Category: Bees In The News

Ups (mostly Ups) and Downs

Relatively fewer downs than ups for certain. But, my world has been inverted and refined since I broke my jaw on the early morning of March 5. I’ve been processing all the emotions, supposed meanings, and truth that is my life. When I feel like “whatever I am is perfect” is when the ups happen. The downs are always surprising, to me, the calculated competitor. I judge myself harshly, in other times. But in the nowness of time, today on May 9 of 2017 in the year of our Lord Trumpkins, I cannot judge. My perceptions and perspectives and reality have all shifted. Inside and outside of me, I am bathing in flux.

The projects that I have adopted in my personal life and careers, are what I consider to be huge career works. In order to preserve my own morale around being “so productive” — between trying to live a good healthy life — it is true that I allow myself certain… freedoms. I allow myself to tell the truth, by pointing out what I’m seeing. This alleviates all sorts of anxieties within me, for all the reasons why you might feel the same way, if you were me. I’ve learned that I don’t know anything… except what love is. I’ve had to love myself more than I have ever tried to before. With having a broken jaw, and with the mouth being so very important to the life and welfare of me as a human being, the last 10-weeks have literally been the “go-time” of my adult age.

I sound over-important…

…when I talk about my careers, and projects, and dote on my clients. This is because I like to brag about every step I take that ends up going right. Because, I have been in places where every step I took was… not good, healthy, intelligent, etc. This is an observation, not one of my harsh self-judgments. There is a correlation between how much energy I have to heal, and how much I am doing to heal myself. I’ve noticed while healing from jaw surgery, that every iota of energy matters to me, when I’m healing a system inside my body. In more ways than one, I am discovering that my body seems like its own vast Universe… somehow we all have one (you and me), and they mostly all have the same needs (physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, sensual, etc.). As May opens and blooms, the deserts here in Arizona are already arid, but still cool in the evenings. I have opened my door every evening for the past two weeks… what joy to feel this desert town cool down. The range from hot day to cool night, and all the self-care has got me feeling present and aware.

Making Gains

Emotions are the #1 indicator of whether someone with a health challenge will heal and remain illness-free. Or, whether they will lapse into a cycle of illness. This is the message that I have heard loud and clear from literally dozens of top medical doctors. It seems to me a natural wonder, that emotions can be the wellspring of life or death. Okay, I kind of knew that already somehow, intuitively. For me, emotions are indicators of balance, transition, or imbalance. My emotions are in a nice place, with occasional clouds. 😉 I’m not on pharmaceuticals, which (coming from my family) is a rarity. I’m spending energy to ensure emotional balance, including taking mild natural/nutritional supplements that keep my brain healthy and active. I’m learning that my emotions seem to be well-balanced when I am physically whole. My natural focus with having a broken jaw, is to take all the care I can, of myself. This is a new way of life for me. Again, never before have I taken care of myself so well. So… emotionally… I’m MAKING GAINS

Physical Gains

Not a pleasant way to frame the topic. Especially, since I am in pain often. Physically, I am “mostly able” to lead a normal life. So this is a big win. I could have been hurt worse, as I’ve myself said. There are some messy health challenges that I am in the midst of. But, I am accustomed to facing challenges. So… physically… I’m MAKING GAINS. There are some physical challenges to working on my careers, that breaking my jaw did not plan for. Hahah I am thinking of some funny/embarrassing moments, and you can ask me when you see me. Let me say that I have often felt physically disabled, because I broke my jaw. Yes, that’s to be expected. But, there are many details of living life in “that reality” that are hard to otherwise imagine.
You can see some of “Pin and Eye” on sale now at Jarrod’s cafe in Mesa AZ. I designed all elements of the sales display, except for making the glass box. Including, the actual jumbo art post cards. There are 5 different cards.
Physical friendships have been missing from my life while I heal, except in rare occasions. I’ve been more or a Phone/Text friend, than in in-person friend, to my friends. Honestly, I did not feel like “going out” to feel physically or socially awkward around my friends. (This is my pride talking, haha.) But, for some reasons that I isolated my physical self, I did feel like I “would be back” soon. I’ve learned that — even when alone — there is always a potential for drama, when I am not properly socialized. 😉 I used to throw parties for a living, no joke, and for many reasons I feel comfortable being around many people. (Especially, when everyone is dancing.) You can imagine even my jaw’s confusion, when breaking my jaw prevented me from being more social. #solitaryperson #that’scoolwithmethough #releasecontrol
L to R: Sabina and Alisha, working together at Jack Stuler Foundation. We work together well, and are supporting each other to do our best.

