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7 Things To Keep You Afloat In The Wave Pool Of Life

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7 Things To Keep You Afloat In The Wave Pool Of Life

Lately, every time I think about my life I see a wave pool (in my mind). It’s a strange new metaphor that rocked my world a little because usually the images I receive are earthy–gardens, tornadoes, forests, oceans, and whatnot. I don’t know why these lessons didn’t come on ocean waves, but perhaps because getting the day job isn’t a natural course of events for me. These waves are woman-made, a little chaos that I created intentionally to shake things up in my world.

The pace of my personal evolution–specifically around money, the growth of my business, and physical activity–was driving me mad. I was (painfully) aware of how my thoughts, beliefs, and actions around these issues needed to change for me to be the woman I was born to be but I simply couldn’t do it by sheer force. I couldn’t even create space in my life to do the things I knew would help me shift, like complete the powerful Emotional Freedom Technique that a colleague offered me or make it to my beloved Kundalini Yoga studio to take my five free classes (a gift for helping out during an event some time ago).

I had resources available to me but I was stuck and I needed to do something radical. I applied for a job as a grocery clerk at a local market. It’s a place I love to shop, doing a job that is intensely physical (sometimes I call it going to the gym, instead of work) which thrills me beyond words, and between the work and the commute, it’s about 45 hours a week that I’m simply too busy to obsess about whether or not someone is going to hire me or register for one of my classes, or what I need to be doing differently to make this business grow (with absolutely no resources to invest). Frankly, I found that to be about as effective as using yesterday’s greasy kitchen towel to clean the bathroom mirror. It doesn’t help at all.

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Christy Diane Farr

Christy Diane Farr is a catalyst. If that sounds like something you want more of in your life, visit 'The Greenhouse' at and join the Wildflower Evolution on Facebook.


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10:41AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Thank you!

5:31PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Good to hear from you Christy! Another great piece of writing. Thank you.

8:42AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

It doesn't work for me. I need a job.

6:12AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Good to hear from you Christy! You got a stiff neck and pain, my body's stress reaction usually sends me a migraine. Nothing like having to stay in bed under the covers because the light hurts and even my hair hurts for a day. It is such a blessing when the pain is gone the next morning. My attitude changes to 'Thank God I'm alive and nothing hurts!' instead of 'have to get this done'. Staying focused on 'how important is it' and what gets done is enough, its ok if its a little late helps me stay out of migraines. Our bodies force us to 'reboot' our attitude.

12:28AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

A wonderful article!

3:44PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Great stuff again Christy! For me, especially the part about how different people can (and will) come to the same company to do different sort of work, with many reasons behind that. My job paying the bills at the moment is more simple than I'm capable of, if it was (a lot) more demanding I'd get really, really nervous so not only is this a way to keep going and have some money to save, but the people around me there are great folks. That's enough for now!

I'm happy to read that you listened to your body, and the 'intense rest' makes a lot of sense ;).

2:02PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Wonderful post.Thank-you very much

1:54PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

@Marianne B: You may be new to Camp Christy, but long and wordy is how I roll. I'm certainly not for everybody. That's one of the things I like best about being me.

As for the "nothing new"... that's because there is nothing new. We are suffering because we neglect our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, financial, and creative selves to do for others trying to be "good" enough to earn our happiness.

Turning that around takes just a few simple things: Stopping that bullshit, loving ourselves, and being loving with ourselves.

If you can find anyone here at Care2, or on the Internet at large, that has a better plan... knock yourself out. It takes all kinds to make this world go around. Keep searching until you find yours.

1:43PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Thanks for the love, everybody. I'm so glad to be here and to see your names and faces pop up again and again. Even though most of us haven't yet connected outside this space, know that I'm grateful to have you popping up in my garden.

3:35AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Thanks Christy I really liked and felt inspired by this, its going to help me through the next few months in my life

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