Archive for June 19th, 2008

Weddings…

This is a digression from my “self-discovery”… or is it? Well, anyhow, I’ve re-entered my Wedding kick. I’ve always been smitten with weddings, but I notice that my interest in them seems to heighten once summer hits. Well, it’s that time of year again! Here are some great, lesser-known wedding sites/blogs that I have found. Just thought I’d share the love…
http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/weddings/

http://thepreppywedding.blogspot.com/

http://fayeandgreer.blogspot.com/search/label/Real%20Weddings

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2008/04/unique-weddi-16.html

http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2007/09/board-5-autumn-air.html

http://inthisinstance.blogspot.com/

http://wedding.blogdig.net/

There are more… maybe I’ll post them later. Also, I was able to find information on some beautiful wedding rituals traditionally practiced by the Sioux and Cherokee tribes, both of which I belong. Check out these sites, if you’re interested: http://www.manataka.org/page348.html and http://www.ehow.com/how_18840_native-american-wedding.html I have more sites, but I’ll share them in a future post. Until later then. Toodles…

An Introduction

I am on a new journey… a journey to myself. I’ve reached a point in life where I simply cannot continue on the same path. I haven’t always been heading down this way. I can remember when I had clarity in my life. But somewhere back, I went off the right path and ended up where I am now.

I don’t like the person I have become. I often wonder if a lesser version of her was always within me, but perhaps the experiences of the past few years have simply surfaced her. I’m not sure if I can say this is true. However, I do know that I need to find my way back to the person I used to be.

I used to be full of life, embracing and seeking challenge. I wasn’t afraid to dream and plan for greatness. I was hopeful and full of faith, optimistic, and encouraging, both to myself and to others. I’ll admit that I’ve always struggled with confidence, but I can say for sure that I was confident in my intelligence and my potential. That, unfortunately, has greatly diminished.

I need a change. Not in my life, but within myself. I need a new outlook on who I am and where I am going in life. I need to not be afraid to dream again.

I have titled this blog “The Alchemist” because in his book (The Alchemist), Paulo Coelho encourages his readers not only to dream, but to pursue and realize them. I’m reading the book right now and it has already been such an inspiration to me. I hope that someday soon, when I reflect on this first post, I will see a dramatic, and positive, change in the outlook of its author… me.

With that, I’ll end with a quote from the book. I hope it will inspire you in your own journey to self-discovery..

“The secret lies in the present – if you pay attention to the present, you will be able to improve it. And if you improve the present, whatever happens afterwards will be better too. Each day brings us Eternity.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist