April 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm #39432
“When the student is ready, the teacher appears”
This is so apt for me on my jouney. I have come to the right place at the right time and am super excited to meet all of you, share your journey as well as become clear on mine.
I am an “Aussie” who just happens to be living on a beautiful, tropical island with my husband and my kids.
We moved from Burekup in Western Australia to live on the “Cocos Keeling Islands” where my husband has a teaching job. It is very remote (about 2700km from Perth) but has an energy and beauty not found on the mainland.
We are excited to be having an island adventure and feel that this might be a great theme for my online course (but I will see as we go along). Of course it makes sense to be pursuing an online venture being that we are very remote and I now have a bit of spare time to pursue something I love after spending 21 years raising 7 gorgeous kids. We have bought 6 of the 7 kids with us (the eldest is nearly 21 and living on the mainland in Perth). Our other kids range in age from 19 yrs down to 6 yrs of age and certainly keep us on our toes. We have lived in many different places with our children (remote Northern Australia, as well as the beautiful South West of our state). We even lived in the USA for 6 months and travelled with the 7 kids in an RV for 6 months. And what an amazing experience that was! And now, it is this remote island we call home.
I am a Primary School teacher, an artist, a writer, a wife and a Mum. I love being creative so this course will suit me down to the ground. My main challenges will be making time to be committed to the course (easier to say than do sometimes in a family as large as ours, and so many things to do on the island). But I am excited and raring to go, and judging from the community of other likeminded people here, will have a blast.
My other challenge is not having narrowed down a niche to work on yet. But rather than let that stop me, I decided to jump in and see where each week takes me. With this group of beautiful souls, I am sure I will gain clarity and direction quickly. And I hope I can be of assistance to you too.
I love working with children and enrolled our children in a Kids Biz course for a year to enable them to “think outside the square” and look at other ways of earning a living and making a difference in this world. It was during this course that we had a challenge of putting a 2 min video up for our personal brand. Please feel free to check it out.
Click on the introductory video. The sound quality isn’t great but it was a quick project in a limited amount of time. I am sure you will get a feel for our family (minus our eldest daughter) and our beautiful island.
One of the eCourses I am currently keen to do is an ecCourse on Kids’ Genius states (or Natural Gifts) and how they can apply these in their life on a daily basis, and be aware of other people’s gifts so they can choose teams to work with in the future where everyone is valued and in their “zone” with their work. So often, we don’t get a chance to even know what our gifts are, let alone nurture them. And too often I see young people not engaged in life because they haven’t had a chance to pursue something they are actually naturally gifted in. When we put kids in the “system”, those natural gifts or Genius States are sometimes lost or not even discovered.
I have a heap of other ideas too, and will share them as we go along, but this is one I think I could work with at present.
Thankyou for starting this program Andy and Bradley, I look forward to working with you both as well.
I also look forward to looking at more Introductory videos from the Campfire community and leaving a comment over the coming weeks. Thankyou for being so inspiring with all of the videos and ideas you have shared to date. I know I am in the right place and I look forward to our journey together.
Cheers CathyApril 28, 2017 at 2:59 pm #39506
Bobbie Jo Van Den PlasAdventurer@bobbiejo
Welcome Cathy! Yes, you will gain so much clarity here for sure! There is so much love and support on this mountain (and you’ve got lots there on your island as well!!). It’s a lot of FUN on this adventure! Excited to have you here!!! I wasn’t able to see your video on the site, but I did hear it. You all sound like such a fun and loving group to be around. What a blessed family! Oceans of Love & sea you on the mountain!!! Also- I LOVE your course idea!!!April 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm #39538
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
Wow, i love you and your family. What a great life you’re living. Definitely on the right mountain at the right time.
Your video was super fun. Can’t wait to see waht you and your family produce together.
My suggestion for you, as far as time goes, stick to making mini courses, each course with a specific purpose and theme.
My other suggestion, is invite your awesome family to be a part of the creative process of developing the courses with you. They seem amazing and you’ve all got such a good thing going on.
That’s all for now.
Let’s climb on and see what magic unfolds.April 28, 2017 at 7:49 pm #39546
Hi Bobbie Jo,
Thankyou for your feedback and welcome. I wonder why you can’t see the video itself? I might have to get my son to check it out. I might have to adopt your “Oceans of LOVE and Sea you on the mountain” mantra. Very clever and perfectly suited for us. Looking forward to connecting soon.
CathApril 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm #39548
The other thing to try Bobbie Jo is http://www.howitt-tribe.com and maybe the video will come up then.
Thankyou for supporting my journey. xxApril 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm #39550
We certainly had fun producing the video (and luckily I have teenagers, who are more tech than I, to put it all together)
I like your suggestion of sticking with making mini courses, each course with a specific purpose and theme.How long do you consider a mini course to be?
I like your other suggestion too, of making the family part of the creative process. Pinning them down is another thing….what with the surf, snorkelling, kite surfing and…… (Haha……but they do have to come home to eat!!)
I will take on board your suggestions and keep you posted as we go along.
Looking forward to the climb.
