Monday, May 23, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Weekend Adventure...


Doesn't everyone do this?

I work in/around education to keep my brain from getting flabby and give back to my community.

For some reason, I also like to give myself techie challenges, as well.

So, let me ask you this: doesn't everyone spend their Saturday learning how to set up a real, grown-up, WordPress website?


YES!

It's true.

I've set up a website and I am currently in the process of deciding if I want it to be a blog/website, or just a website and keep this blog.

Everything I am doing has changed and grown so much since I first started.

This was supposed to be web space where I could access all my favorite spiritual lessons, whenever I wanted.

Obviously, this was before Pinterest ;-)

Then things just started snowballing and I used this blog as a place to try out ideas, and pursue different paths, to see what would fit.

That's why I don't promote it any more than I do.

I practice what I will need to do once it's time to promote, but I have yet to ever do a huge push.

For a very long time, I have not felt right calling this Sacred Cyber Space.

I mean, it is very sacred space, BUT!  It has become so much more than that.

It has become an expression of what I have to share with the world.


TRAINING GROUND...

This sweet, little, wonderful blog has been like my online training ground.

My dream journal, of sorts.

So, yeah, there is a lot to consider as this transition unfolds.

I promise to keep you in the loop.

In the meantime, I'm going to get back to my new website.

Time to start working out my brain again!

Smooches and hugs,


Monday, May 9, 2016

A Lesson In Allowing


And the healing continues.

I tried to make this clear in my post about burnout: the healing process is so much more profound than simply healing a broken bone.

Now that I am a couple of days away from trusting my instincts by leaving my job, the message is so clear.

FIRST

I want to mention that when we go through a life change, it can take years for the real reasons to reveal themselves.

As I mentioned in the last post, everything about this particular life change has been high octane.

I am seeing a much bigger picture today.

It all makes so much sense.

And, as time goes on, I'm sure I will see more.

So, please, you can't compare, but I do want you to know, that if you currently find yourself navigating a life change, the reasons will reveal themselves as time goes on and you get settled.

HEALING

I knew in my gut that this was all due to my healing.

I knew that I had outgrown my present circumstances.

I knew I had done all I was meant to do.

I left, without fear, knowing it was exactly what I was supposed to be doing at that moment, without needing to know, why.

THEN...

After moving through the heavy emotions, I remembered.

Why not call my old agency, if nothing else, just to get the energy flowing?

I had no preconceptions.

If there was work, hooray, if not, I knew I would be OK.

AND..

Yup.

Three positions had opened up at my old school, that same day.

I made it clear that I had physical limitations, which would prevent me from working with the younger kids.

They said they would get back to me.

I looked at the time.

I called my good friend who still works there and asked her who lost aides?

High school.  The age group I prefer, in that environment.

THE NEXT DAY

My agency called.

My prints from my previous job were sent to the Ohio Department of Education, my last background check is good for another three years, and the principal at my old school is thrilled to have me back.

I just needed to get my permit in motion and I'm back to work.

"We'll send you an email"

I never got it.

Turns out my old school only needed someone for the younger kids.

The message I had received in regards to my healing was even more set in stone.

LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU

Look at the last couple of days from a distance.

I listened to the Universe and allowed things to unfold, even though there were moments when It was not easy.

Then it seemed as if, maybe, I'd be able to keep some money trickling in by going back to a job that I had already burned out from once before.

This did not happen either.

So, what was the message I got in regards to this phase in my healing?

An old one.

Sometimes it's impossible to move on to what's next when everyone around you only sees what used to be.

That's what had happened at my job.

I am stronger and ready for something more.

All they saw was the woman who had started working there in September.  A woman with physical difficulties and no car (FYI - we got a car a week or so after I started).

They thought I was working there because I needed their help, because I had no other choice.  Sure, it helped, but I had other options.  I was there because I wanted to be, they never got that and treated me as such.

So, of course, things were not going to work out with my old job.  Stepping back and dealing with people who would only have seen who I was two years ago, would not have resonated with where I am headed, either.

WHERE AM I HEADED?

I have no idea.

I never do.

What I do know is that wherever the Universe wants me is where I will end up.

I will learn what I am supposed to learn.

