Monday, July 17, 2017

The Truth about Spiritual Bloggers


From an outsider's perspective, it may appear that a person working on their spirituality, in particular bloggers who write about it, have it all together. They don't get angry. They don't get depressed. Their day starts with tea and fairies, and their night ends with little song birds tucking them in and leaving a mint on their pillow.

For morning breath, you know?

The world has plenty of sadness and misery. If you don't know that, try not to turn on the news because it will obliterate your happy little bubble. They do a fantastic job of highlighting all the garbage and rarely, if ever, addressing the goodness in the world. Because it is there. Don't let the media fool you. =D

I'm a pretty realistic person. Positive and optimistic? Yes. Choosing to see the bright side?  ...Errr most days, sure. But I'm most definitely a realist. Because of this, I strive to be honest with you lovely readers since I believe honesty is the only way we can learn from one another. 

So in case you're left wondering how I blog, write books, cast spells, and get dinner on the table by five all while keeping a Stepford-like smile plastered on my face, here's your answer: I don't. 

My life is far from perfect. Any being walking this planet, human or otherwise, lacks a perfect life. Trust me, even nature struggles. Just yesterday I had to break up a fight between a jack rabbit and a cottontail in my backyard. See, even the bunnies have discord.

Side note, I never thought I'd ever hear myself yelling, "Stop beating on the cottontail!" as I ran into the desert wilderness, my turquoise peasant skirt billowing in the acrid breeze. Life is weird. The cosmos have an unquestionably twisted sense of humor.

But in the flawed mess that is life, there is also a hell of a lot of beauty to behold. That's not denial through positivity. That's not a "fluffy bunny" outlook. It's what is. At least in my world. Because I've made the choice to be happy. We all approach this plane differently. I choose to see magic. If you're reading this, I'm guessing you feel that way too.

I try to be open and honest in my posts in order to demonstrate the real experience of spirituality because, yes, it can sometimes appear unattainable through the perfectly posed Instagram photos and carefully crafted tweets. That is one of the reasons why 
I bitch discuss my displeasure for my current desert living situation. Not to vent, but to give you the whole picture. I'm stumbling through life just like anyone else. There are days I wonder how the hell I have yet to find myself submerged in a pit of quicksand, befuddled and shoeless, wondering where I left my phone.

Life is messy. That doesn't mean you can't conjure some kickass spells. Or relish in the simplicity of a balmy summer morning. Or watch in awe as a seed flourishes into a plant. I mean, that is really flipping crazy if you think about it. Trees start out as tiny seeds. If that isn't magical, I don't know what is! Have you ever really stopped to appreciate that human beings are formed from two microscopic entities, cells dividing time and time again to create bones and flesh and a heart? That's really quite insane!

....I assure you I'm not high. You're welcome to check my keyboard for Cheetos residue.

The truth about spiritual bloggers is we're not out-of-touch ninnies who have no idea about real world crises. For this particular blogger, my positivity isn't formed from lack of life experience; it's embraced in spite of it. I speak of hope because I've known despair. I've tried miserable. It sucked. Like, a lot. And if trying to spread a little optimism and cheer makes me a fluffy bunny, then get me some goddamn rabbit ears, because I choose happiness. Just make sure they're pink.

Hmmm, I wonder if the cottontails will take me on as one of their own. Ah, now there's looking on the bright side! =P

What attributes do you most appreciate in a blogger? What are some of your favorite blogs that cheer you up when you're having a bad day?


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21 comments:

  1. It's easy to go on a blog, or on Facebook or other social media and think, wow, THIS is perfection when really... THIS took a good deal of work and planning and thought, and hardly ever a full picture of that blogger's day to day reality. Life IS messy and imperfect. I visit blogs for ideas on how to make the most of life, to be inspired, to laugh... I hope I do the same (just realized that my visitors may think I'm always shopping and traveling and making magics to shop and travel (and eat cookies!)--OMGoddess I WISH!!!!). Loved this post--you are awesome! ♥

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    1. Aw, thank you, Miss Natalie! Your kindness means a lot! ♥

      And you do achieve the same. =D As if I needed another reason to be excited to (finally!) head back to New England next year, your Magical Destinations book has a slew of new spots I'm eager to visit!

      ...I'm still tired just thinking about the research you put into that thing! Whew!

