WHY I BECAME AN HERBALIST

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When I was a young woman I cleared out an old estate with my relatives. I will never forget that old house. And the strewn about belongings of the clearly extraordinary woman who had lived her life there. She was no longer walking this realm by the time I stepped through the front door of that house. But when I walked back out that same door for the final time I felt as though we had become friends.

Her home was well ‘lived in’. Perhaps, some would call it messy. But it wasn’t. Not to me. It was quite disheveled, that’s true. But in a way that made you feel as though the ‘mess’ had an intentional artistic flair to it.

There were herbs and materia medica notes everywhere. I was completely enchanted and never wanted to leave. If I could have stayed there sifting through all there was to explore forever, I would have.

I have often told this story in response to the question “Why did you become an herbalist?”. But as time has evolved and I have evolved with it, I realize there is much more to be said when answering that question now.

I have developed a deep relationship with my plants. I love them dearly. And, while I’m still enchanted by them, the connection I have to them now is much more than enchantment.

Perhaps I didn’t realize it back then, but it was not this light flirtatious moment with my beloved plants that made me want to learn more about them. Rather, it was the inner-sense I had at the time that I was on the brink of a profound journey with these amazing natural gifts from the great Mama Earth.

And still …

I didn’t run after them all godspeed or anything back then. It would be years before I began to explore and unravel their mysteries. And over that time I accrued many more reasons to choose to make them a part of my world.

I began uncovering the dark side of modern medicine and wanted some alternative health solutions for myself, and for my family and friends.

I started to understand that there are many people who still practice folkloric herbalism. And as I immersed myself in learning about this sub-culture, I once again experienced the enchantment I had felt in that old estate so many years ago.

I made herbs a part of my daily routine and absolutely adored the transition which occurred in my health and the energetics of my home because of that.

I saw first hand just how miraculous the results they provide can be. And stood in absolute awe of them.

As time passed, there came a point where I could never go back to life as it was before them. You know that place where you have become so intertwined with something that it is woven into the very fabric of your being.

That is the place I find myself in regarding the world of healing herbs.

AND …

I have no complaints. I feel privileged to call them friends ❤

If you work with herbs or aspire to, please reach out and introduce yourself in the comments. I’d love to meet you 😉 Also, feel welcome to reach out with any input or questions you may have about the mesmerizing world of herbs!

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

RECONCILING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH NEW YEARS

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New Years and I have been in a bad relationship for as long as I can remember. I have never considered her a friend.

As a young woman I recall that just about everyone I knew would be looking forward to their new years holiday plans with anticipation. I was never very excited about mine. I tried to feel good about them. I really did. But I just couldn’t muster up even one little ‘give a damn’.

I’m sure this was directly related to the fact that each time I did try to go out and join in the festivities, I found myself even more disappointed than the last.

Other holidays weren’t like this for me. I rather enjoyed them. Even with the fact that as a single mom I had to work through much of them, I made it a point to make the very best of the time I could squeeze in to celebrate.

But new years â€Ļ UGH! She was always a disappointment. Or worse. Usually worse ☚ī¸

Eventually, I turned my back on her completely. I haven’t acknowledged her presence in many, many years. I just sort of let her come and go without so much as a turn of my head.

However …

This year I am going to try to make amends with this difficult creature who spends but one day (two if you count new years eve) a year with us.

I’m not going to try to make up for lost time. That would be senseless. And at this point it feels as though jumping right into traditional celebrations would be a disaster. It’s just asking for more of a mindset alteration than I am willing to entertain!

So …

I’m going to plan a simple day. A day of quiet contemplation. Done with a positive attitude. And carried out in very warm fuzzy pajamas.

It is guaranteed to be cold as hell here in northern Maine. So there will be a toasty fire burning in the woodstove. Creating the perfect atmosphere for me to just sink into a day filled with self-indulgence.

There will be a mini-brunch spread in the early afternoon. It can be grazing material for the entire day. Freeing me from the kitchen, so I can focus on something more relaxing. Perhaps, a sewing project. Or finishing up the granny square lap blanket I’ve been working on. Or maybe I will immerse myself in the pages of a good book, leaving my world behind to become part of another’s.

In the evening, there will be candles lit throughout my home. They will burn brightly, ushering in good vibes for the upcoming year. The intention placed behind their lighting will be to perpetuate the atmosphere of peace and serenity which has been actively cultivated there throughout the day.

