Three steps forward, two steps back …

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I apologize (and forgive myself) for allowing so much time pass without publishing anything new here.  Although it FEELS like I’m standing still, in reality I am moving forward (and back) … then forward (and back) again repeatedly … making progress toward specific goals as I hold the intention to publish my first Labyrinth Journal and see what happens.   I’m exceedingly grateful to friends who have offered encouragement, support, and useful suggestions to make the project better. You know who you are and I’m excited to share what I’ve written about your assistance in the ‘acknowledgment’ pages … but not today.

The whirlwind pace of December’s activities left minimal time for the computer, and I’ve been digging myself out of the seemingly endless abyss of email … wondering if I’ll ever empty my Inbox(es) even as I systematically unsubscribe to lists … limiting future incoming information as I repeat to myself … simplify … simplify … simplify … meditatively.

A few constants remain no matter what. I arise early (around 4am give or take an hour) and light a candle then write in my journal (after feeding the fur-kids and making coffee) … listening to classical music or an inspiring interview … reflecting on passages from a book (currently The Book of Awakening: Having the Life you Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo) before I consult my calendar to see scheduled activities. I’m relaxing gradually into a sense of trust that what I need comes when I need it so there’s no need to hold on to everything all the time.

Serendipitous practical evidence (in the form of remembered experience) abounds in my life to support this truth. I know that I am safe in the world and supported by forces in the Universe when I’m clear on the WHAT of my intention even when I have no clue HOW to proceed. I believe that we ALL are safe and supported in this way. When we slow down and breathe, clarity emerges and help arrives in the most unexpected ways. There’s no need to exhaust myself by trying to do anything (or everything) all at once perfectly. Remembering that my best is always good enough and any mistakes I make along the way become opportunities to learn & grow helps me relax and trust in ‘Divine’ timing.

If you’ve been spinning your wheels on something you really want to do, I highly recommend you set aside time to listen to this call.  If you’re busy today and can’t listen, sign up anyway and you’ll receive a recording of the call in email so you can listen later … repeatedly as needed.

Procrastination Is Genius In Disguise – 2011 Edition
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Earlier this week I had an informative phone conversation with Samantha about web development and account management … specifically Infusionsoft as it compares with other options like Aweber, Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, etc. … and she suggested several other resources … PDF Pen (which seems to be a Mac product) and Blurb (another self-publishing company) for me to check out as I move ahead.  I signed up for today’s free call the minute I learned about it (and her next round of online sessions too) because the work I did with her last Fall was tremendously helpful. I’m sure I’ll get more done in the next two months with her in my corner.

Yesterday I talked with Sandra Herkowitz of Authentic Web Creation on the phone about getting my Labyrinth Journal website up & running with a ‘personalized & professional’ appearance and an automated system for email marketing, customer relationship and a shopping cart.  It seems I have lots of decisions to make in the days ahead, but I really enjoyed our conversation and expanded my awareness of resources available for WordPress customization.  I experimented a bit with 2010 Weaver at my Labyrinth Journal site and explored various plug in options for ‘SEO’ and ‘auto responders’ and installed a few, but I haven’t activated them yet because I didn’t have any more time to play there yesterday.

I thought I’d never take the plunge but I have a Twitter account as of yesterday afternoon (thanks to Anita Crawford Clark who led a wonderfully informative ‘webinar’ about Social Media & Marketing for the members of the Get Your Book Done group) so if you’re on Twitter you can find and follow me.

There’s more to share but I’m out of time.  Since I started this draft yesterday and didn’t get back to it until today, I’m going to let this be ‘good enough’ and hit the publish tab as soon as I add a link to some beautiful sunrise photos I captured on 1-11-11 with my Nikon D60 and shared recently at Facebook along with a ‘quote’ below … just because.  I hope all’s well with you and yours and I wish you a delightful day.

Thought for Today
“Go as far as you can see; when you get there you’ll be able to see farther.
Thomas Carlyle

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