Journal · Misc

Addicted to Your Phone?

A while ago I was wandering through WordPress, and came across mention of a really, really cool app called Forest (I can’t remember who mentioned it, sorry!). The premise is that you set the timer on the app and don’t use your phone during that time, and when you meet that goal, a tree grows!

These are screenshots from my phone. Below is the main screen you will see. You move the green dot around the circle, and it changes the time/goal.

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You can select your settings:

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For each goal you reach, a tree grows:

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If you log in before the time is up, the app will tell you to “Stop phubbing”, and if you click on “give up”, this is what happens:

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Not only does it keep track on the Forest page, but also here, and you can add notes about why you needed the time away, such as working on a project/while you’re in class, etc…

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When you accumulate enough leaves, you can choose different types of trees to add to your forest. This looks like an octopus tree to me. 😉

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I really like this tree.

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As you can see, yes, there are ads, but I don’t find them obnoxious. One thing: each day the forest is empty. I thought it accumulated trees until it was full, but it clears out and you start fresh. So you need to be diligent in meeting your time goals! 🙂

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The app is available for Chrome and Firefox, too! The Forest App. Rocks socks!

©Pip Miller – May 2016

 

Journal · Misc

Cleansing Crystals

As you may know, my day job is as a clerk at a metaphysical shoppe, and we sell more crystals than you can imagine. On occasion, someone will ask if we cleanse them, and I use a method that I came up with a while ago.

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If the crystal is in a pendant or ring setting, I’ll suspend it by a rubber band over an abalone shell filled with sage and use it as a pendulum. I ask it to show me a “yes” when it is cleared of any and all negativity, and it will!

If they are loose stones, I’ll either place them in a small organza bag and suspend it over the sage, and if we’ve put them in a coil to wear as a pendant, I’ll put out a rubber band again. This method works very well, and is simple and quick!

©Pip Miller – April 2016

Energy Healing · Journal · Misc

Happy April!!!

It’s snowing here! Lightly, but still. It’s April! All the flowers and trees are in full bloom, the grass is growing…and it’s snowing. Mother Nature’s giant April Fool’s joke. 😉

The other day I was pondering life and all that goes with it, and I came across this blog post by Alexandra Franzen, called He’s Waiting. She’s Listening. In it she discusses when she began blogging and feeling like what she was writing wasn’t making any difference. And then something amazing happened, and she remembered the truth of writing:

“The truth, which is:

If you write something and share it — and your words help one human being to experience a better day, or a better life — then your work is a tremendous success.

And also,

You never, ever know how your words might influence someone else’s life.”

I have felt insignificant many times over the years, both as a blogger and a healer, and that post really hit home and sent me thinking. What I write here will, as the subtitle says, be “a little of this, a little of that”, because, well, that’s how I roll. Things catch my interest and I want to tell someone!

I’ve missed blogging, and plan to do much more of it. I promise not to inundate you, though!

I hope you continue to follow along, and please, if you’re in need of a healing boost, check out website, see how I can help you (even from across the world!), and let’s get you feeling better, ok? OK! 🙂

©Pip Miller – April 2016

PS: after today, these posts will no longer be forwarded to G+ or Twitter during the month of April. So if you’re interested in the blog, please follow via email, on WP, or through Feedly or Bloglovin’. And you can find me on my favorite obsession, Instagram!

Also, I found this in one of my older posts, and it cracked me up all over again! Dear Blogger, You Are Doing It Wrong.

Much love to you all!

Journal · Misc

Sweet Gifts

There’s a new etsy shop, Quirk and Flotsam, run by my friend Ronda Snow. I’m the proud owner of a cool wooden mala, and my intention is to have an affirmation as my ‘chant’, “I am happy, healthy, and at peace.” I haven’t had much luck with meditation over the years, but a mala may be just the ticket!

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It’s a little too long to wear around my wrist, but I may be able to figure something out. 🙂

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Another friend gave me this lovely little gift by The Blooming Heart.

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I love these little cards you can randomly give someone or leave where a person may find them. The heart stickers are for you calendar on the days you fulfill your challenge.

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What an adorable bag!

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This is my card for today.

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OH, and today I’m getting an “intention henna’ design done by yet another friend of mine!

