To Growth and Greenery

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“Like the seasons, we do not need to justify change.”

-The Goddess Rebellion

There is truly nothing like watching the greenery emerge from the dirt after months of brown grass and bare trees.

While Winter is the season for self reflection and growth, my Spring has been a continuation of that inward journey. I had a moment when I was with my therapist that I asked myself something I didn’t know I was feeling: “When did I become this weak?

I’ve always considered myself untamed, doing as I please with a stubborn heart. That’s the Aries in me. And besides a few difficult periods in my life, I rarely allowed myself to be swayed by external negative energies. The positive energies in my life, (friends, family and my familiar setting,) were just too strong to allow the bad in. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the past few months have been a journey. This time has been about my own growth below the surface, battling feelings of fear, insecurity, and a whole lot of doubt. But with the weather warming and the scenery around me coming alive, I think I have too.

About a month ago, in a spot in our yard that has been just a patch of dirt, I noticed the emerging of new life. It was the daffodils that died away in the fall but always returned to announce the arrival of Spring.

Within a few weeks, they had bloomed with the most vibrant shade of yellow we’d seen in a while. I don’t know what it was about that sight, maybe the fact that the grass was still brown and the trees were still bare, but I had never felt so connected to nature than in the moment. Those yellow daffodils seemed to stir the stagnant energy I had been feeling, it was almost like I was being recharged.

To me, growth and greenery go hand in hand. The flowers and plants we love so much seem to disappear for a time, but are right below the surface waiting for the moment they can emerge stronger and full of life. We do so much work inward that might seem as though there is nothing to show for it, but we too emerge stronger and full of life.


My Spring Reading List
These books have brought a lot of color to my cloudy days. Growth isn’t based solely on self reflection, it’s also inspiration and knowledge that helps lead the way.

The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
You Are a Goddess by Sophie Bashford
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, PHD

What books are on your reading list this season? Tell me below in the comments!

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🐝 Sacred and Sensual Giveaway 🐝

To begin, repeat after me:

I am so beautiful, in so many ways.
What I have to offer is limitless.
My aura is infectious.
I radiate love, life, femininity, masculinity, sex, youth, happiness, healing, health, strength, duality.

I’m my own healer, protector, opponent, muse.
I love myself.


It’s time for a G I V E A W A Y!!

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and I want it to be as sensual and sacred for everyone as possible.

Self pleasure is an important part of our lives. Orgasms release endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin, which can improve your mood. Self Pleasure allows you to get to know your body. It’s a stress reliever, and it helps you sleep.

 

I’ve met so many amazing people from this blog and my Instagram, so I wanted to give away one of my absolute favorite books: Crystal Healing and Sacred Pleasure.

The Details

  • This contest will go from today, February 11th, to Thursday, February 14th.
  • The winner will receive a hardcover copy of Crystal Healing and Sacred Pleasure, signed by Vanessa Cuccia, the creatress of Chakrubs

Entering to win

  • Head over to my Instagram.
  • Like the post for the giveaway.
  • Tag 3 friends that would love to win this beautiful book.
  • For extra entries, repost the picture and tag The Stoned Artist.

Winner anouncement

  • The winner be announced as an IG post and in the stories!

 

 

Wishing you the best! Lets make Valentines Day as sensual and sacred as possible.

 

 

Craving a Nomadic Life

Have you ever had an experience that has solidified an idea that you never considered a possibility? An idea that once planted, established roots, grew tall and bloomed to perfection?

 

If Connecticut has taught me anything, it’s that I’m done being stuck in a permanent residence. I’m the type of person that has to have her schedule all mapped out, and it’s time to get out of my comfort zone. Imagine the freedom to come and go as you please, no morning alarms set, no packed agenda.

The Wild Woman in me is craving the ability to pick up and leave for a day, a week, months. I want to escape whenever I want, without paying an arm and a leg for somewhere to stay each time.


In one year, my little family and I will pick up and, (Universe willing,) move across the country to Washington. While the idea of having a permanent home there sounds picturesque, I realized that during my beloved’s deployments, I don’t want to be tied down and alone. My first thought was, “I could rent an RV to visit my friends and family while my beloved is gone.”

Somehow I stumbled on #VanLife

 

What would you do if you could go anywhere and take your home and your faves with you? If the open road was your playground and your getaway car was your dwelling place?

WTF is #VanLife

The easiest way to explain it is, people take a van, strip it and convert it to a home on wheels. That involves insulating the entire thing, hooking up solar panels, adding kitchen sinks and a stove, a bed, and sometimes a couch. Some live in their van solo, with a spouse, and/or with a pet. And then they travel the world. Its incredible.

My VanLife Inspirations

Max, Lee and Occy

He’s Australian, She’s Canadian, and he’s… well… a dog. This couple travels all over the world with their pup in a van. They were my first discovery to the world of Van Conversion.

The Nomadic Movement

When Jordan was laid off from his job, he and Kaylee decided to live out their dream. They sold most of their belongings, bought a short bus and took to the open road. Their story features the process of the bus conversion and all of their adventures.

 

Wild by the Mile

Liz Bryant is a solo traveler that went from news reporter to full-time vanlifer. She’s pretty badass.

Top reasons from The Nomadic Movement to choose the VanLife

  1. If you don’t do it, you will regret it.
  2. Much better understanding of the world.
  3. Move past your comfort zone.
  4. You can work later.
  5. You have all the time in the world.

 

**Our Nomadic Timeline**

This Month

While I would love to purchase a Mercedes Sprinter van like Liz and completely remake it, I have to find a different route. Next week, we are buying a Jeep. That will be our main ride when the time comes to travel.

