activities

❄️️ Imbolc 🌷

(pronounced ee-molc, also called Candlemas)

What Is Imbolc? ❄️️➡️️🌷

Imbolc is celebrated roughly when winter begins to turn to spring. Traditionally it also marked the successful survival of the harsh winter months and the beginning of the agricultural season. The returning sun is welcomed and the Celtic goddess Brigid is honored.

Traditional Lore/Activities 🕯️

  • Each candle within a household should be lit, if only for a moment, to honor the sun’s return.
  • If there is still snow on the ground one should draw an image of the sun in it.

Foods Associated with Imbolc 🥐

  • Sour cream and other dairy dishes.
  • Spicy foods.
  • Spiced wine.
  • Raisins.
  • Foods containing peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, and chives.

Modern Activities 🎨

Cooking/Baking

Self Care

Imbolc Bath - from @magickmomma16

Crafts

  • Candle making.
  • Weave traditional Brigid’s Crosses.
  • Plan what herbs/flowers you want to grow during the upcoming spring and summer.
  • Burn your Yule greens to help winter on its way.

Colors and Altar Decor 🌸

  • White
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Amethyst
  • Bloodstone
  • Garnet
  • Ruby
  • Onyx
  • Turquoise
  • Green Candles
  • Brigid’s Crosses
  • Potted Bulbs
  • An Anvil or Hammer
  • Poetry

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Hey so April’s coming up so I thought it’d be good to have some activities to do! I’ve seen other people do these (most notably for me @uniqueaspergirl​ had one that I did a few of last year!) and thought I’d set one up!

Under the cut is a list of the days (also listed in the picture) and descriptions of what each one is because a few words aren’t always the easiest to understand even when you wrote them.

I would like to say first though that - despite me keeping the descriptions of each day mostly positive, negative submissions and additions are absolutely accepted. Everything isn’t sunshine and daisies. Most of the things are general enough that they’ll apply to anyone, but if one doesn’t work for you feel free to treat it as a freebie!

Submit by submitting to the blog directly, tagging us ( in the @ kind of a way) or by tagging it #walkinredinstead (which I checked, it’s empty) and I’ll post and reblog as many as I can!

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things to do together- long distance edition!

when chires and carers don’t get to see each other irl, that can make things feel really hard, and like you can’t do all the same things other chires and carers get to do together. here’s a list of things to help try to remedy that!

this was requested by an anon !



1. use hosting sites to watch things together.

    | watching things together can be a great way to spend time together! be it an old favorite movie, a cute tv show, or silly videos online, it’s really fun to do things like that together so you can feel closer!


2. skype call through the night.

    | as someone who gets very scared and has bad nightmares, it helps me a lot to be in a skype call with my dependeds through the night! it sure doesn’t beat sleeping next to them, but it’s the next best thing. i’ve found it helps a lot with not wanting to go to bed because you want to talk to the other- you can just talk until right when you fall asleep!


3. send a book back and forth and annotate it.

    | i know that the way i phrased this makes it sound like icky schoolwork, but it’s way more fun than that! if you find a book that both of you would like to read- even if it’s an old favorite, or a short children’s book, it’s really fun to write little notes about what you were thinking while you were reading it, and have the other do the same! it’s also fun to highlight things that remind you of them.


4. send handwritten notes for when the other is down.

    | a lot of the times, when the other person is down, you can’t always be there for them, especially when it’s long distance. if you write a bunch of notes and send them to the other for when they’re sad, it can definitely put a smile on their face to see a handwritten note from the one they love reminding them why they want to keep going, to motivate them, and to cheer them up.


5. make a playlist together!

    | make a playlist together- or a few! songs that remind you of one another, songs that you can fall asleep to, happy songs- make the playlists together, so that way when the other one is missing you and they want to have something in the background that can make you think of them, you’ll have those playlists!


6. make each other friendship bracelets.

    | in my opinion, this is one of the cutest things, like. ever. friendship bracelets can be incredibly easy to make, and you’ll each have something special from the other that’s just for you. it’s unique and special and they’ll always be with you no matter what that way!


