Reverb 10: Day 13

Today’s Prompt Action: When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? Good question. I am all about great ideas. I am much less about making them happen. Well, I am less about making them happen for myself. I’m good at helping other people make their ideas happen. I have had so many ideas for growing my business over the last year and have never gone beyond the brainstorming stage with any of them. I read countless blog posts and articles on how to deal with this (mainly, read fewer articles and produce my own content), so I have the know-how. I just need the action-how. Aha! Over the last month or so, I’ve come to realize why my current business has been so stalled. Sure, there were my health issues that made getting the basic things done difficult. There was the shiny object syndrome (alright, I’m sitting down to flesh out idea A. Oooooh! Idea B looks so much more exciting. Repeat.). But really, what was going on was that some part of me knew that my Great Work lay somewhere else. Once I discovered “what I really want to do with my life,” the role of LMWS became clear: it was my starter business. As such, I wasn’t meant to pour my heart and soul into it. I was to use it to learn about being an entrepreneur, to try things and fail and try some more, so that when it’s time to launch my GW business, I’ll be well-prepared. The learning curve will be much less steep....

Reverb 10 Day 10: Wisdom

Today’s Prompt Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? The answer to this came surprisingly quickly. At first I was going to go with my decision to get my SPED credential, but really it was my decision to apply for Fall instead of Spring. That way, instead of overworking myself, I’m taking my time and easing into it. I still have things to do in Spring, like taking the CSET, getting 45 supervised hours in the classroom, applying to the program and for financial aid. At first I was so eager to get started and get teaching, but this is really a better plan. I know my body can’t really handle a strenuous work load right now. Jumping right back in to school full-time would probably wind up with me in the hospital. What’s the cool thing to call it these days? Ah, yes, I would need to be hospitalized for “exhaustion.” Only that’s really what it would be–no drug addictions here! This was the first decision I made that aligned with my theme for next year, which is rest. While I will have a lot on my plate, I will get even more rest, because I know that the more I rest, the more productive I will be. Even if I don’t know how this is going to work, remembering that it is my intention makes looking at next year a lot...

Reverb 10 Day 6: Make.

Today’s Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? Christmas cookies come hell or high water Well, the last thing I made was sugar cookies, one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I felt especially blessed this year because I had my mom, one of my sisters, and my nephew with me. Traditions like this are my touchstone, my little pockets of stability when life goes crazy, as it always does during the holidays. They became especially important after my parents divorced and my mom and three younger sisters all made their way to Southern California while I stayed in Fresno. It was hard, at first, to adapt. The Christmas season was the hardest of all. But I had the family cookie cutters, sugar cookie recipe, and rolling pin. Come hell or high water, I was making cookies at least once every year. Sometimes I made them by myself; sometimes I invited friends over; a couple of times I made them at my mom’s new home in SoCal when I visited for Christmas. Disaster strikes! During most of my twenties, I was something of a nomad, albeit mostly unintentionally. For one reason or another (safety issues, bad management, new roommates) I was moving to new apartments about once every year. One of those moves resulted in the loss of my beloved cookie cutters. I of course didn’t realize they were missing until December rolled around in the new place and I couldn’t find them anywhere. I was devastated!...