And, in the meantime, it looks like I have quite a bit of time to focus on my dreams for my Biz.

Namaste,











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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Burnout: The Gift Of An Empty Cup



This post has a back story.

I had an idea for writing about burnout, because, I found myself right in the midst of it, again, and was making choices to "cut it off at the pass".  

I was going to tell you all about what I did and how I managed to keep it all together in the process.

I had caught it so early.  There was still time.  Haha!

"Let me be your Navigating Burnout guru!" ;-)

Well, in the 5 days since I started this post, it has become an investigation piece.

Why?

Because, it was time for the next phase of my healing, and nothing I had in mind was going to get in the way of allowing what the Universe had in store.

THAT GREAT BRIDGE JOB

I honestly thought I would be at my day  job for at least a couple of years.

Something I could do while I get the Biz end of things going.

Then, it started getting very strange when I agreed to help out in the office in the mornings.

I believed in the program and wanted to help.

This opened a Pandora's Box of office politics and bull hockey like I had never seen.

Having to constantly stand up for myself, was taking its toll on me.

This is how they choose to run things, accuse first, iron things out later.

Just about every time, I had what I needed to back myself up.

And this last round was simply my boss looking for a scapegoat.

Unfortunately for her, she is dealing with someone who knows all "those" tricks and who puts her health and well being, first.

I let her know in the beginning that if I am taken for granted and tapped out, I will walk, without another job.

SO, THIS HAPPENED INSTEAD

Instead of changing my schedule back to what it used to be, while making lifestyle changes at home, I got up out of that meeting and never went back.

My spirit wouldn't let me return.

Anything I had left to give was used up in that meeting.

At the time, it was a horrendously painful decision to make.

My sister and Ken both work there.

My Bridge Job ended up being my "bridge" to a stronger Self on every level.

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS...

I don't recommend this to everyone.

I have been planning my possible exit for weeks.

I made sure I had money and options.

Which is why I was initially comfortable making this tough decision, before the reality of how it might affect the ones I love, hit me.

THEN I REALIZED

While engaging in some nature, I realized that this was the next phase in my healing.

Due to the nature of what I was coping with, I had let a lot of things go, as far as strengthening my ankle and leg, and got away with just climbing several flights of stairs every day.

Emotionally I feel like I got out of it what I was supposed to.

Obviously my spirit was finished.

I told some ladies in one of my favorite networking groups that work had turned into a midterm exam for standing up for myself.

Apparently, the final exam was that meeting.

BURNOUT IS A TEACHER

I have found burnout to be one of my greatest teachers.

I don't intentionally seek it out.

No one does.

As it was pointed out to me, once you burnout, it's easier to have it happen again.

I took on what I felt I was being led to take on.  It didn't feel like too much, until the extra interaction with my superiors became an issue.

Before I knew it, because of where I am in life and health, I had learned all I was supposed to and it was time to move on.

Every time I have burned out, there has been a wonderful lesson and amazing growth.

This time, though, I felt like the Universe moved me through a Power Course, and not just a learning experience.  Hahah!

THE BURNOUT TANGO!

How about you?

Have you ever had to cope with burnout?

What did you learn about yourself?

How did it change your life?

I'd love to hear from you.

Leave a comment or drop me a line.

Namaste,




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Life Empowerment Tips VII



Chill, Center, Relax:  Pandora Style

This month's Life Empowerment Tip is from me.  Ever since I discovered this little nugget of excellence, I've been chomping at the bit to share it with you.

I've recently discovered Pandora.com, the free, online, music channel.


After spending a couple of weeks listening to all my favorite artists, I got the bright idea to see if they had any New Age, Healing, Meditation, Nature music.

Here's what I've discovered, so far, and it's changed a lot of things in my world.

I chose the following three channels:
  • Calm Meditation Radio
  • Sounds of Nature: Tibetan Healing Sounds Radio
  • New Age Ambient Radio



Then, I put Pandora on shuffle and chose only those three stations. 


I have to say, it truly has been very empowering to have access to music that can center and relax me, whenever I want.

But wait!  There's more!

Thanks to the advertising, this is all FREE!

