Well here we are at the end of 2013. I have not done a year in review post before , so I wondered how to approach this. I decided to go heavy on imagery and metaphor and see where it takes me…..
So let’s proceed shall we, woohoo!
Please listen to this as you scroll down memory lane with me: Time Passages 1
Calendars, bookstores, butterflies, new friends: New Year’s Day 2013 birthed my first story and I had not even begun to blog yet! I was all about the calendars and then some New Year’s magic and mayhem ensued! This year ( Saturday ) I broke with a very old tradition and purchased a Llewellyn Witches Calendar 2014 instead of their Astrological standby. Barnes and Noble was out of the Astrology version and this gorgeous version chock full of info on colors and animals and some planetary data drew me in! I also learned that you can cash in on the 50% off sale in late December. Is this new or was I unaware? Yet another unanswered question… For the details: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/calendars-and-collisions/
I began the first few days of 2013 doing inventory for a local bookstore. I have spent so much of my life around books and have often fantasized about the inner workings of a bookstore, What would it be like to spend all day surrounded by hundreds ( or thousands) of books? Well , quite organically, I found out! Most of the people that I was working with were published writers. I was surrounded by fascinating writers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. It was fabulous to soak up the atmosphere for a few days. For so long I identified as someone who had many writer friends. Remember FOBs – Friends of Bill ( Clinton)? I was a FOW – Friend of Writers. I knew I would be starting my blog soon but was not a true writer yet ( or so I thought).
This is one of the first images I used when I began the blog. I did not know the source or the artist. I found this image on Facebook and I loved the colors and the butterflies. Little did I know that some foreshadowing was taking place: I would eventually meet my dear friend/ PR extraordinaire Sindy from bluebutterfliesandme, fall in love with the art of Josephine Wall ( the artist of Butterfly Tree), blog about transformation, and write a book review for my sweet gifted friend Julianne’s Butterfly Journal. I knew nothing about using images to accompany my writing and all that entails. Seems like eons ago… I was so excited when I got my first follower ~ someone I did not know! Cheers to you James Fielden, my faithful follower, poetic soul and fellow INFJ. Slowly but surely I began to follow other bloggers. I did not realize this was a community and that other bloggers would like my posts , comment, or follow. Was I in for a surprise! Some of my early favorites ( that I did not already mention here) were Monika – who shares my love of art, astrology, travel and Jung, Karen Kubicko – another friend who reawakened my interest in multiple lives and angels, the now defunct Crow and Valentine and Fiery Ginger , Leaf and Twig by the mysterious and exalted Seedbud who adds to my daily meditation with the perfect balance of poetry and image, sensitive photographer and sweetheart SethSnap, the channeled words of Angelic Guides, INFJ cartoonist and pal INFJoe, and INFJ brave, vulnerable and wise soul sister Lehua.
Kaleidoscopes, love of lite and light, dream groups, the learning curve of technical blogging, astrology and connections:
It took me some time to create an about me page. Eventually I looked at litebeing and explored how I could expand on my moniker. I adore kaleidoscopes and it all came together organically. Interestingly enough, the patterns began to emerge. I met a new friend and brilliant energy worker Deelia who had a great quote on her blog from Jean Houston about kaleidoscopes.
I reviewed some films on https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/litebeings-guide-to-the-movies/. One of them was Bee Season. I re-watched it again this weekend and noticed that the kaleidoscope was featured almost as a unique character in the story line. It was linked to mysticism and the Kabbalah. It focused on the philosophy of tikkun olam, or “repairing the world” and “reuniting its shards of light.”
This link on Kabbalah explains what happened before The Big Bang and the role of the light http://www.livekabbalah.org/index.php/home/level-1-b/basic-concepts-in-kabbalah/light-or-and-the-creation/
This article would have come in handy when I blogged about creation in https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/musings-and-in-the-beginning/
Through Nuttgen’s imagery of kaleidoscopes, shards of glass and permutated letters, the Naumann world emerges as an extraordinary mosaic, delicately balancing on the edge of everyday suburban reality and mystical surrealism. ( kinda like my blog theme, hmmmm)
I took a brief class on lucid dreaming and formed a small dream group with a few fellow students. Taking more of a leadership role was a pattern beginning to take shape. At the urging of folks at my other dream group, I had begun distributing my new business cards. A few of my friends were quite insistent that I order cards. I decided to call myself an Astrologer and Intuitive Guide. I was not sure why I made this choice, but intuitive guide seemed more authentic than therapist or counselor. The group also told me to include my blog on the cards, but I did not listen. ” What if this blog idea doesn’t last?” I thought. Looking back I wish I had listened to them. My life was quietly and subtly changing..
