Well, it’s summer now & it’s time to wrap up the Hot, Raw & RICH! challenge. Like Therese De Wolf, lots of stuff came up that got in the way. This always happens when someone has plans. The most important thing is to stick it through. It wouldn’t be a challenge if it were easy! The e-mail below sums up where I’m at. It was written mid challenge.
Date: May 29, 2009 1:35 PM
I’m gratful that I am still here!
I can’t believe it. I stopped working in December 2007! It’s now almost frickin’ summer 2009! Yes I have debt, yes new obstacles (challenges) have come up, yes I’m still behind on things I thought I would be WAY further along on. -BUT! I’m still here god dammit! I’m still following my dreams, I’m still giving it a shot, I’m still moving forward. I have money in the bank, I have support, I have health, I have LOVE, I have friends, what more do I need? I am living proof that things will never be ‘perfect’ but YOU CAN follow your dreams. Who cares what the dreams are, the fun part is following them! I’m grateful that I am still here, still here following my dreams.
It truly blows my mind that I have everything I need. I live my life my way and I still live as well as others that live for Friday & spend all of their time working at a job they do not love. It basically means the sun shines on us equally. (No matter what we do.) But does it shine on the inside equally? That part is up to us. Also, what we do with what we are given is very important. It will rain, it will shine, but it’s up to us to make the most of it. -Inside & out. I’m really getting this little by little. It sounds simple, but it’s not. It takes a lot of faith and a greater understanding of the whole.
Here is where I stand on the following;
Work- Daily work on creative projects that are important to me.
I let go of past artworks (literally), past ideas about what it means to be an artist, & past methods of making a living. I got support. Two people are now working with me. This is helping a great deal. I’m always more motivated when I’m working with others. I eliminated one blog (that was in the works) & got more focused. I’m currently purging the last bit of old art studio equipment & making room for the new ideas I have.
Diet- Daily 100% raw vegan meals (mostly 80/10/10 style, lots of fruit and mono-meals) and drinking water as a priority.
I wouldn’t say I have been 100% raw vegan during this challenge. I might say I’ve been 100% -90% of the time. I did eat lots of mono-meals (mostly breakfast, sometimes lunch) & I did make a habit of drinking plenty of water daily. I have been a cleaner eater since starting the HR&R challenge. I’ve learned more about eating fruit & food combining. My system is working much better now. (-like clockwork *wink*) I’ve also met new friends that are fruitarian or 80/10/10 & thriving. I’m grateful for my food blog. It has kept me on track. I can always review the months or weeks past & see what my patterns have been. It’s been a joy for me to record everything I eat & to share it with others. This week I will post where my diet is headed next.
Exercise- Daily vigorous movement, as much as 1-3 hours (in total).
The thread that I started on 30 Bananas-a-Day has helped me with this. There were so many days that I didn’t feel like exercising, but since I had to post daily what I was doing (sometimes announcing it before it was done), I had to do it. Or at least do something. I also teamed up with friends for a park run or a yoga class weekly. This was also very helpful. I am so clear that community & support are the keys to success. I perform much better when I am in the company of others. I am going to continue to post my exercise daily.
Spirit- Daily moments of allowing and flowing.
I’m getting much better at this. I’ve felt so much more peace lately. There was one (or two) weeks were I was emotionally all over the place. But for the most part I’ve been balanced. This summer I am looking into taking a few workshops in Lily Dale, New York. I feel like I need some inspiration & guidance on tuning into spirit. I know there is another level that is at my finger tips. I just can’t reach it yet. But I am working towards it.
Education- I have so many books I am dying to read right now. Most of the books are health related or discuss the creative process.
I did really well with this in the first few months. Last month I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. But now I’m missing it & would like to catch up on my reading. I’m planning a trip to Chicago. I have a feeling I will be doing lots of reading there. I’m very excited about this.
And that all folks. It’s a wrap.
..Of course you know that I am planning another challenge for myself. What would my life be like without them? Not as silly as it is now. -I love it!