Everyday Alchemy: Discover the Extraordinary in Every Moment

Alchemy:(n.) The power or process of transforming something common into something extraordinary. Hi! I'm Sarah Robinson, Business Coach and Resident Alchemist. Welcome to my Blog. My mission is to bring the powerful magic of Everyday Alchemy into the daily lives of Life Adventurers everywhere (especially those with an entrepenurial bent!). Let me know how this resonates with you-I am fascinated! Email me: sarah@everydayalchemy.com. Visit my website at http://www.everydayalchemy.com/

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Friday, September 30, 2005

The Fear of Living

This quote from Maya Angelou was in Oprah this month. I can't stop thinking about it and wanted to share it with you.

"What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself-the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you are here to do, then just do some good. I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good."


I plan to chew on this over the weekend. How about you?

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!

Love,
Sarah

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sarah Recommends: Free PDF Converter

I just love it when I find some amazing helpful technical tool. I love it even more when it is F-R-E-E!!! So, check out this free pdf coverter. So simple. Just upload your word document and press convert. Wait a few seconds and you are given the document in PDF form. Still don't know how exactly they do it for free, but I just love using it! Enjoy!

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!
Sarah

Friday, September 16, 2005

Work Less Make More

Well who doesn't want to know how to do that?!!! I am re-reading Jennifer White's excellent book Work Less Make More as we speak. I wish I could have met her before she died. This book applies to solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs, seasoned-corporate professionals, even those whose job is running the household!

Jennifer outlines a simple (notice I did not say easy!) 10-step plan that will allow you to:

Fearlessly take more risks
Do the kind of work that really makes you happy
Achieve success on your own terms
Enjoy the freedom of being your own boss
Have more fulfilling relationships
Put the passion back in your life and work

I just ordered the audio. Can't beat sitting in traffic and learning something at the same time!

Find something extraordinary in today!

Love,
Sarah

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Down the Technology Rabbit Hole

Whew! Who knew technology could be such a bugger-bear? I've spent the last three days attempting to maximize automation in my business. 1 fabulous success and 1 tear-my-hair-out experience. Both required time and energy that I hadn't counted on giving. My mistake. When I adopt something new - be it a new technology, new habit, new hobby - I must give myself the gift of extra time to get it right. Extra time in the face of something new is the only way to give it a shot at becoming an Everyday Alchemy experience. So, what did I spend my time on?

My first and fabulous experience was with an audio program called Audio Acrobat. Nothing to download, nothing to install, no special equipment. Woohoo! You can record a conference call with lots of peope on it or you can record a training audio with just you talking and send it out. Wow! This thing couldn't be simpler. Go here and you will see what I mean. Sign up for the free thirty day trial. Add audio to your email messages, your website, your blog, whatever. I used it to record a training call and then I emailed a copy all participants. Because I am a smarter bear than I used to be, I gave it a run-through before my call so I new what instructions I needed to print out, both from my phone company and Audioacrobat. Had them right in front of me before the call started and I recorded the call like a pro!

My tear-my-hair out experience had to do with the launch of my website and my free workbook sign up page. My designer sent me links to put into my email message that goes out to everyone who subscribes. Guess what? The links did not work and I had to find out from my subscribers!!! Won't name names-don't like doing that. But I will say that Alicia Forest at Client Abundance (a subscriber) offered her techno-help so I would not be dependent on my designer to fix things. I like making friends in cyber-space.

Today, I am going to master developing an ezine. It is the only business task I will do. If it winds up being simple, goody for me. I'll have extra time on my hands. If it is time-consuming-well that is the only project on my list today. I'll keep you posted.

Find something extraordinary in today!

Love,
Sarah

P.S. Saw the movie Crash last night. If you haven't seen it, stop what you are doing and rent it right now. It is all everyne says it is and way way more.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Making Room for Something New

Somewhere several years ago I read a passage about creating room for something new. The idea is that if our lives are jammed full of things, there is no space for something new to come along. Our responsibility is to clean out spaces. We may not even know what the new thing is that might show up, but we want to be in a position to welcome it, no? So, I've suddenly realized that I am surrounded by stuff (i.e. clothes, furniture,books, etc.) that I have not used or looked at in an eon. This week, I am cleaning out like a madwoman. Packing up everything I can find a taking it to a nonprofit that helps people who have nothing. My charity of choice at the moment is a shelter for battered women and children. They come in in the middle of the night with little more than the clothes on their back.

The nice by-product of all this physical cleaning out is a spiritual catharsis. How can I think straight if I am distracted by stuff-both physical and emotional? As I bag up and throw out stuff that is useless to me now, I am packing up the baggage in my head that no longer serves me. I just love the feeling of lightness!

