Relishing the Renewal

As I wrote about in my February 2010 post, Aligning with Your Natural Creativity Cycles, once we have completed a large project, it’s not uncommon to desire a time for rest and relaxation. This is a normal part of the creativity cycle, and if we don’t allow ourselves this time, we often create illness or some other *road block* to provide it to us.

Now that I have completed the online portion of my latest project, a 7 part call series for small businesses entitled, Harnessing Your True Power: What to do BEFORE you take action!, I literally feel like I just gave birth to a HUGE baby with a 2 month-long labor!!!

By the way…

If you wonder why people charge for the audios and transcripts from these kind of series, take my word for it: It’s a HUGE undertaking, and most people wouldn’t do it in the first place if they realized it upfront. This is from someone who simply ADORED interviewing the experts and talking about this subject. That part, though adored, was only a fraction of the work involved! I worked nearly 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 60 days conceiving, creating, planning, preparing, and managing every detail of this series…and there were even more people behind the scenes helping *me*!

When you give birth to a human baby, the body’s hormones fill the mother with a myriad of conflicting emotions. I’m finding myself feeling similar conflicting emotions, sans the hormones. Part of me is ELATED to have this baby born, and  *out in the world* so I tell everyone about it, while another part of me…just wants to relax and sleep.

I recognize the latter emotions as a sign that I have completed the major creation phase of this project, and my mind/body, body/mind is ready to take a breather. I’ve learned to give myself this respit…it pays off! I stay healthy while I’m relaxing, and the next project benefits immensely. Honoring this part of me is not only good self-care, it’s good self-love. When we treat ourselves kindly, the universe mirrors that back to us in many ways.

While the major creative part of this project is over for me, I won’t consider myself *done* until the final transcripts have been provided to me, I do my magic-makeover on them, and they –along with the final audios– everything is officially delivered to all the folks who purchased the entire call series.

Which reminds me…

I also want to personally thank everyone who helped me get to this point, including all the experts who happily gave their time and promoted these calls, and my behind-the-scenes team that helped me with transcripts.

I especially want to thank those who purchased the entire call series before even a single call was available (talk about TRUST in what I’m about and what I offer!!!) and those who bought after listening to the calls…realizing this series was worth purchasing. Thank you!

Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey!

Thank you for summoning this information through me!

Thank you for inspiring this great resource!

Thank you for listening and sharing these calls!

Thank you for purchasing the series!

Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!

Once the orders are fulfilled, then, I will truly be ready to relish the renewal phase and…relax!

To get to that place of fully relaxing into renewal, I have a *secret*.

Relaxation CoachFortunately for me, I am working with two very special relaxation coaches who know me well…who also happen to be very furry and cuddly. They are intent on ensuring that I learn the proper way of fully, and deeply relaxing. In fact, they specialize in this and are equipped to pin me down, if need be!

If you are self-employed, I highly recommend working with such specialized coaches. If you aren’t so lucky to have your own relaxation coaches, I know your local shelter will be happy to *hook you up* with some! Your body and your business WILL thank you: Seriously, I’m not sure I can ever convey the power of this kind of coaching, whether it’s 1:1 or 2:1 or 3:1 or … OK, your city probably has limits, so check on those first.

So, now that I’ve shared this secret with you, if you don’t hear from me for a little while, you’ll know my relaxation coaches are showing me how it’s done! =^..^=

I’ve Been Twitter Tagged: Seven Things You May/May Not Know About Me

Twitter<br /> TaggedI was tagged by @tjonsek via Twitter. When this happened, I had *no clue* what this was about. What I can piece together is that I got to read Tawnya’s list here, and the list of the person who tagged Tawnya. Apparently, it’s now MY turn, so here goes…

1. I was born and raised in a little town near Lake Ontario (western upstate NY). Growing up, I thought I lived in the most boring place on the planet. Now, I look back and realize how *lucky* I was to live around so much open land, horses (neighbors had a barn/pasture), and clean air. When I was 17, I graduated high school, and went to college in Utah. Then, I moved again. I’ve lived in California for more than 23 years.

2. My Dad died of cancer when I was 17 yrs old (senior in High School) He was a heavy smoker, smoked most of his life, and suffered greatly at the end. It was not pretty, but this experience launched my wanting to know *more* about the human experience (before/during/after life), and it forever changed where I would live. Prior to his diagnosis, I had been accepted into the Fine Arts Program at Carnegie Mellon University on the Early Admissions program. My mother knew she couldn’t send me to an Ivy League school on her income alone, so she asked my high school art teacher for advice…hence, the U of U (teacher’s alma mater).

And no, I don’t smoke nor do I like to be around smoke…can’t imagine WHY…

3. I’m still close friends with my high school art teacher She was actually my school’s Drafting & Technical Illustration teacher, but with her fine art background, she mentored me in fine art portraiture and drawing (in her non-teaching hours). She was a great help to me and I still love drawing after all these years. I call her by her first name, now…Mary is in her 70s and is still designing homes/buildings for her family and others the old school way (by hand drawing them).

4. I have a degree in Fine Art/Painting and Drawing with a minor in Arts Administration (running galleries). You can see some of my work and the first pictures of me “creating” here.

5. I have a 19 y.o. son with Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning Autism) According to those who diagnosed my son, this syndrome is far more common than previously thought especially here in Silicon Valley. According to the experts, it passes genetically from father to son, and is very rare to see in girls. If a girl has it, it is much more severe than when boys have it. It is estimated that nearly 100% of the creative tech geniuses (you know, the ones with zero social skills, a great sense of humor and incredibly creative minds) have Asperger’s Syndrome which was first discovered in 1940s Austria by Dr. Asperger.

My son’s worst symptoms were brought under control after I took him to an alternative health doctor. She cleared him of heavy metals and used homeopathics/supplements to balance his brain chemistry. As a result, he did an immediate 180 degree turnaround at school and had the best 4 yrs in high school! My advice to parents of these kinds of kids: Get them to a local alternative health Dr/Chiropractor as soon as you can!

6. I used to work for Apple Computer and Adobe Systems If you live here in the Bay Area, that’s not such a big deal. Many didn’t know who these companies were when I worked for them.  (LOL!) I worked for both companies between 1988 and 1994. At Apple, I worked in Creative Services and Evangelism. At Adobe, I worked in Creative Services and eventually became their go-to gal for all presentations. I averaged 110+ presentations a year (including all illustrations, client management, and archiving). I left to start my own business…I am an expert in Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.

7. I have been self-employed as an illustrator and presentation designer since 1994 Corporate clients (all sizes) hire me to create professional presentations and PPT templates for them…see my online portfolio here.

OK, my Tweeps, you can’t hide… @holisticmamma @cindykirchhoff @ivancampuzano @SiDawson @ROIcoaching @ChipEFT @WesHopper YOU’REIT!

Now, it’s your turn. (If you don’t have a blog, just create one here).

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