7. play online games together.

    be it online rpgs or flash games, playing games together can be an incredibly fun and unique way to bond and hang out, no matter how much distance is between you! we’ll make a list at a later date filled with games you can play online together! we’ll link it here when that happens, but for now, there are a ton of masterposts floating around on tumblr with games you can play!



i really hope that this is even a little bit helpful! long distance can be hard with anyone that you care about, especially someone who you’re in this close of a relationship with. best wishes to all of you guys!


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Chinese sword dance by Patrick Foto ;)
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Chinese lady was performing taiji sword dance in a park

Signs When Bored
  • Aries: camping
  • Taurus: napping with a cat
  • Gemini: fandom freak out
  • Cancer: baking & sims
  • Leo: social media troll
  • Virgo: internal conversations
  • Libra: online shopping
  • Scorpio: analyzing mysteries
  • Sagittarius: making fun plans
  • Capricorn: running errands
  • Aquarius: at political protest
  • Pisces: useful arts and crafts

CAS can seem very overwhelming at first but in the end 150 hours over 2 years is very manageable if you spread it out. So here are some tips on what you can do to get CAS out of the way as fast as possible. 


Fist thing is to get the hours out of the way. This way you won’t have to stress about getting it all done before the deadline. You will have to continue with CAS even when your hours are fulfilled but you won’t have to stress about getting everything done. 

Do stuff during the summer! It could be anything really. Like waking dogs, swimming, jogging or renovating furniture. If you get one or two activities done during the summer you won’t have as much to do during IB12. 

Try and do two or three activities per term. This way you will be done with CAS by the end of the first term in IB12 (since you need 6 actives total). And if you do two activities during summer you will have the first term of IB12 free too. 

Join a school charity trip if your school has one. My school had a charity trip to Thailand during the summer between IB11 and IB12 for 3 weeks. The people that went got all of their 150 hours done during those weeks. They still had to do more CAS activities but they were done with their hours. 

Do an activity during a couple of days. I was part of a Christmas Wrapping that my school organises every year and the money goes to a homeless shelter for kids in Senegal. I got 35 of my Service hours done in 4 days. *boom*. 

See it as an opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to try. If you’ve wanter to learn how to embroider try it! Whatever you want to do give it a try. That’s what CAS is all about. 

Ask you’re CAS coordinator if they can be your supervisor. This way you can do an activity by yourself and send in pictures of your progress as evidence. You can teach yourself something new on your own terms. 

If you’re running, use an app. Runkeeper is an approved CAS advisor which is amazing. So take a screenshot after your run (the part with all your stats on it) and have it as part of your journal as evidence. 

Write your evidence journals after every time you do the activity. If you don’t do this you are very likely to forget what you did. It will become a lot to write in the end as well. If nothing else write them at the end of the week for the activities that you did during the week. 

Get your CAS project out of the way. The faster the better. And it doesn’t have to be anything big. Hanna and I are running this blog as our CAS project and then we don’t really have a set schedule for when we write stuff. 

Join school clubs (or create one). Another good way of getting your CAS hours. I joined my schools MUN club and I was part of it for a term. Some guys in my class created a table top game club. You can get quite some hours from doing it once a week. 


Some stuff you could do for CAS

  • biking 
  • Swimming
  • MUN
  • EYP
  • Knitting 
  • Dance course
  • Live streaming a computer game and the money goes to charity. 
  • Learn an instrument
  • Start a band
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter 
  • Start a Studyblr
  • Join Amnesty 
  • Clean local beaches
  • Try some Yoga
  • Gym 
  • Online courses
  • Help younger kids with their homework.
  • Play an instrument on the street and give the collected money to charity. 
  • Christmas wrapping at a local mall.

