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Snapped Me Back Like a Rubber Band

image by Danny Nicholson http://bit.ly/2ay1k6B

image by Danny Nicholson http://bit.ly/2ay1k6B

It was the most recent full moon.  I was meditating in the temple with the others, following a guided meditation to open our hearts.  I was out there somewhere, deep in the meditation, neither here nor there, following a silver thread out into the ether in search of peace and stability…when I was slammed back into my body.  Ever stretched out a rubber band and had it snap back into you.  It stings and startles.  That’s sort of what this was like.  I snapped back into myself so abruptly that my legs were trembling.  What the hell?

I’m not sure what happened that evening.  I know when we were grounding ourselves before the meditation that I noticed that I didn’t feel the usual safety, the usual firmness to centering my energy.  Things felt all wobbly instead of strengthening and comforting.  The meditation seemed like any other until I felt slammed back into my body abruptly.  I jerked a little on my chair, too, as I skidded back to reality way too quickly.  When the meditation ended and everyone was sharing their experiences, I bolted out of there as fast as I could leave.  My heart was racing.  I was the only one that had gone snapping and careening around apparently.  Yikes.  If you’ve had a similar experience, I’d love to hear about it!

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Welcome…and Let’s Have a Class, Wild Things!

Greetings to my wild tribe!

A big welcome to those that just joined in today and yesterday through my Rebelle Society post! If you want to catch up on past emails so you’re absolutely in the know on my backstory, here’s the first one, here’s the second one, and here’s my most recent email  linking you to a YouTube video.

It’s time to register for our first online course together; I’m so giddy to offer this at last.  Our first class is going to be about all things woo woo and weird.  If you’re interested in topics like tarot, crystals, and cleansing a space of negative energy, c’mon in!

If Camp Woo Woo isn’t for you, that’s okay! We’ll have a creativity course coming up soon as well as a course for those folks interested in creating a web presence for their business.

If online courses aren’t your jam, that’s cool, too.  I’ll keep you in the know about places you can read my posts and other projects I have in the works.

I’m grateful you’re here!  Thanks to all the likes and shares, and thanks to all the kind folks that ordered a book on Amazon.  You rock!

Cheers to you, wild ones!

From my email list…

When we last emailed, I left you hanging with “I worked…and I worked…and then…”

If you joined my email list after that first email message went out, you can catch up on the story right here.  If you saw my article on Rebelle Society, welcome to my tribe of awesomeness!

In hindsight, it’s funny sometimes to see what really made us change our lives.  I worked with some brilliant people, but there wasn’t any room to be creative, funky, sassy, or even a little woowoo weird there.  They didn’t treat me like the rock star I knew I was despite my working 6 and sometimes even 7 day weeks at crazy hours…when there were great new offices available, there was always some flaky reason why they didn’t give me the great office.  For 15 years, I was moved around from windowless space to windowless space.(Please note, I was grateful for the work and grateful for the pay, but man oh man, I longed and yearned for some creature comforts)

At one point, I worked in a closet.  If I scooted my chair backward too quickly, I’d hit my head on the wall behind me.  But that was an office, and I was supposed to be grateful…right??

The last straw for me came when it was time to hire someone brand new into the company, and as part of that deal, it was time for me to move to another office yet again.  I asked for a real office with a window; we had one office with a window sitting vacant.  I was told no, that lovely bright office was for someone that we not only hadn’t hired, but that we hadn’t even met yet.  There was no one in mind for the space at all, but I couldn’t have it.  Ummmm…

That was it, friends.  The thing that pushed me right over the edge and out the door was being second fiddle to a person that didn’t even exist yet!

It took a little while to make a change and find a new job that was a great fit. I’m not a digital nomad working poolside from some tropical resort. I am gainfully employed full time by a great company, and my office is my house.  Not only do I have a window, I can even open that window when I want! Whoot whoot!!

As I changed my work, I also became more “me.”  I’m not bashful about sharing my writing or my jewelry or my tarot reading now that I’m not immersed in a super conservative environment…and speaking of sharing…

I have some new things to share with you VERY SOON!  (Hint: maybe a book? maybe a class? maybe both?!)  Super soon.  Are you curious? Are you excited? I know I am!

Cheers and hugs,
Katie

Cool Stuff!

I should have a neat new update or two to share with you, yes you, very very very VERY soon.

Just a couple more days, I think.  I hope! Stay tuned!

