Moving As Of January 1 ~ New Site

Hello everyone,

I’ve been here at Pull Up A Toadstool for several years, and it has been great. For quite some time, I’ve been thinking about creating a new home for my work…mostly because of an continuity issue with identity. All across the internet and even in person, I’ve been known as the Pixiebaby, and have been thinking of making things more clear, clean, and consistent.

After months of careful consideration, I’ve decided to take the leap, and have been building a new site which will be officially rolled  out on January 1. This site will remain open for those who wish to check out older content, as I’ve decided not to import any material. Below is a link to the new site. While it isn’t fully complete, it’s almost there. The link is below. Please follow and add to your bookmarks. January 1 will be here before we know it.

Welcome

Much love,

Tracy

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A New Challenge

Hi there! I hope that all of you are having a lovely weekend. As many of you know, I participate in a good many blog or writing challenges…and that I love them. Well, I decided that it was time to start one of my own. For the next 60 days, I’ll be posting a new haiku. I’ve been doing two a week for quite some time and have grown quite enamored with this form of poetry. Chances are good that I’ll post other things here too if something comes up that I wish to share or I create a piece of art that I’d like to post here.

Don’t forget, I’ll also be over at Sisters In The Shadows for the entire month of October, participating in our annual month long tribute to all things scary. So, I hope to see those of you who enjoy horror over there. For November, as I mentioned last Monday, I’ll be diving in to National Novel Writing Month to get a good head start on the sequel to my novel “Twisted Faith”. As you can see, it’s going to be a busy few months around here. There are a few other projects which I’ve got simmering in the background which I’ll tell you more about when the time is right. This is an exciting time in my life, and I’m so thankful that all of you are here.

The 60 Day Haiku Challenge will start tomorrow!

It’s Almost October

Since we’re only a few short weeks away from October, I thought it was time to let all of you know that we will be teaming up at Sisters In The Shadows again for our annual month long spook-fest. In addition to my horrific contributions, there will be plenty of other demented tales and/or artwork contributed by  my delightfully twisted sister Julie, my lifelong friend and gleeful partner in all things weird Tabitha, and the next generation of macabre creations, the  lovely and talented  Evangeline.

*** Fair Warning: I acknowledge that horror and twisted tales are not for everyone, so please steer clear if you are disturbed by…well, potentially disturbing tales and/or images.

For those of you who enjoy the darker side of storytelling and expression, please click on the link for Sisters In The Shadows above and be sure to sign up, follow us, or add us to your bookmarks. We’d hate to see you miss out on any of the creepiness.

Changes Are Afoot

The increase in the number of projects that I’m working on has led to an increased need for balance, so there are going to be some changes so that I can manage it all, while making taking better care of myself a priority…and keeping some shred of sanity. My health has taken a hit, and I realize that a good bit of that is due to my lack of taking adequate care of myself. I had already made drastic changes to my diet, but not to the movement of my body. For about a year, I’ve been predominantly sedentary…no wonder I feel yucky!

Not only that but I had let my meditation, tai chi, yoga, and art practices slide away…the things that make me feel the most alive! The time has come to do something about this. No more thinking…no more “planning”. Plus, since I finally finished writing the first draft of a novel that I first began twenty years ago…I feel a push to edit it into completion…and actually began that process today. After this book is put to bed, I have the metaphysical book which I began in November waiting on me and I’m really looking forward to getting into it.  I feel very strongly that my desire to be of service to others cannot be complete if I’m not tending to my own fires, including health and happiness. Right now I am feeling called to focus more heavily on projects which can reach more people such as writing, videos, and possibly a few workshops/speaking events later this year.

I want to thank all of you in advance for growing right along with me. I’ll list all of the changes below.

  • After tomorrow, the Ask Tracy video series will be every other week for the time being. This gives all of you more time to come up with questions…and me more time to do more stuff. I’ll still record and post them on Wednesdays.
  • Beginning February 1st, I’ll be participating in 2 art challenges. The first is 29 Faces, which I wrote about the other day. The second is one that asks that you come to the same canvas each day for 5-15 minutes, without a plan and lay down some paint…for 30 days. I am curious to see what the end result will look like. Perhaps something really cool, perhaps a mud puddle…time will tell.
  • Also beginning February 1st…well technically January 31st, I’ll be changing the Card of the Day to a three card, weekly reading. I’ll post the weekly reading each Sunday. I’ve been batting this around for a while anyway, and with increased need to free up time and energy, I’m going to give this a try and see how it goes. I’ve been curious to see how things go if the readings have more time to play out. This will be subject to change depending on how it works out.
  • I’ll be posting each of the 29 Faces as they are created…except on weekends. I’ll post those along with each Monday’s face.
  • More than likely, I’ll post a weekly update on the 30 day canvas project. Gonna wing this one.
  • I’ll still be available to schedule some appointments for readings, just not as many.
  • My time on social media will be less than usual, especially while I am tending to my health and the editing. I’ll still be around a decent amount during the week, but not on weekends at all.
  • I’m aiming for one substantial blog post per week, but I realize that it may be less than that in February with so many other things going on.

As the scope of my work changes, it is necessary to make adjustments along the way. Even though all of this might come off as rigid…it is the opposite. It is my sincere belief that by making room for self care and joy that I can offer more to the world. The past year has been a real roller coaster in my personal life and not long ago, I awakened to the fact that I had essentially stopped truly living…I had stopped allowing the well of my heart to be replenished.