So the zen of the moment gets interrupted for a few seconds.  Most of these songs are over eight minutes long, so I've never been real annoyed.  When it is too much, I simply mute the volume on the device I'm using, for a few seconds.

So!  Head on over to Pandora.com and set up your own account.  It's easy and it will be one of the best things you've ever done for yourself.

I can't wait to hear how this works out for you.


Namaste,



Monday, April 25, 2016

Prince


Grief.

That seems to be the theme for 2016.

Thanks to this time and place, we are losing a lot of our musical artists from the 60s and 70s.

It's just that time of life.

But, we are also losing (Heaven's gain) artists and performers who are not at that time and place.

PERSONAL LOSS

I have also lost some personal friends and family, as well, over the last seven months.

It feels like it's never ending.

Regardless of the time and place, when it's time to go, it's time to go.

Regardless of whether I've had time to catch my breath from the last loss, another comes my way.

Which is what happened to me, Thursday, April 21st.

STILL REELING

I was still reeling from losing a friend when I got up Thursday morning to this:


I always admired this woman, simply because she took her physical difference and found a way to make a living with it, as well as inspire.

Yes, she had her struggles, but she never gave up and was always reinventing herself.

ON TO WORK

I posted the above post to my personal Facebook account and went on my way.

Bummed that it looked like we lost someone else to a prescription drug debacle, but not necessarily grief stricken because, well, not to be mean, she never took up that kind of space in my heart.

That afternoon, as I was pulling up the Internet to do some work I got the breaking news.

Prince had died.

SHOCK? DISBELIEF? 

I could not truly react.

I had stuff to do.

My boss pissed me off, making a big deal about it, telling everyone not to tell me because of how upset I was over David Bowie.

I made a crass comment "That was David Bowie."

I went back to work, with no one understanding why I wasn't more upset.

Especially me.

FRIDAY

I went about my day, Friday.

Checked out everyone's Facebook statuses.

I was in total disbelief that I was not taking to Facebook with my grief, connecting with all the others who understood what I was going through.

He was my generation's Bowie.

Always reinventing himself, waving his freak flag, comfortable with his sexuality, another misfit mentor, closer to our age.

In recent years, I had lost track of what he was doing, but that doesn't change the fact that he meant the world to me for the longest time and was a huge influence on my basic values and world view.

An incredible musician/performer and kindred spirit.

I was numb.

I had nothing to say.

Everyone else was saying it for me.

I took my father to his appointment, then this happened:



I SWEAR!

And if you don't believe me, then you haven't really dug into this blog.

The Universe is always "pulling" stuff like this on me, and if you allow yourself to sit back and really, see, the Universe is always "pulling" stuff like this, on you, as well ;-)

No matter where you go, there you are.

It was all there, waiting for when I was ready.

And Friday night, I was ready.

FACEBOOK

It's where I connect with like minds.

Where I can easily connect with family and friends, spread out all over the world.

To me it is a gift:

First, all of the responses to the above post:




Then, some funnies:








Finally, the best video ever!





HOW ABOUT YOU?

I'd love to hear your Prince memories.

How he influenced your life.

Comment below or drop me a line.

Namaste,


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Be In The Present Moment



OK!

I wanted to talk to you, briefly, about enjoying the present moment.

I recently got together with some old friends.

When my friend, Jen, crashed at my place the night before we went to visit everyone else, we took a picture.

That's me on the left.



PHOTOGRAPHERS!

We are photographers.

We took our cameras, and Jen also has a camera on her phone.

It's true what they say, when you get together with old friends, you pick up right where you left off.

And, well, the selfie craze was a good 15 years away, the last time we were all in the same room.

Once we got together, we were so in the moment that NO ONE took a picture.

Neither us, nor our other friends.

You know what?

It's wonderful to have friends of such "like mind" that you don't need to prove to anyone that you were together and that you were having fun.

ALWAYS REMEMBER...

I will always remember that weekend because I was so engaged in the moment.

There is no need for a bunch of photos to jar my memory.

So, let me challenge you.

Spend some time with your friends, without taking a bunch of Selfies.

Simply enjoy each moment and each other.

Namaste,


Thursday, April 14, 2016

So Random...



