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17 Days ’til el Camino: Ready to Go

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I’m so ready to go.  Often when something big is coming, or a “baby” is being birthed for me, I start to push against it.  So, I just want to get it over with — I want to go now!  But be careful what you wish for, right?  I strategically planned this trip to leave when I am.  I squeezed it between Brian’s Shaklee conference and my last planned workshop (a Vision Workshop in Spanish!)

I’m so looking forward to this trip now.  Part of me is afraid something will come up that will try to prevent me from going.  But I know the danger of entertaining those thoughts.  I will not put my attention on it.  I will put my attention on the journey.

Tonight I finish up plans for Vision Workshop: Part 2 — the first of 3 back-to-back Saturday workshops.  I’m pretty excited about these.  I’m going out with a bang!  (Time to change some lives!)  I also had 2 group Vision Workshops come up for June (1 on a webinar), and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to share my talents in this way.

Down in the dumps today.  The difference was tangible because I have a tutoring student who I absolutely love working with, and I was completely drained for her and was struggling to motivate myself for the lesson.  I think my drop is a combination of all the current stress with everything happening right now: a new, semi-unmotivated student, upping my walking regime in the increasing heat and with an increasing backpack size, and challenging circumstances in the household with my fiancee and I making transitions into new jobs with changing financial situations.

Through it all — no matter what happens — I am grateful that I am consciously working on some serious life lessons.  I’m developing self-empowerment and acceptance.  I’m already learning how to release judgement and accept the beauty of what is.  I know el Camino will help me further with this, but I am transforming wherever and whenever I am!

Life is beautiful.  Thank you all for your support. ❤

Much love, many blessings.

55 Days ‘Til El Camino: 10 Reasons I’m Walking El Camino

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This was from my Toastmaster’s speech today.  I wish you could have heard the Evaluator’s comments on it.  He is so poetic!  His evaluation was more beautiful than my speech!

I was inspired to write this based on an article I came across about 10 Ways el Camino “Sucks.”  I didn’t want to read it . . .  but I couldn’t resist.  And I’m glad I did read it, because — as it turns out — some of the reasons are actually good reasons for me to go!

1. I love travel. 

This is my dream, to travel.  I realized this a week or two ago when I was challenged in a mastermind to answer: What would you regret if you died next year? Travel.  That immediately popped into my head.  If I am to inspire visionaries, I must be true to my vision!

2.  It’s economical.

Sure, the plane ticket is a little pricey, but once I get there, it’s pretty inexpensive for a month-long trip!  Besides transportation to and from the airport, transportation is by foot.  No fancy excursions, just free views.The cheapest hostels are $6-$10. (The Euro is pretty close to the dollar right now.) And inexpensive local food is available along the way.

3. It’s an ancient, spiritual path.

The path is open to all backgrounds and beliefs, but honors the Catholic Saint James and before that had Celtic origins, once a born-again ritual on a path following the Milky Way.  I wish to have my own rebirthing, spiritual experience on this journey, connecting more with my purpose and with God.

4. There’s plenty of nature.

I often have to look for excuses or excursions to connect with nature.  For this trip, it’s built right in!  Though I will be sleeping in hostels and passing through towns and cities, a majority of my time will be spent outdoors in beautiful scenery.

5. It’s relatively safe.

I did hear of a few incidents on el Camino, but they are few.  Stealing is a concern, so I will be putting some appropriate measures into place.

6. It’ll be great physical activity.

I’ve been encouraged to spend time in nature and participate in repetitive, aerobic activity — Bingo!

7. There will be many people.

This path has apparently become very popular in recent years, and this was considered a “drawback” in the other article.  However, this is great for me, as far as safety in numbers, and this will be a great opportunity to meet some international folks and maybe make some friends (part of my dream!)  I MAY need to be clear that I need my meditative time, though.  I’ll need to find a balance between socializing and reflecting.

8. I’ve been advised to go!

I received 2 intuitive reports recently, and in the last one, when the conductor asked: “Is this all?” the reporter responded:

We see this one is considering taking some type of journey.  We see it would be important for this one to do this, as there is much available in terms of the field of this one’s vibration. There is much moving in this one’s vibration, and this journey will assist this one to tap into that and then draw these desires into physical form, as this one’s vibration will change in this journey.

9: BONUS! I speak Spanish.

Another “problem” with el Camino is that locals don’t always speak English.  Well, I happen to speak Spanish!  Now I have a chance to practice my second language, too!

9. It’s a great first goal of many!

I have a feeling this is the beginning of many similar adventures.  I told a friend about, it and she asked why I chose this one over similar journeys in the U.S.  There are others?? I had no idea!  More for my bucket list!

We all have dreams, we all have our own path to walk. Think about where you want the road to take you this year.

To your dreams!

