Sep 19, 2016

Celebrating Freedom Day 10

Whoot Whoot! Day 10!#10DBC #freedomplan

I completed the challenge! I am very proud of myself for keeping a ten day streak.

Day 10 Challenge: I want you to think back to the journey you’ve been on in the last 10 days. I encourage you to read through all your posts to celebrate all that you’ve written, learned and experienced as part of this daily blog challenge. And in today’s blog post, I want you to write about:

  • What you enjoyed most about your experience of taking part in the blog challenge

  • Your favorite challenge day and why

  • The biggest takeaway you’ve had from it

  • The next step you’re going to take to make your freedom plan a reality

What I enjoyed most about my experience with this Blog Challenge;

When trying to find new innovative things to write about, and stay within modern times, this can be challenging in itself. I enjoyed reviewing other peoples blogs to see what I was missing and learning different styles and new technology. I love education, and I feel this challenge was a actual class to build on, thanks to Natalie Sisson, I was able to complete it. I also enjoyed reviewing my own brain and what's in there, stepping outside the box. I really enjoyed the podcast from Natalie every morning with my coffee, I felt like I had a personal coach.

My favorite challenge was Day 6- Who is living the life I want and who are my superhero's. I did write about people in my local community who are inspiring to me, and received amazing comments and personal thanks, and how can I help. I wrote about my two superstars, and then I wrote them and told them I wrote about them, Seth Godin actually sent me a personal email!

What I didn't elaborate on was the superhero's I was thinking about while writing the challenge.
My Amazing mother with her wit and creative mind. My amazing sons, who have grown so much in their personal accomplishments, my adoring husband. My husbands family who have accepted me as their own. These are my own superhero's I think about on a daily basis. This challenge has given me gratitude for what I have and who I have in my life.

The biggest takeaway -The biggest takeaway from this challenge is the lessons learned, to stay motivated and work on things everyday. To put this in action is the big takeaway, not just dream it, but work on it everyday. I loved getting my imagination going again, talking about it and feeling like I'm going to take action.

The Next Step to make my freedom plan a reality!

The next step for me besides winning this challenge and going to Bali, and having the best time of my life, is focus every day. Stick to My Successful Day Plan every day, write new challenges and goals for myself.

I highly recommend this 10 blog challenge for anyone! It has opened new doors for me and gotten me to believe in myself again. Thank You Natalie Sisson for making this happen!

Gvixen Signing off for the evening, stay tuned for great things about to happen.

Sep 18, 2016

Day 9 #10DBC #freedomplan : Location Independance

Good Morning Cameno!#10DBC #freedomplan

Day 9 Natalie's Sisson's 10 day Blog Challenge;  To  Imagine you are on a long holiday in Portugal (or wherever your dream destination is). There are castles to explore, secret bars to discover, and sunny beaches to laze around on. In today’s post, I want you to write about how you will balance your adventure and work while you are away on this holiday.

My Holiday: I have booked an Air BNB on a family vineyard, the place is on a cliff buff, and below is the very blue ocean, this is in Spain. I must feed the farm animals as its part of the stay, this includes chickens, goats, a few sheep. The schedule requires a early rise, to take care of the animals. The family has left me with some names of locals to meet, so that I can get a feel of the culture.

I wake up to the humid air and ocean breeze, I have decided to convert my two hours of exercise into caring for the hobby farm, put this into the plan, as to not disrupt my routine. I am finished the grunt work by 9am, and am able to squeeze a hour in on my laptop, before venturing out into the town. I have a portable iPad to record  anything from my adventure into my work. This trip I had networked to meet a few ladies to give a talk on what I am doing.

After meeting the town and checking things out, I am invited to go on a small sail trip. I jump at the opportunity. The sail trip includes dinner and wine.

After a amazing day, I spend a hour winding down, checking my online company, few emails- and call it a night. Tomorrow I decide is a day of photography, maybe get down some writing about Spain.

