Thanksgiving 2011

I’ve wanted to write a blog to capture some of my feelings of gratitude this Thanksgiving of 2011. Where do I start? How about my CalmUp® Journey question from this morning?

How can I write a meaningful “Thank You” blog?

I began to question if I’m thankful for just the “good stuff” or if I’m honestly thankful for the “yucky stuff” too. I teach acceptance of both the dark side and the light side in the Daily Ascending Tool™. Am I really thankful for the chaos I experienced during the publishing process? Am I really thankful for the challenges and the financial pressures that are part of a new business launch?

On this Thanksgiving holiday, it’s easy to be thankful for the “good stuff” related to the launching of CalmUp®. I’m thankful for the comments that people are posting on the website ( I’m thankful for the emails I’m receiving offering congratulations. I’m thankful for my connections with people. These are, of course, just three of a much larger list of reasons I have for giving thanks.

It’s About Love

Like the country music singer who writes one more drinking song, what’s wrong with one more start-up blog? Don’t kill the messenger… I’m going to give one more analogy of launching a business to having a baby (See blog post 9/3/11 entitled, “Me, Calm?! The Birthing of CalmUp®“). It’s not just about the mother any more.

You know, when a baby is born, it’s no longer about the pregnant princess. Once the baby has arrived, there’s another human being to care for, mouth to feed, body to clothe, person to love. In contrast to having a baby, with a business, the attention must go beyond the product and onto the customer. It’s about you.

I don’t share that in a flippant manner. Like a turtle’s head peaking out of its shell, this insight has been slowly showing itself. I’m thankful to become aware of this element early on in the business. This week, in particular, it seemed important for me to awaken to this understanding in order for me to move forward to launch.

When to Push, When to Surrender?

About 18 months ago, I thought it would be meaningful to launch CalmUp® on 1-11-11. When I realized I wouldn’t make my launch goal, I laughed about how there’s always 11-1-11 or even 11-11-11. I anticipated being up and running way before then. What’s that joke about God laughing when you tell him your plans?

About two weeks ago, as 11-11-11 drew near, my having been cocky was staring me in the face. It registered that I could push for this date after all. Why not? My website was close to completion, and the books were ready to go. After creating a compulsive spreadsheet that listed when everything else would need to be accomplished, the goal seemed tenuous. Even with eliminating reasonable family responsibilities, not to mention a full night’s sleep, there’s still the day job, which I fortunately enjoy.

Lorie, remember peace and joy? And how about calm! When I owned that I wasn’t going to launch on this symbolic day of unity, I called my friend, Ula, to whine a bit. (You can listen to Ula on my first interview of “Regular Folks With a Noteworthy Story”). This wise woman encouraged me to send out a “pre-announcement” on 11-11-11 in place of the planned newsletter. That I could do. As if by magic, I was able to surrender the pressure I had put on myself.