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healing through art

hi theydies and gentlethems i hope your week is going well! today i’d like to talk about something near and dear to my heart — healing through art 🌱🖤

so as some of you may know i just published issue one of my new zine The Home Brew! it aims to be a collective, a creative cauldron of ideas, for those living in the shadows.

the whole point of The Home Brew is to give us all a place to heal through our creative soul work! and i want to chat a little bit about that today.

art therapy is the first thing that ever clicked for me. learning to express myself through these new and creative ways gave me room to really examine my feelings and what i was going through. it gave me a place to cope and heal in a healthy, productive way.

it was messy.

i think it always will be because in general i’m just a messy person

but it was fun and it was healing and it was cathartic and it was restorative.

when i first moved into my grandmas house back when i was 19 the walls of my room were bare and empty.

i felt hallow there.

and i first i was tentative to put something that i made on my walls because i didn’t think it would be ~aesthetically pleasing~ but damn. decorating my space with my art was the best move i ever made

personal paintings and mixed media collages and just so many different types of creative expression! it gave me room to FEEL!

and that’s what i so desperately needed at the time. room to feel and process in a healthy, not-so-destructive, way.

and that’s what i hope The Home Brew can be now.

a place for indie artists to plant their first thoughts and rough drafts.

the first notes of a song. a sketch done in the corner of napkin.

a little place to feel out our emotions and share them with others.

a safe space for creatives of all kinds

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Issue One is Ready to EDIT

next week is all about editing The Home Brew issue one! if you have any last minute submissions GET THEM IN

i’m so STOKED to be sharing this with you all!

i’ll be back to regular book chats next week (i’m ready a beautiful poetry collection right now!) and i’m gonna RANT about modern poetry so stay tuned!

mmt

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i suck at coping

what is up theydies and gentlethems i’m sorry this post is about 14 hours late but what can i say – a bitch is struggling.

i skipped group therapy three times this week and i’m supposed to go tomorrow but i am SCARED so today instead of incoherent ramblings i’m going to make a list of coping mechanisms that ARENT harmful or toxic as a little reminder to myself and maybe even others for those ~bad days~


  • abstinence (sobriety)
  • breathing exercises
  • physical exercising
  • create!
  • communicate your feelings
  • healthy distractions
  • forgiveness
  • help someone out
  • do your dishes
  • do your laundry
  • just do some dang chores in general because if you’re in slump you’ve probably been putting them off
  • take your meds!
  • drink some water
  • go for a walk
  • remember why you’ve e discussed and learned in therapy
  • call a friend
  • pause and think
  • mediate
  • listen to music
  • dance to music!
  • play a video game
  • make sure you’re listening and hearing and understanding those around you – and yourSELF
  • spend time with your pets
  • spend time with friends and family
  • take a nap
  • eat a healthy meal
  • eat some ice cream because it’s good soul food
  • do some yoga
  • listen to a podcast
  • spend time with fresh air

and that’s the list i have written in my journal! if you have any other good coping mechanisms throw them my way!!!

much love

mmt

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the home brew – submissions OPEN

what is UP theydies and gentlethems? i hope you’re all having a lovely week.

usually today i’d do a ~cozy post~ but i’m interrupting our usual programming for an announcement from The Home Brew

SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE ONE CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 22.

(submissions are ABSOLUTELY still welcome but they will be pushed back to the second issue!)

i have received some of the most beautiful pieces of art i have ever seen, i absolutely love this. i am so excited to be able to create a community of rad human artists and creatives and give us a space to GROW as artists and as people! thank you for sharing your soul work with me!

“a monthly literary and art publication coming soon to a browser near you (and maybe even as a physical zine!)

The Home Brew is here to be creative cauldron of ideas. a place where the voices of those in the shadows can come together and meld into something magical.

i’m hoping to discuss topics such as:

spirituality

mental health awareness

LGBTQ+ lifestyle

cozy witchcraft

modern poetry

mixed media/digital art

photography

and whatever else we can come up with together”

all mediums are welcome! the submissions info is as follows:

• email me: freelovingwitch@gmail.com

in the email – use the subject SUBMISSION – and include the following:

• who are you? (name, pronouns, passions, whatever you’d like everyone to know about you)

• what are you submitting? (is it a song? a poetry collection? a website? an entire soundcloud account/album? let me know) describe it!

