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Hello! Thank you everyone for all of the nudges and emails to check on me. It’s so wonderful knowing that I have so many friends who care deeply for me. It’s been a great reminder as I’ve struggled with a lot of stress lately. I’m awfully sorry to have gone on a friending spree and then disappear! This time I’m not even going to attempt to read back on all I missed, but if I did miss something important to you, please drop a line here and let me know.

This past month (six weeks, really) has been a whirlwind. I have a lot of posting to catch up on, including some picture posts and requested topics that have been emailed to me. I hope to have a regular internet schedule now. We had been house sitting for my mom as she was out of town, since my sister needed rides to work and they were again being plagued by the crazy break in guy that some of you may remember from last year. Then we got back only to find that the internet had been shut off in our absence (for some reason Josh doesn’t view it as a ‘necessity’. LOL). On the positive side, this was just what we needed to give Josh the nudge he needed to get out there and find another job! Yay! So we’ve been waking up at 5:30 every morning, and the kids are only just starting to adjust to the new routine. It’s been challenging, but illuminating. Our car broke down twice during this time, sending us back to staying with my mom. Luckily, we’re in a position to be able to have it fixed both times. Things are definitely looking good, even if the road is cobbley. :P

So here’s a little general update as to how things are with me. Many of these might have their own separate posts in the future. For those of you who are walking a certain path with me (health buddies, flybabies, mommies, whatever), please feel free to take a moment and share your recent experiences here.

My certification process is almost complete. I’ve closed the cycle with my last client and wrote my birth essays. At the last moment, I decided to go ahead and order the extension from DONA Int’l. I deeply, fervently want to get my certification essay published in their International Doula magazine (in fact, it’s number 11 on my Mission 101 List, which I am determined to fully complete. I realized that I could write a better essay, and so I’m reviewing some of my literature – namely The Doula Book, The Birth Partner, and back issues of ID that had been given to me. I’m paying particular attention the essays they have published, and I hope to write something with a new perspective but still tailored to the spirit of the organization and the magazine. Once I’ve finished this, I will be actively seeking Beta Readers. An interest in doulaing and writing is NOT required. I’ll be hoping for a fresh eye to point out what I may not have considered.

I have been trying to be more diligent in my reiki work. I was so pleased to see that, despite my absence, the distance healing list has stayed pretty steady. I’ve been holding everyone in heart, and I’ve enjoyed making new friends and having the opportunity to practice my distance skills. I’ve also done several physical healings for Josh, who is dealing with some shoulder bursitis, and the kids as we’re being more conscious about sharing our energy work.

A woman in my 4T prosperity course learned that I was a Reiki Master and spoke with me about the possible co-facilitation of a Reiki Share for our Love-in-Action requirement (volunteering of time & talents). I’m still in the talking stages, but I think this may become a reality. Having served on the board at my church, I’ve heard that there used to be a regular ‘healing night’ that unfortunately petered out due to lack of participation. This will be something we’ll have to review as we plan how to go about doing a Reiki Share, and if it will even become a regular thing (as opposed to just the duration of the 4T class). And our church stays so busy during this season, I haven’t even spoken with the minister to see what the availability is and if this is something they’d like to support. I’m trusting Spirit to help everything work out in Divine order. As I tried to decide whether this was something I had the time to devote to, I kept seeing “Do it” messages everywhere. :) I’m optimistic.

My main hesitancy was that, while I’ve participated etherically in some ceremonies through my Medicine Reiki group, I’ve never actually attended a Reiki Share. I did notice a local listing for a reiki circle at a local venue though, on the 1st & 3rd Mondays, so I’m going to try and check that out next time it comes around. I know that several of my friends here attend or lead such activities, and I’d love to get any input or advice if you’re willing to share!

