So, I feel like I’ve got lots in my head + some of it I’ve already written down + some I’m not sure I have + some I haven’t at all…
So I’m just going to do a word barf.
And maybe you’ll get something out of it. I hope.
So, where am I at?
I… am recovering slowly.
Two weeks ago, I had my fallopian tubes removed.
My body has been going through its own healing + grieving process. Even though I am completely, 100% done with babymaking in my soul… even though it’s strongly recommended by medical professionals to not risk HG again… of course there is a part of me – that deeply feminine, mother part of me – that grieves. Grieves for babies that weren’t mine to have this lifetime. And it’s okay, all these feelings, you know?
Not so long ago, I used to run away from any feeling which wasn’t “positive.” And one of the surprise gifts that came out of having HG was that I finally realised I was allowed to have all my feelings. In fact, it was healthier for me to have my feelings and let them pass, then bottle up all the ones I thought I couldn’t have, and instead they would fizzle and pop out of me as anxiety and sharpness.
HG softened the fuck out of me on that level. And that is a good thing.
So I’ve been feeling all my feelings. Letting them come, letting them go. They are all welcome here now.
And letting the physical process of healing take its time too.
It’s been a longer, slower recovery than I had expected. But that’s probably not surprising – I’m notoriously impatient and want to manifest + do everything NOW.
As the intuitive Hiro joked with me this morning, after having known me for so many years now – my gravestone will NOT say “A Beacon of Patience.” That cracked me up.
So… despite my plans to be ruling the world + kicking back into full speed after surgery… here I am, still needing to go slow + lay low. I know there must be a great, deep spiritual reason for this. That I will not be the person who got into bed when I get back out.
For good reason too.
My world is moving in the most wonderful of ways.
It reminds me of one of my favourite childhood stories: Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. That tree, so tall and enchanted, stretched far above the forest and at the top, it accessed different worlds. And every so often, the clouds changed and the worlds shifted. And the inhabitants of the Faraway Tree (like Silky the fairy and dear old Moon-Face) would clamber to the top and find themselves in a new world.
I share that, because the clouds shifted for me and a new land has arrived. And all of a sudden, after waiting and waiting and waiting, I can see exactly where I’m headed + what I’m creating next + exactly how I’m doing it. And it’s beautiful and exciting. I feel deeply, totally on soul purpose.
Spirit and creativity and ease are returning to me in the biggest wave… I haven’t felt so verdently ripe + blooming in all of this for over five years. What a blessing, right? Especially after such a tough time with my pregnancy with Beth. It’s the sweetest rain for quite some time.
What I’m Creating…
I’m remaining fiercely devoted to my Academy + have HUGE plans to take it to the next level. Well, more like a dozen levels up. The plans we have are pretty magical + wondrous, honestly! I’ll share more as they come into fruition.
We’re also developing out a full planner range (including 2016 workbook, diary, wall planner + to do list pad) for the next year. Basically, I wanted to create a full suite of products that would help you make your dreams come true. And make them adorable and rainbow and inspiration CENTRAL. #megafun
You can read more about some of the lovely Academy and workbook changes that are happening here.
You might remember a couple of months ago, just after we moved here to darling Tasmania, I decided I needed to take a retreat. I ended up spending my afternoons sitting in a turquoise cabin overlooking the ocean.
I painted and watched Notting Hill and wrote and cried and illustrated the Hyperemesis Gravidarum zine as a creative side project. I sat and wait for all the pieces of myself to arrive after such a huge move.
And trust me, I TOTALLY resisted going on retreat. I like being a productive mofo. I always think there’s too much on my plate to do it. But I also know that the insights that come up when on retreat are life + business changing. And that the only way to get them is get still and quiet enough to hear them.
During that retreat, I got the insight I needed:
I suddenly knew how to fill the Chief Operations Officer (COO) in my company. Having a COO for me is damn important. It means I get to concentrate on creating + content + strategy + marketing – my genius zone. While someone does the team management + hiring + tech + systems to execute those goals. I’ve been doing both those roles until I could find the right person. It’s the most important hiring decision I have to make.
Anywaysies – on that retreat – I got that big soul intuition to ask our tech contractor Grant Andrew to become COO. We’d worked with him over the space of five months, and my whole team (including my husband who is notoriously hard-to-impress) loved him. He’s a walking heart on legs, has some ridiculously awesome experience + regards work as his spiritual practice + passion. (He’s also the one that organised + engineered the rescuing of our workbooks at Christmas!)
Grant brings a bunch of tech, hiring, business systems, marketing and funnel knowledge with him, along with his inner wisdom of creating a lasting, magical marriage (his wife Jenny is a total earth angel!), connected parenting (he’s a committed dad to his 3 almost-adult kids) and creating (he’s also a singer-songwriter with his own album out). In short – he’s got a lot to share, he’s passionate about teaching it and I place great trust in his wisdom. So I’ve asked him to begin sharing it as well with you – via my blog + in the Academy.
Creative collaboration! What fun!
It’s a big shift for me – to “share the stage” effectively. It isn’t something that’s called me before. However I felt like I would be doing a big disservice if I didn’t share Grant with you and let you learn from him too. I call him a “brother from the cosmic womb”.
I will of course be still sharing + creating… in fact what we’re working on is creating the systems for me to be able to do even more of that.
It’s exciting + good times.
Creative Collaboration #1:
So with that in mind, I thought it would be useful to interview Grant + share him with you all that way.
We also talk about:
- the creative process
- the importance of setting priorities
- increasing our environmental + social consciousness
- our next evolution as a company
- our next vision/mission.
And if you’d like to see more – like a business/life/heart/creating podcast or vodcast, pop us an email. That would be really fun!
Creative Collaboration #2:
Grant also just ran our first US team retreat last week, and I asked him to share his best tips on creating an amazing team. He shared them poetically here, and I illustrated them into a printable poster for you as well.
Next in the creative works:
- I’ll get Grant to share about how he organised + ran our US team retreat + what they worked on.
- I’ve written another illustrated zine… this time about… INTERNET ADDICTION.
They’ll be coming your way soon. Keep one’s eyes peeled.
Thank you for sharing in this journey. What a bloody fun one it is!
Good + big things are happening.
I hope they are washing your way too,
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