It has been three weeks since we began the journey of LifeGrid Magazine and thought I would tell the story of what it has been like working with both Jodi & John Powell.
I’ve been focused on developing my own business, working on graphic designs for flyers and banners, networking with beautiful and amazing people all around the world, trying to raise awareness for the work that I do as a professional and sharing experiences. This has seen myself get in contact with so many people that I wish I could have a career of talking with people all day, every day. That would be a job come true!
A few months ago, I had a session with Rebecca Dawson, another beautiful and loving professional and one that has been very pivotal to my own development and growth and in the session, they asked the question. If there is anything in the world that you could do, what would you do? My response was… Networking!
In 2013, the planets population was 7.125 billion and given that we’re very close to 2017 (Merry Christmas!… am I too late?) I’m sure the population has increased even more since then.
One of my earliest memories was along the lines of saying, with so many people in this world, how do we go about meeting them all? Everyone has a story, everyone has an experience, everyone has something important to teach & share. So how do we go meet everyone and learn from all the different cultures in the world?
During the session with Rebecca, we discussed the passion to travel the planet, visit all the magical places that this world has to offer. I’m hanging out to see the ancient ruins, walk through the tunnels of the ancient civilisations and even return to Egypt. There’s this thing that is in the heart and it calls out. Even the dreams of getting on a plane have surfaced again.
I had been in discussion with Amy and had this urge to begin creating various groups to look at various topics. I kept looking for something, the urge was there and to try and meet as many people to learn their story and to find an avenue to express it. I have a thirst for exploration and then got into discussions with Jodi & John and a few weeks later, LifeGrid was created.
One of the loveliest things I have seen with LifeGrid magazine is that, through the modern age of technology. My thirst for exploration is surfacing again, people are telling their story, saying what they are doing and it’s coming from a place of love, passion and the heart. You can even feel it and it’s absolutely beautiful with what we’re achieving.
I’ve been sitting here, looking at the authors, looking at the articles they write and I’ve said many times… Jinkies! I never knew that they did that, I never knew that they experienced that. I want to know more.
When we walk through the streets in Fremantle or the City, I look at everything, the city, the people and we really do not know their story. We could be sitting at work and the person sitting opposite you could very well be the most interesting person that you’ll ever meet and yet, we won’t ever know.
Earlier this year, I began the NEIS project to look at developing my business in the Sound Wave & Crystal Frequency Therapy. I originally called it… “Crystalline Music” but Amy said that she wanted to call it “Heart Activation Music” because of how it works. What I discovered during this process of building the business case that I had to get assistance with trying to make it sound “normal”. It was one of the hardest things to do because of this process of not being able to express what you truly do, whom you truly are. The business case was entirely based on “Brain Wave Therapy” and that was it. Yes, it got approved by government but it was based entirely on 1/8th of the work that I do.
I then went on to trying to obtain Micro Finance from an organisation and I made the mistake of being “authentic” because the very first thing that they said when we met up for coffee to discuss the business proposal was that the declaration of their belief systems and would not be able to provide support for the business.
I began to see a pattern, this whole being authentic and true to your own work and to your own self is met with resistance. It’s met with judgement and criticism. The marketing platforms that we’ve been so bombarded with over the years began to look fake. Even I didn’t agree with it and as part of my business case, I interview many people around the world, asking them about the resistance that they faced when trying to develop a business that is based on authenticity. These conversations were truly fascinating to have.
This whole, not being authentic truly felt like I was cheating on myself. I have lived a life of people telling me what I should do, I have lived the life where my own self was suppressed, I have lived the life where being my normal wasn’t acceptable to the people whom said that I was insane.
This entire year has been about focusing on overcoming this fear of stepping into myself. This is what was identified with Rebecca’s session, it’s like the only battle that I have is with the true acceptance of self because once that happens, things will be much easier. Once that was brought forward into my conscious awareness, I knew exactly what she was referring too. So then the contemplation of… If I change this fear, turn it into a challenge and begin being the true person that I am. Imagine the doors that will open… the rest can leave, if they don’t like it, they can go. This is my journey of self-discovery, not theirs.
What I also began to see was that people were coming into my life and telling me things, things that they thought was weird. Last night, a friend of mine says, I enjoy talking to you because you understand my weird, you make my feeling of weirdness feel normal. I enjoy talking with people about weird because to me, this is what life is, experiences of all measures, of all dimensions and as mentioned before, there are so many things that have been left unsaid and I want to hear those stories too.
So this year of really doing the hard yards of self-exploration and learning from the lovely Miss Amy and others, I began to share my stories of weird and people were telling me that they too had those experiences. When I thought of being afraid of sharing my weird, people were encouraging it as well.
There is so much empirical evidence to support that the world is filled with so many beautiful, passionate, creative and loving people that are all wanting to share their story. So when LifeGrid came along… John & Jodi got pushed out of the way as I jumped head on in, shoes and all!
LifeGrid is all about people sharing their personal stories, how they grew. It is people that have experienced the hardships, experienced the traumas, experienced the real battles that make life challenging and are here for those that need the assistance. This is what LifeGrid makes so amazing because it is amazing people, sharing beautiful stories and the amount of times we have all said.. “WOW! Look at that story” is beyond measure.
I love how we’ve decided to ditch the old strategies of marketing, said… “Let’s do our own thing” and strongly believe that the revolution has begun. The revolution of being true!