I just noticed, clever ones, that it has been over three years since I published my first ebook!
Putting together Morning Mischief: Enchanted Herbal Recipes for Delicious Awakening + Resolute Magnificence was so much fun and I also didn't really know what I was doing when it came out to creating a digital book. But, heck, that didn't stop me and like many folks I learned as I went along. And sometimes that learning included having to re-edit a hundred pages for a small mistake on every single page. Twice. Yet, I would do it again in a heartbeat!
I wrote Morning Mischief, in part, because I got so many questions about what my own daily herbal practices were. I wanted to gather some of my favorite recipes in one place along with some playfulness, self-reflection, complete nerdery, and some astrological enchantment. It has been so much fun to connect with folks over the years who have made recipes from the book either word-for-word (or, ahem, herb-for-herb) or added their own unique twist.
Mornings are important and how we start our day is an act of foundational magick.
I am very protective of my mornings which is one reason I know that I am able to do what I do with a level of ease and flexibility that would not exist if I did not set up some sacred early day boundaries. I often ask my clients and students what their mornings look like. Do they roll over and get on their phone right away? Do they make the bed? Eat breakfast? Smile at themselves in the mirror?
You see, mornings have not always been easy for me. For a while, getting up in the morning was one of the hardest things to do because I was struggling to find the spark of inspiration to encourage my spirit to rise. Mornings only reminded me that I was still in pain both physical and emotional. I feel very fortunate that I was introduced to the art of Witchcraft as a young 'tween and encouraged through magickal exploration to take up a daily meditation practice. Even if I couldn't show up for myself during these hard times, I made sure to show up to sitting at my altar. And when I couldn't just sit and breath, I would sit at my altar and knit a simple garter stitch shawl for 15 minutes. Sometimes I would cry, but I was committed to getting up and crying before I took on any other responsibilities or distractions. I realized that it might hurt, but that that it hurt just a little less if I made an active choice to get up and meet the morning instead of feeling crushed by the weight of the day.
Now, I love mornings in a way I did not think would be possible again when I was struggling the most.
Mornings are sacred - it's when we rekindle the fire of the soul shrine of our body, awaken our mind to the promise of the day, and nourish our heart with the breath of becoming. It is no surprise then that when I started to dream of writing an ebook that I wanted to write about morning rituals and recipes. In part, it was an act of gratitude to all of these herbs and practices that have helped me to return home to myself. In another way, Morning Mischief, has been a love letter to all of you who are looking to love your mornings with more openness and choice. And it has been a love letter to myself for all those hard mornings that continue to fade in the dream of the past. And it is a love letter to my future self that mornings might get hard again, but I know how to choose the sacredness of day as much as I choose the sanctity of night.
In celebration of three years of mischief and magick, Morning Mischief is on sale through the month of February!
To my clever ones who struggle with mornings, I wish you the enchantment to break the gloom of a distorted daystart. To my clever ones who greet mornings like a generous lover, I wish you the strength of continuity in your sacred relationship with day. To all I wish you the gift of knowing your truth whether the sun is shining, the moon is glowing or a thousand stars are winking at you with their laughter.