2/15/2015 update: Thanks to everyone who has left comments and entered my giveaway. I’m delighted to announce the the winner – Janet Hovde. I’ll be in touch Janet about getting the package to you.
I’m excited as today is Grow Your Blog – a virtual meet and greet blog party and chance to meet new folks hosted by Vicki Boster at 2 Bags Full.
And the question being asked is: Who am I, and why do I blog?
I’m Deborah Weber, and I’m a Messenger, a Creative, and a Joy Ambassador with a deep interest in exploring the everyday sacred. Hafiz said “an awake heart is like a sky that pours light” and I aspire to live that way as fully as I am able.
I blog because I like sharing. I always seem to prefer a meandering path so if you walk along with me I can’t promise exactly what I’ll be stopping to look at. But I’m happy to share my explorations and inspirations; my curiosities and my reflections.
I like a lot of things, one of them being abecedariums. And I like the idea of introducing myself to new visitors (a hopefully revealing a thing or two to current friends) by creating an abecedarium about myself.
A is for Anagrams. I love words and anagramming them makes for double the pleasure. For example my name anagrams into Wore Herb Bead or Hoard Bee Brew both of which amuse me because they actually represent things I’m interested in. I DO make and wear herbal beads and I am a honey lover.
B is for Bee. Deborah means Bee. How can I not love Bees and honor their medicine when it’s what I’m about?
C is for Color. My artist self delights in rainbows of colors; my spiritual self likes exploring the vibration signature of colors; and all of me likes choosing a color to dance deeply with each year. This year I’ve got Celadon Jade guiding me.
D is for Druzy. I’m enchanted by the glittery effect of tiny little crystals on the surface of some rocks. The world needs more sparkly magic and I think we should celebrate it wherever we see it.
E is for Essences of the flower variety. I’m a flower essence practitioner and I get to enjoy the vibrational gifts of flowers every single day. How lucky am I?!
F is for Feet. I often write messages on the soles of my feet with henna. I love knowing I’m leaving secret messages wherever I step.
G is for Glass. I’m particularly fond of crackle glass, Depression glass, and moonglow, and I love glass containers lined up on windowsills where the light can pour through them.
H is for Hats. I wear a lot of them – both literally and metaphorically. My mother was a milliner and I come by love of chapeaux honestly. But I’m also multi-passionate and proudly wear the hats of intuitive, illuminary, messenger, artist, writer, aromatherapist and flower essence practitioner to name just a few.
I is for INFJ. According to the Myers-Briggs assessment my primary mode of living is focused internally, where I take things in mainly via intuition. My secondary mode is external, where I deal with things according to how I feel about them, or how they fit with my personal value system.
J is for Joy. My life is very abundantly blessed in all sorts of ways. But what’s most important to me, and the seeds I most want to continue to replant and grow and harvest again are Joy and Love. These are the kinds of things that aren’t really tangible crops to harvest out of Mother Earth, but rather seeds to plant in the fertile ground of one’s heart.
K is for Kaizen. I love this concept of “good change” often understood to be small incremental steps done continuously that lead to substantial improvement. Slow and steady keeps momentum going.
L is for La Luna. Mama Moon and I have a strong relationship and I pay attention to her nightly changes. I am most definitely an intentional traveler through the natural cycles and rhythms of this world.
M is for Matryoshka. I am inordinately fond of these charming little nesting dolls. And I think they’re a wonderful metaphor for all kinds of things.
N is for Neology. The term for use of a new word or expression or using an established word in a new of different sense. I’m fascinated by language changes and I love making up my own words.
O is for Origami. Being a hardcore paperphile it’s no surprise that I love playing with paper. I bind books, I roll paper beads, and I love origami.
P is for Proverbs. I love proverbs and adages and am always on the search for ones I haven’t heard. My current favorite: “A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.”
Q is for Questions. My mind is endlessly curious and forever offering questions for me to explore.
R is for Red Shoes. I whole-heartedly believe life is better when lived in red shoes. It’s a fact pure and simple.
S is for Scent. Scent is hugely important to me. No doubt it’s the reason I became an aromatherapist, and you’ll always find me surrounded with flowers and anointing oils.
T is for Treasures. One of the intentions I carry and one of the ways I truly want to be in this world is to be surrounded only by treasures. I think we’re powerful creator beings creating the lives we want, so why not fill it with only things that have deep meaning and delight you?
U is for Urban. I am a born and bred city girl and love my life in the large metropolitan Chicago.
V is for Valentines. One of my core beliefs is that the world needs more love letters. Lots more! And I have a soft spot for Valentines, particularly vintage ones.
W is for Watershed. I think one of the ways we can keep ourselves grounded in eco-awareness is to remember our relationship with the area we’re living in. One of the ways to do that is to know your watershed. So with that remembrance I can say I am Deborah, of the DesPlaines River-Kankakee River-Illinois River-Mississippi River-Gulf of Mexico.
X is for Xanthometer. This is an instrument used for measuring the color of sea or lake water. Although I’ve never actually seen one, I love the idea of this on so many levels. It’s magical to see how bodies of water change colors, but don’t you also wonder who invented this device and why? I’m betting it was an artist.
Y is for Yeasty. One definition of this is “full of restless energy or creativity.” I think that can be a delightful state, and it never fails to make me laugh when I consider I’m being yeasty.
Z is for Zines. I delight in creating zines (and small editions of artist books). The medium suits me perfectly – paper magic that freely allows me to express my quirkiness. What’s not to love about that?
In case you don’t have a clear picture of me yet, perhaps this will help.
There you have it. A someway lengthy peek at who I am. And now it’s your turn. I’d love to know a thing or two about you. Please leave a comment – I really do love to hear.
As part of the blog party, some of us are choosing to do a giveway. So if you leave a comment and say you’re interested, I’ll enter your name in the drawing. I’ll be sending one of my lovely little origami boxes filled with a little surprise. Who knows – perhaps some herbal beads or a piece of jewelry I’ve created, or maybe one of my zines or some other little made-by-me treasure. Be open to a happy little surprise. The winner will be announced on February 15.
Be sure to stop by Vicki Boster’s 2 Bags Full blog for a list of other bloggers playing today and have fun exploring.