If you are feeling distracted or weighed down in your business efforts, check out what marketing guru Suzanne Falter-Barns is up to here. She has put together a CD called Guided Marketing 101 and her words "The Guided Marketing CD is a meditaiton CD that helps you tap into your own spiritual guidance on marketing, so you don't have to feel overwhelmed or unsure about the process. It's the technique I use for most of my own marketing efforts ... and it's fun!" the best part is, 50% of all proceeds from this CD are going to the victims of Katrina.

You may notice that I have switched from Bloglet to Feedblitz for blog subscriptions. This is a far superior product and you will get your subscriptions on time everytime. Just more of my cleaning up and cleaning out what isn't working for me. Can't wait to see what new thing is going to show up after I create a space for it!

Find something extraordinary in today!

Love,
Sarah

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Check Your Assumptions-Perception Is Reality

Now that I live in a town that has no Sunday Morning Paper (and no where to get a really good one!), one of my favorite Sunday morning activities is surfing the blogosphere (who knew that would bcome a word!) to see who is writing things that interest me. There are lots of great ones writing about Katrina - maybe I'll make a list of those links for you later today. The one I just read and liked and wanted to share is MonsterBlog. The September 9 entry is on Sexual Harrassment at Work. In another life, I worked in the male dominated office or a male dominated industry and I swear these guys never got it. Lewd jokes, keeping women in support positions, physical comments that were way beyond acceptable-oh the stories I could tell you! When I finally blew a gasket over the promotion of an unqualified female who fawned, flirted and basically fed the male egos in the place, I got fired. Best thing that ever happened to me.

Anyway, I digress. Even if you aren't talking about something as serious as sexual harassment, we would all improve our communication skills if we remember that perception is reality -what the other person perceives you to be saying is all that really matters in any conversation. So, the next time you find yourself feeling oh-so-misunderstood, check your assumptions. Are your words and actions open to a different interpretation? Try as hard as you can to put yourself in the other person's shoes. Don't get all co-dependent about it, just try on some different info-filters and see what you find out.

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!
Sarah

Friday, September 09, 2005

Seek Wise Counsel: From Seth Godin

I just love Seth Godin. The conversations he starts are just fascinating. And for solo-preneurs, entrepeneurs and business adventurers-he qualifies as wise counsel! So, when I discovered he had not one but two free ebooks on making websites and blogs the marketing machines they can be, I couldn't wait to share such a fabulous find with all of you. So, go to his blog here and claim your e-books while they are still free. What great weekend reading!

Discover Something Extraordinary In Today!

Sarah

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Responding to Katrina

Wow. I feel like I've been around the world in the past two weeks. I live in South Alabama, so we watched the weather channel for 48 solid hours trying to see if we were going to be in Katrina's path. Mercifully and miraculously, we were spared all but a few high winds. But, we are so very close to those who lost everything. I've spent the past ten days in Memphis, Birmingham and now back home. Everyone is doing all they can to help those whose circumstances are so horrible I cannot begin to imagine them. Even people whom the rest of the world would consider poor are opening their hearts, their closets, their churches and their checkbooks to do what they can. I keep hearing the same refrain, "I have so much to be grateful for-a roof over my head, food to eat, my family accounted for. I don't need anything for myself and I can find a way to help these people who need so much." Isn't that inspiring?


Yesterday, I received this email for Robert Middleton of Action Plan Marketing www.actionplan.com. I found that it summed up both the stunned paralysis some of us feel as well as a call to action that we can all answer:

"One of the strongest forces in the human personality is the drive to preserve the integrity of our own identity. Knowing that you have failed to live up to your own standards for your life is the ultimate pain, and knowing that you have fulfilled your highest vision of yourself is the ultimate pleasure." - Anthony Robbins

I urge you to take some kind of positive action that is consistent
with your highest vision of yourself.

Take action that goes above and beyond what you've ever done before. Go outside of your comfort zone. Write a bigger check, donate more time or put on a fundraiser.

Don't get stuck thinking it won't be enough and then fail to do anything. I see this with clients all the time and it's a real killer. Whatever you do will make a difference.


Take up Robert's challenge. I have. I am cleaning out my closets and my cupboards. I am organizing a coach-a-thon that will raise money for victims of Katrina. I have purchased diapers, wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap - everything I could imagine wanting and needing if my house was gone tomorrow.

Be your best self in the weeks to come. Much will be asked of us and if we all dig down deeply, we will find ourselves capable of giving more than we ever thought possible.

Be well and look for the extraordinary today-it won't be hard to find.

Love and Peace,
Sarah