©Pip Miller – October 2015

Journal · Mindfulness · Misc

Zentangle and Mindfulness

Arwen Lynch wrote this great article about “Zentangle for the Soul“, and it reminded me that I had taken a class a few years ago with my cousin. We were the only two who showed up, and so we had the teacher’s undivided attention. It was fun!

I’d pretty much forgotten about “tangling”, but every now and then I’d run across the kit my cousin surprised me with after the class. After reading Arwen’s article, I dug everything out. The items in the ziplock were from class, and the book I picked up used at a local store.

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I kept the tangles I created in class  and then right after:

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This is my favorite of the 4. I did it after the class, and I really like the checkerboard pattern (would love a floor like that!) and the hearts. It just all came together so nicely.

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In this (my 2nd tangle ever), you can see the evidence of my tremors in the spirals. Drawing a spiral is one of the tests they use to decide if you have Essential Tremor or not.

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Not thrilled with this one. It was the very first attempt at tangling. I bought some colored Sharpie Pens to jazz it up, but there wasn’t any help for it. 😉

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Another ‘meh’. Not sure what I was doing here. 😉 I seem to like hearts and checkerboards, though.

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I have a hardbound blank notebook in which I’ve begun another tangle. It’s easier to keep with me than tiles. The other day I was on hold for almost 45 minutes with customer service, and I finished a tangle that I’d started the day before.

Yes, you can start a tangle and finish it another time! As a matter of fact, there’s a lovely blog post by Eliza Fayle about easing in to creativity, and as she’s a tangler, of course she uses that as her example. She tells about creating over the course of a day (not multiple days), and that has made a big difference in how I am doing the tangles. I don’t always have time to sit for 1/2 an hour or more to create one, so this gave me the permission to connect back to it over the course of the day. It’s great!!!

Do you tangle? Link to some of your creations! Or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #tanglingfun .  I’d love to see them!

©Pip Miller – September 2015

Dry Life · Health · Journal · Misc · Videos

A Bit of This, Some of That

Bullet point blog. 😉

  • So….still feeling off but managed to go into work yesterday. As the day got busier, I became more tired, and as today is the busiest day of our month, I opted out. Eating only popsicles and crackers doesn’t lend one much energy, suffice it to say.
  • It’s the 26th; there is still time to donate to my friend’s Avon 39 Walk, and I’m still happily #dryjuly -ing my way through life. Yay! I had every intention of saving what I would have spent on booze this month and donating it, but I’ve ended up taking so much time out of work that it all went to bills instead. I still have time, so next month I will donate.
  • As I look at the bullet points, I’m reminded of this blog post, Dear Blogger, that totally cracked me up.
  • What are your thoughts on newsletters? I have mixed feelings: many want you to sign up and receive a free something for doing so, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to read more of their blog/newsletters in the future, right? There may just be something in that one particular post that caught your interest, right? I have a newsletter (though I haven’t written anything in it in a while) and I’m deciding whether to continue with it or not.
  • Recently, two well-known women’s Facebook accounts have been removed or frozen (I think there was a third, but I can’t remember who it is); Beth Owl’s Daughter, and Pixie Lighthorse. It all has to do with FB’s random “that’s not your real name” policy, and as we all know how I feel about FB, I chose to delete my account this morning, after posting that I would last night. I woke to this, and have been laughing ever since. I wasn’t that bad, but I’m sure I was close.;) It’s not the people; it’s the platform and their practices (such as were mentioned in Pixie’s blog). I’m not sure why this video isn’t showing up on its own, but check it out anway!

©Pip Miller – July 2015

 

Journal · Misc

Breathe and Let It Go

DESPAIR I’m sitting here, trying to catch up on everything, and it dawned on me why Wednesdays (and social media in general) overwhelm me: I have this compulsive urge to literally catch up on everything. Every post, every tweet, every instagram picture, every blog post, every every thing.

Good grief, why???

It’s especially bad on Wednesdays because I’m not online much during my work ‘week’, except maybe a glimpse or two before or after work. So I basically miss 4 days of all of you. That’s a lot to catch up on!

