Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Chicas Rule: ABLA and Living in Balance



Women without toddlers can get so much more done than I can!

Example Numero Uno: ABLA Website is aLive!!!
My comadre, Maria Sanchez (of Sandia Fria fame) just launched a new website with Art By Latina Artists (ABLA). (She has a little one about to start kindergarten, so maybe I can be as productive as she in 2 years. )

ABLA is an awesome website, open like a freshly tilled field waiting for the new planting season. Maria is looking for poetas, artistas, blogistas y mas to fill her wonderful new site. Check it out en este momento. www.artbylatinaartists.com




Example Numero Dos: Coach Balance

Coach Catherine Bruns Teleclasses and Coaching Circles
Catherine and I are best coach buddies. She is great at what she does and I encourage women everywhere to get into the aloha spirit by checking out one of her classes or groups. She has a strong sense of intuition, is highly creative, and so calming!

I love her and know you will too. We're both coaches but never feel in competition with each other, knowing that there are enough clients out there to keep us both happy and fed.
Get more info at www.CoachBalance.com


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Monday, June 20, 2005

Aliens Stole My Kid

Well at least they did in my dream the other night. Two nights before that I dreamed the mob wanted to stuff her in a suitcase.

Maternal paranoia?
Too much chocolate late at night?

Actually it's preschool. Yes, little Miss Citlalli is going to start preschool. The stress dreams belie my true feelings : no one can take care of her like her mama!

Everyone tells me that preschool is harder on the adults than it is for the kid, but what do THEY know? I mean c'mon.. who is everyone anyhow?

It's been coming and now it's going to happen. The situation with the babysitter coming into the house has been great, but a few things started happening that weren't good. First I found the babysitter yakking on the cell phone when she was supposed to be 110% focused on my child, so that ticked me off. Then I realized that Citlalli needed to be around more kids. Our playdates are great, but since she has no siblings her age, she really needs something more.

I went to several preschools, daycares, daycare/school combos but had a hard time picturing Citlalli there, thriving.

My ideal place accommodates my schedule, won't try to squeeze my utterly creative Indigo child into a box, and has a good balance of diversity. With a name like Citlalli, I don't want her to be somewhere where they think that's a weird name or that she's some "other".

I finally found a place that I feel comfortable putting her, a school that has lots of animals, a garden for the kids to work in, a science center, loving teachers, etc. But still that piece of me inside feels like they won't be perfect for her like I am . (don't you just love my super huge earth mama ego? talk about control issues!!)

We start in July. She's going to love it. Keep saying that. Maybe I need to work on affirmations for me: I'm going to love it!

I'm preparing for any and all situations, though. I'm altering my schedule so my work hours are shorter in July. I'll be at the ready for whatever.

I think I'm overplanning. Over worrying. Just got to get through the feelings we'll be OK.

This too shall pass... but it's hell in the hallways.

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Trade-aholic

I love to trade services with other people. I've had help with marketing, planning, organizing, painting, childcare, feng shui, astrology, wardrobe, home decor, web design... you name it, I've traded for it.

I must be in a "pay it forward" mode, because several trades over the past few months all resulted in me receiving some amazing services this week. It doesn't seem like a lot when you're adding appointments to your calendar, but this week was a doozy. I'm still a little light headed thinking of it all.

On Tuesday I had an astrology consultation about my business. I did some audio recording for an astologer and she in turn gave me a reading. I'm happy to say that Comadre Coaching was born under a very good sign and according to the stars has enormous growth potential. But before I start planning my life of luxury, I need to... CLEAN MY OFFICE. There is a non-descript pile of homeless items sitting in a corner, some papers that have minds of their own, and a desk that needs replacing which are potentially costing me clients and money. What motivation! So I immediately set out to deal with the problem and I'm committing 10 minutes a day to facing the paper demon (which isn't THAT bad but enough that I'm not satisfied with it.)

On Wednesday, I utilized the services of an image consultant who I did some work for. This one was hard because she put me face to face with some of my clothes and asked me pointed questions like, "Does this convey that you're credible and accomplished?"
"Well... I think so..."
My voice suddenly got very small.
She picked up all my favorites: my faded jeans, my jean jacket, my t-shirts, my long beaded earrings and shook her head disapprovingly.
Eeek.

I'm still sorting this one out in my head. I first had to come up with a list of adjectives that described myself and how I want to be perceived. Credible and accomplished were on the list. So really she was just mirroring what I'd already said, but damn it was hard. This morning I woke up with the brilliant idea to change my adjectives! Then I could keep my clothes, not face the fact that I like the same clothes as my teengage nieces and go on with my life.

