I’ve been asked how I found the maps, and the truth is, they found me, and evolved in the most beautiful unfolding way. I wasn’t seeking them, never envisioned them and definitely didn’t have a plan for what they’d now become. ⠀⠀
It’s not unusual when you reflect upon a past choice, to create an internal story about who you were because of that choice. We then carry those stories around with us as if they’re truth, repeating them both to ourselves and to others. We often become robotic in our repetition of those stories, not even realizing we’re in story-telling versus truth-telling mode. ⠀⠀
What if the story you so cleverly concocted isn’t true anymore and doesn’t serve who you are at this time?⠀
My very first map set me on my journey of exploring choices – both mine and others. The red box on the left notes a choice I made in 2013 to attend an out-of-the-box coaching event. From that event, and the people I met, more opportunities and people began to show up.
Creating this map provided me with a concrete vehicle to document and make sense of seemingly unrelated ideas and experiences floating in my head which allowed me to see how they were related. Each branch represents a new person, experience or opportunity that I either created intentionally or that showed up magically. ⠀⠀
The journey of writing my book has been fraught with stops and starts. I never considered myself a writer, but after writing 496 pages, I owned that I had a message to share. I then had a strong intuitive hit that the book, which I’d originally envisioned would share the learning garnered from exploring other people’s choices, needed to be expanded to incorporate the wisdom and process I’d extracted from creating many personal maps.
How might I do that when I created each of my maps with the rawness of a private journal I never imagined sharing? [Read more…]
I was heartbroken when I learned that my friend Jane’s 90-year old mom was in hospice. I’d had the pleasure of spending a few days with Ruth at her home in Florida a few years back and I was touched by her zest for life, her humor and her overall kindness. Jane shared with her community that she’d be honoring her mom’s request to slow down and would be taking a sacred sabbatical. There would be no weekly emails or offerings. Instead she’d focus on her own rest and rejuvenation. [Read more…]