My word for this year, which I selected back in October is “Listen”, and I have been actively listening to the call of my heart and soul. I admit that I am feeling some growing pains as I reach beyond the old limits which I had set for myself. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. It’s going to take a little time to figure out the right balance, so I’m asking for your patience as I find my stride.

I’m so thankful to all of you for being here…and for all of your loving support throughout the years. Here’s to many more!

 

 

Key Changes for the New Year

Back in October, I chose my word for the year. This year, my word is listen. Since then, I’ve been very open, making a point each day to ask for guidance and direction. As the end of this calendar year comes to a close, it has become clear to me that there are several things which are important for me to do at this time.

*The time has come for me to get serious about doing more to lead a healthier life. Over the past year, between stress, losses, the resulting depression, and the lack of taking good care of myself, I have found myself knowing that I simply have to do better by myself. I am in way too much pain, way too tired, and way too deconditioned to continue to ignore the needs of my body. I’ve already begun this by becoming more active and by getting my eating habits back in line with what makes my body feel better.

*My spiritual practice has been deepening exponentially over the past few years, and more rapidly and profoundly than ever in the last six months or so. The amount of time that I find myself feeling inclined to spend in both study and actual practice has increased a great deal. This includes time spent in silent contemplation of the things which I am learning and working on.

*Things have really been taking off creatively too. My writing practice has been thriving for months now and I am happy to say that it shows no sign of slowing down. Between a novel which is almost ready to head into the editing process, a metaphysical book which I began in November, articles for online magazines, and posts for this blog there’s a lot of work to be done…and I’m loving every moment of it. Not only has the writing been fruitful, but my art practice is coming back to life too which thrills me.

What this all means is that I am in need of paring down several things in order to focus fully on the tasks at hand. My energy levels have been at an all time low for the past several months and while I have taken steps and am beginning to feel myself coming back to life again, I have found myself asking what I can do to foster my healing process as I grow my practices. The answer is to give myself time and space. My body and spirit are craving full immersion in this work…in this space. After much soul seeking, I have come to understand the one thing which will give me the most of what I need right now.

Before I fill you in on my plan, I need to say something. This is nothing personal…it isn’t aimed at anyone. It isn’t about anyone other than me. It is a matter of me doing what needs to be done to bring myself into a state in which I will be the best that I can be for myself…let alone anyone else. More than anything, living a life of service to others is of utmost importance to me and I’ve come to realize…most painfully…that unless I take time and space to heal, that I cannot serve anyone well. My stores have been thoroughly depleted, and the time has come to rebuild to the best of my ability. There can be no more skipping certain steps. Okay…so what’s the plan?

To put it plainly and simply…for the most part (I am not going to lock myself away, so I’m sure there’ll be exchanges with people when I head out to run errands etc.)…other than key family members, doctors, and clients…communications will be electronic only until further notice. I will still be present here posting the cards and other things, I’ll still be present regularly on Facebook, and will reply to messages and comments both here and on social media. I’m not sure how often I’ll be interacting on social media as this is something new to me and I am playing it all by ear.

I want to thank all of you for being here and staying with me on this part of my journey. Not only that, but I’d like to encourage you to think about what your mind, body, and spirit are asking you for. Those are the most important requests to be open to hearing. Trust me…I have learned this lesson the hard way. Even though I’m diving deeper into my own journey at this time, I’m still here to encourage you with your own journeys, just a little differently than in the past.

I’ll be back here posting the daily cards starting on January 1st. Until then, thank you again for being here. I’m wishing each and every one of you a very Happy New Year…one in which you move closer to a life which reflects what’s in your heart and that your dreams move from your mind into reality. Here’s to a healthy, happy, prosperous, and love filled 2016!

Sending much love to all of you,

Tracy

 

Holiday Break…and Update

Hi Everyone,

All of us are extra busy this week as the holidays are rapidly approaching, spending more time with family and friends. So, I’ve decided to take take the pressure off myself and take a break from posting the Tarot of the Day until January 1.

There is a chance that I might still pop up here and post other random things between now and the 1st. You just never know with me!  Between holiday stuff, health stuff, and keeping my promise to draw my 2011 NaNoWriMo novel to a conclusion by the 31st, I’ve got plenty to keep me busy in these last ten days of 2015.

As I deepen my studies and practice, even though I am much busier…I find myself making more time to sit in stillness. There’s a lot of work going on over here, and I know with many of you. From discussions with clients and random strangers when I’m out and about, I have been seeing a pattern of tearing down and rebuilding. Changing or tweaking methodologies, opinions, patterns, life cycles, work paths, and spiritual journeys seems to be where so many are finding themselves right now. While it can be a little unsettling, keep taking deep breaths…we are finding our way to where it is that we need to be. Oddly enough, that magical where is usually a lot closer than many of us think.

If any of you find yourselves in need of an appointment between now and the 1st, please contact me and we will arrange something. I know that this time of year can be extra stressful for many. Not only that but there are a lot of people who make goal setting and clarifying a priority right now too. So, if something feels urgent…reach out I’ll do what I can to accommodate you.

I’m wishing all of you the best of holidays, whatever you celebrate and a 2016 which is filled with love, happiness, health, and more blessings than you can personally hold (so that we can pay them all forward *wink*).

Love,

Tracy

Card of the Day…Break Due to Illness

Hi everyone,

I’ve come down with a bug of some kind, and it’s not a nice one. Until I’m a little better, I am taking a short break from the Card of the Day. I don’t feel right about doing this work when I’m feeling this badly. So, I am going to step away for a few days and get better. Thank you for understanding. Be back as soon as possible.

Love,

Tracy