I feel like I’ve been on my best witch game these past few weeks, largely due to the amazing Antipodean Witch Box that I subscribed to and have been getting for two months.
It’s helped me to up my learning about the craft and Wicca, and help me navigate the upside down wheel of the year. I’ve been trying to get my head around it since moving to the Southern Hemisphere and it’s only just beginning to stick.
There are other things I’ve been doing though, in order to be more mindful in my daily life and practice gratitude in everything I do. A big part of Wicca is being more present and grateful for things we have and the natural world around us, so here are 14 things I’ve been doing, to do just that.
Making time for reading
I have always been terrible at reading, not because I was incapable (I promise I can read), it was just that I had the attention span of a two year old. I would always try and read before going to bed, but by the time I got tucked up, I would be too tired and just fall asleep.
I’ve managed to read two books and I’m well into my third, which for me, is a miracle. Making time for this non-digital activity has helped me improve my sleep, reduce stress and it’s also extremely entertaining, who knew!
Creating a digital curfew
Something that has really helped me with the reading, is creating a digital curfew. As soon as 8:30pm rolls around, my phone gets put to one side, laptop off and the book is picked up.
You honestly don’t realise how much time you waste scrolling through social media or falling down YouTube rabbit holes, until you force yourself to stop.
Upping my meditation duration
I always meditated pretty regularly, but since becoming Wiccan, it’s become a nightly routine. Now, I can meditate for 30 minutes! I did try for an hour once, but I fell asleep around the 40 minute mark.
Learning more about spellwork
I’ve been Wiccan since October 2018 and although I try and live my life according to the Wiccan Rede, I haven’t actually had much hands on experience with Witchcraft. It’s one of the reasons I never actually labelled myself as a Witch, but that’s all changed now!
Like I said before, the Antipodean Witch Box has had a huge hand in me upping my spellwork, but I’ve loved every second of it.
I always did little personal rituals, but adding this extra layer of things has really helped me focus and my intention.
Being more open and vulnerable
Even with close family and friends, I’m not a very emotionally open person. Recently I’ve been taking baby steps to be more vulnerable with the people closest to me.
Whenever I think to myself ‘No, I won’t tell them that’ that’s my cue to bite the bullet and just say it. It’s been very liberating and I’m definitely getting there. It’s something that was a goal of mine right from the start of 2019 and I’m hoping that by the end of the year, I feel a little more confident with being open to people.
Working on my Book of Shadows
I have neglected it a lot lately, but I’m back to spending time learning and making sure to document everything. I love this book and doing all the illustrations in it. Hopefully I can pass it on once I’m old and grey… to my family of cats.
Making fitness a normal part of my daily routine
I’ve never been a huge lover of exercise, but these past few years I’ve come close to enjoying it. Right now, I’m very happy to report that I’ve managed to make it a normal part of my routine.
Usually I’ll be in the gym around 4-5 days a week, I just take my stuff into work and my gym is right next door, so it’s not too hard to get motivated. I’ve started to notice a huge change in my mindset, the goals I have and I’m starting to see definition, especially in my shoulders.
This teamed with a new love for experimenting with food has meant that I’m starting to get my weight back down to a normal level and re-build strength, making me feel freaking awesome!
Experimenting with cooking and ingredients
I’ve been particularly favouring the magical properties of Turmeric, especially as I’ve been battling the flu for the last two weeks.
I’ve also been trying to buy fruit and veg I wouldn’t usually buy at home. New Zealand has some pretty freaky looking food, so I’m liking testing these out in recipes.
Working smarter, not harder on my business
I’m a workaholic. When I’m not in my 9-5 job, I’m working on freelance work or building a business, or blogging, or working on my fitness. The list goes on.
What I’ve been doing these past few weeks, largely due to my self-inflicted digital curfew, is doing all my extra, non-job related work in the office for an hour or two. That way, when I get home I know it’s rest time, not more work time.
I’ve been trying to keep on top of scheduling and ensuring I’m not always nose deep in my laptop every evening. It’s helped both me and my business massively, as my content is better, I’ve been able to create much better plans for the future and I’ve got a much clearer idea of how I want things to run.
Writing in a diary
When I was younger I did this every day, as an adult… not so much.
I’ve started keeping a diary whenever I feel like I’m bottling things up. With only having a small window to talk to people back home (thanks 11 hour time difference) I find it comforting to have somewhere to rant or express the madness happening inside my head.
Making big plans for the future
I’ve saved so much time not watching hours of YouTube videos, that I’ve had a lot of time to really think about what I want my future to look like. It’s helped me to prioritise what is actually important to me and what I need in order to lead a happier, healthier life.
The biggest outcome of this has been my new business and passion project, The Self-Care Emporium!
Understanding the seasons and what they have to offer
A big part of being Wiccan is celebrating and understanding the different seasons and what they offer us. It’s a strange thing to be experiencing one season, whilst everyone back home is experiencing the complete opposite.
I was never a summer person before, but I’ve found a new respect for the things nature gives us during the warmer months and what we can only experience in winter. It puts a lot of things into perspective and you start to find gratitude in things like food, plants and how much Vitamin D you do or do not get.
Exploring the area and nature
Winter is a little more forgiving in New Zealand, it actually doesn’t rain as much, not where I am anyway.
More often than not, you are greeted by very bright winter sun and chilly temperatures. It’s perfect for getting out into nature and experiencing the colder seasons. Something that is tricky to do back home in Manchester whilst it’s pissing it down six out of the seven days a week.
Watching Ted Talks
I’ve been binge watching Ted Talks in a bid to expand my knowledge and understanding of the world. Some of them are a little hit and miss, but most of them I’ve gleaned little bits of information and new ways at looking at old problems.
Overall, I feel like I’m creating a good balance between work, health and passion. This is something I hoped I’d be able to do by coming over to New Zealand.
Sometimes you have to take yourself out of a situation completely in order to be able to get a clearer perspective on things. Even though I’ve decided that I won’t be staying in New Zealand permanently, I’ve managed to make it feel like home as much as possible and it has helped me sort all the confusion out in my head.
Here’s to just three more amazing months in New Zealand!