I hope that some of these tips were helpful! CAS can actually be really fun and a way for you to get to know yourself better. It is also a great way to get some impressive stuff on your uni application. So make the most of it! :)

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Night Life around the Tatsumi Bashi Bridge (巽橋) in Gion (祇園) Kyoto (京都) Japan by TOTORORO.RORO
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Tatsumi-Bashi Bridge (巽橋) on Shirakawa River (白川) at Shirakawa Minami Dori Street (白川南通) at night in Gion (祇園) Kyoto (京都) Japan. It is a Hanamachi (花街), a historical location, which is a Japanese geisha (芸妓) district. There are lots of traditional Japanese architectures, restaurants, retro streets and meeting places for geisha, in Gion (祇園) Kyoto (京都) Japan. There is also a famous Tatsumi Jinja Shrine (辰巳神社) called Tatsumi Daimyoujin (辰巳大明神) there.

The 5th House: Hobbies

The 5th house rules over hobbies, love affairs, and your approach to children as well as what type of children you might have some day. Today I am going to share some information on hobbies. To find out your 5th house check out astro.com for a chart reading.

Aries in the 5th house: Is attracted to challenging hobbies that they can do on their own. 

Taurus in the 5th house: Is attracted to hobbies that stimulate the senses or is artistically-driven. 

Gemini in the 5th house: Has MANY hobbies, especially those that stimulate the mind/are considered “intellectual”. 

Cancer in the 5th house: Is attracted to “domestic-like” hobbies such as cooking, grilling, knitting, home-brewing, or home improvement. 

Leo in the 5th house: Is attracted to any hobbies deemed “creative”. They might have a special tie to theater.

Virgo in the 5th house: Is attracted to mentally stimulating but also self-enriching hobbies like chess, a sport, or learning a new language. 

Libra in the 5th house: Attracted to hobbies that are creative or involve group work/working with other people. 

Scorpio in the 5th house: Attracted to hobbies that involve research or show large feats like bodybuilding, tattoos, or car restoration. 

Sagittarius in the 5th house: Is attracted to outdoor hobbies or any hobby deemed “exotic” like scuba diving or martial arts. 

Capricorn in the 5th house: Attracted to hobbies that involve collecting, history/lineage, shopping, or working with their hands.         

Aquarius in the 5th house: Attracted to unusual hobbies like lock-picking, taxidermy, astrology, or extreme sports.

Pisces in the 5th house: Is attracted to any hobby that lets them express themselves

The Signs as Summer Activities and Feelings

Aries: Sunset walks on beaches. Watching the sky fall from pink to navy. The feeling of cool sand beneath your toes. Slight wind picking up your hair and pricking the back of your neck. Holding hands and finding pretty sea shells and saying “It’s beautiful just like you” to your loved one. Hearing the waves crash with your head on your partners shoulder. 

Taurus: Traveling to foreign lands. Stepping onto a plane for the first time, and feeling both scared and excited. Sitting by the water, drinking coffee at small pastry shops and listening to the sound of beautiful foreign languages. Dying in the summer heat- though the beautiful sites make up for it. Eyeing cute foreign boys and day dreaming of getting into a relationship with one of them.

Gemini: Independence Day. The dark night being lit up by the bright fireworks in the sky and on the ground. Endless laughter with family and friends. The smell of BBQ. Feeling particularly patriotic. Going to the mall and wasting your money on independence day sales.

Cancer: Picnics in the park. Feeling the slightly damp grass under a gingham blanket. Admiring the beauty of your date sitting across from you. Feeling slightly embarrassed when your date takes pictures of you, but being persistent about taking pictures of them. The sun breaking through the shade of the trees and warming you up.

Leo: Amusements Parks. Hearing the screams of other people as they go down a rollercoaster. Eating soft serve and drinking icee’s in 100 degree heat. Looking up at the clear blue sky and sun. Laughing manically as you ride up a rollercoaster. Your heart dropping to your stomach as you do a loop on a rollercoaster. Simply wandering around the park and talking with your friends.

Virgo: Sleepovers and TV. Binge watching disney movies. Laughing out loud then having to shush everyone because the parents are sleeping. Eating as much junk as humanely possible. Turning off all the lights with the intention of sleeping, but accidentally staying up for another 4 hours talking about life and conspiracy theories.

