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New moon, new altar who dis? 🔮🌚🔮
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(Chalice of water is missing as it is currently sitting on my outdoor altar, charging.)
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#phdbalance #selflove #selfcare #selfloveisthebestlove #selfcareissacred #loveyourself #routine #ritual #tarot #altar #goddess #goddessmoon #moonphases #moonmagic #talisman #witch #witchcraft #witchesofinstagram #whatsonmyaltar #craft #elements #newmoon
It feels good to be home.
It feels good to be home.
Just completed my first day of Instructor Training for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. I will be here for nearly a week learning a new pedagogical curriculum to add to my teaching toolbox.
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Feeling a little uninspired and frustrated towards academia at the moment, today was a helpful reminder that the mold can be broken and reshaped to fit both our needs as instructors, and our students' needs. That profound change is possible through community-based education.
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But after our first session, I am feeling hopeful and excited for the week ahead, and look forward to where this training may take me in the future.
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#phdbalance #phd #phdlife #iamaphdstudentandiknowit #gradstudent #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #gradschoollife #academia #academiclife #masters #doctorate #thesis #dissertation #communitybasededucation
Just completed my first day of Instructor Training for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. I will be here for nearly a week learning a new pedagogical curriculum to add to my teaching toolbox. 〰 Feeling a little uninspired and frustrated towards academia at the moment, today was a helpful reminder that the mold can be broken and reshaped to fit both our needs as instructors, and our students' needs. That profound change is possible through community-based education. 〰 But after our first session, I am feeling hopeful and excited for the week ahead, and look forward to where this training may take me in the future. . . . #phdbalance  #phd  #phdlife  #iamaphdstudentandiknowit  #gradstudent  #gradschool  #gradschoolproblems  #gradschoollife  #academia  #academiclife  #masters  #doctorate  #thesis  #dissertation  #communitybasededucation 
Portrait of a lonely Barista on a Friday night.
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#bloomcoffeeroasters #knowyourroaster #lovelansing
Today's @hunterparkgardenhouse adventures brought harvesting scallions, watering baby cabbages, hanging out with Chaco, and feeling the summer breeze alongside the blossoming chives.
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#phdbalance #worklifebalance #selflove #selfcare #productivity #volunteering #community #gardening #gardenhouse #allenneighborhoodcenter #hunterparkgardenhouse #plantlove #plantmagic
After waiting a five long agonizing months, I received word today that my manuscript was rejected for publication. Again. While one of the reviewers saw underlying value in my work, the second reviewer's words cut me like a knife. I tried to not take it so personally. I tried to not shed any tears or let myself get too worked up. Nonetheless, a few tears were shed.
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I know that it's common to get rejected. I know that it happens to everyone, and it happens all the time. I know that many scholars we look up to and model our work after have had their own work rejected multiple times. I am also fully aware of the toxicity surrounding the publication process. Despite all this, I let it get to me. I felt a surge of anxiety when I labeled myself as "The Only Grad Student In My Cohort Without A Publication" and felt my worth sink like a stone. I am firmly against the saying "Publish or perish," but sometimes the pressure can feel all too real and encompassing.
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However, I've got too much to do, too much to say, and too much important work to put out into the world to let this one rejection get me down. While the sting still feels a little fresh, I'm going to learn from it, take it in stride, and move on.
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This is a new level of personal growth for me and I'm going to choose to revel and reflect upon this moment instead.
