Living My Convictions

I did it again. I signed up for Instagram. And not even a month later, this showed up on Twitter:

Well, shit. But I stayed. Then yesterday Mark Ruffalo tweeted this:

Enough. While I LOVE the pictures, and I know that many people are only on Instagram now…I can’t do it. It’s quite hypocritical to do all I can to fight facism and then stick around and use a site that promotes and supports it. We tend to divorce Instagram from Facebook, but it’s *right* there when you log on, that Facebook name.

Twitter has it’s own issues, yes, but short of banning a certain someone’s account, it’s trying to do better. I need to remove the Instagram link from my linktree thing and also the menu here on WordPress. And then in a few days, when people are caught up, delete Instagram once and for all. No backsies. Ever.

In happier news, I’ve been sending a *lot* of light, and my menagerie of stuffed animal stand-ins has grown, which is fun. Different ones are suited better for different sessions.

So, I’ll see you on Twitter, and if you need an energetic boost, check out these links!

Stay safe and stay home!

Much love,

Pip 🙂

A Sweet Update

Back in February I posted a testimonial from my mom about a distance session on her foot, and a few days ago she sent me an email.

“Just wanted to tell you that after all this time, my foot still does not hurt like it did. 

I am aware of it now and then, but there is never any real pain.  And it hurt a lot before.”

It was out of the blue, I’d been having a rough day, and instead of going to bed tense and stressed, I went to sleep with a smile on my face.

I never fail to be amazed by the shifts that occur, some long-term like my friend’s hand which hasn’t hurt him once since a brief session 5 or 6 years ago, to an oasis of calm in someone’s hectic day.

If you need an energetic boost, I’m here for you!

With love in these turbulent times,

Pip 🙂

PS: I’ve done it numerous times over the years, always for the same reason, then I’m pulled back, but I simply cannot put more money in Zuck’s pockets in light of his continuing support and promotion of those who want to destroy our democracy, so I have dropped Instagram once and for all. I dropped Facebook years ago, thankfully. I miss all the people who only use Instagram now, but I have to go with my conscience. You can find me on Twitter, though!

PPS: Came across this on Tumblr, and wanted to pass it along! An easy way to donate to causes just by simply opening a browser tab! I haven’t tried it since I don’t have Chrome or Firefox, but I know a lot of you do. It’s called Tab for a Cause. Check it out!

©Pip Miller – June 2020

 

How Are You Holding Up?

I’ll be honest: I had grand plans of cleaning the house top-to-bottom, decluttering like mad, doing stuff in the yard…and I haven’t done a thing. I have simply been exhausted, so very, very exhausted mentally and physically, that I pretty much either read or check Twitter for what’s going on. I’ve run exactly two errands since March 18th, and so am doing my best to stay safe in the midst of others who aren’t as safety conscious. It’s frustrating and scary. Dayna, of The People’s Oracle, posted this on Twitter:

This morning I’m think about men. Women’s friendships tend to be intimate, flexible, and resilient, making this moment generally easier for us to stay connected.

But what about men, whose friendships tend to be centered around activities.

Men, how are y’all holding up?”

Excellent point because the men (not all men, just the ones I know) are acting as if everything is normal, visiting friends and family, high fives, no 6′, no masks….

6′ people, SIX feet! GO HOME!

I’m still trying to make an income, and waiting to see if unemployment is ok’d. All I really want to do is just sit in the sun and send light to people to help them during this awful time (I did send some to help bolster a person’t lungs and it calmed her, too). I’m actually considering making a Facebook account…ick…because Twitter is not, at this time, the place to promote yourself. It’s a cacophony of anger and fear and news and people trying to stay calm and hold steady. So very much going on there.

I’ve read through all the light romances that I have (I love Jenny Colgan!), and am now diving into my fantasy collection. Charles deLint FTW.

I’m being lazy, I fully admit it. I feel lost, scared, and almost incapable of doing more than shower, feed the critters, and sometimes eat. Someone going by Pastor Bae (@lyvonnep) tweeted today,

“this is not “business as usual.”

you are not a business.

you are not your busyness.

you are human.

we are human beings.

let us get back to being.

being is enough.”

That’s about all I can do right now. You? How are you handling staying at home?

Stay safe!

Pip

©Pip Miller – April 2020

PS: My mom posted this comment on my post, Social Isolation and Energy Healing:

“I’m the mom. Please donate. It works, what she does. Don’t know why, and as she said, I am the original skeptic and it worked for me each time. Kid has to eat, so please be generous.”