Oh my! No, no…wait! Don’t give up on me. LOL I was doing so well with my FLYing before all the craziness began. Such progress! My house was by no means decluttered – we just still have too much STUFF (Something That Undermines Family Fun) and no storage in our home to put it all – but the house was beginning to look quite presentable. I was so proud of myself. After I returned from Florida, I was able to hold not one but THREE family cookouts at my home. I haven’t had family come to town for a long time, and it was nice to be able to throw open my doors and welcome them. And I didn’t even have to stay up all night doing Crisis Cleaning the night before! Man, I had it so together, that two of those cookouts were on the same day, and I was able to clean up the lunch cookout and have everything prepared by the time the next batch of family (cousins) could make it in for dinner.

After coming home from three separate stays with mom (and the first time the car had broken down was the night we finally came home from house sitting), it’s like a tornado hit the house. I’ve only just now wrestled Mt. Washmore into submission, and I’m trying to get back on the ball with my routines. Of course, having not been here to keep up the FLYing, I’m now beginning from scratch, to keep track of my 28 consistent days on my 101 list.

I’m back to working on decluttering, and since it’s obvious that the winter clothes need to be brought out soon, I’ll be going through everyone’s clothes again soon. I even had Eden help me go through one of her toy boxes to choose a grocery bag full of toys to give away. Since she has a hard time sharing, I thought it might be a difficult endeavor, but she is excited about giving toys to the little girls and boys who barely have any. My original intention had been to take them to Goodwill, but Eden is set on *personally* giving these toys to the kids who need them. So I think I’ll call a shelter or something and see if there’s a need there.

Things are holding steady with my effort to get healthier and fitter. I’ve not lost anymore weight, but I have improved with eating less sweets, more vegis, and more water. I saw several people, at church and at a local doula meeting, who I have not seen in months, and I got much positive feedback. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Also as part of the aforementioned 101 list, we’ve been taking the girls out to new places every week. And not just new places, but also revisiting some old favorites. I will be sharing some of these experiences in the weeks to come.This has provided many opportunities for us to take nice long walks together as a family, and I think this is a great thing not just for my health, but for setting a positive family example. I’ve also noticed that Eden has less issues with tantrums the more we go out together. Now that Josh is working all day every day, we make it a point to go out together on any day he has off. I’m providing more opportunities for the girls to get out while we’re alone together all day, even if it’s just walking down the road to the mailboxes or running errands with me (long, long before naptime, lest it turn into an embarrassing public meltdown – learned that the hard way).

Thanks to my recent visit with ladysmith, I’m very interested and excited about getting involved with the SCA. I had had trouble connecting with my local group, since the links & website info were old. I’d contacted the local Chatelaine and learned that fighter practices are held weekly on Sunday afternoons (which conflict with my 4T class) and business meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday (which conflict with every-other meeting of my local doula group). I was really starting to think I would never connect with them! In the meantime, I continued reading on the SCA website and links, and some history of the world books, sharing with Josh what I learned. Then one Sunday, 4T was canceled, and so we headed out to find the group!

Boy, do Eden and Ivy both want to jump in sword fighting! LOL Maybe in a few more years…But it was fun to watch and network with some of the local folks. They were really nice, helpful, and welcoming. The Baroness took my card and promised to send me an invite to the closed yahoo group, which I just received last night.

Josh and I had several discussions as I shared my learning about the SCA. He’s not really into role playing, which is totally my thing, but he does have a strong interest in learning how to make armor and weaponry. He’s been interested in metal for some time, and has been trying to teach himself about blacksmithing and welding in particular. I really want to learn to fight and do archery, explore the bardic arts. We worked together to come up with some ideas that we feel work for both of us. I shared several of the countries and cultures that I felt particularly interested in, but stressed that I’m going to be having a ball just doing it at all, and I wanted him to have a major part in choosing our first (and I do plan to have most likely several) personas. I explained that I don’t just want this to be something that I’m dragging him along to, but something that he can feel equally passionate and excited about.

