside at night, the stars were so close it felt like you could reach up and grab them! I can’t believe I forgot about that!

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Emojicon

Is there an emoji con? Wouldn’t surprise me in the least. 😂

So prompt 12 of Bloganuary is ‘what emojis do you like to use’?

I’m old-school, still banging away on a keyboard in front of a desktop (though I have a shiny new laptop as of yesterday – Thanks, Mom!), so I still tend to do emoticons more often then emojis because they involve pulling up a separate keyboard. But I have been using them more because, well, they’re cute! And they say alot with just an image, and sometimes I’m at a loss as to how to express my meaning without writing a novel in the process. 😎

Watching me through the living room window.

I tend to use 😂,🤣,😎 the most, followed by 🔥,👇,👏, usually one or more of which go on excellent tweets, and for my energy healing work, I go with 🌻✨. I like sunflowers, and the stars are meant to show the facets of the light I send. I could use a rainbow, but a prism would be even better, if there was one. I also would like using a lighthouse, to stand for “Be the light”, but I don’t have one on my phone or this virtual keyboard.

You know what I would really love? My friend has an iPhone and they have something called a Memoji, where you created emojis that look like you! Hers are appropriately witchy, with her nose and earrings visible. I love that!!!

Anyway…those are my go-to emojis, my go-to emoticons are still 🙂 and one I came up with for blowing a raspberry; :p~~~~~. Because I’m 12 and needed it. 🤣🤣🤣 Oh! I also tend to do emojis in triplicate. No idea why, I just do.

I’m off to feed the birds (the roadrunner is outside, calling for his/her piece of lunchmeat – one piece, very thin, once a day; not trying to make them tame) and then send light!

Happy Wednesday!!

Much love,

Pip 🌻✨

©Pip Miller – January 2022

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To Live Boldly

Not something I know about, honestly.

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I’m much more of a ‘go with the flow’ person, and about the only time I ever really lived boldly was when I took that first step towards a life of helping others. The rest of my life has been moving where others wanted to live, choosing the easy way more often that not with regards to work…just being. Never really rocking the boat as much as letting it float wherever it wants to.

I wish I was bold. It would be nice to have the push to make big changes, to take chances, to think more outside the box and take those leaps rather than let life carry me along. There’s something to be said for going with the flow, but there were times in my life when not having the moxie to stand up for myself meant decisions that I’ve ended up regretting. Ah, well. Six of one, half a dozen of another, right?

Much love,

Pip 🌻✨

PS: yesterday, long after being more cynical than I had planned in the last post, I had a bit of a meltdown; a good ol’ ranting and raving, slamming cabinet doors, tantrum. No details needed, but it did release a lot of tension that had been building. So much frustration about a particular situation, and nothing to do with it all, ya know?

Onwards to the next prompt!

©Pip Miller – January 2022

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Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude

It’s been the big ol’ buzzword for how many years now? Make a gratitude list, keep a gratitude journal, express gratitude in everything you do, Gratitude clothes, accessories, stickers, tattoos, journals….you name it, someone has made money off it.

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Sounding cynical, I know. It’s not that, it’s more that writing a gratitude journal can help you see more of the little things in life, but contrary to what gratitude is sold as, it won’t change your life. Not in the big ways that hold us back. It’s the same with the Law of Attraction; yeah, think positive thoughts, but that isn’t going to change your crappy situation at work, you know? Your positive thoughts aren’t going to make that CEO give his multi-million dollar bonus to the workers, now is it?

I don’t like over-simplification in that way. If all it took to ‘succeed’ in life was a grateful heart and positive thoughts, I’d have a thriving business, helping people and animals all over the world. But I don’t. Because the mechanics of running a business are something I have a hard time wrapping my brain around. Period. A positive thought or “I’m grateful for” isn’t going to replace understanding SEO and being content-driven, niching down, etc. It just won’t.

And why would anyone have the gall to tell another person that happy thoughts will change your poverty, the way the world treats you because of the color of your skin or your religion…and even worse, that if you don’t have those happy thoughts and that grateful heart, it’s all your bloody fault that things are wrong. What???

I’m not knocking anyone who truly believes in the power of gratitude, not at all. I’m just of the mind that it’s not a panacea for the ills of the world.

Wow, this post did not go in the direction I thought it was. Hunh.

