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March 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm #20259
I’m finally starting a progress log. I have been wandering in the fog of the architekt forest a bit. I love fog and have had many magical happenings with fog spirits and elementals. So I feel very much at home here.
I had an epiphany in the knowing your “who” lesson. I know this is obvious, but I am the reason they would buy my course, not necessarily the curriculum or the transformation. Though that helps of course.
I knew this on an intellectual level but I didn’t on a body knowing level until this exercise. It was like a pail of cold water splashing over me.
I suddenly remembered all the different times in my life that complete strangers would look at me once, pause, look at me a second time and say, “I don’t know you but I feel you can help me.” Interestingly, most of these moments happened in elevators. It got to be so often that I would answer, “Yes I can.” and usually they would proceed to tell me about how their house was haunted or they thought one of their beloved dead was stuck and hadn’t crossed over.
And then there were the many times when I was a child, that my uncle would ask me to sit with his insane wife to keep her calm. I didn’t have to talk just sit with her while reading my book. Or the many times that I have been surrounded by students panicking about the magic that was happening and I’m just calmly sitting there thinking, oh yes, welcome to my daily life, this is normal, nothing to fear. Or the ones who call, pretending to tell me about their experiences as part of the conversation when they are really telling me to ask if it is real.
And my friends and housemates keep telling me that it’s my perspective of life and the world that I’ve got to express, that people need it right now.
So yeah, that means that my about page, my manifesto, my selling points has got to convey “me” very well. Which makes me groan, because I am very much a behind-the-scene person, not a be seen person.
I am currently in the “how” part of things, trying to determine how long I need for the beginners track.
Also trying to refine my transformation.
The phrase “waiting world unknown” comes from one of Bilbo Baggins’ walking songs.March 25, 2016 at 11:19 am #20273
Love this epiphany. If you’re not a blogger yet, you really should start writing a blog to share the stories of weird and wild things that have happened to you or your clients and how you deal with them. I think a lot of people would be extremely interested and it’d build a lot of trust/credibility. Stories are powerful trust builders.
Give that you’re not in the world of eCourses, there’s nowhere left to hide. It’s time for you to own your space in the spotlight and embrace it because if you wish to have the impact you’re intending, you’re going to need to be vulnerable and out in the open where people can see you and you can share from. Fun times!!
Have fun playing with the friendly old wizard! Thanks for the progress update.April 20, 2016 at 9:38 pm #21664
So I am finally!!! out of Architekt Forest. It is no accident that it coincides with the U.S. tax deadline. I’ve been doing a lot of helping friends and getting my own taxes out on time. I have that problem of doing so many other people’s tax prep’s that I forget that I have to do one for myself.
So lots of relief as well as time opening up so I can focus on my Ecourse. I loved the lesson about our courses having their own personality and letting our courses speak to us as we create with them. I gave mine a name, Cimorene. She is the fun and powerful princess from the series, Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede. They are a series of four books, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, that are consistently snarky, funny and poking fun at what is supposed to be “proper”. The dragon Cimorene befriends is also smart and an out-of-the-ordinary dragon.
So yes, naming my ecourse after her since she is a princess unlike any other princess.
I went and got a large file box to put all of my ecourse notes and things in one place, because I’m constantly losing them in my accounting and astrology items. Yay!!!
The best news is that I have hooked up with Luma and we are having a blast talking shop and helping each other. I give all credit to her for getting me out of the fog and onward to Creatora Heights.
I do love fog though and hanging out with the Spirit of Architekt Forest!April 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm #21768
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
Awesome! Cheers to a big blast of forward momentum! Really happy that your buddy arrangement is working out beautifully 🙂
I can totally relate with the tendency to be the “behind the scenes” person – but there’s no denying that putting myself out there has a deeply medicinal quality to it.
Onward!May 3, 2016 at 4:45 pm #22005
Awesome Akasha, this is wonderful news. Way to get through the crazy “blah” tax stuff so you can get on with having some creative good times up at Creatora Heights. Also stoked you and Luma found each other on the mountain! Yay for new friendships and adventure buddies!!May 3, 2016 at 10:22 pm #22010
My buddy gave me the assignment of messing with the medium. I am a literature person, so I tend to do everything with words. She challenged me to draw my ideas and then play around with filming to get out of the word rut.
