Books · Dry Life

“Between Drinks”

Yesterday I received an email from David Downie, owner of BetweenDrinksBlog.com, asking me to check out his book and possibly write something about it.

Honestly, my first thought (after, wow, that’s unexpected and SO COOL!!!) was, “I don’t need to read something that will tell me it’s ok for me to drink”, because I know exactly what the sleeping tiger in my mind would do with that!  But I told him I would read it, and I did.

Right off the bat I heard the tiger waking, stirring, getting ready to pounce, and I even caught myself highlighting quotes that, to me, said ‘go for it!’, such as, “And in any event you are not swearing never to have a drink again – I haven’t, why would you, and in doing so you are setting yourself up for failure and then some.”  Now to anyone addicted to alcohol, that right there is pretty much a carte-blanche-to-drink kind of line, even though it obviously isn’t.  Because that’s how things work in our heads; we take any little comment, quote, note, leaf on the wind and turn it into an o.k. to drink.  Because that’s really all we want to do.

So I kept reading, planning how I was going to tell everyone my decision.  And surprise, it wasn’t at all what I thought!  Instead of giving me (because it’s all about ‘me’ as any drinker knows) the go-ahead to say “I was between drinks, but only til yesterday.  Today I’m back on!”, it is a lovely, wonderful, completely unexpected book filled with his experience of being “between drinks” for 3 years now and all the changes that have come about because of it!

He begins by telling you to just do a couple days or so and then slowly build your time, and then states that he needed an entire year to gain the perspective he wanted – he calls it becoming a “Clear Thinker” – to decide whether or not drinking enhanced or took away from the life he wanted to live.  Excellent!

He also peppers it with dry wit, which had me laughing out loud at times.  Lines like, “While you have always been pleased to find you got wittier and better-looking the more you drank, you will find to your surprise that is not true of others.”  That one had me rolling!

He doesn’t sugar-coat how going off alcohol can be, either: “Anyone can do a night.  The first few weeks following this will be the hardest.  Time and time again you will be placed in situations where you are conditioned to have a drink.”  He also advocates exercising and being sure to fill that empty time during which you normally were drinking (and those glorious hangover-free mornings) with things that excite and interest you.

But, but…it was supposed to tell me it’s o.k. to drink, gorramit (notice how quickly I went from NOT wanting a book like that to hoping it was; such is the way my booze-addled mind works)!  And I love the fact that it doesn’t; David doesn’t preach ‘this is the only way’, he doesn’t say that ‘never drinking again is how it must be’…none of that.  He also doesn’t say that never drinking again is a dumb idea; no, he just tells what has happened to him and others, and leaves it up to you to decide how long your “between drinks” will be.

I found this book to be a delightful surprise, and instead of giving the tiger something to stalk, it added another tool to my sobriety toolbox, one that I will go back to often!

The best part?  It’s going to be a FREE download on Amazon this Wednesday, May 14th ONLY.  Grab yourself a copy, even if you don’t think you have a problem with drinking.  It will give you food for thought, and who knows, you may shock yourself and decide to be “between drinks” for a while!  It would be exciting for me -and I’m sure David- to hear your stories if you do!

©Pip Miller – May 2014

Business · Divination

Always Learning

Recently I signed up for a couple of online courses, and was thrilled with the wealth of information and how useful they were.

First off, there is Theresa Reed’s kick-ass Mystical Mogul course. Twenty-five tips for $25. Believe me, you won’t regret it. Two of them alone were worth the price!!

Next I decided to brush up on my tarot and Joanna Powell Colbert’s 22 Days of Tarot Sparks, which comes free when you sign up for her newsletter. The spark for Judgement finally made sense of that card for me!

Is there anything you’ve signed up for that you’d like to share? Comment below and let us know!

Business · Energy Healing · Manifesting

It’s All About YOU!

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I’ve been reading lately that people don’t purchase things from you when you are the one doing the selling/promoting, which doesn’t make sense on the one hand but does on the other: if I’m the one promoting and pushing my healing and no one else is mentioning it or talking about a session they’ve had with me, then why would you believe that I can do what I say I can do, right?

So. With that in mind, I want to put a little boost out there about some of the wonderful people I’ve had sessions/readings/purchased items from (and this is by no means a complete list, so if your name isn’t on it please don’t be offended!).

Nienna, The Offbeat Goddess, who was one of my first regular clients and has become a cherished friend, from whom I’ve had some of the most mind-blowing card readings!  I’ve also been privileged to test out some of her courses (I think another one is in the works) and highly recommend them!

Sarah, The Fairy (and angel) Messenger, who began working with me and we did trades – her messages for my healing while she was getting massages. 🙂  I’ve had a past-life reading from her, multiple messages from Archangel Gabriel, and one particularly laugh-filled message from my personal fairy ‘guide’.  If you get a reading from her, I highly recommend a phone or Skype one…her laugh will cheer you no end!  Also, she wrote a book about fairies that is in the final stages of being published!

Michele, Midlife Psychic and Mystic as well as owner of The Enchanted Amulet, from whom I received a gorgeous necklace as a birthday present and I’ve also a lovely, very responsive pendulum that I wear as a necklace.  Check out her G+ communities, too!

Donna, a dear friend and co-owner of Awakenings with her wonderful husband Rudy, who has helped me many times (and she was one of the first people on whom I used my new-found Healing-Light!).  She is an outstanding medium, and also gave me a very interesting past-life session with respect to an issue I was having.

Megan, of Intuitive Marketing and Design, who gave me very valuable marketing guidance about my business when I was first starting out on the whole social media ride.

Ronda, the Modern Oracle, who has given me spot-on guidance and with whom I get to geek out about Firefly.  🙂

One last hidden gem: Stacey who isn’t running a business (YET!), but she gives some of the most detailed card readings I’ve ever read, and she receives messages from the angels and has created heart-felt and effective blessings for me concerning various aspects of my life.

Those are off the top of my head, and as I said, by no means a comprehensive list.  These are my recommendations as a client, if this was a list of all the outstanding people I know simply as a friend, it would be miles long!  I’ll be doing this again at a later date!  Please, feel free to mention anyone that you would recommend to others so we can things rolling for them, too!

And now I’m off to send some Prismatic Healing! 🙂

©Pip Miller – August 2013