Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How Does One Sell Life Changing?

I got an amazing testimonial yesterday from a previous student who took my Writer's Mind class. This is something I developed that brings together my two careers and passions--its a writing workshop that incorporates hypno-tools to help writers get more confident and motivated and creative. And I have to say that I think it has been epic, but nonetheless, I was sort of blown away to read it from her point of view.  Here is some of what she said in an email to friend that she then gave to me to use as a testimonial.

The Writer’s Mind course, for me, changed everything. It was an epic beginning that has transformed my entire life. I highly recommend it for those who write all the time as well as those who have never actually allowed their writing voice to be heard.

I have always known that I needed to write, not by obligation, but for sanity and understanding of myself and the world. Unfortunately like so many, I spent so much of life feeling corked--unable to get the thoughts in my head onto the paper. This course came via recommendation from a good friend who felt like I desperately needed this writing outlet in order to deal with my life in a healthy manner. She was spot on right.

I found, during this class, that the words flowed easily and smoothly from my fingers (for the first time ever)--that I was finally able to put on paper some things that have needed for years to be able to put on paper. The ability to finally be able to write, in conjunction with the subconscious changes that began through the hypnotherapy aspect of this course, facilitated substantial healing of broken dreams, heartache and grief from loss.  So basically, for me, the fruits of the class was epic change, internally, in ways that I desperately needed but didn't know how to find. It was just the beginning. Since then major changes have taken place inside of me and I have gushed in the writing of them. Its been so amazing. And I attribute it entirely to the techniques and tools from this course. ...

Like I said, this course, was the beginning of everything changing--changes I have been seeking after for years and years and have been unable to lock into have finally settled in. Changed my life, rocked my world. I'm a huge advocate. Obviously....

She goes on. And others have gone on in like fashion here. Suffice it to say, this is kind of a rockin' thing I have created. But I have noticed that sometimes people don't want life changing, even if it is positive. Because it is much easier to do what you already know. So I have had a difficult time filling this class, although I suspect many people are just waiting till the absolute last minute to register. We'll see. That seems to be the pattern. And for this reason we'll also be working on procrastination.

But I had this idea that maybe if I give away some love, I will get more. So I have decided to give away one scholarship to The Writer's Mind to someone who really wants and deserves it. I'm not sure what criteria I will use to decide. But if you are super excited about the possibility of this, then leave a comment here about why you should get it, or email me privately.

Writing is fun!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Project True Love Update

I haven't posted any Project True Love (PTL) updates lately, but it's not because nothing has been happening. I have just been keeping it to myself. My own little secret. When I started PTL last year (read parts 1, 2, 3, 4 here), I decided it was a 5-phase project. The first phase was lots of dates, which I have done before, but this time I opened myself to totally random set-ups and went at it solely with the purpose of learning and enjoying the company, not necessarily finding true love. But I did hope it would open the door (in some random way) to Phase 2.

About these Phases--only I know the definition of each Phase, because, well, this is my project and it helps me to save face if I am the only one who can judge where I am at. But even I got surprised. The facts are that Phase 1 did, in a round about way, lead me towards phase 2. But before I got to Phase 2, I discovered that there was another phase--we'll call it 1.5. I suspect most people don't have this phase, but for me, God felt it was right to throw this in there. I was getting schooled and it was my first lesson in letting go of how I think things should go down.

Then we skipped Phase 2 all together, and went straight to Phase 3. By this time, I had accepted that forces beyond my control were in charge. So by then, I was okay skipping Phase 2. Phase 3 was magical. It lasted all of 10 days. Now I am in Phase 4.

All this is to say that I am engaged. Betrothed.

The whole thing is a miracle that was set into motion many years ago. As my love says, "they could never make a proper film that could capture this miracle that is our love." It's true. No one could. 

If you have read my Gift of Giving Life Blog, you will be happy to know that my betrothed is named Rocky.

We are both writer nerds who love religious symbolism and birth metaphors and all things related to temples and veils. We are both a little punk rock, and butt-crazy in love with each other.

I don't remember saying yes. I think it was more like. "Uh-huh. I will."  Then getting mascara all over his shirt.

Right after that rainbows and stars started shooting out of our heads and we floated around bouncing off these for a while. Then we noticed that right near us was David O. McKay's grave. Did I mention he proposed in a cemetery? (We are both a little obsessed with cemeteries. We like them.) So we went and said hi to Pres. McKay.

R thought it was pretty cool that he was there to witness our happy event. In Rocky-speak, President McKay was a bad-ass. (BTW, Bad-Ass is kinda not a bad word around here. It is used with utmost reverence. You are lucky if you get called a B.A.) David O. McKay was a bad ass because he basically ushered in the modern era of the church. I also love him because he was such a huge proponent of meditation. All the modern day prophets counseled us to meditate, but David O. McKay spoke of the need for it most often. And when I read his words on it, which are numerous, I came to adore him. I think he was way ahead of his time in many ways. R says he also tried to give black people the priesthood. It didn't fly till later, but he tried.

So that's a little bit of the story. Here is a picture of us right after he asked me. I don't believe in Photo-shopping my blog pics, so yes that is mascara under my eye (the hazards of happy tears). And yes we are that beautiful. :)

Thanks for everyone who has loved us into this Miracle with a capital M. You know who you are.