First off, I decided I was going to draw anything re my course for 30 minutes first thing in the morning avery morning. The first time I did this, I not only successfully drew a great story board for my video piece, but spontaneously named it without even trying.
Then I got together with a friend and filmed different variations of parts of my first walk in the park to see what worked and what didn’t. My videos are mainly going to be demonstrations of the different magical home adventures that I assign. There is one piece where it was just not working very well. I started laughing while I was trying to demonstrate part of it and couldn’t stop to the point where I could not move or do anything but laugh helplessly. Needless to say, it will be going into an outtake portion at the end of the final video. Every time I think of it I start laughing all over again.May 5, 2016 at 10:41 am #22078
Love this @mysticsparkling. So glad to hear you’re practicing and having FUN!!!!
Keep it up. Getting in front of that camera is good.June 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm #26200
So I did my milestones and lessons and am currently figuring out which theme. I’ve posted all of that at the “course ideas and outlines” campfire. one post is called, “milestones and lessons” and the other is called “magical library? themes” or something like that.
I was hoping to get done with this checkpoint by tuesday so I could get to camp medias but I really want to figure out my theme properly, so we will see.June 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm #26276
Oh goodie. I can’t wait to see. Will read what you’ve got tomorrow. For now, it’s bed time for this new papa!August 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm #28820
I am committing to writing in my progress log every week, regardless of what I do. I was inspired by last week’s coaching call.
So I finally got into Camp Medius and I’m very excited to finally be here. I was all stoked to move forward quickly when an avalanche of crisis came into my life in various areas. So I have been dealing with all of that instead and recognizing that it is me creating more path blocks to keep me from hiking.
I have been inspiried by Bradley and Andy’s talk about having deadlines, and so I am committing to blocking out stages and giving myself deadlines for those stages by the end of this weekend.
My whole life is in upheaval and I am not only wrestling with finding time to create my course but also with figuring out my whole physical way of being on this planet. My body is undergoing great changes. My body temperature is running hotter and I am needing to sleep earlier. I am used to getting most of my creative work done in the hours of 10-1 pm, but my body is not liking that any more. However, I’m not getting up any earlier to make up for it. I have yet to find that sweet spot where I kick in to high creative gear like I used to.
I am also having to learn Sales Tax, navigate Medicare, and learn Partnership accounting, all for my client as well as nonprofit accounting for my household. In 5 different areas in my life and the people around me is major change. Along with what our collective consciousness is going through as well.
This is all part of Mars Retrograde Shadow until August 24th and Saturn Retrograde stopping from August 9 – 17th as it stations to go Direct. Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow before it goes retrograde on the 30th. a pair of eclipses coming up. Uranus and Eris conjunct now until march 2017 and quincuxing the Mars Retrograde. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
One concrete thing that I’m looking forward to, is I signed up for Intro to Digital Video Production class at our City Adult School. It is a 6 week course on making videos and was very inexpensive. It will touch on all the things you all have been talking about here. They even say in the description that we can work on our own videos in the class.
I loved the coaching call last Wednesday, especially because I was able to get on without any problems. Yay!!August 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm #28826
I appreciate hearing you’ve been so inspired by our talk on scheduling!
I’m excited to hear you’re doing a course on videos. That is GREAT! This is going to be a game-changer for you in helping you feel confident and ready to get in front of the camera. Love that you get to work on your course content for the course too. Brilliant.
Definitely sending good vibes your way as you go through the changes in your life and body.
We look forward to your weekly progress logs. Week one. CHECK!August 6, 2016 at 3:29 am #28846
Wow, really hear you on the whole challenge of wrestling with time. I’m in the same boat, so it’s reassuring to hear your experiences and see you navigating through this too.
I’m so intrigued about the astrological influences you’ve mentioned. Is there a good time, astrologically, to be creating? I’m a Gemini and I have often wondered whether the creative peaks and troughs I experience could be to do with planetary influences!