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#phdbalance #worklifebalance #selflove #selfcare #productivity #phd #phdlife #iamaphdstudentandiknowit #gradstudent #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #gradschoollife #academia #academiclife #masters #doctorate #thesis #dissertation #manuscript #publishing #publications #publicationprocess #publishorperish
After waiting a five long agonizing months, I received word today that my manuscript was rejected for publication. Again. While one of the reviewers saw underlying value in my work, the second reviewer's words cut me like a knife. I tried to not take it so personally. I tried to not shed any tears or let myself get too worked up. Nonetheless, a few tears were shed. 〰 I know that it's common to get rejected. I know that it happens to everyone, and it happens all the time. I know that many scholars we look up to and model our work after have had their own work rejected multiple times. I am also fully aware of the toxicity surrounding the publication process. Despite all this, I let it get to me. I felt a surge of anxiety when I labeled myself as "The Only Grad Student In My Cohort Without A Publication" and felt my worth sink like a stone. I am firmly against the saying "Publish or perish," but sometimes the pressure can feel all too real and encompassing. 〰 However, I've got too much to do, too much to say, and too much important work to put out into the world to let this one rejection get me down. While the sting still feels a little fresh, I'm going to learn from it, take it in stride, and move on. 〰 This is a new level of personal growth for me and I'm going to choose to revel and reflect upon this moment instead. . . . #phdbalance  #worklifebalance  #selflove  #selfcare  #productivity  #phd  #phdlife  #iamaphdstudentandiknowit  #gradstudent  #gradschool  #gradschoolproblems  #gradschoollife  #academia  #academiclife  #masters  #doctorate  #thesis  #dissertation  #manuscript  #publishing  #publications  #publicationprocess  #publishorperish 
That feeling when you actually put effort into styling your hair and you realize you are a literal angel. 👼🏻
That feeling when you actually put effort into styling your hair and you realize you are a literal angel. 👼🏻
Confessions of a PhD Student
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The other week I didn't work on my already-behind dissertation proposal and spent an afternoon making fancy infused syrups instead. I would say it was a moment in #tenderproductivity and a moment well appreciated because this Rose Sage syrup turned out ✨👌🏼✨
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#phdbalance #worklifebalance #selflove #selfcare #productivity #tenderproductivity #herbs #herbier #herbalism #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalbeauty #plantlove #plantmagic #kitchenwitch #foraging #rose #sage
Confessions of a PhD Student 〰 The other week I didn't work on my already-behind dissertation proposal and spent an afternoon making fancy infused syrups instead. I would say it was a moment in #tenderproductivity  and a moment well appreciated because this Rose Sage syrup turned out ✨👌🏼✨ . . . #phdbalance  #worklifebalance  #selflove  #selfcare  #productivity  #tenderproductivity  #herbs  #herbier  #herbalism  #herbalist  #herbalmedicine  #herbalbeauty  #plantlove  #plantmagic  #kitchenwitch  #foraging  #rose  #sage 
I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for this amazing woman right here. She sacrificed everything in order to give me the best life possible and then some. I love you, Mom.
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Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead 💕
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Photo by the insanely talented @joannakrueger.
I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for this amazing woman right here. She sacrificed everything in order to give me the best life possible and then some. I love you, Mom. 〰 Where you lead, I will follow Anywhere that you tell me to If you need, you need me to be with you I will follow where you lead 💕 〰 Photo by the insanely talented @joannakrueger.
Having a little Empire Records moment where I close @bloomcoffeeroasters alone for the first time. Don't worry, Jared. I won't gamble the cash register away in Atlantic City.
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Just wanted to share a little fun behind the scenes. And to give a heads up to anyone who closes with me. Get ready to sing and dance!
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Song playing is "Message of Love" by The Pretenders.
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#baristalife #bloomcoffeeroasters #lovelansing
Having a little Empire Records moment where I close @bloomcoffeeroasters alone for the first time. Don't worry, Jared. I won't gamble the cash register away in Atlantic City. 〰 Just wanted to share a little fun behind the scenes. And to give a heads up to anyone who closes with me. Get ready to sing and dance! 〰 Song playing is "Message of Love" by The Pretenders. . . . #baristalife  #bloomcoffeeroasters  #lovelansing 
Today is Day 12 of #mmmay17 but today I'm deeming it #michiganmemademay to showcase all these locally made goodies.
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My linen jumper was handmade by @consciousclothing, my ceramic necklace was made by @debbiecarlos, and the eco bundle-dye scarf was made by me using locally harvested and foraged flowers right here in Lansing, Michigan.
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And thank you to my co-worker Sara for snapping this photo of me while on break at work.
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#phdbalance #worklifebalance #productive #productivity #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #mmmay17 #memademay #handmade #handmadewardrobe #slowfashion #ethicalfashion #ecofashion #ceramics
Today is Day 12 of #mmmay17  but today I'm deeming it #michiganmemademay  to showcase all these locally made goodies. 〰 My linen jumper was handmade by @consciousclothing, my ceramic necklace was made by @debbiecarlos, and the eco bundle-dye scarf was made by me using locally harvested and foraged flowers right here in Lansing, Michigan. 〰 And thank you to my co-worker Sara for snapping this photo of me while on break at work. . . . #phdbalance  #worklifebalance  #productive  #productivity  #makersgonnamake  #makersmovement  #mmmay17  #memademay  #handmade  #handmadewardrobe  #slowfashion  #ethicalfashion  #ecofashion  #ceramics 
Remembering to say "Hello" to my unmade bed, my messes, and my imperfections a little bit more each day.
