Friday, March 30, 2012
I was recently in the position of having to “introduce” myself.
Weirdly, I was at a loss for words.
I sat there, and thought about ME, and did not know what to say. Well, I did have lots to say, but it sounded pretty boring...and when did I get boring?
Thankfully, this intro was on a forum, so I did not look like a speechless, or garbling idiot. I had some time to pout & ponder on the subject of ME. I think it may have been Spirit that was patting me on the back, saying: “It’s okay Heike, you are not BORING. You are just in transition, so you don’t really know who you are right now.”
With that mind, I wrote something like: This is what I do, but really, I have to write another intro when I have figured out who I am right now.
I made a list.
In the day, I am: Mama, daughter, chauffeur, teacher, playmate, doctor, witch, cook, maid, hair dresser, grocery shopper, seamstress, laundress, dog trainer, dog walker, chicken feeder, negotiator, banker, accountant, wife, friend, researcher.
When I do business, I am: Goddess caller, Goddess pendant maker, painter, Kitchen Witch maker, writer. Wait, is that business or pleasure?
In spirit, I am: a gypsy, a traveler, a witch, a student of herbs, a singer, a runner, a Thai cook, a soul coach.
In my other life, when I was in sales & direct sales, I always had an “Elevator Speech”. I had it for impromptu encounters, and for that testy “So, what do YOU do?” (Notice, not WHO ARE YOU, but WHAT DO YOU DO?) . The challenge is to introduce yourself, and your business, to a stranger in 1 to 2 minutes, about the time you would ride with them in an elevator. This was simple, when I was: “Hi my name is Heike, I am a Director with Highlights Jigsaw. I am sure you know Highlights, the popular children’s magazine?” I could strike up a conversation with ANYONE with that. I could give you a run down of all my elevator speeches, but that part of my life is fairly faded for me.
So, taking my ME bullets above, I could say:
“Hi, my name is Heike, and I am a Goddess butt painter, and Kitchen Witch Creator. Do you already have a Kitchen Witch?”
“Hi, my name is Heike. I am an expert in feeding & raising children, dogs, and chickens. How can I help YOU organize your family?”
“Hi, my name is Heike, and my specialty is making a meal in 15 minutes out of leftovers, and all the ‘we have no food’ items in my fridge. Are YOU up for a challenge like that?”
“Hi, my name is Heike, and I wrote & published a book. You have never heard of it? Where do you live?”
“Hi, my name is Heike, and I am embarking on an adventure experiment across the country. I am looking for sponsors, would you like to see YOUR name on my van?”
“Hi, my name is Heike. I can clean/fix anything, will work for free. As long as you don’t talk to me and let me have peace. Now, what can I do for you?”
I could go on for days. It is much harder to “identify” yourself when you are not letting something outside dictate who you are. It is much easier to identify with a job title, a mama/wife/? title, a group position.....It seems to have more value than just saying: “Hi, I am Heike.”
There you go. I am Heike. I consider myself without title right now. I am transitioning, as I do in different phases in my life. I am just going to own it.
My elevator speech is four syllables long.
Friday, March 23, 2012
It's the time of year when Borage takes over my back yard.
Strangely, a few years ago a little Borage plant with WHITE flowers came into my yard mysteriously, and now it is an annual welcomer of spring. The bees LOVE it, and we enjoy the fragrant flowers right off the plant. They taste like cucumbers :). It is a hardy, and very self seeding plant. At one point, I actually have to start pulling it out because it takes over. Right now, we are just enjoying it.
From A Modern Herbal:
Those of our time do use the flowers in sallads to exhilerate and make the mind glad. There be also many things made of these used everywhere for the comfort of the heart, for the driving away of sorrow and increasing the joy of the minde. The leaves and floures of Borage put into wine make men and women glad and merry and drive away all sadnesse, dulnesse and melancholy, as Dios corides and Pliny affirme. Syrup made of the floures of Borage comforteth the heart, purgeth melancholy and quieteth the phrenticke and lunaticke person. The leaves eaten raw ingender good bloud, especially in those that have been lately sicke.'
I just made my version of Borage soup, which is super simple.
Pick young leaves, maybe about 2-3 cups. Careful, Borage as stingy hair, so handle it like Nettles, wear gloves! Wash the leaves and put them in the mixer. put about 1.5 cups for of low fat plain joghurt, some salt, a dash of lemon juice, and optional, some garlic. Add about 1/2 cup of water.
Pour into pretty bowls, sprinkle with a little black pepper, and garnish with some Borage blossoms.
Enjoy your spring :). And, if you are local and want your own white Borage plants, I am more than happy to share babies!
Monday, March 19, 2012
My constant journey of decluttering is quite epic. In my past lives, I was probably without "stuff", so I am hoarding it now. Denise Linn, one of my favorite author's, explains in her book Past Lives, Present Dreams
how you can break present recurring journeys by going into your past life. Hard for me to explain, but it is something I am going to do now, as my "issues" seem unbreakable.
A few weeks ago I joined the "Create your Goddess Haven E-course" :). I am on Week 3. I have a circle of Goddesses who are space clearing with me, and I have someone to answer too. I enjoy seeing the pictures of other Goddesses, and reading the posts of the trials & tribulations, and the satisfaction of getting a job done. Alongside that, there are beautiful worksheets, meditations, and Abundance tips. No, it is not free, which is exactly why I waited so long to do it. But now I must say, it is well worth the money! I actually joined the Goddess Circle, which lets me access ALL the e-courses, forums, etc, as well as enabling me to connect with "sisters" from all around the world. $99 for the year is quite a deal, and quite a fabulous energy. I am also noticing that my life issues correlate with clutter issues if identifying Feng Shui challenges. Money, Reputation, Career...Health.
Sofar, I have cleared, my dining room "stock piles", made my bathroom into a spa :), and this weekend I cleaned out my linen closet so we have 2 sets of sheets for each bed instead of zillions...I am in the process of making my bedroom a haven, especially after I read "Where you sleep reflects who you are.". EEEK...that is all that came to mind when I read that.
As I am clearing, I am finding things to give away. If you are not already there, LIKE my facebook page MyGypsyMarket, I will be listing "giveable" things as clear. I am sure when I get to my studio/play/retreat room, there will be lots of books.
Why am I giving you all these links? Because I always share things THAT I LOVE and that I see as valuable assets in my life, and because I am FINALLY getting a handle on this cluttered house. I have some major changes planned in my life to fulfill my future goals, and to do this, I need a serene & happy house.
Enjoy, and let me know if you decide to join Circle...find me there, Lovelies.