August 2017

and a rest for rosehip business…

I didn’t see this coming, but it came none-the-less, very quickly several days ago…Rosehip Business will be in abeyance for the next while…at least until the New Year. I’ve tried to bring it to life in the ways I envisioned, but like so much in this season of life for me, it has not been able to take root. I’ve not given up on it completely, and will be ready to breath it into life again whenever the time seems right…but just now, it doesn’t seem to be needed, at least as I’ve offered it this time.

And it is a good time to pause as many of your memberships come up for renewal in a week or so. I’ll be working out the details of how that works in the days to come. And will be sending any refunds that are due.

And these rooms of Wisteria & Sunshine will remain open to you, in case you do want to write in (or start) your journal…read…ask a question…comment. I’ll still receive word of it. And I will do the same if I feel moved, tho’ I’m still feeling very quiet. Yet, at the same time, I am working more deeply in my business than I have for awhile, and will go even deeper when I return from Ireland. It feels more important than ever to be nurturing everything that is nurturing of all that is good in this world, and I like to think our businesses are a part of that. I know they are.

I’ll be sending a note out to our little band of Rosehips later today with this news when I return from town. Please write here or send me a note if you have a feelings or thoughts to share! I am so grateful for your taking a chance with me and Rosehip Business, and hope it was a gentle encouraging place to turn to. Perhaps it will be, even more so, in the future. We shall see…

rosehip business pages…

Hello from the studio where the printer whirrs and I take a breather from making and sending out newsletters and messages! The details of being in business online are many and my strongest desire for Rosehip Business at this moment is to design some pages for us…

…clear, beautiful pages to truly help get some of the burdensome details out of our heads and onto some pages. I am thinking of…

-a weekly page where we can spill everything out at the beginning of a week

-a moon phase page where we can plan our visioning and spiritual aspects of our work

-a social media/blogging/other ways of sharing page to both keep track of stats and do some planning

Just first thoughts tho’. I am very much hoping to hear from you about what would be most helpful to your particular business. So please let me know in the comments.

And as I am learning (the hard way) that unless your lovely plans are reviewed regularly and acted upon, much still slips through the cracks. So I am wondering if you would find the receiving of automated emailings (they would be pretty and not too difficult for me to set up) helpful? With reminders to Plan, Review, Rest, Get Inspired and so on? We could work on those together, too.

I suppose I am in the business version of the get-ready-for-school mood.

How about you?

Let your mind rest…

This is not the post I intended to write, but all that is possible after several days of symptoms that keep distracting and draining me. I’ve visited the doctor, we are running some tests, but it is probably just more of my menopause-related anxiety. So I’ve been revisiting the notes and wisdom I’ve gathered in the past few years, and thought I would share this one that meant so much to me when I was plagued with headaches last year, and still does. It’s a perennial message, especially for we women tending our own businesses with love and hope.

“Oh, how densely packed your head is, my sweet,” sighs Grandmother Growth. “I’m afraid there’s no room for new growth. If you could empty your mind, leave off worrying and planning for awhile, and give in to the chaos and its random pleasures, just for a short time, I think you’d feel less pressure and your head would hurt less. The energy of your womb now circulates inside you and throbs in your head. Sit quietly; breathe out through the top of your head and imagine the breath falling gently down to earth. Rest your forehead against the earth. Place this cool stone on your third eye. Your Crone’s Crowning comes closet. This is the work of your body; let your mind rest.”

-Susan Weed

My body in a rather profound transition, so is my life in a way, especially with Doug’s loss of a beloved job and all that means for us. I need to step back from trying to “fix” so much with my business and me (tho’ there is much to nurture into alignment) and keep coming back to nourishing the roots. I’ve got much to do with the Daybook in the next few days (and so it is with dated/seasonal offerings), but I’m leaving off all that I was reading and writing to inspire and focus. My business, like me, is in the Rosehip season, not a Maiden business with its lovely buds of ideas and beginnings, or a Mother business in full-bloom and energy, nor a Crone business settled and thriving with ease. It is in between Mother and Crone, just as I am. My hope is that as I keep recognizing and accepting this, I will find the ways to support both myself and my business through this season as well as I may.

I wrote this in my journal back in February (finding it is one of the helps of keeping a journal : ) …

In the recording, she mentioned that our businesses go through the same seasons we do as women…maiden, mother, crone (or rosehip). And when I heard that, so much fell into place. Just as my health, my days, and me, myself and I have felt…uncertain, mysterious, perplexing, and unrooted for the past few years, so have my businesses. But now I see that we are all in transition, and not an easy one.

Here is the podcast I mentioned. Perhaps you can make time to listen to it, then come back here and share the season of business you feel you are in…if it matches your season of a woman’s life (it doesn’t have to!)…is it helpful to think of your business in this way?

xo

Lesley

P.S. I do want to honor this month’s theme of Restful Organization, in spite of my challenges, but some help would be appreciated. Which areas of your business are most in need of attention and tidying? I will try to address these in next week’s post.

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