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I am more behind on my dissertation proposal than I want to be but instead of wallowing in self-doubt, I am getting more and more okay with spending time in these uncomfortable spaces and sitting through them.
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Hello, unmade bed. How are you today?
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#phdbalance #phd #phdlife #iamaphdstudentandiknowit #gradstudent #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #gradschoollife #academia #academiclife #masters #doctorate #thesis #dissertation
Remembering to say "Hello" to my unmade bed, my messes, and my imperfections a little bit more each day. 〰 I am more behind on my dissertation proposal than I want to be but instead of wallowing in self-doubt, I am getting more and more okay with spending time in these uncomfortable spaces and sitting through them. 〰 Hello, unmade bed. How are you today? . . . #phdbalance  #phd  #phdlife  #iamaphdstudentandiknowit  #gradstudent  #gradschool  #gradschoolproblems  #gradschoollife  #academia  #academiclife  #masters  #doctorate  #thesis  #dissertation 
Since I deleted my old IG accounts, including my fitness one (RIP @buffscully!), I've noticed I don't really share much in the way of fitness anymore. Which is a shame because I LOVE working out and I have met so many incredible women through the IG fitness community.
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This is my friend, Annie (@singerswings). We originally met through IG last summer, but once she reached out to let me know that she is also a graduate student at MSU, we met up last August while she had to be on campus for her online program. She's back for her May on-campus session and we've hit the gym up two days in a row!
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Annie is a constant source of inspiration for me and I admire how she grabs life by the horns and owns it. She's also a great lifting partner and encourages you to get out of your own head and lift heavier than you ever thought possible. I will miss you when you leave this week but I'm so glad we met online and IRL as the kids say. 🤣😘
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In honor of #mmm17 and all the amazing people I've met through the IG craft community as well, Annie and I want to show off what else about us is ME MADE: Our muscles. 💪🏻🏋🏻‍♀️
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As I am passionate about fitness for graduate students (and of course, all people in general), I will make sure to post more on this topic and offer tips and tricks for your workout. I know we don't always feel like we have time to workout, but making time for your body and your health is one of the best things you can do to get through your program. Happy to discuss in more detail or talk through any doubts or concerns you have. We're all in this together - why not have a little fun with it? 😝
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#phdbalance #phd #phdlife #iamaphdstudentandiknowit #gradstudent #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #gradschoollife #academia #academiclife #masters #doctorate #thesis #dissertation #fitness #fitnessinstructor #fitnessmotivation #moveyourbody #moveeveryday #womenwithmuscle #womenwholift #GRRRLarmy #memademay
Since I deleted my old IG accounts, including my fitness one (RIP @buffscully!), I've noticed I don't really share much in the way of fitness anymore. Which is a shame because I LOVE working out and I have met so many incredible women through the IG fitness community. 〰 This is my friend, Annie (@singerswings). We originally met through IG last summer, but once she reached out to let me know that she is also a graduate student at MSU, we met up last August while she had to be on campus for her online program. She's back for her May on-campus session and we've hit the gym up two days in a row! 〰 Annie is a constant source of inspiration for me and I admire how she grabs life by the horns and owns it. She's also a great lifting partner and encourages you to get out of your own head and lift heavier than you ever thought possible. I will miss you when you leave this week but I'm so glad we met online and IRL as the kids say. 🤣😘 〰 In honor of #mmm17  and all the amazing people I've met through the IG craft community as well, Annie and I want to show off what else about us is ME MADE: Our muscles. 💪🏻🏋🏻‍♀️ 〰 As I am passionate about fitness for graduate students (and of course, all people in general), I will make sure to post more on this topic and offer tips and tricks for your workout. I know we don't always feel like we have time to workout, but making time for your body and your health is one of the best things you can do to get through your program. Happy to discuss in more detail or talk through any doubts or concerns you have. We're all in this together - why not have a little fun with it? 😝 . . . #phdbalance  #phd  #phdlife  #iamaphdstudentandiknowit  #gradstudent  #gradschool  #gradschoolproblems  #gradschoollife  #academia  #academiclife  #masters  #doctorate  #thesis  #dissertation  #fitness  #fitnessinstructor  #fitnessmotivation  #moveyourbody  #moveeveryday  #womenwithmuscle  #womenwholift  #GRRRLarmy  #memademay 
Scenes from yesterday's #studybreak.