Sociality

During the past several weeks, I have been posting, in lieu of normalized socialization. It “sort of” works. But really, if I were hard core about my health, perhaps I would have chosen a ‘wave-free’ / non-radio-active environment. But, I didn’t because I couldn’t, I felt. And so, being away from everyone… I am very much accustomed to being part of a social scene. Even in normaly, I have many real, offline, 3D+ friends, who I sincerely love, enjoy being around, and taking time to spend time with. As I tend to do: #ilovemyclients #ilovemycareers #realtalk

Thank YOU! Whether in-person…

…or on the telephone, or Skype, or E-mail and text and messenger, I want to THANK those who have been around me on a regular basis through my healing. I was humbled to have many people caring for me, and bringing me good laughs by text, phone, and in-person (<— the bravest ones). Recently, I returned from a trip to Sedona where I got to hug a lot of people I care about. I hung out with a half-dozen of my local yocal friends, and I got my laughing “in” and felt great smiling while feeling more confident about what that smile looks like and needs.

Career-iosity News Ups

On the ups side, I have a lot of my projects currently in bloom. I’m seeing some relative payoff from fostering real relationships, which brings me hope. CLICK HERE to read my latest news from the previous week. It will be more specific with details than this post is. Above and beyond last weeks news, I’m busy on projects that really light me up. In April, my life got a lot cooler and fun, when compared to March. First, I got my jaw unwired, which of course was life-changing. Then, I submitted my photographic art to a prestigious children’s museum, and was accepted and offered a 3-month exhibition. I had put together a winning proposal, that smoothed the path there. So knowing that my design and copywriting work — which is authentic (for the record) — worked… is way cool. (This helped me to feel more proficient at opening my own doors, instead of always asking fate to do it.)
Upcoming self-published title release
Another BIG DEAL for me in April, was that I FINALLY FINISH-FINISHED my upcoming book The First 5 Project Planning Lessons. Took 2-years and now I know more than when I started. Also in April, I was able to post a range of graphic training goods, like leadership planning charts. I did a website revision, and helped one of my dedicated clients to finish a big print materials project. I got new daily glasses with UV coatings to protect my eyes from blue light on screens (laptop, cell phone, etc.). If you’re on my IG @alishatheexplorer or my FB @theAlishaproject you will often see my glasses. Five jumbo art post cards that I shot, designed, and printed, went on sale at Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery in Mesa, AZ (on Main Street). Oh, and Haiku book second edition release, and the launch of Jack Stuler Foundation at Phoenix Art Museum‘s InFocus lecture event… a client I have been working with for 10-months. So much progress. So, so much more even than I care to type here, as it is all still in-process.

In May, I have already had some career MAKING GAINS moments.

  • Introduced 2 hard working people who may be doing business together soon
  • I was interviewed by Lainie Sevante Wulkan for Zeta Global Radio about bees
  • I sent my The First 5 Project Planning Lessons to my potential publisher/marketer, and he likes it
  • Have attracted 4 different leads for new clients or new project work
  • Have booked 1 new client, and are continuing on 2 projects for a dedicated client
  • Learned to eat solid foods even through any pain (which I’m sure absolutely affects and improves my abilities to support clients)
  • I purchased the materials I needed to complete an accessory design project

Coming Soon (written back then a few days ago)

Privately, I will continue on my #jawjourney, and have appointments set-up with some doctors that can help heal me. Including, trying out Dr. Barry Goldberg DC, with the referral from my holistic dentist, Dr. Nicholas Meyer. Setting and going to these appointments is a big deal for me, and they are what I look forward to during the week, in between my career and family/friends focus. I’ve been in intensifying pain the last 3-weeks, and my appointment with Dr. Goldberg may actually solve much of the pain. (I am hoping!) I’ll still keep staying strong physically, emotionally, and staying present to do my best in all situations… because the alternative (NOT doing this) is not better.
Thank you to Mark Douglas one of my former clients, for sending me a new client referral.
Specific to May, I am hoping to meet in-person some of my new clients, traveling also for health treatments related to my jaw and general health, and visiting my existing clients. I am hoping to book 1-2 new projects, and earn my way to a few destination retreat experiences that are available on my plate. Before my jaw surgery I had recorded a video interview with health event and media producer, Rudolf de Wit. (If you go to his Summer 2017 events, use my coupon code: UCAFS007 to get a coupon discount.) Back to Rudolf and me, our segment was spent talking about my inaugural instrumental music album titled, “Meet Me There“. Perhaps this month, the interview will be posted. In the way of getting back to my travel lifestyle, I’m doing some planning and may soon be headed on a little trip to Montana… then maybe Colorado, Oregon, then California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and if I’m lucky Chicago. These are my goals, and all of them include projects from the road, and also on-site with my clients. June and July and August are in the ether. I can’t see them in my visions at all right now.

Today (written earlier tonight)

One major change from who I was “before my fainting spell” and who I am today, is that I am a whole next level of honest and authentic. Through this exercise to mend myself at deep physical levels, I am found. I have learned that I desire truth and love above all else in my life. Being honest about “where I’m at” is an absolute must. I am getting good at it, but I am still learning to take the best possible care of myself so that I can heal from my more serious injuries. Why did it take (yet) another health crisis to help me learn that? Oh wait… because it was my fate.
Health is a continuum on a spectrum of many shades of gray. I am working to be on the clear side of my current health challenge.

