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New year, new adventures

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A beautiful mosaic here in Austin over on the east side

Happy 2015!

In yet another direction change, I have made the choice to try on a whole new career – Life Coach :D I actually hired one recently to help me get unstuck, and then I realized that doing what she does, fits remarkably well with who I am and what I value. Serendipitously, she even offers her own course in coaching :) My first priority, though, is to recover an income, as the dog training bit hasn’t really come together so well. Surprisingly, I have applied for a part time position at my credit union. The hours suit me, and I think it will be pleasant enough for the six months to a year that my education will take.

My New Year’s Resolution this year was a bit of a break from the past few years, where I had set intentions of the metaphysical persuasion. This year though, I have a rather concrete goal. A few years ago, I started piecing together a self-help book, comprised of my notes and learnings in personal growth and spiritual development. I aim to finish it in 2015 :) When pondering the nature of my future coaching practice, I realized that it will blend seamlessly with this book! I’ve gone ahead and titled them both the same, and I hope to launch them simultaneously :D (No spoilers yet; gotta keep those cards close.)

I’m really excited about my new journey. It’s so encouraging to finally have some clarity for a future that looks fulfilling. Still holding that hostel in my sights, but the path to it is looking much brighter :)

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Posted by on 01/17/2015 in Plans

 

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Adventures in expansion

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

Man, life really is good :) I finally made it out to Hamilton Pool, I’m getting involved in numerous social engagements, and income is starting to flow from all the seeds I’ve planted. I got my doggie nail trimming gig all lined up; I completed my first dog training session; I started a meetup to support established – and encourage prospective – solopreneurs; I’m getting the hang of couriering; and I get paid to be happy!

That’s right: I have decided that the belief, “I have to work hard to make lots of money” (and the corollary “truth” that if I don’t want to work “hard”, then I won’t make lots of money), is more limiting than empowering, so I rewrote it. A couple years ago, I established my personal mission statement as “spreading joy, with integrity”, and I have come to consider that my cosmic duty – for which the Universe employs me. In fact, the very next day after I embraced this new belief, I received a payment from the sale of my prior business :) I have also made efforts to enhance my karmic flow by affecting an increase in giving. The day after I let go of my resistance to giving something that was presenting as somewhat of a hardship, I received that dog training gig. The feedback I’ve been getting from these decisions has been pretty remarkable. I’m more motivated than ever to strengthen my blissipline!

I find it invigorating to have things to look forward to, and right now, I’ve got a few goodies lined up: I’m taking a trip to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with family :) A dear friend of mine is coming for a visit in December, and will be staying with me through Christmas morning :) A great friend and inspiration is facilitating a workshop in which I will (again) participate (it was, in fact, the stimulus to start this very blog), which begins in March :) I also have a job I have to do, that I am very excited, anxious, and nervous about: I must approach – as in go and knock on the door of – this house near my home, and charmingly explain that I am on a mission to support community and sustainability by way of an eco-hostel here in Austin, and that their property has captured my attention, and I am interested in discussing its future, perhaps over coffee or tea sometime… Ughhh! What if they slam the door in my face?? That house is so perfect, and so neglected. I have to try (I’ve asked Omni to let me know, sometime before the end of the year, when it’s the best time to do it), but I have all my hope right now in that one basket. Alas, if it does not go as I desire, the better route lies further ahead. Anyway, great things in my near future :)

Those enriching social engagements I mentioned include a philosophy group on Integral theory, a discussion group on spirituality, a women’s group for fun and support, a networking group for solopreneurs, a happy hour for the local couchsurfing community, and more opportunities than I’ve had since I got here to take people up on random outings. Good things :)

Life is better when it operates on your terms. Fer sure.

