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#newbeginning2020 Video and Resources

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These are the links I listed in the description of the video for those of you who are LGBTQ+, or an ally of one. Please feel free to add any resource links to the comments if you have any, make the comment section blow up with love, support, diversity, and compassion!


Canadian support groups for LGBTQ people, sorted by city and province: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/category/social-services/sub-category/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-queer/
USA Support, The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ It Gets Better Project: https://itgetsbetter.org/
UK support: https://www.mindout.org.uk/ https://lgbt.foundation/

322. Samhain Family Traditions Vlog ~ Cornmaze, Pumpkin Patch, and more!

Tired, but fulfilled.

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This is me, after working my first shift in a pharmacy in a year and a half. I hadn't been actively seeking work as I was pretty sure no one would want to hire someone with such an erratic schedule, but the job of working between two pharmacies owned by a local couple literally fell into my lap two weeks ago, and I decided to accept. It was kind of crazy how it all worked out, but work out it has. I have the best bosses I could possibly ask for, who know my employment history and are happy to take me with my mish-mashed knowledge and experience. I know I bring a lot of good things to the table where I am, but I also know that due to how my previous employers worked things that I have weak areas too that I will be working to strengthen for a little while.

I'll be working very part-time, but I'm happy with that, because I can still run things at Stellar Tarot just fine. I love having this blog, the YouTube channel and doing readings for my clients and I don't want to st…

As The Earth Begins to Die

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Stones crunch and roll beneath my boots
and the salmon who finished spawning
give up their bodies to the earth
laying like so many offerings on the shore.
The mist that settles in at my collar
collects and makes a sacred trail
down towards my spine.

How can trees that are so wet
look so engulfed in fire
with their leaves change from
alive, to breathtaking, to... dead.

I see the shifty scavenger at my peripherals,
and sense the quiet about the descent
as the earth prepares for sleeping
I prepare for my own descent, of sorts.

Touching the frigid water to my forehead,
I saw a silent prayer of thank you
I fiddle with a stone in my pocket
and remember the richness of colour
in this moment, as the earth begins to die.






© Jess Johnson, 2019, All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce or publish any part of this poem without the author's permission and full credit and link back to this post and website.



Self-Love September; Self-Love When Your Need is Desperate

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My husband and I have had a hard time this month with our oldest child who is smack dab in the middle of her challenging teenage years, and just started her first year of high school. If I thought we had gotten a taste of teenage attitude in the previous years, I was wrong. That, my friends, was a warm-up. What we're getting now is full-on disdain, disregard for our rules, thoughts, and opinions, and at times, I'm pretty sure a streak of loathing. I love my kids fiercely, but sometimes, I don't like them very much...

This past week or so has really been a struggle for me in terms of my own mental-health. Things have been said and inferred that are very hard not to take personally. I've been doing my best to protect myself, but I thought that instead of staying quiet about this struggle that some of the coping strategies I have been using can be useful to you too. Some of them are basic, and you've probably heard of them before, but sometimes a reminder isn't a …

Self-Love September; Self-Loving Practices for Empaths

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If it is one word that I was called a lot growing up, it was "sensitive." I was accused of being too sensitive, overly-sensitive, a raw nerve, looking too deeply into people's reactions, and anticipating emotions or moods that weren't visible yet (but that almost always became apparent shortly) by my parents and family members. It was often said that I was going to be either an actress or a lawyer when I grew up, and since I grew up to be neither, I like to gloat about this point with my grandma once in a while, just for a shared giggle. But I did realize when I was in my early adulthood that all the things my parents thought I was making too much of a fuss about were because I was empathic, and feeling or sensing things that were often hard for other people to see or feel. I wasn't being dramatic when I reacted quite emotionally to something that was said to me, but usually because I felt the full force of the impact of the statement, on both an emotional as wel…

Self-Love September; Pitfalls and Mistakes to Avoid

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If I've learned anything over the years, it's that self-love is a daily practice Some days are easier, and some are damned difficult to survive, let alone doing anything supportive or loving for myself. I think back to days when I was recovering from an emergency appendix removal surgery, a 2-month-old baby in my arms, high as a kite on Tylenol #3's, and feeling utterly exhausted. It was all I had just to finish feeding him the bottle and hand him off to my mom before I collapsed into bed to sleep. Self-love for me that day was having the wisdom to realize I couldn't recover from surgery and care for a newborn all by myself, that I needed to sleep, and that I needed to accept someone else snuggling my baby for a while.

Fast forward nearly 9 years, and now that newborn baby is in grade 4, a busy, energetic and intelligent kid who loves video games and Pokemon. My self-love practise has changed as drastically as he has, and I now take off once a week, leaving all 3 of my…