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So this is how I’ve been feeling lately. There are so many things I want to do RIGHT NOW that I am virtually paralyzed, and end up doing other completely different things. And this morning I thought that maybe it would be helpful… emphasis on MAYBE… to make a list. So here it is!

All the things I want to do right now:

  • Re-scan my Middle of the Night Art with a higher resolution so that I can start to put all those cool pictures on nifty stuff at Red Bubble… so that I can buy some of it for myself.
  • Get my little Middle of the Night Art website up and running so I can see all the pictures and pick the ones to put on Red Bubble.
  • Hook up my other PC, and my scanner, and get it turned on and up and running so that I can do the above stuff.
  • Oh… and go buy a new strip so that I can hook up that PC and all the stuff that goes to it.
  • Update all the static web pages on the site so that there is a link to the Middle of the Night Art site that people can actually find and click on.
  • Do a Medicine Wheel.
  • Get all the Medicine Wheel information from a class I gave on Medicine Wheels uploaded to the Feathers and Bones site.
  • Make a Medicine Wheel bag that I can take with me wherever I go.
  • Create some Medicine Wheel art for my Magick Room.
  • Go treasure hunting at some thrift stores and look for cool stuff for the Medicine Wheel bag or whatever else I might find that’s cool and interesting.
  • Find all the paperwork for a class on shamanism that I took a long time ago.
  • Post all that information on Feathers and Bones.
  • Take a Shamanic Journey … or two … or three…
  • Go for a walk in the woods and see what happens.
  • Redo the preliminary exercises in the shamanism class.
  • Repaint the bathroom.
  • Replace or recover the bathroom floor.
  • Fix the toilet that is wobbly and crooked.
  • Make more art for the bathroom.
  • Oh… and clean said bathroom really really well.
  • Make a cool shelving unit out of legos for the bathroom so I will have a place to put stuff in there.
  • Organize all my movies and take the ones I’ll never watch again in and trade them for store credit or other different better movies.
  • Do the same thing with all my TV shows that I have on DVD.
  • Do a seance with a bunch of fun like minded people, in a cool place with a great ambiance, and lots of love laughter and wine.
  • Reupholster and fix the couch.
  • Paint the living room a yummy orange.
  • Rip out the carpet and fix the floor and put something beautiful on it… maybe paint it and get some cool rugs… or put in new flooring… or just get new carpet… but for crying out loud, get rid of what’s on the floor right now. It’s so ugly.
  • Get all the posts that are currently on my Gypsy Magic blogger blog transferred to the various Magick and Mystery sites. Every single one! All of them!
  • Finally finish moving the old old old static web pages that are still up but not connected to anything really. There is some stuff on Color Therapy, Transcendental Meditation, and some Quotes… all of which need to be moved somewhere that they can be seen.
  • Go camping with just me and my dog and really get quiet and centered.
  • Clean the bird cage… well… I don’t really WANT to do this, but it needs to be done.
  • Get the grass mowed where I am going to put in the new fence and plan that all out.
  • Somehow manage to get all that new fencing here, and get the fence put up so that Opie and I can have a bigger nicer yard and a gate that actually opens in winter.
  • Well… I don’t really care if it opens at all in the winter… but a nice good wide gate so I can use the riding lawnmower to do the yard would be a huge bonus.
  • Mow a bunch of pathways in through the overgrown dense whatever you want to call it that used to be a corn field, and then became a field of wild flowers when I had sheep to keep it mowed down, but which now is totally thick with underbrush and poison ivy and god knows what else.
  • Make a magickal labyrinth like the one I used to have before I had lawnmower issues and then got depressed and then got busy and then got more depressed and then a bunch of shit happened and then suddenly it is totally gone and replaced by bushes and trees and … yes … poison ivy.
  • Clean out the closet where the hot water heater is so that I can get someone to come out and put in a new one because not having hot water really sucks ass.
