‘Have this wish I wish tonight …’ (by Anon) (delayed post due to ‘narcolepsy’ 🙂
May marks a very special month for love, of remembering love and sharing loVe …
- My papa’s birthday (he would have been 83! Aweee :).
- My twin nieces (who I’ve witnessed transition from diapers to college alums!).
- Countless friends and new colleagues turned friends.
- The anniversary of a very epic arts + entertainment event circa 2017!
Lots to say, but I’ll keep this post concise in the essence of time and space.
Spoiler alert – this may appear semi-promotional.
After much planning (phew!), 2018 is the year I will be re-branding my Book Talk & Jazz event now in its 3rd year! Before I go into the deets (aka details) and get all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, I’ll preface it with a bit about the back story:
Since launching this micro-business/full-time[passion], the period has been filled with many moments of pleasure mixed with pain. The first time always is …
Especially going in headfirst without a safety net. Unofficially, I began with the publication of my first book in 2011. Back then, I still had the comfort and security of a monthly salary (which afforded me a lot of luxuries and privileges I still enjoy).
Leaving the job market in 2014 *hopefully for good* (fingers + toes crossed), I really had no clue what I was doing (
nun none whatsoever!). I still went brave on the encouragement of folks – some of whom hadn’t been there as yet.
I did get some guidance from some trusted and true masters who were already there, but basically I had to fend for myself and learn much along the way by trial and error.
At first, it was like jumping from a plane without a parachute…
Like .. jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool and trying to tread water without a floaty. It was like … ahh you get my ‘drift’! (hopefully).
If I might also add, there were lots n lots of errors and trials … some by epic proportions, grief and consternation.
Phew! But by some fluke, I survived it and now here I am …
But where is ‘here’ exactly? The journey toward improvement never truly ends, but I do feel as though some of the uncertainty has dissipated and my footing is a bit more solid as a result of my experiences and attracting kindreds along the way.
The re-branded event will be less about me and more about sharing the platform with other talented creatives and subject matter experts with a unique spin.
My greatest teachers. I’ve been fortunate to have met and learnt from true experts and those on a similar journey. Their stories touched my very being and to this day, their words echo like a crescendo of sound that boomerangs in a still forest.
I took their advice, felt their pain and internalized it as though it were mine. In the process; I formed bonds, gained customers and some friends along the way.
Hey! I can’t say how much those connections and experiences meant to me. Even the ones that were just one-off or short-lived due to life, experience or changing priorities.
A few people revealed that in our culture folks aren’t as honest and open as I am, which I find odd, since our talent and individual expression (of such) can never be replicated in quite the same way. Ideas and processes can be copied, but trying to reproduce [the] genuine passion, innovation and heart [of another] never wins.
There’s really no contest when you’re doing your best and your heart is in the right place.
WHY continue? I’m almost certain that I can transition back into full-time employment in ‘virtually’ in any part of the globe, but I can only do what comes naturally to me.
I have received soooo much from sooooo many along the way. It is from sharing freely, I manage to attract abundance amidst the challenging moments and experiences.
It may sound cliche and even a bit corny, but when your passion shows despite the challenges and sporadic internal chaos, there’s much fun to be had…
You always find your way back ‘home’, attract the ‘right’ customers and providers amidst the ones who are placed to teach us the tough lessons needed for our growth.
How? I lay my heart and soul out there in my work and I am vulnerable enough to help where and WHEN I can and when it feels right.
As a result, a flood gate of help and empathy (not pity!) opens up to light my path. Even the times when I feel unworthy for not managing my emotions adequately when coping with the all-consuming challenges of business and adversity that comes with life.
Making the switch from corporate life [for over 2 decades + counting]. (Yeh, I’m that young 😉 to creative endeavours is (a tad) different.
In fact one might say, you kinda have to adopt different personalities to manage the best fit for your brand in the public domain.
A brand image that is not skewed to be perceived as too stiff, too academic, (too corporate), too sheltered, or too rookY-ish for others to relate!
An image that is mature and professional enough to be taken seriously.
A brand that is fun, engaging and natural enough to be deemed credible!
I was forced to adopt several personalities or archetypes (as Carl Jung would say if he were alive). Truth be told; I did not quite know what the heck to do with the information overload over the years, or if it would even ever serve me, or prove useful in real life.
Wsup? Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be reacquainting the past subscribers and the new ones I’ve recently met, with the stuff I’ve packed into my suitcase of life.
NEW year, new FIRE! I will have a marginal role in the entertainment events, while I roll out an exceptionally talented crew. If you stick around, you can read all about the new + improved experience (and even be a part of it) as I reveal them to YoU.
So much things to say and every day the plot thickens. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt [over the period 2016-7 especially] is this:
What life, business, loss and tragedy has taught me:
It’s not WHAT you know, it’s HOW you TRANSLATE the knowledge to benefit others.
It’s not WHO you know, it’s how well you know them and how they see and value you and learning to tell the difference quickly to save face, time + possibly pain.
First impressions count, but character and ‘authenticity’ shine through to the ones who are true.
It’s not how much pain or joy you feel; it’s how well you manage it, in order to learn and make things comfortable and/or great for others.
It’s not about comparing your journey.
It’s about being happy for others whose intentions are pure; being grateful for yours and all the people and things in it, so as to attract more abundance to your life with good karma and hard, honest work.
That’s life: A series of events that can either be mere events to be ‘advertised’………………..or,
Meaningful experiences that will be forever immortalized in time with the ones who were lucky, blessed or open enough to experience them, without you ever telling a soul.
Stay tuned for more.