The Next 6 Months

We’ve decided to go with the Travel Trailer option for a few reasons:

  1. We want to be able to detach our living space for quick errands when we stop somewhere,
  2. More space for our little family.
  3. Less money that a van conversion.

The trailer that I’ve found and fallen in love with is almost $8K. I plan on making that money before the end of Summer.

Fall of 2019

With big plans and lots of distance in our future, we want to master a few short distance adventures. Here’s what we’re thinking:

  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Montreal
  • Cape Cod, MA

January 2020

We move out of our apartment and embark on a 1 month journey across the country. A few stops along the way:

  • Nashville
  • Atlanta
  • New Orleans
  • Denver
  • Vail, AZ (family)
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Obispo, CA (friends)
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Tahoe, CA
  • Northern Nevada
  • Anywhere in Oregon
  • End in Bremerton, WA

While these stops wont be set in stone, most of them are at the top of our lists for exploring. I can’t wait to keep you updated on our progress!


 

What would be your top places to visit on a drive across the US?

Would you ever consider living the Nomad/ Van Life?

Let me know in the comments!

New Year // New Rituals

2019 is going to be a big year for personal and spiritual growth. I can feel that in my bones.

The last two years of my life in CT, I’ve actively avoided finding a tribe of woman, because I know living here will only last three years. Whats the point of developing a sisterhood when I will just have to let them go? But deep down, I know I’m doing myself and any potential new friends, a huge disservice. So I’m focusing on putting out into the Universe that I’m ready for some connection. I’m ready for a sense of community and a chance to create moments of growth and sisterhood.

One of my dreams, if I had that tribe, would be to start the ritual of a monthly Full Moon party. While the New Moon is my favorite phase, it’s also a phase of introspection and laying low. Not the best for a tribe of women gathering and celebrating and getting rowdy together.

This is the blueprint for a Full Moon ritual, so gather all your favorite strong, independent, brilliant women together and have a night of fun.

Getting to Know the Phases

First things first, for those of you new to the ways of Mother Moon, here is a brief explanation of each phase:

  • New moons are a time to set intentions. Create, reset, regenerate. 
  • Waxing moons are a good time to take action—big or small—toward your dream. 
  • Full moons are a time to manifest and celebrate.
  • Waning moon is a time for releasing. Clear and let go to prepare for the new moon once again.

 

What you’ll need

  • A private indoor or outdoor area for the ceremony.
  • Floor cushions or chairs in a circle.
  • An area for an altar.
  • Crystals.
  • Sage, Palo Santo or Singing Bowls.
  • Pens and Paper
  • Music or Instruments.
  • Candles for each woman

The Invitation

How do you phrase to your favorite women that they are cordially invited to a night of lunacy? Well, whether they are into woowoo or not, everyone loves a chance to get together, talk about intentions, dance, laugh, and let go of what no longer serves them.

Be sure to have them bring a list of their intentions for the next month, an item for the altar, and a crystal they are comfortable parting with.

Wear white, silver or blue. Leave your hair down, what better way to tap into your wild maiden than to let your locks flow freely?

 

Image via @RisingWoman

The Event

Cleanse the space

With your guests sensitivities in mind, be sure to break up any negative or stagnant energy by clearing the space. This can be done with Sage, Palo Santo wood or Singing bowls.

Altar

Have a special area set up to place all items of importance from your guests. They can be crystals, jewelry, trinkets, anything that they would like charged with the intentions of the night. Once you’ve explained the purpose of your gathering, allow them to place them, without speaking, where they are drawn intuitively. Set the crystals worth letting go near the alter as well.

 

A moment for intentions

Once all objects are placed, with everyone seated comfortably, take a moment to look at your list of intentions. Imagine that you’ve manifested them, how does it feel, what does it look like, how does it smell? The more details you visualize, the more the Universe can assist.

 

Guided Meditation

Pick a guided meditation that would compliment the vibe of the evening. Two meditations I love are the Connecting to Abundance, and Flow State from this blog post. They are both on Simple Habit, but you can find other amazing meditations on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube.

 

Discussion

Take some time to share your struggles and triumphs. Be open minded with the women that share, this is a moment to bond and support each other. Discuss your hopes for the month and the current year. Be uplifting, vulnerable, witty. All in all, be you.

Movement

I love to dance! I love to move my body and invoke my inner Wild Maiden, letting my hair fly around, and my arms wave wildly. This is a judgement free zone. If you have drums or instruments, let the women come up with whatever sounds they want. Take turns dancing in the circle like you’re alone in your room. Laugh at yourself! This is a moment of celebration and joy. Be joyful, you deserve it.

image via Rising Woman

Crystal Claiming

The Universe has a way of giving us what we need when we need it. Let each woman approach the alter and pick a crystal, (that is not theirs) that speaks to them intuitively. Go with your gut. You might choose it because it’s your favorite color or it feels welcoming. Be sure to research what the crystal represents.

Concluding

Now is the time to commend the vulnerability and compassion displayed. Thank them with one last task. Everyone takes a candle, and one by one have them light the candle to the left. This moment can mean so much more if each takes the opportunity to tell the woman who’s candle they are lighting, what the admire about them.

 

What you choose to do after the ritual is done, is up to you. Have glass of wine with your tribe, continue the dance party, take pictures to capture the experience, howl at the moon. There is no wrong way to embrace this experience. Just know, you’ve made some wonderful memories with the women in your circle.

In one year, when my little family and I move hopefully back to the West Coast, my dream of making Moss and Moonstone a brick and mortar will finally happen. The best part about that dream? Having a space to host Full Moon parties with brilliant women in the community.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that. Thanks for stopping by.


Have you been to or hosted a Full Moon Party? Tell me in the comments what you thought!


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