2/15/2014 update: Thanks to everyone who has left comments and entered my journal giveaway. And thanks to the random number generator that chose the winner: Beth Pollock. I’ll be in touch Beth about getting the journal to you.
I’m quite excited as today is Grow Your Blog – a virtual meet and greet blog party and chance to meet new folks.
And the question being asked: Who am I, and why do I blog?
I’m Deborah Weber, and I think the world is a mostly magic place filled with curiosities and treasures; and that everything offers an opportunity for me to know myself more fully. And the more I know myself the more purely and clearly I can shine my unique soul signature. I want that for all of us.
I blog because I like sharing – my thoughts, what’s currently inspiring me, what’s puzzling or delighting me. If I had to describe myself in one sentence I’d probably say I have my feet on the joy trail and choose to pay attention to the everyday sacred.
I love a lot of things, and one of them is abecedariums. In fact I like blogging abecedariums, and last year I did my first one during the month of June; then another one on self-care; and another on gratitude.
So I thought perhaps one way to introduce myself to new visitors (and hopefully reveal a thing or two to current friends) would be to do an abecedarium about myself.
A is for Altars. I have little altars everywhere. Touchstones and talismans. Reminders that the sacred is all around us in everything.
B is for Bees. Bees are sacred to me for many reasons, not the least of which is because that’s what my name means.
C is for Chapeaux. I’m a hat lover. I wasn’t born in the right century to make proper use of my passion, but I don’t let that deter me.
D is for Dreams. I’m a prolific dreamer – we all are. And I’m good at remembering mine. I love working with my dreams – it’s like getting letters encoded in a secret language from myself. How delightful is that?
E is for Epithet. I believe we should all have a string of them that fill us with delight. Two of my favorite bestowed upon me are: “Angelic Presence of the Holy Shine” and “Fanner of the Flames of Delight, Truth and Rhythm”. Pretty awesome aren’t they? Costume-worthy for sure!
F is for Flowers. I adore flowers – everything about them. Their shapes, their scents, their colors, their vibrations. And I always have them around me. I incorporate their gifts into my work as an intuitive through my training as a flower essence practitioner and aromatherapist.
G is for Gratitude. I’m convinced gratitude begets happiness. I know with certainty my life is better because I have a gratitude practice.
H is for Hyacinths. A friend introduced me to the concept “hyacinths for the soul” – meaning the little things we do/treats we give ourselves that bring us joy. Just knowing that my self-care practice is based on hyacinths for my soul makes it all the more delicious to me.
I is for Illuminary. That’s my job description. I light the way so people can see for themselves what brilliant light beings they truly are. I may be a bit biased but I do believe I have the best job ever.
J is for Journaling. I can’t imagine life without it.
K is for Kinkle. I always smile when I say that word. I think the words we like have a lot to say about us, and that’s always interesting. Kinkle means a slight kink. And I think we’re all kinkly – full of little twists that make us so delightfully unique, so deliciously eccentric, so wonderful. Here’s to all our kinkles – let’s wear them proudly!
L is for Laughter. It delights me how much I like to laugh. And it always surprises me as well. My life has held much sadness, and yet the more I laugh the further away that becomes. Laughter really is a propeller into higher vibrations. So more of that please.
M is for Moon. I am most definitely a lunar daughter. The moon is such a wise and patient teacher, and I follow her rhythms and cycles, her waxing and waning with great and joyful devotion.
N is for Nitency. One of my favorite words which means brightness or luster. I love witnessing the nitency in everyone – and it is there, believe me. But I also like shiny bright objects like the best of my Crow friends. Sparkly is good. Especially heart sparkly.
O is for Oracles. I believe the world is oracular in nature – that there are signs and guidance and gifts surrounding us at every turn. We only have to open and receive.
P is for Poetry. There’s not a day in my life when I don’t read poetry. I think of it as soul language.
Q is for Questions. Isn’t the world a curious place? Don’t you find questions popping up in your mind all the time?
R is for Roots. I’m utterly fascinated by roots, both literal and metaphorical. Knowing that the Sanskrit word for tree, padapa, means the one drinking with its foot, can you ever look at a tree in the same way again? And what do we drink in from our roots?
S is for Secret Decoder Badge. Yep I’ve got one. Makes cracking those secret coded messages a breeze.
T is for Treasures. I’m on a mission. I want to live a life where I am surrounded only by treasures. Only those things that truly delight me. We all deserve nothing less.
U is for Unity Consciousness. I believe we should all show up fully and unapolgetically in our delightfully utterly individual expressions, and yet always remembering we’re all, everyone of us, connected into greater wholeness.
V is for Valentines. Life should be filled with love letters. Most especially to our own selves from ourselves. But spreading the love to others is delicious as well.
W is for Words. I don’t really have any idea why I’m so amused by words, or so entertained by wordplay, but I do know a day without words is, well, silent. Snort.
