The Freebies of November
As we approach the end of the year, it feels like this one has been a real rollercoaster ride for many. I love meeting and talking with people through card readings and events, and it seems many have found this the year they really had to stretch and grow. Sometimes it's the loss of a stable job or a family member, or a literal move into new territory (new job, new house, sometimes a whole new country); but it's these events that push us to claim (or reclaim) skills and resources we never thought within our reach.
Still, the journey can be difficult, and I'm happy to play cheerleader when given the chance. It's not that I haven't been pushed into new areas myself this year, but I'll share one secret:
It helps to have friends and people who challenge you when things are "easy".
These people will offer differing opinions. They can offer perspectives that expand your view of the world and of yourself. They will catch you on your excuses, and your delusions of both smallness and grandeur. They raise questions that need answering: Is your bar too low? Your vision too small? Do you really have an accurate take on your own worth?
I got really lucky this year because I've been regularly speaking with people who present me with these questions. I got to observe myself and the defenses I made; and saw that if I clung to them, I wouldn't grow. So I learned to sit with the questions. I would say "OK" and go quiet. Inside my head, wheels would spin: What if I could do it--do more, better, and recognising my worth? How would I do it? And I'd check if my heart was beating with excitement or soul-shrinking terror. ;)
Taking action just to explore the possibilities is better than waiting till you're forced into a corner. In a time of major change, following our instincts and initiating our own changes and new directions is extremely empowering.
Scary, but still empowering. :) As the line goes--and I have this book on my desk right now: Feel the fear and do it anyway.
The Free Stuff
I wanted an artful way to present this, but ah well. I've been hiding free books. Some of them have been for my web design clients. Whether a person winds up working with me for their web site or someone else, I'm happy that my e-books provide a good way to approach their website build. I also design and edit printed materials for clients (books and pamphlets), and this was the year I realized that I knew many people with amazing life stories, but who struggle getting them out. So.