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Follow up – July 2019 – As I am.

Follow up – July 2019 – As I am.

August 5, 2019
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I intend to go through my intentions for the year at the end of each month. This gives me a monthly reminder of my intentions as well as ample space for reflection and possible adjustment.

July… a month spent travelling with everything that entails. Such as very little blogging!

2019. The year when I will…

* have my bodily wellbeing in focus by:

  • continuing with my daily Seven accompanied by burpees: ✅
  • Headspace daily: ✅
  • run a minimum of  75 runs –> run-when-I-feel-like-it-intention: My bigtoe joint is still acting up. Pains me. So I walk and ide my bike rather than jog.
  • take cold (outdoors) baths as often as I can – and add to this by taking cold showers: Cold showers rather than baths, as the water temperature is above my personally set limit (≤14 degrees).
  • dance Lindy hop as often as I can (taking a class during the spring, and then there’s the social dancing as well!): So far no Lindy hop-dancing this summer. Luckily I have signed up for the continuation class starting in September!
  • continuing to ride my bike and walk as much as possible: walked just short of 60 and biked a bit more than 240 kilometers.

* have my mental and spiritual wellbeing in focus by:

  • reading at least 75 books, of which 12 in Swedish and 12 in English already have been chosen. These 12 + 12 I will be blogging about: Read 36/75 böcker. 7 books behind schedule, which is betetr than where I was at two weeks ago, when I was down by 11 books… Blogged about Clapton’s guitar – watching Wayne Henderson build the perfect instrument (book 7 of 12 in English) and the Swedish counterpart is Tankar för dagen, manual för ett snällare liv.
  • learn at least five songs by heart including lyrics on the guitar, which will be made possible by my aim at ten minutes of guitar playing on a daily basis: Zero. Zero! Geez…
  • I will let the wonderful book The book of Awakening by Mark Nepo be my daily companion: My travels made me slip out of this habit, and I have yet to step into it fully again.
  • hold digital 24-hour sabbats at least twice a month: Digital sabbats on July 6-7 and 26-27. In Augusti I plan for the same on 2-3, 9-10, 16-17.

* have creation in focus by:

  • booking at least four two-day writing retreats during the year: pondering a few ideas about writing retreats, including the possibility of running a digital retreat? My ideas from January remain but I am starting to feel silly writing that. So perhaps I should just plan it? 12-13 September, 28-28 October, 11-12 November, 9-10 December. There. Done. Booked. The chance of these writing retreats actually happening just got a lot higher!
  • keeping up with daily Facebook Lives for as long as there’s energy in doing it: Have deliberately ended this suite of daily lives (in June), and hence I am removing it from my yearly intentions.
  • blog daily: It’s August and my vacation is over. So I step onboard this intention again, as of right now.
  • start to pod: Well, well, well. Borrowed the podstudio of my friend J and hance I have a 2 hour raw file to cut and produce. So there will be new episodes soon, count on it!
  • release (at least) 4 e-books in 2019: thoughts are swirling, nothing concretized as of yet. The chances of this happening might just have gotten better as well, given the fact that I have marked writing retreats in my calendar?

* have financial husbandry in focus by:

  • sowing, sowing and sowing a little bit more; on a weekly basis intentionally work on my various income streams: ✅
  • keep tabs on my set invoicing goal on a monthly basis: ✅I reached my set goals in January and March, not in February, April, May, June and July (the two latter not so surprising). Feels like an area to step up my game in!
  • keep an accounts book on private income and expenses: Have a bit of a backlog in my accounts book, I will get on it, I promise.

And finally – on all levels – experiment and play, experience pleasure and exploring and challenging myself, all the while being gentle to myself: July. Well. Me and the youngest one went to England with my mom and aunt to visit relatives and attend a lovely graduation celebration at St John’s. (Pop the cat got to stay at home, or rather, had his own vacation away from home.) Me and the young one then jumped on EuroStar to Brussels, took the train to The Hague (thanks a lot for your kindness and hospitality Vanessa!) and Amsterdam (dito Mayke!) before we got on a Flixbus back home. Took a swim in the North Sea, had a few lovely bike rides and I can warmly recommend Rembrandt’s House, what a lovely and perfectly sized museum! Once back home I had work waiting for me, although I must confess I haven’t worked full time precisely. But still! Lunch with family in Simrishamn, daCapo-party and helping with a move from Limhamn to Oxie, a podclub meetup on attachment theory, two CoachWalks and an assorted amount of hobnobbing at that.

