Navigational Weekend

Normally when I’m doing a daily practice, it’s daily. This weekend, on the other hand, was more than just my normal errands. I had to go interview clothes shopping. Let’s rewind back to Thursday. I got an email through my Indeed messenger to set up a phone interview for a ‘Social Media and Creative Specialist’. I cannot express enough how badly I want and need this job. Want-because it’s what I want to do. I was hired where I’m at now to work and create social media, monitor stats (I LOVE THOSE BY THE WAY), write, photograph, comment, and design uniforms. But that’s not what happened. We all know what happened. A family run business was just that. Need it because not only would it be better for my mental health but back into my career field and learning new skills. Back to my phone interview. I scheduled it right after work and during wait time to pick up the kiddos from school (YAY Bluetooth technology set-up in the car). The interview went awesome and right after she scheduled an in-person interview…for tomorrow. I was glowing and ecstatic.

Arriving home I opened my email as instructed to complete 2 action items. I’m so grateful that Adobe had a black Friday sale so I could get my programs back on my laptop because I needed to create a FaceBook ad and poster. I went beyond that yesterday with a video slide presentation music and all. In the email, it was specified ‘business casual’ interview. I didn’t panic until I realized I didn’t have anything that fell in that category. This brings navigating the business casual world. Some pictures showed with jeans some showed with slacks and cute canvas shoes but I didn’t have anything that fell in that category. My clothes, especially now where I work are all casual. If I get this job I’ll need to go shopping for work clothes that are business casual.

This brings me to navigating Christmas and Yule shopping. Crazy doesn’t even cover what it was like. I made the mistake of going to Bath and Body Works. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to just shove someone to the side. The rudeness of people was just absurd. I walked in there with a good mood and I walked out a hating EVERYONE. I walked in two different stores trying to find business casual attire and was immediately overwhelmed but my husband helped. Before you wrinkle your nose he has always helped me pick out clothes (he’s a clothes snob if you will). In fact, before he was with me he was a great dresser then kids happened but that’s a different story. He noticed that my mood was changing and said the magical words, ‘ Let’s go get something to eat.’ Music to my hangry ears.

6 hours later I had to outfits to choose from and most of my holiday shopping complete. Outside of candy for the stockings and something for my mom, I have everything done. I need to dye some grey out of my hair and get things packed for Yule this weekend but my interview tomorrow will have me in a state of anxiety until I hear either way if I have it or not. My regular daily Havamal study will continue this afternoon. Happy Monday everyone!

The Holiday Season

During my college years (it sounds like a long time ago but in truth, it took me almost 6 years to complete my degree being a teen mom and wife 2 times over), I studied many subjects. I tried to keep in my career field of art and such which brought me to theology and tolerance. What does that have to do with art? Actually, a lot. I learned how what we consider art is now, but then was just a way of expression of truth from decades past. One thing I had to keep in mind was that history was written by the victors keeping in mind that some history and stories were lost in death. I know, rambling but hear me out. Some cultures tattooed days of importance on their bodies through symbols but when they passed away those symbols of that storyteller was gone…forever. Or during the Christian wars, entire families died and most of a lineage was erased and the ones that were left could not pass on important family history.

Where am I going with this? We need to be tolerant this holiday season of other people’s beliefs. I’m fortunate enough that I don’t need to hide mine from my family anymore and can openly begin celebrating my beliefs this season. This is huge for me as I always just made sure that my kids had a happy ‘Christmas’. I’m excited this year. I’ve been wood burning and I’m going to venture to make my Yule goat (hoping that’s not a fail) and some upcoming cooking and poetry writing to coincide with my Asatru calendar. This is my first year really practicing but I’m hoping I get more adept as my studies come along. But back to tolerance. Even though I’m not of Christian faith (and haven’t been for some time now), I do like reading blogs that people write about their faith whether it be Christianity, Taoism, or whatever because how am I going to teach my kids tolerance and practice it myself if I’m not educated and providing an example?

I’m writing this because my son and his friend were having a conversation and my son was explaining about Norse gods and Asatru to the best of his studies (yup there are books for kids) and I heard,

Friend-‘Dumbass, that isn’t true! Jesus and God are the only way!
Then my son– ‘That’s ok, you believe what’s right for you.’
Then his friend-‘You’re stupid and going to hell!’

That’s when I stepped in. I asked his little friend to go home so I could talk to my son. I asked him if he was ok and he said he was. I asked him if wants to learn more about Christianity and this is what he said, ‘Sure mama but I want to believe in what I want.’ I asked him why did he want to learn more about Christianity he said, ‘I want to know why (kids name) hated what I was saying and how we can still be friends no matter what we both believe. I get what he was saying but I hated that he experienced something so judgemental and having another belief pushed on him. I further explained, ‘Sometimes people don’t want to hear alternatives to their faith because they weren’t taught tolerance and acceptance. Tolerance is when you told (kids name) that it was ok to believe in what’s right for him and not getting mean and telling him he was wrong. Acceptance is not letting what he believe bother you.

So please, I ask this season be tolerant and accept that other people’s beliefs are right for them. If you have questions, ask but without being condescending. Be respectful. There needs to be more tolerance in the world and I think it should start now. There’s already too much in the news about old classic Christmas shows and music because people are not tolerant. It’s just as easy to turn off the music, TV, or even walk away from an individual. Be kind and happy Monday everyone.

 

Monday…Already?

I only failed at one goal I had set this weekend. I beat myself up for only a bit when I realized that it’s ok. I wanted to create another video on Saturday…Sassy Saturday, trying to quickly recap the week but that didn’t happen. Those adults that actually use the weekend to relax are effing UNICORNS! Or I’m doing life all wrong. I think it’s because I waste 40 hours a week at a job. Oh, and the kids! Too good to walk ANYWHERE and always needing rides. Or the fact that NO ONE in the house can put a meal together to save their lives. This feels more like a rant…moving on. Saturday…I did adult things like errands. Oh, I also set up a payment arrangement for default student loans that I can’t afford and cried into the AWESOME ooey gooey triple chocolate brownies. If that’s not adulting at its finest I don’t know what is.

I wanted to do something to relax, a way to zone out my adult problems so I tried my hand at something new…woodburning. I saw these CUTE little Norse Yule ornaments but I couldn’t afford the prices because I wanted ALL of them. It also felt personal for me to make these. What I learned…don’t use cheap wood discs that are prepackaged at the local big box store. And that with that revelation…I needed more wooden discs! Y’all, this was so relaxing and I was so EXCITED to see that it didn’t turn out to be a HUGE fail.

I was also able to squeeze in a kindred’s book club meeting yesterday and happy that the next book is actually a free one. Perfect for my holiday budget 😁. I have some reading to do, wood to find, and a Yule Goat to make. The goat will be for another post. I’m sure after watching how-to videos it’s going to be a mess. Happy Monday everyone!

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