Monthly Archives: August 2016

Reconnecting To A Dream

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“Embrace your inner childhood dream.”

~Unknown


“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

This time of year always gets me thinking about school and that million dollar question.

When I was 5, I wanted to be a veterinarian.

I grew up on a farm and loved to find and tame all of the wild cats and kittens (my parents would get so angry with me). After I tamed the wild beasts, I would bring a selected cat or kitten to the house, feed it, dress it up in doll clothes, put it into my doll stroller, and then pushed it around. Of course the selected kitten or cat would always wiggle out of the clothes and jump out of the doll stroller, but it would never run away because it knew it was safe, nurtured, and loved.

When I was 8, I wanted to be a farmer.

I remember distinctively the day a friend of my fathers’ asked me the million dollar question and the response that came out of my mouth. I could feel his shock and horror that I didn’t want to be a wife, a mother, or a nurse, but instead a farmer. It was that day that I discover I was intuitive empath.

When I was 10, I wanted to be a dancer.

I loved how I felt when I danced to music Dancing grounded me and fed my soul. From junior high school through college I took dance classes as dancing made me happy.

So how do my childhood career dreams fit into my life these days?

In a previous post, I spoke about my superpower of “herding cats in Corporate America”. Who would of thought herding cats as a child would lead into a career of mentoring and coaching people?

While living in England a set of serendipitous events occurred which led me to discover dance meditation and as a result I rekindled my love of dance. So much so, I became a certified facilitator and began offering Chakradance workshops last year.

After a health crisis in my 20’s, I started down the path of healing and as a result I took courses and learned how to grow, harvest, and prepare herbs to make teas, essential oils, and flower essences to heal my body, mind, and soul. I worked with a Celtic Shaman in England and learned how to work with energy and nature in order to heal. I continued on my path of self-discovery and journeyed to Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and Columbia to learn about the importance of ceremony in every day life from various shamen. One shaman in particular grew up on a large sugar cane farm in Ecuador. He still lives on the family farm (picture above) and is still a farmer, however his specialty is “planting people” (figuratively). People from all over the world visit him for vision quests. He plants each person somewhere on his land for 5 – 12 days with minimal food and water. He checks up on each people daily, just like a farmer, to make sure each person is OK. At the end of the vision quest, the person returns to the farm house to discuss their personal journey. I found the process fascinating, even though I have no interest in “not” eating for 5 days. What I found most interesting in his story is that as he is a farmer that plants people. For years I made the joke that I’m an artist and that my art form is people as…

I grow people

So in reflection I’m following my childhood dreams. Maybe not as I or society envisioned, but the threads are there. So what is next? I’ve decided that it’s time to come out of the closet and to start incorporating all that I have learned into creating new self-discovery “growth” experiences for my tribe. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be providing more detail and dates.


What is one small thing you can start today that your future self will thank you for?

A year from now, you’ll be so glad you started today.

Living In A Black and White World

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“Boldly be a pop of color in a black and white world.”

~Unknown


This week I observed the corporate people around me.  Everyone looked so miserable.  A few even complained to me about their body aches and pains and I suggested that maybe the root cause of their pain was the work they are doing.  Each person came up with an “logical” excuse but in truth I knew the answer…they where doing work that didn’t fill their hearts with joy and passion.

Then on Wednesday I had my 6-month review (yes, I know it is August and not June…the company I work with struggles with the concept of  a calendar…did I ever mention that I work with Italians).  I wasn’t sure how the review would go as the project I have been working on has been stalled for reasons completely outside of my control.  Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I was told 2 things:

  • You are very gifted at asking the questions no one else will ask.  People don’t get upset when you ask the tough questions.
  • You need to create a passion project, as the stalled project is dragging you down.

WOW…I didn’t see that coming.  I was mentally preparing myself to be lectured on how I didn’t fix something that was completely outside of my control.

Thursday during a meeting a colleague asked to borrow my cell phone cord.  I told him where to find it on my desk…its the purple cord in the black and white polka dotted bag.  The response

“REALLY?!?!?  PURPLE?!?!?  YOU ADD COLOR TO EVERY DAY!”

And then my passion project idea emerged….

Discover Your Unique Genius

An on-line program that will assist you in: 
* Discovering the talents, activities and actions that most serve you, others and the world. 
* Gaining awareness of the activities you persist in doing that drain your energy, time, and talent. 
* Connecting with the joy in your heart that seeks expression.

Interested in learning more?  Up below and I will email out the details as soon as I finalize the program.

 

My August Plan

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If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.

~Anonymous


Last week I did not send out a blog post.  Later a friend asked why and my response “I have an urge to create a general plan so I’m taking the month of August to work on developing my workshops and on-line classes for the next 6 months”.  So the picture above is a picture of my planning process….piles of ideas that I have collected over the past several years.  In hindsight this is a huge step for me as this is the first time in 10 years where I actually sat down and started to develop a general plan.  For the past 10 years I resisted creating any form of a plan.  Why?  I use to create plans and then life would happen (unexpectedly closing the pub, living in 3 countries in 3 years, family issues, etc.)…and I would end up feeling defeated and a failure.  Over the past 10 years, I’ve learned a lot about not over planning and going with the flow of life.  I learned that over planning your life stops you from seeing and following the magic of serendipitous moments.  Over planning stops you from listening to and trusting your intuition.  So this month, I’m listening to my intuition and trusting that there is a reason that I need to create a general 6- month plan.


Where in your life do you over plan?

Where can you take one step this weekend and go with the flow and see what happens?