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We have firm concert dates!

Just found out today that the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus Holiday concert dates are December 13, 14, 15.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The Friday and Saturday concerts will be evening and the Sunday will be a matinee at 2pm.  He’s doing fantastic and this is turning out very very well for him I’m very pleased to say!

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Of course I will be perched front and center at all 3 shows. :D

If you are out there reading and local and would like a ticket, please let me know–I’ll arrange one for you (they are running $25 for adults with discounts for seniors and kids) and we can all go together!  And you can meet my famous, singing brother!  :D

Proud sister!

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Please indulge me as I write another love letter to my 2015 Treasure Map.  ( and also here.)  I don’t think I’ve ever created a board with as my unbridled power as this one.

After writing this post yesterday about manifesting a long held dream, I decided to take a gander at my Map again this morning.

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Now this is my current 2015 board overlaid on the one I made about five years ago which explains the odd edges (that I love).  I just wasn’t ready to let go of that older one yet.

I’ll just share some specifics that jumped out and grabbed me this morning. You see, I rarely dissect this thing, rather than just let it work on me in total as I just glance over from time to time in a diffuse sort of way.  I’m more interested in how it embeds itself deep in to my psyche vs. how I’m the one using it.  I prefer it uses me.

Here are some dreams I declared in January 2014, which are well on their way to coming true January of next year.  But note, how I’m high riding this flying magic carpet right now to secure this plan. In fact, today I’m sending in my deposit for just over three weeks in Edmonds starting Jan. 19, 2015.

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Please just take in this imagery and know, if you can dream it, and let it go, it can come and grab you when you least expect it.  This is the magical process of this kind of goal setting.  You let it work on you vs. toiling away at your dreams directly.  Note:  some of these pictures are no bigger than a postage stamp.  Still packing a powerful punch to the unconscious.

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i even have this haircut right now

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And my personal favorite:

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Now compare this image to the view from the studio I’ll be in – she even has coffee!  haha

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It’s blasting off now.  I’m telling you, if I’m not making the case for Treasure Mapping, I don’t know who is.

Let’s face it, what I’m going to toss myself in to with wild abandon is not a pleasant subject by any means–it’s revisiting the most painful events of my life–or in some cases it’s happy memories which, in their own way, are excruciating to even consider revisiting.  You see it’s the happiest ones that remind you of what you’ve lost.  I think the Universe is conspiring with all of this beautiful serendipity to make the process somehow easier for me.   Or to offer a hand so captivating that I can’t resist it.  An irresistible magnet.  That’s where the juice in life is, I believe.

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Now I gotta git to go lift some weights–can’t ignore my weight lifter girl in the center. ;)

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Maybe we can all make a Treasure Map together in 2015. I mean cyberly. I can help guide you through the process.

Who’s in?

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I just arrived home last night and am already planning my return to the great Northwest.

You know, sometimes in life you are offered an opportunity that you’d be foolish not to just grab with full gusto.  When the stars have aligned so clearly you’d have to be completely blind not to see where you’re being directed.  When an idea is beating so hard at the inside of your brain you can barely keep up.

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I went to Edmonds this trip for many reasons, not the least of which was to check out this studio I stayed in to see if I could be comfortable there for an extended stay to write my book.  I mean to focus exclusively, my entire life focus, on writing.  The conditions are very important to me and although I have options right here in AZ, there is something about that area that just ignites a fire in my creative whatevers.  Maybe it’s also just far enough away geographically to allow me the space to dive in to those dark memories I’m going to need to relive in order to write them.  It’s not easy.

Nothing is familiar to me there, in a good way.

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I fell in love with the charming studio I stayed in.  It was just perfect in every way and the owner told me they are remodeling the bathroom later this month so that will make it even more perfect!  The decor is very much like my home–shabby chic meets IKEA.  Clean and cozy.  It will be the perfect place for me to expand my mind and dive in to get my memories on paper.  I wrote and wrote while I was there.  I can totally see me sitting there looking out at that expansive view, even on grey foggy days–or more especially on those days–and flowing with the voices as they come.

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It also hit me that if I’m serious about getting a puppy (and I am), I must seize this opportunity NOW for several reasons.  This studio, understandably doesn’t allow pets.  And I won’t really be traveling for awhile without my puppy once I get him.  Plus I imagine my attention will be pretty significantly taken elsewhere. ;)  So clearly I have to do this before that big life change happens.  I also realized that it makes sense for me to drive to Seattle next time in order to have my car and pack more stuff and guess what?  The breeder would be right on my way home.

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If timing serves me well, I can go up there in January for several weeks then drive back and pick up my puppy on the way home.  It’s all just a little too perfect but I could use some order in my life that unfolds in perfection like that.  In fact, it’s a familiar style of living for me if I just listen and allow it.

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My father will be in Arizona with John during January so I won’t be worried about him.  By then his life should be solidly shifted in to the new communities he’s getting involved with and he’s pretty well plugged in to a variety of support systems now and quite stable, thankfully.  That’s huge and something I never take for granted with all we’ve been through.

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I have so much clarity about my book now that I didn’t have before.  I am making a goal to get most of a chapter completed each day I’m there (I mean when ALL you have to do in a day is think and write, this is doable, to me).  Then the hard part will come after I’ve gotten home which is editing and organizing it all.  I plan to join a writing group for help with that– for as long as it takes.

 

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I really do feel like I have a strong story to tell.  As one of the presenters in the conference said to me “most people aren’t really kidnapped by Somali pirates who write memoirs but you were”.

 

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I have a working title that I’m not ready to share yet.  It’s a basic guiding inspiration though.

I will just say this.  Once you start committing to writing something, the reasons you are telling the story start coming in, if you listen.

 

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How many people have you met that grew up as a middle child, ended up with Missing Person’s reports on both of their flanking siblings–one lost to homicide, one to mental illness?  And that is just part of it.  Who lives to tell that story with a happy ending of sorts?

That’s my story and I’m ready to tell it.  And the time is now.

I have the means, opportunity, freedom and everything else and I’d be an utter blind and deaf person to not know this and seize it.

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I’m looking at my calendar right now and blocking out the time.

Let me remind you.  I am not a professional writer.  I am a person with a dream, a story and some very basic skills.  And I’m still going for it.

What is knocking at your heart waiting to be answered and acted upon?

You know.

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I’m back home.  Alfonse picked me up at the airport- doing well and managed well on his own this week.  He even went to a bowling event with the chorus today.  It’s really happening.  He said “they’re a great group of guys.”. :)

Just want to share one more very special photo I took today on my walk.  I miss Seattle already but have a plan….

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Nite world.

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And now for an Americano and homemade Twinkie interlude

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Now for a beefcake interlude

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Which do you like best?

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After a day of island exploring and ferry hopping yesterday…

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I think today will be…

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A whole lot of this….

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at a wild Korean day spa I found where they have you soak for an hour and go in to these “earth energy rooms” then scrub the bejeezus out of your skin.  It’s a beautiful cloudy day in Edmonds and a good one to slow down a bit and be quiet.  And read.  And not drive very much.
I’m so glad I took all of this time to stretch out in on this trip.  Expansive time…that’s what I call luxurious.

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