I promised you something special today, didn’t I? Something different? Something never before seen on this blog?
A little bird flew up to me on the deck a couple of weeks ago and said, “Hey, Kathy, isn’t it time that you introduced some of your regular readers to the rest of us? Isn’t it time we figured out who some of these commenters are? C’mon, Kathy…how ’bout letting some of them write a Guest Blog and introduce themselves?”
You can imagine my shock that a bird was talking! But I quickly agreed. What a good idea. I want to know more about these readers/commenters, too.
Therefore…wa la!…I would like you all to meet the first in a haphazard series (which may span a year or two, who knows?) of introductions.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Laurie Buchanan. Laurie is one of several friends who comments on almost every post!
Without further ado, let’s read what she has to say about herself!
Meet Laurie Buchanan!
I was tickled when Kathy asked me to introduce myself. My name is Laurie Buchanan. I was born in 1957 with an impish grin and mischievous twinkle in my eye.
My family used to say to me, “There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very, very good. But when she was bad she was …” Well, you get the idea.
I had an adventurous childhood. In addition to being the only family I knew who had a fallout shelter in their back yard, some of my other odd remembrances include:
- My sister shellacking my teeth.
- Having my stomach pumped because I ate a box of ex-lax.
- Drag racing out on Jesmond Dene.
- Being part of a quartette called the Pastel Lollipops.
- Getting shot at in Elfin Forest.
- And then of course, there was running away from home …
Running away from home shifted gears into growing up. Once I realized that we determine our purpose—as opposed to find it—I determined to be a living conduit for Divine Love; a mindful agent of heart-based change. I do this in a number of ways:
As a Holistic Health Practitioner I use natural, energy-based modalities. This is done at HolEssence, a small healing studio in historic, downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, that I own with my husband, Len.
As both a teacher and a student of purposeful living, I created a nine-month program designed to teach the discipline of getting on track and staying there. Working with the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—it facilitates empowerment, getting a person from where they are, to where they want to be.
I’m a regular contributor of health and wellness articles to Evolving Your Spirit magazine, and I’m an anchor writer for Sibyl magazine: in 2009 I wrote “The Body Temple” column, currently I write “The Enlightened Voice of Wisdom,” and I’ve just been selected to write “The Keys of Healing” column for 2011.
Speaking from the Heart is my blog space. It’s here where I share information about energy medicine, personal growth, spiritual awareness, and sometimes just musings.
I’m currently presenting a book I’ve completed to literary agents. It’s a groundbreaking book that introduces people to …
… you’ll just have to wait. If I tell you now, I’ll steal my own thunder.
HolEssence...Laurie & Len's healing studio
Cultivating Sacred Awareness
I believe that each of us is a spectacular expression of Divine Love and I respect all spiritual paths and traditions.
We’re not just biological in nature—we’re body, mind, and spirit. Each of these aspects is interconnected. We function as a whole. We heal as a whole. As such, part of my job is to help others connect with their inner light.
When I went away on a hermitage for my 50th birthday I had a moment of clarity that enlightened and changed me. It’s when I came to the realization that, “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
Being respectful of the Earth and its natural resources, one of my goals is to leave the slightest footprint possible on the planet, while at the same time, making a lasting impression on its inhabitants—one that is positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing.
I enjoy a wabi-sabi lifestyle. The intersection where wabi (minimal) and sabi (functional) meet is the platform for my “less is more” mindset, and the jumping off place for my creativity.
I’ve been married to my best friend, Len, for over 30 years. Together we have one son—Eoghan, and three dogs—Claire (Westie), Lexi (Standard Poodle), and Willa (Irish Wolfhound).
My favorite creatures on this planet are trees, my favorite thing to do is laugh, and my favorite food is garlic bread. A few of my favorite pastimes include swimming, long bicycle rides, travel, photography, and a enjoying peaceful cuppa tea. Voracious readers, we haven’t had a television in our home for over 30 years. Now that’s bliss!
Listen with your heart,