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Summer Magic: A Journal of a Seasonal Shift in My Life

The magic of yarrow flowers and their healing properties + blue skies
Today, I'm writing about my rich experiences of summer magic and this is a journal of a seasonal shift in my life.  I plan on evaluating my life through every season, kinfolk style!  This summer has been a rich, rewarding learning experience and spiritual journey.  But, it took some bumps and bruises along the way to figure it out.

Have you ever went through a period of life where you're so lost and confused that you lost yourself along the way?  This summer, I went through a major identity crisis.  In fact, I went through a brand identity crisis with my lifestyle blog.  Lately, I have found acceptance with myself and who I am and I'm ready to embrace the warmth and comfort of being myself.

I haven't really talked about it, but I left Florida for the summer.  I was invited to my mom and stepfather's summer home in Rhode Island.  I went into it with bright hopes and dreams for the future, only to have them dashed.  It turns out, I am highly allergic to the New England environment.  I have spent most of my summer on prednisone and barely unable to leave the house for fear of having an asthma attack again.

Surprisingly, in the midst of all this chaos, I found myself.  I took a crappy situation and used it as an opportunity to turn things around.  It was touch and go for a minute, especially before my medicine came in, but now I'm back and in full force.  I've had a lot of time to think about things and get clear about what I want.

There are so many things that have already happened this summer that I almost don't know where to start.  It's all been building up and accumulating.  I'd say one of the biggest things that happened this summer is that I've changed.

When I go back to Florida in a month, I'll be a different woman than what I started with.  Not just different, but better somehow.

I've really been working on self-improvement and building my confidence and faith.  It's taken a lot of willpower and determination to get to where I am, but I'm in a good place now.  I'm at peace with myself.

I've gained a great deal of clarity about who I am and what I want in life which is no easy feat.  I took the time to explore things about myself that I didn't like so I could either get rid of them or change the picture I was showing myself.

One of the things that really helped me to wipe the slate clean was working with Goddess Kali Ma.  I plan on devoting an entire post to Goddess Kali soon because if you let her in, she can help you too!  In case you're not familiar with this goddess, Goddess Kali is the mother goddess of darkness and destruction.  Sounds scary, doesn't it?

Don't let the images of Kali with dead bodies and severed heads fool you.  This Hindu goddess is more than meets the eye!  Goddess Kali will clear away all that no longer serves you.  This includes any and all things holding you back, including destructive patterns in your life.

I worked with Goddess Kali Ma for a week straight, writing letters to the universe with her in mind every morning.  I tried to cover every aspect of my life in individual letters.  I won't lie, it was grueling.  My biggest tip for working with her is to get out of your own way and let her go to work!  You'll feel an instant surge of energy coursing through your veins.

I always say to call on Goddess Kali with a disclaimer.  She's a no-nonsense type of goddess who gets things done quickly.  Do not call on her lightly, unless, like me, she's one of your patrons.  Kali is not afraid to get in there and get her hands dirty to clear away old conditions ad beliefs.  Working with her helped me to take responsibility for my life.

Why, just this morning, I called on Goddess Kali Ma to help me with some of my destructive patterns and beliefs about my weight, body, and relationship with food.  She's fast-acting and wonderful to work with.

This summer, I continue to wipe the slate clean in my business and personal life.  I owned up to my past mistakes, I've made amends with people I've hurt in the past, and I'm really making strides in my spiritual growth.  If you'd like to do the same, call on Goddess Kali today!
Flowering Yarrow Plants and Herbs in Florida While Spending Time in Nature

Gratitude Magic: It's the Little Things

Once I was able to breathe again, I started working on my gratitude and have come to realize that it's one of the most important things in life you can work on.  Sometimes, you think you're grateful, only to learn you really weren't.  That's what happened to me.  The good news is that I was able to turn it around with ease and grace!

