A few months back I headed off to the HP head office to meet with the team, who eagerly spoke me through the reason why they had chosen me as the worthy influencer to take home their new, economical HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 4645 e-All-in-One. I know it’s a mouthful, but it’s worth it for all that the printer does. But, I digress …
They added to the thrill of printing by including a massive pin board and gloss photo paper and sent me on my way to play with and experience the reality of print … that it’s far from dead and far from ridiculously expensive.
The pin board was up in a flash, and because I live with my sister, my mom and my 8 year old twin nephews, the adventures of print began immediately. A house full of girls and kids and we had it all set up in under 20 minutes. Who needs a geek, when this machine becomes your friend from the moment it powers up and guides you through a fail proof setup.
Totally WiFi, we had 3 phones, 4 ipads and 3 laptops all connected in a flash and the kids took themselves on a tour of the ready to print fun and games, while my sister and I scrolled through our Pinterest to print for the equally divided #Printerest board.
The printing began with a few test ideas and (yes, because I’m sharing my experience of the brand too) I could believe the quality of colour print on plain paper.
Then I got stuck …
No matter what I wanted to print, or thought I wanted to print. I just couldn’t find the inspiration. I scrolled through my Pinterest boards and I have some incredibly amazing dreams and aspiration up there.
While using the printer for everyday printing and my nephews printing away at games, I then took another approach and decided that maybe I should print the things I thought would be easiest to manifest, like my cowgirl boots because I’m heading off to America in April. Hmmm, maybe I should print a cowboy too??
Slowly we printed. Some on plain paper and others on photo paper, which literally is photo quality. Another brand high 5 is that we were a little stressed and all the printing, between the kids and our high quality photos … but the ink is still going strong!
Still … I was stuck.
Nothing was coming to life and although I may have been taking such a fun and simple task too seriously, I wasn’t feeling what I wanted to print. A little panic washed over me that I had committed to sharing my story and pics with the world, because HP entrusted me, but still … why wasn’t I feeling the printing of the things I wanted dreamed of aspired for.
I’ve done vision boards for nearly two decades … this should have been an extension of the Project Me journey I am already so engrossed in.
The one thing it did do was make print my front of mind.
In the meantime I was printing things like affidavits because someone cloned my credit cards and contract, because my business is growing and I’m signing on staff … all from document off my phone, thanks to the WiFi, I might add.
Then it changed!
A realisation began to stir …
On my trip to the Netherlands, as I walked to the bridge and realised that it was the exact picture I had printed before I left, all I wanted to do was print what I had managed to manifest already. That swung the mind and for the first time, I began to get excited to print and complete this exciting project that HP had given me.
Then, back in South Africa, I went on holiday with my besties and despite the fact that no one was on the beach because it was a cold winter’s day, I stood on a secluded beach and thought to myself … hmmm, this is on my vision board too.
Now I had a plan!
Now I knew why I had been so stuck and the fun wasn’t flow.
Now I know what I want to print …
At the moment, this smart, efficient and undeniably cost effective printer is sitting on the office desk in my sister’s house.
Greggie and I have watched our business, Lifeology, grow a little more each day and I can’t wait to snap a picture of when this printer is sitting in our very own offices.
I thought this #Printerest adventure would send me on a spree of wants and wishes, but I had no clue that it would become the cornerstone of my gratitude and confirmation of what I have achieved, which is only driving me to reach further, push harder and dream bigger.
Our journey is never complete and our story is always evolving, so this #Printerest board will never be finished. I see it moving along with me as I achieve more in my life and as my pride in what I have manifested (and printed) pushes me to manifest (and print) more.
We are consumed with images that flash across our phones, tablets and laptops, but none of them are as frozen in time as when they are printed out and placed where you and the world can see them. With our pictures more than tripling in the mount we ever took in our past, they become a blur and some of the most important ones just get lost in the hundreds of other fun, but maybe not as significant moments.
From thinking that print wasn’t as important as it might have been, this time with my HP e-All-in-One has made me a firm believer that there’s never been a more important reason to PRINT!!
My last punt of the HP printer is that I can’t believe how they have listened to the consumer and sorted the cost of ink to a price that finally is affordable and makes sense for us.
A huge thank to the HP team for entrusting me with a product that you believe in so much and for making me a believe too. Mostly, thank you for being true to your word, from the cost effectiveness, ease of setup, WiFi efficiency, print options, ink efficiency, online connection to the HP store (ridiculously cool) and affordability. For the profound #ProjectMe realisation that this little exercise brought to my life … well we all know that some things are priceless.
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With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour
I have about 25 unattended emails, have just negotiated sleep time rules with my twin nephews & can still hear pottering around the room, boiled the kettle twice and haven’t hugged my cats yet … but everything has been getting in the way of my blogging. Actually everything has been getting in the way of me, so it all has to stop for while catch you up. Okay, all except the tea … I need tea!
