My Dad Died

Dear readers,

My Dad died yesterday, so I am going to take some time off from blogging for a while…

Thank you so much for reading my posts!

With love, gratitude, and sadness,
Teja

 

Photo by Andy_Bay on Pixabay.

 

Another New Year!

Dear readers,

How is 2020 going for you so far? Are you feeling like you need yet another fresh start? Well, today is your chance! It is the New Moon and the start of the Chinese New Year of the Rat!

In the Chinese zodiac there are twelve animal signs, and the Rat is the first, so this year is all about new beginnings, and there should be a lot of creative energies for accomplishing your goals!

In my last post (“Maintaining a Balance”) I shared that I was going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… Well, that same day my Dad went into the hospital and he ended up having double bypass heart surgery on Thursday, so I’ve taken a longer vacay from the blog than I expected to… and I didn’t even write a StarFire Friday Blessing post… so please consider my Chinese New Year wishes as my StarFire Blessings for you this week!

In China, to wish someone a happy new year they say “Gung Hay Fat Choy” which literally means “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”

Happy New Year of the Rat 2020 to you and your loved ones!
May the Force of Good Luck be with you!
May you be happy and healthy! 🙂

With much love,
StarFire Teja

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Photo of Red Chinese Lanterns by Lauza Loistl on Unsplash.

Happy Chinese New Year image found on google images.

 

Maintaining a Balance

The Buddha refused the kingship in order to dive deeply into the nature of suffering. He did that because he felt driven to help others become free of suffering.

It all comes down to desires, expectations, and attachments causing suffering.

It sounds so simple in theory, but it is not in our human nature to just suddenly decide to let go of desires, expectations, and attachments.

So, what is the answer to this complex riddle called the human condition?

My answer is we have to do our best to maintain a balance between awareness of suffering (in ourselves, in others, and in the world), and creation of fun… We don’t have to go searching for suffering because it is all around us, so what we have to do is continually strive to happy up, to have fun, to get creative, and to do whatever it takes to feel inspired, juicy, and alive!

Are you having any fun lately? Do you feel sparked by the life force within you? Are you keeping a sense of humor in the midst of your challenges?

In 2020 (as per usual), I am feeling most inspired and juiced up by writing and reading… To that end, I’m going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… If you also get inspired through reading, and you haven’t ordered my books yet, they are available on Lulu and Amazon!

(By the way, I make almost seven times as much on Lulu, as compared to Amazon, but I’m super grateful for all sales anywhere!)

Dear reader, thank you for reading this post!
I hope you have a great week… 🙂

May the Force of All Light be with you!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Fun Buddha image by geralt (Gerd Altmann) on Pixabay.

 

To Goal or Not To Goal

So, my dear good people, are you going to make goals for 2020?

In 2019 I was all about making goals, and while I did achieve some of them, there were quite a few that I had to let go of due to changing circumstances. Can you relate? Did you make goals for 2019? If so, how did they turn out?

Recently I re-read a fun little book called The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, and he had this to say about goals:

“Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we’re off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next. That doesn’t mean that the goals we have don’t count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process, and it’s the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process.”

Hoff then explains that moment of awareness before we achieve a goal:

“It’s when we become happy and realize it, if only for an instant. By Enjoying the Process, we can stretch that awareness out so that it’s no longer only a moment, but covers the whole thing. Then we can have a lot of fun. Just like Pooh.”

So how can we make goals that are right for us?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know that at the end of each month I do a review of my journal and calendar, and then I set keywords for the new month. Perhaps you might like to do this also… It is a wonderful way to practice self-care, and it helps you to continually discern which goals are right for you.

When re-evaluating goals, it is good to remember that many goals are ever-shifting and evolving. While goals give a sense of direction, the path may change many times. And sometimes it ends up being best to abandon the path of a goal altogether and to find a new direction.

Today I am going to spend some time reviewing the year in my journals and calendar, and then I plan to set some keywords for 2020. Those words will be my guiding lights for the year, and I will share them with you in a post very soon!

I hope you enjoyed my year’s end thoughts on making goals… By the way, this was my 252nd post in 2019! Cheers to Blogging!

Are you ready to say good-bye to 2019?
I sure am! 🙂

However you celebrate tonight, may you be happy, joyful, and safe.

Happy New Year’s Eve to Everyone!

With so much love,
StarFire Teja

 

Fireworks image by moritz320 on Pixabay.

 

Facing My Blogging Reality

Dear readers,

With just two days left in 2019, how are you feeling about the goals you were reaching towards this year? I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this to you, but one of my “stretch” goals for the year was to attract 19,000 blog followers. (At least I can’t hear you laughing now!) 🙂

Well, I didn’t exactly make that goal… But, I am truly grateful for the 133 people who are following the StarFire Teja Blog today… And yesterday’s post was my 250th post this year, so I celebrated that achievement by going back through and reading all of my posts… And I have to say, I feel quite pleased with my work…

And, in looking through my binder of blog post ideas, I came across the inspiration for today’s post: an article written by Christian Mihai on The Art of Blogging back in August, entitled “Why No One Reads Your Blog (and What to Do About It).” After reading that post, I decided that I needed to face my blogging reality…

… And the reality is, I am not putting in the amount of hours of work that it would take to have a successful blog. The main reason is the same reason that I have failed at numerous career attempts over the years, and that is the debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia slow me down and prevent me from being able to work at the levels of time and energy that I would otherwise be capable of…

… And, a secondary reason is the same secondary reason that I have failed at so many past endeavors, and that is I do not like marketing, promotion, and sales. Please see my previous post, “Realizing (Again) That I Am Not a Salesperson!” In that article I wrote that as I face the reality of this body’s limitations, I am finding that writing is what I can do… I work for the Forces of Goodness and I have good intentions to be helpful with blog posts, even if I don’t have the mojo to promote them widely and well!

In my post “Defining Your Purpose” I shared that chronic illness and not being able to work is seriously challenging my sense of purpose, but I am determined to master this situation and to somehow be of service to others. And, I am doing all that I can, so perhaps this blog will not ever get much bigger… unless by some miracles!

So, dear readers, I am shifting the focus of the StarFire Teja Blog to being a blog of service, without the “stretch” goal of expanding its reach… I will continue writing because it is fun and because it is helpful to a few people… In 2020 I won’t be trying for any specific goals, but rather I will just be writing with the intent to be helpful.

As a spiritual helper on a mission to help elevate the human species to healthier and happier vibrations, my promise to you is that every day I do practices to happy up my life, and I will continue to share helpful tools and insights to help you to also happy up your life.

Thank you for reading the StarFire Teja Blog!

Let’s Happy Up Together in 2020! 🙂

With gratitude and loving-goodness,
StarFire Teja