Your Own Hotline To Wisdom – Right Now

All the wisdom we need is within ourselves. If we need knowledge outside of our understanding or experience, we’ll be lead to who – or whatever can teach us.

Jamie Catto

The two ways that we tend to access the wonderful, illuminating and inspiring wisdom and peace we humans are so capable of is either through someone else who, perhaps long ago, dared to get themselves into such a state of empty receptivity and deep listening that a blast of utter clarity and truth came through them and they wrote it all down (or told it to those who could hear it – and those guys wrote it down as best they could). Later on, maybe millions of people were so touched and nourished and switched on when they read this wisdom that they decided ‘this is it!’ and maybe even became scholars of that message, teaching it to more and more people and making it their life’s passion to share it with as many as possible. Hence Religions and ‘paths’ with priests, academics, and experts….even hierarchies. I’m not writing them…

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Story is Irrelevant to the Photo, But Let’s See What I Can Do

Shit. Am taking a break from “career enhancement,” aka learning about digital marketing. It all began in late 2015 when I bought my domain name and set about building the website. For the record, I have had no paid help in any of this. But in the web of the digital world, it all starts with discovering one expert who shares basic how-to for free. One day in Fall of 2016, I discovered a guy who ran a multi-day virtual summit. I think it went on for 2 weeks. He interviewed at least 20 top-of-the-game digital marketing experts. The interview videos were available for free for 24 hours after they were live.

Have you ever stumbled over something that commanded your attention, your brain explodes in multiple colors? That was my reaction to this virtual summit. This is to be the next phase of my life.

I immersed myself in the videos while they were still free; on average about 90 minutes each. I took notes and recorded names. My list of mentors exploded.

I subscribed to these experts via email to get expert advice delivered to my inbox. From the original sources, I’ve expanded my network of sources. Digital marketing gurus generously share knowledge for free as a marketing strategy, so I took advantage of it.

Meanwhile, my website got built (for me, it’s been like me building a car with zero knowledge of mechanics, but there’s Google and YouTube!).

I am determined.

This business it a perfect fit for me, as if everything I’ve done up till now has lead me to it. It’s a huge tuna that will not be the fish that got away for something stupid like using the wrong size harpoon.

By the end of spring 2017, I had accumulated perhaps too much info. I have a pretty good idea of how it all works, but what about me? Where the fuck should I start?

That’s been my struggle during the summer now. Having been in sales for several years, I know different things work for different people. Your personality sets the vibe of your business. My copious notes are in this huge pink binder from probably 50 different successful digital marketers. I’ve paid for none of it, either!

So how to make it all relevant to my goals? Who knows –  it’s all useful, but even I know you have to stop studying and start doing. So I happened to find a mentorship and support network – at an affordable price (such networks are usually extremely expensive – typically thousands of $s). So I joined it a couple of weeks ago. The car’s in drive and I’m hittin’ the gas.

Now back to the photo. To make a suit of armor, one starts with the burning desire, mentors or tutorials, advice on tools and setting up your own workshop – then finally actual metal. You’re gonna suck at first. You’re gonna hammer your thumb, the holes won’t line up, it’ll look stupid once you finish it, if you ever do. But you get better, keep at it until it looks the way you want it.

Stuff

Been working on work, on my future (business), on being a better me, and making time for pleasures of life.

So many passions, so little time. So you learn to let things go. Focus without distraction on what you really want. That’s hard for me! When I was 20- or 30-something, I had my entire life yet to accomplish all those big plans. There just isn’t enough time to do everything. Later in life, you have to treat your dreams like your clothes – if you haven’t worn it/thought of it/worked on it/done it by now, better make some decisions on the ones you really want, and weed out the rest.

Focus on those and kill ’em! You can, we can.

 

 

 

 

 

Women & Wolves

 

The affinity between women and wolves. The concept of the wild woman accompanied by a wolf.

There’s a certain kind of woman who fights for her wildness, a feminine freedom. Probably the first to connect the two was Clarissa Pinkola Estes in her book, Women Who Run With the Wolves. 

