Less Than 90 Days Campaign Countdown

Manifest Mondays

90 DAY VISION

It’s hard to believe there are less than 90 Days left in the 10-Month Manifest Your Desires Campaign. In this post, I share the accomplishments so far and the activities I have planned for the last 90 days of the campaign. Also, don’t miss out on the Conscious Co-Creator Contest that started on Aug. 22nd. Once again, your feedback and comments will make a difference in what products or events I create for the ending of the campaign, so I look forward to hearing from you!

Diasy Drive

The original goal for Phase 1 of the  Pushing Daisy Drive  was:

To fund the start-up costs and planning involved to build an Eco-friendly home and educational center in Antigua, West Indies, that will also serve as a private operating foundation in honor of my mother’s legacy of service.

THE GOOD NEWS
A family member made a donation to cover the land taxes and lawyer fees associated with the center site, which is a great blessing. Also, as a result of extensive research, I found out that the best organizational structure with the least amount of paperwork and international red tape would be a health education ministry instead of a private operation foundation. Essentially, we will be able to do everything (and even more) that we would be able to do as an operating foundation, while saving a lot of time and money in the long run. However, there are still legal costs involved to complete the process.

THE CHALLENGE

Raise $2,750 by Nov. 14th for Legal Fees
My goal is to raise $2, 750 by developing a PWYW (Pay What You Want) product, event or service with great content and offer a limited time only discount on my coaching services during the last days of the campaign. Your feedback and participation will be much appreciated during this time, so stay tuned.

THE VISION

Develop a Product, Event or Service for the End of the Campaign
In the Mayan Calendar, there is a 50-Day period that happens at least once a year made up of portal and core days taking place from Oct. 31st to December 19th in 2014. The 20-day cycle of core days begins on Nov. 15th and ironically for this year, the Mayan season changes on Nov. 14th– the day before! At this time, the energy on the planet is more powerful to accelerate transformation and to be more receptive to cosmic knowledge for self mastery. During this 50 Day period, I’ll be developing a product, event or service that can assist participants collectively tap into this energy to ‘anchor reality in the now’ and manifest our desires.

 The Serendipitous Date of Nov.14th: A 10 Part Series
I’ll be writing a 10 part series sharing serendipitous and mysterious events and occurrences that have taken place on Nov. 14th (the day my mother died). This series of Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute posts will be sure to amaze you!

Manifest Desires

The 10-Month Mission I set out to achieve when I first began this blog on Jan. 14th was:

To encourage, inspire and support others in manifesting their desires by blogging about my 10-month commitment to manifest my internal and external desires in honor of my mother.

THE GOOD NEWS

Two Internal Desires
I’ve had roughly 7 months training in learning how to do something for the love of it and not out of excessive obligation. This required a large amount of trust and acceptance. I alluded in a past post, Four Things I’ve Learned in the Last Six Months, that there were plenty of times of deep vulnerability (usually when my person wasn’t able to deliver on a editorial promise). These experiences have allowed me to love myself moreno matter what. 

Allowing my desires to shine forth despite what others might think and being okay with myself no matter what has been a true act of intimacy that I’m only now beginning to understand. There is a reason why a lot of us don’t take risk and go after our desires. It’s because of all the internal ghosts and external remarks that come up from within and without that are unceasingly tempting us to give up. Sharing these posts (and not knowing whether anyone is reading or even caring) has allowed for a type of intimacy beyond words. My person has become stronger emotionally and more self-reliant, allowing me to T.A.P into happiness like never before.

Two External Desires
Staying in touch with how I wanted to feel during the course of this campaign has allowed me to be more in tune with my limitations and distractions without judgment. It’s also given me the ability to regroup, refocus and pick myself up and dust myself off when I’ve fallen short of my goals.

I’ve had to scale back on the travel writing and put off a lot of time I could have spent book writing, yet the good news is that I haven’t given up! I’ve actually become more realistic, prepared and able to see what is possible, even if it all doesn’t come within the 10-month time frame.

THE CHALLENGE

Conduct a Series of Successful Surveys & Polls by Sept. 8th
Blogging and book writing can be a solitary road, so getting your feedback assists me in writing and sharing what is most needed. As of today, only three people have taken the book survey and my goal is to get at least 100 people by Sept. 8th. In exchange for your feedback, I’m planning to give away one free spot for my upcoming retreat in Mexico.

