The Conscious Pursuit of Life, Growth & Happiness

The Perpetual Pursuit of Purpose and Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything… [Photo by Greg Rakozy]

Why hello, hello!

Yes, I’m still alive!

I know, I know… I’m sorry I’ve neglected this blog so much. I honestly would like to write more, but obviously I simply haven’t been making it a priority.

I’ve mostly been pretty busy these days helping Steve with his/our business. There’s been tons of work to do preparing bonus material for the new products that were launched last year – some of that bonus material is still in the making! Although, thankfully, I just wrapped up one of those projects earlier this week, but there’s still two to three months of work left on the other project. We honestly had no idea how much time and work would’ve been involved in preparing these – much, much more than was initially anticipated, that’s for sure! (Yay for learning experiences! Haha!)

I’m pretty involved in our Conscious Growth Club as well. I fulfill the role of community manager, write and deliver weekly emails, and assist during our weekly coaching calls too. As such, it simply hasn’t been practical for me to pursue delving into writing that screenplay I’ve been talking about forever. But at least some step forward has been taken!

About a month ago, Steve and I went to Los Angeles to attend a four-day seminar on Story with a special focus on Action taught by Robert McKee. Each day was quite long, starting at 9am and ending at 7:30pm with only an hour for lunch. We both quite enjoyed the seminar and got a lot out of it. I’ll definitely integrate what I learned from the seminar into the story that’s been living in my head for the past while (i.e the story I’ve been wanting to turn into a screenplay, although I’ve toyed with the idea of turning into some other format as well, like a play or a novel). It’s really only a matter of carving out time to work on it, but I don’t anticipate that happening until August at the earliest.

I know a while back I had thoughts of challenging myself to write a screenplay in a very short time period, like a week. And heck, I still think that’s doable. But rushing on a project like this no longer feels like the right approach. The energy behind it has shifted, and I need to take that into account. Robert McKee also said that writing a screenplay often takes no less than six months, and often twice as long as that. And since I want to write it well (really well), I think it makes sense to work on it when I have ample time to devote my energy into it. I can tell that time will finally be here soon enough. (3+ months seem to flow by so incredibly fast, it’s ridiculous!)

Also, as of last night, the official launch of Conscious Growth Club is currently underway! Steve and I have been working on this for the past two+ years – and we’re finally, finally, birthing it into the world. The sign-up window to join for this year will only be open through May 1st. We have no idea what to expect in terms of sign-ups, but we hope it goes well! It’s really a great little community that we’ve helped to foster and there’s so much potential for even more growth, exploration, friendship, and fun. I’m honored to be a part of it and excited to be sharing it with the world. Wanna join? 😉

I’ll make a conscious effort to post more often here on ye ol’ blog going forward. I suppose I don’t have to limit myself to any topic in particular, seeing as my uniting theme of creativity can be truly limitless – especially if you see the conscious living of one’s life as a creative endeavor in and of itself. Perhaps I could aim for writing a new post once a month, minimum? Although once a week would be kick-ass! …Hmmm. We shall see, we shall see.

p.s.

In case you missed it above, here’s a link to learn more about Conscious Growth Club if you’re curious about it! Steve also just published a blog post about it, too.

If you join, we can take on monthly challenges together, communicate in the forums, participate in the coaching calls (there’ll be three each month!), examine the bigger picture of your life and goals and tackle ’em head-on via quarterly planning sessions, plus so much more!

Our first monthly group challenge for May 2019 is going to be an exercise challenge, which I’ll certainly be participating in as well. We’ll be hosting future creative challenges too! Our future deep dives coming up over the next 12 months will definitely involve an undeniably creative component to them, so if you’re creatively inclined then that should surely resonate with you. Some members have even spun up Mastermind groups and mini online clubs within Conscious Growth Club. There are even weekly scheduled social gatherings online via our virtual water cooler / café / campfire! It’s definitely an awesome community. Join us! 🙂

Big News & Life Updates

Hey hey hey!!!

So… it’s been a while since I last made an update. (Oops.)
A lot has happened in the past 7 months!

