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Where are your friends and family in business?

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This past week I was winging it single parent style while  my better half was away at a conference for the coop that is starting in Hamilton.  We first heard about the Mustard Seed while attending Harvest Fest back last September.  It was our final hurrah to the summer and what a fabulous summer of fun we had – as soon as we walked up to the both hubby and I looked at one another and knew that this was the perfect volunteer opportunity to get us connected back into our hometown.  Moving back to Hamilton from Windsor was a big step for us – our family is all here so that made the decision easy – but in terms of friends – people who think the way we do – there was no one on the horizon.  All our homeschooling friends – the kids my daughter had known since 18 months were all being left behind.  So seeing that booth for the Mustard Seed seemed to be an easy connection – people who were making a difference in terms of food security and local business – and the retail experience we had just left behind in Windsor seemed like it was tailor made to help with this new venture.

We felt really blessed and excited when Richard was asked to join the board.  Again it just seemed like synergy.  The opportunity to make a difference – be a part of something so exciting – and using his skill set of getting something started – this is his forte for sure.  So fast forward to this conference that he was asked to go to – when I picked him up on Thursday and we were driving back from the conference and catching each other up on what had occurred.  Seeing as we ran a retail business I am always interested in the business aspect of things and we have great talks about various aspects of to work things.  This was one of my favorite parts of running the store – brainstorming together on everything from marketing, to display to product.  One of the major things that stuck us and stumped us always was the lack of support we received from folks who we thought were our closest friends.  Now to be clear – our friends were all people who believed in clean living – organic – sustainable – safe for our kids and our planet kind of folks.  And time after time, we found them heading out to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and even often Zehr’s Natural Value section  buying the same things we had in the store but not coming back to the store.  As a small business, this drove us crazy.  We could never figure this out – why could we not get our friends in our store?  Why did they not see the importance of supporting our store?  In fact, I also ran a kids yoga class and had two of my closest friend sign up for classes with another teacher in the city who didn’t have the training I did.

So, as we were driving home decompressing and sharing it came up that in one of the sessions at the conference this was a big topic of conversation.  Time and time again – no matter what the business was – friends and family somehow just didn’t support the stores as the owners thought they would.  Always people who they thought would be their customers just weren’t.  I found this so very interesting because I think we so often wonder what’s wrong with us – why aren’t they supporting me – what can I do – or what did I do that they aren’t shopping here.  Now knowing this, I can understand my current business from a very different perspective.  And I can let go of all the disappointing thoughts and negative energy that so often comes up when we aren’t supported in the way we expected or hoped to be.

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Do you ever have those days where you wake up and after getting through the craziness of rushing a child off to school, packing lunch, doing all that jazz that seems to come with the morning – life just seems to be so amazing and the heavens seem to be shining down upon you?  Today is one of those days for me – the sun is shining down and I am blessed enough to be able to walk through the forest and get a bit of time and space for my mind and body to connect to our fabulous mother Gaia.  Having recently moved back to my hometown of Hamilton from the lovely but uber flat city of Windsor; I am continually amazed at the beautiful topography that Hamilton has to offer.  I enjoyed our stay in Windsor and met many lovely people and grew in unimaginable ways – but so missed the hiking and forest that I grew up.  Hamilton’s beautiful mountain escarpment.

Frolicking in the snow

Frolicking in the snow

Bruce Trail in the morning sunshine

Gratitude

Today is the day

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I don’t know why it’s today or what has finally occurred to propel me forward – I think it must be that I am sick of hearing the words running around in my head….that and the thought that this is my procrastination. I tend to believe that I am a forward mover and thinker, that I don’t hesitate to try new things, that I am always ready to grow and expand – but if I am going to be totally honest – this idea of blogging – this knowing that I am supposed to be sharing my words – this has been there for a long time and I’ve been hesitant…..used excuses, made other things more important and so today is finally the day!  I don’t want to procrastinate anymore.

Perhaps it’s been some of the breakthroughs that I’ve recently experienced with the tapping summit  – each year I find myself going deeper down into the onion and moving through old patterns and belief that don’t serve me, and this year has been no different. I’ve discovered some old patterns around money that it’s high time I release.  Funny how there is always something new to discover about oneself if you are open to learning, hearing, connecting.

Maybe it’s the Kundalini kriya I’ve been working on for the past 16 days…..this is the second time in my life that I am working towards 40 days of kriya.  The first was with a group of beautiful women during my yoga teacher training and this time it’s all by my lonesome.  Pros and cons to each I will admit – having the support of a group makes a big difference in my willingness to get out of bed – but doing it on my own means it doesn’t have to be 5am.  (thank the goddess!)  I find doing the kriyas I don’t so much notice the strength being created in my body the way I do with the physical asanas (yoga postures) but it kind of creeps up on you – all of sudden there is a steadiness, a powerfulness that just wasn’t there before.

Or maybe just maybe it’s the inspiration and clarity I’ve found from working with  the Leonie Dawson Incredible Year workbook.  Planning things out, setting goals,  actually spending time creating space to think about where I want to go and where I’ve been – makes such an incredible difference in my ability to manifest my life and move it forward.

So the plan for this here bloggy thing is that I share all the little bits of my life that I think are important – that I bring it all together into one amazing space – my wish is that something somewhere along the line propels you to engage in your own change and growth – however that transpires   I would be thrilled to hear about it and know that something I said some small item that I shared moved you to take a step closer to your fullness, your true authentic self.   So join me as we travel through this crazy, beautiful, amazing life together.