Everyday Laurali Star

Life As a Solitary Green Witch!

Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.
Palm Harbor, FL, USA

Currently: Lifelong Learning as a Free Spirit


Vintage Yellow Tin Trailer With Bright Pink Hot House Flowers
 I've always enjoyed reading current posts on my favorite indie lifestyle blogs.  It always gave me a strong sense of nostalgia, as you know the moment in this person's life would soon be over and pass us by.  It's nice to have something to look back and reflect on.  To see how you've grown as a person and evolved over the years.


We are not just one person in a lifetime, we are many.  It's nice to look back and see who we used to be, what we left behind, and how we took what we needed with us, packed tightly in our red vintage suitcase on the journey through life.  Without further ado, here is my first currently post.  Enjoy!

I am currently lifelong learning as a free spirit.  It's a process that never stops.  It's unending, like a long, winding road and I'm okay with that.  What does this mean for me?  It means that I've finally gotten to a place in life where things aren't perfect, but they are perfectly okay.  Things are good.  I'm happy.

It also means that I'm ready to settle down and make a go of this business of blogging.  The only way to do that is to take all the knowledge and wisdom I've accumulated in the last decade and pour it into this blog.  I'm a free spirit and when I tried to conform and use the social media networks that everyone else is using, it is like someone has clipped my butterfly wings.  It simply means that I have to start following my own path in life.

This means I'm currently making some big changes.  I'm ready to step forward, into the light.  So many of my past choices and the entrapment I felt were fear-based.  My gut tells me that it's time to settle down and make a home, on this blog and in my personal life too.

Lately, I've been thinking about what I want out of life.  Believe it or not, knowing who you are and what you want are the most difficult things in the world.  Once you've got that down pat, it's like there's a chorus of angels singing in your head.  Suddenly, everything is crystal clear and you're able to move forward again.  That's exactly where I am right now, at this moment.  That is my current state of mind.

As far as blogging goes, I'm ready to stop playing a victim and take a more responsible, active role as a business owner and blogger.  It means doing what feels right for me and my business.  For my personal life, it means that I'm open to rich experiences and meeting new people.  It means that I'm opening my heart to love again.  You can read a little about it here.  I am finally at a point in my life again where I am ready to settle down and get married and build a charmed life with somebody special.

These are huge developments in my life.  I lost myself for a long time.  I didn't really know who I was or what I wanted anymore, because I was shifting, transforming.  Suddenly, I see.  Everything is clear.  Things are starting to make sense.  I am moving up to a new level, both spiritually and emotionally.  I can finally be myself, after all the trials and tribulations.  I am currently following my heart, trusting the universe, and living in grace, a little more each day.
Wooden Fence in Residential Neighborhood of Florida With Pink Flowers and a Hot Tin Roof With Sunshine Yellow Paint

Currently: Lifelong Learning As a Free Spirit

Innovation - I am currently working on the Everyday Laurali Star blog.  It's hard work, but I know that it will be worth it in the long run.  I have come to a powerful resting place in my life, where I'm starting to understand more clearly what I want out of blogging.  It's taken me nearly a decade to figure it out, but here I am, letting the new picture emerge on the blog.

Renovations:
  • I moved my old blog posts to this blog, so that means fixing all the broken links, alt title on pictures, and working on SEO.  This may take me a couple days, but I am working through the blog slowly.
  • I bought a new responsive blogger template.  I used to own this one, but for whatever reason, it didn't look right with my old blog.  So, for a while, I nixed it.  I'm happy I re-bought it.  The features have been upgraded, so it feels like a win-win for me!  What do you think so far?
  • I am working to make money from blogging.  I know this will take a little time, but I've embraced the fact that I am unconventional, in hopes that it will work in my favor.  For example, I am currently working on an inexpensive sponsorship program for smaller blogs and Etsy shops who just want to get their name out there.  

Social Fluttering - I am currently narrowing down my social media vision.  I have tried almost every social media platform out there and I have decided that I am going to focus on email marketing, Pinterest, and Bloglovin'.  I do plan on writing a post about this soon.  As a slow living blogger, Instagram felt too fast for me.  It's also a little cutthroat.  Despite all that, I actually did like Instagram, but it's not a good fit for me.  It's too competitive and my inherent worth isn't tied up in followers.  I prefer slow social media where it feels like things are timeless.

Slow Marketing:

  • I am working on a newsletter and plan to really cater to my audience this way.  It's more personal and down-to-earth like me.
  • I started a brand-new Pinterest.  I haven't upgraded to the business account yet, but I will.  I am in the process of creating a marketing plan and planning my boards.  
  • I started a brand-new Bloglovin' account.  I want to start fresh and tailor who I follow to what my current interests are.  I've changed a lot over the years.  Plus, I plan to use it to reach out to smaller blogs and make a more valuable connection.  I'm working towards forging friendships versus just following everybody and their brother.
Slow Living - I am currently trying to slow down and enjoy the moment.  Yes, there are things I want in life that require some ambition and forethought, but I want to focus on moving up the ladder slowly.  For example, I am supposed to go with my mom and stepfather for the summer to Rhode Island, but as its two-months away, I am open to whatever.  I am a free spirit and sometimes I thrive on letting life unfold organically.  I am trying to take my time and not overwhelm myself.

How I'm Doing That:
  • Taking nature walks almost every single day.  I would do this anyway, but I'm more intentional about it.
  • Listening to indie music and creating incredible playlists based on the feelings or vibes they give me.
  • Writing and taking pictures whenever I feel like it.  Again, I'm not a planner.  I enjoy living in the moment and I'm trying to do things when I feel like it, not because its on the schedule or whatever.
Currently:
  • Listening to Goodpain by Yoke Lore and falling in love with his voice.
  • Reading King Arthur and His Knights by Sir James Knowles.  I have the leather-bound 1986 print edition of it.  Illustrated by Louis Rhead.  
  • I'm wearing my comfy clothes, sans makeup.  Didn't sleep well last night.
  • Watching Good Girls.  My oldest daughter got me into it.  It's pretty addicting!
  • Obsessed with spring cleaning.  I just bought a new paisley shower curtain this week.
  • Learning to sleep naturally.  I'm on day three now.  This means, no sleeping pills or anything.  Learning to sleep the old-fashioned way is harder than you think, but I've made the decision to do it, so I'm sticking with it.
  • Nesting.  I guess this goes back to the spring cleaning thing, but I've been enjoying spending quality time by myself in my little apartment by the sea lately.
  • Craving grapefruits.  The smell of grapefruits sends me through the roof!
  • Reading the Field and Nest blog.  It's a great blog about slow living and I love Emma Lavelle's take on being an influencer.  She's awesome!
  • Mentally prepping myself for taking my strength training workout to the next level.  I even took a few days off from working out, just to slow down and listen to my body.
How about you?  What are you currently up to?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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