• what’s your creative process like?

• what would you like to say about what you’re submitting

• links to promote you (blog, twitter handle, insta name, etc)

• something that makes you YOU! what is your passions what is your purpose what pushes you to create!

attach any links or files you’d like to be reviewed and anything else you’d like me to know.

let’s cultivate a space for art together 🌻

mmt

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habit tracking

wow today’s gonna be a toughie.

i overSLEPT. i got about 13 hours of sleep and woo boy i feel like garbage.

today’s post is relatively similar to yesterday’s — i want to talk about habit tracking.

yes, i know, this is just boring part of cozy routines but hey o y’all get to have the ~depression experience~ today so enjoy!

theydies and gentlethems this is why habit tracking crucial – even in the days when you wake up with zero spoons, you’re cozy routines and habit tracking will give you something to fall back on. you can literally SEE what you accomplished yesterday and what you CAN accomplish today. even if it’s just a bit smaller.

this is also why i prescribe to the “no zero-day” philosophy! (we did it, reddit)

so yesterday i my lil habit tracker tells me i:

• woke up on time

• got my walk in or hit my step goal

• smoked 🙁

• did my tarot spread

• took a shower

• did duolingo

• (worked) on mySELF

• wrote

• meditated

• worked on my blog

• read

• worked on my zine

• took all my meds

• and stayed sober!

so: even though yesterday i had about 6 spoons and today i feel like i only have 3; i can still rely on my habit tracking to keep ME on track and growing in the right direction.

so, no i didn’t wake up on time today. but i can continue to stay sober. i can keep my streak going on duolingo – it only takes like ten minutes bitch you got this. i find peace in meditation and tarot reading and i’ve already worked those into my morning routine AND my lover and i are going on a walk after dinner this evening.

granted:

• it’ll probably be a shorter walk

• i already smoked 🙁

• i spent less time dedicated to tarot and meditation today

• and sobriety is harder today…

but baby steps are still progress and that’s we’re doing here.

(wanna see something cute?

she’s laying on me as a cat bed while i write this. pet therapy at its finest.)

overall babes, i hope you find SOMETHING that helps you help yourself grow.

big fanatical plans and organizational habits were so enticing and i bought every planner and stationary set i could find but damn your bitch is TIRED. (and broke lol) but honestly this is something that actually seems helpful to me right now and i thought maybe it could help you too.

let me know what kind of hinges you like to track in your planner or what magickal things you like to keep in your routine! i love chatting with y’all 🌱🖤

mmt

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cozy routines

what’s up theydies and gentlethems today we’re taking about cozy routines.

honestly, i’ve been ~going through it~ and i was holding such a negative headspace about where i was sitting that i stopped writing.

seriously? like my one functioning coping mechanism decides to turn off during depression and you know, i just won’t stand for it.

welcome to the shit show: we’re climbing out of the pits of depression with cozy routines today!

why?

because whenever the depression monsters hits it punches me right out of balance and i feel ~WAVY~ so it’s important to have solid, healthy, flexible routines already lined up in your day-to-day.

yes i am the biggest self proclaimed hypocrite but this is what i’m doing today and i’ll let y’all know how it goes when i stick to it for a while.

when.

not if.

see what i did there? high five to my inner monologue. we’re out here growing.

from the bottom up. roots first. one thing at a time.

⁃ but i digress

cozy routines:

so i’m obsessed with using and organizing my planner. it’s kind of been my thing since i was in elementary school. and i’m very picky about my planners. but i like to color coordinate my routine and track habits, moods, and routines!

i use little glyphs! it’s not ~aesthetically pleasing~ or really even Pinterest worthy.

it honest to goddess looks like that

“could a depressed person make this?” fucking meme ugh

but anyways, it’s so helpful for me!

so how do we break this down –

i, personally, started by doing a tarot spread (and let me tell you, the hermit has been haunting me) and i made a list of things that i want to accomplish and goals i have. things i hope to learn, things i hope to do, things i hope to be. an aspirations list, if you will.

and then i chopped it all up into itty bitty pieces.

wanna lose 20 pounds? start everyday with a walk and some yoga

wanna feel more connected spiritually? schedule time to mediate everyday

and stick to these!

something that’s also CRUCIAL is have a consistent sleep schedule. i know. more cliché than “it gets better” but this one’s actually true.

