Getting what you need isn’t always pretty

“You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” –You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones) So far 2015 has been what I will call ‘interesting’. I’ve been faced with some challenges and a little bit of change. I’m in what Martha Beck refers to as Square 1. The mantra here is: “I don’t know what the hell is going on, and that’s ok.” Sometimes it doesn’t feel ok though; it feels really crappy! Here’s a snippet of some of the small stuff that’s gone on: my website was under construction for most of January (making that just over 2 months altogether!), my dog got fleas, business has been slower, and I had to cancel a trip for a retreat (that was given to me as a Christmas present) because of a snowstorm. (I’ll save the big stuff for another day.) The small stuff can be super stressful if we let it. I’ve had days where I’ve questioned whether I’m doing the right thing by being an entrepreneur. I keep making lists of things I ‘need’ to do, and although I am getting lots accomplished, it still feels like there is a lot to do. Life seems very doom and gloom when viewed from this perspective (with the ‘I’ll never _______’ mindset). My brain has been very active as the ego is fighting to keep itself alive. The good news is I recognize it’s fear talking, so I take time to...

Sometimes you get lucky and end up where you started.

“Thank God for hometowns. And all the love that makes them go ‘round. Thank God for the county lines that welcome you back in, when you were dying to get out. Thank God for church pews. And all the faces that won’t forget you. And when you’re lost out in this crazy world, you got somewhere to go and get found.”  -Thank God for Hometowns (Carrie Underwood) I was born and raised in East Gore, Nova Scotia. When I was in high school, I was itching to get out of my small town. I thought “there’s got to be more to the world than this!” I lived in Halifax for 5 years and then in 1997 I moved to The Northwest Territories for 5 years, before ending up in Alberta. I sold my place in AB at the end of May (yes, one month ago!), and the new owner wanted possession within two weeks… So, I sold/gave away my furniture and packed everything else up and put it in storage, until I figure out my next move (figuratively and literally). I already had a trip planned to NS for the end of June, so that’s where I headed. If you’ve ever been to the East coast, you undoubtedly noticed how friendly the people are. I’ve known this my whole life (having grown up here), but I think it took getting away to really appreciate it. It actually became crystal clear to me last fall, on a trekking trip in Nepal. Others in our group kept talking about how nice the Nepali people are. I couldn’t agree more, and I also couldn’t...

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