Journal · Nature · Social Media

Tuesday

It’s getting cold and windy outside, but earlier I went to pick up cat food in a short-sleeved shirt. In January. This has bee the most un-wintery winter yet, and it’s sad to know that’s not going to change.

The roadrunners showed up as usual, sunning themselves in the yard after the cold night. When their wings are spread and you see them from the back, they’re tiny! I love it when they raise the feathers on top of their heads.

They like to sit on the chair and look in the window; drives the cat absolutely NUTS. 😂 Yes, I need to wash the windows.

One of my friends online contracted Covid and I’ve been sending her light. She says it helps her sleep, and helps a bit with her lungs and sinuses, too. I wish I could do a session or two and cure people, but that’s out of my wheelhouse. At least I can do a little to help alleviate the situation.

Today’s the 4th day without my evening stress-relief, beer. I stopped in December for a while, but also started eating plant-based, nearly vegan, and it was too much, especially when the iron supplements I’m taking kicked my ass. Those things are brutal, with or without food. I’m really over drinking, and am determined to succeed. I’ve been posting some things on my Instagram account, and followed some sober feeds for inspiration. I still have mixed feelings about Instagram (Zuck, man….jeez), but some of the communities there are wonderful and helpful. Plus, pretty pictures for the win.

Speaking of social media, I’m staying off Twitter tomorrow. The insanity is at a new level and I can’t bear to watch what that man is doing to our democracy with the help of his lackeys. If he succeeds by some stretch of what-the-hell tomorrow, I don’t want to learn about it til the next day. It won’t change anything, but at least I’d have one last day of semi-peace, right?

And now, I’m off to listen to podcasts and set up my planner for next week.

Be safe and wear a mask!

Much love,

Pip

Journal · Social Media

Linktree

When I had Instagram, I used Linktree and it was exclusive to Instagram. Now you can use it on any site, and that’s fantastic! You can add multiple links to it, including your latest blog post, particular categories (cooks link to things like breads, dinners, breakfast, etc). And you can change it at any time, so if you add a new social media site, or drop one, it’s all in one place. Easy-peasy!

Click here to check out any of the links!

Energy Healing · Journal · Social Media

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: 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!

 

Divination · Energy Healing · Journal · Misc · Nature

Summer Solstice

The past weeks have been…I don’t really think there is a word for it. I’m sure another language has the perfect word for being horrified, despairing, raging, and heartbroken all in one, but I don’t know what it is.

Today, though, today is the solstice. When we have the longest day of the year. Tons of sun. Which, quite frankly, for someone living in the high desert of the southwest, is not necessarily a good thing. Melting comes to mind.

You know what, I’m going to be honest…I had a post all ready in my head about the balance of day and night, how it was the Hanged Man, the still point…and then as I started writing this, I realized I had the wrong time of the year. Yes, I’ve been that distracted lately. I find myself driving and getting lost in my head, as if I’m daydreaming; I go to the grocery store and almost start wandering aimlessly, as if I’ve lost my memory.

I haven’t, but it feels like it. Concentrating is difficult lately, and I’m finding that sometimes when I stand up it feels as if I’ve sprained one ankle or the other, and I haven’t. A friend with fibro says it’s a symptom of it, and all I can think is, great, yet another pain.

Oh, I restarted my Instagram account because I needed the app on my phone for the bookstore’s account, and well…in for a penny, in for a pound, right? As soon as I posted about the free sessions, I received an email that someone had bought a cup of coffee/aka sparkling water. Yeah, the power of Instagram is amazing, so I’m trying to use it more. Plus, Twitter, which I love, is so full of everything that’s going on, and pictures are a nice distraction quite frankly.

I hope you’re all doing well.

With hope,

Pip

©Pip Miller – June 2018

PS: Did you see A Knight’s Tale?

~Kate: With hope. Love should end with hope. My husband, God rest him, told me something I’ll never forget.