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Stopped to harvest all the dandelions with my husband to make dandelion wine. It might be about six months before we enjoy it, but that's what slow living is all about, right?
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#phdbalance #phd #phdlife #iamaphdstudentandiknowit #gradstudent #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #gradschoollife #academia #academiclife #masters #doctorate #thesis #dissertation #herbs #herbier #herbalism #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalbeauty #plantlove #plantmagic #kitchenwitch #foraging #dandelion #dandelionwine #slowliving
Scenes from yesterday's #studybreak . 〰 Stopped to harvest all the dandelions with my husband to make dandelion wine. It might be about six months before we enjoy it, but that's what slow living is all about, right? . . . #phdbalance  #phd  #phdlife  #iamaphdstudentandiknowit  #gradstudent  #gradschool  #gradschoolproblems  #gradschoollife  #academia  #academiclife  #masters  #doctorate  #thesis  #dissertation  #herbs  #herbier  #herbalism  #herbalist  #herbalmedicine  #herbalbeauty  #plantlove  #plantmagic  #kitchenwitch  #foraging  #dandelion  #dandelionwine  #slowliving 
My husband did the grocery shopping so I could get some academic work done on my day off. Then he brought back one of my favorite local beers for me to enjoy while on a writing break.
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What a guy.
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#phdbalance #phd #phdlife #iamaphdstudentandiknowit #gradstudent #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #gradschoollife #academia #academiclife #masters #doctorate #thesis #dissertation #craftbeer #puremichigan #rightbrain #rightbrainbrewery #bluemagic
Today's #mmmay17 item is brought to you by my friend and local artist, @debbiecarlos..
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Most known for her poster prints and photography, I have been a huge fan of her ceramic work for a couple years now. We made an artist trade this morning and one of the items I went home with is this simple ceramic loop necklace.
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I've already received two compliments while wearing it at work. What I love even more is that I can proudly tell them it's made by a local artist right here in Lansing. Thank you, Debbie!
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#phdbalance #worklifebalance #productive #productivity #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #mmmay17 #memademay #handmade #handmadewardrobe #slowfashion #ethicalfashion #ecofashion #ceramics
Today's #mmmay17  item is brought to you by my friend and local artist, @debbiecarlos.. 〰 Most known for her poster prints and photography, I have been a huge fan of her ceramic work for a couple years now. We made an artist trade this morning and one of the items I went home with is this simple ceramic loop necklace. 〰 I've already received two compliments while wearing it at work. What I love even more is that I can proudly tell them it's made by a local artist right here in Lansing. Thank you, Debbie! . . . #phdbalance  #worklifebalance  #productive  #productivity  #makersgonnamake  #makersmovement  #mmmay17  #memademay  #handmade  #handmadewardrobe  #slowfashion  #ethicalfashion  #ecofashion  #ceramics 
It's Day 4 of #mmm17 and I have one more natural dye project I wanted to share (at least for now!). I decided to give this vintage slip an update by dipping it in my logwood vat after I finished up my scarves. No dye goes to waste!..
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I originally dyed this slip using avocados, but the results were only so strong as I didn't scour or mordant the fabric. While I wish I had done this process before dipping it in the dye vat, I am still happy with the results. A beautiful soft blue lavender..
