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Successful Sunday, February 25th, 2024


Three hands holding drinks and toasting.  2 drinks are lattes with fancy foam shaped like leaves and the other is a dark liquid with ice in a wine glass

Hello, Subscribers. My weekly¬¬¬¬¬ writing¬¬¬s will hel¬¬¬p you prepare for the week and set yourself up for success. I glean insights from various intuitive tools about behaviors and patterns and can help you do the same. Let’s get set up for success.

It’s time for an accountability check-in. Last week, I focused on respecting my time and avoiding confrontations, and I'm happy to report that I succeeded. This week, my challenge is to pay attention to my words. I want to use uplifting language and find creative ways to express less-than-ideal outcomes, especially since we are exploring ways of being in community with others.

Let us get ready for the week ahead. This week, I am featuring The Light Seer’s Tarot, written and illustrated by Chris-Anne. In my Ask Me Almost Anything Lives, I generally get a lot of energy cards, so the emphasis for this week is collaboration. The first card, 3 of Pentacles, depicts three people weaving a tapestry together. There is a man at the top of the tapestry smiling down, a lady touching the center, and another lady sitting and knitting. They are all interconnected via threads. The tapestry has three mandalas that resemble a confused stoplight. The top one is yellow, the middle red and the bottom green. This reminds me of the Stop, Start, Continue tool to review targets. We begin with Continue. What is working well in your relationships? What would you want to Stop doing? Finally, what do you want to Start doing to produce better outcomes? It looks like the lady sitting on the floor is doing all the work, while the other two hang around. Perhaps I am making assumptions since I am not there and should approach situations curiously.

The second card, 5 of Pentacles, shows a sad person sitting on the floor with their knees drawn up and their hands crossed around their legs. There is an enormous door with five pentacle mandalas hanging on it. The key sits on the opposite side of the keyhole. It is easy to fall into “woe is me” mode. I imagine one of the people from the first card disagreed with one of the other people and felt isolated. The door to new opportunities isn’t closed. The key is in the room; we can get up and take ownership of our responses when ready. What are the stories we tell ourselves when we encounter conflict? Are they true?

Relationships are messy at times. It would be nice to party like the two people in the 4 of Wands. Two ladies are dancing together. One holds a tambourine, and they are having a great time. Off in the distance is a tent lit by four torches. It is challenging to always be “on”. Sometimes, you need to retreat to the tent's shelter and refocus. Working with other people means learning to manage different personalities and energy levels. I am fortunate to be surrounded by great people, but sometimes we get on each other’s nerves. All work and no play may be very productive but joyless. You do not have to be best friends but can see another side of people in social settings. What do you think? Should you treat your co-workers like “close proximity workplace acquaintances,” a la Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec? Or should you be more like Leslie Knopes and be everyone’s friend? Or maybe somewhere in between?

The 4 of Wands has the 9 of Pentacles on the left and the King of Cups on the right. The 9 of Pentacles shows a joyous Black woman with an afro enjoying the pentacle fruits of her labor, and the King of Cups shows a bearded white man with grey hair sitting in a tide pool playing a singing bowl while the fish swim around him. They remind me to remember what you are trying to accomplish and what you have accomplished while maintaining good executive functioning. Having emotional intelligence will help you to navigate and balance community and solitude. How can you build in renewal time? Consider booking a meeting with yourself to process your interactions.

I pulled two cards for the way forward this week. The 5 of Cups shows a white woman pouring a bowl into a dark pit. There is one bowl next to her. The other card is the Star, which shows a white woman holding a string tethered to a glowing light in the sky. Loss and disappointment do not mean giving up on your dreams. After your pity party, remember you still have a whole bowl remaining. Hold onto your North Star and allow it to guide you. What is your Yes? Namaste