Category: Thoughtful Thursday

What are you thankful for?

With the Autumn Equinox now past us, I hope you have taken some time to reflect on what it is that you are thankful for. The harvest season is not so much about physically reaping what you sow anymore, with most of us not growing our own food. Instead, it has become a season of gratitude – a celebration of the life we have and the ability to live it to our greatest potential.

What am I thankful for?

I’m thankful for all of you. I’m thankful for the ability to stay home and do what I love while my boyfriend works in the elements to provide a larger income for our family. I’m thankful for my parents with whom we share a home and responsibilities. I’m thankful for my ability to grow some of my own food.

I am also thankful for my ability to smell, and I’ll tell you why this one is important to me right now. On the Autumn Equinox, after our dinner was over and my daughter was getting ready for bed, I plugged her heater in. We don’t have central heating, and her room is the furthest away from the fire, so she gets her own heater. My daughter was in the shower, and I was washing my face. I was struck with an awful smell – like burning rubber – and walked into my daughter’s room. I thought that maybe the heater was still burning off that summer stench, but I turned around to find her outlet was smoking. I unplugged everything and we got it taken off to find burnt rubber behind the outlet. It had shorted out on itself and started to melt the coating around the outlet. If I hadn’t been able to smell that, we just might have had an electrical fire in my daughter’s room. If it had been any later, she might have been in the room when it happened.

So I’m thankful for my sense of smell the most right now.

What are you thankful for?


What is Thoughtful Thursday? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is a day during the week where you can jot down your thoughts as a blog post, journal prompt, etc. Some days I’ll have a question I want to answer. Some days it’s just word-vomit on a page. I encourage you to take part, too. Even if you don’t blog publicly like I do, or you don’t have an online presence. Take your Thursdays to reflect on some of those thoughts you may have. You never know. You might gain some much-needed insight.

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#ThoughtfulThursday 9.19.19

#ThoughtfulThursday 9.19.19

Communication is important in everything that we do. Whether we’re communicating with a boss, a family member, a child, or a friend – we need to be able to openly say what we feel and think. This is true in our mundane lives as well as our spiritual ones.

One aspect of communication that often gets overlooked is the practice of listening. Good communicators know how to speak clearly and concisely to get their point across. They also know how to actively listen with the intent to understand what the other is saying, not with the intent of solely hearing and responding.

Do you communicate with your family and friends this way? Your boss?

What about your Gods? Are you being a good communicator and saying what you think and feel clearly and concisely? And are you being a good listener – taking in what They have to say with the intent to understand and not respond?


What is Thoughtful Thursday? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is a day during the week where you can jot down your thoughts as a blog post, journal prompt, etc. Some days I’ll have a question I want to answer. Some days it’s just word-vomit on a page. I encourage you to take part, too. Even if you don’t blog publicly like I do, or you don’t have an online presence. Take your Thursdays to reflect on some of those thoughts you may have. You never know. You might gain some much-needed insight.

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#ThoughtfulThursday 9.12.19

I feel like I’m going to become a broken record here with my talks and ideas about sustainability and green living, but you know what? I don’t care. I’ve learned so much about the harm that’s being done to our environment for (mostly) capitalistic exploitation and convenience. Why? I came from a generation that’s used to getting what we want fairly quickly. It is a product of our generation being raised in a time of exponential technological growth, and that contributes to it immensely. Also, a lot of our generation is apathetic to the things that are happening around us. We’ve been in a war as a country (USA) for most of our lives. The economy has crashed and entered a recession. Most of us can’t afford to live on our own, even with a full-time job that pays well because wages never caught up with the cost of living. So yeah, we’re apathetic, and I feel like that plays a role in the idea of capitalism, convenience, and no one caring about the environment and being eco-friendly. If you’re apathetic and you feel like there’s no point because the world has gone down the toilet anyway, then you’re going to be more likely to not care about anything else or do anything to help save it.

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I felt like that for a while, honestly. But I have a daughter. She’s six, and I want the planet to be around for her when she’s in her 60s. So we need to do something – anything – to help take care of the planet we have now. We need to clean it up. We need to be aware of what we’re doing when we’re doing it, and why. Cut down where we can. Eliminate where we can. Reuse things when we can. Recycle them when we can’t. Don’t buy things that can’t be recycled.

Take care of the planet.

It’s the only one we have.


