Thursday, June 30, 2011

Goddess Territory

So, you MUST go check out this awesome place.
Why?
Because.
It's awesome.
That's why.
Oh, and Amy?
SHE'S awesome.
Although, if you are comfortable in your safe place?
Maybe not your scene.
If you're itchin', just ITCHIN' to bust out of your groove into something FANTASTICALLY super, then, it probably is your place.


Go here NOW!
(okay, try this link)

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Grand Reveal ~ A New Kind of Revolution

And so it comes along, the final piece in our story. Or at least the end of the beginning. And at the most, the beginning of something very big.


I have teased you here, here, here, here, and here.

(if you are just joining us today, and want to know how we got here, follow those links in order, left to right)


All to get you to this place right now.

Are you ready?

Here we go!

Hang on, this is a long one!


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At the beginning of the year I sat down and wrote out some intentions.



I left them broad and wide open. Plenty of room for pondering. Being. Not necessarily emphasizing doing. One of them was Give. As in, quit your navel-gazing and worrying about the future Tracy, and just do something for someone else because it feels good. No other reason. Because it feels good.


One day in February, I had one of those "I just channeled something from some Great Source and I don't know where it came from, but WOWee it's a doozy" kind of experiences.


In 20 minutes flat I had an idea ~ it seemed to come out of nowhere ~ of how I wanted to fill my intention of Give for the year. Like a whole organized chart and plan worth of an idea. Big picture considered. Details completely fleshed out. Timeline in place.


It was spooky and magical, it was all there, complete.


So I got all excited and got busy in my head and got on the internet and grew this plan. And tried to make it different, and better, and bigger. (um, this would be the opposite of the "being" part I mentioned above) And I put this grand scheme out into the universe.


Ha!


There is this saying, about the best laid plans and someone laughing...


Ummm, hmmmm.


So, it just wasn't time. It didn't take. I was a little discouraged, but not defeated. I put it away. Knowing that it would have its chance. It just had to be the right moment. And come from my heart. Not my head. This was the one key lesson I learned. I got it.


And you know what?


Several months later, all the right elements lined up.


This idea is ready to get itself out into the world! A dream I have is joining up with other dreamers. The weaving has begun! It's time!!!!


I'm so stinkin' excited!!!!


Here we go. At last.


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I have this heart-felt connection ~ something I really don't understand ~ to Kenya. It's coming from some unknown place. And I'm ready to honor it. And I felt pulled in by some great big force... like a voice,


"YES! This connection is important. Pay attention!"


You know, when big booming voices tell you to pay attention, you should.

So I did.

And here I am.

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Twiga.

The name of the first post. This is the Swahili word for Giraffe.

It is also this organization, the Twiga Children's Centre, in Kisii, Kenya

(part of the Kenyan Community Support Initiative and a project of Mercy Gate Ministries of South Africa). This is the dream of Vincent and Abigael Kenanda.




To give to the disadvantaged children of Kisii. Children without homes, children without families, children that are HIV positive, or children that simply need a warm meal once in a while.





It is also part of a dream of this fabulous Sister, Amy Champ, to create centers like this for orphaned children all over the world.




Oh, and here’s me, Tracy, in case you don’t know who I am.

Dreamer. Artist. Risk Taker.



Dreamers.

Dreaming big. Coming together to make sure that the next generations get to follow their dreams.


And so, without further ado, here it is, this grand reveal!


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Welcome to the LOVE REVOLUTION!


I am setting out to spread LOVE around the world.

LOVE is my mission.

LOVE is my reason.

LOVE is my goal.

LOVE is the way.


I want to cast this big huge squishy web of LOVE as far and wide as I can. It will connect each and everyone of you that chooses to play a part. It will link us up, one by one, heart to heart, in waves and waves.


Too goo-ey for you?


Good ol' heart-connecting LOVE is the best dang medicine there is! (right up there with laughter). Giving, and receiving. Both. You know it's true! You know you want some!