That made me laugh. 🙂

 

Social Media Ranking: Who Do You Believe?

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m researching better marketing and other things to help build my business, and one of the things I was wondering is which social media sites are the most used? Facebook is first, across the board, but every other site changes rank depending on which site you read.

For instance, this site ranks YouTube 2nd and Instagram 3rd, with Twitter 6th and Tumblr 10th; this has YouTube 2nd, WhatsApp 3rd, Twitter not even on the list (?!), Instagram 6th, and Tumblr 8th, while yet another has Instagram 2nd, Twitter 3rd, and Tumblr 4th.

Outtake from the movie Serenity. Not sure if the © is Universal Studios or Disney

Who do you believe?? How do you choose the best platforms for your business in that case? I read alot that you should use the platform that has your tribe, the one where prospective clients hang out. But how do you know which one that is until you try all of them?? And then there’s living your values, and one of mine is not using Facebook. I still wrestle with Instagram – pictures are fun and everyone is on it! – but still, the work I do doesn’t lend itself well to pictures, and there’s always that white supremacist running the show aspect to deal with.

How did you decide on the platforms you use? Do you use ones you don’t really want to use because of the ‘everyone is on it’ aspect? What happened to Pinterest? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

One last question: where do you feel blogging plays in to all of this? Is it the most important tool in your business? Is it email marketing? Newsletters? None of the above?

With curiosity,
Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – January 2020

 

Calgon Isn’t Helping Anymore

Found this on Instagram:

And yeah…

So much has been going on since my last post, and every time I sit down to write, you know what stops me? SEO. Thinking that I need to write the perfect subject line for SEO. I don’t know about y’all, but it is, as she says, exhausting.

Also, really? Doctor branding?? Just help me feel better, gorramit!!

So simple things first:

Twitter. Still using it, but a bit less because the news is so overwhelming and I’m in complete despair about the direction our country is taking. It was mentioned by a coworker that every single healer he knew has been sick since last year in one way or another. I hear that. Bronchitis twice, abscessed tooth that caused my face to swell up like a grapefruit, and the kicker…I have fibromyalgia.

Yep. I’m a spoonie. And let me tell you: finding out that I have fibro explained SO much that I thought was simply attributed to stress, age, and other things. It’s both a relief and well, it’s fibro. Not much to do about it. Add in my tremors, and medication isn’t really an option. When your mom, who has been sick for 30 years, tells you, “Wow, you’re really fucked up!”, you know shit has done hit the fan. 😉

As a result of being sick so often, I was let go from my job the day before my birthday. *heavy sigh* It was a relief on one hand, because I was causing so much annoyance and disruption by missing days, and on the other hand, well, there went my income. Unemployment is…we won’t even talk about it. I do enjoy being able to pace myself as the day goes on, and I take a lot more “reading breaks”…aka sitting in the sun for hours with a good book…than I was able to before. It’s helping.

It also means I have more time to do lightwork, so that makes me happy. BTW, did you notice that I changed the look of the blog? I think it’s a bit more device-friendly now.

Tumblr. Giving it another whirl, and so far, I like it. The cool thing about Tumblr is that it seems to be a creative space, lots of authors and artists (and witches…oh my goodness, the number of witches!), and three of my favorite authors are there –  Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin, and Claudia Wair (you haven’t heard of my dear friend Claudia? You will!). I’m sure there are more, but I haven’t come across them yet.

—oh, wait, I just went to copy Claudia’s link, and she’s not on Tumblr now. Here’s her website. Keep your eye on her! You can follow her on Twitter, and Instagram, and sign up for her newsletter!

All in all, I think that’s everything since last I wrote. I hope everyone is well – I’ve been bad about checking in to WP and reading blogs of late.

Much love!

©Pip Miller – March 2018

Boosting the Signal

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I’ve added a few more sites to my social media list! My new favorite  is Instagram (this link is wonky and I can’t seem to fix it; there’s a link on the list to the right of this post)..I am in love with this! I love that when you follow someone, what you are seeing is ONLY their pictures; no shares or endless reposts of witty sayings or cats. 😉 It can be linked to Twitter (though I’m having an issue with that), Tumblr, Facebook, and a couple others. Since it’s owned by Facebook, it doesn’t link to G+. 😉

My plan is to send Instagram pics and blog posts to all sites, but beyond that, each site will have its own interaction – I’ve decided to end cross-posting between all of them. On the one hand it makes things easier, but on the other, if you’re following me on more than one site, you end up with repetitious info, and what’s the point in that?

Happy March!!!!!

©Pip Miller – March 2015

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