The Blog Returns : With a Change

This is my return and first blog post in about seven weeks, due to the arrival of my very gorgeous and ever-changing, baby girl on the 23rd of February!

Ace of Arrows The Breath of Life
Ace of Arrows
The Breath of Life

During the last seven weeks, I think I’ve pretty much gone through every emotion there is out there: Fear, anxiety, tiredness, anger, grief, mourning, happiness and the jealousy that comes with comparing myself to other mums with three kids. Was I as good as them? What about other Tarot Readers? Did I still “have it”? Should I return now, or wait?

I managed to get some time a few weeks ago to start preparing the blog for a come back, and I thought and pondered about what I would do and when. Those questions above made me think for most of the Easter Weekend and here is what I’ve decided. I won’t be blogging every day, not yet. I’m going to stick to twice a week for the moment to dip my toes back into the water, probably on a Sunday and a Wednesday and give myself the time the children, family and I deserve. These early days are so precious and I know from experience that they’re unique to each child and that they’ll never ever come again!

Card of The Day Meaning 1000 Spreads by Tierney Saddler
Card of The Day Meaning
1000 Spreads by Tierney Saddler

Whilst I was away and up at the various stupid o’clock hours (as the newborn demanded) I got chance to read other people’s blogs: a rare thing for me, as I didn’t get time to read all the ones I wanted to. But at a 2am feed, I could, providing the site had a mobile plug-in so I could read it on the iPhone! Then I got into comparing my abilities with those of other readers whose blogs I was reading and it took me a few weeks to realise something: I don’t need to compare myself to the people whose blogs I was reading. I really ought not to do that, truth be told and when I came across this blog post, I made a decision. I shall try damn hard not to compare myself, no matter how “low” I might feel.

I am also going to be introducing an “angle” for how to read the cards. Whilst I was on leave, a fantastic idea was launched by Tierney Saddler and I had to get it when I saw how it was being used. It’s called Deck of 1000 Spreads (site is here) and it can help focus on an aspect of a card and its interpretation in a spread. (A spread is how the cards are laid out).

So with all that in mind, I bid you welcome back!

Comments

  1. Jim Maher April 15, 2013 at 09:25

    There’s no way I like to tell anyone what they ought to do with their children, so I’ll just mention something my mother said a little while after our son was born that seemed to really stick in my head once I had actually become a parent:
    “Treasure them while you can as they are only on loan to you.”
    It seems like only a couple of years ago that we bought our son home from the hospital… & he will be 26 yrs old in July this year, yep, another Cancer, just like me, & I don’t know much more about astrology than that.
    All the things I have so far seen him go through, not to mention of course the things I haven’t. School, failed relationships, learning to drive, the laughter, the tears, the squabbles etc etc.
    Compare yourself to no-one Louise, you are you & have the right to be you & once a tarot reader… what a lesson in tarot raising childeren is, in my opinion anyway.
    I think you are doing the right thing by just coming back slowly to allow the time to be where it should beat the moment, ie; with your family , your children won’t forget 🙂

    • Louise April 15, 2013 at 09:34

      Thanks Jim!

  2. Arwen April 15, 2013 at 12:41

    I think this is fabulous. I love your blog. So I’ll be delighted to see this when you do post. 🙂

    • Louise April 15, 2013 at 12:52

      I like your blog too Arwen! And you’ve inspired me to make a change or two my Facebook page too, so thank you sweetie! 🙂

  3. James Wells April 15, 2013 at 12:59

    Welcome back to Blog Land! Perhaps look through your face-up tarot pack, find a card that feels most like, “I’m just right as I am”, and post it where you can see it daily. You’re just right as you are!

    • Louise April 15, 2013 at 13:02

      I haven’t felt “just right” over the last 8 or 9 weeks James, but I’m getting there, slowly! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by my dear! <3

  4. Sezo April 15, 2013 at 13:04

    Louise, I find your knowledge and your enthusiasm for tarot something incredibly special. Anyone who has the ability to blog and make it interesting, funny and real-life is a precious thing, even better when it has tarot too 🙂

    Take your time, and I love reading your blog. I have to learn to not compare myself, as someone who has rarely anything interesting to say or comment I find the whole concept of blogging to be far too daunting, but for people like yourself who has something to share I learn something precious each time.

    • Louise April 15, 2013 at 13:56

      Sezo that is very touching, thank you sweetie!!
      I hope you’re feeling better after your roller-coaster of events recently too! Nursing is sorely needed and good nurses aren’t 10 to the dozen: I wish they were! Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you visit again soon 🙂

  5. Tierney Sadler April 15, 2013 at 14:14

    We have no idea what other people’s lives are like, so I agree you can’t compare yourself to others. I blog daily, but I have no children and I’m a professional writer. It’s easier for me to find the time and faster for me to put my thoughts down than many other people. But I think the BEST point you made on your blog was about how great the Deck of 1000 Spreads was. 😀

    • Louise April 15, 2013 at 14:54

      Hey Tierney! Yes, your deck IS Ace! Hope you don’t mind me posting images of it when I combine it with The Wildwood? 🙂

      We don’t know how others live, we imagine we do, but we don’t, which is why the comparison thing is rather pointless and stupid. We put others on a pedestal, but never ourselves. Time though, is an illusion: lunch time doubly so! 😉

  6. Joanne Sprott April 16, 2013 at 03:25

    Great voice you have, Louise. Let it flow where it will. Gee, I couldn’t imagine blogging every day, but I kinda do; I just have five blogs to keep up with, so once a week for each is plenty. Still means that I’m writing five days a week. Look forward to hearing from you, whenever you choose to write!

    • Louise April 16, 2013 at 09:59

      I only have the one blog, and before the little lady turned up, 5 days a week was achievable, but this time is so precious, fleeting and unique that I do not want to miss it. However, I’ve gotten the blogging bug… Seems I can’t win 😉

  7. Jordan Hoggard April 16, 2013 at 17:09

    Welcome back and conGRATS!

    • Louise April 16, 2013 at 20:29

      Tank you Jordan!! Good to see you around my dear 🙂

  8. Catherine Green April 16, 2013 at 20:19

    Hi Louise, welcome back and congratulations on the birth of your daughter! Your blog plan sounds great, I haven’t even thought about what to do with mine when baby number 2 arrives at the end of July… I suppose it will work itself out somehow. I’ve missed your posts these last weeks!

    • Louise April 16, 2013 at 20:31

      Well, decide when you’re ready to “come back” into it – I did 😉
      How old is your eldest child then, Catherine?

      My daughter is my 3rd and last child – That’s it, I quit! 🙂

      And I loved your first book on the Redcliffe series.. Downloaded the next two, can’t wait to read them 🙂

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