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Dismantling Taboos Zine Series

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Dismantling Taboos Zine Series

Last Spring I had a series of difficult experiences in some of my interpersonal relationships and within myself. I found myself in situations that shed a lot of light on some of the darkness inside me and revealed to me a true presence of mental health challenges I've been carrying with me much of my life. After enduring difficult periods of time while struggling to feel comfortable in myself and my life I realized that the challenges I was facing encompassed a lot of social taboos that most people didn't want to talk about, or simply didn't know how to. This...

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Connecting to the Earth

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Connecting to the Earth

Happy Spring! Today is Ostara, the Spring Equinox. This is the time when the Earth is tilted at the particular angle causing the length of day light and moon light to be equal (which also happens on the Fall Equinox). This is a special time of seed planting, counting our blessings and offering new intentions into the ideas we want to plant and nourish to fruition. In my spiritual path as a witch I follow these seasonal cycles called the Wheel of the Year. It reflects 8 equidistance times of year when the turning of the Earth hits a particularly special...

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Inside the Jewelry Studio

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Inside the Jewelry Studio

I've been in the studio a lot lately, working on a new line of jewelry and I thought I'd like to share with folks the inner workings of my jewelry designs and processes. I've had my good friend and business consultant Andrew Beck interview me here (if you're in need of small business consulting for sales, marketing, customer relations, or employee management, you can contact him at cottagecourtllc1516@gmail.com):  A: When did you first discover that you wanted to be a jewelry designer? B: I've been making jewelry since I was a little kid. At that time it was with beads and...

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If You're Going to Buy Stuff Anyway, Buy Local! Why?...

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If You're Going to Buy Stuff Anyway, Buy Local! Why?...

Hello Lovely People! If I am correct I think many of you have already started your holiday shopping. As I said before, I want to use this platform as a means of sharing information and positive, interesting things going on in my world. Every choice we make in life - the stores we buy from, the people we interact with, and the words we speak - has an impact. It's become trendier in recent years to "Buy Local" and as an independent, one-person small business owner, I just want to add my 2 cents on that topic before you start your holiday...

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Halloween, Samhain, & Dia de los Muertos

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Halloween, Samhain, & Dia de los Muertos

There has been about a dozen "spiritual" or "holiday" celebrations associated with this time of year throughout the last 2,000 years or so. I want to talk about two traditions relevant to this point in the cycle of seasons: the Celtic pagan Sabbat of Samhain and the Central/South Mexican holy days of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I'm pretty sure my more recent ancestors were actual indigenous Celtic people of Ireland, and perhaps in the more distant past (or in another life) I was a part of some indigenous Mexican people. I was drawn to both cultures for a long time...

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