Reflecting on New Year, New You: An Experiment in Magical Radical Transformation

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One of my early adapters/first students Jack-a-Dreams was just pondering his goals from the Experiment and his progress since.  If you’ve taken my New Year, New You classes, I would love to hear about your progress from your initial goals into present day (almost 2014) here in the comments if you’d like to share!

I dug mine up in the interest of transparency and to ponder myself.

1. Grow my magic focused writing: I wrote and published my first book, The Arte of Glamour.  I have more articles up on Witchvox, I have a blog on PaganSquare, I have pieces that will be appearing in Llewellyn’s 2015 Herbal Almanac  and 2015 Witches’ Companion. Good progress, in my opinion.

2. Grow my crafting business: I’ve doubled sales in my shops, La Sirene et Le Corbeau and The Glamoury Apothecary.  I’ve applied to harder to get into shows this year which is a work in progress.  I have several vending partners that I work with.  I’ve started to get a better feel for my niche (indie/prides/SCA/yarnie shows) which means I’m no longer doing school/church shows in 2014.  I expanded my ritual oil line.  I started my Nuno scarf line and my silk chiffon scarf line.  I started my loose incense line.  I started my gypsy hair fall line.  I went from votive to mason jar beeswax candles.  I’ve taken on private clients for magic which I’ve found very rewarding.  I am ending 2013 at a profit, even though I expanded so much and needed to buy lots of things for a new show set up and needed to buy lots of organizational items so my shop items don’t eat our house whole.

3. Work on personal magical practice: I use the ritual set up regularly that I outlined in my book which works really well for my work.  I’m working on getting to a regular pooja/offering/japa/what passes for meditation for me practice going.  I would like to magically cleanse my house more often.

4. Work on body love while working on eating and exercise habits: I love my body a lot more than I had in late 2011.  I feel like I’ve gotten my groove back.  Finding a good hair style, make up routine, fashion style has helped a lot.  Eating better and losing 25 pounds since late 2011 helped a lot.  Exercise is still not something I’ve made a regular habit of but I picked up Zumba, archery and a lazy yoga routine along the way.  I feel pretty comfortable in my skin currently and I’m looking forward to feeling more comfortable.  I rarely stress eat any more and I eat a lot of whole foods.  My diet has gotten increasingly healthier.  I would like to lose 35ish more pounds, but I like doing it the way I’ve been doing it; low and slow as they say.  The more you lose the slower it comes off so this will probably take me three-ish years.

5. Enjoy our year of engagement together: This was a mixed bag as was most of our first year of marriage/engagement had a lot of financial stress, serious illness in loved ones, major day job changes for both Jow and me and sometimes not working the same schedule at all.  We were generally happy together but it wasn’t often spent doing the things we wanted to do together.  Now that our schedules have aligned, we’re settled into our new positions and our finances have improved, I think we’ll get to do more enjoyable things together.  Jan-May is my slower season so we’ll have more time together.

6. Pay off my credit card debt: I paid off my consolidated credit debt in Sept. which took six years and was a tremendous burden.  Now I have to just pay off my “small credit card” and store credit cards.  It’s hard to say how long it will take with a variable income but it shouldn’t take more than a couple years at most.  I’m about halfway to paying off my car.

7. Do more fun things: Hmmm.  I’m trying to get back in the habit of having fun but it’s not so natural to me anymore.  Work is more natural to me right now than fun.  I’m joining the SCA which is a joint fun/business venture.  Friday I’m taking an aeral acrobatics class.  Jow’s birthday party on Sunday was a lot of fun.  I’m looking forward to my birthday party in Jan (it better not snow) and I’ve started making things for it already.  I plan on having more parties at our place between Jan-May.  We had an amazing time at C. and L.’s wedding.  Halifax was badass.  Rise of the Pumpkins was fun.  We went to lots of farms and ate a lot of yummy things.  My last birthday was a bit of a wash with all the vomit and all.  This year I want more fun and less vomit!

Deborah Castellano

Deborah Castellano’s book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.


She is a frequent contributor to Occult/Pagan sources such as the Llewellyn almanacs, Witchvox, PaganSquare and Witches & Pagans magazine.  She writes about Charms, Hexes, Weeknight Dinner Recipes, Glamoury and Unsolicited Opinions on Morals and Magic here at Charmed, I’m Sure.


Deborah’s book, The Arte of Glamour is available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.


Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!


In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.


She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can’t shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


Deborah is a social media dork and can be found wasting far too much time on TwitterFacebookG+Instagram and Tumblr.


4 Responses

  1. I think “more fun, less vomit” should be a life goal for everyone. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed my post and it was great to see you update your goals too.
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  3. My goal was a little less concrete, I think, than yours were. I find it really easy to be distracted by money – both the need for it to get my every day and the eqating of its accumulation with things like “success” (and even “valueable uses of one’s time”). That’s been a bit of a tripping stone during this whole (ongoing) process.

    Well done on getting rid of your debt!
    I’ve got a grand to go, some of which is left over from October (Harvest) and about 1/3 of which has been accumulated in the past week (guess why), and it’s kind of freaking me out.

    I’m impressed all to hell with the magical/pagan writing that you do (go you!) and at how you’re making your business actually turn a profit(!) and I wish you luck on working more Fun Things (and good times with Jow) into your life. 🙂
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  4. My 2012 goals are all awesome and fulfilled! My 2013 goals disappeared into miscarriage and I spent the first few months of 2013 in emotional and physical recovery.
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