So after much reading, sharing, and discussion, we finally decided that we will be exploring a Japanese culture. We haven’t yet narrowed down a time period, but we’re mostly looking at creating personas who live some time between 1300-1600, with heavy interest on the samurai culture (so far…nothing decided yet). This is all new information to me (and I feel pathetic at my ignorance, but happy to be doing something about it *grin*), so it may be a long process. I’m really hoping that I can have a persona of the warrior woman class and yet somehow still work in my reiki/energy work. Perhaps a tie to Buddhism or a monestary? (Surprising to learn that there was much killing and fighting by the warrior monks. I’d always thought Buddhism was about breaking the bonds of suffering, but perhaps I just have a simplistic view of it. I will endeavor to learn more about midieval Buddhism, if I can find the resources).

I’m just going to list what I’m currently working on here. I think this will most likely develop into one or several posts of it’s own, but since my 1 month anniversary passed on October 2, I did want to check in and update.

1. Organize this list
34. Get a paid LJ account Thank you, simplydorei!
70. Pay library fine & return all books that aren’t mine This one was harder than I anticipated! Through leaving some books at home when I had no car to return them – a huge stack, all about a month overdue (one lost) – plus the fine I hadn’t already paid off completely, I returned to the library to find that my fine had taken over the world at a charge of over $100!!! Thank the Lord Josh had a job and we were caught up on bills, fixing cars, and diapers! I’m giving massive amounts of thanks that we were just able to take care of that all at once. Talk about incentive to keep FLYing and hurry up and get FlyLady’s calendar (#36)…

In Progress:
3. Learn how to make a compost pile
9. Get my DONA, Int’l certification
24. Read 101 books, including 3 from:
25. The New York Times Bestseller list
29. Poetry Books
35. FLY consistently for 28 days
42. Choose a persona
56. Start a homeschool routine with the girls
59. Go a full day without scolding or yelling
(Yes, still shooting for a FULL day)
85. Meditate every day for a month
95. Send a card/wk for 6 weeks
96. Do EFT everyday for 6 weeks
98. Take the family somewhere new every week for 3 months
100. Do the 4T Prosperity Program (3 months)

I’m also going to attempt to begin #88 – Keep a Journal for a month – really soon, if only to help me keep up with all of my progress and destressing! I will continue updating the list here.

So that’s me in a giant nutshell right now. :)


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Oct. 5th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's good to see an update on you. You are a busy busy girl! :o) Would you mind dropping me a note and telling me what filters I am on? I was wondering if I wasn't on something I should be (doesn't that sound presumptuous? lol) because I'd noticed you haven't updated like you typically do, either here or on myspace with bulletins.

Good to have you back, and I hope the cobbly road gets a bit smoother. Keep on hanging in there.
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for the support. No, I just haven't had the opportunity to stay updated on LJ, but I'm hoping that's all past now. :)

As for which filters, I can't honestly say at this point. So far I have only cleaned up one particular filter, but I have plans to add more. It will take much musing and prayer, and will likely be a long process. I prefer not to talk about here on my public journal (for several reasons, but I also don't want to 'play favorites' among my friend list). I'd be happy to chat if you drop me an email at Yajolimyr@yahoo.com
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Oct. 5th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
Hey there! I'm one of your new friends, from one of those friending frenzies. I was just looking through my list of friends and was wondering what had happened to you. Glad to see you are back! Anyway, just wanted to check in and say "hi". Sounds like you are an avid reader too. I've been keeping track of my books for the year and I'm up to 46. My goal was initially 50, but I'm shooting for 60 now.
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hey! Thanks so much for caring -- and for sticking with me! I'm usually quite the poster, but life just slammed right as I made a slew of new buddies. Glad you all didn't give up and depart. :)

I am a reader if nothing else, and I'm usually reading several books at once, depending on the mood I'm in. I've only been keeping track since I made my 101 list, but I think I'll do a whole book list post, if only for reference. What kind of books do you enjoy most? Any good ones to recommend? Now that I can visit the library again, I should make a list of Must Reads.
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Oct. 5th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Its good to read an update from you - I'm glad things are going well.

