Have you heard, or should I say read, all the recent buzz about protecting one's online business from social media hackings and algorithms? Despite their "Old School" 2000s visibility, blogs and email lists are making a comeback it seems.
As I progress forward in lots of interests and ideas, I definitely liking the idea of returning to a simpler time where I have more control over whether my content is even seen or not and to a community that felt a little more friendly and less competitive and noisy than the BIG BUZZ knows as IG.
The continual "upgrades" and ideaology changes being made by the social media kingpins, plus their conglomeration, politicized control of content, forced labeling of posts, silencing voices they don't agree with...all these things put a bad taste in my mouth. At least for now, I can say what I like in a blog post and know that anyone who wants to access it can. Via an e-mail list I can disseminate content to people who want to receive it.
So I am rethinking some things and looking at adding some content in new or should I say old fashioned ways.
As a quick update here, lots of things have changed and evolved since the inception of kalanicut in 2009. It's amazing to believe it's been almost 13 years and was in the works for a couple of years before that. Right now I am focusing heavily on wellness. I have certified as a Reiki Master practitioner and have added Sound Therapy, including Sound Bath, to my Reiki work. In this endeavor I feel I have really found my calling and it has been a pretty amazing way to meld my corporate business and marketing background with my holistic, alternative health passion. I absolutely love working with clients online or in-person in studio and have had some amazing experiences.
The journey has also been a very empowering one for me personally as I work daily for the best mental, physical and emotional health possible - and every day that looks a little different. I have definitely see an improvement in my own health and well-being from what I have studied and learned. I spend a good amount of time meditating and working on affirmations that help me improve the quality of my thoughts, which impacts actions and results in all areas of my life.
I was going to say I am doing a lot fewer DIY projects but that's not really true when I think about it. My Powder Room update has been stalled for a while due to some distractions with unexpected projects. It needs wallpaper, paint on the vanity, tile and maybe the sink, new faucet, towel rod, shelves and mirror frame installed. So just an afternoon's work, right? Ha!
My best therapy right now is sanding red-stained beams that were once a part of the pond in our dining room. They are so beautifully aged and once they are all back to their natural wood state, I am planning to either build a coffee table or a sofa table. The decision will depend the salvageable lengths of wood I have available once it's all cleaned up and inspected. For now I just go out and sand for an hour, a few days a week. It's a good time to clear the mind and get out of the house for a while.
Now that Spring has suddenly arrived, we are also scrambling to get the backyard back in shape, including some pool tile repairs (sad cry), power spraying all the decks and patios, cleaning up the pool house, and tidying up the grass and flower beds. We are really looking forward to getting back into the pool this spring/summer.
Beyond that we are busy with church and life...high school and all it's associated dramas and adventures, golf season, summer plans, career dreams and the daily household stuff. We are happy and trying to find joy in every day. Today I am doing a Yeast Experiment because for the life of me I can't get bread to rise in this house. I have tried all the suggestions and today I am trying to proof three different bowls of yeast, three different ways. I figure that if none of them work out, I toss the yeast and try a new strategy with some other kind of yeast. We'll see how that goes.
Feels good to be back here, I will say. If you come by, let me know in the comments. We'll see if we can rebuild something here that is from a more peaceful, gentler age. Kindness, inspiration, community, creativity....