New Year’s Eve Eve

It is indeed the eve of New Year’s Eve and I find myself art-making. I have much to reflect upon regarding the events of 2010 and I hope to be writing in my journal tomorrow with my friend Kristen to do some deep reflections. Do you do “a year in review” type reflection at the end of every year?  I find it cleansing somehow, like I am cleaning out my closet (wait: I’ve recently done that, too!).

One bit of reflection I want to share now is an awareness I am having about blogging. I recently began to question why is it that I have been blogging less lately.  Years ago blogging was “my thing” (it was many people’s “thing”). I recently visited my old blog haunts and saw entries last dated in 2008 and 2009.  I think Facebook and other social networking sites have changed the face of blogging. I know this is the case for me.  I use my Facebook page to document (albeit in sound bites) what is going in my life and my Rising Bird Healing Arts page on Facebook has become my daily way of sharing my thoughts and resources.

While they take a little more time and energy, I do miss writing longer posts like this.  Perhaps 2011 will bring a more steady blogging process for me — or perhaps blogging will look or feel like something different.  Perhaps my Facebook page will become more like my blog.  Or perhaps this blog will come alive again in ways I never would have expected.

What are your thoughts on blogging and social media?  Where do you visit to connect with others on the internet?  Where do you go to get your metaphorical “soul food” for your mind, body, and spirit? Perhaps we will all reflect on this together in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, I present to you a little art piece in honor of the new year — a time of renewal and celebration. I have turned my little family into an art piece this year — my partner Walter and my cats Selkie and Mountie — as a way to celebrate and thank them for being grounding, comforting, loving, and delightful in their oddly sweet idiosyncratic ways.

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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One Response to New Year’s Eve Eve

  1. Soapy says:

    I do a “year in review” every year. It’s fun just thinking about the ups and downs, how much I’ve changed, or how little I’ve changed, etcetera. And yes, Facebook has destroyed or at least handicapped long-form writing. I post some pretty massive stuff there but it’s just not the place for the novel mindset. Most people don’t use the Notes feature. I miss long thoughts!

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