Thursday, June 1, 2017

Theresa's 2017 Update

Hey everyone! I want to sincerely apologize for my lack of posts thus far in 2017. I haven't really had anything super negative affecting my life or my ability to keep updated....I've just been unmotivated and stuck in a rut. So again, I want to sincerely apologize and also thank all of you who have still been visiting the blog and Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State Facebook page. Without your support and kind words, I don't know what I'd be up to, lol.

Anyway, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things! I might not have been online much these past six months, but my passion for the paranormal never really goes away. I've been busy reading, watching a ton of documentaries and participating in a few other things I wanted to share with you!

Reiki Classes---So far this year, my mom and I have completed both the Level I and the Level II Reiki Practitioner courses offered by the Crystal Lotus Metaphysical Shoppe in St. Albans, WV. We received our certification and attunements from the wonderful teacher and Master Reiki practitioner, Christina (Tina) Dolin.

I've had a lot of fun hanging out with my mom as we went through the classes, and I've spent a fair amount of time reading up reiki, watching YouTube videos about reiki, and of course, studying my handouts and practicing actual techniques. In the second course, I was surprised to learn a lot of helpful techniques to implement in residential investigations.

If you're in the St. Albans, WV area, I highly urge you to check out Crystal Lotus Shoppe! Not only do they offer various classes and sell a wide variety of jewelry, incense, smudging supplies, books, crystals and much more, but they also host tons of wonderful events. Follow their Facebook page for more info on upcoming Psychic Fairs (where you can get discounted readings, reiki healings, and massages), Artist Meet and Greets (where you can usually enter a drawing for a unique piece of art/jewelry), and many other great events.

Mentoring Project---One of the most awesome things I've done this year was serve as a mentor! Back in December, I was contacted by Bree, a student in Wayne County, who was looking for a mentor for her senior project on paranormal investigation.

It was such a pleasure getting to know this intelligent and creative young woman and it was a great honor serving as her mentor on this project. The paperwork wasn't always fun...but I had a great time walking her through Fiona Broome's Ghost Hunting certificate program, teaching her how much fun library research can be (hehehehe), and of course, going on 'field trips.' We saw the sights of Pt. Pleasant, including the Mothman Museum and the TNT area, various cemeteries, the Wine Cellars, and even finished up the project with a capstone investigation experience at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum!  She got an A on the project, and recently graduated with high honors, so I'm super proud of her. I hope I was able to teach her a few things, as she surely taught me---she inspired me to really start embracing the more spiritual nature of paranormal investigation and research.

Real-Life Yokai---As I write this blog, my son is finishing up his last day of 1st grade! I can't believe how fast this year has gone. But, he's ready for summer and so am I. Each year, I like to do what I call 'Mom School' during the summer with him. 'Mom School' is just some fun, yet educational, activities we do over the summer to keep from sitting in front of the computer/tablet all day. This year, my son picked real life yokai (Japanese supernatural creatures) as his topic. He loves the show, Yokai Watch, and was pretty interested when I told him that many of the characters in the show and in the video game are based off real legends. Over the past month or so, I've been researching and gathering materials to make our little summer unit study an awesome experience for both him AND me. I'll try to blog about some of our projects throughout the next couple of months.

And, that's about it! Thank you for your patience with me. I'm back and I'll be posting as much content as I can this summer! If you have any questions, comments, or any great ideas for a blog, the best way to contact me is to hop over to Facebook and reach me there. Happy Haunting, ya'll.

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