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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

book club, Personal, Uncategorized

book club

hi friends!

if you’re following me on twitter you might have already seen my post about it but i wanted to share here too: i’m started an online/twitter/wordpress based book club!

this idea only came to me after joining a book club on twitter come to find that everyone else lived in the same state and was doing regular meets. i felt like i was missing out! so i wanted to start one of my own!

Home Brew Books

(named after a life goal of mine)

if you want to join a group chat on twitter let me know!

(if you have a suggestion for a group chat on a more accessible platform let me know!)

we’ll pick a couple books each month and read them together, gush over our favorites characters, and discuss and analyze them. i’d like to read a range of books from autobiographies and self-help to poetry and fan fiction series.

i’m going to start with Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Pain

(because i jus now bought this and want to read it lol)

but i also just finished reading the alice books by lewis carroll and would LOVE to have others to discuss them with.

i think after each book i’ll post a review/general thoughts here on my blog!

so if you’d like to join me let me know either here or on twitter (@freelovingwitch)!

love and light,

m.m.t.

Personal, Studying

Essay Help – Proofreading and Editing

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Have all of your essays and short stories proofread by a college level English major at a price built to fit a college student’s budget!

I can help correct run-on sentences and fix those tricky comma placements – or I can help look for any inconsistencies in your narratives!

Enjoy your writing process and let your thoughts flow freely, I’ll take care of the rest!

poetry

Meeting a Stranger

Hold her delicately in both hands,

Remembering the fragility of the person you’re grasping.

Slowly begin a first attempt at peeling back the outer shell.

Quickly be reminded of the tough outer barrier as she refuses to escape her peel.

As the peel loosens its grip,

Remove it in small, haphazard shards.

Slowly remove one slice from the whole.

Chew slowly and deliberately.

Personal

Witch Crafts

I have always loved crafting and creating and bringing things to life. I love living with paint stained fingertips and ink permanently smudged on the side of my hand.
My Etsy shop, Cosmic Witchery, is my way of bringing my creative passions to life. There you will find the wide variety of ways my chaotic mind manifests itself in the creative realm.

During one of the rougher patches of my life, I constantly found myself alone in my room with an abundance of time and very low energy (thanks greatly in part to my depression and PTSD). My illnesses made it impossible for me to go out, but my overactive mind made it impossible for me to rest. Writing and crafting became my two biggest outlets.

I started to craft and  work on small projects everyday, as much as my energy levels would allow. I filled my room with paintings, tie-dye banners, dream catchers, and so many other beaded decorations. These small items kept me happy, peaceful, and sane for a year and half – enough time to gain some normality and routine back into my existence. After that, I was able to expand my projects and my energy began to return to a somewhat normal state. I was able to go back to school, something I had thought was impossible.

But I never stopped crafting.

These crafts have given me a much needed outlet for my ever-racing mind. They help me to stay centered, to stay sane. They keep me grounded and focused on one project at a time. They make for a relaxing study break and keep me going on my roughest days.

And so, after two years of crafting for myself, I decided to open an Etsy shop and share my craft with others. I hope they bring you and much pleasure, peace, and positive vibes as they have always brought me.

Love and light,

m.m.t.

Productivity Challenge

Decompressing and Creating – Day 3

(3/100) I lost track of the time as last week came to an end.

The first week of the semester is always pretty hectic for me. I work to get all of my binders organized, my syllabi highlighted, and lecture one understood. This semester I had a new stressor to confront: an on campus course.

In high school, I dealt with illnesses that prevented me from going to school regularly. I spent a lot of time working on independent studies and online courses and had little social interaction (greatly due to my severe anxiety). After my graduation, I took some time off school to focus on my health. Spring of 2015 was when I decided to take my first semester of college courses – a huge step for me in my mental health journey. I decided that online courses were the best route for me; they allowed me to work relatively at my own pace and on my own schedule. This also allowed me to continue my education, something incredibly important to me, without going in to a busy, and incredibly overwhelming, campus setting. However, as I’ve mentioned here before, this is my last semester of GE courses and one of them (Public Speaking) is, for obvious reasons, not offered in an online format.

So yesterday, I faced going back into a classroom for the first time in over three years.

My anxiety had been through the roof all week and I could feel myself becoming panicky as I drove myself across town to the campus. However, something happened that I hadn’t expected. After I had been seated in the room for roughly 15 minutes I no longer felt frightened but rather I felt empowered.