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I also love how I was able to breathe a little more life into this slip. I have been wearing it as a nightgown on warmer nights, and it reminds me of all the creativity I am capable of. 💜
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#phdbalance #worklifebalance #productive #productivity #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #mmmay17 #memademay #handmade #handmadewardrobe #slowfashion #ethicalfashion #ecofashion #naturaldye #naturallydyed #ecodyeing #bundledyeing #plantmagic #plantlove #fiberart #logwood #shibori #shiboridye #themodernnaturaldyer
It's Day 4 of #mmm17  and I have one more natural dye project I wanted to share (at least for now!). I decided to give this vintage slip an update by dipping it in my logwood vat after I finished up my scarves. No dye goes to waste!.. 〰 I originally dyed this slip using avocados, but the results were only so strong as I didn't scour or mordant the fabric. While I wish I had done this process before dipping it in the dye vat, I am still happy with the results. A beautiful soft blue lavender.. 〰 I also love how I was able to breathe a little more life into this slip. I have been wearing it as a nightgown on warmer nights, and it reminds me of all the creativity I am capable of. 💜 . . . #phdbalance  #worklifebalance  #productive  #productivity  #makersgonnamake  #makersmovement  #mmmay17  #memademay  #handmade  #handmadewardrobe  #slowfashion  #ethicalfashion  #ecofashion  #naturaldye  #naturallydyed  #ecodyeing  #bundledyeing  #plantmagic  #plantlove  #fiberart  #logwood  #shibori  #shiboridye  #themodernnaturaldyer 
✨💧W E S T / / W A T E R 💧✨
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The last element I want to share for my #whatsonmyaltar series is Water, which is housed in the West. And based on my astrological chart, it is the element I resonate the most strongly with. As a Cancer and ascendant Pisces, I feel everything. I am an extremely emotional being. I am intuitive.
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Corresponding with E M O T I O N, this element rules love, how we feel, courage, sorrow, intuition, and the unconscious mind. Think about how we tend to describe emotional experiences with the common phrase of, "This feeling just washed over me like a tidal wave ..."..
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That is water in action.
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So instead of viewing my hyper-emotional state as a weakness or vulnerability, I embrace it. Being in tune with how I feel and how my emotions may influence my behavior, I have learned how to hone my self-awareness over the years and how to balance these emotions.
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If you are a water sign, I encourage you to do the same. But regardless of your sign, I think we all could benefit by embracing our emotions a bit more and sitting with ourselves and our vulnerabilities.
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Thinking about these soft and tender moments, here is how I honor and celebrate Water:
- A brass chalice filled with water and charged with sea salt and lavender oil
- A brass candlestick and white taper candle
- A selenite tower
- Rose Quartz
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The first image shows most of these items while the second image shows my West corner in action. What do you have in your West corner? How do you honor Water?
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#phdbalance #selflove #selfcare #selfloveisthebestlove #selfcareissacred #loveyourself #routine #ritual #tarot #altar #goddess #goddessmoon #moonphases #moonmagic #talisman #witch #witchcraft #witchesofinstagram #whatsonmyaltar #craft #elements #west #water #waterislife
✨💧W E S T / / W A T E R 💧✨ . . The last element I want to share for my #whatsonmyaltar  series is Water, which is housed in the West. And based on my astrological chart, it is the element I resonate the most strongly with. As a Cancer and ascendant Pisces, I feel everything. I am an extremely emotional being. I am intuitive. 〰 Corresponding with E M O T I O N, this element rules love, how we feel, courage, sorrow, intuition, and the unconscious mind. Think about how we tend to describe emotional experiences with the common phrase of, "This feeling just washed over me like a tidal wave ...".. 〰 That is water in action. 〰 So instead of viewing my hyper-emotional state as a weakness or vulnerability, I embrace it. Being in tune with how I feel and how my emotions may influence my behavior, I have learned how to hone my self-awareness over the years and how to balance these emotions. 〰 If you are a water sign, I encourage you to do the same. But regardless of your sign, I think we all could benefit by embracing our emotions a bit more and sitting with ourselves and our vulnerabilities. 〰 Thinking about these soft and tender moments, here is how I honor and celebrate Water: - A brass chalice filled with water and charged with sea salt and lavender oil - A brass candlestick and white taper candle - A selenite tower - Rose Quartz 🌊🌊🌊 The first image shows most of these items while the second image shows my West corner in action. What do you have in your West corner? How do you honor Water? . . . #phdbalance  #selflove  #selfcare  #selfloveisthebestlove  #selfcareissacred  #loveyourself  #routine  #ritual  #tarot  #altar  #goddess  #goddessmoon  #moonphases  #moonmagic  #talisman  #witch  #witchcraft  #witchesofinstagram  #whatsonmyaltar  #craft  #elements  #west  #water  #waterislife