See, this all stems from this weird thing about me wanting to shine a light on a rather different way of being. It's kind of a leap from where we're at. A stretch. But it feels like it's time. It feels like we're ready. I want us to shift our focus away from helping, healing, and saving the world. It's what we've been doing for quite a while now.


Folks are tired. Many feel like it’s hopeless. Why bother, people say.


So what if we stop putting all our eggs in the basket of 'things are broken and we need to fix them.' Or, 'oh woe is the world and we have to keep focusing on the everything that's wrong and it's so overwhelming.' And, ‘boy oh boy our work will never be done but someone has to be the martyr and try to fix it even though it feels hopeless and we're exhausted.'


What do you think? How about we try something different?


That's right, time to start connecting through LOVE.


And INTENT.


INTENT folks, pay attention to this in every single aspect of your life. Why do you do the things you do? It is SUPER powerful when you start to be aware of it.

The right INTENT, will rock your world.

It will change you, it will change the world.


Try it.


And here's how you can start right here, right now.


Let's get creative and start celebrating all the beauty there is in this world with some serious intent.


The intent of LOVE.


Let's use our life to be the LOVE we want to see in this world (thanks Ghandi for that little inspired tid-bit). I want us to celebrate LOVE and I want us to just plain ol' BE LOVE.


Are you still with me?


(Now, if you are feeling that you need to head to the comments section to counter any of this and point out the flaws of my approach, well, I'm going to ask you right here to please hold your thoughts. To consider that if that's how you're feeling, then this won't be the thing for you. And that's okay! Don't feel obligated to join this party. But I'm asking you with much heart-felt kindness not to deflate this thing just as we're getting going. Thank you for understanding.)


So.


Are you ready for a LOVE REVOLUTION?


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Here's how it works, easy, peasy:


1. I made these necklaces.



They are my Soul's Expression. FULL of my LOVE.

They are my way of sending my LOVE out into the world.

They are full of my INTENT that LOVE is the way.

They are a way of connecting my dreams to other’s dreams, and weaving a big ol’ dream web around the world.


2. I'm selling them over here, on Etsy.

All proceeds (after packaging and shipping) go straight to the wonderful folks and children at Twiga Children's Centre. (More details over there in the Esty shop.) I make not a penny, this is my gift to share with others.


3. For each love necklace that goes to you, a fun & chunky bead necklace goes to a child or youth at Twiga.



Connection. It's about Connection.


You give LOVE, you get LOVE, LOVE is given. The LOVE Connection is woven stronger and stronger.



4. My goal, since it's helpful in these kinds of endeavors, is to raise $1,000. (This is 1/5th of the funds needed for a sustainable business that will support the Twiga Children’s Centre.)


50 necklaces given.

50 necklaces received.

50 connections made.

100 heart-felt strands of web woven.

Oodles of LOVE exchanged.


In ONE Month!


Can we do it?


I know we can.


Go HERE now.

(Well, okay, go here after you read down to the bottom, then come back and take yourself over to the Expressive Souls Etsy shop.)


And if you don't want a necklace but would like to send some LOVE directly to the children of Twiga, you can do that HERE as a general donor or HERE to sponsor a child.


Make some dreams come true.


Grab yourself some LOVE and send it around to the other side of this big, beautiful planet that we call home.


Weave LOVE around the world. Link it up!


Be LOVE.


Here are some other ways you can be the LOVE:


You could give your necklace as a birthday present.

Give it to someone who could use some love.

Reconnect with someone you want to forgive.

Or to let old bygones be bygones.

If you have a blog, you could give away a necklace there.

You can even just share the LOVE by sharing this project on your blog ~ let's find these necklaces some good homes!


AND! When you help others realize their dreams, your dreams will start being realized too.

Channels open, synchronicity appears, and soon, dreams are coming true all over the world.


Connect, connect, connect...


But most importantly?


Keep it going!


Kutoa ni moyo usambe ni utajiri

(giving is from the heart, not from wealth)

Thank you for joining me in this LOVE Revolution.



P.S. This feels like just the beginning of this story. Like there is much, much more. I have no idea where it will take me. But I am open and ready! This is the mystery part of this story.

