April 25, 2018
“Do what you love, the money will follow.” Decades ago, I read this. I read Marsha Sinetar’s book by that name and thought, “Sure, for me it would be do what I love and the money will follow waaay behind, far far behind. Do what I love and the money will follow my own investments in doing what I love.”
Well, I’m now wrapping up my fourth season of doing what I love at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with money in the bank and in my retirement fund. And, if I also count the seven seasons I worked as a Ridgerunner on the Appalachian Trail, that would add up to eleven seasons earning money doing what I love. It can happen – even to a doubter like me!
Did I contribute to this happening? Am I just lucky? Both? I do not know! I can say that if getting clear on “what I love doing” and doing it, even when it wasn’t “a real job” and even when it was short term or voluntary meant that my resume for these positions landed me the jobs. Maybe this is what Marsha Sinetar meant by her declaration.
At this moment, I am content with feeling immensely grateful to have the testimonials of visitors, campers, parents, clients, and hikers assuring me that doing what I love has contributed to their lives. The money AND the testimonials add together.
“You’ve changed my life!” from a Waldorf parent’s group mom.
“This is the first time I’ve told anyone my story!” from a Journey to YOUR Heartland participant.
“I didn’t want to come, but I’m so glad I did. This touched me to tears.” from a participant in an experimental program at the visitor center.
“I’ve been to a hundred campfires, and this was the best!” from a campfire participant.
And my favorite, “Thanks, Ranger Regina. I’ll be sure to come to your last three Junior Ranger Saturdays” from the local boy who has come almost every Saturday for the past four winters and inspired me to do what I’m pretty sure no one else will do with him, namely, run up ‘Junior Ranger’ Mountain.
This is what I love about my job and what encourages me to take a stand for others giving voice and description to “what you love doing”. I believe it matters and I believe it’s possible.
What do YOU love doing? Are you doing it?
Scott, I know you love dancing, and that you are doing it!
Claudia, I know you love nuzzling horses, and that you are doing it.
Cheryl, I know you love walking, and that you are doing it and helping others do it.
Please reply to this email and let me know what you love and if you’re doing it.
I stand for you in fulfilling that if you want!
April 10, 2018
Yesterday’s fifth anniversay of my divorce invited me to consider how I am embracing my new relationship. I thought, “Why not invent something new rather than continue pitying myself for settling for a similarly shallow relationship?”
Well, it turns out that my partner took care of that. He bought a 4×4 Chevy Tahoe! “Now, we can drive deeper into the desert,” he celebrated. “Not to just drive, but to position ourselves for walking in more remote places.”
I don’t enjoy the bumpy rides on the dirt roads of the desert park where we live. Even though it takes longer to walk, and yes, we don’t get as far out into remote canyons, I feel more connected to the land and scenery when I walk.
Two days into our new life with a Tahoe, I’m considering that he might be right. We’ve camped out twice in remote spots, then walked further into beautiful spaces. I am open to allowing the Tahoe to be a tool supporting a deepening relationship with Nature and him.
April 9, 2018
In the best spirit of Radical Forgiveness which gave me the tools to be able to stand in gratitude and honor for this day, I acknowledge with openness to a Spiritual purpose, that today marks the fifth anniversary of my divorce. I acknowledge, love, accept, and honor myself and my ex for courageously stepping through this gateway – away from feelings, because of beliefs, toward relationships,into an unknown neither of us anticipated when we said, “I do”.
Yet, divorce has given me experiences I value in their rawness and power. Divorce links me with others with whom I now have a bond of the heart. To all of us, blessings on the journey!
Simon turns 29 on April 3rd!
I love studying the collage of photos I put together for your 18th birthday. I know there have been photos since then, but these are easily accessible and reflect the time that I was with you a whole lot more than I have been in the last 11 years! Here’s a sampling of one corner of it. I celebrate your life and my gratitude for being your mom. What I love about you Simon:
- Your quiet attentiveness to details
- Your inner musical rhythm
- Your reliability
- Your engineering skills shared with the world
- Your sober lifestyle
- Your gentle spirit and generosity
I celebrate YOU!
March 8, 2018
For Wild Wind Journey Day, on June 10th in Atlanta, Barbara’s mission is to learn the alluring drum rhythm of her song Wild Wind and have a chime that rings at just the right time in Perfect Love. I want to make sure that she feels the part as my Forgiveness Walks muse, contributing the five transformative songs of Walk for a Singing Heart which will guide us through our afternoon’s exploration into courage. In Wild Wind Journey Day, Barbara and I will entice you to invoke something fulfilling that you’re dreaming of doing. Through Nature, color, song, and supportive emotional clearing, we will entice you to step boldly into your Wild Wind.
miracle and mystery
spinner of history – yours and mine
calling us to journey
turning us outside in
calls me to be braver
safer than I’ve ever been before
Save the date! June 10th in Atlanta
Take a look at Walk for a Singing Heart
Join me and Barbara for Wild Wind Journey Day
March 7, 2018
Designing this summer’s journey has been a roller coaster ride! Several itineraries have taken the stage, been proposed, envisioned, and evaluated. I sadly let go of my Ridgerunning job for this summer, replacing it with a progression of family visits and long distance walking. Now, yet another version calls! It evokes my allegiance to family to take center stage, letting other passions wait in the wings for another season.
