Usually, when I return from these trips to Utah, I’m all fired up and ready to go and very often want to burn my business to the ground and start fresh. I consider this a measure of growth that I’ve returned and not much has changed. SUCCESS!
It was a good trip, all told, and I think a lot of the shifting I needed to do happened before I went so it was not the seismic change I am used to.
Also, as a co-facilitator, I wasn’t there so much for my own ah-ha’s (although a wee one broke through*) as supporting others in their own up-level. And can I tell you? I rocked it!
This is almost the exact kind of experience I wanted for my Level Two Practitioners to have when I opened space for them to help co-lead the Level One training. I didn’t have them there so I could do less but to expand into a space where they could be seen as a leader, an expert. And none of them wanted to take that opportunity. Maybe the timing wasn’t right or something but I was a little bit disappointed. To basically apprentice under someone, using their space to learn the skills you’ll need to run something like that yourself, is invaluable to me. So, I didn’t waste the opportunity.
Angella has given me a lot of space and latitude to be seen as that expert and oh hell yeah, I jumped in. If I had something to say, I said it. (That made my motormouth happy!)
It was so nice to hear from the attendees that my presence added a lot to the retreat. I totally received that with love. Originally, Angella and I agreed that I would attend just this retreat since we were working on pipelines and whatnot but I think she saw what a contribution I can make (toot toot on my own horn!) and she definitely wants me at the next 3 (on her dime!). YEY!
- I am thankful for some humidity back in the hometown- jeebus, it was dry up there in the Utah mountains! I had a bloody nose the entire time along with seriously chapped lips. I tend to get dehydrated easily in the higher altitude but this was, by far, the worst time I’ve had of it. Water wasn’t cutting it, no matter how much I drank, so I had to shift to Gatorade, sugar and all, to keep the dehydration away. (It worked.)
- Duty and PJ gave me lots of homecoming love and it was marvy. Brogan did too and Z? He wasn’t fazed at all. It’s nice coming home to love.
- I was randomly selected for TSA Pre-Check at the airport on the way home and a better gift the Universe couldn’t have given me at that moment. I didn’t have to get undressed, felt up or scanned. It was lovely and convinced me that I need to apply for that asap. There’s an office right in the SLC airport so I’m going to make an appointment for when I’m there in November and get it done. SO WORTH IT no matter if you fly once a year or once a week.
* My own awareness about my business was this: I keep trying to leave PI, whether consciously or unconsciously. The first time was when I went back to full-time at ye olde place of employ (unconsciously) and then when I moved head first into the rebrand recently (consciously). It’s an interesting “grass is always greener” sort of pattern I’ve had forever, going back to early relationships and jobs. This was just an awareness, nothing at all to do with it, I don’t think.
Just an observation: What I’ve been hearing you say in different ways over many posts and a lot of time is that you enjoy being surrounded by like-minded people. Maybe it’s the solitude of PI — running your own business — that gets to you?
Gal, more and more I am feeling the truthiness of that. Yes, I do like to be with friends (like-minded or otherwise) and the solitude of the house often gets to me. One of the reasons I wanted to move was that there really is almost nowhere to go around here (Kmart, but that’s not really where you can get coffee and do work, right? heh) but I think I am coming to realize that I have to just get my ass out and find somewhere, near OR far, that will work for me.