I LOVE a good mystery!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Giving

(i have given into the Blogger/html/code/spacing gods, cannot format this post the way i want for some reason, however it appears on your screen, just know, there is some great lesson i am meant to be learning from this, i'll let you know if i EVER figure it out!)


Hiya!


Here we are, part 5.


Woot!


In case you've just joined us, here's the background: parts one, two, three, and four.


So, last year, one of my Mondo Dreams was to create a gathering of women.
A place and time where we could connect, create, laugh, dream, and just be.
You can read all about it here.


It was magical!
More than I could have ever hoped for and imagined!
And one of my biggest motivators for it?


LOVE.


Yep. Squishy, gooshy, sisterly love.
I wanted to create a space for it, a vibe of it, and to share it all over the place.
I think it worked.


AND, it was also about following a dream. Trusting an inner voice, saying YES, do this!


I want to mention this here, because it just is screaming inside me to include this, that there is something so amazingly beautiful about opening up to your dreams. Creating a safe space to let yourself believe in the impossible. Honoring that little voice that's trying to tell you, that YES, there is much, much more to this life than meets the eye. That yes, you have dreams, and they are seeking you as much as you are seeking them. And that believing in those dreams, and trusting them, and taking little steps to make them happen, invites in the most delicious synchronicities and opportunities! When you listen, when you trust, when you hold those dreams close to your heart and say YES?


Magic, baby, magic!


This seemingly neverending tease of a story is really what this is all about.


Following my dreams. And joining up with others who are following there's.


If we all dream together?
POWERFUL sh*t happens.
It really does.


Okay, so where was I? That's right, LOVE!


One of the things I did to tangibly share my love at that fabulous gathering of sisters was to make and give away something as a present ~ as in "this-is-an-incredibly-small-token-but-a-big-thank-you-for-coming-and-oh-my-gosh-i'm-so-blessed" kind of present.


As in, this is how I express MY soul, this is my creativity soaring high, kind of thing.

This is what I made:




Had never ever done anything like it, ever. I can't even remember how I decided that I needed to make something like that. I just did. It was one of those anxst-free moments of Creative Wildness and I just went for.


It felt GREAT!


And now, I'm branching out.


It's time to put more LOVE out into the world.

AND, yes, all these threads are going to be woven together into one scrumptious reveal!


Are you ready? Are you with me?


This feels like this is going to be one of the most important things I ever do.


Seriously.


So, thank you for following along, patiently waiting {grin}.


Next post my dear friends.


The big reveal!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Unknown


This post below originally appeared on my first blog,



"...a *D*R*E*A*M* in progress!"



I was going to link to it today, but decided to just post this whole thing here.


I wrote this last year in March. It still holds true right now.


But perhaps with a bit more heft to it.


It's the next chapter in the story.


If you are just joining me here today, click here for part 1, here for part 2, and here for part 3.


Thanks for hanging out and living this story with me!


Open, ready, and moving forward.


(and for some reason, because i cut and pasted, the format seems to be all wonky, oh well!)


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Open and Ready






At the beginning of this year I was introduced to a blog of a very creative and beautiful soul. Her blog led me to a couple other highly creative individuals. And then to another person that is creative and says YES to life. And it turns out that all of these fabulous women knew each other. Then I realized, oh my gosh, I went to high school with one of them! I love this. I am a firm believer in synchronicity. I felt drawn in. Connected somehow on some level. And I'm okay with not knowing what it all means. Just sitting with it. But I knew I was tapping into something deep within.



I have been moved and inspired and opened up by each and every one of them. Through their words and images they have offered me examples~permission~the go-ahead to move toward my dreams. I am taking an online course right now, offered by two of these remarkable women, that has split me in two. And rather than feeling torn apart, some magnificent treasures have emerged from the very center of my being. It's awesome. Giving myself the space to dream VERY big has already gifted me with results, who would have thunk it? And we're only just starting week two!



