Thursday, November 20, 2014
This journal has taken a few different turns along the way. What is amazing is how so often each new phase of my journey (personal and business) fits right into the process. Which is a hindsight 20/20 phenomenon of course. I set goals but the universe has even better in store for me than I am able to imagine.
Today I write to "Thank You" for your friendship and your inspiration. Life has been challenging and I have discovered more strength within myself than I had ever thought possible. That internal guidance system was buried under layers of dark clouds for awhile. What I didn't realize is those dark clouds weren't actually hiding the courage, strength, and wisdom within after all. The dark clouds (life's situation temporary distractions) have never been hiding anything. They have simply been distracting my focus.
If I continued to believe the dark clouds of life could possibly hide the courage, strength, guidance, and wisdom within, I may have never discovered the truth.
Distractions are on the outside.
Life energy is on the inside.
All we need to do is choose.
I may have believed I would need to make sense out of life, work my way ''through'' it, find a way to the other side, and then find or discover my internal strength. Maybe I needed to go through all of that in order to know for certain none of it was necessary.
There actually is a shortcut.
Close your eyes and be present now.
Life Energy Inside
Open your consciousness to be still within. It is within where I have discovered everything I have been seeking.
Friday, November 9, 2012
|Deb Bryan and Carrie Wilkerson|
November 15, 2008
We first met at Blueprint to Financial Freedom in November 2008
This morning I was remembering the first time Carrie asked me what I do for a living. At the time I couldn't answer her. I did too many things in a dozen or more areas.
Over time, learning from her, I have slowly narrowed my specialization as a virtual assistant. I continue to narrow and refine regularly (quarterly at the least). Specialization makes my life more organized. My days more enjoyable and best of all I am working from home 100% now.
I am grateful because I know without Carrie's kindness and generous coaching I would still be unable to answer her question. I would still be chasing every dollar and working for someone else just to survive week to week.
Now... I screen clients. I remembered something Carrie said about working with people. Something like "would you invite that person to sit with your family for dinner" Up until that point I hadn't even thought about it. I was focused on chasing the clients, rather than choosing who I want to work with. What a difference!!!
I'll admit the first time she mentioned screening clients I thought that would kill my business. Who turns away clients? Well... I did it. And today I work with a handful of amazing clients who appreciate my work and are grateful to work with me. They are my VIP clients. Each one!!
Another difference is when a client asks "can you also do this or that" I know who to refer them to. I have screened those who I refer and I have worked with them. This way I know who I am sending my VIP clients to. Thanks to another lesson Carrie taught us. But, I'll let her tell you more about that.
There is no way I could list each of the wise and wonderful things Carrie has taught me over the years. I can say each lesson has had a long lasting impact and my life will never be the same.
I wanted to say Thank You, Carrie! For your patience, wisdom, coaching, and guidance. It took me awhile... but, I made it!!! Thanks to you.
Today it is a simple question to answer:
I am an SEO Copywriter on Squidoo for Amazon Associates.
I can already imagine that answer being a bit more narrowed yet again. The best thing about specialization is the 'time' I can spare to keep improving the service I provide. Rather than having dozens of 'skills' I can focus on my strongest and most enjoyable skill and continue to improve until I am "THE SEO copywriter on Squidoo for Amazon Associates"
Carrie Wilkerson at Blueprint to Financial Freedom November 2008
Monday, July 23, 2012
The new place I found after 'exactly' two months on the road is more than I could have dreamed of and continues to reveal blessings after blessings. I wouldn't have ever imagined having a place where I feel at home, am closer to family than I have been in two decades, and where I am always certain there are more blessings coming into my path day by day.
"Photos, notes, brochures, memories, keepsakes, and so much more will be sifted and organized and sorted over the next few weeks." 40 Day Journey (working title) ♥
When I hit my Mother's driveway I had a quarter tank of gas and $1.50 cents. I was so grateful I made it I didn't even stop to think about what I was going to do next. I just 'landed' with all of the past two months in my heart (and camera and a ton of memorabilia packed on board to boot).
I think there are times when we stop and breath. Suddenly I was safe in my Mother's home, off the road, and catching up with family events I had missed over the years. Oh my, she was just a baby... now she has how many children? Stories, photos, memories, and more. The time away suddenly began to melt and I was home.
