Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Celebrating Imbolc

Okay, so one of my resolutions, as you have seen, is to celebrate the 8 sabbats. For those reading who do not know, I'm a baby pagan, and for some (but certainly not all) pagans there are 8 times of the year that are considered sacred.  We have the four Quarter days which mark the equinoxes and the solstices (which show the progression of the Wheel of the Year and the seasons and all the good nature stuff that our society tends to forget). Those days are Ostara (Vernal Equinox), Litha or Midsummer (Summer Solstice), Mabon (Autumnal Equinox) and Yule (Winter Solstice).  Then there are the Cross-Quarter Days, or the four Fire Festivals. Those Festivals are Beltaine (or May Day), Lughnasadh (August 1st), Samhain (Halloween), and Imbolc (the christian version is called Candlemas). Now, not EVERY pagan celebrates EVERY Sabbat, but as my spiritual life begins to blossom I've decided to take an active role in each of the Sabbats.  I feel like doing this will increase my religious/spiritual knowledge.  I don't want to be one of those people who says "Oh yeah, I'm Pagan/Christian/Jewish/pick a religion, but I don't really practice." I feel like that's a cop-out. Spirituality should be active!  I don't think you should believe something blindly, and I feel like a lot of people say they are a part of a religion because someone tells them to, not because they actually believe in the tenets of their faith or because they have a deep knowledge and connection to it.  That drives me crazy!  It's like when someone says they're Christian, but they don't read the bible, don't go to church, don't do any Christian activities or even know the 10 commandments. You can believe in a Christian God if you want, but if you wanna call yourself a Christian, you gotta do some of the work! But I digress. I want to be the kind of person that seeks out spiritual truths, not just sits there like a bump on a log. So I'm gonna learn more about these Holidays-- why they are celebrated, how they are celebrated, etc-- and I'm gonna celebrate all of them.  And the first one coming up is Imbolc.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Was Kinda Cool, Once

Just a little blast from my past for you all to enjoy.  The clip above is the Girl's Quartet that I was a part of my Senior year in high school.  We were pretty awesome.

This is a clip from the same group of concerts as the clip above.  The two songs sung in this clip are El La Don Don and Riu Riu Chiu, both in old Spanish. Me and one of my besties, Natalie, have solos in the second song. Feel free to fast-forward to that one.

This last clip is actually from a Color Guard show I was in my Junior year of high school. I dunno how good we were (we obviously weren't in the advanced group) but I loved being in Color Guard, and I was the captain of our team my Junior and Senior year; plus, at one point in the clip I do a toss with my rifle that kinda rocks my world.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Things to Keep Me Busy This Year

Okay, so I've kinda been on the New Year's Resolution band wagon for the past few years, and every year I either forget what I'd promised myself at the beginning of the year, or I eventually fail.  Well, I shouldn't say fail; I find a million ways to not do what I'd originally intended.  So this year, as I began to think of my resolutions (I know, I'm always procrastinating), I decided to just go for it and make a list.  So I began to think of all the things I wanted to accomplish this year, and I came up with 35 things for 2012. Yes, that's correct. THIRTY-FIVE. And to make myself more accountable, I'm posting them on here, and I'm gonna provide updates on how I'm doing with them monthly (which is one of my resolutions-- how perfect!).  So here it is, for all to see; my list of New Year's Resolutions, 2012 style:

Back In Action

I know, it's been awhile since I last posted.  I've had a wild couple of months, and let's be honest, the holiday season sure makes me lazy!  So I've taken a little hiatus from the blogosphere to meddle in reality-- the laughs, the tears, the fighting and the feasting.  I had a satisfactory winter break, and I hope you did the same.  A few updates before we move on with what I wanted to post:

My grandfather is currently in the hospital.  He's been there since early December, so it's been hard attempting to enjoy myself while knowing that he is suffering. I visit him in the hospital every couple of days, and it's been really difficult for me because I just hate hospitals.  They are so full of death and sadness it's surprising no one goes mad in there (actually, I'm sure people just lose their minds in there). Add to that the slightly traumatic experience I had yesterday as I witnessed a doctor tell a group of people their grandmother died, and I'd say I've had just about enough of hospitals, thank you very much (if you wanna know more about what happened, leave a comment or message me on facebook). However, I will keep going and supporting my family as we navigate the turbulent waters of sickness and grief for as long as they need me.  It's been rough, I'm not gonna lie.

I just started spring semester at Mills. And with my current class schedule, I will be a busy bee working on my senior thesis, so don't be surprised if I'm not on here much. Well, I'll be updating at least once a month, but if I go some weeks without a peep, please forgive me, as I am working to eventually graduate and receive my Bachelor's degree.  And don't you want to support those who are seeking to better themselves through higher education?

Okay, I gotta go. Class starts in 15 minutes. Wish me luck!