Well hello there and welcome to my new blog.
It’s been quite a few years since I blogged, having being immersed in the (somewhat mindless) ocean of Facebook all this time. But prior to that I did blog for several years over at good old Livejournal, which, though it had it’s ups and downs, enabled me to connect with a lot of people who had some really great ideas about a lot of things.
In those days I was a missionary in Thailand, and had just discovered bellydancing. So my journal was mainly about the ins and outs of working at an orphanage, looking after 50+ children whilst doing admin for other arms of the organisation (which spanned 4 countries!) by day, then at night devoting myself to the art of bellydance. A rather juxtaposed existence and not particularly enjoyable when it boils right down to it, but by blogging I was able to document the transformation I went through.
It really was a metamorphosis, as shortly after I moved back to Australia and was able to further immerse myself in the world of bellydance, I had what had been bubbling away for a long time; a change of religion. A few years on, and I’ve gone from being a born again Christian to a pagan witch, and while I don’t bellydance anymore (long story…I might get to it one day) my point is, the blog was the map of the start of my journey.
So here I am, on the start of another journey, hoping a blog will help me make sense of things, and hopefully help a few other people too.
I’m 29 years old, and am engaged to a wonderful man. We live in Melbourne with my fiance’s father (henceforth referred to as my father in law, even though it’s not strictly true yet). I work in a call centre and in my spare time run a small business creating blends of herbal teas. My fiance is between work at the moment but has worked in radio for several years. Yes, I’m a witch, and yes this means I do spells, and no it doesn’t mean they’re the kind of spells you’d see in a Harry Potter movie. I, and fortunately most of my witch friends, have what I think is the rather delightful trait of being spiritual but at the same time very cynical. We believe in evolution and science as much as we believe in spirit and magick (they’re kind of the same thing if you think about it) so I’m certainly not one of those airy-fairy type people that you see around psychic fairs and so forth.
My fiance and I live in Melbourne but we are planning a move to the Gold Coast – or at least somewhere sunny – because I really struggle with Melbourne’s cold, gloomy winters. We have chosen to buy, so this move will also involve the purchase of our first home. And then there’s our wedding. We aren’t the type to have a big lavish affair (eloping has been really tempting at times!) but once we’ve bought a home we would like to tie the knot finally. So there’s a lot in the works for us.
On top of this, I have always had the feeling that there is something not quite right about how the most of us in Western society live our lives…the competition, the consumerism, the using up of resources we just don’t have, working our fingers to the bone to end up with nothing but bills. I guess I am a born hippie (I had dreadlocks to my butt until I cut them off because of the headaches, and used to be a vegan). So I am always trying to find a way to live ethically. But, like most people, I’m constantly falling off the wagon here. I’ll give meat up then take it up slowly because it’s just so darn yummy and I need the iron anyway. I’ll get passionate about a cause then forget about it when the next cause comes along. And so on.
I’m certainly not going to pretend I’m perfect, and I think most people fall into this same trap. We do care, we really really do, but our lives as they have formed in this society can sometimes outweigh our desire to make a better choice. Our day to day requirements can mean that it’s too hard to do that thing we vowed to do, or avoid that thing we vowed to avoid. Or sometimes people get so overwhelmed they just say, “I give up!’ and do nothing.
I think that, at the age of 29, I’ve become rather conventional now. I mean, if you don’t take into account the whole witch thing, or the facial piercings I still have (can’t quite bring myself to part ways with my labret or nose rings yet). So what this blog will also be about is just one normal chick trying to live a normal life, but trying to do it in a better way.
Trying to find the way of living conventionally without destroying the environment, or overusing resources. Is it even possible? Time will tell. When I make discoveries I want to share them with you, so in your own lives, with all the things you have to think about and all stresses that are involved, you can know you are making a little bit of a difference. Likewise if you also have a discovery please tell me so I can give it a shot.
Here’s to a great blog. *clink*