You can read more about gratitude magic here.  Every morning, I have a ritual of morning affirmations with a gratitude list that grounds my energy for the day.  I'll be honest, I always knew gratitude lists worked for me, but I didn't really believe in affirmations.  I always thought it was a bunch of malarkey and didn't see how it could work.  Guess what?  I couldn't be more wrong!

Affirmations get into your subconscious and psyche on a soul level.  At first, you write your affirmations out and they don't really resonate with you.  But, if you stick with it and keep going, those kind words you say to yourself really begin to sink in.  The more you say them, the more they mean to you, the more you believe them.

The key to writing out affirmations is to find word combinations that are meaningful to you.  You'll find words that resonate with you on a deep-down spiritual level.  You can tell they resonate by the way they make you feel.

Here are the affirmations that I write every morning and sometimes in the evening before bedtime too.  I built this list up gradually over time.  I keep adding to it when I feel inspired.  You're welcome to borrow mine or create your own!

Morning Affirmations

  • I am safe and I am loved
  • Aham Prema. Aham Prema.  Aham Prema.  It means "I am Divine Love."
  • I am head-over-heels in love with myself
  • I am healthy, wealthy, and strong
  • I am beautiful inside and out
  • I am beauty and grace
  • I am beloved by everyone around me
  • I am lucky, blessed, and fortunate
  • I am rich beyond my wildest dreams
  • I am blessed beyond belief
  • I am a rich, successful businesswoman
  • Money follows me wherever I go!
  • Money comes to me easily and frequently
Do I still struggle with gratitude?  Of course!  I'm human.  I'm still going to have good days and bad days, just like anyone else.  Gratitude keeps me grounded and sets the tone for the entire day.  It sounds cheesy like it's just a bunch of positive jargon, but it really works by seeping into your subconscious and plucking your beliefs.  

What I've come to realize is that gratitude is a lifestyle.  I used to only use gratitude when I wanted something from the universe because I knew it was a tried and true method that worked.  Then, as soon as I got what I wanted, I'd fall back on my old ways.  Moving forward, I plan on using gratitude as a daily staple for the rest of my life.  

Again, some days are stronger than others.  I have a lifetime of programming that I'm trying to undo.  I have mood swings, hormones, and depression that I'm trying to contend with, but gratitude is my go-to girl for stability and comfort!
Yarrow Healing Properties + Yarrow Magic Spell

Yoga Life: My Transition Into Full-Time Yogini

I've learned a lot this summer and one of the things I've learned is that all this time that I wanted to go full-time as a yogini, my intuition was correct.  I have a lengthy history with yoga, dating back to my late twenties when I used to practice yoga poses with my brother.  I rekindled my love of yoga recently with the Down Dog App, which you can read more about in this post.  

Yoga, much like hiking, is part of my daily staples.  It keeps me grounded.  I feel calm, determined, and balanced.  Just like with gratitude, yoga is a lifestyle.  As soon as I started back in with yoga, I decided to dedicate my life to the practice.  

I try to practice every day, even when I get my moon, even if it's just ten-minutes of restorative yoga.  When I find my practice wavering, I ground myself by going back to the start.  I'd rather do something every single day, no matter how small, than nothing at all.

One of the great things about yoga is that it's intuitive.  It helps you listen to your body.  If I've pushed myself beyond my limits physically, I adjust and make changes.  That might mean taking one day off a week or scaling back to restorative yoga.  

Before I started yoga, I used to have this all or nothing attitude when it came to fitness.  This made for a lot of inconsistency in my workouts.  With yoga, I feel like consistency is key.  It happens naturally over time.  Suddenly, I've found myself craving yoga even on lazy days.  

In addition to the physical nature of yoga, it's really improved my mindset and well-being overall.  I feel calm, balanced, and happier.  It's also made me feel the warmth of acceptance of myself.

For example, yoga has made me much more aware of how I berate my body and the lies I tell myself.  I can't say it's eradicated "fat" thoughts completely, but it has made me feel more comfortable in my own skin.  Sometimes, just being observant and aware that we have body image issues can help us move past them.