There will be card games, or movies, or both. There will be plenty of play time and sweet, warm snuggles with the king of the house (my bulldogge). And there will be laughter. Lots and lots of laughter.

When the day is complete, and I lay my head down to rest, I will know that the journey to reconciliation with this holiday I have been at odds with for so very long has indeed begun ❤ī¸

How will you be spending your holiday this year? Do you have fond memories of past new years celebrations? Or have you too had a rocky relationship with this special day?

I’d love to hear about your experiences! So meet me in the comments below and fill me in 😉

And … connect with me on facebook if you would like to stay abreast of any other happenings going on here at Bohemian Apothecarist. We will both be glad you did ❤

MY 2020 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

If I’m 100% honest I have to say that I hate to see 2019 behind me. It’s been one stellar year for me. I have experienced exponential growth and gathered a bounty of blessings over the past year. I’m really one lucky girl.

But 2020 is coming. And it will undoubtedly hold its own special set of gifts for me. I have developed a strong and disciplined thought life. And I’ve become a bit of a pro at mastering my emotions. So, in light of the fact that our reality is created by our thoughts and our emotions, I’m in a great spot to receive endless abundance in the coming year.

HEY!! Maybe I am ready to kick 2019 to the curb! Out with the old. In with the new. Bring it on 2020!

But before my new friend 2020 gets here, I’d like to have a few New Years resolutions in order. A sort of game plan to achieve the things which are most important to me in this 365 day time span.

Choosing Resolutions I Will Actually Keep

I’ve set some pretty damn lofty resolutions in the past. And I’ve learned that doing that sets the stage for failure. The loftier my goals are, the less likely I am to achieve them.

So, this year I am going to set the bar low. Not so low that they require no effort. There’s no real reward in reaching goals like that.

OK. Perhaps I should phrase this a little differently. I am going to set REASONABLE goals for myself. Goals that will take some effort to achieve. Making the attainment of them feel like a real triumph. And yet, nothing too over the top. No jumping through fire hoops, if you know what I mean 😉

Setting The Stage For Victory

I could easily create a list of things I want to work on in my life that are completely new to me. Things that I haven’t taken even the tiniest steps toward reaching.

But, in the spirit of setting the stage for victory, I am going to avoid things of that nature. And focus on refining things I have already laid some ground work for.

This will definitely make the likelihood of success greater. That’s a win!

I suppose working on ‘brand new’ things, or at least one or two of them, would be in order some years. But not this year. I am on a roll with some pretty big goals and I want to strike while the iron is hot, as they say đŸ”Ĩ

A Few Of My Own Resolutions

I’m going to break my resolutions down by category this year. Creating a general goal for each of the areas in my life which are important to me.

HOME:

I live in an old 20 x 30 home. It was meant to be a temporary spot to rest my head when I moved to Maine. But instead of looking for a nicer place to live, my son and I built a food the truck. And while I’m glad we did. It definitely means I’ve been in this little house way too long! So, it’s time to finish up the few odds and ends that need to be done and move on.

FAMILY:

This goal is probably the easiest one on my list. I have a small and amazing family. We function very well together and I’m happy with our relationships.

If I would change anything about our life it would be the amount of leisure time we spend together. So, more leisure time is high on the list.

SELF:

Taking care of my health is my #1 priority for myself. It has been neglected for too many years at this point. But I have grown so much in this area. And I no longer see self-care as something that one does when they have the time. Instead it is a matter of great importance.

And as I’ve begun to recognize that fact I have cultivated some pretty decent self-care habits in my life. I intend to improve on that in the coming year.

EDUCATION:

I have studied herbalism for a little more than a decade. I feel it is time for me to share the knowledge I’ve gained over this time with others. I have hosted classes before. But teaching my own courses is a new and exciting venture for me.

I am finishing up an herbal course, which I started some time ago, over the winter. And I’m designing several classes to release shortly thereafter.

WORK:

The food truck that I built with my son last spring was mad successful. And we have purchased a piece of land to place it on this next coming season, so that it will have a permanent home. Giving it it’s own home will make it so that we are able to develop the land that it sits on, and offer much more than just a ‘grab and go’ experience to our clientele.