 
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Posted by on 11/09/2014 in Action, Plans

 

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Austin Anniversary

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The good life, indeed – Austin is amazing. (I actually photographed that mural, myself.) I have been here for one whole year, today – it’s my Austin Anniversary! I’m even throwing a little party for myself to celebrate :)

It’s crazy how a year can simultaneously feel so brief and so vast. I suppose when it’s a year unlike any other – one in which I moved halfway across the country, with just my dog and what fit in my car, and I went through all the trials and tribulations of getting situated in a new town, stumbling along a new career path, and struggling to make new friends – such a year can seem like a good chunk of a lifetime. It’s interesting, though, how it can also feel like only yesterday that none of this had happened. Mostly, though, it seems nuts that it’s only been one year.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how much good fortune has befallen me – most notably, my remarkably ideal living situation. It can be challenging, though, as I am faced with the numerous defeats I’ve encountered on my various quests. Nevertheless, I am daily reminded of my blessings, and the beauty of Austin is a major factor in that attitude. There is bountiful natural beauty here, as well as a beauty of spirit among the inhabitants. Although I am still getting my life in order, I am just so tickled to be living here, and thoroughly excited to make the most of all that this splendid locale has to offer.

As for my latest developments:

I have been trying to find suitable alternatives to my less than desirable employment situation for many months, and have come up rather short. And yet, I have decided to leave, despite lacking a solid alternative. October 10th will be my one year mark at that job, and I find it a fitting date to make my last; I’ll be making the official announcement within the next week. I do have the dog training thing lined up, but it seems to be developing at a painfully slow pace, and I don’t know how long it will take to become fruitful. I’m thinking I will take on some side work with a delivery service, as well. In any case, I refuse to stay at that hotel, in such discontentment, any longer. In addition, I am going to try my hand another small business…

I hosted my first couchsurfer, who turned out to be an awesome chick, who shares much in common with myself, and is actually a new Austinite and friend. Her endeavors have inspired me to (among other things) pursue a passing fancy I had a while back, to make a small business out of my skills with whipping up websites and business cards. I would seek to encourage folks to take on solopreneurship, and hire me to help them do so. I had created a site for it previously, and recently embellished it a bit, and drafted business cards and promotional post-card flyers, which I just ordered today :) Check it out.

I’m also making greater strides toward establishing a good social network of friends and mentors. It feels good :) I am very anxious to have more time for more of this after the hotel. I’m finally feeling a sense of community with the meetup I’ve been attending most regularly (on the subject of Integral Theory), and there are some really amazing people in that group. I see positive things in my future :) Based on this experience, I would certainly advise anyone moving to a new city, to definitely give it at least a year before making a judgment call on its success or failure.

Mars in Austin = WIN!

 
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Posted by on 09/04/2014 in Musings, Plans

 

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Course correction

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Switching tracks again.

I am returning to canine education. Which means I’M LEAVING THE BLOODY HOTEL!

Part of the reason I abandoned this course previously, involved the belief that certification would be necessary for full-time work as a dog trainer, and another issue was a considerable amount of intimidation from the level of involvement demanded by said certification. As it turns out, I just got offered full time work as a dog trainer without that particular credential, after all!

I still intend to get me a hostel, and although I’m departing the hospitality biz, this new path will be more enjoyable, more flexible, and more lucrative, which means that I may end up more likely to acquire a mortgage with which to procure the requisite real estate to get that communal lodging venture started.

So… Yay :D Pretty excited. Transition sucks a little. I am not sure how long it will take for me to reach full-time status; somewhere between a few weeks and a couple months. Turns out, when you have plans to leave your current job that you dislike, it becomes even more intolerable. That and the indefinite time-frame is a tad frustrating, but the bright future of bold possibilities is pretty thrilling.

Looking forward to another new twist in my grand adventure!

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2014 in Plans

 

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Adventure returns!

Port Aransas

Port Aransas and Aransas Pass

I’m going to the Gulf! :D

I was very pleased to have met the Med (aka the Mediterranean Sea), and now I get to greet the Gulf (the Gulf of Mexico, that is), by way of Aransas Pass, Texas. I just booked a night through Airbnb, for me and my dog to stay at a beautifully rustic ranch near the beach – as a birthday treat to myself :) I actually got four days off from work next week, and I’ll use the first day to relax, maybe run some errands; day 2 I’ll drive down to the coast, check into my digs, go get acquainted with the 80 degree waters, and explore the town a bit; day 3 I’ll awake to warm sea breezes for my bday, have a nice breakfast, and drive back to Austin, then probably hit up a favorite dive or maybe a new watering hole; and day 4 will be a bonus day of ease. Ahhh, I do enjoy a leisurely pace ;)

I am stoked to be exploring again! I will try to get a couple good photos, and I’ll be sure to share the adventure – stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2014 in Plans

 

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It’s Spring!!