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The answer is No…

November 16, 2018
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A few weeks ago, Vanessa of Crafting Connection (remember, the one with the amaaaazing Be the change-cards) shared an image on Facebook and Instagram, and I made a screen shot, because I found it do to the point:
If you don’t ask the answer is NO!!

So simple. So brilliant. And so ridiculously true. If you don’t ask the answer is NO!!

And still… here I am (possibly you as well?) hesitant to ask. Fearing the possible no. Totally missing the super-obvious, that if I don’t ask… the answer is given. No. Because I will n o t get what I don’t ask for (yes. Of course. Given that it is a something that I have to ask for to get. If it was something I could do myself, I would. Duh…).

Reminds me of something I have kept coming back to these past weeks, in various situations. That most of us would raise our hands if asked if we like to help other people. And – here comes the sad part – most of us would not raise our hands if asked if we like to ask for help from others.

I wonder how much the fear of getting a No is at the root of this behaviour? Probably quite a lot. And it’s a shame. Because if I, and you, and everybody else who refrains from asking for help, would start to look at is as providing others with an opportunity to do what people in general like doing, i.e. being of assistance, being helpful, perhaps more of us would raise our hands when asked Do you like to ask for help?

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Soul Portrait, part two

July 18, 2017
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Today when I checked the letter box, there was a notice that I had a package to pick up. Soul Portrait in the postAs I bought (too much) yarn from Yll o Tyll  the other day, and got an email yesterday that they had sent my order, that’s what I expected. So when I saw the shop assistant bringing out a long tube, about 5 x 50 cm, my first thought was That’s a funny way to package yarn. I wonder how they got them all in there? which was followed shortly by an Ah! It’s my Soul Portrait from Vanessa! and a smile upon my face, as Vanessa manages to put beauty even into something as simple as writing my name and address.

Got home. Tore off the sticky tape at the ends. Managed to get the drawings out, and immediately rolled them out on the kitchen table, overfilled with joy: My Soul Portrait(s – Vanessa did two drawings – lucky me!).

My Soul Portrait

I will frame them and put them up on the walls somewhere in the house, that’s for sure.My Soul Portrait, number two

I still remember the feeling I had during and after the visual coaching session with Vanessa, and seeing my Soul Portrait brings it all back to me. If you are curious and want to get one of your own, get in touch with Vanessa at Crafting Connection, regardless of where in the world you live (as long as you speak either English or Spanish), as she works via SKYPE. It is, truly, an experience that I am grateful to have experienced.

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Soul Portrait

May 31, 2016
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I’m currently creating a collection of Soul Portraits which stems from a documented and visualized conversation we have for about an hour. You talk, I listen, comment and draw.

That’s the beginning of an email Vanessa of Crafting Connection sent me last week. I immediately replied, saying Yes please, I’d love to experience a Soul Portrait-session!

And today, we had the most wonderful conversation. Centering, to start with, and then we threw away the tether anchoring the boat to the quay, and took off. Sailed across the sea. Going deep, wide and high! Vanessa asking a question, and me dropping down. Into depth. Into insight. Remembrance. Wisdom. Becoming very aware of that infinite wonder of the (always present, but not always perceived) Universal Mind.

A magnificent experience, and you bet I am curious as to what the result might be. In the moments of stillness in-between my sharing, prompted by one of Vanessas very powerful and multifaceted questions, I could hear her drawing, writing, putting what she heard, sensed, felt, down on paper. Pens/Pencils/Crayons on paper – short scratching sounds – telling me something beautiful was being created at her side of this co-creation. And this I know without even having seen the Soul Portrait Vanessa drew during our hour together. I know her work, and I love it. That’s one way I know it will be a treasure she’ll bring me in a week or two, when finished with my Soul Portrait.

But I also know it will be beautiful, because I felt it. I felt the beauty, the serenity, the joy, the uncovering, as we met across time and space – with SKYPE as a medium – souls connecting, far beyond such technicalities.

A Soul Portrait.

Mmm.

I exhale, close my eyes, and am instantly brought back to the connection of souls.

The joy and richness of having people like Vanessa in my tribe.
Getting to experience the unexpected. Over and over again.
This time – A Soul Portrait. Next time – who knows?

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