Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sharing, 1.7.17

My daughter gave me the most thoughtful gift, this year, for Christmas- she printed out every single one of my 266 blog posts written between May of 2012 and November 2016. I couldn't believe she took the time and put forth the effort to do this for me (and she couldn't either, from what I understand, because she didn't realize how many blog posts I had actually written!) As I looked through the "book" (she bound them all in a navy blue, leather binder) that she created, I realized how important this blog is to me (it is a much needed outlet) and that I really need to pay more attention to it and give it more of my time.  

So, the wheels began turning. I spent days compiling a 'year-in-review' and 'hopes-for-the-new-year' post. For weeks prior to that, I had been keeping notes in my phone, notes in draft form here on blogger, notes in random notebooks around the house and notes in my school planner. There was so much information that I didn't know where to begin. But, as I sorted through the notes, I realized a common theme and that is how grateful I am to have access to the thoughts, stories and advice of so many wise women via the internet, networking, friends, co-workers, etc.. I feel fortunate to have been enlightened enough to absorb and reflect on what these women were sharing and to digest every little morsel of information that I could get my brain around, using it to add positivity to my life at a time when negativity was dominating (if you know me or have been following this blog for a while, you know about the conflict that has been my life lately).  Sooo... for the next few posts, I'll be sharing some of the thoughtful information that I received from these wise, wise women through their instagram feeds, blog posts, podcasts, websites, etc.  Their stories and inspirational words have helped me put one foot in front of the other and get out of bed each day for the past six months.

First up, I'll share this blog post by Kelly Rae Roberts and this website. I took the stories that these women shared as a sign that if I reached out, I might find some answers to this difficult situation. So, I contacted Melanie (the medium) for a reading.  Now, you have to know that I am not the sort of person to do this on a whim, because I have always pretty much been a skeptic when it comes to this sort of thing.  (Gary, aka Ruben J, was a firm believer in 'psychics' and I often laughed at him for it.) But the signs were very strong that reaching out like this would lead to some answers and, hopefully, some sort of contentment. So I paid $100.00 for an e-mail reading. I really didn't expect much, but I thought, if nothing else, it would be fun.

I e-mailed the medium in the afternoon on a Thursday and had a several page response by 4:00 the next afternoon. Before I started reading, I just assumed that she probably did a quick google search to get enough information to sound somewhat accurate. Well, let me tell you, as I started reading, I realized that too much of it was too accurate to be a "quick google search".  As I finished reading, I, literally, could not even move from my chair. One of the questions I had asked the medium was if Ruben J had any particular advice to give me about this ongoing, difficult situation, as I knew that if he were still here, he would have been able to help. The medium's response contained information that absolutely no one else could have ever known- information from private conversations that I had with Ruben J 15 years ago that I have never shared with anyone, information about the way he dressed and detailed descriptions about some of his possessions and personality traits, etc. It. Was. Crazy!

Was it real or just coincidence? Of course, I will never know for sure. But it was real enough for me to believe the advice I was given through the medium. It made everything more clear and gave me the confidence to just be patient with the situation, trust myself and wait it out, which is something I'm not good at, but have been forced to become better at. And that is a very good thing!

I know this all sounds a little "out there"! It took some serious pondering on my part to share it. But, it was such a positive experience and it happened as the result of someone else sharing their story, so I thought it was only fitting to share mine.

Art print by Kelly Rae Roberts. I have this, framed, in my living room, as a reminder ;)

Have a great weekend and stay tuned for my next "sharing" post!  Juli

**Please visit the websites and blogs mentioned here, as these women are unending sources of positivity, creativity and possibility.


  1. When I was facing the big D - on a whim I sat down with a palm reader (old woman) at the Portland Ore Saturday Market -- I said little -- she had great insight -- knew so much about things that were to come (& how right she was) -- even just let me tip her -- said I would need my money very soon for fees -- fees? Yep - filed about a little over a month later! I haven't done anything like that since then, but she gave me goosebumps that day!

  2. Yes! It was a moment I will never forget, for sure.