When I do strength-training, I tend to focus on what my body looks like, how flat and toned my abs are, and how lean I look.  I tend to focus on the surface of my body.  With yoga, I tend to accept my body the way it is and keep going.  It's really kind of beautiful when you think about it.

If you're on the fence with whether or not to start a yoga practice, let me put your mind at ease.  It's wonderful!  Every single day feels like a simple new adventure with yoga in your heart.  It's a non-judgemental fitness regime that is spiritually balanced and mindful.  

If you're worried about your weight and what you look like in a yoga class, don't!  I personally do yoga from home, but even in classes, people are there for the right reasons.  Every single person had to start at the beginning, just like you.  People in yoga class come in all different shapes and sizes.  As a spiritual practice, it's a safe, loving, non-judgemental environment to break a sweat.

Tips For Getting Started With Yoga

  • Call on Goddess Parvati, learn how here.  She is the Hindu goddess of mountains and yoga!
  • Start small.  Don't overwhelm yourself.  Just take the first step and begin!  With yoga, it's about putting one step in front of the other.  It's a journey, not a race.
  • Read, "The Heart of Yoga" by T.K.V. Desikachar.  It's an everything yoga book!
  • Create a morning practice and routine.  While I do sometimes practice yoga in the afternoon or evenings, as a rule, it's part of my morning rituals.  It's just a great way to start the day!
Yarrow Flowers Commonly Found in Florida on Hammock Trail in Dunedin, Florida

Rededicating My Life's Work to Blogging Full-Time

One of my biggest struggles has been figuring out what I want to do with my life.  I mean, on some level I already knew, but my worries about money kind of took over at some point.  When I stopped worrying and gave my trust to god, that's when I came to a place of peace and acceptance in myself.  

I realized I was stuck in a pattern of worrying about how to make money and trying to create a self-sustaining business model, which completely took the joy out of blogging.  In fact, it got so bad, I almost gave it up.  I kept trying to make money this way and that way, only to keep burying myself deeper in the struggle.  What I've come to realize is that when it's the "right" way, it will come from a place of inspiration for you.  

When that happened, I felt my mindset shift.  I felt all my struggles melt away.  It came down to admitting what I really wanted and what makes me happy.  Blogging makes me happy.  Creating quality content and taking photographs bring great passion and joy to my life.  

I determined that meant maybe being open to the possibilities of trying to make money in new and exciting ways.  I always thought that I'd be a "sell-out" if I went with sponsored posts and ads.  I don't feel that way anymore!  It's about the quality of those sponsored post and working with brands that are a natural fit for my work ethos.  

Moving forward, I plan to collaborate with more sponsors.  You can take a look at my sponsor page here if you're interested.  I'll be updating some of my facts and figures and creating pricing points because ideally, I'd like to work with little brands on a budget as well as big-name brands too.  

I thought I had to make products to be a blogger and maybe I will, in the distant future.  For now, I really want to work on engaging and building an audience.  I want to build a close-knit community of spiritually likeminded individuals that are friends who are like family to me.  In fact, it's one of my goals!

I feel good about this shift in my mindset.  I feel like I can be myself now, instead of trying to do a million things at once by myself.  I forget sometimes that Everyday Laurali Star is run by one person and that's me.  

I've also figured out that I am a lifestyle blog.  I run the gamut on spirituality, wellness, hiking, and lifestyle design topics, but my thread runs deep.  I want to get back to journaling and writing about the shifting seasons of my life, in addition to curating new vegan recipes and writing about which goddess, angel, or fairy I'm working with lately. 

I wouldn't take starting a blog lightly, but at the same time, I would never let that keep you from starting a blog in the first place.  It depends on what your motivations are.  For me, I heal people with words.  I feel like me blogging is for the highest good of everyone, so if I earn money through a sponsored post or an affiliate link or perhaps by getting ad clicks, then the better I am able to serve people.  

