Have you ever started with a plan and a set of priorities and go to work on them only to have other priorities surface and other things that need attention? Then a whole month goes by and even though you got a lot done that was worthwhile, the main objectives are still sitting there - untouched.
That is the story of this month of January for me. It's real, and current, and I'm frustrated.
I'm also sitting in awe and wonder at what happened this month. It was pretty fantastic. It was a month of experiencing survival on a more fundamental level than I have in a long time. We had snow storms, and power outages, and two weeks of snow days home from school. We made store runs between storms and discovered how quickly stores can be depleted of stock when deliveries aren't delivered. There was a week where my car couldn't leave the driveway.
Along with many other brave souls, John took to the roads to work so he could provide for us financially. More than once each day I wondered how other families and individuals were doing and how they were being affected by these events. I wondered how they were responding and surviving. I wondered what plans they were going to have to change because of missed work and unexpected time off. I wondered what priorities of theirs were left on the table for a time. All of us were in this together and all of us have our own ways of surviving on all levels.
I've learned a few things over the last few weeks. First, survival is exhausting. Everything requires more time, more rest, moving slower. Second, despite my scariest imaginations about survival, I can do it, and so can my community. I'm not perfectly prepared but I'm prepared enough. I know that now. Lastly, a generator is a wonderful investment that I highly recommend to anyone who lives in areas susceptible to power outages. The psychic relief is beyond compare.
While survival was interesting to live and to explore I didn't do just that. There was much fun to be had. I mean, there was over a foot of snow on the ground at our house for over a week. That's unheard of here in Portland. And we had a frozen pond to take advantage of. Every day our cats, and kids, and I ventured out to play. We skated (all of us) on the pond. We rolled in the snow. We made thrones out of shoveled piles. Frances ate enough snow to turn herself into a snowgirl. We had hot fires and hot chocolate daily.
This month, my attention was definitely needed in areas that didn't have anything to do with my list. Or did they? My overarching priority is to live an interesting life. Well, I sure was interested in my life experience the last few weeks. In spite of my exhaustion, I was in total flow. While I'm totally frustrated about my progress of some of my pet projects, I was living life to its fullest!
Ultimately, I want to bring all these threads together into one package. It includes a well run home, successful work, play, financial stability, and various sports and adventures for my family and me.
And that's where growing Mojo comes in. You see, right now I'm still growing my energy and my strength to do all of these things. I can imagine them. I know how to do many of them. And I'm still neurologically weak enough that it's hard to pull it off. More accurately, it's hard to pull them off in the way that I did them before. Before I got sick, that is.
So how does an ambitious person like myself manifest the life of her dreams when she's neurologically weak and only knows how to use her old strategy of myopic focus and strength to get from point A to point B? It's one word:
Mojo for me is the ability to look at the last month of lived experience and embrace it as the real priorities for me in my life at this time. Old Kate would have said, "that was fun now it's time to get back to real life." New Kate realizes that was and is real life. And that my living takes care of my to do list. You see, I'll bring a new flavor to my list moving forward. One that I would not have brought without several weeks of snow play, carrying wood, and making sure we had enough food and water.
This doesn't come easily to me. I can't just eliminate my Go Getter. Even though she doesn't want to create the way she used to, she still wants to manifest a big fat juicy life. What I can do is grow her a cohort ---Mojo. As I write this I feel them becoming fast friends. Maybe this is the next phase of strengthening my neurology. Growing in Mojo. Hooking her up with Go Getter. Putting them to work on manifesting the life of my dreams and living it too.
Go Getter is the focus, Mojo is the pulse. This is getting yummy.
How about you? How's your Mojo? How do you define it for yourself? Please hit the reply button and let me know.
And as always, if you'd like to explore your Mojo with me, I have 1:1 individual and coaching options available. You can check them out at KateEskew.com or hit reply to schedule a free 30 minute session by phone with me to discover which options would be best for you.
Wishing you joy,
P.S. I had so much pent up creative energy last week that I was able to write this letter and do a major update to my website. Hooray for Got Getter and Mojo working together! Hop on over to KateEskew.com to check it out. I'm super proud of it. There are now links on the home page to my services. There is fresh information about my coaching services as well. Woot!
P.S. If you know someone who is growing in their Mojo and would appreciate knowing about my work, please forward this letter to them. Many blessings and thank you.
During the holiday season I received a letter from my mentor, Denise Dee. In it she asked the question, "What is your soul's desire?" She then challenged me to collage or make art around this question.
The question settled into me and I rejected the challenge as I find collage to be too time and labor intensive for me during this period of time. I promptly returned my focus to holiday activities and doing what needed to be done around my farm during this winter that is unusually cold and stormy.
I rejected her challenge, that is, until my husband gave me some beautiful art supplies for Christmas. That question bubbled up inside of me and burst forth in a way that could not be ignored. So the next night I sat by the light of the Christmas tree and drew my first image.
I centered into my body and asked the question, "What is my soul's desire?"
Then I just let my hands move. Time was suspended. My soul began to speak. The first image that emerged is below.
I got so much out of that night in front of the Christmas tree that I continued the practice each day, always centered in the same question, "What is my soul's desire?"
A new question emerged as the images took shape: "What if I were to look at my goals and intentions for this year and for this phase of my life from my soul's perspective?" I wondered if any of them would change, go away, or come into focus.
The answer to both questions are in the images below. My body and my soul got their turn at the table and they showed me how much faith they have in me. They showed me where I need to sit on my throne and claim my authority. They showed me where I need to remove the hooks of old hurts that I've held in place long enough so they can heal up and then I can reallocate the energetic resources they use to step into a new beginning. They showed me that my oracle vision is sound and accurate and that I have the endurance and strength to do this work and live this life one beautiful step at a time.
