Hello dear friends!

I listened to this workshop again yesterday (most of it, while I designed our page) and wanted to share my experience of it and how I will be working with it myself. After jotting down some notes, I would recommend simply listening and watching the first 45 minutes or so, perhaps pausing and getting down some quick responses if something touches you. I found it all good and sparking of my own thoughts, but it also didn’t become clear to me how to use the framework of Root Stem Bloom…until around 46:46 in the video.

Yarrow’s gathering up of what each part of the plant signifies to her…

Roots ~ Internal…core values, needs, skills, circumstances, connection to earth, networks & communities, what comes from deep within us

Stem ~ The  Structure…framework, software, biz rhythms, what arrangements and containers will allow what is deep within us to reach the blooms that people will see and be drawn to

Blooms ~ External…creations & offerings, day to day tasks, creative focus, what we show & present to the world

…gave me understanding and started my mind and heart pondering. But it was the flow from one bit to another in her spreadsheet (of all things! : ) that really made it clear to me that with this workshop we are trying to figure out how to more practically and simply bring our desires and our creating to the world in more successful and satisfying ways.

The page I created is just a pretty, papery version of Yarrow’s spreadsheet. The first version had her questions under each heading, but then I realized that her questions only sparked my thoughts, but didn’t need to be written down here. I think it would be helpful to get down the thoughts and responses somewhere (lately I’ve been doing so in a half-filled old notebook and then sifting what is most meaningful into more permanent papery vessels) and then refining them into this page. That is what I will be doing, anyway!

Root Stem Bloom Page

After about 50:00 in the video, Yarrow turned to using finances to help with the pondering and she also answered some questions from the women who were joining in at the time. This might be helpful to you, too, but it wasn’t for me. I have never found it helpful to predict my income or aspirationally dream about it on paper, and it just cluttered up what did seem helpful to me about the workshop. Tho’ one of the questions answered was about evergreen creations and Yarrow did speak a bit about publishing-on-demand, which might be interesting to our writers. So I will be stopping at about that time, getting something to drink and taking a break, and prepare to work with the questions and our page…our co-working session, if you will. So our schedule will look something like this (times are EST)…

3pm Gather here and say hello if you’d like! Then begin to watch the Root Stem Bloom video

4pm Take a little break to move, finish listening to the last few minutes of the workshop, get a snack or drink and refresh in any way you like.

4:20pm Gather here again and begin our co-working time with our notes and the page. It can be helpful to share an intention for the co-working session before beginning, so I will do that myself and welcome you to join in, if you feel led to.

Any questions? See you soon…

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