get up at the same time every morning. have a morning routine. eat something that fuels your body. move your body. clean your body. get yourSELF ready for the day.

even if you take a nap after breakfast. seriously. take your meds, too.

i don’t really think there’s anyway for me to tell you what to schedule or what to track — i don’t know what’s important to you; only you do — but i hope that i can emphasize the importance of TRACKING.

habit tracking.

mood tracking.

routine tracking.

food? water! weight? meds! dates for goals. um. sleep schedule. uh. work schedule! spending. anything else that matter to YOU.

anyways, you get me? you feel me?

you feel me. i know you do.

it’s important to schedule and spend time doing the things that fill you with joy, obviously 🙂

mmt

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🧘🏻‍♀️ defining meditation 🧘🏻‍♀️

happy wid-week break everyone; i hope these last couple of days have been filled with positivity and growth 🌱

i appreciate everyone being so patient with my posts as my life grows and settles; i know i’ve been only posting haphazardly lately but i’ve had some seeds of ideas i’d like to start planting.

in my personal life – i’m hoping to get back into school for my mft license and get certified as a yoga therapist! i’m really hoping to expand the freelovingwitch coven into a beautiful combination of mind, body, and soul. i want to work to bridge the supposed gap between the rational and the spiritual. the emotional and sensible. the mundane and ethereal.

it’s something i’m truly passionate about and i’m starting to find that working with people, one-on-one or in small groups, is something that really brings me peace, balance, and joy.

and that brings us to today’s post:

today i wanted to talk about meditation and how many different meanings, usages, and forms it can take on.

in this era of ~mindfulness~ dbt tactics are the wave and, honestly, i LOVE that. it makes us think about our brains and behaviors in different ways. and as it makes its way into more counseling offices, schools, and work environments it’s becoming more and more likely that you’ll hear terms related mindfulness and other wholistic practices.

what i want to do is talk about meditation – i want to break it down to its absolute simplest form and show you how to incorporate it into your daily life.

everyday witchcraft;

practical magic;

mind.body.soul.

meditation has a couple of different definitions ranging from religious to general contemplation. i, personally, like to take the middle route.

for me – meditation is intent. it’s what you put into something. meditating is the act of putting your entire SELF into something and focusing solely on it for a set period of time.

i know that the first thing that comes to mind is someone cute sitting crisscross applesauce with their eyes closed for thirty minutes and i mean, that’s all cool mate, but sometimes it’s doing any sort of exercise; anything you put your intent and focus on.

sometimes it’s laying down with crystals. sometimes it’s painting or making art or music. sometimes it’s going on drive by yourself. sometimes it’s really just doing the dishes or going for a walk.

and what i hope you see here is that meditation is not a strict practice. there is no way to do it wrong. and there is no downside to it, all beneficial. so try to incorporate it in your daly routine!

take time – anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes, go for it – and just BE with yourSELF.

(hum your favorite song for extra throat chakra points 💙)

there are so many benefits to mindfulness and so many ways to incorporate practical magick into our everyday lifestyles.

30 minutes of mind, body, soul exercise a day, when you really put your whole self into it, can really make a difference in your general health and well-being.

i’m definitely not claiming that yoga and deep breathing will cure your chronic illnesses. but for me, at the very least, they help take the edge off in a healthy, constructive way – and isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

xx

mmt

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chakra cleansing, healing, and realignment

hello theydies and gentlethems, i hope this start to your week is filled with joy and prosperity. today we’re going to be talking chakra healing and all that it entails!

but megan, what are ~chakras~?

well i’m so glad you asked.

to put it simply: the chakras are energy centers in the body. they run up the back of our spine and cycle our energies ranging from our roots to our connection with the divine. they’re what keep us balanced and centered.

there are plenty of methods to read or understand your chakras and how widely or tightly they’re rotating. i personally use my crystal pendulum and my tarot cards! and this is how i offer energy readings to others has well!

it’s always good to do a check in with your chakras — now what do i mean by that?

it’s good to take a step back and view our energy objectively. are we balanced? are we grounded? are we vibrating at the right frequency? it’s important to scan your body and energy every so often to keep yourself on track.

when our chakras are out of line it can throw everything off!

for instance, if your throat chakra is closed too tightly you much have difficulty expressing yourself, vocalizing your feelings, and communicating with other. or, if you solar plexus chakra is out of alignment you may feel discomfort in your abdomen, a lack of self-assurance, and and doubt in yourself.