As a matter of fact, I’m taking a week off Twitter because I’m just swimming in anger and fear and worry, and it’s really affecting my outlook and mental health. It’s hard to stay positive when the disconnect between the reality of what is going on is so far from too many people acting as if everything is ‘normal’.

On that note, my gratitude list for this prompt is this:

1: I am beyond thankful to have the privilege to stay home during this apocalypse. I planned ahead and that planning is serving me well.

2: I am grateful that there are people in my world who understand the severity of what is going on, so that I don’t feel like I’m beating my head against the wall when I’m super stressed about new information and numbers.

3: I am grateful that years ago I began feeding birds in the yard, because their daily presence (especially the crows all winter and the roadrunners year-round) give me something amazing and curious to watch and learn from. It helps take my head of out of the black hole it can slide into.

4: I’m grateful my mom asked my sister and I, when the pandemic began, to keep in contact via email daily. Our family has a tendency to be distant (it’s a generational thing, not sure why), and this has brought us closer. It also allows my sister and I to keep tabs on Mom. None of us are getting any younger, that’s for sure.

5: Most of all, I’m glad that everyone I know is ok. So far we’ve only lost one person to COVID complications, and considering my son lives in one of the hardest hit states and he stands alone in mask-wearing and being vaccinated among his coworkers, he is healthy at this very moment, and so is his family. I pray to whatever is out there that this continues; that last little bit of rubber band that’s holding me together would snap in a moment if any of them got sick.

And that, my dears, is my prompt post for January 10.

Much love,

Pip 🌻✨

PS: I will NOT argue any point concerning the pandemic, so please don’t jump into my comments to start something. Ain’t happening.

PPS: I may be off Twitter for the week, but I am still doing distance sessions (I will ALWAYS be doing distance sessions, til I’m old and gray…er).

Be safe out there, everyone. Please.

©Pip Miller – January 2022

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Bloganuary Prompt 1

Still struggling with ‘bloganuary’, honestly. lol

Today’s prompt is “What advice would you give to your teenage self?”

Oh, this could be a book just in-and-of itself.

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Wow. I guess I thought the prompts would be something simple like, oh, “blue”, not “dig deep into your soul and start facing the shadows.” This is going to be an interesting month.

There really is so, so much I would tell myself, like wear what you like, your feet will thank you for comfortable shoes, keep walking every day, put that alcoholic drink down and never pick up another, STOP EATING ALL THOSE REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS (and potato chips), stop, breathe, and then decide (you don’t have to make decisions on the spot), learn how to meditate; the list goes on.

But the biggest thing (without getting too, too personal) would be to know you are good enough. Trust yourself. Stop looking for validation from others. Being pleased with you today doesn’t mean they will be tomorrow – do not pin your worth on their feelings. Just because someone likes you doesn’t mean he deserves your time. Trust your gut. Friends come and go. Don’t take anyone else’s opinion as gospel. Stop trying to make everyone else happy and pay attention to your own happiness. Keeping harmony in relationships doesn’t mean living a life that doesn’t fit you. Do not accept someone else’s shitty treatment of you. Newsflash: if someone disagrees with you, it’s not the end of the world. Really, it’s not.

Take care of yourself; you matter, too.

YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

The teenage me is crying because she never knew that and she wonders how different her life would have been if she had.

Pip 🌻

©Pip Miller – January 2022

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What Do You Think?

Hey, all!

I’m going to participate in the January blogging challenge WordPress is hosting, and I can’t decide if I should start a personal blog, like back when we all still used LiveJournal (I miss those days!), or do it on this blog, even though what I wrote most likely won’t have anything to do with my healing work.

What do you think? Should a “business” website focus solely on that, or is unrelated stuff ok?

Much love,

Pip 🌻✨

PS: are any of you going to do the challenge, too?

PPS: Bloganuary? Really? Not JanBlog or BlogJan…something easier to spell and say? 😂

©Pip Miller – December 2021

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A Couple of Questions

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Linktree has a lot of link options and I’m curious: what messaging app do you use the most that doesn’t share your phone number? Telegram (you can change it in the settings to a username)? Skype? Zoom?

Also, for payments; Venmo or PayPal?

Or do you prefer email?

I’m looking for something quicker than waiting for someone to check back into Twitter or IG, and while I love Signal SO much, it shares your phone number.

What do you think?

Thanks!

Pip 🌻

©Pip Miller – August 2021