What is SCA?
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Yipes - I'd been talking about the SCA so much lately, I hadn't considered that the newer folk might not be familiar with it. I should have included a link. All fixed now: Society for Creative Anachronism. Very interesting stuff, revolving around role playing & educating about the Middle Ages (600-1600). Good stuff.
Oct. 5th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! You're not kidding about what's been on your plate! I'm exhausted just reading it all. :)

I've missed your posts and I'm glad you're back. You inspire me in so many ways.

I love your to do list and I hope you don't mind but I added a few of your "to do"s to my "to do"s.

I did read through the entire post but I'm not able to click on the links right nw and delve further into the conversation like I want to. But I'll be back in a bit and replying with more.

:Hugs you:
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Sheesh, I know! Like ya'll needed a whole autobiography. What new friends I made through your pimpage will all be scared off now! ROTFLMAO

Thank you for your kind words, though. You are such a sweetie. By all means, snag whatever goals resonate with you. May I ask which ones you're taking?

Look forward to seeing you again. ;)
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Oct. 5th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I am also one of your new friends and I hope we will be good friends and find similar interest, we had already some and I am honoured that I am able to be on your f-list. Nice to read about you. Reiki is magnificent, i have very dear friend of mine, who is also REIKI master and he is my therapist.

Yeah, My life has been whirlwind too, more or less like dancing with Siva. ;)
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, siobhan. I definitely look forward to learning more about you as well. Any Beloved of Rumi is a Beloved of mine. ;)
Oct. 5th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
hi, sweetness! it's great to see you back and kicking. :) sword fighting? now that sounds like something i'd like. :D
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Check out that SCA site if that interests you. They're everywhere! And it looks so cool. I can't wait to start learning. I want to do heavy fighting, but Josh is leaning more towards rapier. :)

Love your icon.
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Oct. 5th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
He hee...sounds like you have been busy! Welll, as far as miissing important stuff on my journal....I just did a photoshoot with a couple of co-workers that went really well and I posted results..and my dad has decided that I really AM serious about my photography and is willing to finance an equiptment upgrade....(which has me nervous as I know it comes with some emotional baggage, but I could do so much with a serious upgrade!).....

so read the pertinent entries and pray give me your input!!!!

Oct. 5th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! That's such great news! I will definitely check it out when I have more time to devote to it. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow. I am wanting to improve my own photography skills. I hope to one day take a course and learn more professional techniques. If you know of any good websites or books that could help, please feel free to pass them along!
Oct. 5th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Allo dahling. I'll keep it short and sweet and just say... welcome home.

*squishy hugs and loven*
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
LOL Thanks!

*Squishy hugs & loven back!*
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
The SCA is so fun! I bet you'll love it.

And yay for reiki classes and stuff! Those all sound amazing. :D
Oct. 6th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I know I'll love the SCA. I'm raring to go, but I guess it's better that I take it slowly. lol Maybe I'll not get too confused...
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Oct. 5th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
I am glad your back and that things are looking up. To catch you up on me:

I have lost 16lbs.
I have revamped my families eating habits completely. No saturated fats, high fructose corn syrup, or excessive cholesterol. I have just about eliminated red meat. We only eat fish or chicken a couple times a week. I am also trying to buy more organic foods.
My sister is pregnant!!! YEAH We are pretty sure it is a boy. His name will be Scott Jaden and he is due in late April.
I am trying to keep FLYing but it is difficult at best.
Justin turned 15 today (dang I feel old). He is still in a wheel chair from breaking his leg. They do surgery to remove the huge pin in his leg on the 18th. He will still be in a cast for quite a while though.

If your homeschooling the girls, I have a bunch of books from when I homeschooled Justin and Carissa. Maybe I could go through them and pass some down.
Oct. 6th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for you! Congratulations! Both to you on your weight loss and to your sister for her pregnancy! (And let me know if she's local and would like a doula *wink*).