What I've been thinking about during this challenge is how to make this a reality, and I have somewhat started this already. For the next 6 to 8 months I will have the time to explore my options on my work. While on Vacation. I have never taken a vacation any longer than 7 to 14 days, now I am on a extended amount of vacation.  I have been in Bellingham for about 6 weeks. Every week end has been a adventure of sorts in different areas of Washington.

For the last year it has been travel after travel, Northern BC, California, Oregon, All across the states. During this time my communications have stayed the same for the most part.

What I hope to have is a company that will generate on its own, and a Tribe who will keep me accountable and in check. I hope to have my own passion as part of my work.

Upcoming Trip: The next 10 months will be focusing on a extended trip to Africa, to work with a school in Tanzania, most importantly we hope to generate a few things in place before we go. My routine for the morning will stay the same in any location I am in. I am adaptable that way. My Bulk Day of work hopefully will be incorporated into that vacation, meeting people, being local. We have talked about living 6 months of the year in another destination, and in about 2 to 5 years hope to accomplish a homestead of sorts.

If I am able to learn the strong building blocks for generating income while abroad via, and adjust my time schedules, I will accomplish what I had hoped. I love to write about my experiences and people I have met along the way. I am ready and excited to start everything fresh!

Just writing in this blog challenge has got me in tuned with the work ahead. I am so grateful!
Closing photos of cabin escape on Cameno Island.

Gvixen Signing off, looking forward to the last day of our challenge tomorrow!

Sep 17, 2016

My Day Adventure-Trying something I have never done!

Day 8 Challenge:#10DBC #freedomplan 
The Challenge From Natalie Sisson : Like I said, today is a fun day. So I want you to go out and do something that you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Go out play, enjoy, and come back and write about what you did. Also, write about how you can make such adventures part of your new lifestyle.

Life is about adventures and stepping out of your comfort zone. This weekend I was to spend it on Cameno Island, celebrating a 10 year anniversary and my birthday with close family. My husband will be away on my actual birthday.

I explained that I had this blog challenge, and that I had to create a adventure. I was surprised!

My husband recently bought a bike, and his cousin (brother) bought 3 bikes. We have agreed that myself and my husbands cousin wife would be riding by March 2017, classes are  set up for the end of September. So this weekend, my brother in law surprised me!  with bringing some bikes he had just recently bought. In hopes the women would get on them. Today is stormy, tomorrow will be a nice day.

Today the goal was to get me in the gear and on the bike, with a lesson on throttle, clutch gears, brake.
I have NEVER ridden a bike, I have gotten on the back of one, once. I have ridden a moped several times.
Life is about stepping outside your comfort zonee. Life is also short, live it to the fullest! Here are a few Videos of the gear try on, and the lesson!
Super exciting! These bikes are HUGE! LOL

Unfortunately I could not connect the clips into one.

The more you experience in life, the more you will feel accomplished and whole, today was a great day! I continue to live adventures on a monthly basis. Sometimes adventure can be in your very own back yard, maybe you have never painted before or gardened, maybe you think you have zero skill...but all of this is trial and error, give it a shot! You may be happy with the results.

Well there's my post for the evening, Hopefully the videos post!
Carry On, Be Happy, Make Adventures!
GVix Signing off!

Sep 16, 2016

Imperfect Action

For today’s challenge I want you to pick one imperfect action that you can take every day that will move you closer to the life you have envisioned. It could be 5 minutes of walking or meditation, or even just continuing the momentum of this challenge and keep writing 200 words a day on your blog. Pick that one imperfect action and write a post about why you chose the particular action and what you imagine it will be like if you do it every day for the next 30 days.#10DBC #freedomplan

I wish it could be as simple as those three words, I guess it really can be that simple.

My Procrastination:

I have the ability, to leave things, to know where I left off on each thing,  by the end of the day its all squared away. You guessed it, Squirrel- I have ADD. I am the best multitasker there is, I do pay attention to detail as well, everything is neatly organized, just partly unfinished.

My Overwhelm:

The fear of success been a evil seed in my being for many years. After being in this challenge it is apparent to me, that my entire blog and website needs a complete overhaul, this is  overwhelming.