Don’t get me wrong, it took all of my energy and willpower to walk through the door and stay seated for the entirety of the first day, I was anxious as hell. But the longer I sat there the more I realized that this was another win for me. I had conquered another fear and I was one step closer to where I hope to be in the coming year.

The high anxiety of yesterday left me pretty exhausted and worn out so today’s productivity is a bit different than usual. I’m spending my day crafting and lounging and creating some neat new pieces. Today’s productivity includes working on the things I love and being proud of myself and my small victories.

And for a small, yet shameless, self promotion all of the goodies I’m working on today will be listed in my shop by the end of this week. There’s already a bunch of neat stuff listed so feel to check it out and message me with any questions or special requests! Some of my personal favorites include: a lovely pink dream catcher adorned with turquoise elephant beads, some simple charm choker, a dreamy yin-yang painting, and the intricate triple layered dream catcher. All original, handmade pieces and all found on my etsy shop.

I hope everyone has a chance to relax this weekend and enjoy some well-deserved “me time”

And never forget to celebrate your personal victories, no matter how small.

m.m.t.

Productivity Challenge, Studying

100 Days of Productivity – Day 2

(2/100) Again, I know this post was supposed to happen yesterday, but today and tomorrow are my catch-up days so I’m doing my best here. Tuesday’s agenda included:

  • Work from 9am-1pm
  • Finish studying chapter one of elementary statistics
  • Begin chapter thirteen of history of Western Art
  • Adjust my budget and finance plan
  • Try not to cry as a I adjust my budget and finance plan

This week has been off to a pretty good start. I’m still really working to get myself completely organized so that’s always hectic. But I’d count day 2 as a success.

Productivity Challenge, Studying

100 Days of Productivity – Day 1

(1/100) Okay, I know this post was supposed to happen yesterday but the first day of the semester was just a tad bit too overwhelming. Day one’s (Monday’s) line up included:

  • Work from 9am-3pm
  • Set up my (color coded) course binders
  • Finish scheduling my week and organizing my planner
  • Begin chapter one of elementary statistics

Best of luck to everyone beginning their fall semesters. Work hard!

 

Personal, Studying

Dealing with Downtime

Well finals week hit, and it hit hard.

Staying awake writing essays until 4 am every morning nearly killed. Mostly figuratively. But also maybe literally.

After finals ended I decided to sleep for about 2 weeks straight so I apologize for the slight hiatus from this blog.

Summer is now upon us and now I’m sitting at my desk everyday trying to figure out what in the world to do with my last couple weeks of break before my summer course begins. I don’t handle breaks well, I never have. I feel directionless and I’m never quite sure what to do with all my neurotic energy. I have so many half-completed projects that are taking up space in my room and in my head. I have this tendency of trying to take on everything all at once only to get so overloaded that I drop everything altogether. I’m also terrible at trying to micromanage my time. So when I’m on a break from school and no longer facing deadlines, I tend to try to micromanage my free time instead of just enjoying my projects.

I’m working on it, I swear.

For now I’ll work on my personal projects and dedicating more time to myself. I’ll work to post here more consistently and writing more for myself. I also have some big ideas in the works right now but I probably won’t be posting about it here until I’ve worked out a game plan for it. So for now: to be continued.

If any of you have ideas for some fun and/or productive summer projects feel free to drop some suggestions in the comments! Also, I hope everyone who faced exams or finals recently did well and is now looking forward to enjoying your break!

Happy summer everyone.

m.m.t.

Personal, Studying

The Purrfect Study Buddy

My furbaby doesn’t quite understand how important it is to study for finals.

I’m finding it rather difficult to function in this final week of my semester. This past month has been a whirlwind of personal and academic stress and I’m a bit worried that I’ve already run out energy before the final countdown has even commenced.

But my tiny furbaby is a pretty great study buddy. She likes to sit in my lap and bat at my hands to make sure I don’t fall asleep at my desk. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s why she does it.

A glimpse at my final week (2 courses down, 4 to go):

  • Social Problems Final
  • California History Final
  • American Lit. Research Paper
  • American Lit. Final
  • Religious Studies Final
  • Political Science Final
  • Family and Society Research Paper

Here’s to a busy (but hopefully rewarding) final week of my spring semester.

m.m.t.