Check, 1, 2, LiliBeaners! Anyone out there? Anyone?
Oh hey…hi! There you are!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve been around. I’ve missed this place. A lot. Life has been pretty ho-hum without all of you. You might be wondering why I left or why I haven’t been back in a while. Well, honestly, I just lost my muse for a bit. Lost my mojo. My go-go. Let’s face it…I lost my flow.
But, we’re in luck! My word of the year for 2017 is FLOW and I’m ready to get going with it. So, let’s turn on the electricity and take the covers off the furniture.
LiliBean is back!
What’s everyone been up to? Hopefully lots of adventures and magical moments. Me? I’ve had my fair share of both in the last few years. But I’ve also had my fair share of boredom, blahs and BS. You know what they say though…no highs without the lows, no light without the dark. All true. All good. And I’m always grateful for my life – the good and the bad.
And if we’ve learned nothing else from our time together, it’s that we choose to focus on the good. Because focusing on the good means we attract more good to ourselves. It certainly doesn’t keep the bad from coming. But it does keep it from staying.
Since I missed my annual New Year’s Eve post, I figure we can start there. If you’re like me and you’re wondering how it’s already May and you haven’t even scratched the surface of your goals for this year, let’s commit to each other that 2017 starts right now.
As I said earlier, my word of the year this year is flow. Not so much go with the flow. I’ve being going with the flow for most of my life. Now, I want to learn how to use the flow to get where I want to go. I want to ride the flow. Kind of like surfing a wave, ya know?
But, like surfing, riding the flow is something you have to learn how to do. And something you have to practice doing. You’ll fall off your board more times than you won’t in the beginning. Trust me, I’m an expert in falling off. The key though, is to keep getting back on. Because if you stick with it, eventually you’ll master it. And when you do, you’ll use the flow to get where you want to go, not let it take you where it’s going.
Does that make sense?
It might seem like going with the flow and riding the flow are the same thing. But there’s one main difference – who decides the destination. When you go with the flow, you go wherever it goes. When you ride the flow, you use it to get where you want to go. I know where I want to go and I’ve finally decided that’s where I’m going. And the great news is the flow is there to support me in that decision.
I know I have all the basic moves – intention, vision, gratitude, faith and action. I just need to be persistent in putting them together over and over and over again until it becomes second nature. Until I stop falling off the board more than I’m on it. I think it’s literally as simple as that.
For some people, it comes naturally. Maybe that’s the way they were raised. Maybe they were born with that gift. For most of us though, it takes practice and dedication. And, as in any endeavor, your results are a direct reflection of your effort.
After my last fall off the board, I was exhausted by the effort. I just wanted to stop trying. I wanted the flow to carry me and I didn’t really care where it was going. I put my board away and just floated on the current. And, when I took a minute to look around, I realized it took me away from where I know in my heart I want to be.
But, the great thing about the flow is that you can get back on that board and ride whenever you’re ready. And I think I’m ready now. I’m brushing up on the basics and then I’m going full immersion. All intention, all the time. By the end of 2017, I’ll be riding the wave and taking it where I want to go.
In upcoming posts, we’ll talk more about the flow, how to choose the right destination and more about how to put the basics together to get us where we want to go.
Until then ‘Beaners…as one of my favorite characters (Bodhi) from one of my favorite movies (Point Break) said, “Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll.” Aloha, bruh!