I think I may have to follow your example and cut out saturated fats & high fructose corn syrup. I try to be mindful of buying healthier foods, but I'm not as good about reading the ingredients as I should be. Sometimes I just buy what's on sale, or what I know the kids will eat. What a great reminder that there's always room for more improvement!

I'm in the same boat as you with the FLYing. It's hard, because many days we're out all day and I don't even have time to do anything at the house. I think I'm going to try to squeeze in those 15 minutes a day, even if it's past bedtime. A little bit everyday should start going a long way. We should just keep encouraging each other! I know having someone who shares my interest and efforts sure helps me.

And Happy Birthday to your son! I remember you saying he broke his leg, and I did send some energy your way. I'm sorry to hear that he had to get a wheelchair. Been there & done that with my sister. They bounce back fast, but just don't let him fall into the trap of doing everything all at once when he'll need to work his strength back up! Wish him the best of luck for me.

What kind of homeschooling did you do? I know Justin is much older than my girls; how old is Carissa? If you think my girls could benefit, I'd love to take a look at them. Right now I'm leaning towards a mixture of unschooling/Unit Studies, but I'm still reviewing different modalities. And now on the plus side....we got the 'good' car fixed. We'll apparently need to get a nice oil change and some new tires, but after that, there should be no problem with me driving out of town! :-D I'd love to still try to hook up with you sometime.
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Oct. 6th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
:-D Been trying! I realized (and got Josh to as well) that that's the only way we'll finally actualize our dreams. :)
Oct. 6th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Hi --

So good to see you back! Wtih L&L having just moved to town, I've not been doing much LJ'ing, but I have been missing friends.

My house is overall doing better. It helps that Leon likes to do dishes and cook, and that helps me keep things under control. Right now things are in a mess because I have to do another coat of paint on one bedroom wall and until I do that my room can't be put back together.

The SCA progress sounds like fun. I think the more work you put into creating an authentic personna, the more satisfying it can be.

I'd love it if you'd keep me on your flist and filters. I don't post as often as I'd like, but I do feel like we have a connection that I'd like to nurture once my life settles into a new rhythm.
Oct. 7th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks so much. I haven't had a chance to catch up on my f-list either, but I've been missing it. I'll be happy to keep you on any, although I haven't made any new ones yet. I find your posts too intriguing, anyway. ;)

I think I agree with you on the SCA persona. I'd be happy to settle it down to a general time or area. I think making a dynamic and authentic persona may take a good deal of time and learning, especially considering (I've realized) that I know next to nothing about Japan. I've learned a lot already! That's what makes it so hard to narrow down on just one thing.
Oct. 7th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
heyys there! glad to see you back!

i realised you've updated tons of entries ... but i can't read them now! i need to prepare for some major examinations (my A levels) this month. so i'm actually just dropping by to tell you not to cut me off your friend's list because i'll be inactive for about 1-2 months or so (longggg time i know)

ciaos. and i absolutely love love love your new display pic!
Oct. 7th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
I won't cut you off! :) I'm glad to know you're still interested, though. I enjoy speaking with you through IM, even if you're not on LJ. I know how that busyness is. Good luck with your exams!

Hm, I have a new display pic? LOL I don't believe so. I don't even remember which icon I used for this post. Which one do you like? You're probably welcome to snag it.
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Oct. 9th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! LOL Thank you. Yeah, I knew you'd been off with your sweetie. I'm not even going to try to play catch-up this time. I'm just going to jump in and try to get back into the swing of things at all!
Oct. 11th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
You can send me a card, preferably with stickers in it.
The SCA stuff sounds really cool. I may have to look into that and see if they are in my area.
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
They are everywhere! I highly recommend that you find them. And you'd better learn to fight, cause if our paths every cross on the battlefield, your ass is mine.

And I would be happy to send you a card. Just email me your addy.
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