What is your story of this summer? Make space for September by saying goodbye to August and gathering around the campfire to share our summer stories.
The last week of August marks the end of summer for many of us & the end of our two months of Camp OMHG! We’re getting together to tell stories of summer adventures-what we learned, did, + were challenged by to make some space for September. Spend some time wrapping up the month with us in the comments, at our chat, in the new Community Commons for our members.
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“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.”
― Pema Chödrön, Practicing Peace in Times of War
This month we explored the idea of our businesses as gardens and our community ran with it! Chats and contributors exploded with insight and parallels between entrepreneurship and cultivation. In a landscape that can often seem one size fits all, gardening is the perfect metaphor for building a business that supports and sustains. Evolving, beautiful, functional and inherently personal each of our gardens will look a little different depending on location, climate, investment, and the personality of the gardener. Most importantly to me gardening represents hope.
The concept of business being a lot like gardening has been a defining theme since 2011. That year I built myself a design consulting site with the tag line “Let’s Plant Something Beautiful Together” and a pay-what-you-can option called the Dream Garden. The design process led to the first ebook I made for OMHG: Cultivate Your Creativity. The site and book gave birth to a new seed: Heartweed. Heartweed was going to be a partnership between myself and another entrepreneur to build a digital magazine for creative entrepreneurs that collectively explored the idea of dreams and weeds to “unearth the heart of a creative life”. Life interrupted our plans so we mulched over the idea of Heartweed and left it to germinate. The site is still up and I visit it often to remind myself that some seeds take time to grow and others need to be weeded so that a bigger dream can take root. I won’t lie-sometimes tending our dreams is harder then others and despite my very best intentions some sweet seedlings have been neglected and left to wither. These lost blooms are relationships left untended, ideas started and ignored, projects half completed, emails still unsent. The larger OMHG grows the harder it becomes to caretake all the responsibilities and the more important is has become to learn how to be more mindful about how I am tending it.
It has been the busiest month of all time for our little family! I’ve tried super hard to keep all the balls rolling with moving into our new house and brand new site but our sweet new house turned out to be waaaaay more work then we had thought and we’ve uncovered all sorts of fun stuff like rotting wood, mice (are really not very nice), and other grand old house gifts. At the same time our new website is taking longer than we hoped to get all set up and we’ve experienced a few set backs. I feel like I’ve been running in a blind panic since I got home from SLC and it has started to catch up to me. In order to get us all moved into our real life home and our virtual one OMHG will take a wee break until Tuesday, March 5th when we’ll get back to posting as usual. This is the first time I’ve ever delayed starting a new theme and shifting a number of scheduled posts-it is especially hard since it is our 3rd annual ethics theme which is one of my favourite topics to explore with you! I just can’t see a way around it this time although I have learned some good lessons about not setting myself up to have two major life changes happening at once.
Making our dreams happen usually involves months or years of planning and work followed by a huge rush of gettingitdone. We are right in the middle of the make-it-work part and have been up every night until 2 or 3 AM then again with the girls at 7am to pull it all together. This move has been a year in the making and I can promise you we won’t be doing it again any time soon! Think of us this weekend while we paint around our small beasties, move our stuff that has been in storage for 8 months in Chris’s parents garage, and dig ourselves out of the snowstorm that is coming tonight. Chris and I have moved over 15 times (including from coast to coast) in the 10 years we’ve been together and we have some pretty ridiculous moving stories, right now we are exhausted and want it to be over but we know soon this crazy year of moving will be another silly story to share with friends like you!
I would love if you would keep us company by sharing your own moving stories/mishaps/adventures/lessons learned in the comments-it will remind me that there is a light (and a bed) at the end of this move.
Dusty paint covered hugs to all of you- see you in March from our house on the hill!
You can also follow along our adventures on Instagram when I manage to grab a second to snap a picture:)