Taking a Moment

It’s been a busy Fall so far. I spent about eight weeks creating a 365 day tear-off calendar. Each page has something different on it. The theme is self care for busy people. It’s called A Moment for Me 365 Day Calendar – self care for busy people – 365 FREE things you can do in 30 seconds to balance body, mind, emotions, and spirit. 

Here’s the Behind-the-Scenes look at the process of creating this project I assigned myself.

Let me tell you, it was quite a project. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it. I mean, I’ve written lots of content before – I have been a game content writer for several years and had to write thousands of categories for board games. But, this was different. These are some narrow parameters! 

First of all, they had to be tasks that a person could do in 30 seconds. So that eliminates lots of things, like taking a bath, or doing a yoga class. I had to find short ways to accomplish the same kind of effect as those, like washing your hands and the back of your neck, instead of a bath. Or doing a modified Sun Salutation, instead of a yoga class. 

There couldn’t been any equipment needed, or special places to need to go to do the things. I did allow a pen and paper, because most people have those, or can at least think through the things if they don’t. I did also allow an internet connection for just a few of the tasks, because I figured that most people have access to the internet most of the time. 

They also had to be free, and not involve spending money. So, no real retail therapy, or making some kind of donation. 

At first, it was easy. That’s how content writing usually is. The ideas pour out fast, and need to be captured on paper quickly. The first 150 or so were like this. I also categorized by body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and made lists according to those. I listed special days that would be good for putting on the calendar, like holidays, zodiac sign changes, and seasons. Then I also added some themes, such as totem animals, planets, yin/yang, numerology, and colors. I made lists for those. 

Then, around the 250 mark, things slowed down a bit. I didn’t want to be repetitive, and every task needed a reason behind it, and some benefit for doing it. I started researching what others had to say on the subject of changing your life, and self care. I was able to bounce some ideas off of some things I read, and that helped. 

The last 20 were the hardest, but I got to them somehow. Though the stress had increased at that point, as I had a timeline to manage (this IS a calendar after all, and needs to be ready for calendar buying time). The accomplishment was short lived because there was more to do beyond the content writing. I pulled some VERY late nights!

Now, I’m proud to say that it’s done! I finished the list, organized everything in a spreadsheet, formatted it onto a document, designed the cover, and found a printer. I also started a website, a free daily email, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account for it. 

Three stores have ordered some so far. 

Why did I make this?
            Because I need it. 
I’m a busy person. With four kids, a business to run, a Reiki practice that’s growing, and volunteering once a week for JSSA Hospice, I needed the reminder that self care isn’t something to do once a week or whenever. A daily commitment of even 30 seconds can make a difference. And I know that this message isn’t just for me, it’s for other people like me. 

I loved doing this activity, actually. It taught me a lot. I learned that there are many, many ways to become present, mindful, and to value yourself. They don’t cost money, and they don’t take long. But they matter, and they make a profound difference. And now I can share this message with everyone.

So, I’m inviting you, my dear readers, to give it a try. Read the daily posts, or subscribe to the free daily updates. Maybe even purchase a calendar for yourself, or for a gift for the other busy people you know. (Use NOVPROMO as a code to save $5 per order). 

And especially, please offer me feedback. When I create something new, it really matters to me how people receive it. I want to know that it’s helpful, and that it’s really good, because I worked really hard to try to make it good. 

Thanks and love.

Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt

Forging a Path

It’s my kids’ first week back at school, and I’m absolutely loving the blissful quiet in the house. I’ve taken on new projects, and it’s so much easier to concentrate without a lot of interruptions. Wow. The contrast is amazing. I’m also proud of the way they’ve just jumped right in with sports and activities, and getting back into the pattern of after school snacks and homework as if they never left. 

I’ve been working on my website marketing for my school, Reiki Awakening Academy. And I’m happy to have the help of a great consultant, Linda Stephens. One of the parts of creating an effective way to share the message of the great things we’re doing at RAA is to look at what other schools are doing. 

It’s kind of sad, really. There aren’t many online schools out there that are doing what RAA is doing. Some websites look really fancy. They offer special certifications that sound very impressive. But dig deeper and there’s no way to see how they conduct their classes, in what ways they provide support, or what the students will be required to do to “earn” their certificate. Either they aren’t doing these things, or they aren’t making it clear that they do. 

In looking at their sites, and then at mine, I know I need to be sure to emphasize what we’re doing right. 

  • We teach in an actual virtual classroom. This provides face to face interaction, live, with the ability to see and hear each other, answer questions, present materials, show and demonstrate, give materials for download right in the class, and allow the students to view a recording of the class afterward for review. Basically, we want to provide as close to an in-person learning experience as an online classroom can be.

  • We offer unlimited, unending support afterward. All of our teachers are available to the students any time there are questions or comments. We request evaluations after every class to reflect on how we’re doing, and we take everything into consideration to help us improve.
  • Our programs are deep and comprehensive. They offer a wide variety of classes, with new ways of thinking that are at the forefront of the holistic and metaphysical fields. All of our teachers take the work seriously and continually learn and reflect on their growth as practitioners and teachers.
  • Our Advanced Healing Pioneers Membership Program allows those who want to be leaders in this incredible field get together to explore the newest developments in understanding the work, as well as deeply discuss how to offer credible answers to our clients, colleagues, and ourselves.
This stuff isn’t easy. I mean, sometimes I ask myself why the heck I chose this field when I already had a career, a Master’s degree, and lots of job opportunities I could have accepted. I mean, just look at what I and people doing this work face:
  • Reiki and energy healing work is invisible. We can’t “show” very much that demonstrates what we do. The evidence is in the experience, which is totally individual and subjective.
  • Intuitive development is the result of work, but again, the work is individual. Techniques are there, but the practitioner has to find which works best for him, and get out of his own way as he learns to receive information that subtly trickles in via the right brain from the Universe. Yeah. I know.
  • Teaching energy work by distance requires the learner to accept the fact that energy transmissions can be given and received over any distance. That in itself is a pretty big thing to swallow. (It does work, by the way). Explaining it is even more of a challenge, because many people have some massive mind blocks due to this being outside the scope of their reality for most of their lives.
  • Having an online school that offers more than what others do, and showing how we stand out, on a website among millions of websites out there in that vast world wide web of a thing, is hard enough. Then try streamlining all of the great classes, products, programs, and events so that someone who comes by for the first time can see clearly what’s so great and different about us. 
See what I mean? Challenging, to say the least. 
Linda, you’ve got your work cut out for you. 
Every day, I’m walking the balance beam between these innate challenges one one side and, on the other side, radical amazement at the power of the work to help people’s lives improve in huge ways. That’s the part that keeps me going – that keeps me passionate and most of all – that tells me over and over again that I wouldn’t go back for a second. 
I tell my students that it’s like I was handed a super power. How can I go back to being a mere mortal, especially when I can give the super power to others and watch them light up with the same radical amazement I feel? That. It’s the reason I accept the challenges and keep doing the work. 
Leading the way and setting a standard is challenging, and a little lonely sometimes. People need this kind of education. They need it done well because how it’s presented sets a tone for the perception of the work itself. It all needs to be professional, credible, and clear. If you agree, if you are, or want to be able to offer healing, metaphysical, or holistic services in a way that represents a professional in any field, I invite you to join Advanced Healing Pioneers. We need you.
And, onward we go.
Reiki Awakening Reiki blog by Alice Langholt