Why do many of us identify with wolves (specifically, she-wolves)?

Wolves are non-violent, with an aversion to aggression, fighting, and violence. They’re devoted to and serve the pack and each other. They bond strongly to certain individuals. However, they can be aggressive when threatened.

They’re fearless survivors.

And intelligent.

Others who have enjoyed the company of wolves have described some individuals as confident, tolerant, and generous natural leaders, as wild and playful, as supportive and full of affection, as strong but kind, patient, and dignified, as not confident, less tolerant or easy-going, as happy, resilient and stern, and as relaxed, kind, lovable and never harsh.  Lisa Matthews, Wolf Song of Alaska

Wolves need no explanation. They just are. 

 

Highs & Lows

……..keeps shit interesting. I suppose some might be self-inflicted. I live in this mental world of extremes. Some love roller coasters, skydiving, rock climbing…… My mind is its own stuntman. No body double for me. Did I sign up for this? Not that I recall.

People who know me, to a person, will say I’m the most chill chick they know. I attract (and immediately fend off) chaotic people and places. Guess it’s true about opposites attracting. Well, that’s good a lot of times…..maybe I’ll write about that.

But inside, I’m all over the place. Euphorically happy or totally bummed out. Depends on….what? My thoughts at that particular second.

This is meant to be a follow-up to my previous post. When I’m pissed off, just hang out with me a min. You have a right to be pissed at me too, and I hope you’ll tell me to go fuck myself. Cause I wanna be able to tell you to fuck off too. Then we laugh and carry on.

Good Excuse For a Hot Photo

You know, there are times when no matter how conscientious you are, there’s a limit. I can’t eat one more salad without gagging, or make myself drink another unsweetened iced tea, or eat another plate of veggies. Ok, so I feel great when eating healthy……but I’m just tired of always doing the “right” thing, when shit goes wrong anyway.

None of it has anything to do with food, unless you consider that, like working hard and caring for your health, it’s to make sure certain things don’t happen. But then they do.

Then the person you’re closest to dumps you because something they said hurt you and you tell them hey, that hurts, and they don’t like it, so they just take off. Well fuck me then.

I just want to stop caring and go wild. Hey, that would be fun, huh?

PS – after publishing this, I was notified that this was my TWO HUNDREDTH post on Violin Bitch.

 

 

 

 

100%, Completely, Totally Free Day!

Today is a rare one….no appointments for the entire day. And unexpected – I got a call this morning that the one student I’ve been aiding for this week (an hour each morning and afternoon) is staying home. Our school is closed this week, so I haven’t had to work the usual 4.5 hours a day, only 2, and I have no lessons scheduled this evening. How fantastic to not have to clock-watch!

So mentally freeing! I’m gonna read and ignore the clock. And what’s this photo have to do with anything?

Some see desolation – no crowds of people, no entertainment, no fun. I see freedom, exploration, plenty of life – you just have to look under your feet and above your head. Appreciation for the environment that supports us and keeps us alove. (That actually was a typo, but I decided to leave it – it’s a useful new word to describe that which keeps us alive and makes us feel loved at the same time).

Life has plenty of challenges – sometimes I can only manage one minute at a time – but I’m in love with life!

Art & Sharing

I had some quiet time with myself today, just letting thoughts bubble up to the surface. One interesting idea that needs to be written about is how our life can be art. The self we express can be either without purpose, like a paint ball *splatted* against a wall, or it can be a carefully thought out, expressive piece of art.

Art is genuine and beautiful. Beauty of course is subjective, but it draws you in and grabs your attention. There’s something personally relatable to it, with a desire for more. When have you been in the presence of someone who is so real and relevant, who you felt drawn to?  I want to make this my purpose, to peel off conformity – a learned condition for protection –  and disclose what makes me unique.

Having a trail partner, someone who understands you, thinks like you, and/or simply appreciates you, as you do them. That must be the most empowering and synergistic dynamic there is. I don’t mean roses and chocolate, greeting cards and birthdays, Christmas gifts, champaign. Those are all very nice – but someone to explore life with as an adventure would be pretty cool.

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