  • Go through and totally clean out all the boxes that are piled in what used to be my bedroom but which is now the “cat room” since my dog hates the cats and the cats hate my dog and I don’t want anyone massacred in my house, so I sleep in the living room, and the “cat room” has become a repository for stuff I need to sort and throw away or keep and put away.
  • Clean up my art room so I can actually go in there and do art.
  • Make some more small paintings with fingernail polish… because that was fun and I have some ideas.
  • Finish all my zen tangle pictures that I started and then left hanging.
  • Work on my 100 things project.
  • Paint that cute little bird house I found and then do a magick spell where I entice all my house demons and bad juju entities to climb in and go for a ride… and take them someplace else where they can live happily ever after NOT in my house.
  • Make a place for Saskia outside where there is a chair, and a shade tree, a small table, flowers, wind chimes, a place for candles, and whatever else seems right so that I can feel that her spirit would be comfortable here if she wanted to visit, and so that if I wanted to, I could sit out there and remember how much I love her.
  • Charge my brand new shock collar that I spent a bunch of money on.
  • Do some serious training with my dog so that I can use that collar to teach him to come when called no matter what, and that it is NOT okay to try to kill the cats. And also it would be nice if he knew how to heel and stay.
  • Get a bunch more posts up on the Encyclopedia of Herbology so that I can look herbs up and see what they are good for.
  • Upload all the Reiki 2nd Degree information from my class paperwork to Twofeathers Reiki.
  • Make a Reiki box.
  • Get the Pagan Calendar totally updated… the whole thing… for the whole year.
  • Make a cool orange fur bag with Sunny so that her dream can come true and… well… it sounds fun and cool.
  • Read the books I ordered.
  • Get the Prosperity Project up and running again, and actually do it ahead of time so that I’m not scrambling every day to get it posted.
  • Build a bottle wall.
  • Make a sweat lodge.
  • Actually do a sweat… somewhere, even if it’s not here…. but go to one or something.
  • Upload all of my “how to make a sweat lodge” information to Feathers and Bones so that I’ll know how to do it when I have the area mowed and a place for the fire that won’t be a hazard and burn the entire place up.
  • Paint the Front Door.
  • Build a porch or small deck so that my dog and I will have a place to sit outside and enjoy ourselves.
  • Figure out what my password is to my email on my phone so that I can deal with my email on my smart phone instead of having to do it on my laptop which is a huge pain in the ass.
  • Make an appointment for a massage for me and Sky.
  • Actually comb my hair so that later today I can take a shower at Sydney’s house and get my hair washed without having to do it with a COLD shower which is no fun and actually quite miserable unless it’s a really hot day which it isn’t.
  • Take Layla someplace fun and interesting.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Do the old book idea that I had the other day which requires either my scanner to be hooked up and running, or a good graphics program that will render a bunch of text.
  • Back up all the files on my laptop. I haven’t done that in a while… and it’s time. Only thing is, it will take forever because there is so much! Sigh!
  • Take Sydney to a bakery because she’s been wanting to go to a bonafide bakery for a really long time and I keep promising but I never quite get it done.
  • Go out somewhere on a high hill, where it’s pretty and quiet, a gravel road in an area that no one actually lives in… and do the “Let It Go Bouncing Down The Road” spell that I have in my mind but haven’t actually written or posted.
  • Get all the memes in my meme folder uploaded to Meme City.
  • Post a bunch of stuff to More Cool Pictures and Way Cool Pictures so that I can sift through my collected images more easily since there will be a lot fewer of them.
  • Clean out my “cats” folder by posting everything I have collected so far on It’s A CatAstrophe, because that folder is ridiculously full and I’m tired of looking at it.
  • Make a really cool … super uber spectacularly cool gift for anyone who happens to actually read this entire list from start to finish.