And woohoo on the video course signup – that will be so interesting! Excited to hear how it goes.
🙂October 24, 2016 at 9:42 am #31024
Hi Everyone, I have been away from the campfire, but the universe has recently given me a huge push in the direction of a niche I have never even contemplated before. So I’ll be back on here post haste.
I have belonged to a network of midwives, doula’s and healers called LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Associates, for about 2 years now. My involvement stemmed from helping the founder of it, Meghan, with her child for a number of years, especially through astrology and tarot. My involvement with the network has been dormant though. A couple of weeks ago, she emailed for a breakfast meetup to check in with all of the members of this particular network. Only me and another midwife showed up.
When it came time for me to check in, I said my focus had changed to boundaries and protection and as soon as she heard that, the Meghan went, “Oh my God, that is exactly what is needed!!,” and became very excited and happy. I asked her what she meant by that.
Basically the upshot of it is, that Doulas, Midwives, and perinatal mom’s need boundaries and protection, especially during labor. She told me how Doula’s are on the front lines during the labor process and have to be the warrior protector, especially in hospitals, and the focused support for the laboring mom. She said that most are not taught the protector part and many end up being totally drained by the end of the birth. She also talked about what midwives and the mom’s and partners would be good to learn as well.
Immediately, my brain was all fired up with all the ways I could teach boundaries and protection to this niche.
On top of this, the founder started listing numerous organizations that she is a board member or founder of and many friends in similar networking roles. The other midwife that was there was the owner of a birthing center and immediately sent my contact info to her scheduler so that I could be engaged to talk to her postpartum group.
So I am very fired up and excited about this new development! More so, because now I have a specific thing I can talk about and a specific well defined niche I can help. I have a best friend who has been a midwife for 25 years I can talk too. And I know of 3 doulas I can interview as well as many moms I know I can interview for what would be most helpful.
I had a 90 minute talk alone with the founder about what she envisioned and what she knew was needed so that I had more of a clue of my focus. And I have other interviews set up.
My plan is to talk to as many people as possible this week. I am going back down the mountain to re-do the lessons on honing my core message and purpose and re-writing my beginning ecourse. I figure to do that will also help me figure out my new direction of things.
Meghan, herself, keeps calling me and asking when she can start promoting me. It turns out, that she has been promoting me none stop to her friends, but because I don’t mention children at all on my website they’ve never called me. So I am hurriedly changing that as well.
Teaching this will be tricky as I’ve realized that the situations with which the boundaries and protection are needed, will most likely be during times of high stress and physical exhaustion. I need to figure out a way to teach people’s muscle memory rather than mind memory so that it become second nature and they don’t have to think about it.
I still want to do my magical library theme but am not sure how it will fit in with this new focus. What do you all think? I mean obviously, children’s room at the library with storytelling time etc. But the practical application of it is harder to figure out.
So I’m kind of going back to the drawing board on the mountain, but not quite. And it will be an accelerated process.
What do you all think?October 25, 2016 at 5:05 am #31029
Sounds to me like you’ve got yourself a niche.
The fact that you’re being asked to work with people and promoted is a VERY GOOD SIGN.
I’d run with it.
Now that you know, start interviewing more people in this niche. Maybe set up a workshop or two. Do some intro sessions.
Learn as much about these folks as you can so you can best serve them.
I’m sure with this clarity, the traction will now kick in for you in wonderful ways.
Really really excited for you Akasha!November 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm #31926
I am currently re-doing some of the previous exercises with my new audience in mind. It is so much easier and I find I am more engaged and plowing through. I have not been able to work on it via the community yet because my other workplace has to pack up and move suddenly and there are only 2 of us doing the work. So I’ve had to put everything on hold in order to get out by the deadline.
I have also been a bit sidelined due to the election, but last weeks coaching call and the EFT stuff that Bradley taught really made a difference for me emotionally. So YAY and thank you Bradley!
I am determined to make more headway with ecourse stuff this weekend, as we need to be out by then, moving wise.
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