First off, the big, main thing that happened is… Steve and I got married!!!! 😀
We married in early April. <3

It was a pretty last minute decision. I was nearing the end up my allowed visit to the US and would have had to leave no later than April 9th. I hadn’t intended on using up my 6-month allotment all in one continual visit, but neither of us wanted me to go away again. In the past, we had talked on and off about the idea of someday marrying, but usually Steve would waffle on the idea and ultimately decide that, no, he didn’t want to marry; and so we would by default continue our long distance relationship with me going back and forth, or with us meeting up in either Canada or other countries. And this would go on for years…!

I thought this same pattern was to be repeated yet again… but then Steve had a shift in his attitude towards the idea of remarrying. He definitely didn’t want me going away again and wanted me to stay. And the feeling was mutual! But the only way it would be possible for me to stay long term would be if we were to get married. Since there was no doubt that he wanted to continue to be together (for potentially the rest our lives), we decided to get hitched!

We had a very simple ceremony. It was just us two, the officiant, and a friend to act as our witness. We both dressed nicely, picked out some simple but nice (and matching) wedding bands, and exchanged rings and vows. Admittedly, I got teary saying my vows. (What can I say, I can be quite the sap at times. 😉 ) It was a happy day. Afterwards, we went out for a simple meal at a nearby vegan restaurant.

Here’s a picture of us on our wedding day. 🙂

We got married!

So… what have I / we been up to for the last 5 months? I feel like I’ve been really busy, even though I don’t have a “job”! At least not officially, although I have been helping Steve out a fair bit with his website and business!

It took a long time, but with the help of a designer we were able to create a new logo for our online Conscious Growth Club! I also help moderate our CGC forums and assist with our coaching calls.

Steve and I have taken some small trips as well. We’ve been to Disneyland a couple times (we have annual passes, so we kinda go there a fair bit since it’s only about a four hour drive from Vegas); we’ve been to Park City and Durango (Steve attended mastermind meetings there, and I came along for socialization and fun that takes place outside the meetings); and I helped out with a LOT of ebook editing and assisting with daily videos for the Deep Abundance Integration program that Steve created just last month. (DAI is going to create a lot of work for me over the next several months as I create all of the content from the videos and put it into ebook form.)

I also did a fun challenge/deep dive of my own, where I recorded and published a video to YouTube every day in the month of June. (If you’re interested, you can check that out here.)

Aaaaand… the newest piece of news is that Steve and I had my immigration interview just earlier this week! Steve and I, not to mention the immigration interviewer as well, were rather surprised that we landed our interview so “soon” after submitting our immigration papers after getting married. I believe 5-ish months used to be considered normal timeframe, but for the current US governmental administration, what used to be standard wait times are now often tripled (and sometimes even more than that)! We were expecting to get our interview within 11-17 months or longer, according to the current listed processing times. (Some centers even have processing times close to 2 years!) So to have our interview now over and done with is quite serendipitous!

I was a bit nervous for the interview, even though logically I know I had no reason to be. The immigration officer who conducted the interview was very friendly, and we didn’t encounter any difficulties. He congratulated us and said I should expect to receive my green card sometime in the next 30 days. So YAY!!!

Steve and I have been longing to do some international travel, but haven’t been able to due to my lack of a travel permit or green card. I haven’t even been able to visit Canada! But once I get my green card, we’ll be able to travel together outside of the US once again. I’m really looking forward to that. I miss Europe, and I’d love to visit new places too, like Australia, Asia, South America, etc.

So… that’s my update!

I’ve procrastinated big time on writing a screenplay. I definitely still want to do that, and I’d still like to try doing that screenplay writing challenge I mentioned in a previous blog post, too! With the ebook editing (i.e. video to ebook conversion) project on my plate, plus planned travel in November (and then the subsequent holidays), I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to squeeze in that screenplay. BUT, I do know that I’d like to get on sometime soon. Although, time is relative, I suppose.

Oh, time…

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
– Bruce Lee –

(^^ A note to self.)

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