I feel a great deal of satisfaction after getting 2 big things done this week.
I worked through the night until 5am one morning to finish writing and developing the 8 Life Dreaming modules.
I really ‘get’ why some writers love writing late at night … it’s quiet and there’s nothing to distract you from getting into the flow.
I found myself in a great writing zone where everything just came together … it helps that I love writing.
My patient brother Marc is my partner in developing Life Dreaming globally [nothing wrong with Dreaming BIG] … and he has the gentlest nagging process in the world … just little hints every now and then ‘how’s Life Dreaming going Liz’.
As regular readers know … I retreated to a cottage up the mountain a number of months ago and wrote a heap of stuff for the modules … expanding the Life Dreaming workbook (free copy available on this blog at the top of the page) waaaaay beyond where it was.
I even started typing up all the new material … and then … stopped.
It got to the point where my Dad, sister, Life Dreaming Test Team (bless all 13 of you around the world) kept asking ‘ when are you going to finish typing the LD notes?’
Dad wins the prize for persistence … congrats Pa and thank you.
I was wondering myself what was the underlying reason/s for all this procrastination.
But my intuition/spirit just kept keeping me away from finishing the typing … and I have a very very healthy respect for that part of me that doesn’t have words … but can send strong messages.
And … over the last months … and certainly since I turned 50 (and 3 weeks now … a newbie) … I’ve felt a deep restlessness and confusion and ennuie … and just stayed with it because all those feelings are signals for change.
I’m doing my own Life Dreaming … exploring what’s important in my life ... what I want to change … what I want to bring with me into this decade.
Having no work and a lot of time has been enormously helpful … although financial poverty is a place I choose not to stay in for too long.
It’s given me the space to just reflect and relax and wander.
I’ve made some decisions … both short and long term … and feel really good about them … excited and re energised.
And … I realised that this whole unsettled and confused period of my life was exactly what I needed to bring to Life Dreaming.
As a result … I have been able to create and write a whole pile of new activities and ideas for the Life Dreaming modules … it now more truly captures the messy … chaotic … creative aspects of living.
So … I brought all that new experience and learning to the late night writing of the Life Dreaming Treasure Chest.
It rocks now.
As a reward for all that effort … I treated myself to lunch at Smyths and had a lovely chat with Cathy Smyth … love the food there and it was packed.
Yesterday I sent the 8 Life Dreaming modules to Marc for the whole genius design stage … and I can nag him now!
It also went out to the 13 people worldwide who we invited to be our Life Dreaming Test Team.
They will give us feedback during the whole development of Life Dreaming and will be our first Life Dreaming lifers … that’s not a jail sentence … they will receive everything we develop and access to all areas of the Life Dreaming site … free … as our deep thanks for their energy and efforts in helping us make Life Dreaming amazing.
By the way … if you want to follow the Life Dreaming story then become a Fan on the Life Dreaming Facebook page.
And speaking of Fan Pages … check out Sharon Sweeneys Cannaboe Confectionery Fan Page.
Well done Sharon for the Bewleys cupcake … it was in national and local papers … and why not … Sharon’s work is exceptional.
I also did some work developing the structure for a friends Wellness Workbook.
And … I had time to walk Coco.
Trying to train her to heel … good luck with that!
She comes back and lies down now on command … very proud of her.
I’m planning a very quiet weekend of lolling and streaming some tv shows online.
I took Coco outside this morning and there was actually mist … lovely cold wet summer we’re having … may have to light the fire today.
Chatted last night via Skype webcam with Derek and Lynda for 3 hours.
On a Friday every now and then we have a Happy Hour (or 3) and catch up … while drinking a few beverages.
Nothing like a bi continental cocktail party.
They send their best wishes to all their friends in Ballinamore and hope to be over here next August.
They are not the kind of people to blow their own trumpets … so I will.
Lynda has been included for the third time running in a horror stories anthology … this year she’s in there with Stephen King.
To put this in perspective … very few writers get included … some get in once … some get in twice … very very few people get in three times.
Derek has been working on a Terry Gillam (did I get the name right?) piece and is cooking up a major book deal with his London literary agent.
I’m sworn to secrecy … but it’s big … mega big.
So … well done you two … and well deserved.
I’m off now to see what’s happening on the streets of Ballinamore … pop in and say hi to Dee and then Mags … light the fire … read the papers … nap
Aaaah … my kind of living.