(in a letter): Hope guides me. It is what gets me through the day and especially the night. The hope that after you’re gone from my sight it will not be the last time I look upon you.~

So my sign off will now be “With hope”. I’ve always loved that bit of the movie.

Divination · Filofax · Journal · Nature

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!

Books · Filofax · Journal · Paganism

The Filofax Itch

…and other non-Filofax thoughts.

At the end of last year I wasn’t in the position to purchase new Filofax inserts, so I picked up a planner at Walgreens. It’s about 5×7, has big pages and print…and the pages fit perfectly in my A5 Filofax Chameleon.

Every time I open the planner, I have the urge to tear all the pages out and put them in the Chameleon, but the thought of punching holes, one by one because I don’t have a hole punch that does this configuration, is exhausting. But boy, that Chameleon is calling to me! The pages are too big for my Personal Malden (unless I also cut the pages down to size), but the definitely call out to be out of their binder. Pretty as it is.

What is a body to do?? Lol

In other news, a friend sent me a link to this great post by Starhawk, which is all committing to regeneration in the face of what is going on in the US. This friend is also the only person I know who is actually sanguine about the situation, as she sees the need for the dissolution of so much that is wrong so that we can build newer and better. I see her point, but I’ll be honest, I’m still terrified.

I just watched Arwen’s Tarotscope for this week, and the affirmation she came up with, “Today I create peace” is a really wonderful one. With so much fear and stress, doing what little bit we can to create peace is very important. What ways can you do that in your world? I’m trying not to RT as many tweets about what’s going on, not to ignore it, but to honor those in my timelines who are triggered terribly by all of this. I was a bit crazy with the RTs for a while (I could, and still can NOT fathom all of this), and I had to slow down, even for me. I was giving myself anxiety, and that’s not helpful at all.

I began doing more energy healing on myself, alleviating those feelings and doing my best to bring calm and peace into my head and body. It was the only other thing I could think of! 🙂 I am happy to help anyone else who could use some of that in their life, too.

I’m trying to spend a bit less time online, and took out some great books from the library. I just finished The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and next up is The Marriage of Opposites. The Dovekeepers was amazing, and I’ll be on the lookout for it at my favorite bookstore.

How are you coping with the non-stop barrage?

Oh! Almost forgot! My friend Ronda, she of the fantastic malas, responded to a tweet of mine about trading a session for a Pussy Hat. Yes, the ones worn at the Women’s March. I received it last week and it’s so cool! It’s multiple colors for #solidarityindiversity, which is fantastic! Sadly, it’s been too warm to wear it so far. But I will!

pussyhat2

Take care all, and be kind to yourselves.

Much love,

Pip 🙂

©Pip Miller – February 2017

Journal · Social Media

Fall Hiatus

As of today, I’m taking a break from everything but nice, quiet Instagram. This election is just too much to take these days. Plus, fall ushers in a time of letting go and invites quiet and contemplation. Both of which I need right now. So if you’re on IG, see you there! If not, catch you in November!

Divination · Journal

I Created a Tarot Spread!

It’s quick, easy, and I’m calling it, “Pip’s Short and Sweet Spread” (I think everyone who creates card spreads should include their name so credit can be given, don’t you?).

It’s 4 cards, lay them out however you like – I rarely used the layout of different spreads I’m using – and this is how it works:

Card one is the answer to your question.

Card two is the ‘because’ of the answer.

Card three is the ‘so’ what next.

Card four is the ‘and then’.

©Pip Miller

For example:

What can expect if I do x?

10 Swords:  Overwhelm, too much, exhaustion.

10 Cups: Because I need time with my family.

Fool: So, make your decision, start fresh, and go for it.

Empress: And then you’ll have the time to bring new life into your situation.

See? Short and sweet, but full of information!

It can actually be used with a question such as, “Should I….”. I know tarot readers dislike yes/no questions overall, but sometimes you really need an answer and this will work for that.

So for the above, you’d have something like:

Should I do x? 

Yes, you’re done, you’re over what’s going on, and you need to head towards that light in the distance.

Because, it will bring more happiness to your family situation.

