I’ve been busy working on my business Actually for the past 4 years, focused on a range of communication design services like, graphic design, web design, user experience, user interface, and fun event marketing and communication projects.
But for a few years I have wanted to start blogging on my personal site sharing info about spirituality, personal and professional growth, love, yoga, parenting and entrepreneurship.
My goal was to whip up a nice looking website with some personal info about me and chip away at projects I’m working on outside of Actually. I thought it would be another way to get to know people virtually with an online presence that shared my past work history and all the projects I get involved in locally outside of my business. I also wanted to write and publish content to help others in their entrepreneurial journey while serving a few of my other goals outside of Actually.
In 2011 I felt the urge to begin a yoga practice. The first thing I did was look for books. I did a lot of research on yoga, to discover there are several types of yoga, Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Tantric, Bikram, and Yin. Is there more? Probably. I decided that I was interested in yoga for the apparent healing advantages and also for fitness. To be honest, I’m not sure what drew me to trying yoga. I didn’t know anyone who practiced it and it was a totally new thing for me. I found some books and decided that based on the descriptions Kundalini yoga and Power or Vinyasa yoga was to be my new learning challenge. So I watched a lot of videos and chose a style basically on the fluidness of the teacher, and if they had a soothing voice to them I chose Vinyasa Power Yoga. I ended up going with a 21 Day Yoga Challenge on DailyOM by Sadie Nardini. It’s pretty great and she’s written a book since.
A few years ago in 2012 I took a really sweet trip up the coast of California. We flew to Las Vegas, rented a car (convertible), and drove to San Francisco over two weeks.
In my research on the drive from LA to San Francisco it was recommended to not make the journey in one day, totally possible, but recommended to stop and take in the many sights. We drove the distance over two days, and it wasn’t enough time, probably could have been another week! We stopped in Morrow Bay, which I was quite fond of. Cutest little town with a giant rock in the ocean and I have photos of me standing with it in a distance and a super old postcard I picked up at an antique shop titled Morrow Rock.
San Francisco was a highlighted destination. I wanted to spend lots of time there so we had to rush to that spot to take in many of the sights before an extended layover in Vancouver.
Today I see the value in teaching. Today I have nothing but respect for teacher! I have had some tough teachers, some easy-going teachers, and some who were right in the middle. The most memorable teacher was tough on students because, I believe, he fully understood what it’s like to be a out there working in your desired field.
- Trust in life. Go with the flow, but be resilient. Trust that the universe is clearing the way for me when the time is right.
- Eat well. Sleep well. I am learning to nourish myself with spiritual food and believe I am satisfied and free.
- Evoke change and welcome the change.
- Love and accept myself as I am and where I am right now.
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It’s the recipe for making a right decision. It’s how to believe in something and have it transpire in life. AND it’s easy!
- You are optimistic.
- You don’t indulge in wishful thinking.
- You are not obsessively worrying about what can go wrong.
- You can weigh the risks without undue fear.
- You aren’t blaming anyone for past mistakes.
- You don’t feel the need to ask for repeated reassurance.
- You want the group to do what is best for everyone.
- You assess criticism with detachment and fairness.
- You decide to take reasonable risks.
- You trust that there is always a solution waiting to present itself.
- You encourage independent thinking.
- You don’t obsess over minute details.
- You listen to the broadest range of people.
- You realize the best way to go is unique to each situation.
- You offer honest judgements without being brutal.
- You focus without distraction.
- You praise fully when someone gives positive feedback.
- You set down reasonable rules that cause minimal constraint.
- You are modest about your authority, you make no one feel small.
- You participate from genuine enthusiasm.
If all or most of these elements are present, your decision making is highly conscious – you are tuned in. If few of these elements are present, your decision making is meeting with blocks and resistance. Until you become clearer inside your choices will be clouded to be reliable.
(Here’s the answer on how to believe in something… a decision, and how to know you’re making the right decision.)
If an environment seems to not be good or ideal, postpone making a decision, until you have found the place inside you that is clear, coherent, calm and self aware. When the conditions “in here” are settled and clear (in here = inside you + inside your mind) the results “out there” naturally follow suit.
This is an excerpt from the book “The Soul of Leadership” by one of my favourite authors Deepak Chopra.
I had been recently asking myself, how do I know these are the right decisions… I wish someone would just tell me?!?! And I read this days after! So now that “someone” is within me! yay!
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