Libra: A roadtrip across California. Opening the windows because it feels like the AC stopped working. The wind kissing your skin as you jam out to your roadtrip mixtape. The peace and quiet as your drive through middle California. Going to a rest stop and stretching like a cat. Taking videos of the ocean as you enter SoCal. Eating Chinese food at 10 pm.

Scorpio: Facetime and 2 am secrets. The anxiety of asking someone to facetime because you’re not sure if they’re busy or not. The complacency you feel when they agree to talk to you. The awkwardness of the first few minutes. The excitement you both feel when you start exchanging summer plans, which turn into talking about your life plans. The exhaustion at 2 am but not wanting to sleep. Talking softly because everyone else is asleep. Gaining a more personal connection with your facetime partner as you talk about your deepest stories.

Sagittarius: EDC. Having the confidence to wear midriffs and booty shorts. Music and laughter drowning out the rest of the world. The pounding beat making the universe seem timeless. Late night hook ups. Drinking cold beer as your body drips in sweat. Dancing with strangers. Screaming at your favorite artists in hope of them hearing you. The bright colors of the light, glow sticks and clothes making you feel like everything can be alright in the world.

Capricorn: Driving through the city. Listening to “Urban Flora” as you drive through the city at the perfect cruise speed. Taking in the lights of the skyscrapers above you. Being comfortable sitting in silence with your driving partner. Watching people laugh and brawl as they wait in line to get into a club. Time seeming to slow down as you live in every moment.

Aquarius: Midnight runs to the grocery store. Sneaking out of the house. The adrenaline rush you feel as you climb out the window. Having the store at your hands because no one else is there. Bombarding the ice cream and candy section. Laughing your butts off and then quickly falling into a silent giggle because it seems wrong to disrupt the silence.

Pisces: Summer love. Your heart stopping just a little bit every time you see them because you can’t believe you found someone so amazing. Being able to study every detail of your love for hours and not get bored. Date days to the movies, to the park, and to dinner. Dancing with them to slow music. Feeling like the most special person in the world as they spin you, then hold you close saying “I love you”. Feeling: Hope, love, faith, trust and happiness so much it hurts.

Life has been kind.

Kinda strange? I like how steady it feels now. Proven its true as one age, (Why do I sound forty there?) solace/peace of mind is far more important than any other thing this universe could ever offer. Okay with no fuss. 

Literally simple.

Anyway, I would share some of the things that has been going on in my own tiny quiet world. Plus, the activities I’m sweetly looking forward to.

  • I’ll be having my very first out-of-town museum exhibit this summer. Been working on my paintings, the deadline’s getting closer and I’m only half-way through my first piece. I need to do four by the way. Eep.
  • I got painting projects for a home/condo redesign. *Internal yay*
  • Day job’s been pretty swabe.
  • Got an invite for a creative writing/blogging talk happening this week. Here’s to another first for me! Ok, hello powerpoint.
  • My online mug/design business is a bit on a lie-low due to my availability. Gotta remind myself about the dreams/goals daily. Focus & time management? Ugh, here goes me acting all super again. Send help.
  • Been sulking in good healthy dates. I like the feels.
  • Thinking about going back to univ but my savings is dead crying omg bc adulting is such a drag most of the time although I’d like to instill a good mentality that I could still do it. Slowly, getting there.
  • I’m freaking turning 25 this month. Partly, I don’t want to think it’s considered the marrying age bc I still really feel like a teen and I have sabaw goals. Hahaha *Lies/excuses I tell myself*
  • Summer travel plans with friends on line-up!!
  • I kind of broke up with John Mayer by deleting his songs on my playlist to make way for opm band songs. Yes, I cleaned my playlist just this week. Been listening/appreciating the new and unfamiliar.
  • I’ll have painting training for the upcoming workshops held by S&G!!
  • Gallery/Cafe workshops on summer!

Currently, my life’s on the art zone.

*pats my own shoulder*

Thank you, universe.