The New Place
A few days of getting to know myself as I relate to my family of origin and then the ideas of being a 'grown up' began to settle in on me. It is time I found my own place. Time to fly the coop again, but, this time closer so I'm not so far away I miss everything again.
I hit the ads, the papers, the internet, and began to make calls and work out how much I could spend. The few places in what I thought to be my budget were quickly unavailable or the price was raised overnight. One ad was removed one day and I thought it had been taken, then the very next day it was back and almost twice to price.
There was one place that I kept calling which kept being available. I said I would call back in two days... I called back and explained how far I had come to meeting the move in (which was miles away from being close). Next time I called to say I think I am coming over to see it.
That day I was moved in. I didn't have what was needed to move in. I wasn't even close. Not only that... the unit I had been hoping for was gone (only hours earlier) and the only thing available was 'more' than the first. I stepped back, prayed, thought the situation through, then making a leap of faith I said "I Can Do This"
Next thing I know I'm unpacking my car (with a lot of help) and I'm sitting in my new place listening to the owl outside, and the cat, and the breeze blowing over the orange tree in the back yard. I am home!
Trusting God With All My Heart
Now, the business started. I was determined I would do whatever I could possibly do in order to meet the higher overhead. In addition to this goal I would also make sure to connect with the community, join a church, get myself settled.
My 'to-do' list mounting I put all of my energy into first covering the overhead and in the mean time 'daily' to-do things begin to mount as well. The writing stopped in exchange for 'work' and I haven't done anything with the photos and cards, or the zillion other travel memories I wanted to share here and for the book.
I am trusting God with all of my heart that all will be well.
"One of the most amazing things in the Universe is when we 'visualize' something and make room for it, completely letting go of the past, it materializes. " The 40 Day Journey (working title)
Friday, June 8, 2012
So, was I stuck? I could have sat on the couch and went through the grieving process. I could have reflected from the vantage point I had. I could have let myself believe I was stuck and I might have even rationalized it all ... but something in me kept whispering "there is a way" and more compelling there was a voice within me saying "There is much work to be done before you make decisions about the next chapter in your life"
It is as if the new doors were not open yet, but, the truth is the Journey IS the new door. It is a time to contemplate and grow. To stretch my perspective, to share and learn from others, to process the old and welcome the new.
I came up with the idea to ask for sponsors. Well, I had a dream really.
Would you give a lens?
Would someone else buy it?
Would this collaboration collectively create a resource which would fund a few tanks of gas?
As I thought this process through and received a few sponsors I began to grow in faith. I took a sheet of paper and started looking at the possibilities. I evaluated the miles (before even knowing where anyone I would meet up with was located) and I came up with a 40 Day plan. Each day would be assigned one sponsor (or a collaborative sponsorship).
As people began to reply, lenses began to materialize, sponsors showed up... then another thing began to happen... people started asking to 'be a part of this'
I started receiving invitations to stay with people. Note: Everyone of these folks has been close friends online for several years. They have worked closely on projects, in communities, etc. I don't think I was aware of how many people I had built amazing relationships with until the messages began to arrive.
It turned out, my journey map was relatively close to the locations of people sending invitations. Some were right on the exact path I had originally drafted.
The next set of miracles would be every step of the way there were resources materializing and things I didn't even know I would need were coming into the picture right before I needed them. A sun hat, travel goodies and snacks, a camera, an umbrella, a swim suit, funds for other bills (bills continue to happen even when you are on the road), the list seems to go on and on.
The journey has been an amazing lesson in faith.
The journey has been an opportunity to meet in real life with people whom I have developed life long friendships with.
The insight of these amazing friends, along with prayer, contemplation, and an open honest heart, have given this journey so much more than I could have ever imagined.
Any thoughts I may have had in thinking I was 'running away from the problem' have been replaced with thoughts like 'this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life and this journey is preparation to enter into that chapter with a more developed perspective on everything'
Learning to ask for help in a way that will benefit every participant is a challenge. But if you think about it there is something (possibly many many things) you can offer and coordinate in order to meet the resources needed to embark on your journey. You journey may not be a 6000 mile drive across the country (which by the way I am at mile 3950 so far -- and completed day 22 of the 40 days), your journey may be closer to home. Getting out and meeting someone who needs you as much as you need them to accomplish the next chapter of your life.
Update: I wrote this blog post to auto post and it didn't (I have more to learn about that process). In the meantime I have another 1000 miles behind me and day 40 will ''happen'' on June 28th.
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