I love doing non-verbal work because I discover parts of myself that I can't access through the mind or the written word. My goals have become richer and more meaningful. In truth, even though this exercise affects where I apply myself, the word goals just doesn't quite do it here. What I mean to say is that my life is richer and more meaningful thanks to connecting my soul, (through my gorgeous body), with pretty pens and pencils and paper.
Now, just as Denise Dee challenged me to make art, I am extending the challenge to you. Collage. Draw. Doodle. Center yourself in your body and ask yourself, "What is my soul's desire?" Even if you think you can't draw or make art just give it a try. This isn't about making perfect art. This is about connecting with your body and your soul to discover what they want to share with you.
I'd love to hear from you about your soul discoveries. Did you get new information, affirmations about things that you already know, both, or neither? If you find that you want to get support in answering your soul's call, I have a couple of coaching opportunities that I'll be officially announcing on my website and through this letter in the coming weeks. Until then, simply send me an email at email@example.com and we'll schedule a free discovery call where you can share your soul's call with me and I'll share with you how I'll help you turn that call into a reality.
Wishing you joy,
I've been pondering a peculiar conundrum over the past week. I've noticed that when people are presented with a way to improve a difficult situation or to have their life match what's in their imagination, despite their excitement of the possibility, many say, "no," to it. They may be showing up to some really supportive places too, like life expanding retreats, or regular visits to their naturopath or healer, or eating well and getting regular exercise, etc. Maybe I'm just talking about myself here, yet when the rubber meets the road, at some point along the way, the no's have their way. As I implied, I'm not exempt from this. As I've noticed it in others, I see it myself.
Here's what it sounds like:
My boss won't let me.
My husband/wife/partner/significant other /parents/family/community won't like it or won't let me. (I'm have a master's degree in this one).
I don't have the time. (I'm sporting double degrees in this).
I don't have the money. (This is legit and is a cover. I have a certificate here too).
My life isn't about me right now.
I'd love to but I could never do that.
I'm not creative. (I used to say I couldn't write. Whaaaattttt???)
I'm not intuitive.
It has always been this way. (This bubbles below this surface for me and Hope is my antidote).
It's too big. What can one person do? (I feel this regularly. Don't worry, I have an antidote for this too).
My whole world is falling apart and there's nothing I can do about it expect to keep going. (I've told myself this story too. And while it was falling apart, there was still something I could do).
That's impossible (for me).
Yesterday, my mental pondering met my emotional body and I dissolved into grief over this conundrum. And I cried. And I rocked. And I shook. And I let the tears fall down my face as I lay on my naturopath's table; witnessed by him and by his dedicated student and by daughter, Frances.
All that movement shook free the insights I was seeking. Until then all of it felt stuck and inaccessible inside of me.
Now, I'm hearing these, "no's" and, "maybe later's," from very capable people, myself included. We are sincere and driven and care a whole lot. So here's what I think is going on here.
There's the fear of change. That one is pretty obvious and though it's real, it's also a bit stale thanks to popular culture. There are legitimate reasons for saying, "no." And there are a couple of players in the background that are hijacking our thoughts and our actions, which leads to perpetuating the false story about what we can and cannot do, which leads to, "no's when we'd like to say, "yes."
I'd like to introduce you to the Absolutes and the Power Over's.
The Absolutes are the beliefs we hold that are set. Some are of great service, (like if I step off that cliff, I will die). And some aren't, (like if I pursue my dream, I will die or lose something or someone). They are the never's, always, have to's, not's, and don't have's, (to name a few). They are also the causes and effects. If this happens, then this will happen. End of story.
The Power Over's are the ones to whom we have handed our authority. They are the bosses, the significant others, the parents, the children, the government, God/Goddess.
This isn't insurmountable. In fact, this is where I geek out because I love the antidotes!
But first, have you ever tried to fight with your, "no's?" You know, meet them head on? How did that work out for you? I lose that fight almost every time. I have found that the fight is food for the, "no." They just get bigger and stronger the more I meet them head on. With that, I'd like to introduce you to my biggest friends and advocates for burping out a, "yes," even when I'm afraid and can feel the, "no," inside me.
And - bye bye Absolutes. Hello AND! It's "no" and yes."
Or - It's this and that, or something else.
Power Through - This isn't the traditional definition of pushing through. It's reclaiming our personal authority and running our power through ourselves. It's having what may feel like difficult conversations. It's feeling our feet on the ground and the ground beneath our feet and running our energy through our body and out our vocal chords.
Compassion - Oh so much compassion. For the self. For the other. It's about asking questions, listening, and being heard.
Loving Kindness - Love. Loving. Love in Kindness. Loving Kindness.
Courage - My favorite magic cocktail is called, The Power Through. It's 1 part Courage, 1 part And/Or (whichever you have available), and 1 part Love. It gets the job done every time.
Gentle Diligence - this is not a mission of seeking and destroying limiting beliefs. It's about being the witness, the silent watcher whose very existence helps us to dissolve our "no's" when we want to say, "yes," into And/Or.
A Tribe - There's nothing like having a tribe to support and cheer on and who supports and cheers us on in life. Connection matters.
As I come to a close on these thoughts, it occurs to me that it's important to work with these, "no's," so we can get to the True No. The No that keeps us on our path rather than the one that keeps us off of it. To that No, I say Yes!
Thank you for reading. I'd love to hear how you work with your, "no" when you want to say, "yes." And I'm curious to learn how you know when you're speaking a True No. Please hit the reply button and tell me about it.
Wishing you joy,
Welcome. This is where I share what's on my mind and in my heart. You'll see that there's an offer to work with me in every letter. I'm shifting that as I go. Whether the offers excite you or turn you off I hope you find a juicy nugget or two in here that infuses you with more of you. Be kind to yourself because you rock. - Kate