CathApril 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm #39573
Sounds like you’ll fit in around here just fine. 🙂
Look forward to learning more about your tribe and your courses.April 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm #39575
Thankyou Dr Wayne,
Sounds like you are really doing awesome things too. I haven’t worked out if you are working for this team (eCourse Adventure) or creating your own course. Either way, you are a great active member and offering heaps of great things for fellow adventurers.
Thankyou for your welcome.
CathApril 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm #39577
Appreciate your glowing words, Cath.
I’m (slowly) working on my own ecourse/s under the Inner Space Academy banner. I probably give the impression of being a GEA team member because of my belief in what BrAndy are doing and my innate desire to help. (That’s also a significant reason my “day job” is as a Uni professor. 🙂 )April 29, 2017 at 11:58 am #39652
Oh my goodness Cathy, your family is so beautiful, I love your kids! I loved your family video and the soundtrack is banging lol. Much success on your journey, I look forward to hearing more about your family and entrepreneurial journey.April 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm #39725
I can relate @waynebuckhan. One of my Genius states (which I am doing my eCOurse on) is “Helping” and it sounds like that might be one of yours too. Your other Genius state would have to be “Teaching”….as is mine. It will be interesting as we go along if I can pinpoint others in you. Your natural state of being just shows up so readily and effortlessly. Looking forward to journeying this mountain with you.
CathApril 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm #39727
Hey Latrice (@gudfolkes),
Thankyou for those beautiful words about my family. I think I’m pretty lucky too. We are missing our eldest daughter (as she is on the mainland, but pretty sure she is coming to visit us here in August with her boyfriend).
I really look forward to connecting with you up the mountain. I love your energy and what you stand for. I might have to connect you to my daughter too who is also Vegan. She would love to see what you’re doing and how you are working with women and their whole being.
See you as we go along.
CathApril 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm #39731
Thanks, @cathy. I’d love to hear more on your insights.
I’m curious, you use the phrase “Genius States” in such a way that it sound like there is more depth behind that. Is it just a phrase you use or does it come from some other work?April 30, 2017 at 2:00 am #39742
Hi Dr Wayne,
People can relate to the word “State” as we often refer to ourselves in a “confused state” or “creative state” or “angry state”.
To me it is a “State of Being”.
When we are in our Genius state or flow, we are connected to our “Natural Gifts”. Then we are connected with our essence and this connects us to the rest of Humanity in a deep and meaningful way.
The idea of finding our natural gifts or Genius states is because it is from here that we can achieve Genius mastery and really serve others. @andyfreist and @bradleytmorris are in their Genius states when creating this eCourse and they are building on their gifts to become a master in their field and set themselves apart from other courses out there.
The term is probably best described as Effortless Genius, where we can tap into our natural gifts with ease. The reason I use the word “state” is because it depends how “aware” we are of our own Genius.
There are positives and negatives of our genius states and depending how aware we are of it within us, whether we come from ego or “presence” when utilising it, or whether we are using the gift to help others etc etc. depends whether the negative or positive of this gift is showing up.
So in answer to your question, yes, there is a lot more depth to our Effortless Genius but to make it easy for the person to understand it, I refer to “states”. We also can have many Genius flow states. The secret is to become aware of what they are and use them effectively and authentically. It is also important to not only understand your own genius, but also the gifts of other people. This is the key to experiencing a fulfilling life on all levels.
The Genius of “Helping” for example is expressed through helping in acts of service, helping through connecting people/networks, helping with financial assistance, really in any way help can be given.
The main thing about this gift (which you probably have) is that it aids other people in ways that enable them to accomplish things they wouldn’t have been able to do without the help.
Nothing extraordinary can be accomplished entirely alone, so people who have the gift of Helping are absolutely necessary to bring great visions into reality.
The distorted or wounded or (in our minds) negative version of the Gift of Helping is using the gift in order to create a sense of obligation from others or trying to boost your own ego in the process. Or helping people to the point of keeping them vulnerable or needy. The other downside is helping so much that you no longer have the energy for yourself and therefore cannot pursue your own giftedness in life.
Phew! I bet you didn’t expect an answer like that @waynebuckhand. It was a great question as I had to clarify it in my own mind. You also got me fired up with enthusiasm with my explanation and I am gaining more clarity on the fact that this is exactly what I want to do my eCourse on.
So thankyou for asking the question. x
CathMay 2, 2017 at 6:32 am #39939
MoveThinkSmile (Adam & Elea)Adventurer@MoveThinkSmile
Wow…what a piece of heaven you are living in. Ahhhhh….I am dreaming of those beaches in your video and what an amazing tribe/family you have. I love you’re idea about kids accessing their genius states.
I have to say, I feel like one of those kids who got squashed in school. I went to public school all my life, except for two glorious years when I got the opportunity to go to a Waldorf School in Austin TX. I felt like people got me, finally!!! And, creativity was not only expected but required. But, alas it was a short moment in time, however one I never will forget. What you’re up to with your kids is inspiring and lovely!!
We just made our intro video last night, Move Think Smile! I look forward to seeing what you create! All our best and cheers from Charleston SC’s sandy beaches ~ Eléa (&Adam)
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