In Case You Missed This Email Or Aren’t On the Email List:

Who won? And why did I make all those weaving loom potholders?!

Today, I’m sharing a winner’s name, and I wanted to do a little introduction…and I refuse to apologize for all those weaving loom potholders I used to make!

As a thank you for all the likes and shares for my sassy article on Rebelle Society and as gratitude for getting a promotion at work, I am giving away a free one question angel tarot or fairy tarot reading to someone on my email list.  Of course, I decided that one reading wasn’t enough, and I’m going to give away 2!  I used my teenage random number generator…and the winners, Jeanette with a Gmail address and Lisa with a Gmail address, are receiving a separate email from me to claim their reading.

If you’re interested in a tarot reading, I have an insanely inexpensive offer on Fiverr right now as research for an upcoming class.  I’d love to work with you!

With my online classes starting soon, I wanted to tell you a little of my backstory if we haven’t worked together before.  Come closer, lovies! Let me tell you a story!

Growing up, I enjoyed writing and reading.  I was curious about the paranormal, tarot cards, and any kind of ghost story.  I loved crafts and I make zero apologies for all those weaving loom potholders I made everyone endlessly.  I wanted to be an author who vacationed at artsy craft schools each summer, feeding my creative monster on my time off.

And then I grew up.

I went to work in IT doing all things logical and technical.  I wasn’t an author scrawling words late at night in a coffee shop.  I wasn’t a crafter turning my ideas into art.  I didn’t tell people about my interest in all things woo-woo and weird.  I worked. And I worked.  And I worked.

Until…
Well, I’ll tell you what happens next soon!

Gratitude

I just wanted to pop in and give some thanks.  To date, my Rebelle Society post has been shared over 11,000 times.  Typing that sentence makes my eyes well up.  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and a writer needs readers…thank you, thank you, thank you for reading, supporting, sharing.  It means the world to me to have my words read and enjoyed; my soul smiles, my heart sings, and I feel so fortunate.  Thank you. <3

 

Jump Up and Down With Me: Rebelle Society!

Yesterday, I was kickin’ around in my pjs, getting over the flu.  I popped open Facebook, and one of my dear friends had tagged me in a post…I was published on Rebelle Society, and she knew it before I did!  How cool is that?  I happy danced as much as a recovering girl can!  Celebrate with me!

Seriously, if you don’t know their site, check them out. Smart, edgy, brilliant writing, so I feel honored to be included there.  My post is here: http://www.rebellesociety.com/2016/05/15/katiecraig-experience/

One of my friends was posted on their site today, too, so please give yourself time to look around.

Creative Outlet!

My plans in recent weeks were pleasantly hijacked by an offer to have my jewelry at a local craft show…followed by two offers to display my jewelry in two local shops. Wow!

cameosatcraftshow

Sometimes our best laid plans go kaboom in favor of some delights from the universe.  Sharing any crafty thing I’ve made is always exciting, but it’s also terrifying…what if everyone hates it?

Here’s a true story from the craft show, ya’ll.  I had some customers and compliments.  I was feeling pretty great.  A woman comes up to my table of jewelry and says, “Wow, these are ugly.”  Ummmmm.  Really?  I couldn’t believe she was so rude.  For about half a second, I wanted to shout at her, but here’s the thing: these cameos aren’t for everyone.  These pendants are for those who love Halloween, who love fairies and skulls, and who aren’t afraid to be a little rock n roll around the edges.  I said in my best sugary southern drawl,”Well, thank you.”  She went on her way, and then I had more customers and more positive feedback.  I even had a guy who stopped by just to say, “I don’t wear jewelry, but these are really cool.  Nice work!”

The craft show was an important reminder that we are NEVER everyone’s cup of tea; that’s okay.  That’s life.  I’m not going to start making other kinds of jewelry in hopes I might appease the haters.  I’m going to make what fires me up.  I’m going to spend my free time on hobbies that give me joy.  You do the same, ya’ll.

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Message in a Bottle?

photo by acme401 on flickr

photo by acme401 on flickr

If you sent me an email in the last 6 months through one of my websites, you probably would’ve had better luck reaching me via a message in a bottle or carrier pigeon.  I just learned that I was having an email delivery issue for SIX MONTHS!

My apologies to anyone received a belated reply.  The issue has been resolved.  I’ve replied to the emails I received, so if you haven’t heard from me, please try again.  So sorry! Yikes.

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