If you're in service to others, you can never go wrong with that!  It means you are running a heart-based business where a community can grow and thrive.  

My Tips For Starting a Blog 

  • Find the right blogging platform for you.  It took me years of searching high and low and I've come to find that blogger is the right platform for me.  It's also a free platform.  You're going to hear a lot of people say WordPress is where you should start, but let your heart lead you on making this decision.  You know what's best for you and your business!
  • Use social media carefully.  You're going to hear a lot of conflicting advice when it comes to blogging, especially in regards to social media platforms.  Choose your marketing plan with precision.  Choose one or two social media networking sites and build on them.  For bloggers, I highly recommend Pinterest to grow your business! 
  • Write what you know.  If I were you, I wouldn't take on things that are difficult to research and write about, unless you are up for the challenge.  Choose a niche or lifestyle topics that naturally come to you and that you feel passionate about.
  • Find your angle.  There's only one you and you have a unique voice and a story to tell.  Use your unique lens on the world to filter out stories, crafts, and projects that could potentially help someone.  You might be writing about the same topic as someone else, but it's your unique point-of-view that will shine through.
  • Monetize from the beginning.  This is where I messed up.  I started my first blog way back in 2010 when there wasn't a lot of information out there.  I knew I wanted to make money blogging but didn't have a plan of action.  Even if you're not sure whether to monetize, look for little and big ways to do so.  It could turn from a writing hobby to a full-time career!
  • Use your own photography.  Nothing upscales a blog like using your own photographs with your signature photography style.  This lends a professional tone to your blog, which is likely to gain more readership and sponsorship.  Besides your writing style, your photography style brands your blog.  Again, it's like your own unique view on the world!
  • Take your time.  Rome wasn't built in a day and you're only one person trying to do it all.  There's a lot of hard work that goes into blogging that most mere mortals don't know about.  We make it look easy, but it's not for the faint of heart.  Be prepared to roll your sleeves up and get to work!  
  • Be an authority.  Be an authority on a cause or something you care about.  They can even overlap.  For example, on this blog, I fuse plant-based eating and sustainability with vegan recipes.  I'm also an authority on slow living, spirituality (as a faerie shaman), and pretty much anything to do with hiking and spending time in nature.  See?  It's a fusion of topics that blend well together.  
The shifting seasons of my life with magical yarrow ingredients for a love spell

Summer Magic: A Journal of a Seasonal Shift in My Life

As you can see, the magic of summer is in full bloom!  Granted, there's still some season left in this sweet summer child, but I feel good about where I'm at right now.  Summer is coming to an end and soon enough, autumn will be closing in.

There's a long, lingering warmth and sweetness to the days that are left.  I'll be going back home to Florida soon and I'm ready.  I miss my life there.  It's nice to be able to go back knowing that there was some takeaway.  I learned a lot about myself while I was here.  I came here to gain clarity and now it shines through me like a glint in the sun.  

I really enjoyed writing this post because I believe that the seasons of life are worth celebrating, even when things head south for the winter.  Plus, this is my first blog post in a really long time.  It feels so good to write again and get back to being myself.  

It's my way of saying hello to the blog again and greeting it with warmth and love.  I know that focusing on writing full-time is where the magic is at for me.  I'll be spending the weekend fixing broken links and generating recipes that needed to be updated for SEO and Google-Friendliness.  Even though those are my least favorite part of the job, it feels good to get the work done.  

Getting some things crossed off my blogging to-do list leaves room for crafting more stories, creating vegan-friendly recipes, and putting together more outfits with wearable nature.  All the things that I love to do!


For more blogging resources, click here.

For all yoga articles, click here.

For vegan recipes, click here.  It's a work in progress!

What did you learn about yourself this summer?  Did you go on any vacations or stay at home?  Do tell in the comments!  I'm always excited to see how other people enjoy long, lazy summers.
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