What is Thoughtful Thursday? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is a day during the week where you can jot down your thoughts as a blog post, journal prompt, etc. Some days I’ll have a question I want to answer. Some days it’s just word-vomit on a page. I encourage you to take part, too. Even if you don’t blog publicly like I do, or you don’t have an online presence. Take your Thursdays to reflect on some of those thoughts you may have. You never know. You might gain some much-needed insight.

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Where do you feel at home?

I constantly suffer from a feeling of homesickness, but why? It doesn’t matter where I am – even if I am at home – I still get the feeling of homesickness in the pit of my stomach. Now, it doesn’t happen every day, but it happens often enough that I used to think something was wrong with me. Ever since I was a child, I’ve felt like this. When I was a kid, I used to wonder what was wrong with me and why I never felt at home. Now as I’ve gotten older, I think I have it figured out. I don’t feel at home at a certain place. My house? Nope, doesn’t matter. Work? Nope, doesn’t matter either. Family’s house? Nope, that doesn’t matter at all. So what gives?

I’m pretty sure that the reason for this is because I have always been so distanced from the natural world. I’ve always grown up in a house/apartment. I’ve always lived in a neighborhood. I’ve always lived in a city or a suburb of a city. I recently took my daughter to Tumalo Falls here in Oregon (you can see part of it in the picture above!) for a little hike and some back-to-nature feels. And you know what? That’s where I feel at home. In nature with the trees, the animals, and yes, even the bugs. Earth is very grounding. Nature is very grounding, and that’s what I’ve been missing in my life. Nature. That’s where I feel at home.

So where do you feel most at home? Is it a place? With a person? Let me know! Leave a comment here or, if you write a post of your own, drop your link. I’d love to read them!

Thoughtful Thursday

How do you define your faith? Be as specific or vague as you’d like!

If you’ve listened to episode 15 of the Round the Cauldron Podcast, you’ll know that I’ve struggled with defining my faith. A lot. I’ve been back and forth between hard and soft polytheism, duotheism, and for a while, even monotheism. I think for now, I just define my faith as eclectic Wicca. I don’t follow a specific tradition. I don’t have a specific set of deities I worship or follow. I don’t have a lot of rules. I do, however, follow the Sabbats and Esbats as closely as I can.

I find that I’m more closely connected to my faith when I’m actively participating. I don’t mean this in the way of rituals and spellwork. I mean this in the way of physically honoring the Earth and living my truth in my faith. I feel closer to Persephone when Spring comes back and I smell the flowers. I feel closer to Pan when I see the leaves rustling in the wind. I feel closer to Hestia when I’m taking care of the home. And I feel closer to Gaia when I’m tending to my garden.

I’m not big on the elaborate rituals and high magick that a lot of witches participate in. If my hands are dirty during Spring, or I’m feeling the love at Beltane, than I’m doing something right.


What is thoughtful Thursday? This is something I created to give everyone a chance to dig deep into their spiritual selves and answer some questions that require a bit of thought. How do you participate? Well, you can comment here, post about it on Instagram, or use the question as a prompt for your own blog post! Whatever you write, drop me a link in the comments! I would love to read it!



Next week’s question: What is your favorite holiday and why?


Thoughtful Thursday

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I’ve thought about this before, but I don’t think I have one solid answer because there’s so much that I want to know. We know that history is written by the victor, and most often, the victor tainted the story of how things happen. I’d like to go back in time to witness the building of Stonehenge. It has always been a mystical place to me that one day I hope to visit. Seeing images of Stonehenge during the Solstices gives me a strange sense of nostalgia.

It would make my scientific brain happy to see how they managed to build such a great monument. The physics and mechanics that had to go into standing the stones upright and stacking the stones on top have to have been phenomenal for their time.

It would make my spiritual heart happy to speak with the ancient peoples and ask why it was built. What was their purpose in building such a beautiful monument that aligns perfectly with the Solstices? Was their a greater purpose? Were they called upon by a local spirit or deity? My heart just yearns to know, even though I know I never will.


What is thoughtful Thursday? This is something I created to give everyone a chance to dig deep into their spiritual selves and answer some questions that require a bit of thought. How do you participate? Well, you can comment here, post about it on Instagram, or use the question as a prompt for your own blog post! Whatever you write, drop me a link in the comments! I would love to read it!



Next week’s question: How do you define your faith? Be as specific or vague as you’d like!


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