X is for Xerography. As a lover and creator of zines, I’ve spent my fair share of time in front of copy machines. These days I’m more likely to do limited-edition printed booklets than slap-dash copying, but I still honor those roots.
Y is for Yin and Yang. 9 Star Ki is an Asian system of profiling based on astrological information. I’m 3.1.7 meaning I’m yang wood, water, and yin metal.
Z is for Ziggurat. I’m not sure why but I have an utter fascination for this stepped pyramid shape. I swear it takes real willpower not to adopt the upside-down-terraced-flower-pot Devo hat as part of my everyday uniform.
In case you don’t have a clear picture of me yet, perhaps this will help. Look closely and you’ll see my body has an opening where I can store things. Like the little slips of fortune, some secrets, and of course my origami heart.
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, I’ll enter your name in the drawing for one of my made-by-me hand bound beaded-spine, multi-pocket small journals. 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.
Welcome to the Party! I am one of Vicki’s Grow Your Blog Party volunteers and I am so happy to meet you. Thank you for joining in on the fun and I am sure your readership will grow. Do you have a Followers button or gadget? I would love to Follow if you add one!
Hi Maureen – glad you stopped by, and I know all of us playing appreciate your volunteering efforts to make this a most wonderful party. I do indeed have a sign up in my sidebar so you can follow my blog by email or feed. I’d be delighted if you did.
Awesome, will do! Thank you!
I’m visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is nice to meet you. Your blog is very uplifting and I agree the world is a magical place and every day is a gift. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna
Thanks for stopping by Donna and wishing you a wonderful weekend as well. I’ll be popping by to say hello to you and everyone else playing – I’ve got my party shoes on. 😉
It seems to be a week for abecedarians, as a wonderful one was shared at our women’s group church meeting last night and now yours, which is lovely.
I enjoyed your post but can’t see a follower button so will add you to my Bloglovin list.
Oh I love when abecedarians show up in unexpected places – what fun. And thanks for the follow Judith. While I don’t have a follower button, I do offer the option of following my blog by email or rss feed. Glad you figured out how to add me to your Bloglovin list – I appreciate it. Happy GYB weekend!
Thanks for visiting my blog . We have so much in common and I look forward to what you share through your blog. I shall do an abecedarium of my own.
What a excellent idea – I can’t wait to see it. And thanks for returning my visit – it’s always a delight to meet new blogging friends.
What a lovely blog. Nice to meet you. Have fun with Grow your blog day.
Thank you, and happy GYB day as well!
Lovely to meet you, Deborah, at the GYB party 🙂
I know I’ll enjoy visiting your blog on a less frantic day… I’ve bookmarked it as I don’t use RSS feeds and my email is always chockful 🙂
And I’d love to enter your giveaway 🙂
I’m launching a series of 13 giveaways to celebrate my 50th birthday in April (there are 13 weekends between Imbolc and the big day on the 28th), which you’re most welcome to enter if you wish
Lovely to meet you as well Claire. And what a fabulous idea to do 13 giveways in celebration of your upcoming birthday! I just love that.
Oh I think we all need to see a photo of you in your upside-down-terraced-flower-pot Devo hat! Even if you don’t wear it every day, we can picture you in it any time we think of you!!! Smiles
LOL – yes I hear the laughter already. But your wish is my command. Someday, when you least expect it, watch out.
You are my kind of gal. I’ll be returning often for inspiration and a dose of Joy. Tesseract is the shape I’m intrigued by. I’m planting to encourage bees. I love moonlight. Have a great day.
Oh yes Susan – I recognize a kindred spirit. Glad the GYB party introduced us.
Thanks Deborah, I learned a new word today: abecedariums! Now I feel a huge need to write one too, so I might even do that but not now it’s way to late. Yours was fun.
Oh I’ll be so delighted to see yours when you do it!
Hi! Nice to find your blog via the Grow Your Blog party! Loved the abecedarium! Will be fun to poke around and see some of your artwork and other ideas!
Thanks for stopping by Rhonda. What a fun party!
It is very nice to meet you! I’m not much of a commenter, but I have been having fun checking out other blogs today.
I loved your word selection – ziggurat especially. Now why can’t that be in our language more often?
Anyway, I hope your having as much fun at the party as me. Take care and keep on writing!
I’m delighted you stopped by Rachael and left a comment. I’m indeed having fun at the party, and wish you much joy always in your writing.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. I am very touched by it and yes, the furry ones do inspire, comfort or just plain drive me potty depending on their mood!
I love how you have introduced your blog with the abecedarium as I had never heard of this before. I love the kinkle word.
I’m going to enjoy returning to your blog as I feel there is much her that I will enjoy and benefit from,
Kinkle just rolls out of my mouth with laughter – I’m glad you like it too. Thanks for visiting and for your kind words.
What a great way to introduce yourself to us new visitors! Glad I stopped by– your handmade pocketed journal is a wonderful giveaway!
Thanks Maggie. I’m having such a delightful time hopping around and visiting new blogs. And I’m quite happy to have found yours.
