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Stepping Into

Haven’t you noticed that the energy changes in the fall? There’s a feeling of getting back to business as kids head back to school and crisper temperatures make us spend more time indoors. Ideas spark. The pace quickens. Fall is an especially ideal time to step into a new direction or take on a new project. That’s certainly what’s been going on within our household.

Now that both of our sons have graduated from college and tuition payments are behind us, my husband, Bill, finally felt he had the freedom to explore a field that’s always interested him: real estate investment. Initially I thought I would accompany him to training seminars and provide support behind-the-scenes. However, I quickly decided to fully partner with him in the venture, StepStone Property , which we are working alongside our existing businesses.

In the past few months, we’ve felt as if we were drinking from a firehose, learning as much as we can about the field. In addition to intensive training, we are working weekly with a coach. (No surprise there, since I know how coaching contributes to success.) Over the past few months we have invested in tax liens and bought two fully tenanted multi-families to hold onto for rental income. This week we are closing on our first home to fix and flip. It’s an older home that needs substantial updating, so it’s a good winter project for us. Although Bill is quite handy, he’s not going to be swinging a hammer-we have a great general contractor who has a team and sub-contractors who will be doing the rehab.

We are excited to be helping to revitalize communities and to provide living environments where people can flourish. It’s also fun for Bill and me to be business partners as well as life partners!

What are you stepping into?

Often it’s necessary to scale back or step away from other commitments to support a new focus. For instance, we put Air BnB hosting on hold and I temporarily cut back on the number of Reiki and Coach U classes I’m teaching. I’m also streamlining my coaching business by stepping away from publishing these newsletters and am replacing it with blogging. I’ll be importing my distribution list, so you will still receive an email when there’s a new post.

What are you stepping away from to make room for the new?

I’d love to learn what you’ve been stepping into and away from lately, so please share in the comments!

What are you radiating?

I’m participating in the fascinating, free Aura Seeing Fest this week. Although I’ve occasionally been able, under certain conditions, to see a faint ring/border of light around people, it’s not something I’ve focused on developing before. This course is stretching me AND my eyes in new ways. With practice, I hope to be able to see more colors than just a faint blueish tinge which is all I’ve managed to see so far.

There is an energy field that surrounds all things. Inanimate objects have fixed auras. The aura around people and other living things changes based on the state of health, emotion, and energy level. Even if you can’t see auras, you’ve probably sensed before people who seem to radiate light or have a dark cloud around them.

What do you think your aura looks like?
What do you want to radiate?
What steps do you take to raise your vibration?

What Type of Task Master are You?

One morning I went to the gym for a swim before starting my work day.  When I got back to the locker room, I realized the clock by the pool was slow.  I didn’t have nearly as much time as I needed to get ready.  Most of my work is done over the phone, so it really doesn’t matter how I look, however, on that day I was going into a company and wanted to look presentable.  I wasn’t sure how that would happen given my limited time.  Out of desperation, I ended up drying my hair while putting on mascara.  Not a pretty picture!  I did get to my meeting on time and in one piece, but with quite a struggle.  I’m lucky I didn’t poke my eye out!

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How often are you multi-tasking instead of mono-tasking, whether by choice or out of habit?  We live in a culture where it’s become the norm to do more than one thing at a time.   We may pride ourselves on our multi-tasking ability, believing that it helps us get more done. When we are honest with ourselves, however, we recognize what studies are beginning to show:  multi-tasking is not productive. It’s really only possible to place your attention on one thing at a time. If you don’t believe this, here’s an experiment: Think about the about the taste of a fresh strawberry (that fresh, luscious, burst of sweetness) at the exact same time as you subtract 37 from 95.  Really concentrate. You can switch back and forth really quickly, but you can’t actually think about both things simultaneously.  When we multi-task, our attention is splintered, flitting back and forth between the multiple things we are attempting to accomplish. If, like me, you attempt to follow Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, including the agreement to “do your best” we would we well served to minimize multi-tasking. When we have more than one thing we are working on, our efforts will rarely be more than second best.

Mono-tasking, on the other hand, has many benefits.  When we give our full attention to something, we usually do it efficiently and well.  It is a form of mindfulness.  We feel better about ourselves, the process we are engaged in, as well as the end product.  As I typed the first word of this paragraph, I noticed I’d made a Freudian slip typo.  I’d written “Mom-tasking”.  It made me recall all the multi-tasking I’d done as a work-from-home mother.  Many afternoons I would be doing laundry, making dinner, listening to a personal or business development recording, and helping a son with his homework, all at the same time.  When my husband or the other son would come into the room to ask me something or share about his day, I hardly gave my full attention.  When we give our full attention to someone and listen with our whole being, it feels like a gift.  Those are moments to treasure in our relationships.

What do you want to give your full attention to?

How do you feel when you mono/multi-task?

Where could you simplify your life by narrowing your focus?

What’s New?

Last week on a call with other Coach U faculty members, our training director asked us to share what was new for us–what we were engaging in to learn and grow.  I thought this was a fun and inspiring  kick-off to this year’s faculty calls and decided to borrow the idea.  So I’ll share what’s new with me, and I’d love to hear what’s new for you!

I’ve just moved my blog over to a Word Press platform.  In addition to new postings, I will slowly cull through my 15 years of previous newsletters and repurpose some of that content.  It doesn’t feel good to have so much of my writing sitting on my computer instead of being out there in the world. Please  follow my blog!

On the afternoon of Valentine’s Day I will be holding my first Reiki share.  This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while as a way for my Reiki students to practice giving and receiving Reiki.  I may end up offering these every other month, so stay tuned.

Last fall we opened our home up to begin receiving guests through AirbBnb.com.  As empty-nesters with two empty bedrooms, we thought this might be a fun way to earn some extra money.  It turns out that many leaf-peepers are interested in our area! One week we were booked 6 nights in a row with three different parties. It’s been fun to meet people from all over the world.  We recently got word that from the superhost_photo_badge-10b716fc412b6c63907154db48160240number of guests we had and our good reviews, we’ve earned a “Superhost” badge.

 

Last year we got involved with home exchange, and we are continuing to do more with this.  A Canadian family used our home last summer as a base for their New England explorations, and we, in turn, will visit their cabin in the Rockies this May.  We are looking forward to other exchanges–one next week in Costa Rica and one the spring of 2017 in southern Spain.

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I’m stretching myself physically by taking an adult swim class.  It feels like swim team for grownups.  I have made helpful corrections to my strokes, increased my speed and distance, and am making some beginning attempts to learn flip turns and the butterfly.  Whew!

I’m challenging my brain by tapping into my memory banks and making new neural pathways as I work with Spanish language recordings.  With our upcoming home exchanges to Spanish-speaking countries, I have incentive to sharpen my linguistic skills.

I am evolving spiritually by engaging in the second year of Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Margha program which focuses on compassion practices.  I am drawn to the bodhisattva path!

To make room for new opportunities and activities in our lives it’s often necessary to let go of other things.  We have begun discarding, donating, and recycling a lot of clothes and household items that we no longer need or want.  This week I cancelled my USANA distributorship after 5 years of attempting to turn it into a thriving sideline business.  I learned a lot from the experience and was introduced to some wonderful people and products, but I want to focus my energy elsewhere.

What are you taking up, getting back to, or releasing at this time?  How are you evolving mentally, physically, or spiritually? A new year is the perfect time for new challenge, a makeover,  or fresh start!  Please hop on over to the blog to share what’s new with you.