Mad Love Monday #25

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. All I can say is: Wow. Dave Navarro has added a whole new dimension to his spectrum of ass-kicking. So this is why I’m struggling so much. Tama Kieves says: I’m not fond of allowing a pained, stressful mind to be the resource and divination system from which to seek the answers of life’s most important questions. Another sign of encouragement towards reconnecting with my fiction writing, thanks to Ali Hale‘s post at Men With Pens. * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Float Like a Butterfly, Cocoon Like a Caterpillar

I’m working on a great At the Smithy post regarding treating hypothyroidism with Ayurvedic remedies, but it’s taking me longer than I thought so today you get an oft-used metaphor: the caterpillar becoming the butterfly. There are lots of great quotes about caterpillars turning into butterflies and what that all symbolizes but I’m too lazy to look any up. Plus my quote book is inconveniently at home and I’m not, so I’ll just tell you what this particular metaphor is saying to me at the moment. I love butterflies Who doesn’t, right? Well, there’s always someone, I suppose, but I’m definietly on the butterfly bandwagon. I love their beauty, their flutteriness, the way they symbolize new life and beauty coming from ugliness less than attractiveness (no offense, caterpillars). Every time I see a butterfly, it’s like a little personal message from above telling me there’s hope. In fact, just about every time I’m feeling melancholy a butterfly will cross my path at some point. I take it as a gentle reminder that things will get better. I am not a butterfly Not right now, anyway. Right now I feel ugly, constricted, hunched, slow. But I can feel the potential for great things in the future. I know there are beautiful wings of career, financial, health, and relationship improvements waiting to unfurl. They can’t unfurl, however, until I have grown them. In this metaphor, I am in the chrysalis–or transformative–stage. I am in between, in process, and until now, I have been trying to be a butterfly while skipping the chrysalis stage. This stage is important, vital, and in actuality,...

We Interrupt This Life. . .

Yesterday was full of interruptions. Outside interruptions, internal interruptions, over and over and over. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm of working to save my life. Today I am tired and aching. No, I don’t have the flu. It’s a combination of hypothyroid symptoms, chronic poor sleep, working out a tad too hard and pretending I can keep up with a two year old. Still, I heeded the message from my body: if you don’t take a nap in the very near future, you will be sorry. So, I ignored all the monsters shouting about how I can’t rest until I’ve earned it and blah, blah, blah. I took an hour-long, juicy nap and awoke if not completely refreshed, at least more recharged. Yu know, like when you see your cell phone has one bar left and you can only charge it part way, but it’s enough to keep it going til you can plug it in over night. This set me up for an afternoon with my nephew and some household chores, although I was cautious not to overdo it. I also went to bed an hour early and discovered a) what’s keeping me from shedding the layer of flab my thyroid caused me to add and b) my body and mind do a lot of detoxing in the first couple of hours of sleep. Flab-be-gone I’ve had this little war going on inside me concerning how best to lose this little 8-10 pound layer that has settled on my tummy, hips and thighs in the last year. On one side is the thought that only hard...

Mad Love Monday #24

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. No more excuses for not writing! Okay, excuses are allowed to be voiced but writing will happen anyway, thanks to this great debut vlog from Jennifer Blanchard of Procrastinating Writers. Because of the beautiful synchronicity of life and the power of the interwebs, I have been led to two expressions of Divine love and healing in as many days. One, a woman named Amma who is so connected to God and Eternity that she spends her days hugging it out with people as well as creating positive change with very powerful intention. It’s the kind of intention that moves smoothly from idea to action to result that we attribute to miracle workers and saints. She says: A one word solution to all the problems the world is facing today is ‘compassion.’ Another, Hiro Boga, beautifully expresses the struggle I have with living joyfully in a world of tragedy: But each bead of blood in my heart knows wholeness too. I can no longer gather up the pain of the world and hold it inside my belly. It cannot be healed there—it can only damage that inner shoreline, bring death to that living sea. I am responsible for keeping my inner world healthy and whole. The quality of my presence–the peace or conflict in my heart–is what I bring to this gathering. How can I live outside the house of wholeness and join in the work of blessing? * *...

At the Smithy #3: Magical Mapping

“At the Smithy” is a place where I discuss what I am currently learning about, be it through a book, an ecourse, a teleclass, or a life experiment. This is my opportunity to model what I’m teaching others and legitimizes all the self-work I like to do (bonus!). So my first “At the Smithy” Project, Magical Mapping, is done! Well, just about. And unexpectedly. My Extremely Valid Action Plan from last week was to check in with my week Monday morning and schedule “whatever Magical Mapping time feels appropriate.” While that didn’t really happen, I found myself swept up in the MM mood yesterday afternoon and after some final formatting today (apparently I’m feeling very alliterative), all that’s left to do is give it some physical space. What it looks like Title page Table of Contents Mission and Vision One page for each year of the five-year plan, starting with September 2009-2010. Each of these pages is divided into Website, Biggification (marketing), Operations, Product/Services Creation, Other, and Income Streams. My income streams are in table form and show my hourly rates and weekly/monthly goals. This is the only section of each year that is complete. That’s okay though as this is a living document that will grow and change, and as long as I know where I’m headed specifically for the next few months  I’m good. Finishing touches I found some really pretty paper that looks like it was designed for my business the other day, which I will print this out on. I need to get a report cover to bind it in. And. . .chocolate! It is...