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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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Back in the groove

base-jumping

Well, I’ve jumped off a cliff again. I’m back to solopreneuring it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel incredibly relieved, and I also have to repeatedly shake off a nagging hesitance, due to social conditioning telling me to be afraid and to stop this foolishness at once. Fortunately, I have a pretty profound reservoir of faith, built up by my own experiences, as well as the stories of some truly amazing and inspirational people who have forsaken the norms, and achieved boundless success. I just keep adding to my spiritual tool bag, and I am increasingly confident that I can not only pull this off, but thrive like never before.

It’s funny that a groove and a rut are such similar things, but become polar opposites when in reference to your life. I was in an icky nasty rut, and I feel like I am returning to a path that is vastly more harmonious with my personal vibration. It’s like coming home. I have no fear, and every kind of excitement. I can fly, and can swim, and I can fly. What’s next? Bring it! Last time I did this with my career, I made the analogy of jumping off of a cliff, and hoping to stitch together a parachute before I hit the ground, and that’s what it felt like I did. This time though, I feel like I’m just getting back into the air, where I belong. There may be more uncertainties with this lifestyle, but I navigate them better than monotony, and besides – I’ll take freedom over security any day ;)

 
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Posted by on 10/10/2014 in Action

 

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Adventure is my middle name!

40 hours and counting…

I am about to embark on another grand adventure, and I’m practically trembling with excitement! I have sold Rex-Treks to the most fabulous successor I could have wished for, and I’ve tied up all my loose ends in Seattle. The morning after tomorrow, I take to the road.

At 10am Wednesday morning – August, 28th 2013 – my dog, Cinnamon, and I will kiss Seattle goodbye and head southeast for approximately 11 hours to make camp (at the pet-friendly Super 8) in Ogden, UT, before continuing on for another 10 or so hours to Colorado Springs, to stay with my sister and visit with her and my mom for a few days. (Incidentally, Thursday 8/29 will be my dog’s 4th birthday :) On Tuesday, September 3rd, we will resume our southern emigration, driving for 8 hours to stay (at another Super 8) in Lubbock, TX, and finally completing the journey after a 6 hour trip to arrive in Austin on Wednesday, September 4th.

I have arranged a place for us to stay for the first couple nights via couchsurfering.org, and I’m stoked to be kicking off my experience with that crowd-service! I will spend the first few days simply enjoying myself and becoming acquainted with my new town, and then on Monday 9/9 I will get busy hammering out the steps to bring Posada Rustica out of my head and made manifest! I’ll need to secure a loan, research zoning laws and other applicable restrictions and regulations, hunt down the perfect building (most likely a house), make the necessary modifications, and open for business. I am very hopeful to have all of this completed in time for Austin’s famous music festival – South by Southwest (SXSW) – which takes place annually in March, and brings in an astounding number of tourists.

While working on getting my dream off the ground, I also plan to see about setting up another “Yappy Hour” situation, where I do doggie nail trims for spending money – just for the interim. I will also be seeing about a reasonable rental situation for temporary residence. I’ve already begun networking a little, and I’m really looking forward to meeting my new friends!

I am frequently struck by various emotions regarding this big change. Mostly it’s pure thrill, occasionally surreal disbelief, and every now and then a twinge of doubt. I’m pretty sure it’s the absolute best thing I could possibly do for myself, but sometimes that old friend Fear kicks in, and I have to remind myself, that Fear always accompanies change, and that the worst case scenario is far from devastating. I have come to find that my plans may not always work out, but that something always does work out :)

Barely contained… :D

(Oh – and regarding Lose, Find, Grow: I’m now thinking that after I get the hostel up and running, I’d like to turn LFG into a grander project, with an interactive platform for people to share their stories of travel, personal growth, and sustainability; I’d change the name of my own blog to “Lost, Found, Grew”.)

 
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Posted by on 08/26/2013 in Plans

 

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