So here's what I have been doing since this challenge, after the day is finished at night.

Go to word press
Pick a template
start the new template,
look for the template
look at my old website
wonder where the stuff came from on my old website
look at other peoples websites
leave it.
go back to net flicks.

This challenge has sparked me to just get back to writing again, almost like the journaling I used to do every morning.

The plan for me starting this Monday, is to get clear and make use of the trail and ocean by my apartment. To Follow the steps of my successful day.

This will be the very first thing of the day. I do feel focused and ready for the day after exercise.

I then set slots of time for writing and my web page. If I can stick to the plan, I should have a amazing website and accomplished more than I imagined.

The Successful, Perfect Day
  • Exercise
  • Write
  • Web page Work
  • Get out there- Make Things Happen
  • Husband Time
  • My Time
I decided my imperfect action will be similar to my husbands. I will journal. 10 minutes of gratitude, 365 days. I choose this imperfect action for so many reasons, mostly this imperfect action will help me remember the great journey I pasted, and the new adventure I have begun.

Thanks For Visiting!
GVixen Signing off

Sep 15, 2016

Finding Your Tribe

Day 6: Find 1 or 2 people who are living the kind of life you want to live, and whose tribe you’d love to be part of. Then write a short post about why you find them inspiring and the one question you would ask them if you met in real life.#10DBC #freedomplan

This was a challenge indeed! In this challenge we have to go beyond Natalie, reach for the stars,  I have my 3 superstars; Natalie, Seth Godin and Brené Brown .  I have my home town mentors and superstars to me personally, originally all from Vancouver BC.  Then I have my closest family and my new community. The larger Tribe the better I say!

The Number One Person I'd Have In My Tribe, is Natalie Sisson.

I have been following this lovey women since she launched her book! I was at one point, so close in meeting Natalie at a book signing, but I never made it.  I have asked Natalie questions in the past, will you write a blurb in my book. I have asked questions over the years, that most people ask Natilie.

I downloaded The Suitcase Entrepreneur on my old laptop years ago, and the laptop died! I got about two chapters into the book before this happened. I now have the book on order.
If I met Natalie in person, my first question would be, "Do you want to get a glass of wine?" Then I would ask probably all the questions people have already asked her. I do have one sort of question.  When I was in Vancouver and going to all the big entrepreneur seminars at the Pan Pacific, Did you go to those? Those multi level marketing events, or with the panel of women who speak events? Did you feel that any of that was worth your time? At the end of it all, its a massive sales pitch.   I would also ask, besides the people who buy online, how do you find where you want to go and what you want to do? Do you say, "I think Id like to give a speech in France?" Who does your back office, All the general questions. I would then ask,  if she could join  me, not in a surf lesson, but a dive lesson with Jason Sugar in Isla Mujeres. Natalie you are inspirational to me because of how you approach your audience in your podcasts. Simple, helps any type of person, and I always hear something new. Amazing speaker. You'd have to be in my Tribe.

Seth Godin-I love the mini books Seth has written, the easy small books where you can just pick up the book and have instant gratification. If I met Seth, I would ask him how much research did he have to do on his own to make this happen. How many and who were in his tribe? I have been a sheepwalker for a long time, letting my dreams sit in the belly of my gut- After I started reading Seth's books, I felt like I had instant intelligence. This is a inspiration to me to know that gradual is not always that important, simple clean information. I really love Seth's books! I feel like I have taken some accountability for my life. My question to Seth would be, I a nut shell to the above, please, share your secrets.

Brené Brown

Always good to have a professor, on your tribe, especially one that has done research. What's better than to awaken your day with a great quote.  Brené Bown, has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Well there you have it, Self help is always good to have on the tribe, If I met , Brené I would ask for a personal coach session and one of her books signed and given to me, if you don't ask you will never know. There is a reason you help others, always. The whole basis of what Brené teaches is a inspiration to me.

My local Mentors who I haven't seen in over 15 to 20 years and are Livin the Life! Of My Dreams!