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I just learned that it’s Spring – today! It totally snuck up on me, and brought an instant and acute sense of joy and hope and excitement and faith. Suddenly, so much seems possible :) Somehow, Spring just carries with it an inherent potential for new beginnings that seems to have the abiblity to penetrate all aspects of life. And there are so many avenues for potential – and real – change in mine.

My living situation is about to change: all my housemates are moving out. My mind went at once to turning the home into a hostel, but the landlord believes it wouldn’t fly with the neighborhood association. And that’s ok – it’s really not the ideal scenario, anyway. But this means that I will have new housemates. I will also get to have a real room, with a door. I think I’m going to take the master, with its own bathroom. It will be notably tighter on my budget, but I can make it work, and I think it will be well worthwhile :) I am very curious to see what this change brings. It’s exciting, too, in that I get to personally screen and select my new roomies. This could amount to greatness…

My application for the Enviropreneur Institute is officially complete, and next month, I will learn whether I am accepted. That could be prodigiously fantastic. The opportunities that would unfold from that experience are positively staggering.

I have applications submitted at my two favorite hotels in town. Perhaps a position will open up at one of them, and I can continue my study of hospitality in more hospitable conditions. (The HI is actually hiring a hostel manager, but I really don’t meet the qualifications, and the truth is, I don’t want to run a large hostel / summer-camp – any more than I want to work at a snooty hotel. Plus, I think it’s a live-in situation, and I doubt my dog would be allowed. I do struggle, though, with passing up that invaluable learning opportunity… I should probably apply anyway.)

I created new business cards to promote my dog skills with nail trimming and training services. I don’t know if I have the capacity to put forth the necessary efforts to really get the word out, but it could be an extra source of revenue here and there. I have placed a few at a couple strategic locations in my neighborhood.

I continue to make new social connections, and some of them are bound to turn into lasting friendships. This aspect is a large part of my ongoing lesson in patience. It takes a considerable amount of time to form real bonds with people – especially if one is as selective of their company as I am. It is a lonely trade-off, though…

The warmth is on its return, and will soon become an intense heat that just might challenge my residence. Nevertheless, the increased temperatures are sure to inspire further exploration of this fine state, so I shall soon be experiencing new and wondrous lands, like star filled desert skies, and the warm shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Change is good. Some people fear it, but in most circumstances, I welcome it. And right now, I could really use some. I feel a little stuck, and I’m doing my best to invite positive new twists – as well as to remain open what IS, because often times that’s pretty important, too.

Right now, I am going to get back to what I was working on before I took a brief moment to check my phone, and found the post of a blog I subscribe to, informing me of the magic of this day, to which I was compelled to respond with a post of my own. Incidentally, what I was doing was a perfectly “Spring” activity: I’m going through all of my clothes, and weeding out the articles of which I am less than overly fond. I do not wish to make room in my life for things that do not especially please or benefit me. Ironically, it’s not so much “out with the old”, as a number of the clothes I’m displeased with are newer purchases. At least I got some good “shopping therapy” out of them ;)

Cheers! To Spring – to new beginnings, to change, and to growth! :D

 
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Posted by on 03/20/2014 in Musings, Plans

 

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6 months a Texan

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I arrived in Austin 6 months ago, today. What a trip! It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. And March 2nd is Texas Independence Day, so I got myself this nifty key chain to commemorate my own Texan independence :) It feels pretty good to live someplace with so much pride in its locality. It’s contagious. I may not be 100% on board with everything that is Texas, but I am proud to be a Texan. Who knows – maybe it’s just Austin that instills such delight.

I found another appealing boutique hotel I’ll be applying to: Heywood Hotel. I drove past it the other day, and just had to stop in. They have only 7 rooms, and I really dig the vibe! Then, if the hotel plan burns out, I might look into employment at Home Depot, because – as my dad keenly noted – another skill-set I’ll be needing at my hostel will be those I could learn there. We’ll see what unfolds…

I’m keeping the faith, and reminding myself that my hostel is seeing to itself while I stay out of its way until the time comes for our convergence. Meanwhile – still grateful to be here.

On another note, I got to meet the famous “Bevo” – a local celebrity longhorn. A group that was staying with us arranged to have him visit the hotel. He’s massive! Good times :)

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Posted by on 03/04/2014 in Plans

 

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