More Consistent Creative Posts
For the last days of the campaign, you can expect more guest posts, creative poetic posts,  pictures and videos on a more consistent basis. Now that I’m freeing up more of my time for what I’m passionate about, I can put some of that passion into my upcoming posts.

THE VISION

playaConscious Co-Creator Contest
The Conscious Co-Creator Contest began August 22nd and the goal is to get feedback on your biggest challenges around conscious co-creation, as well as for my upcoming book Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. The prize is a free 90 Minute Initial Consultation OR one free tuition (travel and accommodation not included) to my upcoming Conscious Co-Creation Retreat @ The Sanctuary in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Sept. 19th-26th.

Commence Crowdfunding
In junior high, I used to wonder why my graduation was called commencement, when I was actually completing school. Now I understand, it’s because the focus was on celebrating what’s been completed and preparing for what is to come. Although I won’t complete my book or become a successful travel writer by the time I complete this campaign, I will be commencing a journey of taking my writing and publishing to another level that would have never been possible before the campaign. Just as I wrap up the campaign, I plan to begin a crowd funding for books campaign on Pubslush.  This will give me more exposure for my book and allow people the opportunity to buy the book ahead of time, as a way of investing in the vision. With this initial investment, I’ll have the  resources needed to self-publish and get it on the market sooner. Another great benefit of the Pubslush platform is that I’ll have the opportunity to get more feedback in order to produce a better product.

 

Nearing 90 Days in Counting & I Need Your Feedback!

Manifest Desires

This Sunday, August 17, brings us to the last 90 days of the 10-Month Manifest Your Desires Campaign. The other day I was contemplating what activities and posts I’d like to share to go out strong, when I heard a lot of noise in the yard. I looked outside my window and saw a bunch of chickens making so much noise, I was inspired to look up ‘the chicken’ as an animal totem to see what message it had for me. I believe that animals and insects have meaningful messages when they cross our paths. The chicken characteristic that stood out most after reading the significance of it strutting into my life was “balancing patience with action.” I can definitely relate! I’m learning that before I take further action on my projects, it’s important to have patience to check in with myself and my audience.

I Need Your Feedback for My Upcoming Book!

In my last post update, Four Things I’ve Learned in the Last Six Months , I mentioned that I’d  be conducting a survey to get feedback on your biggest challenges around conscious co-creation and for my upcoming book Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards.

Blogging and book writing can be a solitary road, so getting your feedback assists me in writing and sharing what is most needed. In exchange for your feedback on the blog and with the survey,  I’m planning to give away one free spot for my upcoming week-long Conscious Co-Creation Retreat @ The Sanctuary in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Sept. 19th-26th.

Take the Survey Here

Stay Tuned For Manifest Monday

Starting Monday, I’ll be sharing the activities, posts and projects planned for the last 90 days of the campaign. Once again, your feedback and comments will make a difference in what I produce. So, I look forward to hearing from you. Please make sure to take the survey!

Take the Survey Here

Words of Wisdom from the Wildflower Daisy

Tuesday Tribute

When I was young, my mother always used to recite some bible verse to get her point across. In fact, she was the most bible quoting women that I knew! Out of all my mother’s bible quotes, my favorite was Matthew 10:16, ” ….be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

For some reason, this verse has left a lasting impression on how I navigate life. I have been on a quest for knowledge, wisdom and understanding all my life, but I’ve also understood (thanks to Daisy) that with these things comes the responsibility to live a life with integrity as a form of “universal protection.”

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey *Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation or volunteering your professional services.

One Love,

DeBorah

PS. Go to the Pushing Daisy Drive Page to learn more about the fundraiser goals and the other ways you can contribute.

Remembering Maya, Remembering Mama

Tuesday Tribute

After I read this post from veteran blogger Awesomely Luvvie, I immediately recalled Oprah’s 2013 interview with Maya Angelou discussing her 34th book about her mother. Then at age 85, Dr. Angelou talked about her special bond with her mother, Vivian Baxter. My mother was alive when I watched this interview, and I remember thinking how much the relationship between Maya and her mama reminded me of my relationship with my mother. Like Maya, my mother also wanted a daughter and almost gave up, before I arrived on the scene as her “only daughter” as she was fond of saying. So, as I salute these Shining Sistahs with Swords , these phenomenal woman of wisdom, I am especially reminded of how powerfully potent the last quote in this post truly is. Enjoy!