This is is undoubtedly the most random and non-cohesive post I've ever put together.

The only thing most of the following photos have in common is that they are extra shots that did not fit into what I was creating at the time.

Let's give this a whirl!

MONICA'S CLOSET

I was going to share all the cleaning I did in the end of the year post.

This photo did not make the cut.


Even though the clutter was cut in half, it still looked messy.

It reminded me of Monica's secret closet on Friends, where she hid all the stuff she didn't have a place for, thus shattering her Martha Stewart, perfect image.

BTW - Did you know that when you Google "Monica's Closet" this is what pops up?


Pretty cool - huh?

THE CATS HAVE FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT

Seriously.

The picture says it all.

I was working on my bed one day, looked down, and saw this:




"IT'S NOT GONNA STICK..."

This is what I kept telling my good friend who came to visit me the weekend of April 8th.

Heaven forbid either of us take the time to check an actual weather report.

We woke up on April 9th to this:

Not my photo - Credit goes to Jennifer White
That's me cleaning off her car in exaggerated disbelief.  Ha!

It was beautiful.

She's currently living in Tennessee and grew up near Chicago.

We met when she was going to school in Detroit.

I went inside to take care of something and let her play in the snow.

She was ecstatic :)

NATURAL REMEDY

And - Finally.

After not having pinkeye for over 39 years, I have gotten pinkeye twice since I started my new job, even though I do all I can to keep my hands away from my face.

Here's a throw away from the end of the year post where I shared my first round.


The second time around I was determined to treat it naturally because I was not about to drag it out for days until I could see a doctor.

Here's what I discovered:

1/4 tsp. honey (I used really good, locally harvested honey)
1/4 C distilled water
pinch of sea salt

First of all,  I keep the infection from spreading by frequently rinsing my eye with water, away from the other eye.

(I did this the first time and the doctors were astounded that the infection had not spread to my other eye, or to Ken.)

I put 2 drops of the above mixture in my eye every couple of hours, while also continuing to rinse.

This makes your eye look a little worse, AT FIRST!

I went to bed and when I woke up the infection was gone.

When I returned from work their was a little irritation in the corner, so I did the above routine until I went to bed.

For the following week, any time my eye was a little "waterier" than the other, I put in the drops and rinsed.

YOU PUT HONEY IN YOUR EYE?!?

First of all, if I have no problem putting chemical antibiotics in my eye, why would I not try a little honey diluted in water?

Secondly, it makes perfect sense.

Honey is the original anti-bacterial Bad-Boy.

And, PLEASE!  If you are allergic to honey, or distilled water or sea salt, do not use this.

Also, I am NOT a doctor, I am NOT a licensed homeopath or nutritionist.

I have been exploring alternative/home remedies since the early '90s.

There is no scientific proof that this, or most home remedies work.

I just know they work for me.

I also know that the hospital my good friend works at carries medical grade honey as a prescription for nursing mothers with raw nipples.

These are the facts.

Proceed with caution, at your own risk.

You have been educated and you have been warned.

Until next time!

Much love,







Monday, April 4, 2016

I Wrote A Book!


I know!

Right?

I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK!

This is my third, free eBook.

Only, this one will not have limited availability.

This will be free forever :)

And this one is not written under my pen name.

It's all me.

No hiding.

Sooooooooo CRAYZEEEE!

A YEAR OF HEALING INSIGHT...

A Healing Journey is a compilation of blog posts I wrote during the first year after my ankle fracture.  I have included an Introduction and Conclusion, as well.  

Click Here to download your copy.

This book is meant for anyone who is healing anything, not just an ankle fracture, though I do get very "fracture specific" in one chapter.

Feel free to share it with your friends :)

For me, this was a very cathartic process. 


Creating this book from old posts, this whole experience - it has made me realize that the sooner I allow the money for an assistant, the better.  Haha!  


Typesetting is no longer the relaxing activity it used to be for me ;-)

Seriously, though, This is a free .PDF for you and your friends.



NO OPTING-IN! JUST DOWNLOAD!


The font is large so you can view it one page at a time.  

It is also set up so you can print it, double sided, as well.

I hope you enjoy it!


Love and Hugs,



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