Monday, February 1, 2021

Love Always…Technology Occasionally

Those who know me well, also know Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. I must add - as if we need a holiday to celebrate Love! For me, when one is focusing on Love, they are in the most wonderful moment, dimension or space. Delightfully, it can be repeated and lived eternally – or, at least, as long as we can keep our conscious intention focused.

While doing my best to come from a place of love, today I report a bit about my relationship with technology. As long as technology has been available, I’ve had tech “issues”. When the internet first came to be, I just “had to” have an aol account to be in business. Then I “had to” have a website. Of course, the obligatory newsletter was not far behind. Then followed the social media explosion starting with Myspace. While I admit to dragging my feet the whole way – not thrilled with it at all, I did my best to learn so I could be the most professional and successful in my wellness business. Some knew me back then, when my company name and logo – yes, one’s logo

absolutely defined their business! – was Fit Bodies. (Long before facebook, FB to me meant Fit Bodies!) Very quickly, my practice expanded to encompass so much more than my clients’ bodies. Dancing with the balance and integration of body, mind, spirit and beyond, Fit Bodies evolved into UniversalWellness.  (Thanks Russ and Julie at JRP Productions Graphic Design for my current gorgeous lotus logo!) 
I used technology to market, to create a book, for bookkeeping and huge (for me) database maintenance among other things. In spite of my best efforts, as soon as I learned something and began integrating it acceptably in my work, the hardware or software changed. This forced me, should I wish to keep up with what was “necessary to succeed in business”, to spend more money each time. Needless to say, I’d have to learn the new format again as well since it generally didn’t behave like its predecessor. I loved working with my clients and teaching classes but the rest of the running the business stuff was constantly challenging. However, I battled on bravely. Why? Because I loved
my clients….and so I could provide the best life possible for my precious children. Unlike in days of old, things – especially all those tech – aren’t made to last. With every new computer I got, I was required to pay all over again for software I’d already spent hundreds of dollars on. But even paying the ransom didn’t prevent losing valuable information and abilities from the older version each time.

My move from CA to FL in 2006 was just the beginning of huge waves of change sweeping over my life. The incredible magicians at Axicom continued to assist me in keeping my database and other things important on my computer(s) for years. This was particularly tricky with my life transforming to gypsy living and mostly by trade. Obviously, hardware and software companies won’t exchange their products for wellness coaching and
such. The Axicom Angels helped me rescue remnants of my previously extensive database (around 2,000 contacts) but I finally lost complete use of the ACT software a few years ago. Same thing has been happening with my website for over a decade. I went from working diligently to maintain the content and mailing list and then… Over the years, I was able to do less and less with regard to modifying existing content and adding new information. This was in spite of my web guy doing everything he could for me in the ever-changing tech world.  It finally came down to me basically keeping the website for the presence, a reference for older information and a portal through which I sent out an announcement for new blog posts to the wonderful folks on my personally cultivated emailing list. Since last year, it has been getting shut down with each announcement. The mysterious cause was finally discovered, when it again occurred in January 2021. Sending out a message “only” once a month was seen as “not normal” (then again, what about me is?) and was getting flagged for sending out spam. Evidently the “service” cannot take into consideration individual account needs so I am left with some big questions of how to proceed from here.

A few close ones know it would be easier for me to disappear in some tropical location with virtually no technology. I have seriously been tempted to go that route a number of times over the past decade. Each time, I have regrouped and found a way to hold on...until the Universe shows me otherwise.

I am not even sure how this blog post will be adequately announced now that I cannot do so through my website emailing “service”. The January announcement only went out to maybe half the list before it got shut down. So many times, I have seriously considered just

quitting writing this too… And I do so again now. One of the big reasons it has gone on this long is for Love – it’s definitely not for money! Heartfelt feedback I’ve regularly received has reminded me of the bright difference it has made. And so, at least for this month, I lovingly share this post with you. I trust I will be guided appropriately – on so many levels – on what actions to take for next month. It’s still…one day at a time and sometimes even, one moment at a time. One moment to make a conscious choice to make the best decision possible from a place of Love.

This post drastically evolved into a very different communication than I envisioned for my sparkling Love post. For the moment, I trust this particular message reaches just the right people at exactly the right time.

If you so choose, you can “follow” me on Blogger and you will get notified of any new posts even if I no longer have an emailing list. You have to have an account (which is easy to sign up for) and you don’t have to be active.

Changing gears but still with Love….

I enjoy recommending dear friends and their products and services when appropriate. Often the topic of love goes “hand in hand” with romance. My very talented (and spiritually aware) friend, Peter Simon, has created a Romance Novel Class – for writing one, that is. A complete and detailed guide and, it’s FREE! I know, what a novel idea! 
If you visit his fb profile, be sure to check out “Details About Peter” in his About section. Pretty fantastic! Those details can also be found on amazon as well as his book Context that I couldn’t stop reading once I started. And that’s available on Kindle for ONLY .99! Note:This isn’t a story to go into lightly. This isn’t a tale for those expecting the familiar. This is a book for readers that want more in their entertainment.” The trailer for Context can be found on youtube Naturally, it too involves
lovers, as appropriate for my Valentine post….. “
It begins here. This book consists of a collection of letters written by two lovers. Lovers who must wrestle to retain love as they endure the pinnacle of strife. Only read these letters if you believe yourself ready to learn the answers that only Story can provide. Of course you are already prepared to walk across the surface of alien worlds. Obviously, you are prepared to read a tale of love, wilderness, war and despair. But, are you ready to venture through the ultimate Unknowns? Are you ready to invest yourself in a tale that may forever change you? It begins here. Open this book if you are ready to begin again.”

Last year, I offered, for Valentine’s 
Day/Month, Hearts of the Sea. Images show a few of the many hearts nature and I lovingly co-created. Although all pictured have moved on to loving owners, for a limited time, custom orders are available. Of course, none will look exactly as those pictured. As with people, no two are exactly alike. 
                                     Please contact asap with your interest….

I wish I could wrap this up with......and they all lived happily ever after. But I realize, for me, I can only be happily in this moment. So, in this moment of love and joy, I swirl its essence to you in whatever moment you are reading this. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for the Light You Are in My Life! Happy Valentine's Day! 
Happy Love Moment!