Archive for March, 2010

Bloom Baby Bloom

March 31, 2010

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  -Anais Nin 

I wake up in the middle of the night so many times thinking of this quote, The fear of the unknown and the chatter in my brain holds my feet to the tattered kitchen floor.  We remain tight it the bud sometimes for all the wrong reasons… reasons that we convince ourselves that we are suppose to be here for a reason… only to realize we have stayed  way too long… long enough for that familiar pain to set in til it flails you around, twisting and bending in every direction forcing the imminent  break.. .but oh these are the spring winds of hope casting the bud off it’s once secure stem forcing it to take seed somewhere else with the reassurance that our dreams are destined to bloom somewhere else.

                                                                     So where is the wind taking your dreams right now?


Dream Boards and Liberation

March 23, 2010

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
’till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
’cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too.

—  Fleetwood Mac

The inspiration for this week’s Sister Summit Blog entry came to me on Sunday. Carolyn and I talked very briefly about a yoga teacher training program that is on her path right now. She was on her way to Michael’s to get stuff to make a Dreamboard. A Dreamboard (as defined by wiki)  “. . . is a collection of images, words and colors which reflect your visions and desires as they are manifesting in your life. A Dreamboard is a tool to allow you to become clear on what you really want. Becoming clear on what you really want is the key to manifesting.” Through all the challenges on her path, Carolyn is clearing the way to make her dream a reality.

I then went off to a yoga class — where the instructor’s theme (or dharma talk) was about liberation . And after an intense, sweaty and challenging asana practice, the song, Landslide played during savasana. I have heard this song countless times, and I love it. It reminds me of Carolyn. And Judy and Maureen. And all of us sisters, collectively. It makes me think of our time in the mountains, and our struggles and challenges as we climb to our own summit.

And as I relaxed into the posture on Sunday, soaking up the wonders of a practice  you all know how much I love, I got to thinking about liberation and dreams. And the freedom to choose what we want in our lives and how we want to show up and contribute — no matter how many times we have to start over. As the song says, “time makes you bolder . . . and i’m getting older, too”. Bolder to come together in authenticity and to share our dreams and visions. To become really clear on what we want to manifest.

So, I thought this might be a good place to start with Sister Summit’s new virtual home. We have a vision. We have our weekly calls. We now have a place to record it — the written word. We’ll build upon our vision and show up.

Sister Summit dedicated the month of March to rebirth, new growth, new beginnings. This sister is working on the newness of Social Media and how it can power up my professional work as a marketer. More importantly, I am visioning how it can help Sister Summit plant seeds, nourish and grow. I am studying it, learning it and showing up (albeit, toe in water). I am excited and energized.

What are your new beginnings?

Monday morning, March snow. Is spring near?

March 15, 2010

Good morning sisters,

You may notice that I cleaned up the page a little yesterday. I deleted our “test” Posts, yet kept Judy’s and added a comment to her post. Did you see it?

I am delighted that we set up our blog on Saturday. And I have been thinking a lot about how we will use it. Will we Post during the week? Comment during the week? Will we use it to Power Up Sister Summit, the “place”? I am optimistic about all of these possibilities and will do my part in that effort.

The only thing that was missing from our sister summit on Saturday was the usual “catch-up”. And I have a lot on my mind. Particularly, my visit to Sedona. And Nancy’s failing health. And Dad. This is a part of life that is inevitable — our own getting older and having our parents experience failing health. I desperately want to do something to help. And when I was there, we were in the thick of it, just managing the hour by hour, day to day of caring for Nancy. I left there with a very heavy heart, sad and filled with compassion and a longing to connect with them from afar. I have been thinking about things that will help both of them. Maybe we can talk about this on Saturday?

So — Happy Monday. And while our skies are filled with grey clouds and snow lingers, I will keep in mind that spring is right around the corner. And the promise of 60 degrees this week in the forecast.

In my Meditations on the Mat reading this morning, the quote, “I learn by going where I have to go.” by Theodore Roethke, inspires me. Rolf Gates goes on to say,  “ . . . And every time we choose life, we find that fear loses its grip on us. We all know more than we think we do, and we are stonger than we believe ourselves to be.”

Yes, sisters, we do!

I love you all — Sam

March Madness

March 13, 2010

This is Women’s History month.  I’m thinking of writing short blurbs to my staff for the remainder of the month, highlighting women educational theorists.  This might help my staff to become more familiar with women that could help them become better informed about our own profession.  We need to change our image.  It needs to be an image that is perceived as more scholarly and vital.  What do you guys think?