Monday, November 28, 2016
Soulapalooza: My Journey Into Gaining Clarity About Business and Life
Going from a warm weather paradise to another warm weather state doesn’t feel like much of a change, but when you’re traveling thousands of miles from one coast to the other, you’ll accept it as a nice change of scenery.
Stepping off the plane at Orlando International Airport, I was expecting to be greeted with a nice handshake of humidity, but just like November in San Diego, Orlando is not that much different in terms of weather. I began to doubt that the only sweater I had packed would be enough.
This was my first red eye flight on an unfamiliar airline (Frontier), but they were one of the airlines that offered a non-stop from San Diego to Orlando at a very budget-friendly price. Thanks to the travel angels, I scored a seat with an empty seat next to me, so I was able to stretch out and snooze on the 4.5 hour flight.
Despite being foggy-brained from lack of sleep, I managed to get into the car rental for this 6 day vacation and make it to our hotel where I crashed for a few hours. I didn’t come to Orlando for the typical magical visit to Disney World, Universal Orlando, or the other myriad of theme parks that attract thousands of people each day to this wonderland.
I came for clarity.
It was a soul journey to connect with creative, like-minded people for the very first annual Soulapalooza, an event put together by Mike Dooley (aff), Andy Dooley, and their team of wonderful people. I’ve been subscribed to Mike Dooley’s Notes From the Universe for the past 10 years, but this was the very first live event that I attended. I wanted Soulapalooza to help me gain clarity on what it is that I really want to do. I’m sure many of you have felt the same way. I think for artists and entrepreneurs this is a common challenge.
As an artist and creative person, I tend to have so much creative energy, which is not actually a bad thing. My problem is that I tend to feel scattered in a million directions. I have all these ideas for things I want to create, but then I feel overwhelmed because I want all of these things to be done right now.
Should I focus on my blogs?
Do I really want to create this program to help people start their own online business?
Or do I work on my art and jewelry?
What about that idea for a fantasy book that I want to write?
How do I make time for all of this?
Contemplating all of this would have stressed me out pre-Soulapalooza, but now I feel a sense of calmness knowing that I have plenty of time to do it all. I’ve crushed my fears, healed that part of me that believed I wasn’t good enough, and refocused my energy on what it is that I truly want in life: To travel the world and inspire people to discover their passions and live the life they’ve always dreamed of.
With the beautiful JW Marriott as a tranquil backdrop, Soulapalooza was four days of celebrating who you are and connecting with so many people who are on similar journeys.
It wasn’t just seminars and workshops - it was meditation outside with chirping birds, relaxing yoga, parties, and group meetings where you talked about your “A-ha” moments and insights. I came home with so much inspiration, positive energy, and the mental and spiritual tools to move into my full potential. It’s like waking up and realizing you have these X-men superhero powers. For me, it was reawakening these powers that I knew I had, but tried to bury for fear of being labeled a mutant by those who lived “normal” lives.
I’m learning to embrace who I am as a writer, artist, and entrepreneur. I’m weird, silly, happy, and believe that aliens exist. I might write articles that don’t appeal to everyone, and I’m fine with that. I might go in a million directions as an artist, but I’m in the flow of the creative energy. I might not finish that DIY project, but I sure have fun when I’m inspired to work on it. All that matters is that I’m happy.
Ultimately, isn’t that what we all want?