Much love, many blessings. ❤

 

56 Days Left ‘Til El Camino: First Packing List and Dreams Update

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Wow!  I’ve just realized that the time is flying!  I’ve done a little more walking.  The weather has been crazy rainy in Chicagoland, so Saturday night Brian and I went for a mall walk, 2 laps around.  The sun is finally out today, so maybe I will brave the weather a bit!

I’ve been poking around on a few sites and was also gifted a guide book by my mom, with another one coming from my Amazon points.  I am so grateful for the support I have received so far!  I am including an introductory packing list that I may add to throughout this experience:

  • Passport — Check!
  • Wallet — Check! (But I’ll need to check on my debit card usability and let the credit card companies know I’ll be gone.)
  • 3 70-page Journals — Check! I plan on doing a lot of reflecting!
  • Phone — Check!
  • Charger — Check! Still debating on whether to bring 2. I may have to wrestle Brian for one. . .
  • 3 Wool socks — Check!
  • Light sleeping bag  — I think I just ordered this. (Coming soon!)
  • Sleeping bag liner — Borrowing from Dad
  • Rain poncho — Just ordered 🙂
  • Inflatable pillow — * Need to look into this one. I may get away without it, using my fleece or something.
  • Water bottle — Check!
  • Bar of soap — Check!
  • Deodorant — Check!  But I may want to switch from the cream to the Roll-on for convenience.
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste — Check!
  • Quick-Dry Towel — *Need to locate it.
  • Quick-Dry wash cloth— *Need to locate it.
  • Pilgrims Passport for your country — Ordered!
  • A Guide Book — Yes and on its way!
  • Bandages? — *Need to look into this!  I do have moleskins!
  • Hiking Boots — YES!  And I LOVE them!  Thank you, Mom!  My narrow, flat feet are uber happy.  I seriously felt them crying from relief and joy at the store yesterday.
  • 3 pairs of underwear (quick dry) — Check!
  • 2 long hiking pants (zipper off to shorts) — Check!
  • 3 long-sleeved quick dry shirts — Check!
  • 3 quick dry bras — Check! (Though I may try to go without on some days!)
  • 2 night clothes sets (2 tankinis and 2 mesh shorts) — Check!
  • Zipper up fleece — I think I have this; Check!
  • Lightweight jacket — Check!
  • flip flops — Check!
  • sun hat — Ordered!
  • bandana — Check!
  • Gloves — Check!  (Just gotta figure out which to bring.)
  • Ear cover — Check!
  • Hiking backpack — Check! Thanks, Mom!  I was going to use my huge Rick Steve’s one, but Mom splurged and got me a hiking one.

I think I pretty much have everything!  I’ll be taking a look at the guide books to see if they suggest anything else.

On dreams:

I figured out that my nightmare from last week was based on the fears I had about this trip.  I’m really stretching myself this year — even more than last year!

This morning I had my very first teeth falling out dream.  It was awful!  I can now officially sympathize with all of the other teeth-losing dreamers out there — it’s amazing how much we take for granted!  I am so grateful for you, teeth!  Losing teeth is considered losing the tools for assimilation, and usually I’ve seen a connection to overwhelm in those who have this dream.  That does resonate with me!  Today I’ve been utilizing Barbara Caine’s 25-minute chunk time management strategy and am slowly hacking away at my “to accomplish” list.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Much love, many blessings. ❤

 

Wins & Weaknesses Wednesday: Celebrate Yourself

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Mary Morrissey says: “We can never out-perform our self-esteem; but the good news is, we CAN change it.”

I went to a Reiki share today, and one of the participants randomly decided to draw cards between healing sessions.   The card for me was “Celebrate Yourself.”  And he told me to make sure I celebrate everything, even the small things.  It was a great reminder.

I received a wonderful outpouring of support for my first Toastmasters speech.  Part of me thought everyone was being overly generous in their comments, but another part said: “Yes!  I really did do a good job!”  All that really matters is what we think, right?  It’s amazing what a difference perspective can make.

I think about that a lot when I think of abundance and my current life situation.  It would be very easy to look at my life either way, as lacking abundance or as very abundant.  And really both can seem true.  It depends on which reality I choose.  I can look at my life as unstable and insecure or as free and bursting with opportunity.  I’ll choose the 2nd, thank you!

Everything seems to come down to having faith, being willing to take risks, and believing in oneself.  With the steps I’m taking, I’m beginning to see some results.  Since completing my first Toastmasters speech, I now really believe I’m a speaker.  Since taking the new improv class, I really believe that I’m a comedian.  Since the event Saturday, I really believe that I can share about my business and that it’s appealing to strangers. I’m also still eating fairly healthy foods, getting in some exercise each week, and blogging on schedule!

