Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Give up competing with yourself and accept the honesty of your efforts."

This is the quote at the end of my yoga practice this morning.

At 6:00 there is a great yoga practice on television. A great way to start the day.

This quote seems particularly appropriate right now as I feel I have so much to do in all the areas of my life, the home, the work, the garden.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Beginning the blogging process

There always has to be the first word.
I have been thinking of blogging for a while. I started one that promotes and supports women in music. I work hard and with devotion to promoting independant artists in various ways.
That blog, violetfemmesmusic, does not risk any personal judgement, I am not speaking about my life or life view.
In this blog I hope to find a way to speak openly about the transformations that have blessed my life and by doing so help others manifest their dreams.
I have a blessed life and believe "everything happens in Divine right order, so now must be the time for me to start my personal blog.

I really was inspired to blog by Zen Habits, a blog mentioned in a newsletter I received in my inbox from Bob Baker at Buzz Factor.

From Zen Habits I learned of a book called 'Getting Things Done" by David Allen. I was going to request it from the library but there were 29 people ahead of me, so I went and bought it.

This book created huge shifts in my world. As I went through the process of organizing my inbox, I felt like I was on a reality TV show, without the supportive host holding my hand.
As I went through the steps outlined by David, things started to happen in my life:
-a powerwashing ad appeared on my mailbox, I phoned up and voila, my house was powerwashed and the gutters and outside windows were cleaned
-I called about getting my fence fixed, ( a bear had crashed through on its way to the forest) and it too was done, this job had been on the 'list' for a year.
-my daughter suggested a painting party to get my living room and hall/stairs painted, I had been overwhelmed with the idea of doing this alone, and YES, all my kids turned up and helped paint my home in exchange for a wonderful Sunday dinner.
-as I ate dinner one night, the phone rang and it was carpet cleaners, they came and did my carpets for a great fee.

As all this was happening, I worked through my inbox, a pile 4X4 on the carpet,and two feet high.
This was a cathartic experience.
I did everything the book suggested, bought a labeller, lots of files and the first day was taken up just reorganising all my files in to alphabetical order.

Now all my 'stuff' is filed, I have files for jobs to do on the phone, while on the computer and an errands file for jobs to do when out of the house.

I also joined weightwatchers with my daughter during this time and she has lost 25 lbs and I have lost 12.
I eat so much more healthily now and feel wonderful.

Another serendipidous thing was that my basement suite tenants gave their notice and I decided not to rent out my space anymore. I decided to move my office into my basement and make it pay the rent.
I have painted it beautiful inspiring colours and as I was working on the painting, I was guided to Craigs List and an L shaped desk that was for sale just around the corner from my home, a great deal and so close and convenient. Thank you is all I could say to the Universe that supports us all.

These little miracles have been occuring all around me as I change my thoughts and expectations. I am grateful for all the guidance I receive.

This is just one of the wonderful books that have helped me change and grow.
I will share more of the amazing books that writers have gifted to the world another time.
Thanks for reading.
Affirm, 'I am willing to change"