Hi All! I tell you, not blogging and *forcing* myself to work on these other technical aspects of the blog layout is a herculean feat in self discipline. I’ve done pretty well so I’m going to indulge in a quickie entry here.
One of the precursors to deciding to re-work some of the blog layout was paying a professional blogger to evaluate my site, and some of the feedback was really valuable, and backed up some ideas I was already planning.
One recommendation that keeps popping up from different sources is that I should downplay that I am a “part time” psychic, that I don’t do this to pay my rent. One person even said, “I would think if you could actually make a living doing readings, YOU WOULD!”
I’ve been surprised by this repeated assumption that I want to become or should become a full-time psychic. It’s a logical leap to make, but it’s actually incorrect. My dream job is to be a part-time psychic, part-time writer and to maintain either an employment or community activity that keeps me balanced and grounded. Basically I want to enjoy my daily life FULL TIME. I guess that’s why blogging works so well for me!
I realize that a lot of full time psychics proudly declare they are psychic FOR A LIVING. And you know what? That’s great. You know what else? That’s not me, and I’m not going to pretend it’s me.
For me, right now, I am a part-time, professional psychic. I choose to remain a part-time psychic and continue to work part time at the hospital because I LIKE doing that! It helps me to keep a great work / life / spiritual balance, and it frees me completely from making decisions about my psychic business with an eye to unpaid bills, but rather to follow what I want to do in my heart.
The beauty of this work for me is that it makes my life better; it gives me energy and purpose, because I am helping so many people, and because I’m so damn good at it. Yes, I like to toot my own horn!
I also learned through fundraisers and promotions exactly how much psychic work I can do in a given day or week and still feel balanced. I have a little speech for every new client, explaining how I work. Part of this speech is this:
“Part of my job is to set my own brain aside, to create a space for your spirit and animal friends to speak. A side effect of this is I may not be completely aware of what I just said, and I will probably forget everything we talk about after our session.”
When I do readings, I lose chunks of time. It can be disorienting. In general, I come out of a reading feeling awesome, charged, and fabulous! I love doing it, but when I do it for several hours a day, for days in a row, I can look back on my week and feel like there is a lot of “missing” time.
The awesome thing about working at the hospital is that it gives my left brain a lot of exercise. Writing, talking to animals and dead people – these are very “right-brained” activities. Working at the hospital keeps me grounded in the community; I work with a team who help people in the most vulnerable and traumatizing moments of their lives. It’s a privilege as well as a reality check. I’m great at my job there too, and having a mild-mannered alter-ego is a wonderful balance to the challenges of working as a psychic. Besides, working in a hospital is a great way to meet interesting dead people. It all ties together beautifully, you see?
I think this idea that a person should focus on one thing as a “career” is a cultural statement. I know this idea doesn’t resonate with a lot of people, including myself. I am interested in learning, in developing and helping other people to do the same. This expansion is what I believe is my purpose, not to be defined by one thing, one purpose I fulfill in my long, long lifetime.
I’m only thirty-four, and already my background is so diverse – I can be an excellent psychic while doing other things too, and I have learned enough about myself to know that creating a balanced and fulfilling life for myself is the best way to ensure my own happiness. It also gives other people permission to live their lives by their hearts too! You don’t have to be awesome at just one thing, you can be amazing at TEN things, if that makes you happy!
Did you know that my background includes various first-year university math and science courses such as calculus, finite math, physics, chemistry, biology and computer programming, not to mention accounting? And yes, I have a background in Nursing as well. I worked for five years at an animal hospital as a veterinary technician, I’ve volunteered in hospitals as a candy-striper since I was twelve. I’ve lead trail rides for tourists on horseback. I’ve done field research for Trent University in monitoring the affects of acid rain. I ran a second-hand clothing store and raised $30,000 for a grass-roots “children’s town” in Malambanyama, Malawi, which provides protection, clothing and education for orphaned children. I have loved and worked and burned out of THREE careers before I was thirty years old, and the most valuable lesson I learned from all of that is *balance*.
The trick to balance is that sometimes you have to shift your focus from one thing to another so that you can make some progress in one area. And here is where I would like to humbly ask your assistance, dear friends and readers: I need to create some time for me to focus upon a book I would like to put together from material that is *mostly* already written.
In order to put this book together, I will need, ideally, a month of time, a month off of my job at the hospital. So I would like to ask your help in creating this time with me:
I need you to visualize me talking to my wonderful boss and have her grant me two weeks vacation followed by two weeks leave. I need you to visualize two or three people saying yes to covering all of my shifts in that period of time. This period of time is likely going to be the month of September, but it can be earlier than that.
Then I need you to see me and how happy I feel when I work my last day before having a month off, and I need you to see my pride and sense of accomplishment when I publish this book!
What do you say? Help me create some time!