Moonly Review 🌑 Moving into the Forest
Addressing the call from the Nature. Let's see what happens 🌳
Happy New Moon!
After a few weeks of thinking about it, I finally moved into the forest.
Nature is a perfect teacher. In these first few days, I experienced both sides of my new state of homefullness: a total bliss and complete annoyance.
A dream made real is never perfect, or rather, it's never as perfect as the dream seemed before it was made real. On the other hand, the very nature of a dream being made real, is perfection in itself.
During the last few weeks it was quite easy for me to be in the state of connection and flow, and the key lesson from that process is to embrace letting go of everything, including my belongings, desires and, perhaps the most difficult for me, my dreams.
So here I am, learning the lessons, turning triggers into learning opportunities, witnessing my life unfold in the most unexpected ways, and seeking the balance between flow and intention.
I must be doing something right, because I feel quite blissful, and it seems like things are coming together.
Here are some of them, that are alive in me right now:
Update: See my Forest Log 🌳, where I document my Forest Life.
More than anything, I'm a creator of experiences. However, I've been avoiding this term to describe myself for a long time, because it feels super vague (everything is an experience, isn't it?).
What kind of experiences, then?
Collective experiences where magic happens.
Perhaps that's still quite vague, but I feel it's time for me to stop running away from something that is clearly in the core of what I want to do in the world, and instead embrace the imperfection of my capacity to communicate in a way that hits the bulls eye, and instead focus on what I want to be doing in the first place: create experiences for people and make some magic ✨.
So, I've decided to set up a collective in Pico creating experiences where magic happens.
Why a collective? Because as much as I can do things on my own, I much prefer to create together. Collaborations are always tricky, but I love the practice of letting go of the controlling mindset and focus on creating conditions empowering all involved to co-create freely.
The organisational side is still in progress, but we've already created something very special. And it seems like this project could not only create magic, but also create sustainable income.
You'll be hearing more about it (because it's all well documented) soon. In fact I can't wait to share it with you.
Finding the Audience for JournalSmarter
This kinda funny, but a few years after conceiving JournalSmarter I still am not clear on who the target audience is (facepalm).
Reading this article from Matt Giovanisci made it clear to me that this is the only (and absolutely critical) component missing to make this whole project work. I know it can, but I can't avoid this step anymore.
So here I am, putting a clear intention for this coming Moon:
I want to define a very specific target audience for JournalSmarter, so I can unlock the flow of analogue journaling tools.
I've been sailing quite a bit on a traditional whaleboat, and while I really love it, I'm also realising that competitive sailing is not really my thing. I've been feeling a growing desire to sing sea shanties while steering a boat in the middle of the ocean at night.
It's a bit tricky to understand, because I really don't feel like going away from the Azores, but I've been considering going somewhere, just to be in the ocean for some time, and then come back. If the feeling keeps growing, then I might. Let's see...
I found the Land.
I found a piece of Land that made me feel: ahhhhh, I want to take care of you for the next chapter of my life.
It's a powerful feeling I never felt before. I don't know who owns it, and if it's for sale, but I'm going to put energy into finding it out. In fact, finding the land where I can set a base is my number one priority right now.
Wish me luck🤞.
Scarcity and Phone Addiction
Those are my big trigger points.
I keep noticing that sometimes my mind flips into scarcity and I absolutely hate myself in that state. I've been financially poor before (and in fact I still am for European standards), and I'm super happy, so I know money has nothing to do with it.
And I know by experience that the more I open myself to the state of abundance and giving freely, the more I receive. But sometimes, something happens and my mind goes back to scarcity.
And then I become aware, and switch it back. The process continues... But one thing is quite clear: I want to surround myself with people who actively help each other on being in the abundance mindset.
Then, there's the constant phone-checking. Fuck, this is just ridiculous. I know that there is infinity of exciting online thingies, but what about the physical experience you're having right now, right in front of you?
And this is a trigger, because I'm guilty of this myself.
Fortunately, the Forest is a great teacher, and the more I sink into the healing power of Nature, the less prone I am to look at my phone. I do intend to have a digital business and explore online possibilities, but I want it to be a small part of my life.
And yet again, it's so helpful to be surrounded by people who help create conditions for being in that state.
Thank you ☀️
A video postcard from my life
Here's a short video with a few seconds from every day in this last Moon cycle.
With Love, Connection and Gratitude,