I did not plan to feature astrology at first but the Universe had other plans ….
This picture of 3 beautiful souls was in part inspiration for my February post about astrology and ascendants : https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/happy-february-why-astrology-works-a-biased-view/
Can you guess who are the 2 Scorpios and who is the Aquarius? The three of us were so filled with light, beauty , and promise. Why didn’t I notice that in myself back then? We were the 3 musketeers, and I shared my hopes and dreams with my dearest partners in crime. We believed in each other and brought out our better natures ( intertwined with teenage angst and drama). I saw myself coming back to life this year, uncovering and expressing more and more of those dreams and gifts. Many were packed away in ” psychic storage” collecting dust. Thanks to new friends such as fellow Moon in Gemini INFJ Renate, the wickedly clever, talented and insightful animal lovers Odie and OM, lovely artist and Philly home-girl Cynthia Jackson, and fellow SW and nature lover Cindy Knoke, admiration turned into inspiration. Their creativity and spark helped ignite my own flame. I cannot let this season pass without describing my tenacity in regards to the technical side of blogging. I was here to write. What did I know of widgets, embedding videos, cropping images and using social media to publish my posts? ZERO. Don’t even get me started on the Flag Widget! Yet I used the stubborn fixed side of my personality to persevere and I succeeded most of the time.
What’s in a gravatar name after all? The Year of the Snake, alternate realities and virtual reunions, awards, my photography, poetry and more..
When the Chinese New Year arrived we entered the Year of the Snake. And boy was it ever, in more ways than one!
Some of you may recall my original gravatar was a colorful bird. In the Spring/Summer I decided to change it to one of my own photographs. I finally learned how to upload pictures from my not-so-smart phone. Remember I blogged about my blooming poinsettia in https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/subtle-beginnings/ ? I so wanted to show you my plant, but did not know how to upload the images to you. I have definitely come a long way since then. But there was more to learn and discover…
So I chose this flowering plant above as my new symbol because of the purple color and how the petals reflect the light. Little did I know I was using the Hydrangea as my gravatar! Even when I discovered its name courtesy of Renate who commented on: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/poetry-how-about-a-snake-with-your-rumi/, I still did not realize that this was the same plant. It was not until months later when Sue mentioned its name during the amazing ” blind” reading she gave me that I had been shooting this plant in different stages of development over time!
Check out Sue’s dazzling auragraphs here ~ http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/art-and-hobbies/watercolour-paintings-auragraphs/
My childhood included many sudden and frequent moves to different states and 4 elementary schools. This challenging experience often prompted me to wonder about ” what if” or ” what might have been” had I remained in one place for a longer stretch of time. I am very visually oriented and this photo above remained prominent in my consciousness. Through the magic of Facebook and some persistent efforts, I located 2 childhood friends from 3rd – part of 5th grade ( the longest time I remained at one school). It was exhilarating to reconnect and share our memories of one another. Around the same time I blogged about a trip into an alternate dimension in https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/scenes-from-an-indian-restaurant-collisions-of-parallel-time/. Feedback and support from Roxie aka Shelley, Heidi, Shamanic goddess, and Cynthia Sue made a world ( quantum world) of difference. Communing with fellow seers, shape-shifters, healers, and alchemists reawakened the parts of my soul that needed a gentle nudge!
The Spring also brought a crisis of faith that shook me to my core. This crisis resulted in more enlightenment through the kindness of others. I was rewarded with poetry from inside me and blog awards from my peers! Thank you Tazein and Ajay for noticing me and in such a loving way. While my writing was reaching people in India and Singapore and Australia, my heart chakra was being opened by angels in my neighborhood. Check out these chestnuts that reflected these openings:
Interview, book review, barter, reunions, Astrology conference
I happened to discover a blog by one of my new followers, a young college student/ ballerina, author, renaissance woman Amber. I was immediately drawn to the lavender star format. I was also struck by her raw, honest musings on her life with bipolar disorder and the world of publishing. Soon thereafter I am winning eBooks, reading the review copy of When Stars Die, and invited to be interviewed by Ky Grabowski. Remember the FOW? I was beginning to truly transition to writer. I hosted a 111 Global Party to celebrate 111 followers and created a virtual bash complete with world music and free astrology readings. This idea triggered the concept of rewarding my 1000th commenter and launching an award contest. As so often happens in my life, one idea births another and yet another, with the birthing process taking on its own momentum and pace. These events brought more new friends to the party like the enchanting Glorialana, and earth mother/ colorful writer Tamrah Jo.