I also realized that I’m actually doing quite a lot of traveling — a very consistent dream of mine!  I traveled to Los Angeles for DreamBuilder Live in January, to the College of Metaphysics for Dream Awareness Weekend in February, to Los Angeles for Life Mastery Consultant training in March, to the College of Metaphysics for National Teacher’s Training in April, to DreamBuilder Live in Baltimore in June, and I’ll be traveling to Florida for the Shaklee conference in August, Los Angeles for followup training in September, South Carolina for a wedding in Fall, and Dallas for DreamBuilder Live in Fall, and Vegas in February with family friends.

Yippee! Celebrate!  Let’s lift ourselves up!  Remember how it goes: when we shine, we allow others to do the same!

Much love, many blessings. ❤

Into the Bigger Fishbowl: Why to Make the Leap

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This image has been clear in my head this past week.

So, why have I made the leap?

  1. It increases the capacity for growth.
  2. My perspective becomes more expansive.
  3. I am trusting and loving myself.
  4. My life is more fulfilling. (I love my life!)
  5. Jealousy, frustration, and stagnation disappear.
  6. The angels are telling me I’m on the right path.
  7. I expect miracles!

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Check-In:

  1. Wake up at 5:30am.  Was so bummed.  Alarm never went off.  Tomorrow’s another day!
  2. Try new contacts —Hmm. . . nope.
  3. Two-hand point at myself and tell myself “I love you, Self!”  and “Teri, you are larger than life!” every time I pass a mirror. — Still . . . not remembering this.  Tomorrow’s another day!
  4. Swim — Didn’t wake up in time. 
  5. Blog (even if it’s just a sentence) — Check!
  6. Continue my new spiritual exercise. — Check!
  7. Have an awesome networking meeting. Check!
  8. Have an awesome financial meeting. — Yep!  Pretty awesome.
  9. Have an awesome Metaphysics class and leadership meeting. Yes!
  10. Have 7 kick-butt lessons with students! I did!
  11. Watch 3 minutes of a travel video (Hawaii). Hmm. . .  Nope.  Forgot.  Did have some travel conversation today, though.
  12. Gather games for Metaphysical Game Night Hmm. . . Tomorrow.  Did choose them, though!
  13. E-mail DreamBuilder friends Soon!

For Tomorrow:(Same 1st 6)8. Take care of bidness. 9. Have an awesome one-to-one from my Facebook business group.   10. Have a kick-butt time with my sister’s class.  11. Have a kick-butt game night.  12. Watch 3 minutes of a travel video (California). 13. Complete 1/3 of Dream Tabulation.

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It’s a Grand, Connected World

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“Network Concept” courtesy of suphakit73/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I love connecting with people in other parts of the world:  Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, New Zealand, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Armenia, South Africa, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Brazil, Thailand, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Bahamas, France, Moldova, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Croatia, Russia, Puerto Rico, Spain, Japan, Portugal, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, and other parts of the United States (according to my site stats).  And that’s not including people that I’ve visited!

On-line dating introduced me to a special guy I might never have met, and blogging has introduced me to friends and sympathizers who I never knew existed.  There are people struggling with what I’ve struggled with.  There are people who are at that point that I hope to reach.  And we’re all walking together along our journeys.  Not only do these people share in my journey; they’ve let me see a piece of their world.  This restless girl has found her means to travel the world in her own way.  The world is huge, but now it seems connected.

I know technology is pushing us farther apart from each other.  It’s allowing people like me who are shy and introverted to hide behind our computers probably more than we should.  But it’s also connecting us with people who are like us.  Who understand, who believe the same things.  Who laugh at the same things and break their hearts over the same things.   These are people who seek what we seek, who have similar goals, similar dreams.  I know I am unique, but now I feel a little less like an oddball.

This is the way.  Now that I’ve gotten a taste of it, I can’t imagine going back.

Is Your Life “For Rent”? (Today’s Inspiration by Dido.)

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“Pink Flowers Growing On Rock” courtesy of Evgeni Dinev/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

An interesting progression today led me to Dido’s “For Rent” and the tears that are now streaming down my cheeks.  I was thinking about jobs again,  jotting some things about work that I enjoy and that are meaningful to me.  Somewhere along my Facebook perusals, checking my mail, reading a bit about the law of attraction, and pursuing music to listen to while grading, I came across an advertisement for Dido’s new CD.  I love Dido!  I have two of her CDs that someone gave to me long ago.  I looked into her bio to see if she’d had any other CDs put out since then, and listened to samples of those songs.  I enjoyed listening to them and decided I would put Dido on shuffle this morning.  As I was pouring a glass of water in the kitchen I was suddenly jarred by these words: “I’ve always thought that I would love to live by the sea.”  (A recent obsession of mine.)  Transfixed, I listened to the rest of the lyrics, and something stirred inside, and I came undone.

“I’ve always thought
that I would love to live by the sea
To travel the world alone
and live more simply
I have no idea what’s happened to that dream
‘Cause there’s really nothing left here to stop me

It’s just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine”

Why am I settling?  Because I’m still a prisoner of my thoughts and fears.  But I have hope that I will soon be free.

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