Ok… so that about sums it up for right now this minute. I’m sure that after I post this I’ll think of even more things that I want to do.

I came across this list quite a while ago. The idea was to create a series of 100 paintings, drawings, or other art projects based on the following key words. I think I’m going to finally do it. My idea is to do some small ZenTangle cards and turn it into a personal divination set.  Alternatively, I might start another Middle of the Night Art series based on this list. What do you think? Does it get your creative juices flowing? Any other ideas?

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Love
  • 3. Light
  • 4. Dark
  • 5. Seeking Solace
  • 6. Break Away
  • 7. Heaven
  • 8. Innocence
  • 9. Drive
  • 10. Breathe Again
  • 11. Memory
  • 12. Insanity
  • 13. Misfortune
  • 14. Smile
  • 15. Silence
  • 16. Questioning
  • 17. Blood
  • 18. Rainbow
  • 19. Gray
  • 20. Fortitude
  • 21. Vacation
  • 22. Mother Nature
  • 23. Cat
  • 24. No Time
  • 25. Trouble Lurking
  • 26. Tears
  • 27. Foreign
  • 28. Sorrow
  • 29. Happiness
  • 30. Under the Rain
  • 31. Flowers
  • 32. Night
  • 33. Expectations
  • 34. Stars
  • 35. Hold My Hand
  • 36. Precious Treasure
  • 37. Eyes
  • 38. Abandoned
  • 39. Dreams
  • 40. Rated
  • 41. Teamwork
  • 42. Standing Still
  • 43. Dying
  • 44. Two Roads
  • 45. Illusion
  • 46. Family
  • 47. Creation
  • 48. Childhood
  • 49. Stripes
  • 50. Breaking the Rules
  • 51. Sport
  • 52. Deep in Thought
  • 53. Keeping a Secret
  • 54. Tower
  • 55. Waiting
  • 56. Danger Ahead
  • 57. Sacrifice
  • 58. Kick in the Head
  • 59. No Way Out
  • 60. Rejection
  • 61. Fairy Tale
  • 62. Magic
  • 63. Do Not Disturb
  • 64. Multitasking
  • 65. Horror
  • 66. Traps
  • 67. Playing the Melody
  • 68. Hero
  • 69. Annoyance
  • 70. 67%
  • 71. Obsession
  • 72. Mischief Managed
  • 73. I Can’t
  • 74. Are You Challenging Me?
  • 75. Mirror
  • 76. Broken Pieces
  • 77. Test
  • 78. Drink
  • 79. Starvation
  • 80. Words
  • 81. Pen and Paper
  • 82. Can You Hear Me?
  • 83. Heal
  • 84. Out Cold
  • 85. Spiral
  • 86. Seeing Red
  • 87. Food
  • 88. Pain
  • 89. Through the Fire
  • 90. Triangle
  • 91. Drowning
  • 92. All That I Have
  • 93. Give Up
  • 94. Last Hope
  • 95. Advertisement
  • 96. In the Storm
  • 97. Safety First
  • 98. Puzzle
  • 99. Solitude
  • 100. Relaxation

This is my 365 things to do to climb out of my hole, escape from my box… and live a larger life than the one I’ve been hiding in. And no, I’m not going to list all of them here. I’m just going to talk about what they might be and get ideas for what they could be, so that I can get up out of this chair and get going on it right now. Who knows, it might even be something you might want to try… so read on.

My new years resolution this time around is to do one thing every day. Just one. I had this idea that I would make a list of 365 things that I could do that would strengthen my connection to my guides and angels, empower my spiritual life, and feed my soul. Basically, I just want to get right with the Gods because I’ve been feeling that connection slipping and fading.

So… I thought I would make a box, bottle, or basket with 365 little slips of paper. Each one with something written on it that would further my goal. Some easy and quick, and others that are more interesting, more complicated and which would take longer to complete. Every day I will pick out one of those slips and do what it says. If I have a day when I pick something that doesn’t seem to fit with that particular moment, I can always put it back and find another. At the end of the year, the container should be empty, and I should be feeling much more connected to spirit… at least that’s the plan.

For this kind of thing to work for me, it has to be something that I start my day with. If I put it off till the evening, next thing you know, I’ll be forgetting about it completely, and my plan will be ruined. So, first order of business is to set all of my alarms 15 minutes earlier.

Alarms? Plural? Yes… the first one is birds singing because I like to ease into the idea of waking up. Then I have the Ganesh Mantra sung by Yogi Hari. That starts my day off right by putting me in good standing with the Remover of Obstacles, even though most of the time I sleep through it. And lastly, I have my annoying and loud rock and roll song that propels me out of bed and into my day.