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  2. Michaela, I love this post! Yep, life is messy, and for that very reason I thank you for not presenting your life as perfection. Anyone as old as I know that's simply BS. My husband just had his second cancer surgery, and yet life is good. Nope, my head is not in the sand, but looking at the stars, my herb garden, etc. brings me joy. It's 100 in the shade in the midwest. And, I live in Trumpville with nothing in common with my neighbors. But I love my chickens, my dogs, my little farm house, and my blissful appreciation of nature. SO, your blog makes me happy! Thank you for being a wonderful teacher. I now have my own little 'church' and I am the only member. :) Life is pretty darn good, and that's how I choose to see it!

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    1. I'm so terribly sorry to hear your husband is ill. Sending healing energy your way, my friend! ♥

      What a sweet thing to say! I'm glad I can offer a tiny morsel of happiness to you. Thank you for sharing that with me; comments like yours truly keep me motivated. Now go hug your dogs, because fur makes everything better!! =D ♥

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  3. This is one of the best blog posts I've read in awhile. I found myself smiling several (and I do mean several) times through out while reading. Matter of fact, my hubby kept asking why I was so happy :) - Thanks for that!
    I see and hear so much negativity, and I hate it. I have found myself trying to avoid certain bloggers and such just because.. well, ugh. You know, I get it. S*&# sucks! BUT, I cannot sit and dwell on the bad. Gah, who wants that? Definitely, not this gal.

    Thank you for being part of the positive vibe ♥

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    1. Thank you so very much for your kind words! It truly means so much to me to hear this made you smile. =D

      I feel similarly about your photography. I always take a moment to appreciate your work when I come across it on Twitter. It's a very welcomed reminder that there is, in fact, green awaiting me outside this desert! So, thank you for sharing your beautiful work! ♥

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    2. Oh my goodness! You just made my day :)

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  4. Your blog brings me MUCH happiness, peace, and even has rekindled my faith. Michaela, your writing and humor fit my brain, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    1. This brings me much joy! =D Thank YOU from the bottom of MY heart for sharing your support!!! ♥

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  5. Thank you so much for this! As I slog through a messy time in my own life right now, I relate. But it's important to get back on the horse, have hope, and move in a better direction. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. ;-)

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    1. That's definitely a good thing to tell yourself!

      I'm sorry to hear things aren't stellar for you right now. I've actually been thinking about you as I know you've been having a rough patch, so I'm glad to see you here! Make sure to take care of yourself during your tribulations—nutrition, tea, and a good book is always my go to.

      Sending love your way! ♥

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  6. Well, my blog certainly contains the pitfalls of living a Pagan and witchcraft life. So many choices, so much walking a lonely path, and I swear to the Goddess that most of us have some kind of depression issues! So when it comes down to it, we are just an average slice of humanity that happens to be Pagan, witches, Wiccans, etc.

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    1. Life is most definitely a give and take! Hopefully blogging provides a therapeutic outlet for you. =D Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hello there! I've been following your blog for awhile (found you on Pinterest) and have really enjoyed your Sabbat series in particular. Thank you for this post, it was something I really needed to hear as I've been struggling a lot lately. I hope you don't mind, but I found it so helpful that I put a link to it in my newest blog post, which you can check out here if you like. Thank you for being you! <3 http://thebluebonnetwitch.blogspot.com/2017/07/everyday-magic-simple-pagan-practice.html

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    1. Oh, I don't mind at all. In fact, I'm honored! Thank you so much for sharing!!

      Congratulations on your BA! That's no small feat. I'm adding your article to my share list for next week. I particularly enjoyed the part where you discussed why you moved away from atheism and back to Paganism. And that Tennesse Williams quote is very touching, especially for us creative types!

      Good luck in your job hunt. Such a big transition in life is always unnerving, even when it's welcomed. Have patience with yourself when you're feeling blue. It's not a small life change you're undergoing! =D ♥

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  8. "I never thought I'd ever hear myself yelling, "Stop beating on the cottontail!" as I ran into the desert wilderness, my turquoise peasant skirt billowing in the acrid breeze." This is why I love your blog, Michaela. Reading it always puts a smile on my face. Your spells are awesome, too. I've borrowed quite a few of them. They just feel right for me. Thank you for that.

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    1. Oh, you totally made my day! I'm in the middle of editing a Samhain book, and after reading your own words over and over again you start to think, "You're annoying. No one wants to hear you anymore." So getting this comment today was much needed motivation! Thank YOU for making me smile! =D ♥

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    2. Yay for smiles, motivation, and magic! I'm excited to read your Samhain book. You motivated me, you know. I didn't even have my plans for Mabon finalized, and you were already talking Samhain. So, today, I got organized :)

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    3. Yay for organization! =P Hope you have a fantastic Mabon! Such a wonderful Sabbat! ♥

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