So take the leap and trust your decision.

And then things will grow and progress in an abundant way.

A slightly different take, but with that shift from ‘what to expect’ to ‘should I’, it’s a more defined answer in some ways.

If you use this spread, tag it with #PipsShortandSweet on Instagram or Twitter! I’d love to see what you think of it. 🙂

©Pip Miller – June 2016

Energy Healing · Journal · Misc

Happy April!!!

It’s snowing here! Lightly, but still. It’s April! All the flowers and trees are in full bloom, the grass is growing…and it’s snowing. Mother Nature’s giant April Fool’s joke. 😉

The other day I was pondering life and all that goes with it, and I came across this blog post by Alexandra Franzen, called He’s Waiting. She’s Listening. In it she discusses when she began blogging and feeling like what she was writing wasn’t making any difference. And then something amazing happened, and she remembered the truth of writing:

“The truth, which is:

If you write something and share it — and your words help one human being to experience a better day, or a better life — then your work is a tremendous success.

And also,

You never, ever know how your words might influence someone else’s life.”

I have felt insignificant many times over the years, both as a blogger and a healer, and that post really hit home and sent me thinking. What I write here will, as the subtitle says, be “a little of this, a little of that”, because, well, that’s how I roll. Things catch my interest and I want to tell someone!

I’ve missed blogging, and plan to do much more of it. I promise not to inundate you, though!

I hope you continue to follow along, and please, if you’re in need of a healing boost, check out website, see how I can help you (even from across the world!), and let’s get you feeling better, ok? OK! 🙂

©Pip Miller – April 2016

PS: after today, these posts will no longer be forwarded to G+ or Twitter during the month of April. So if you’re interested in the blog, please follow via email, on WP, or through Bloglovin’. And you can find me on my favorite obsession, Instagram!

Also, I found this in one of my older posts, and it cracked me up all over again! Dear Blogger, You Are Doing It Wrong.

Much love to you all!

Books · Business · Journal

Boosting An Independent Bookstore’s Signal

I once had my dream job: I worked at a small, independently owned used-books store*. It’s the coolest place: a converted house with a couple of add-ons to the back, making it an L-shaped warren of rooms.

©Pip Miller

I had that job for 9 years and 10 months. Yes, even after 10 years, I remember the exact time. It’s the longest I’ve ever worked anywhere, and if I hadn’t been so stupid, I’d still be there.

The back rooms.
The back rooms.

But I made the fateful -and incredibly callous at the time- decision to quit, because, as with those of us who get lost in our own worlds are prone to do, I thought changes in my life were so utterly important that my needs outweighed my boss’s. Bad hobbit. Very bad.

I immediately regretted my decision for two reasons, the second being that I couldn’t stand my new job. Or the one after that, or after that, or…

Terry Pratchett quote
Terry Pratchett quote

The first reason involves penance and karma, both of which I will gladly pay for the next however many lifetimes it takes. No, I’m not being dramatic; it’s deserved, believe me.

Mysteries, lots of mysteries!
Mysteries, lots of mysteries!

Why am I bringing this up? Well, for a variety of reasons – most important of all, not showing up when Googled – business at my favorite place could use a boost, and I’m doing what I can to help. I’ve begun an Instagram account for her, set up a G+ Page and am waiting for the code to verify the business so she shows up in Google searches. She also has a FB page and a Twitter account. As I’m managing these now (and she dislikes FB as much as I do), that account won’t be getting any updates except maybe Instagram pictures, and G+ is mainly for the searches, but I’ll most likely get Twitter going again as soon as I get the log-in info from the person who started it. *update: Twitter is up and running!

It feels so good to be able to help, and I’m using the popularity of Breaking Bad as part of the draw to her store, as it is directly across the street from Walter White’s car wash. 😉 Whatever works, right?

Walter White's car wash
Walter White’s car wash

So please, check out the accounts, and if you’re ever in ABQ, stop on by!

* Why are they called “used bookstores”? The store isn’t used, the books are!

©Pip Miller – October 2015