Mad Love Monday #38

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week (or so), and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. I’m way too excited about being mentioned in Havi’s post as the inspiration for the Fake Band of the Week. A fantastic Christmas present from someone who doesn’t even celebrate it (maybe it’s an unChristmas present? Like “a very merry un-birthday to you?”). Anyway, if you aren’t stalking admiring Havi and her business partner Selma the Duck yet, here’s your chance (that’s my very merry Christmas/unChristmas present to you). Wow, my neck is a bit tired from all the nodding I did while reading this post about receiving. For me, and many others, it can be much easier to give than to receive. But if everybody’s giving, no one is receiving. Sometimes we have to give others the gift of receiving (tricksy, ain’t I?). I confess: I’m addicted to too many damn projects and I need to do something about it. Marie Forleo has a four step plan to give me the kick in the pants I need and I thought I’d share it with you (not that you have this kind of problem, oh no, not you!). * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Reverb 10 Day 24: This kid is alright

Today’s Prompt What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead? Actually, that moment was yesterday. Well, it was really several moments. But God* spoke to me very loudly over the course of the day. In fact, I was left with a great question to take to my Shiva Nata practice: What do I need to know about walking on water? Three times yesterday I saw/heard this phrase, and each time I got more goosebumps. It all started with simple curiosity. . . Clue the first: journal As I was waiting for my bagel to toast, I glanced through an old journal from 2006. I had found it when cleaning out a bookshelf the previous weekend. I actually thought it was blank so I picked it up to make sure. Reading old journals is not something I do very often. I saw my frustrations with my body and my finances, which was kind of depressing. Four years I’ve been battling the same issues? Oy. I also came across a reflection on my faith. I had a certainty that everything was going to work out, even if I couldn’t see how. I compared it to walking on water; if (like Peter) I kept my eyes on Jesus and relied on faith, I was good, if I looked down or started to rely on myself, I sank. Apparently it was time to learn that lesson again, or remember it and go deeper. Clue the second: note from the universe Then my Note...

Reverb 10 Day 21: Future Self (and a bonus)

Today’s Prompt Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) This is a great prompt for me (and I’m sure many others) right now. I’m doing my Magical Mapping for the next year, next five years, and next ten years. Somehow, slipping into the guise of my Future Self makes creating my year more concrete and less a vision that may or not be fulfilled. It also shifts something in my brain that allows for possibilities I hadn’t even thought of but are smart. I’m keeping the Future Self conversation in my journal for now. I had to keep it a private discussion so that I wouldn’t be tempted to censor myself. There’s a lot I will share with other people, but some things are meant for my mind and heart alone. What I will do is answer the bonus question. Dear Self of 2000 Ten years ago I was 21, almost 22. I was in the middle of my last year of college, and I was weathering some stormy conditions. I don’t remember a lot about the first part of the year, but I will never forget August and the months thereafter. On a Sunday afternoon in August of 2000, my boyfriend of a year and a half broke up with me. It came fairly out of the blue; we’d hit a rocky patch a few weeks earlier but just two weeks before he broke my heart, he’d given me...

Mad Love Monday #37

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week (or so), and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. Also, I know it’s not really Monday but it’s gotta be Monday somewhere, right? Check out this post by Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System for some good pointers on using images effectively in your copy. I think I need to move my photo on my About page. . .what about you? Anything you need to change after reading this? Ahhh–we can all breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Jo VanEvery’s suggestions on how to handle the dreaded questions at holiday parties. Thanks to her, I now know how to respond and ask in a more mutually comfortable way. If you have a business or are thinking about starting one, get your eyeballs on this now. Naomi Dunford and Dave Navarro are doing a fre*e video series on how to failproof your business. I just watched the first one and by telling you about it, I’ve done task #3. Go check it out so I can talk about this without having to explain everything. * * * Have a madly marvelous...

Reberb 10, Day 17: Lesson Learned

Today’s Prompt Lesson Learned: What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? I barely learned my best lesson before this prompt popped up! Guess you can’t rush enlightenment :). The best thing I learned about myself this year is (cue drumroll). . .I can do it. What? That’s my great lesson? Of course I can do it. Wait, do what? Anything I set my mind to. You can take your answer and jump off a cliff Yes, I have “known” this for a long time. But I have known it in the sense that while I know I could skydive I’ve never actually done it. I know people who have taken that leap and felt that terror turned exhilaration. I’ve seen it in movies. In my head, I know what skydiving is. In my body, I’m still clueless (and before anyone signs me up for a dive, I’m happy to remain that way. It’s a metaphor, people). What’s it really all about? So what is this metaphor really about? Successful entrepreneurship. I have seen plenty of “ordinary” people, both on and off line, run hugely successful small businesses. I’ve watched them build it from nothing to six figures a year. I’ve listened to them all tell me that if they could do it, anybody could. In my head, I knew it was possible; that kind of knowing wasn’t enough. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment this really sank in, but over the last month or so my intellectual understanding has spread to my heart and gut....