Pollination Pages

Maya Angelou: Rise in Power After Living in Purpose

  May 28, 2014 | Luvvie

Maya Angelou Pic

Maya Angelou is gone and I was not ready. I wasn’t ready because I just figured Mother Maya would stay to give us more words. I figured she’d stay forever and just continue to be magic. I’m so selfish because she’s given more than enough.

I don’t think I have the right words to speak about Marguerite Johnson the Beloved. I don’t know if there is a right way to memorialize someone whose words are like life’s manual. What do you say about the woman who touched nations? What can articulate the impact of her being? I don’t even have the vocabulary for it.

Maya Angelou didn’t write poetry. She WAS poetry. Her whole being was in beautiful prose.

Maya is (not was) a Queen, especially to us Black girls. In her struggles you saw yours but in her power, you also found yours. In her vulnerability, you ached to let yours show and in her confidence, you fist pumped because yours could look like hers.

She told us revolutionary things, like we are worth love in every way. We can give it, we can receive it, and we can wear it like a coat and not be ashamed by it. That woman sat there and told the world “You will love me, even though you might not want to. You will deal!” And people did!

Maya-Angelou-Quotes-2

I can barely memorize 2 phone numbers but I’ve memorized plenty of things Dr. Maya Angelou said. Her words are like music because when you hear them, they speak straight to your heart. Before your brain even registers it, your chest swells. And your soul says “YESSSS! I needed that.”

As a woman, as a Black woman, as a writer, Maya told me I owed it to myself to live life loudly and boldly. It wasn’t just something I should do, it’s something I MUST do.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

Maya Angelou walked in her purpose. That’s clear. So mourning her is really for our benefit. She did what she needed and wanted to, like Nelson Mandela and the other greats before her. She will never really die because she left her spirit behind in the work she’s done.

Watch the video below (from Maya’s LifeClass on OWN), and get your entire LIFE from Mother Maya’s wisdom.

My favorite quote from here is: “I have to know that the brute, the bigot and the batterer are all children of God, whether they know it or not.”

There’s power in knowing that you lived life well and good. Maya did that, and the caged bird is free.

What great things can be said about Maya Angelou that’ll suffice? None of it will be enough. But we speak her name with the utmost respect. Mother, Poet, Activist, Writer, Giver of Verbal Life, Dream Enabler, Giant, Goddess, Queen, Matron Saint of Get Life Right.

Mother Maya, girl. Listen. You phenomenal portrait of poise. You bombastically brilliant, bright, blazing symbol of bravery and goodness. You epic, life-affirming, life-changing, life-loving, life-living, luminous luminary.

Stay rising, sis. You did so good and we thank you for it. Rise rise rise in power.

maya-angelouRIP

Getting to Know Daisy Quiz

Tuesday Tribute

Okay, so here is where I get to find out if anyone has actually been reading any of the things I’ve been posting about “Crazy Daisy” as we used to call her. Below is an interactive “Daisy Trivia Quiz” video and I need your help! Just press play on the video and you’ll be asked a series of questions about the life and times of “Mrs. Daisy.” You will immediately get to see your result and how you placed among other participants. If you need a Daisy refresher, make sure to do this before the quiz by going to the categories side bar and choosing “Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute” in the drop down menu to get all of the posts I’ve ever done on my mom in one place. Good luck!

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey *Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation or volunteering your professional services.

One Love,

DeBorah

PS. Go to the Pushing Daisy Drive Page to learn more about the fundraiser goals and the other ways you can contribute.

A Shout Out To All My Supporters

Tuesday Tribute

A shout out to everyone that has supported the Pushing Daisy Drive thus far. I also want to hail up everyone that has shopped on Amazon from my affiliate link or has read and shared this blog. Your comments and support have truly made this journey worthwhile. Next week, I hope to have more information on how you can be involved in the pre-book launch activities I’m planning in the near future.

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey *Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation or volunteering your professional services.

One Love,

DeBorah

PS. Go to the Pushing Daisy Drive Page to learn more about the fundraiser goals and the other ways you can contribute.