This Moment

I’m at peace with my fate. I have to be, or the alternative is simply a sad ending. I’m pleased to be finishing this post, sitting in my studio at my mother’s home, looking out the front window onto the grass, and the sun is about to go down. Just a minute, I need to go see it. 30 minutes later: The sunset I just watched was inspiring, and mesmirizing, and helped me to work some ideas out of my head. Pain left my head earlier today, and I know that probably is “weird” to read. Everyone understands what pain is. Some people avoid it. Some gravitate towards expressing it. Intense pain at length is NOT my favorite type. I’ve been in moderate pain for 3-weeks. And after today’s appointment with Dr. Barry Goldberg in Phoenix (holistic chiropractor and craniopath), I am more pain free than I have been in 3-weeks. This is new… and in my reality, an appointment this afternoon is the reason I feel well enough to finish this piece. Life is so good.
I was pleased to act as creative liaison and art director for my client, to produce their 2017 (re-imagined) Retail Catalogue. This Vancouver Island, BC-based company boasts two clinical herbologists on-staff. #ilovemyclients #ilovemycareers #projectlife

DID YOU HEAR MY MAY BEES INTERVIEW AT ZETA GLOBAL RADIO?

 

April 29 Bees Interview

New Radio Appearance For The Bees

Online radio is a godsend. Producers can now easily interview guests, no matter their location. This past week, I sat in my home office and called-in to the Zeta Global Radio production studio at the headquarters of Cinder Cone Worldwide, currently located in New Mexico. I called-in to discuss the topic of bees with Lainie Sevante Wulkan, who is a producer and radio show hostess. There’s some cool history between us though.

The Buzz

In January 2013, Lainie “Sevante” was co-producing Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest film festival. We had been formally introduced through a group called Hologram of Life when I lived in the San Francisco area. It was in January 2013 that Sevante invited me to come work in New Mexico, and provide community education about bees during her bigtime event. She offered a unique platform for me to showcase the most important bees information that no one was talking about. With some major planning efforts from me and my former colleague, Dave Hunter, we created a series of public lectures called BeeSWeek 2013. Then, as a lone wolf, I temporarily moved to Albuquerque by that April. BeeSWeek 2013 planning kept me busy until the film festival events kicked-off that June. While working each day to get the community involved, Sevante was instrumental in getting the word out. Between the two of us, the bees were mentioned on radio, television, and the newspaper. What a formidable time in my life, on many levels!

Growth & Change

Much has changed since June 2013. After the event was over, I moved to Sedona to continue on my path. I now travel to visit clients and friends, while working on holistic and community projects of all sorts. Lainie has changed tracks with her career, now working with her husband Howard Wulkan at their audio production studio business, Cinder Cone Worldwide. Not to switch gears too harshly, but there is one thing hasn’t changed though: the bees are still very much f*cked. Specifically, Honey bees, which are going extinct.

Did You Know?

Many people do not realize that bees are our food angels. They pollinate an estimated 34-74% of the world’s food supply (depending on which organization you ask). Honey bees make up 12 of the 20,000+ types of bees. Yet, the very same big agriculture farmers who rely on the bees, are also killing them by making them work in toxic chemical laden orchards and fields. There are bees that work together in groups, like Honey bees. The other types of bees are often referred to as “native bees” or “solitary bees”. These bees are up to 60x more efficient than Honey bees in pollinating orchards. Native bees’ immune systems are not compromised in the same ways that Honey bees’ are. They also are docile and would rather land on you for a rest, than to sting you. I could go on, but please I’d rather you listen to my interview discussion with Lainie. www.zetaradio.wordpress.com … CLICK TO LISTEN

Inside The Bees Discussion

I did my best to prepare for this interview discussion by bringing some of the more interesting facts and bees-related stories from the current news into the picture. I also give a shout out to my friend and bee sister, Maryam Heinen of Honey Colony. Her work is truly phenomenal, and she has painstakingly written hundreds of in-depth and investigative articles about bees, and big agriculture, and big chem. Also in our new radio discussion, there’s a re-cap of positive trends, and things that every person can do “today” to prevent dying bees, and impending collapse of our local and global food supplies. We can each do our part to protect the bees and habitats that remain, and this interview is a great first step to doing that. As a cool side note, my history with Maryam Heinen goes back to 2013, when she and co-producer George Langworthy allowed Lainie’s film festival to show their film “Vanishing Of The Bees” as a courtesy to the community. Incidentally, this film has been banned in multiple countries because of the film’s assertion that chemicals by Bayer and products by Monsanto are the worst enemy to struggling beekeepers and their bees. This fact makes me like Maryam and George even more. 😉

Please Listen

Show will air online for one week, beginning April 29, 2017. After one week the show will still be active, but moved to the ZGR archives. You can surely listen to the discussion during this next week online at: For those Zeta Global Radio listeners who wanted to hear the “sexy bee song” — HERE IT IS.

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