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My Master Plan, 2-Minute Writing, Day 2

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Live Your True Nature, True Nature Expression, Writing | 0 comments

I’m part of a 21 day writing circle with Adela Rubio. She’s a master at these writing circles (and so much more). If you missed my personal post Staring Fear Head On, Writing Beyond, click here.

Day 2, 1/2/17, Prompt: My Master Plan

My Master Plan is still somewhat of a mystery. I haven’t completed all 7 steps of successful people and created a business plan an followed it to a T. How much orchestration do I have in the symphony of this plan? Will the curtain part revealing this masterpiece? Must I painstakingly tune my instrument and practice for hours daily? May I follow my spirit and joy, leading me, like breadcrumbs to a next key to unlock the subsequent piece to be played in this grand concerto?

I’d love to see your writing in the comments below if you are so called. And to play bigger join us at the Big Shifts Writing Project

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Staring Fear Head On, Writing Beyond. Day 1

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Live Your True Nature, True Nature Expression, Writing | 0 comments

I had fear of writing before I did my first writing circle with Adela Rubio. The thought of writing (even years after getting through graduate school and teaching English to speakers of Other Languages) instantly threw me into my childhood blank page panic of a deer frozen in the headlights, not knowing which way to run. Run was what I was supposed to do, right!? It certainly seemed easier than staring down that empty page that stared back as I wondered where to start. I think I would have taken more action if a car had been hurtling down the road straight for me. That certainly would have given me something to write about and no time for perfection. Essentially Adela was that speeding car. She offered a fun and often poignant writing prompt and limited time (2-4 minutes), which curbed the prowess of my perfectionist filter. Perhaps so, but I still stood stark naked and vulnerable. It seemed Adela had me in mind when she named our first group Naked Writers. Who knew it might actually be easier to write in the buff. It’s powerful to put words on paper and then speak them to others (on the writing call). This form of creative expression with a twist gave me new voice. It was as if I had unhooked my body bra, freeing my true essence. Fast forward 6 years or so and I’m still writing with Adela, baring more and more. Today is the first of a 21 day circle with my writing sisters. I’ll include my 2 minute writings here. Feel free to join in writing as you are called, especially if it scares you.

Join here: http://bigshifts.com/joinwritingproject

Day 1, 1/1/17, Prompt: Mystery Calls

Mystery calls. Hear it echo over the land, ricocheting off the canyon walls. Mystery goes deep, yet it breathes expansive possibilities. Mystery. The word seems dark in nature to me, filled with fear and anxiety. What if I gave it new clothes? Imagine it shimmering with promise—a designer dress just for me, with the freedom to dance, flowing with grace, in all the comfort of pajamas.

I’d love to read your 2-minute writings if you wish to share in the comments below.

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Freestyle Living: Biking Across America in 57 Days!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Adventure, Freestyle Living, Live Your True Nature | 2 comments

What says Freestyle Living more than traveling across America by bike? Remember Aidan and Clara, recent high school graduates biking across America earlier this summer? They did it! Not that there was any doubt they would, but it’s still impressive. They biked from the Atlantic Ocean in Maine to the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. That’s 3609 miles in 57 days. They share the stats, highlights, and words of wisdom in their final blogpost at bikesoveramerica.wordpress.com. Their adventure is certainly inspiring to those of us biking fewer miles in one day than they averaged every day for two straight months! Is it time to plan your own adventure even if it is perhaps just a 3-day one?

Celebrating in the Pacific Ocean after biking across America in 57 days! Image from bikesoveramerica.wordpress.com

Celebrating in the Pacific Ocean after biking across America in 57 days! Image from bikesoveramerica.wordpress.com

 

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Home on Wheels for Freestyle Living

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Adventure, Freestyle Living, Live Your True Nature | 1 comment

I asked my friends Tom and Cyn if I could highlight them in a Freestyle Living post. After reading the last Freestyle Living post about the recent high school graduates biking across America, Tom said, “I don’t know if we’re as inspirational as those who are raising money for the Vermont Land Trust and biking across the states. We just want to travel and see our grandkid.” Indeed they will. They just sold their home and everything in it. They had already bought and created a home on wheels in this 22 foot van they call Frosty.

Tom and Cyn with their soon to be home on wheels, Frosty. (©Britt Nielsen)

After a recent mountain bike ride Tom and Cyn humored me by standing with their soon to be home on wheels, Frosty. (©Britt Nielsen)

(more details and pictures of this home on wheels in a future post). It’s outfitted to suit them well as they hit the road driving across the country to spend time with their grandchild.

teaching grandchild how to make noise with his mouth and finger

Teaching grandchild how to make fun noises with his mouth and finger on a recent visit in Burlington, Vermont  (©Britt Nielsen)

Later in the fall, they’ll take two or three months to travel around Asia again. They already spent a year bike touring and traveling around the world, so somehow I think we’ll hear about more adventures from them with and without their trusty stead Frosty.

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Junction Ahead

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Adventure, Costa Rica, Live Your True Nature | 0 comments

This photo seems to fit the journey ahead. Plane ticket to Costa Rica is purchased and the first two nights at a guesthouse 10 miles from the San José airport are booked. That’s it! It feels like a big junction coming up, leaving the snow and my Vermont life for a new adventure. I will have all winter to keep choosing at each new fork in the road! Though I love the freedom of not being tied to an itinerary, it’s not always easy for me to make a decision when that fork in the road feels more like an octopus. This will be a time to quiet the mind, tune in and practice choosing.

Junction Ahead

Junction Ahead

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