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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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Texan Relocation – Update 8

farm cat

Farm Cat

I started volunteering at a wonderful local farm, called Green Gate Farms, and rediscovered the simple joy of working with the earth, with others who share a common and wholesome goal. It’s reminiscent of my WWOOF’ing days in Italy, but has a different flavor in that I’m now establishing connections with a community in which I intend to continue to participate for the foreseeable future, and developing skills with which I aim to improve my capacity for self-reliance, and to implement in my upcoming business venture. On my initial visit, I spotted a sneaky farm cat in a pumpkin cut-out :)

After just under a month at the hotel, I am grateful for the opportunity to embellish my CV, and eager to return to self-employment. In another few weeks, I shall reconnect with the lending institution, and reevaluate my standing there.

My living situation is temporarily stabilized. I’ve a makeshift bedroom in the dining room at my friend’s place, and I’m pitching in a little for their trouble, in exchange for the convenience of its ideal location and close proximity to downtown and my work, the fenced yard and house-mate help for Cin, and the ease of not having to relocate yet again.

I’ve resumed my involvement in the Liberty Movement and attended a few related meetups. I’ve also joined – though not yet attended – an intriguing meetup regarding “Integral Theory“, which seems to have quite the potential be another interesting journey of spiritual discovery. (I even bought Integral Life Practice for my Kindle, to get up to speed.) I also plan to check out Austin’s Center for Spiritual Living this weekend.

Soon, I will finish the process of residency establishment – I’ve updated my address, switched over my car insurance; just need to register the car, get Texas plates, get a Texas driver’s license, and register to vote – and then my Texan Relocation will be complete, and I will truly feel like an official Texan.

I’m still exceedingly thrilled to be here in Austin, Texas, and I find a unique contentedness of location I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced before. I witnessed my first Austin sunrise as a local today during my morning ride to work :)

Looking forward to my future here!

capitol sunrise

Capitol Sunrise

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Posted by on 11/08/2013 in Action


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