Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jumping in with both feet

What's Stopping You?

Yesterday's post was pertaining to my trying to decide how I want to move forward with my blogging identity. In response to that post, a woman named Karen wrote to me stating that while she came for the reviews, she stayed to witness my evolutionary process because she was in a similar position in life- wanting to move away from a 9-5.

My role model was a good friend who interestingly enough, worked his whole life to achieve his dream of being a professional (read "rock star") musician only to abandon it when he realized that that life style was no longer serving his higher good. I looked at that and said, "If this person could walk away from something he actually wanted in his life, then I surely can let go of things I don't want in mine."

What I've come to learn, is that this evolutionary process begins with you taking stock of what you are holding on to. This means an actual inventory of not only physical possessions, but of your core beliefs, of relationships, of habits, of patterns..... Knowing all along that these things never define who you are at your core - at your core you are perfect - a helpful reminder which allows you to release any judgments against yourself, and it is through this process we can move through life peeling back any unhelpful layers (of habits, beliefs, etc.) to get closer to our truest selves. So many people walk around dragging such heavy baggage from generations past... never realizing that once we become adults that we have the ability to discern what we want in our lives and what we don't and that we are not disrespecting those who came before us if we choose a different religion or lifestyle or political affiliation.....

The decision to jump on the path of personal transformation can be daunting - and once you are on it, the challenges never stop. You'll be tweaking and letting go and adopting new beliefs till the end of days but you will have chosen to LIVE LIFE EVERYDAY rather than simply exist. It's like any other relationship in your life in that it takes conscious thought and energy to maintain it to the level of your desire.

When people talk to me about wanting to make life changes, I always say the same thing. I ask them to consider, "What's the worst that can happen?" If you can answer that question and know that you will be fine no matter what - that you have the wherewithal to succeed even should the going gets rough, then I say take the risk and live your life on your terms because YOU are in charge of creating your own reality.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I'm Torn - Origin and Further Evolution of the Bean

Spirit People: Celebrating Self

July of 2008. The time when I really got this blog rolling. It was originally created in December of 2007 in the heat of a "wanting to vent" moment when the cafeteria at my old job suddenly and without warning wanted to charge me for "extra" cream cheese on my bagel. I literally created a blog for the sole purpose of saying that one thing out loud to the entire world. I think the interesting thing about the start of this blog isn't the post that inspired it, but the name I chose for it. Spiritual Evolution of the Bean...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1st Official Biffybeans Interview on Art is Fun!


If you have ever been curious about how and when I started making mandalas, what my favorite media is to work with, and what my mandala workshops are all about, please take a few minutes to visit one of my most favorite blogs, Art is Fun! where I was recently interviewed by Thaneeya McArdle as a featured artist on the site. 

If you have any additional questions you would like me (to do my best) to answer, please feel free to e-mail me at stephanie at biffybeans dot com.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Holding the Ladder


A few months ago, I went to visit my friend Ellen in Virginia. I asked her if she could use my help with anything while I was there. Her response, "Sure. You could hold the ladder while I clean out the gutters." No problemo. I can hold a ladder. We took the ladder from the garage and set it up against the front of the house. There were a few sections where the ladder seemed to be a tad too short and there was Ellen, reaching far off the ladder to pull mounds of leaves out of her gutters. I'm barely thinking about what she's doing as I hold the ladder. After all... Ellen flies a medical helicopter for a living. Standing on the top of a ladder should be a piece of cake for her.
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