(From a blog in 2011…)
I was just watching a special interview with Oprah Winfrey at the Facebook headquarters. She talked about a lot of inspiring things, but one thing she said stayed with me today. She talked about how we are all here to discover Why We Are Here. To find what the “thing” is that we do with our life every day and in every moment. What gives us JOY. Her example for her life was that at age 3 she started talking. She gave little speeches in church. And people loved it and were inspired. Obviously she continued to do it up to this point, speaking, talking, connecting people. And doing it with inspiration and grace.
Two things immediately popped into my head about my own life.
When I was a kid, I had “clubs.” I would set up these little area’s in our basement, create a desk, some papers on top of it, lots of pens of course, and then I would invite my friends and neighborhood kids over to have a Club. Each club was a different theme. (I don’t remember what they were now.) And I LOVED it.
As a kid I wrote stories. My nose was always in a book. I kept a journal for most of my life (well, it stopped a few years ago unfortunately). In high school I was on the newspaper and yearbook staff. I also had lots of pen pals, so I was always writing letters.
Somehow through pen pals I discovered what ‘zine’s were. So I created my own. According to Wikipedia:
A zine ( /ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier.
It was a self-created collage of images, words, poetry, stories, ideas, music or celebrity faves, etc, all in black and white, and reproduced on my dad’s church copier (he is a Lutheran pastor). I didn’t make many copies, gave a few to friends, nothing special. But the time I spent creating it was fun and made me feel alive.
In college I journalled, joined campus groups like MPIRG and Amnesty International, and hosted a lot of parties in my dorm rooms. It felt freeing and special, and I loved every minute, good and bad.
Life’s journey hasn’t really changed.
Since about 1997 I have been awakening spiritually. Through various connections and groups, I have been the one to create flyers, websites, business cards. I didn’t start my own business until about 2001. CREATING is in my blood. In 2004 I started my 2nd business, a metaphysical based print publication that was distributed around the Twin Cities for a few years, until it went digital only. Not long after it was started we created a metaphysical Expo that happened yearly for 4 years, plus lots of small psychic fairs and a final expo focused on kids. And throughout the years, it has given me great joy to host gatherings, classes, and parties.
I thrive on bringing people together and bringing them resources they need for growth.
Apparently it’s in my blood. So I’ll keep doing it.
But I want to expand. I want it to make more money. MONEY! (Don’t be afraid of that word, people, it’s not a bad thing. As spiritual or holistic practitioners, we need to learn to GRAB it, who cares if you think it’s not “spiritual” to want MONEY?!) I want to connect more people to more resources and light and ultimately, to THEMSELVES as the divine human beings they are right now.
So, I guess I better go do that.
Maybe Oprah can come over for coffee and give me some pointers.