From Struggle/Survive to Traverse/Thrive

There are quite a few new folks on here, so it seems like a good time to revisit the core purpose of this space, via Q&A.

Q: You post a lot on Tarot, energy, mindset and empowerment. Why?

A: I post about sacred and conscious tools and practices I use, to offer ideas and support to others on their journeys. I’ve seen the impact spirituality can have and want to share that awareness with others who are seeking and growing also.

Q: If you had to sum up what your blog is all about, what would you say?

A: That I firmly believe we can’t always control what happens to us, but we can 100% control how we respond. To what happened and within ourselves. I write about how we can heal from what we’ve experienced and empower ourselves to move forward with creating the lives we want to live.

Q: Not to sound harsh, but what makes you think you can talk about all that? So we should just ‘have a positive mindset and everything will be fine’? You have no idea what some folks on here have been through.

A: That’s true, and I am also no longer where I used to be:

  • I am a survivor of physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse that began when I was a child and continued into early adulthood in the context of a paternalistic, religious household.
  • I moved out at 18 and lived below the poverty line, working multiple low-paying jobs to make ends meet.
  • I have lived with Complex PTSD (now symptom-free) and Tourette (ongoing).  

The profound thing is that I no longer carry those experiences as my identity.

Acorn + Burdock

Q: Geez. So maybe the last question made some assumptions about what privilege you have.

A: I do have privilege compared to many – despite all that I went through:

  • By sheer chance I was born into a society with a social safety net, and where:
    • my mixed heritage is welcome
    • having Tourette+ (a neurological disorder) doesn’t stigmatize me (much)
    • there’s opportunity as a woman.

But I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t seized small opportunities or taken risks

I’ve learned that mindset dictates how we perceive opportunities, and what we make of them. 

Q: What do you say to people who think a choice between two bad choices is no choice at all? 

A: I would suggest reading the book High Magick by Damien Echols. 

If you’re curious about some of the responses in this Q&A, check out these select posts:  

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