What a fun way to post for an event like GYB! I have not heard the term “abecedarium” before but I like it! In fact, I have enjoyed from time to time a weekly meme that is an abecedarium of sorts–visit http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/ when you can to find out a little more about it.
Meantime, thank you for the very thoughtful post you left on my blog, Tidbits and Treasures. Enjoy the rest of GYB.
Thank you for stopping by Wanda, and I appreciate the hedz up about AlphabeThursday meme. Looks like fun.
Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.
Nice to meet you as well Bernadett. And I’m happy to put your name in the hat for the giveway drawing.
Hi Deborah – thank you for leaving a comment on Comptonia yesterday! Your blog looks like an interesting place to explore! I have never heard the word “abecedarium” before, but now I won’t forget it 😉
Thanks for popping by for a visit!
Thanks for visiting my blog and I thought I’d check out yours! What a wonderful blog you have going here! I’m so glad we’ve met and I’ll stop by again soo.
Thanks Gloria. What a delightful GYB party, no?
Thank you for visiting my blog as part of the GYB party, Deborah 🙂 it’s very interesting to hear about what you do, thank you for lighting up my evening 🙂
Thanks Heidi – so glad you stopped by!
You are such a positive soul! I really like your inspiring space here and I look forward to journeying along with you!!! Nicole
Thanks for the kind words Nicole, and I’m glad to have found your place as well. 🙂
Hello Deborah, nice to meet you, your blog is beautiful, I following now,I love to share with you from now on and we are good friends!Happy grow your blog
It’s a delight to meet you as well!
I’m still making the rounds from Grow Your Blog. Thanks for sharing your story & blog. My redwork/ embroidery blog is aprilsongstress.blogspot.com!
Thanks for coming by Tisha. It’s delightful there are so many of us playing in GYB, but it’s taking time to make the rounds and say hello.
My goodness, you have just my whole day! And I agree with you about all of it! HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY! That’s it! Well have a wonderful time along the blog party route! You have put a great big smile on my face:). And your journal…is calling my name! Aloha
Aloha hula-la. I’m so glad you made it here and keep those feet on the joy joy happy happy trail. 😉
Deborah, I , too, love ziggurats. We have one just south of here in Orange County that is the Federal Building. For some reason, I always find it hilarious that the Federal Government is in a ziggurat.
Oh Linda how funny – I love the idea as well. I’m certainly going to add that to my must see list.
visiting via Vicki’s GYBP and enjoying your blog…especially the alphabet, you made me chuckle.
Thanks. I appreciate you popping in to say hello.
Clever introduction, and cute journal!
Hi Deborah, lovely blog entrance. Great to meet you and plan to return and spend more time browsing.
Hello from the Yukon. I hope you’re enjoying this party as much as I do 🙂
Evalina, This and that…
Greetings Evalina – thanks so much for making the trek over here. 🙂 It’s a lovely party!
Hi Deborah, thanks so much for popping by my blog from the GYB party! It’s so nice to meet you and I love your blog… what a great giveaway… I love making handmade and altered books! Hmmm, kindred spirits?! 😀 Looking forward to reading future posts, I’m a new follower!
Kindred spirits indeed Beth. So glad for all the fun GYB connections!
Hi there, it is so nice to meet you. You do such lovely work. It’s been fun to meet everyone from the GYB hop.
Thanks for stopping by and lovely to meet you as well. What fun the GYB party has been!
Hi, so very nice to meet you. I am visiting from Mexico but live in Canada. I had a great time reading your blog. So much fun and new to me info. Thank you for sharing. Happy hopping!
Thanks for stopping by and happy blog hopping. It’s fun to have so many new places to visit.
Great to meet you – I’m visiting from England!
I love your ABC
Thank you – and I so delighted you stopped by!
Thanks for the giveaway.
My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by.
I have never heard of abecedariums. Found yours very interesting!
Thanks Nicole – and I’m delighted you stopped by to say hello.
So nice to meet you. Your blog is very attractive. Would love to have a chance at your giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by Patty, and you’re certainly entered in the giveway.
I am paying you a visit, courtesy of Vicki’s GYB party, and I very much enjoyed your abecedarium as an introduction post to your readers. I am fairly well read, but do not ever remember hearing the word before reading your post. I have checked out a number of your previous posts and really enjoyed the one about the holey stone, which is something else I did not know. Therefore, today I learned at least two new things because I visited your blog!
I will be following you via email. Perhaps, you might find a moment to check out my humble and eclectic little bit of Blog Land!
Thanks so much for stopping by Lynn, and it’s a real delight to return the visit.
Love your alphabets! Welcome to the party! And I hope you are enjoying it.
Thank you Lija – I’m so delighted you stopped by.
Wow, I actually won?! 😀 Thanks so much for such a lovely giveaway gift!
I will look forward to receiving it and will cherish it as a beautiful gift from a brand new friend!
Hugs and thanks again!
Entirely my pleasure Beth. And I’ll be posting it to you on Monday. Enjoy!