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Blogging at the Speed of Life

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Sitting in front of the computer, I don’t know where to start.  Blogging has been the most dedicated practice I have ever had in my life and the last 6 months Life pushed me off my game so I could pay attention to it.  This Summer I got sick and discovered I had uterine cancer.  It took awhile for me to get the surgery that was recommended.  But Life has its way of moving you into what is important. Its trick:  The more I needed to slow down, the less my computer worked.  I was pulled far from my blogging life.

Surgery behind me now….Today I woke up at 4:40 a.m. missing this space so much.  I grabbed my laptop and headed out for Sandi’s Diner.  Sandi is a dear friend who makes a mean breakfast at the break of dawn.   AND, also has internet.  SCORE!

 

The big question….would my computer work there?  Was something wrong with my internet or with my laptop.  If you are reading this, you will know the answer.  What was impossible at home is working like magic here.  Maybe life is just letting me loose.  Saying, go…spread your wings…you are free.

And that is how I feel these days.  Free.

I spent last month traveling back and forth to Houston’s MD Anderson, a world class cancer hospital that happens to be in my area of the world.  My hubby, Eric, went with me and several times we comment how we felt wrong for having such a good time at the hospital.  But they must have someone trained with running big places like Disney working there because it ran like a theme park.  I like to joke that they have a game you play there….take off your clothes, put them back on…take off your clothes, put them back on…and I was winning.  Yep, lots of tests.  Then the surgery.  And just last week, a check-up.

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They feel like my prognosis is really good.  It doesn’t seem to have spread. YAY!  So they will keep an eye on my health every 3-4 months.

I chose the word THRIVE as my word of the year for 2014.  That’s what I am doing!

I have some catch up to do for Creativity Tribe.  My email has been down.  I hope to have that working in the next week.  If you tried to contact me and didn’t hear back from me…it was a little email snatching gremlin.

Big beautiful hugs to each of you.

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Increase Your Level of Bliss

time to thriveI just love it when the Universe whispers messages to me over and over again.  Recently the message has been, “Up your tolerance for bliss.”  It is a backwards way to think, really.  Bliss isn’t something you imagine should need tolerating.  But the truth is, it can be an intense ride.

This messages was first something I felt.  About a year ago I had a couple of back to back months when I experienced extreme levels of happiness, felt like I was in my zone, and detected intense waves of ecstasy coursing through my veins.  I was hitting the mark on so many of my dreams and life was just plain good!

I identified all that as bliss.  If I had been any happier, I might have exploded.  I wondered if I had maxed out on the amount of happiness I could handle or if perhaps I might be able to adjust my inner bliss threshold so that I might eventually withstand even more.

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Months later while listening to the audiobook Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity by Edwene Gaines, I heard her mention that this was an important aspect of prosperity.  She suggested that to follow through with calling more abundance into your life you would need to be able to stretch your capacity for bliss.  Later that same day, I opened one of Danielle LaPorte’s Truthbombs only to find that exact message staring at me from the computer screen.

Ah, I thought.  This message is for me. And so, I am setting out on a journey to consciously increase my tolerance for bliss.

“How does one do that?” you ask.  Indeed,  I am beginning by asking myself that same thing!  Curiosity is a great tool for creating life. I believe that my creative spirit must surely know, and so I have invited it to show me the way.

Journey to Increased Bliss

To help me stay on that path, I have chosen the word THRIVE as my word for the year.  I imagine that when one is in a state of thriving they are experiencing levels of BLISS.  Perhaps the two words are sisters!  

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Indulging ME

Just over a year ago when I embarked on the journey of working for myself, I placed one thing at the top of my list of values….self-care.  I wanted my serious business woman self to honor the hard, working dedicated but oh-so-human self.  In the beginning, I worked that into my day like a teenager with a new driver’s license.  I took my time getting up in the morning, lit candles as I was blogging, burned incense while painting, napped if I felt like it, created one-person retreats…..I lived up the self-care.

Then I got all filled up, and I began to push myself.  The drive to reach for my dreams felt good.  It was empowering. I have felt unstoppable. One dream after another fell into place. I got a contract to teach at the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat, was one of Mixed Media May‘s featured artists, taught a drama camp and then an art camp, had my first e-course (Touch the Moon), my first one-woman art show, got my website up (created it myself….oh that was a feat!), began offering my Life Coaching services and was featured on a radio show.  In between, there were a thousand little firsts, tiny parts of dreams clicking into place, big connections with individuals, and plenty of witnessing the ah-ha’s of the Creatives who find their way here.

Week before last, I felt like I was running for a marathon.  I was stretching myself to the max to keep up with the energy my dreams were setting off.  I LOVED IT!  I got SO much accomplished.

Then, I crossed the line, finishing the busiest week of my year so far.  I exhaled and all the wind in my sails went with it.

Now, I find myself craving the quiet. I see myself needing more me time, less work time, and the one who lobbied for self-care is poking her head out again to say, “Hey, remember what you promised?”

Yes, I do remember.  Gratefully, I remember.

So as the year winds down, so will I.  I make no apologies of it, need not sympathy for feeling disconnected from my drive to push forward.  I know this is part of the creative process.  This is a vital part of sustaining long term creativity, the part where we recognize our accomplishments, celebrate them, and rest.

How will I do it?  Well, to start off, a corporate holiday party, of course.  I am taking my employees (that would be me) out for a spa day to include a luxurious massage (which I traded for some art a couple of weeks back….score), all the chai I can handle, and adding naps to my very short to do list.  I am also going to do an inventory of my accomplishments and put them up somewhere….maybe tack a gold star to them.  Oh, and throughout the holidays, I am going to unabashedly brag about myself to anyone who will listen.

I am indulging in the splendor of my year.

And I have to admit that sharing this with you warms my heart so much. Last year at this time, I wanted what I have today so much.  Some days I felt so incredibly stuck, not being able to see the other side of it. But I always trusted that something would come out of my dreaming.

I am full of gratitude (please don’t just pass by that word without feeling the beauty of it) for the community that joins me on this journey…..for the artists, the bloggers, poets, dancers, followers, leaders, likers, the dreamers, the hopers, wishers, wanters, and the quiet ones who secretly pop in when no one is looking….for all of you who help hold this dream up…..I am full of gratitude.

What do YOU celebrate this year? What would you brag about if someone would listen?….don’t leave me bragging alone. How would you celebrate if you were me? I would love to know what self-care and celebration look like for you. I can always use a new idea!

Today’s Indulgence….a MEDIA FAST. Yep, I am spending 12-21-12 by checking out of the internet, news, books, radio, tv, and phone and am checking in with myself, my friends and family, and my intuition.  Wanna join me?

Self-Care for Survival

Because awful things happen and we often struggle with how to make sense of them….

Because there is no making sense of the senseless….

Because our hearts are designed to feel….

And our society often tells us not to…..

Or fails to teach us how to care for the heart that cares….

Because I care that YOU care and want you to feel the same comfort you wish for others….

 

For all those affected by the tragedy at Newtown or by any tragedy….. peace.

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