UPDATED: February 12, 2016 – The journey back home is over. I spent about a year traveling a bit after graduation. I experienced homelessness, heartache, and fear along the way. I have written a book, which will be published soon. The Wench’s Cocktale: A Bay Area Memoir is a sexually charged, heartbreaking journey of life how I saw it. It’s a story that challenge the reader and maybe even trigger and heal PTSD. I’m working on establishing peer support programs to encourage healing and wellness for those who have experienced sexual trauma. I am a sex-positive holistic healer who uses empathy and compassion to connect with people. I also struggle sometimes, too. It’s part of the process.
UPDATED: October 25, 2014 – Since I’ve graduated, changed the title of this blog, and took #CupOfJoBruno one step further, I’ve decided the newer topics will range upon suicidal attempts and the power we have to save lives to opinions developed over a span of 34 years with a Bay Area history and the influence of such memories. I have a message and I am using this as a way to promote that message. You’ll either love me or hate me, but I ain’t got time to worry about it. Read if you like, or you can walk away. There is over a year of blogging here and if you’re interested in my history or about where my path has taken me and how I ended up here, read away! I am passionate about my writing, and I am working on many more blogs/HubGroups/articles … Love y’all!
UPDATE: January 11, 2014 – I have changed the title of this blog. The detox is over. I am done reflecting and I am done talking about myself. Yes, there will be things I talk about that have to do with my past – duh – but really, I’m done reflecting. Right now, I need to focus my blessings to you, the reader. There are so many people out there who need an encouraging voice. I feel I can be one of those voices. Sometimes, I may be the only voice. But, regardless, you’ll find encouragement in the coming blogs! #Upgrade
Not only will this experience change my life, but I hope that with blogging, it will help other women too. I will start my journey on July 28, 2013 and it will last throughout the month of August and into September. On July 28, I will turn 33 and there is powerful, beautiful energy associated with the number 33 – it’s a prime number . Visit http://www.numerology.com/numerology-news/master-numbers?page=0,1 for more information.
With that said, I am experiencing a 23/5 as my Personal Year number and according to “Numerology and The Divine Triangle” by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker, 23/5 as a temporary vibration means “there are powerful protective forces around” me that will guide me to “safer ports” (179). Javane and Bunker also mention that 23/5 as a temp vibration will bring me travel and support from my peers. This really excites me because I have started a path that will take me much further than I ever expected (more details on that later).
So, on my 33 birthday, I will start the process for amenorrhea, which means the absence of menstruation. After my doctor informed me that I was high risk for cancer because blood had been collecting in my uterus, I have researched a lot of possibilities to see how I could shed that blood without using pharmaceutical drugs. I refuse to pump my body with a shit load of hormones and deal with the crazy emotions. So, instead, I am going to start with a parsley tea diet. I’ve read in many places that parsley is perfect for problems with the uterus. So, details to come about that process …
The big detox will begin the second week of August sometime. I am waiting for my mom to arrive so she can help me with household things and making sure I’m not completely alone during the process. I do have my best friend who lives down the street ,and I know she will be here a lot too, but she has a family to care for so my mom will be here so I’m not alone all day. I will start with the 48-hour Dr. Oz Cleanse (visit http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/48-hour-weekend-cleanse for more details) and after that I will continue to do a juice fast, lemon fast, and some solid fruits and veggies … This entire process will take up the remaining month of August into the beginning of September.
Fall term starts September 30, so I will have to be back to 100% before then. Honestly, after this major cleanse, I have faith I will be more than 100% … Fall term is going to be very busy for me and I will be doing a lot of writing and extra curricular activities. I will be planning for my Service Trip to Haiti in December. I will be involved with club responsibility. I have a 5-day retreat planned for work. All on top of work, school and caring for friends and family. So, it’s going to be a full load for me. I’ve also set a goal for myself that I would be published by the end of the year. So yeah! There will be a lot of writing in my near future!
I digress, the reason this blog is called “A Pagan Woman’s Blog” is, well obviously, I’m a pagan woman and I will be blogging – lol – But, I choose this title because I will practice specific things during this entire process. I will not go into details right now because I’m unsure how it will all play out. What I will tell you, however, is that there will be plenty of practice associated with this blog. The focus throughout this blog will be positive, green work with my faery familiars. I am highly connected to the pentacle and the 4-elements (earth air fire water), so there will be a lot of reflection and practice around that. Also, I will reflect on my past a lot too. For about five years now, I have been doing a lot of internal work. I have focused on most of my life and I am still compiling a life timeline. It’s interesting to see how things relate. But, again, I will not go into detail now.
I am going to try and post a new blog every week. There might be a week I miss or there might be a week I post multiple times. But regardless, I will try to post once a week. The duration of this blog will start now and end probably in January or February 2014. The reason I am starting now is because I feel there needs to be an introduction of who I am. So, the first few blogs will tell my life process as well as how I got to where I am today. I probably won’t use these beginning blogs as story telling so much, but more quick notes to inform the reader as to my point of view on life. I will most likely not use names unless I get permission from the person I am talking about.
As you can tell already, I love to write. I love to reflect and I love to share stories. But what you cannot get from this is that I love comments and feedback – both good and bad. I will, most likely, respond to every email and/or comment, so please tell me your opinion. Or, if you have a specific question or concern, share it, please!
Please keep in mind that I am not a medically educated individual and I have very little knowledge about specifics of medical things. I have done my research, using many avenues, and I will share all the sources I am using. Same with my knowledge of Pagan Practices. I do not hold specific information about practices, but I will share what I know based on what I’ve done or the books I’ve read (again, sharing sources with you).
Also understand that I curse, a lot. I can guaranty there will be times I use foul language. I already used the word “shit” once, and it won’t be the last time. When I free write, I do not hold back. This blog will most likely be a free write blog most of the time except for specific things I need to focus on.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you stick around and read more
~ Jo ~