While making tea, I nearly got distracted by a sink full of dishes, but that can wait to. It’s my average Wednesday night, nearly 8pm and I’ll easily be up until 11pm with my usual tactic. I work but don’t send the emails, except to one client, who I know is working too. The rest are stored in drafts until the morning so that I give the perception of not being a workaholic.
Damn … the pattern recurs.
It’s a bummer, because I love what I do, so the hours of commitment are all laced with love and missing my friend’s dinners or dance classes because that’s my time to catch up on me time, has been totally the norm.
Except in the process of not letting go or saying no, I have missed some special and some crappy moments.
I’m a teacher by hear and by life purpose. The shadow side of that it not being too accepting of lesson that others try to teach me, because the teacher is supposed to know it all, or learn from their own source of knowledge. That theory was going swimmingly for a while, until I really started to put Project Me into practice.
When I was on the beach holiday a few weeks back, I stood on the deserted beach and chatted to the ocean. (This is usually where people think I’m a little loopy.) I have a very special bond with the sea and in my beliefs, the sun, moon, stars, every grain of sand and the ocean have shared every lifetime with me. They know my story and they know how everything begins and ends. So I do a lot of talking to them, but that day it was a catch up with the great waters. I asked her if she had noticed the change and if she could see that I had come so far since I had been with her last. Through the crashes of the waves against the shore, I heard her pride and approval. I then went on to tell her how I had defined my dreams and what I wanted most to achieve and manifest.
She must have been listening well, because life has had whirlwind changes.
Greggie and I have launched our second company, Chat Factory is now the sister to Lifeology and is the Social agency. It’s incredible how the social media side of my life has boomed, but I did tell the ocean that I needed more time to manifest Project Me into the Lifeology product I have had planned for year.
Let go ..
We have two incredible full time team members now. They fit perfectly into the dynamic of Greg and my work philosophy and both carry “Twit” in their title.
We have clients. We have a good few clients. We make a great team and tomorrow we are getting together to define roles and see who will keep what task when we need to add one to the team. Eeek, how very grown up this all feels. I also know that with an additional team member, the coffee table or all around one desk at a client just ain’t gonna cut it and then it’s office space.
While trying to absorb this all and being CC’d in on every email, having a whatsapp group for my team when they chat to the clients and well, I’m not quite sure what else sparked the conversation where Tris (not outspoken at all … *coughs*) told me that when we sit down and chat tomorrow,we we need to talk about me letting go a little.
Holy shit … whatever does that mean?
Well, wouldn’t that just free up my time to bring Project Me to life?
Toughen up …
This process hasn’t come easily and I’ve had to deal with issues that I never imagined. You have to remember that I’m a big dreamer on the outside, but a carefree child on the inside. Big girl responsibilities don’t gel well and I’ve been faced with situations where I’ve had to be tough with clients, my team, friends, men … the list goes on.
The irony is, the dreams I have for myself require a degree of toughness and so once again, I can’t bitch and moan when I especially asked for the life lesson.
Get a life …
This chick, I can’t tell you how much I love and admire my Liesl. I did ways before she was diagnosed with breast cancer and long before I walked the path with her from diagnosis to her process of rehab (which she’s living right now).
When I say walked, I kinda mean tagged along, chased after and tried to keep up. This has nothing to do with feeling bad or not knowing I was an incredible support, but the truth is that I was working and busy so much of the time, that I missed for very vital moments when I really wanted to be by my friends side. Mostly, I didn’t have a chance to call, so I would whatsapp and always keep in touch. She loves me unconditionally (thanks the gazillion stars above), and supported me as much as I needed in return.
But today she called. A different tone in her voice and outlook on life. For the first time in nearly a year, we didn’t have to talk about cancer. Instead, she spoke to me about time. Time to get a life. Time to not work so hard, because we both know I don’t need to. Time to do those holidays we promised we would and dinners, brunches, dancing, walks in the park … the list goes on and on. Jumping out of planes, my L is still doing without me though
The chat made me late for work, but I was okay with that. My client has such faith in me and the only clock watcher is me. Instead, I let myself run late so I could talk about plans that we both have and it played over in my mind for the rest of the day. So much so, that I put absolute offer into working with my Legit Twit Assist, because the more I guide her, the more she will fly and give me no choice but to get a life. I got home and actually stopped to make dinner, didn’t check my emails while I ate with my mom and made a conscious decision to do nothing else but this blog.
I made choices … conscious choices … vital choices …
Because I know that tomorrow I have to let go, which I have to be tough for … because it’s time to go get this life …
With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour
In some respects, I’m brave and bold. In others I’m a timid little girl who would rather camp out a crossroad and wait it out until someone takes my hand and guides me in the right direction.
After two incredible holidays in the past month, one to the Netherlands and one to the KZN coast, I have found myself at that very crossroad. Both trips had their own profound experiences and consciously enlightening moments, reminding me of my power to manifest and my ability to live the life that is currently glued onto a vision board.