But I digress…

So. Now for my 365 things. I decided to come up with 24 somewhat intensive things to do. This means that, all things being equal, twice a month I will get totally immersed in a spiritual pursuit of some kind. For example:

  • Do a medicine wheel.
  • Take a shamanic journey.
  • Cast a circle and do some deep magick.
  • Do a complete Reiki treatment on myself or someone else.
  • A tarot card reading complete with incense, candles, and music.
  • Create a magickal tool.
  • Create an altar or magickal place on my property.
  • Paint a portrait of myself, my guides, or my heart.

For my four work days each week I need something easy and quick, which means 208 things I can do on the fly. I’m going to write these on colored paper, so it will be easy to grab one and go. Here are some of my ideas:

  • Go outside, connect with the earth and sky, and say hello to the four directions.
  • Reiki my eyes.
  • Reiki my heart.
  • Pour white light over my body to cleanse and protect.
  • Say a nice hello to my guides and angels.
  • Five minutes of pranayama.
  • A chant to the Goddess… or the God.

It would be good to get out of the house periodically… so I decided to write 24 spiritual and/or magickal things that would require me to go someplace other than here. That’s only twice a month. I should be able to swing it. Those things might look like this:

  • Go out in the woods and leave messages and treats in the trees for the fairies.
  • Find a high hill where I can stand and let the wind clear my aura and blow all my negative shit away.
  • Do magick that requires a crossroads and a graveyard.
  • Visit a mall and let the Gods speak to me through what I see and hear.
  • Pour my bullshit and bad juju into container of herbs and essential oils, and release it into a river or creek.

And then I need some mid range things … stuff that doesn’t take all day and isn’t too complicated, and yet remains interesting and rewarding. I’m thinking maybe an investment of an hour or so of my time. Some of my ideas include:

  • Reiki my house and everything in it.
  • Listen to a self hypnosis mp3, video, or CD.
  • Have a talk with a tree.
  • Send Reiki to the earth, the sun, and the sky.
  • Color therapy in the Magick room.
  • Take a relaxing magickal bath.
  • Pull a rune stone or three, and contemplate the message.
  • Throw the I Ching.
  • Cast a simple spell.
  • Do the long chant to the Unconquered Sun.
  • Recite the names of Ganesha.

And if all else fails… I also plan to have a number of dark slips of paper. These are for if I totally forgot to do my one thing and it’s now late in the day. They would be extra cards, the just in case cards… and the plan is that if any are left over at the end of the year, I’ll do all of them. They are:

  • Howl at the moon.
  • Send Reiki to the stars.
  • Breathe in the night and breathe out my drama and bullshit.
  • Go outside and be peace…. for just a few minutes… be peace.

These actually sound kind of fun! Lots of them are things I can do with my girls, which makes it even more fun. I can’t wait to get started.

  • Vinegar-saddened potatoes, seasoned in the shadow of an man bursting with regret, accompanied by a side of angsty pomegranate steeped three hours in leeks, ennui, and the bourgeois consumerism of a successful older sibling.
  • Orphaned zucchini aged in the sound of children’s laughter, embittered in vinegar, anise, and the deep-eyed stares of a loyal dog, gazing ever-hopefully out the window, even though her owner is late coming home from work.
  • Friendless goat in emotionally processed micro greens. Do make sure the greens are micro, as they have to be small in comparison with the universe. This dish is best served at a table for one, far from home, while browsing Facebook on your phone.
  • Feet of an overworked duck, braised for the amount of time it takes Sisyphus to roll his boulder up and down the same mountain three times. For the braising liquid, try to locate at your local wine store a debauched pinot noir, with a misanthropic nose, surprisingly empty on the palate, and a sardonic finish.
  • Porterhouse steak, burnt to black by your ex-girlfriend, served on a collectible plate featuring images of her looking really great since you two broke up.
  • Stringy Rooster, marinated in what you think is, at first, an awkward silence, but which turns out to be the casual indifference of eternity.

By Torrey Peters.

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