The ideas that I have for this next step in our venture are plentiful. And they are still playing musical chairs in my head. The music hasn’t stopped. So I am not certain where any of them will sit, if you know what I mean.

I’ll solve this dilemma by setting my resolutions in this area on the basics. An awning on the front of the truck to protect people from the elements while ordering (it truly sucked not having this last year 😕) is #1 on the list. A finished parking area comes in right behind it. Storage on site is at the top of the list as well. These things combined with extended outdoor seating should cover the ‘get her up and running smoothly’ fundamentals.

And that’s it folks! Basic, achievable goals. Success is a no-brainer for this woman and her resolutions this year!

Are you setting New Year’s resolutions this year? Do you plan to keep them simple? Or reach for the golden ring?

Share your plans in the comments if you will. I’d love to hear them!

I’d also be interested in hearing how you feel about resolutions in general. Do they work for you? Or do they seem to fall by the wayside? And if so, why do you think that is?

And … connect with me on facebook if you would like to stay abreast of any other happenings going on here at Bohemian Apothecarist. We will both be glad you did ❤

Introducing The Bohemian Apothecarist (That’s Me ~ Diane)

Hey Everyone! So glad you decided to join me here @ Bohemian Apothecarist 🤗

If you know me then you know that I have had other blogs in the past. And each of those ventures were meant to financially contribute to my life. And they did. I consider myself fortunate for that.

The creation of Bohemian Apothecarist has a bit of a different purpose. I intend to use this ‘interweb’ space to share bits and pieces of my life journey with those who care to walk through this little portion of it with me.

Why would you want to walk through this bit with me?

I’m not at all sure. I simply know that all of the work that I’ve done running online spaces has been exactly that … WORK!

I would like to kick back a bit and enjoy the process of creating content (I love to write), sharing the things in life that pique my interest (both in good ways and in bad), and putting knowledge out there which I have gained that I feel may be of benefit to others (we all have that, we should share it).

So that’s what Bohemain Apothecarist is all about. I have created spaces on facebook, pinterest, etsy, and patreon. Most of them have no content at this time. I simply created them to secure the URL.

Facebook, pinterest, and this space will definitely grow over the winter months this year. Etsy and patreon may or may not ever see expansion. If I get in creation mode that extends beyond writing and memes etc, then there may be something put out there for anyone who is interested to purchase.

But right now I am co-running a food truck with my son. And quite honestly it is usurping pretty much all of my time. We are working 70 hours a week in the truck alone and then trying to maintain some sort of order in our personal lives. Only half-assed successfully on the personal life. With great success on the food truck venture!

Nonetheless, here are web addresses for all of the Bohemian Apothecarist’s sites:

facebook.com/BohemianApothecarist

pinterest.com/BohemianApothecarist

etsy.com/shop/BohemianApothecarist

patreon.com/BohemianApothecarist

I’m sort of a spiritual junkie, so I will likely post items referring to what I believe is enlightening information. I understand that enlightening information is highly subjective so you may or may not find it to be so.

I am a bit of an herbal enthusiast, so I will likely post information about herbs and their uses along with how-to’s concerning their preparation. This winter I will be working on finishing up an herbal course I started some time ago. I imagine much of that work will turn into blog posts here, memes on fb, and related pins on pinterest.

I have a passion for healing crystals, so I will likely post information on this subject as well. It is not a subject that I am as well-versed in as herbs, but what the hell this space will serve as a place where we can learn together.

You may also find recipes (after all … food truck), chemical-free cleaning tips (cuz I have a thing for that), funny quips (at least I will think they are funny) and all manner of other random things.

If you’ve read this far, I’m honored! I hope you stick around and see what the space has to offer. And please remember that without your interaction and input it becomes a bit hollow for me.

So do share your ideas and opinions. Do. Do. Do. 😉

This post is meant to be an informal introduction to exactly what’s happening here (I think it makes the mark on that one). It is also supposed to tell you a bit about me (perhaps that could be a bit more detailed, but how do you sum up an entire ‘personhood’ in a blog post?)

I apologize for it’s lack of visual appeal. I’ve not worked on WordPress before and I still haven’t figured out how to ‘pretty it up’! I will though. Because it will haunt me until I do, LOL!

Thanks again for being here. Stick around a bit. I think you’ll be glad you did. I know I will 😉