I stopped swapping for a couple of years because of the amount of things that were going on in my life and my ability to afford things like the postage, the time and the energy, but I'm back and looking to slowly get back to avid swapping of the electronic variety: especially music swaps!
Long story short: I'm separated on the road of a divorce, I'm learning to nourish myself, and I'm trying to understand why things happen like they do. I just ordered the book, "Sacred Contracts," by recommendation and even the descriptions blew the door wide open for me. I might be in a self-help book rathole, but in the words of a wise woman that I have the fortune to know, "If you gain one thing from each of these experiences, it's totally worth it."
I totally miss the women that I met through swapping/pen-palling and I'm looking to gain some email/blog friends to empower and be empowered.
I'm living with my parents again at 32, and honestly...it kind of rules.
The Four Agreements. If you have not read this book...run to the nearest library or bookstore and do something about it. This is the only book that I have in both print and audiobook that I constantly go back to for reassurance of my path and I've met countless women that have really allowed themselves to be bathed in it's wisdom. This is a life-changing read.
I've self-diagnosed with adult-onset ADD, so sitting through an entire film is difficult for me most of the time, but when I do, I enjoy documentaries about fringe culture, especially. Think, "Cowboy del Amor," or "Plagues and Pleasures of The Salton Sea."
Most of the time, television is background noise, but often I'll focus my attention to documentary-like shows like, "How it's Made," or "Unwrapped." I guess I never really got over that phase of being completely fascinated about how people create things that we use everyday. I can thank Fred Rogers for that, among other things.
I've kind of gotten away from crafting in this transitional period in my life, as I've tried desperately to reduce my clutter and possessions. When you're living in your childhood bedroom, that tends to happen.
With that being said, I have a real appreciation for blogging. Is that a craft? I feel like it is. I've spottily maintained a blog for a while, but with my life change, I've created a new platform to write about whatever the heck I want. It feels good.
Is creating Spotify lists a craft?
Crystals, Aromatherapy Oils, Coffee, Stained Glass, things that look like they were owned by a Grandmother, Lavender, Vinyl, Spotify, Raspberries, Lace Curtains.
I've recently really been into the colour yellow. I'm not sure that it necessary looks great on me, but yellow things have been slowly creeping their way into my life. Yellow is incredibly cheerful and even takes a spiritual meaning in some cultures. I'm probably going to dye my lace curtains yellow and let them greet me every morning. :)
I've started collecting vinyl again and I was blessed to find a few of Harry Belafonte's Carribean music albums. My goodness are they great!
I also joined a vinyl club and my first album is on its way. I am beyond excited. If you collect vinyl, it's pretty awesome. www.vinylmeplease.com
I also bought tickets to Echo and the Bunnymen in September and I am so ecstatic that I'll have the opportunity to see them!
Erryone else in no particular order: Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Sarah Vaughan, Sundara Karma, The Reverend Horton Heat, Batmobile, Koffin Kats, Dick Dale, Link Wray, The J. Geils Band, Hot Chip, Merchandise, The Black Keys, Rise Against, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, The Jam, The Smiths. The List goes on and on...
I recently "discovered" India.Arie through a women's retreat. Why hasn't she been in my life until now!?
I'm getting back into the realm of swapping and I'm looking for a lot of blog trade/digital swaps at this point. I'm kind of poor and don't have a lot of extra money for postage and goodies, but I'll get there...by hopefully winning the lottery or learning to teleport the mail. Either way would be fine.
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