I was surprised to discover this morning that I've written 300 blog posts on this website. it feels like such a milestone, as I really fell off in the past year and stopped writing for a while. I think one thing I've learned, being in business for myself over the last 15 years, is how important it is to listen to your heart and intuition when creating. When my gut said to stop writing newsletters and blogs a few times over the last year, I pretty much did it. Listening to my inner voice, even when it doesn't make total sense, is how I've maintained long term passion around what I do.
Although you may have read a few of my choice pieces in response to the pandemic, and although there are moon astrology posts on the blog this month, it really did take a back seat. I've always considered myself a writer, but I needed to not write. Have you ever just taken a break from something you loved?
I really loved and devoted a lot of my time and energy to Reiki Master Training 2022, and to my new group program, Healers in Business. I had a great time connecting with students on a deeper level. These two classes in particular allowed me to stop and reflect once again on my values as a healer, priestess, mother, and business owner.
So much of the world today is full speed ahead, and I feel it's critical for us as energy healers to give ourselves time to check in, frequently, with our deeper feelings and insights.
Time After Time
There are some things I wish I'd done a little better this last year, such as prioritizing my time properly, and leaving more space for family events. Every year I learn a little more about pacing, surrender, and flow.
I remember back in September, thinking I would have a ton of free time once my son started High School. Now I'm kind of laughing at that thought, as in hindsight it makes no sense that I'd have free time when my kid is going to a brand new school and learning a bunch of brand new things. 😂
The Scorpion Tail of the Pandemic
It's been a good autumn and winter for so many reasons, but I didn't have a lot of free time at all. Our family got uncharacteristically sick. My son's doctor pointed out that many families have taken an extra hard hit this year because we we all masked for a few years, filtering out even basic illnesses, and that changed our immune systems. I'm reminded of that old movie, The Boy in The Bubble, partially inspired by the life of immunodeficient David Vetter. Remember that?
It feels like we are all rebuilding our immune systems this season after coming out of mini bubbles. I've been leaning into food--probiotics, adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, and herbs--to help create that healing bridge.
As for the 300 Blog Posts...
The bulk of that number has inspired me to make some shifts. I started my blog writing primarily for me. Then at some point I was writing for clients. And then again I shifted and a lot of my writing felt like it was more for sales and/or education about Healing Heart Reiki. Then finally, sporadically, I've been writing for my community, and sharing what I feel about things here and there.
If I could help someone just starting a blog, I'd say, "Decide who you are writing for, and why you think it's important. Then have fun with it." Today I'm taking my own advice. 😜
As 2023 dawns, I'd love to write even more, and truly write for the new healers who are rising up post-pandemic, and for people coming to personal development who need a real, human voice and personal touch.
There's SO MUCH NOISE online. It drives me crazy to see how many blogs are peppered with so many advertisements, you can't even get through them. At the same time, there are some amazing coaches and healers who have risen up, but the biggest trend of the past few years has been automated classes, which leaves no space for truly getting to know people. I do miss that. We're human, after all, and we need human connection. The internet can either further that connection, or we can hide behind it and sever connections. It's up to us.
Re-Membering The Temple
I want my blog to be a quiet space, and reflective somehow of the temple. ... Of the beautiful community rituals we've held together over the past 10 years, the adventures in love and family I've experienced, and of the magic and mystery I find in my own sojourns to national parks, sacred places, and tantric retreats.
I've been living this wildly beautiful life as a self-employed heart-led priestess for 15 years, offering healing, teaching classes, and providing for myself and my son... and I want to share more of that personal journey.
Mmmm I think it will be a stretch for my writing to become even more personal, as I'm definitely more comfortable writing mindset posts, meditations, and informational entries... But we'll see what heady mix we can stir up in the new year!
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DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She offers private sessions, and teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com