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Laurie Novotny

Laurie Novotny

I am a wife and mother of three children, full-time employee at a car dealership and am also a Reiki Master Teacher, a Belly Dance Instructor as well as a very curious creature.

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Sometimes it is easier to just sit back and not try to take that step forward. Maybe dealing with the negativity that has become so common in my life is easier than stepping into the unknown. But by dealing with this negativity I have noticed that over the pasts two years my health has declined, my motivation has declined, as well, my positive attitude and outlook has declined.

 

I have sat through almost two complete new moon cycles since my last blog post without writing or reading, just taking my free time to contemplate and reflect.

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Some days you just can’t see the light even if it was shining right in your eyes.  I try to remind myself on those days to think positive, to find the positive in everything I see, hear and feel.  It doesn’t always work.  Some days I can feel myself sinking, deeper and deeper into a black hole. 

 

During those times, I try to remind myself to stand back and look logically at why I’m sinking.  Is it so horrible if I just accept the blackness and let it envelop me?  Sometimes it’s not as long as my thoughts contain no harm or maliciousness.

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I don’t do “New Year Resolutions,” they never work – at least not for me.  I do “let me try my best” efforts.

Last year I started with regular doctor visits.  I had gotten away from them when my husband’s job was terminated and we lost our insurance.  He became self employed and we were paying nearly $800 a month for health insurance for our family which also had a high co-pay.  Finally after nearly two years of paying that, we stopped.  One doctor had told us that if we went in for a visit without insurance, we would be paying only $5 more per visit than what we were paying with our co-pay.

It’s been a roller coaster since then, I haven’t had a full-time job until recently, and my husband started working a new job after we had moved back in 2009.  No sooner did we get comfortable and he was laid off….again, no insurance.  I have been at my job for two years now, and I refuse to get the insurance through my work since I will lose over half my take-home pay.  Making a little less than $2 over minimum wage and depending on what I make as a stable part of our income to support five of us, I cannot make that commitment.  My husband has since found a job and hopefully by summer we will all have insurance again.

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Portals

I’ve often wondered about portals. Most of what I’ve read talks about places being portals. Yet what about people? Is it possible for a person to be a portal or just to be some type of attracting mechanism for spirits?

All my life I’ve experienced spirits, no matter where I lived. There was a time when this experience seemed to leave my life, but I think it was more because I was focusing and preoccupied by other events in my life.

I grew up in a very small town in NW Pennsylvania. The house we lived in had two rooms in the upstairs and a smallish attic place. When you walked up the stairs , the two rooms were on the left and the attic was a small room with a low ceiling on the right that was situated over part of the kitchen. I hated that space, there was something dark and scary there.

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  • Ashley Rae
    Ashley Rae says #
    Awesome story, I couldn't stop readings. Consider writing a memoir - I'd buy it! To address your question, as a teacher of medi
  • Paola Suarez
    Paola Suarez says #
    Loved your post Laurie. Featured it on my Goddess Spiral Health Coaching FB page: http://tinyurl.com/n4vwfah Perfect post for Sa

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I love dinner table time.  Always have.  It's a time where we all sit around and talk, laugh, throw each other under the bus and have deep conversations.  

A couple Saturdays ago was one of my favorite nights.  The kids were all talking about stuff, nothing out of the ordinary, just general stuff.  Then my youngest (who will be 10 in a couple weeks) says that she sometimes sees us and God together, as if the Earth is inside God's stomach and when someone dies he is given birth again through God.  Hmmmm, that was an interesting concept, one that I wouldn't have thought that she would think of.  

Immediately after, my 14 year old son pipes in and says that he thinks that God was an actual person that humans met a long, long time ago, like the beginning of time.  He goes on to say that he thinks that it is in our genetic make-up the memory of this person.  Again, deep discussions. This one line of discussion led into talking about transplant recipients and how they can have genetic memories of the donor.

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  • Laurie Novotny
    Laurie Novotny says #
    Greetings Lizann! I know in our house we encourage our kids to ask any question that is on their mind without fear of mockery fro
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you! Great column. I worked with middle and high school kids for over 30 years and have found recently the younger kids are

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Building a Tree

I have wanted a Tree of Life pendant for a few years now.  I look at them then think "I can make one of those."  But it's finding the time to actually make one.  

A couple weekends ago, my husband was going to go to work in Maryland (six hours from where we now live), so I decided it would be a good time to start, so I started the circle.  The weekend was going to hold just my girls and I again and we didn't have any plans, great time to start crafting.  They love it when I sit and craft.  I love it as well, it calms me, grounds me and helps me remember who I am deep inside.

The next day, after my husband and son left and I woke and started my morning chores.  After a while, I sat and I began the roots.  My girls watched now and again in between episodes of a new show they were watching.  It's my first attempt, and I'm taking it slowly. I tend to get "tunnel vision" and I didn't want to turn this into a chore that had to be done by a specific time.  

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    JudithAnn says #
    What a beautiful Tree of Life and meaningful story of it's creation. You inspire me to try my hand and making this symbol as a rem

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I’ve been fighting this post for some reason.  I have so many topics that have been running through my mind.  I start to put my ideas down on computer screen and something will happen in my life that takes me into a different direction and onto a different topic.

I’m a Reiki Master/Teacher and thrive when I have some grounding time.  But grounding time is one of the many things missing in my life now.  I would arrive at my belly dance classes about 15 minutes early which would give me time to practice, to dance, to listen to the beat of the music, to be barefoot and feel the wooden floor beneath my feet, and move.  This was great grounding time for me.  I found that over the six weeks that my class spanned, I regained my sensitivity to others around me.  Yup, let’s add empath onto my list of things that I am.         

Over the past month I have also noticed that the Reiki energy has been tingling inside of me.  A friend or family member that I may not have had much contact with over the past year or two will creep into my mind and I can feel that I need to send Reiki energy to them for one reason or another.  Then I contact them to make sure everything is ok with them and their life only to find out that they are having either health or life issues.  It’s hard feeling certain changes in people regardless of my relationship with them. 

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    JudithAnn says #
    Laurie, Thank you for this sharing of your experience. I am well along my path in the journey to the Goddess, yet I too often for

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In a house with three kids and a busy husband, it’s hard to find peace.  Just finding time to watch a movie without falling asleep is a challenge.  I work a full-time job and my husband is self-employed full-time as well as he just started to work part time for a company which will at some point turn into a full-time job (and hopefully decrease the self-employment), makes it hard enough.  But when his self-employment takes him six hours away for a week or two at time, all I can say is “ugh.”  I don’t know if it’s easier now that the kids are out of school or if it were easier when they were in school.

Last week is a prime example of how life generally is, my husband was at a job six hours away and it was the first week of summer vacation.  My kids, a son 13, and two daughters 11 and 9, are absolutely wonderful.  As sluggish as the kids can be (summer break you know), if I were to ask them to help, they are there for me.  The youngest will drag her feet at times, but will still get done what is asked of her.  Although the mornings are easier now (I don’t have to get the kids off to the buses for school), I do have to run home at lunch and make sure everything is ok, make any sandwiches, give any orders, and make up the computer time schedule, then head back to work.

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  • Laurie Novotny
    Laurie Novotny says #
    Thank you Lizann! I don't know what I would do if we didn't have the chaos. Oh, and the belly dancing is wonderful!
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Blessings on the sacred chaos - and the belly dancing!

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