so it’s important to keep an eye on everything.

don’t get discouraged if your chakras fall out of perfect sync — shit happens my friends and we’re always being thrown new obstacles to overcome. assessing our energy is the first way to heal our energy.

and now on to that — healing our energy.

once you’ve figured out how your wheels are spinning it’s time to help them out and keep them balanced.

each chakra center in the body has different methods of healing but here are some general insights.

recharge yourself with your crystals – cleansed crystals. pick out ones that help represent the areas you’re trying to enhance. meditate; preferably daily. seriously this one’s a lifesaver. if you take 15 minutes a day to sit and breathe and focus on your inner SELF they’re are so many benefits to it! clarity, insight, trust in yourself. it’s a beautiful thing. do some restorative yoga. research some poses to help you open your every and balance your mind and body.

there are an abundance of things that help keep us balanced and centered and the biggest thing I’ve learned over time is that every individual healing path is different. what you find relaxing and meditative may be a hassle to someone else. what balances you may throw someone else out of sync. trust your gut. trust your intuition. trust your SELF.

as always, if you’re looking for energy healing or tarot readings i’m always available for sessions!

love and light,

mmt

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therapy animals, familiars, and why pets are so amazing in general

hello cozy bloggers let’s talk cozy animals today!

this is my fur baby, therapy cat, and familiar, Belle! she’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

i adopted her when i was 18 (adopt, don’t shop!) and she’s been with me through the toughest parts of my life. i was at the lowest point in my trauma recovery and mental illness and i found this little baby to help me get through it.

pets. are. amazing.

the best little companions.

when i’d wake up in the middle the night, shaking from a nightmare and drenched in a cold sweat, she’d come and lay on my stomach and purr into my chest until i fell asleep.

i think therapy cats make the best familiars. always there for you. able to communicate with you. comforting and healing.

hold on: is someone asking what a familiar is? well let me just chime in here: a familiar spirit in something that protects witches in their pursuits of clarity. my familiar, belle, helps me harness my light energy and bask in the glow of summertime. she helps me heal and grow and thrive.

and if you’re a little skeptical on this whole witchcraft thing may i interest you in my cozy witchcraft post?cxx

its all about how to use everyday witchcraft to balance your energy.

i think, honestly, deep down, all pets are good pets and good familiars. they comfort us when we need them, they take on our personality traits, and they care for us so deeply.

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cozy rambles

hello lovebugs

today is cozy blogging but i couldn’t decide 100% what to talk about so we’re just going to do some cozy rambles okay?

i’ve been working on a lot of different projects lately! and i picked up my old Wreck This Journal! i try to do a couple pages everyday to flex those creative muscles 💪🏼

i think it’s really important to EXPERIMENT especially when it comes to ART

i’m spending the summer reconnecting with myself and strengthening my roots. and art, writing, and creativity is a big part of that for me. so i’m trying a little bit of everything and making a bunch of messes and honestly it’s lovely as hell.

i’m calling this summer my ~mental health summer~ it’s like a mental health break but it lasts a couple months. like intense therapy without the CBT and DBT group nonsense that i don’t like*

(*this is not me bashing therapy. i’m extremely pro therapy. but group therapy settings have never helped me heal and every journey is different)

but i’ve set some really cozy goals for myself this summer and i’d really like to share them all with you!

i’m doing yoga and meditation daily! did you know that i used to want to be a yoga instructor or meditation guide? i really want to explore that some more! i think yoga and mindful meditation are incredibly cathartic and have always held a special place for me in my healing journey

i’m also committing to writing more! at least 200 words a day — it’s a small goal but it keeps me consistent even on those days when i have writers block. i’ve been doing writing prompts too! i have a couple books and sites that i use to come up with ideas to springboard my writing off of. it’s been amazing i feel like i’m finally untangling my mind.

routines have always helped me. and lists. so i make a list every morning of what needs to be done and i like to check them off throughout the day. it helps me keep myself accountable. and that keeps me feeling…. happy. and… fulfilled, actually. i feel like i’m taking steps in the right direction and i’m growing, slow and steady.

so i try to remind myself of the cozy things every now and again. when things get hectic i take three cleansing breaths and pick two cozy things to fill my mind up with.

(usually it’s cats and crystals)

and it helps.

x