Giving Thanks

This year was a doozy. I moved twice, changed jobs multiple times, learned some hard lessons, but at the same time there are so many things to be thankful for. 

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Last year I wrote about how thankful I was for the life lessons I was receiving at the time. This year is very different. This year is all about the people. New friends who are like sisters, the relationships born out of adversity and strengthened by trust and love. The camaraderie of friends during difficult situations. It's about the random early morning diner breakfasts and the last minute plans to dress up for a house party. Grabbing dinner with girlfriends and the ones who held your hand when you thought life was too tough. I wouldn't have been able to make it through this year so far if it weren't for my incredible and loving support group. So THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart. 

Turning Over A New Leaf

The autumn equinox, or Mabon, came and went with out me being able to celebrate it. Unfortunately I was sick in bed. But it did leave me some time for thinking. 

Mabon in pagan community is known as the holiday of the harvest. Literally and figuratively it's a time where you reap what you sow. There are many other associations and writings about the holiday and how it should be celebrated, but I usually love to give myself time to reflect, plan my next goals for the year, and make delicious food. 

 

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What I came to realize while I was laying sick in bed, is that i'm constantly planting and sowing. I'm so worried about the next harvest that I don't take the time to enjoy what i'm doing here and now. Instead, I'm letting my hard work die as soon as I harvest it and I don't get the chance to enjoy it. I'm already moving onto the next thing without giving myself a chance to rest. I think life was trying to tell me a little something this week when I was getting ill and the brake pedal of my car fell off. 

I need to slow down and enjoy the work i'm doing. I need to choose what to focus on and really give that one (or two things because I can't help myself) thing all my focus and dedication. My creative process has fallen to the wayside, and that's what I need to be focusing on to make me happiest. 

One little project i've had in mind that I want to start bringing into fruition is lifestyle blogging. I want to discover and develop a magical, fairy lifestyle that works for the modern busy lady. That way there's love, ritual and beauty in everything that is done. Creativity is being used. Connection to your inner self and earth is constantly being made. Those are my own personal goals I want to achieve and I want to be able to document it somehow. 


So step number one for me, is making time to doodle and paint once a week. Completely for myself. Nothing freelance related. Nothing work related. I'm going to start with that one little thing and slowly work my way up as I can let go jobs and other not so fun and magical responsibilities. 

Do you guys feel the same way? Are there changes in your life that you are wanting to be made but having a hard time finding the time to make a change? Let me know in the comments below! 

Love Lindsay

 

Mythic Worlds 2015

A Review

What a whirl wind of a couple days! Greg Spalenka had a few lectures and hosted a workshop as well while Roxana had her lectures and workshop at the event. I was officially dubbed the "booth babe" while watching the other fairies and event goers check out all of the wonderful vendors. I got to meet so many incredible artists such as Yoann Lossel, Virginie Ropars and David Theiree. Amy Brown was there, Terryl Whitlach was there, Laurie Lee Brom was there.... It was a hodge-podge of talent.

Holly Black, Lauren K Hamilton and Charles deLint speaking about "Why Are Strong Women In Fantasy Still A Surprise?"  AND LOOK WHO ELSE WAS THERE WATCHING. 

I did get the chance to sneak away from the booth for a little bit to see some of my favorite authors speak about strong women in literature, which ended up going on about how women are portrayed in the media, not only books, until Laurel K Hamilton got us sidetracked with a cat stuck in a tree she could see through the window. I COULD NOT BELIEVE that George R. R. Martin was in the audience. YOU GUYS. I really did feel like I was in some sort of fairy tale. 

My wings got to be on display in the booth on Saturday for the convention. I also walked around in costume with my Atlas Moth Wings. 

My other favorite part of the event was going to the masquerade balls at night! I felt a little like being Cinderella. After working the booth and running around, I'd come back to the hotel room to take care of some other things so I wouldn't be able to start getting ready until the event already started! BUT I MADE IT (and made it back home before midnight). I saw performances by Martine Kraft and Dehli 2 Dublin  and they were both absolutely FANTASTIC. I was not able to snag any photos or video clips from the show but I highly recommend checking out their music. I definitely found some new favorite bands. For  both of the masquerades I wore my favorite corset found at the Minnesota Renaissance fair (shop name I cannot remember), some skirts already in my closet and of course the head piece and Atlas Moth Wings I made for the Labyrinth of Jareth Ball last summer. 

All in all, it was an awesome experience. I'm so thankful to Greg and Roxy for wanting me to come out and help them. Hopefully I'll be able to go to a couple more events like Mythic Worlds this year and next year I'll have a booth of my own!