I think it goes back to my beginnings online: first there was a virtual Irish pub that I ‘hung out’ in for a few years, meeting some absolutely wonderful people in the process. Then there was the beloved OB, which was finally shut down by the provider 10 years after it started. On both message boards, it was fairly easy to go to where you left off, catch up and comment, and then join in on the day’s discussions. It seems that has stuck with me, and I scroll back through Twitter, trying to find the last tweet I read, or clicking on each blog I follow and going back to the last one there, too.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld quoteMultiply that by 7 platforms I use (I don’t even attempt it with Tumblr), and it’s no wonder that not only am I overwhelmed, but the day is quickly lost to hours online. On one platform I’ve taken to mainly just responding to comments, but I’m pretty much not going to try to scroll through thousands of shares to find the meat of what those I follow have posted about their lives. And that negates the point of being there, because many of them are ONLY on that platform. Yes, it’s FB. Ugh.

It’s not that I think that everyone is breathlessly waiting for me to respond to what they write (or to read what I write), it’s more that I…you know, I honestly don’t know what it is. Maybe I’m a bit OCD when it comes to the internet…?

I need an intervention. 😉

Actually, I just need to remind myself that my attention is not needed on everything I’ve missed, and that’s it’s ok to focus on what I see the day I log on. If I miss something important, someone will tell me, I’m sure, and it’s ok to let the rest go. Fewer platforms would help, too, but there isn’t one platform that everyone loves, so until that happens, multiples must be.

How do you handle your multiple platforms? And which are your favorites? I think that following someone on their most favorite platform and not every one they are on is another way of dealing with the overwhelm, too. Do you do that?

If I follow you on multiple ones, let me know which you prefer, and I’ll drop the rest and see you there. Even if it’s FB. Really. Just for you. 😉

©Pip Miller – June 2015

Journal · Misc

Catching Up

#writealm 8-10

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I’ve fallen behind due to work eclipsing my online time, but in this brief moment of a still house before Himself gets out of the shower and the t.v. goes on, I’m taking the time to do what brings me pleasure: writing in my blog and checking in on Twitter.

How’s that for a catch-up in 2 minutes or less? 😉

And now, to prepare for the day.

©Pip Miller – November 2014

Journal · Misc

Blue

#writealm Day 6

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What’s your favorite color? Mine is blue. But not just any blue, no. Cobalt blue. There’s something about the richness of that shade that draws me to it every time. I have little rice bowls that are white with cobalt blue flowers, I had a set of cobalt blue wine glasses before they all broke, my favorite velvet dress is that shade, and my favorite bowl and saucer are white with flowers and trim in this gorgeous color…

These dishes (which are actually darker than they look); the one in the back I’ve had for ages, the blue mug is relatively new, and I just piced up the soup bowl at the Dollar Tree for, yes, one dollar. Score! 🙂

Light blue doesn’t do it for me, and it’s a color I rarely wear. Jewel tones, that’s what they are called…jewel tones are like the flame to my moth.

What color is your flame?

©Pip Miller – November 2014

Journal · Misc · Nature

Song

#writealm Day 4. 🙂

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This is my neighbor’s magical, singing tree. It harmonizes with the wind blowing through its soft needles, and it sings to me of somewhere far from our high desert home in the southwest; somewhere it has never been, but the wind has. It’s song is the song of the sea, evoking in me memories of beaches on the cold north Atlantic…memories of…

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…waves lapping at the sand, moving up the shore in response to the pull of the moon, water so cold that you have to dunk yourself and stay submerged from the neck down until your body is numb and then you can swim for hours, sand so hot you wished you’d tied flip-flops to your bathing suit because it’s not possible to run fast enough or tip-toe lightly enough to escape it’s burning touch…

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The beach, a rainbow of bathing suits, towels, umbrellas, chairs, ice chests (they call them cool chests here in the sw), and radios, all tuned to different stations. Some are rudely blaring, others are just loud enough for the immediate listeners. The smell of hot dogs bought from the vendor on the street above, seagulls circling while on the lookout for abandoned or dropped food, children shouting with joy and laughter – or crying from sheer exhaustion, parents calling out in warning to be careful, and the lifeguard’s whistle jolting us out of our sun-drenched stupor.

The sun, oh the sun…soaking into us, tanning – or burning – our skin as it passes through, melting our bones into such sweet lethargy, filling us with heat so strong that we fear we will melt into the sand, or, heaven forbid, spontaneously combust.

And underneath it all, this magical, wonderful tree sings to me the song that is just at the edge of my hearing at all times even though I now live so far from its source; it’s the deep lullaby of Mama Yemaya. Mother Ocean, in all her glory, calls to me, beckoning me home, soothing me with her message of peace, compassion…and love.

Yemaya

©Pip Miller – November 2014