I think it was in the very moments, when I stood and took in the real moments of things I have dreamed of for so long and breathed in the awareness that if I could manifest this, I could manifest anything, that got me frozen and very stuck.
Of all the things that stop flowing, my writing is one of them and I spend frustrated days knowing that sharing my story is going to lead me down the path that is waiting for the next step in the exciting Project Me journey … but that thought gets me more stuck and I end up climbing into bed early, working late and pretending that I have no time to manifest far more than the secluded beaches and overseas trips.
Did I tell you that business has boomed?
All of a sudden we have two additional and prefect team members, both very focused on the social media side so that I can slowly spread my wings and my time into creating Project Me into the … um … well, that’s the very crossroad I’m at. I am trying to figure out what to do with starving teacher energy in me and this incredible passion that I have to show the world how to live their Project Me story.
I’m have so many incredible people who are supporting me. Two of them are on the other side of the world and offer their time so selflessly, because they love what I have to offer the world.
So I do have hands to hold and people who don’t see the fear that I feel, so they keep me walking down the path without paying much attention to the fearful squeals, that could be mistaken with excitement.
Seriously … if you have a big plan for your life and it scared the living daylights out of you, then celebrate being so on the right path. On the other hand … be kind to yourself and let the fear become familiar, without giving up on the dream. That’s where I am now … taking it slow, while catching my breath and getting ready for the day when I’m going to realise that I love the path I’m on and I’m going to wiggle my hands free from the nurturing friends who are holding it and go racing down to meet my dreams.
In the meantime … I’m going to keep dreaming!
With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour
I got shouted at (with special care) from my friend, @The_Gossip_Guy for not bragging enough.
He also gave me a little glare and then empathised (I think) when he saw that I genuinely don’t think about blogging the little moments. Oh wait, maybe it’s not such a little moment … and that’s a big lesson that I still have to learn.
So here is a little boasting …
A great article just came out, called, 10 Joburgers you have to follow on Twitter and I’m there … I’m sure in no particular order, but it’s great to be at the top and in such great company.
My @The_Gossip_Guy has also been nudging me to add a few more images to my blog posts, so here we are at the beach:
With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour
It’s a crisp morning in a sleepy town on the coast of Kwazulu Natal. I’m on a very special holiday with my 3 dearest friends and while they sleep, I finally have time to catch up on the lessons I have learned from the adventures of the past few weeks.
I have some amazing pictures of the Netherlands, which I will share with you when I’m settled back in Joburg, but for now, I want to slip into gratitude and share an incredible lesson I have learned from both my time overseas and on this holiday, just a few hours (okay we drove like girls … although I’m the only one … so it took ages!) from home.
One of the big things along my journey is to discover that I don’t have to commit myself to everything 100% and then never have much to give to myself.
Greggie and I have been best friends for a decade now and in that time we have watched each other blossom into the incredible (if I may say so myself) people we are today. It hasn’t been the easiest time for ourselves or with each other, but consciously watching anything grow is a very powerful process.
Having said that, Greg and I haven’t been overseas together in over 5 years and the last time we traveled, neither of us had the best time with each other’s personalities. In the change, I have become less of a nightmare traveler, purely because I was so much more dependent and less adventurous. I have also become more relaxed about the outcomes and more focused on the moment.
That … is not a small statement.
I am one of those completely dedicated service providers and give my clients everything they ask for and more, including being available whenever I am needed. As the business grew, I just kept on taking on more and more, until it got to a point where I wasn’t having the best fun. Because our personalities are perfect to be the business partners we are, Greg has gently (and not so gently at times) helped me ready myself to hand some of my responsibilities over to staff & contractors (who I am going to call my TEAM, because they are so much more than I could have asked for).
In all my years of sharing my Project Me journey, I don’t know how many times I have said that the Universe rewards bravery. It has become the cornerstone of the reasons why I take that extra risk or push a little harder.
Climbing on a plane and leaving our business in the hands of two incredibly passionate and loyal people was one of the bravest things I have done. If I hadn’t been gifted with them in the first place, I don’t think I would have said yes to one of the most special trips of my life. But I did, because it was time to step away and prove to myself that I it’s okay to let go a little and rely on others.
Everything ticked over perfectly …
Of course it did!
I’m now away for a second time, with more of a clearer vision of what I set out to achieve years ago and the rewards keep rolling in. I always intended to be able to work from anywhere in the world. I also have a huge vision for Project Me and that will take a fortune of my time, while the social media services side of our business brings in the money at the moment.
I have put Project Me on the back burner for too long. I have course notes to refine, an ebook to write … but mostly I have a beach to lie on so that I can give direction to a dream that has been waiting for me to point it in the right direction.
While we have been away, we landed a new client, have done 3 additional quote for work, met a contact from Twitter who we are about to chat business with and received the compliment from our clients on the strong team that we have.
Stepping away is never easy, but doing it once has been the turning point in both my career and my personal journey. It has also become a vital chapter to add to the Project Me teachings.
With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour