Inspiring!

First off my apologies for not writing more…..I’ve been so busy running what feels like 20 different businesses and writing alot for that, so haven’t felt much like I’ve had the time, but am trying to be intentional at getting back to it.

So many things this last week alone have seemed to fall into my lap that I’m so excited about and have just been inspring, spiritual, comfirming experienes that have made me feel I’m where I need to be.

Maybe that just happens when you stop worrying so much about money and start worrying more about how you can best help people.

Yesterday, I attended an information session for volunteering for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for years but living so far away kept me from it.  Now, it’s literally across the street and I’m thrilled I can walk once the weather cools down a bit.

The session was so inspiring I was almost in tears most of the hour!  I was really moved simply by the fact that there were 75 people who showed up ready and willing to give their time for free.   The hospital has over 500 volunteers and will be needing many more as they are in the process of building an additional 14 story patient tower that will bring them gradually from their current 277 beds up to 617 beds all in private rooms.  The other exciting thing for me about volunteering is that it has changed so much from the time that I spent in hospitals before where our only interaction with the patients was delivering flowers or maybe wheeling them to the front door on discharge.  Now most hospitals allow you to be as involved with the patients as you like and Phx Children’s has over 45 different positions you can volunteer for.  I went into the session knowing I wanted something hands on very involved with the patients so that I could really focus on someone else’s needs during that time and get out of my head and into my heart more.

They have such a unique viewpoint and philosophy on caring for the whole child, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, education, development….and the child just happens to be in the hospital dealing with an illness or trauma.  Even their planning of the hospital is unique, including things such as a children’s advisory board in the process.  They have amazing schools there and they really are focused on the whole family as well…which is where I think I want to work…with helping the families who are dealing with these traumas, being faced with the possibility of losing a child, etc. I can’t imagine many things that would try the human soul more than that.

I know it will be a learning and growth experience for me in many ways….and difficult at times.  Part of me knows that the reason volunteering here before never worked out for me is because I was not in a place emotionally and spiritually to handle all that.  Now, I feel I am, and if I have something in me that can help in any way, how can I not give that part of myself to this. I’m just really excited to get started. It feels overwhelmingly like one of the right place to be in my life at this time.

I’ll try to keep you updated on how the process goes there as well as all the other things on my plate that are near and dear to my heart.

If you would like more information on Phoenix Children’s Hospital ….please visit their site at www.phoenixchildrens.com

Namaste’

Rebekah

July 16, 2008 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Simplification = Life Multiplied

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away”

 – Antione De Saint-Exupery

I’ve been giving alot of thought to simplifying my life recently.  Being unemployed and feeling so overwhelmed with things.  Things to do, things to buy, things to trip over.  I went through my closet last week as I do on probably a semi yearly basis to clean things out….but for some reason this time it doesn’t seem like enough.  I can’t wait to have a minute to get in there again.  More gone. More gone.  I’ve also done a re-evaluation of things that I really need or use.  Since I’m not using the couch….it’s up on craigslist.  Other things have come off the walls and out of closets in preparation for photographing and listing as well.  The second computer, and the tv will probably go too since they are doing little more than taking up space. 

The biggest challenge then is my office clutter.  I need one massive organizing, shredding session.  I already was able to reduce the amount of files I need to keep by half.  That means the cats can stop playing jungle gym on the hanging file display, that’s outta here too. 

We’ll see what else get’s jostled in the game of less Simplifyis more.  A couple of sites that have helped me look at things a lot differently are:

Unclutterer  (Tips on less is more, productivity, etc.  Pretty much addicted to this right now!)

LifeHacker (An oldy, but a goody…you may not use all the tips and it’s more productivity based, but when they get it right, they really get it right!

43 Folders (I used to be much more of a loyal follower of this blog….but only time to follow so many.  Great for the basics and organizing it all.)

Real Simple (The magazine that makes life simple has a website that does the same!)

Multiple computer crashes have also prompted me to move more and more to online based EVERYTHING!  (Writing this from the library right now where I will then look up budget laptops to replace the one that’s in peices all over M’s apartment. (sigh) There goes that extra cash from the couch!

Anyway…if you know of any great sites, books or tips for uncluttering and simplifying I’d love to hear them.

-R

April 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Quote of the Day

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.

– Anonymous

April 5, 2008 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

For Kevin

It’s still quiet in the bustling lodge. Most the skiers and rowdy snowboarders are off enjoying the morning runs and working up an appetite for the mediocre burgers and extravagantly priced pizza and fries.

The smell of the precooked burgers seems to circle around the edges of the great wooden edifice before finally settling I imagine in the impressive rafters high above my head.

I’m trying to resist the urge to put my gloves back on. It makes typing difficult and I’m taking quite a bit of pride in my somewhat macho chic image distinguishing me from the valley girl teens and preteens whining on their cell phones and to their school mates about mostly the distrust and angst they hold for the rest of the world, their jobs, schools, parents, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends. They seem to trust truly no one that is not themselves.

God I remember that paranoid, must impress at all costs anxious miserable period of my life. A period that was far prolonged by a hodgepodge of possible complications to my natural development, hardly worth mentioning at this point, because they don’t tell you all that much about who I am now.

There are a few others like me. Trying to act like we are too good for skiing. Typing away frantically on their laptops, heads buried in books or paperwork. But I’m comfortable in this group. Almost….I may be the only one watching CNN on my Ipod.

I think the people watching is the best bit about it for me. I’m most fascinated by the lonely souls who never seem to look from their books or get a single visit from their ski prone friends or family all day.

The mustached man with glasses trying desperately to get comfortable in the rustic pine seat and his whole body focused on the Nora Roberts book in his hands. I’ve never met a man who read Nora Roberts.

Across the table from him a figure in a red ski jacket is sprawled upper body across the table sound asleep. The mustached man never glances his way, so I guess them to be strangers.

Next to me is more of a kindred spirit. A gentleman in his mid forties, slight middle eastern or Indian accent, and a happy disposition. He was as excited as me to find a computer plug in, but now his phone won’t get a signal as a modem and I feel bad for giving him false hope.

He looks around like me. Notices things. Takes it all in, and at the same time seems content with who he is. No need to be wearing $200 snow pants just to sit around the lodge or impress a soul. He has been kind enough to watch my admittedly large cache of items while I’ve taken restroom breaks and grabbed coffee or protein drinks.

More to follow……

January 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Save a Child’s Life

Hi,

I just sent a message to my members of Congress asking them to support the U.S. Commitment to Global Child Survival Act, which would help to save the lives of the 10 million children a year who die before their fifth birthday from preventable causes.

You can help this important bill move forward by taking action here: http://www.one.org/childsurvival/

Thanks!

August 24, 2007 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

India

This weekend has given me the opportunity to do alot of thinking about what I want out of life.  After realizing I’ve not been fulfilled working simply to get by and my yearning for travel and cultural understanding has gone unfed, I’ve made the decision to spend 4 to 6 weeks next year volunteering in India.  I decided to do the volunteer program after deciding I wanted more than just the cursory tourist experience.  The task of finding the best program is still a bit daunting, but I’m confident that the decision at least is the right one. 

 In preparation for the trip I will be learning Hindi, one of many national languages of India, including English. I’ve already began to fall in love with the beautiful Devarangari script.  Allthough speaking Hindi is in no way a requirement for any of the programs, I feel it will give me a better opportunity to understand the people I am working to help and their needs and desires.

 My goal is to do a trip a year, to different countries or areas and to become a global advocate and public speaker for global issues when I return in my spare time.  It’s also something I hope to incorporate seamlessly into my writing.

 I just feel the sting of how easily we as Americans, sit within our four walls and are so disconnected from the world at large, the suffering that is taking place is so easy to push out of our minds.  I feel the need to do something to address that.

 Why India?  I’m not exactly sure where my fascination with India began, but it has not diminished over the years that I have been aware of it.  The opportunities I’ve had to meet natives of India and hear their stories have been fascinating.  And these have been the lucky ones.  The well off ones who have come to the US.  Within their stories are horrors of sexual inequality and social systems that make helping their own people difficult.  But for many in India hunger, unemployment, and an inate sense of an inability to help oneself are commonplace. 

I’m also fascinated by the religions and cultures of the different regions of India.  The history, colors, spices and fabrics as well as rituals and rites that are worlds apart from what we know here in the United States.

I hope to spend part of my time in Delhi and part of my time in rurul Dharamsala were I will also be exposed to the Tibetian culture as it is the home of the exiled government of Tibet and the Dalai Lhama. 

I’m not sure exactly when the trip will take place.  Things will have to be worked out with my job and fundraising.  But I’m hoping for sometime next summer.

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on this endeavor, and any suggestions or advice you might have for me.

Live Well!

Rebekah

June 24, 2007 at 6:19 pm 4 comments

No better feeling….

For the first time in weeks I have an entire weekend to do what I want.  Trust me the to do list has been building up and there are lots of things to choose from, but nothing that I must do this second, nothing that will loose a $100,000 account if it isn’t accomplished. 

There is absolutely no better feeling in the world than being able to actually choose what to do with your time.  I’ll admit it, I was spoiled for years….no job, free to read when I felt like it, write when I wanted, sleep when I chose.  I got surprisingly little done in those 5 years. 

But now that I have an extremely demanding job, everything is falling into perspective.  The important things float to the top and the time wasters, just sort of drift away to sea.  I was worried about losing some of my favorite activities….like naps…..but when it all comes into motion…my naps stay.  They are what keeps me sane and recharge my well worn batteries.  What really dissapears is things like celebrity magazines, television and playing till all hours of the night.  Yes I can still go watch Grey’s Anatomy on abc.com but I’m not a slave to a schedule.  Yes, I keep my satelite dvr subscription up so I can record a movie or history channel program now and then…but usually the tv is off.

Even my computer, which IS always on, is becoming more streamlined. No more lazy browsing for hours (unless it’s research for a writing project), no more belonging to 20 different yahoo groups.  I still work on designing my own sites, but I’m not in a rush.  When they get done, they get done.  If I’m not enjoying it, it’s time to switch to something else. 

And Books are starting to stack up around me again.  Still reading more than one at a time…but 4 not 12 and I’m much more selective.  Next weekend will be another cutting the fat weekend, selling all the books, dvds, clothes, etc that I will never touch. 

This weekend though, is about figuring out me.  Who I have become (heaven knows I’ve seen ALOT of transformation the last year), what I want and how to get there.  It’s about managing goals….figuring out how to communicate them, and helping people understand me and my needs.  I finally understand it’s okay to be selfish about some things.  It’s about finding my passions again and ways to be fullfilled.  It’s about being honest and learning I CAN HANDLE THIS!!!

I’m quite proud of myself actually.  But maybe that’s just because I had the nap!!

Nap

June 16, 2007 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

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