My mom needs assistance!
So, I’m now looking at spending my summer with her in Ohio!
She’s been living on her own happily and safely at home, hiring part-time helpers and frequently welcoming family visitors. She rented a beautiful house in Florida for a month, providing weeklong vacations for four of my siblings.
Now, that’s not enough. It’s time for more consistent companionship!
It took some courage on my part to step up to organize a spontaneous conference call with my 8 siblings to talk about the situation. I soon realized that was an old S.T.O.R.Y. I found out that we are all concerned and dedicated to supporting her having a workable living arrangement ASAP and that my organizing is appreciated.
I still have Forgiveness Walks on my calendar, including a fun and exhilarating rendition of Wild Wind Journey Day in Atlanta on June 10. I’m heartily excited to meet up with Barbara to sing her songs that our courage to step into our own “Wild Wind”. I’m also excited to be complementing Barbara’s songs with the three meditative exercises of my Walk for a Singing Heart to support us stepping into that Wild Wind with our physical senses engaged, our nonphysical energy centers awakened, and our connections with our Higher Self embraced.
Did you save the date, June 10th?
If you’re interested in Wild Wind Journey Day, even if you can’t make it to Atlanta, or can’t make it that day, please click this link and indicate your interest in Wild Wind Journey Day
Or, just hit reply and start an email chat! What’s happening in your heart’s journey this week?
February 25, 2018
I just got off the phone with Barbara, my Forgiveness Walks muse! We’re planning a dynamic and exhilarating event and YOU’RE INVITED! We’re doing a reprise of Wild Wind Songfest that was so much fun a couple of years ago! Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 10 in the Atlanta area and join us for Wild Wind Journey Day!
Barbara encouraged me to change the title to something that emphasizes that this event is truly a journey into our hearts, way more than singing songs. It’s an in-person version of my Walk for a Singing Heart which I offer as an audio program supported by phone calls during your walk.
The details will unfold, but I wanted you to know with time to save the date! Here’s the link for a longer description of the event, previews of the songs and meditation activities, and a link to a form for you to sign up to receive a formal invitation!
Imagining you there swells my heart with joy!
February 20, 2018
This was one of the hardest choices I’ve made in a while! I have loved my ridgerunning job, fulfilling 7 seasons in two different sections of Virginia. I remember one day on the job halting suddenly in a grove of red spruce on the slope of Bluff Mountain saying, “I’ve done it! I’m earning my living hiking!” At the end of that season, I climbed up to a favorite outcrop on Spy Rock, set up my camera with a ten-second timer and raised my arms in celebration of my season. A few weeks ago, a friend wrote asking if she could use that photo as a model for her vision of freely walking in mountains following her knee surgery. What a perfect testimony to the power of that moment for me having walked into my vision! Yes! Ridgerunning has been a fulfilling summer job!
And now, I’ll go back for another season, right? That would make sense, wouldn’t it?
Well, I actually chose differently! This year, some other opportunities are bubbling to the top – taking care of my grandson for two weeks, spending time with grandson number two, visiting my mom in Ohio, offering ForgivenessWalks programs and coaching, and……….walking a chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail! After all, one of the big reasons for choosing the winter seasonal job I have at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is that I would have my summers free for hiking!
So, John and I are juggling all of these things to come up with a summer itinerary that balances trips across the US in a reasonable flow.
It was sad to say no to Ridgerunning for this year! Wish me well in my other choices!
February 7, 2018
Walking 32 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail sure is a good way to test the idea of walking for half the summer! A twenty-mile day yesterday, followed by 12 miles today reminded me that walking in Nature is my favorite way to live.
Today’s walk even included getting on a scheduled coaching call, with John contentedly waiting, and bantering about ideas afterward. “I can work on my business from the trail!” I thought.
Not only that, two women from my Facebook community wrote directly to me with their questions about the trail. “Women are seeking me out for suggestions and coaching while I’m out walking! I’m walking in service!”
I get really excited about helping women, and men too, visualize and claim their trail dreams, find ease and joy walking their trail, and ease their burdens from past suffering wherever their journey unfolds.
I’m getting keen on the idea of using this summer to expand Forgivenesswalks and walk as well!
I could offer:
- Custom personal coaching in Atlanta, North Georgia, and southern Ohio
- Virtual coaching by phone and internet
- Audio versions of Walk for a Singing Heart
- In-person Walks for a Singing Heart
- Satori games in person and virtual
Which of these services can you
- Help me with?
- Refer to someone?
I’d love to do that!
February 6, 2018
With 10,000 miles of hiking under my feet, I am surprised when I forget something! But yesterday I did. My sunhat. What did I do?
Check out the hat I fashioned from my neck scarf and a three-pronged stick! Well, it loomed goofy, especially with the projectile poking out from my head. But, it worked! Don’t quit!
Improvise! What’s a story you have of improvising to save the day?