Well, after the mental exhaustion of that, I still had one more trade to cash in on that very evening. But what a welcome remedy from the intense feedback I'd incurred with my other 2 trades.

That evening I attended my first class on energy healing. It was great. We did some meditation and visualization and focused on grounding ourselves.
"When you bump into things a lot, or cut yourself, or drop things, then that's a sign you're not grounded."
Did she know that I almost sliced my finger off with a knife earlier that day? I was feeling very ungrounded for sure, worrying so about my poor jean jacket and long earrings.
We spent a few hours doing great awareness exercises, and my favorite part of the evening was learning how to ground my car, my computer, and any other gizmos.

Thursday, I hosted a great teleforum with Anita Larson (The Web Muse) and before our call I grounded the phone, the recording equipment, myself, the house... pretty much anything in my path. Listening back on the call, it was incredible with THE BEST SOUND QUALITY YET!

Woo hoo.

So my business is destined to get bigger and better, my wardrobe will help convey groovy things about myself, I'm grounded and I have a new kickass audio product.

Not bad for a tough week!





American Idol Epilogue
Time has gone by and I never really wrapped up my whole spiel on American Idol.

I got hit by Bo Fever, that's for sure. I was just happy that a long haired rocker was going to turn pop music on its ear. But alas, Bo lost to Carrie, but was it a loss?

If Bo had won, he'd be in a horrible contract with some big company who would make him get all syrupy and yucky. That's perfect for Carrie because she's sweet and pure and I think a syrupy contract would work for her. So it all works out.

And I also think that Bo will be able to freely wear a pot leaf tshirt for a magazine cover! He's just the quintessential stoner that we all knew in high school.

Note: Just to let the world know, my mother is very disappointed that I condone Bo's pot smoking. As I wrote a few posts back, I myself do not partake but for some reason I like it that Bo does. I dunno know why, it's just nostalgia I think.

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Monday, June 06, 2005

World Domination Audio

I shall rule the world someday! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

OK, maybe not ALL of the world but I'm having a great time creating the Comadre Coaching Teleforum Series.

I have attended teleforums for a few years now and some I loved, others I hated. The ones I loved provided great information, pointed me to resources, and left me with exciting questions to ask.

The ones I HATED were slick sales pitches, partial information to bait and hook me, and boring presenters.

In the fall of 2004, I hosted my first teleforum with comadre Kathy Cano Murillo of Crafty Chica. Listening back to it, I heard myself and liked the show! It moved smoothly, quickly, was engaging and full of great information. There were no hard sell pitches, no limited time pressure scams. Just info, with plenty of references for those who wanted to get in touch with either Kathy or myself.

For my next teleforum, I contacted someone to record it for me. He wanted $100 to record a conversation and burn it to CD.

$100? I could buy a recorder for that amount and do it myself!

So I bought myself a handy-dandy digital recorder and the rest is history.

It is SO pinche easy to do and if you are paying that kind of money, you're paying too much in my opinion. (Unless, of course, you're super rich and successful and can already afford a maid, and an assistant, and a personal groomer, etc)

Then I recently spoke about this with my first ever coach, Laura Young, and she invited me to guest speak to her coaching group on Monday June 13. Seems like I have devised a success formula that uses teleforums to build a platform for aspiring writers, coaches, and speakers.

I made up a tips sheet that covers things from marketing to equipment to quality.

I will be straight up with you: If you want to learn all about creating a successful teleforum series like I have, use it to leverage your name and visibility, and to create a cool little product for promotion or sale, then this call will give you a solid overview.

However, what I discovered in gathering the materials is that I would need at least 2 classes to teach the whole process. So a teleclass is born!

In July, I'll offer a 2 part teleclass so you too can be a part of world domination audio. If you're a coach, an independent professional, a writer, a speaker, or someone who would like a cool audio component to add to your toolkit, then you will love this.

I'll teach you how to create a succesful teleforum from soup to nuts. Marketing, selecting partners, recording, distributing, promoting.

As of this writing I don't have a sign up page, but if this sounds like fun, and you can see the ease at which this can boost your visibility, then simply fill out an info form on my contact page.

Let me know
1. if you'll be at the overview teleclass Monday June 13 at 12noon ET, 9am PT
2. If you're interested in the 2 part teleclass starting in July

CONTACT ME to set it up. I'll send you the call in info, etc after you drop me a line.

And then there's the podcast that is in the works...
Oh, this is so much fun!

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