Writing Wishes For 2011

Reverb10.com. An annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.

December 2 Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta).

This is such a hot topic for me. Very excited when I read it this morning. Irony is, here I sit. Late evening. About to hit publish.

I drank up many great posts today, in and outside of #reverb10, wondering if/when I would have time to write my own installment and laughing, at myself and today’s prompt.

My Short & Sweet

I’m with @whollyjeanne on this one,

Lately everything contributes to my writing. And nothing – nothing at all – was gonna’ come between me and my writing on this day. grief is messy

But I think somehow the prompt is getting at what @DanielleLaPorte says here about the ‘mastery of stop’ and saying no to what’s distracting and draining,

2. I will not leave Twitter, Facebook and Gmail open while I write. I need blocks of two to three hours to think clearly and craft that clarity into something useful. Writing is a “yes!” to all three of the questions. what’s on your stop doing list?

In terms of manifesting what’s next for my writing, I’’ll start here. In 2011, I say ‘no’ more often to distraction. I become “let nothing stand in my way” determination. And remain open and awake to the offer.

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WordPress is god. Period.

The Best Technology Advice I Have To Offer You

WordPress is god. Period. This could be the end of the post because it is just that short & sweet. But let me just elaborate briefly on why it would be silly to consider using anything other than WordPress for creating and managing your web presence.

You don’t have a ton of money.

You aren’t rich yet! The good news is you can grow your business easily using WordPress meaning start out with one blog post and one page with no way for anyone to pay you (it’s a 20% start) and grow into churning some serious cashola through a highly customized, full-of-automation-and-integration web presence and WordPress will handle it all.

If you can use email, you can learn WordPress.

Honestly, there are a few sharper corners to turn, but with the right help, you can be in control of much of your own web presence because WordPress really is pretty easy to use. And again, if you don’t have deep pockets starting off (and who does?) then you are gonna be faced with some amount of DIYing it.

You might not always do your own web creation & maintenance, but you must know how to do some of it. You must be accountable to your own stuff happening or it just won’t happen. Knowing how to do some of it helps you collaborate more effectively with the team of people who might one day be helping you with it. Not to mention you end up inspiring yourself with brilliant new ideas because you are having so much fun getting your tech-savvy on.

WordPress help is everywhere.

In all forms. In all shapes and sizes. With all kinds of personalities. @JohnnyBTruant, @Rhiannon_z, @Mandalove @sarahbray… (more web design resources can be found gathered neatly on one of my Twitter lists).

Go to Google and search for WordPress Video Tutorial and have a buffet-styled feast of figuring it out yourself. Or, sign up for a class. Or, hire someone to help you with the learning curve and show you how. I teach and train my clients how to do it themselves. Which is as fun as helping them get it created. And with optimystical, it’s all about the fun!

Dropping Illusions

stars say: last week especially, brought some major, life-changing & long-simmering line-drawing & realigning. http://bit.ly/bxhUJ

Charlie and I had been poking around one of my latest illusions for a while now. And even other supporters in my circle of Light had shared with me, about a pattern they were seeing, where I was giving my power over to another.

I could totally get this intellectually. And sometimes even see the pattern myself. But mostly, I’ve been in the midst of feeling what it was like.

Last week though, there was a more radical shift in the awareness of how deeply the tentacles of this pattern have been reaching through and digging into my life. I saw, maybe for the first time, the enormity of it. It was overwhelming. And touched just about every single thing I do/did, every relationship I enter into.

I cried for days.

And so, to the best of my ability, I’m going to share with you what I know so far. Trusting the process of revealing myself and what is really going on in my life.

Because I think it’s in our sore spots that we can really understand one another. At least that is true for me. When I read someone else’s revealing post or watch a movie or read a book… it’s in their willingness to share what we perceive as “messy” that my own being calls me forward and says to me… write!

Oh, and just really quickly, a shout out to Fabeku for his latest post called Go Big. Or Not. Just really cauterized a lot of what my coach and I worked on together last week.

So here’s my big bad truth. The one that is epic for me. Even though on the outside (or perceived by you) may not seem that big. I said it before… it has been defining every relationship I enter into. Every one.

Some relationships, I see the pattern more clearly than others. Like when I look out into Twitteropolis and the big bad blogging world. It’s easy to look at someone like Danielle La Porte and immediately put myself into an underling category with her. That’s easy, right? (I trust you are nodding your head.)

And it goes right on down the line. Any of you, that have created any kind of success in the form of products (that really do sell), subscriber lists in the tens of thousands and the big one for me is collaboration. If there are other big bloggies who are collaborating with you, well you are so out of my league.

This is the pattern that was revealed to me.

I have been unable to see that I am your peer. That I am your equal.

I even went back and re-read a post I wrote about Danielle La Porte and her really juicy thing that sells, Fire Starter Sessions.

I said something like, “I’m not sure how I’m on this lady’s radar.”

Do you see it? Non-equals. I cry again. And the truth is I was on her radar because of a then, current client. That was the truth. But this pattern of mine has been so enmeshed into my beingness, I just couldn’t accept my equalness.

So what if it’s true? What if I am Danielle’s equal? And what if you are too?

And I’m not picking on Danielle here, it’s just so clear and easy to show you what I’m talking about. I mean it’s easier to not see this pattern when I think about how I relate with clients for example. Or friends even. But I know it’s still there.

So a big change I’m in the midst of processing is “What if I AM your equal?”

I’m being diligent about noticing who is on my list of bigger than me. If you wanna know who that is, just read my blogroll.

When I notice the pattern emerge, I’m gently asking myself, “What if I am your peer? Your equal?” And then rehearsing over and over words my coach gave to me, “Some people are more experienced than me and some have had different opportunities, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better than me.”

Tomorrow I’d like to share with you how I manifested a review lesson of the power of this pattern within 24 hours of my coaching session.

And later in the week, taking a cue from a current coaching client, how I’m helping myself process, integrate and love myself though it all.

Where do you automatically diminish your power? Have you noticed it?

I know, since early spring, astrologically speaking, we’ve all been under tremendous activation and being called forward into our own beingness at greater levels than ever before. Be You has been the prevailing message.

And for me, being me just got a total makeover. Simply by seeing where I’ve been off-kilter and giving others in my orbit more credibility, more wisdom, more everything than I’ve been giving myself.

But that’s changing. And it’s an epic one.