Read about Amber’s When Stars Die https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/book-review-when-stars-die/
Through the magic of Facebook one of my best friends from high school reconnected with me and she came to visit from Texas. We had not seen each other in about twenty years. She is the Aquarius featured earlier in the post. Talk about seamlessly catching up without missing a beat. Connections that can be sustained throughout a lifetime are precious and rare! Around the same time I attended the NCGR Astrology conference hosted in Philadelphia. Spending time with my beloved community inspired me to do more readings and really put myself out there. Coincidentally or not, I was offered a chance to teach an Astrology class for the very first time! So part of my Summer was spent bartering services with fellow bloggers, developing my lecture materials, and thinking about my future. What am I called to do now?
Cosmic challenges, more new friends, recognizing what is hiding in plain sight, birthday blues, teaching and learning along the way
After a very busy summer doing more of what I truly love, the Fall arrived. I taught my first class and was received warmly. I continued to give out my business cards and test my intuitive/ clairsentient/empathic skills. I hosted a blog challenge on astrology and alchemy called the Cosmic Retrograde Challenge. This required both leadership skills, patience, and the willingness to be open to how this experiment may impact me. I came away quite surprised and a bit overwhelmed. There were a few Wizard of Oz moments that are still being integrated slowly but surely. But new friends like brilliant , ever curious Shree , loving insightful Sue, and contemplative yet engaging Debra made the journey worthwhile. While some melancholy set in around my birthday, I continued to practice gratitude, clear out old ghosts, and claim more of my power.
Going public, WordPress and Facebook style, weaving a community tapestry, releasing old ties and forming new alliances
As the year began to wind down, so did my energy. Saturn was beginning to have its way with my Scorpio placements and would not be ignored. But I continued to persevere, execute some new goals, and soldier on. I also continued to receive offers to partner with bloggers on projects and challenges like this full-fledged Astrology Article with Julie:
I also enhanced the blog with a Services Section and created a Facebook page. I have begun providing Astrology Services by Skype, phone, and email. I am really enjoying integrating all I have learned and creating new ways to serve the world. All of you make me better and the ideas and stories keep pouring out of me. I really did not think there would be so much to say or do. I also quit my 11 year therapy practice this month. It was a painful decision but clearly the right one at this time. Sometimes a situation requires one to let go before any real damage is done. Another opportunity to let go gracefully had emerged before 2013 was finished with me. With so much in the works already, I am eager to kiss this year goodbye.
End of year 2013 ~
Lessons learned: 2013 from beginning to end was an exceptional year for me. In fact it was a turning point. I learned so much this year. One huge lesson was that old dreams never really die entirely. I had finally made the decision to honor the child within who loves to express herself by writing and inspiring by seeing the world differently. I put myself out there and it was about time! A sense of urgency within collided with signs in the environment and I went for it! Another important lesson is to let life flow more, despite my need/habit to control everything. I also noticed that like-minded people can do so much more in service together than separately. The key is attracting people who are truly like-minded. We are so inextricably interconnected. When there were floods and fires in Colorado, I paid more attention. If there’s a festival in Kuala Lumpur, I sense the excitement because I know someone there! When the news focuses on Belarus or the UK, I think about how my friends are being affected. Truth is, we are all together, everywhere and every moment. Finally, some patterns are waiting to be revealed while others remain elusive. Perhaps I can be still and make peace with the mystery.
Thank you Ajay, Glorialana and Julie for 3 awesome Blog of the Year Awards! I am so grateful to be recognized by such accomplished creative spirits. Since 2013 is the Year of the Blog for me, if I mentioned you in this post, you won this Award! All of you propelled me further by being you and extending yourself to me. Thank you. While I could not mention everyone,( it would take another week to finish this post…) please do not assume you did not impact me because you did! Like food and travel bloggers Rachel at Eat, The Escape Artist, and Fae. Or my male blogger pals Eddie, Eric, Dennis, Gray and Michael. Or Barbara, Aleya, and Anne. And on it goes…
In the spirit of alternate realities, I offer you another version for your listening pleasure: Time Passages 2
One last mystery before I close, was this a Year in Review post masquerading as an Awards post? Or an Awards post masquerading as a Year in Review post?
Embrace the paradox and have a Deliteful 2014!
27 comments on “2013 Year in Review ~ The Year of the Blog”
Thank you, 2013, for bringing me my beautiful Linda! 🙂
You have been an important part of this journey Glorialana. Subtly at first, but then stronger and stronger the flame grew to a bright beacon of light.