When first discovering their projects, blogs and websites I was especially drawn to Jen Lemen's Picture Hope. I poured over the photos, the words, the history. I found myself in tears. Why? Why such a strong reaction? Was it the lives, the challenges, the beauty of her friends' stories? Or was it her journey, her experiences, the images she's shared? Yes, it was all of those things. But I knew, deep down, on a different level, it wasn't about the people I was learning about, or the story that was unfolding in her life. No, when I sat with it, I knew. Africa was calling me. Somehow. In some way.




I have been to Africa twice in my life, during my 20's, both times through a friend that was living there, in different places, in different jobs. The first time she was a peace corps volunteer in Kenya, and I spent six glorious weeks in Kenya and Tanzania. I am sure I learned more about myself during that time than anything else on that journey. The second time was when she and her husband were in the diplomatic corps in Senegal and I spent four weeks discovering many parts of the country and even helping in an official evacuation of Liberia. I had my world turned upside down both times. Filled up. Fabulous. And Grateful.




But that was quite a few years ago. And yet, when I look over the past 15 years or so, I see there were other times where, if I had been paying attention, Africa has been knocking on my heart.




So here I am. With my Mondo-Beyondo-Dream-Big List, and Africa was the first thing that went on it. Without a doubt. Without knowing why. I don't know what it means. And I don't know what part of Africa, which country. And I don't know how. But it's there. For some reason, it has to be there.




I have been learning, s-l-o-w-l-y, that when you are on your *path*, when you are in your groove, when you are doing exactly what you were put on this Earth to do, the Universe~Spirit~God delivers exactly what you need to continue. If only we pay attention!




And so I'm paying attention! Last week at work, right next to my box of tea, was a Dixie cup with Diego (of Diego and Dora fame, if you have children this makes sense to you), and the cup had Diego and his African Adventure. Hah! That cup now sits on my desk. Permission to remember that something is calling to me and to be open to it.




Then, yesterday, too wild! From the mail, THIS was sitting on the kitchen table, a thank you postcard from a dear friend, who lives just over the hill from me:





Okay. Yes. I'm awake. I'm paying attention. I am Open. And ready!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mondo Stuff Folks


Have you been following along?
This is part 3 of this unfolding story.

The initial teaser can be seen here.

Then, a little more here...

I promise you , it is going somewhere, an unveiling!
But the path is unclear after that...

So, not just a story, but a MYSTERY!

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Last year I signed up for my first ever online e-course.

I wrote a blog post about how I found it. I was so excited!


(Click on the pic for a direct link, I'm not profiting by sending you there,
just sharing what I love, just so you know.)

And you know what?

It cracked me open, like a shell.
I had been hanging on tight to this little nugget of wisdom called My Dreams.

Dreams I didn't even know I had.

I felt like the whole universe opened up and expanded right before my eyes.

And this, coming from someone who's done quite a bit of adventuring in her life already.

There was room for more?

Oh yes. WAY more!

And one of the dreams to top my list?

Ahhh, super sweet.

Aren't you dying to know where this is going?

Hee hee!



Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dream Seeds

This is the second part of this story.
Did you catch the first part? Click here, then come back to this page to continue.


20 years ago.




wow.

that many?

amazing.





i had this exquisite adventure.





6 weeks.





it probably changed my life.





but in ways i was not even aware of.





and then a couple years ago, something resurfaced, and i was reminded of this special time in my life.

my heart did a little lurch.

there's more to this of course.

keep coming back!

it's kinda cool.

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PS ~ note to self: 20 years ago? i was hot! why didn't i think so?
so, self? in 20 years,
please do not look back and wish that you had thought you were hot now.
ok. promise.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Twiga

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giraffe/


I've found another adventure.

Yay!

Hold on.

Here we go!

It's going to unfold over the next week or so.
Or however long I feel like taking.

Here's a taste.




I don't know if this video catches exactly like I remember it.
Have you ever SEEN a giraffe running? OMG!
It's thee MOST beautiful thing in the world.
Truly.

It's like their legs are going in slow motion but the rest of them isn't?

Hard to describe.

Beautiful to experience.

Stay tuned!