Jason Sugar

Jason Sugar had a small dive shop in New Westminster BC on Diving, his dream was to be a diving coach and more, what appealed to me most was his coarse: First Breath. I have a deep water fear and wanted to take the coarse, but he had up and moved to paradise. He is living his dream and I support his media everywhere. He welcomed me to take the coarse at a discounted rate, however I would of had to fly to his remote Island, Isla Mujeres.  My question to Jason if I ever saw him again, would be will I ever get over my fear of deep water? and he would say, Yes. Sometimes fear goes deeper into our souls- I am sure that would be something that Jason could pull out of me if I made it out to have a coach session.

So if you ever want to visit Isla Mujeres, Jason sugar is your man, below are some great photos from Jason's page. I truly know I will one day be taking First Breath. The fact that Jason took a risk, and decided this is the life he was going to have, is a true inspiration to me.

Frances Hui

Frances was a event planner way back in the day.  I went to most of her events, they were fun, mostly business related where you could give out your cards and social network. Frances has really kicked up her heels and now has her own company and has been in several magazines in Vancouver. I recently connected with Frances, and If she does indeed decide to come have lunch with me, I have a million questions; "Whose in your love life?" "What's the word?" "How did this all happen? " "Who did you approach?" The list would go on, why? because she is actually a girlfriend Id like to know better. Frances Hui, wasn't a sell out- she believed in herself and encourages women everywhere on business.

Lyndi Barret- Style Calling Magazine.

Lyndi and I go way back, Lyndi was a production assistant for Vancouver Fashion Week and I was a manager and makeup artist of a million dollar counter in downtown Vancouver, I decided to go to fashion school and had created vintage scarfs you could wear about 20 different ways, so that, not just skinny girls could wear them, but also pregnant women and BBW women. Lyndi decided to put me in the show. I met with her quite a few times during that year and knew she wanted to be a editor of a fashion magazine. Well 20 years later on my facebook she has risen to that title.  Lyndi just got back from New York, she illustrates fresh clean attire.  If I would see her again, I would be ready , maybe with something I designed, and ask her to put my design in her magazine. Designing again...oh the thought, its there- I hoped to have my own label- Anything is possible. I would also ask Lyndi to get me a seat at New York Fashion Week with her. Lyndi spent years of hard work before she got her shot, and the jobs leading up to her great career were not great, some of them I believe she didn't even get paid. Most of Vancouver Fashion Week back in the day was volunteer hours, I also worked for free as a makeup artist at the events, long hours. Blood Sweat and Tears, but she never gave up and saw her vision the entire time.

All these people above are huge mentors for me, I also have mentors right here in my own town who support me and would help me start what I want to do.

The big shots are Natalie Sisson hands down and Seth Godin, Brené Brown, for Marketing, feedback on marketing my business in a professional way and also helping me with a book, streamlining to specifics.  The steps to do it right!  This challenge is providing me with a wealth of knowledge, and also its a wake up call to get things moving again.

Who would be my tribe?

For the next 6 months: My Husband, Wild Bird Foundation. The Wild Bird Foundation is a small group of men, all colorful and different who want to make a change in our community, one being my husband. They started a non profit organization, the first is dealing with homelessness here in the community, I hold a part in working with dreams,  of single moms in crisis. I hope to write a story on a few of the people involved in this group.

My group of girlfriends who always give me support and ideas, back in Vancouver.

I have recently networked with a new group of women in Bellingham, one is a graphic designer, I was going to invite her for lunch and see what her thoughts are, some are artists. One women I worked with recently, Yvette Newman
 is a well known artist, marketing her own Art.  I won a 3 day scholarship to her studio, it was very amazing. Her story will be on my blog after the challenge. I will be talking to her more about marketing and networking in my area.

Well that's my Tribe! I hope to at some point have some of these amazing people join me in my journey. This was a longer blogpost than I thought, I just didn't want to leave the very most important mentors to me out of this challenge.

GVixen Signing Out