Wishing you an awesome year ahead my friend.
What an astounding year for you! I”m so happy to hear of your expansion in the astrology journey – it seems as if a whole universe has been borne since we last talked!
Congratulations and may 2014 bless you as well as this year did!
We both have changed and expanded throughout this past year! Happy to hear you are working and still finding time to enjoy yourself. Very glad we met last year and became better acquainted. May 2014 bring us all an abundance of inner riches and enough material compensation/energy to support out goals and dreams..
Yes, a wonderful review. You may be inspiring me to write one 🙂
2013 has really been a wild ride for me. WP has really added something very special to my life by connecting with people who share my interests and through their blogs learning from them.
I have so enjoyed getting to know you Linda and agree that you have a gift with astrology and readings.
Best wishes for a great 2014!
Thank you for taking the time to stroll and scroll down memory lane with me, I know we would enjoy reading about your year as well.
I also am enjoying getting to know you, Thank you for your kind feedback 🙂
May 2014 be a fruitful, prosperous one for you.
Happy New Year Linda!!!!! This one will be even better than the last!
Let’s make this the best year ever!
Yes, Let’s!!!!!! Life can get better each an every day!
That was awesome, Linda! What a beautiful reflection and appreciation of a full, enriched year! You have been through so much, and accomplished a great deal in a short time. Big hugs! Many of your wonderful comrades and WordPress family members are among my own, and I am grateful for your introduction here to a few more! The circle grows…Thank you for including me, and thank you so much for being here! I can’t wait to see what you share in 2014. With much love, Renate
I am so appreciative that you took the time to peruse this rather exhaustive post. As you know, I found you early on and recognized a kindred spirit. We are both blessed to share such an amazing and ever-increasing circle of souls here on WordPress.
Big hugs back and may we both continue to grow creatively and spiritually..
Linda, I loved reading this review and have left various comments around and about on other links of your posts… Life never ceases to amaze me at its intricacies at the way everything is so finely tuned, each thinking we are separate and yet we are all so tightly woven together as we meet and greet, some only for moments, others for life times…. The Synchronicities, the Signs, all there as we unravel the mysteries which were always before our very eyes, just waiting for us to awaken and open our eyes that bit wider to see!…
Wonderful posting….and I look forward to more inspiring posts throughout 2014 as our friendship develops further ..
Much Love and Light
Thank you so much for reading this disserttion length post lol! I could have writtenmore but I was too tired 🙂
Life never ceases to amaze me at its intricacies at the way everything is so finely tuned, each thinking we are separate and yet we are all so tightly woven together as we meet and greet, some only for moments, others for life times…. The Synchronicities, the Signs, all there as we unravel the mysteries which were always before our very eyes, just waiting for us to awaken and open our eyes that bit wider to see!…
~ This quote was so appropriate and summarizes my sentiments exactly. Thanks for also taking the time to explore and comment on the older posts.
It is gratifying to see that you really want to know me…..
Thank you Linda that was so nice. I know it is time consuming to create all those links. I love the manner in which you wove the story intertwined with the bloggers.
So happy to be in your universe.
Oh it was arduous, but I felt necessary to validate all these wonderful people who I did not know until about 1 year ago!! My blogoversary post will be short and sweet 🙂
love and sparkles,
It was nice that you acknowledge so many bloggers.
What’s with the ” nice” ?
You are usually more descriptive lol!!
It does take a village to raise this : wild child” after all 🙂
Hmm really nice, considerate, thoughtful.
Great post Linda! It’s amazing how well you reviewed your year and to read the changes that you have perceived. Here’s to an awesome 2014 🙂
Congratulations too on the Blog of the Year award! Wohoo! Well deserved! 🙂
Oh how I missed your presence Shree! But you earned your well deserved break! Can’t wait for you to see my other posts 🙂
Thanks for hanging in there with this extremely loooooooooong winded one!
Happy 2014 to you and your people in Malaysia!
Very cool post! Off to your alternate reality! 😀 Happy New Year!
Thank you for your encouragement and friendship. I know I keep repeating this over and over, but can you really say thank you too many times?
You have boundless energy. And you were certainly busy this past year! You get extra points for creating time to craft such a substantive recap. The same would take me eons. 🙂 Thanks for your blogging contributions, linda. Many of us truly appreciate you and your posts!
Thank you for your lovely commentary. For me blogging is more than a hobby; it is a portal to my true Self, my hOMe. This is why I made the effort to do a intensive review. I appreciate your support and look forward to your posts in 2014. 😉