At The Halfway Mark

Tuesday Tribute

Yesterday (the day after Mother’s Day) made 180 days or approximately half a year since my mother’s death. So, we’re down to the last 6 months of the Manifest Your Desires Campaign. Now that I’m off the road and getting back settled here in Mexico for the next six months, things are slowly starting to come together for the book and the travel writing stories.

I’m also happy about the progress that is slowly being made with Phase 1 of the Pushing Daisy Drive. I’m currently in the process of working with a family relative donor to pay off all the lawyer fees and land taxes that are required for the educational center in honor of my mother. The next step will be to pay for the needed start-up foundation and association membership fees.

I’m still in the process of putting together the book launch event. And if all goes well with securing a few well-known prospect partners, I’ll have some great announcements to make about who is on board in the near future (I’ll keep you posted).

Starting next week, I’ll be taking it up a notch and finding more creative ways for you to participate in a way that is worth your while. I’ll also be posting current donors to the campaign weekly to give them a big up and hopefully spark some inspiration.

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.

One Love,

DeBorah

A Change of Heart @ the 11th Hour

Diasy Drive

At the 11th hour, I have decided to change my travel writing schedule to begin in summer instead of spring, and to also make some changes to my business that will affect the Pushing Daisy Drive (more on that later).

Aside from the obvious (that I’m not ready), there’s another reason for this change brewing within me that hasn’t totally manifested, so I’m not able to fully articulate it like I’d like to.

Yet, I was inspired after reading Danielle Laporte’s post, Why We (Should) Change Our Minds at the 11th Hour. She gave me the confirmation I needed to know that I’m heading in the right direction. I was also amazed by another one of her posts, How to Let Go of a Dream  where she shares her story of how she pulled the plug on her magazine DANIELLE at the “11th hour.”

Grant it, although my decision to make upcoming changes is a lot less serious, I could definitely relate to her posts. In the next Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute, I will be posting this upcoming change, so please stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

Getting To Know Daisy- Part 4

Today, I share the fourth and final part of the eulogy that I read for my mother’s funeral, along with my side note sharing the legacy and lasting impression she left on my ex-boyfriend, her ex-roommate and our very good friend Isaac.

Tuesday Tribute

The two most endearing qualities I’ll always remember about my mother are how she unceasingly prayed for those she loved (especially her children) and how she was always passionate and giving in everything she did.

Now both these qualities had a high and low side, like the time when I was in college and she prayed and prayed for me NOT to go to Africa for safety reasons, even though I really wanted to. Or how she was so passionate and giving of advice on how I should live my life- even when it wasn’t asked for.

My mother didn’t leave a financial legacy, but what she did leave was a  foundational one. What I mean by this is that she seeded in me the importance and responsibility of integrating ALL aspects of my person for the fullest and greatest expression of who I chose to be. She taught me that it’s okay to be sweet and sharing, as well as to swing a sword when needed. In this society (and especially for woman), it seems hard for people to accept strength and compassion in the same person. We are either strong and ruthless or compassionate and a doormat. All her life, my mother strove to integrate both, and I believe her health suffered as a result of this.

When I apprenticed in acupuncture, I learned that when a person is deficient in yang energy, they need to be cooled down (cold) and when a person is deficient in yin energy, they need to be warmed up (hot). Yet, the most dangerous condition is what my teacher, Dr. Ken Wright, called “flip flop.” That is when a person alternates between hot and cold. He gave a great analogy of what happens to a paper clip when you consistently bend it back and forth. It breaks!

For my mother, you were either in or out with her, on her good side or on her bad side, and she wore all her emotions on her sleeve for the world to see. She was fond of saying, “You can call me a lot of things, but I’m not a hypocrite.” This is so true of Daisy because she would let you know exactly where you stood. The truth is, because she was so compassionate and giving from her heart, she felt and reacted to the sting of seeming betrayal and the hurt of ungratefulness more deeply than others. In the end, going back and forth in these extremes was the ultimate blow to her health.

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Daisy Elizabeth Teresa King Bellony was called home to her God. She will join her mother, who also died on Thursday, November 14, 56 years ago. I would like to close this eulogy in my mother’s own words taken verbatim from a journal entry she made on Friday, February 10, 2011:

I am grateful for life and the love of God. I am grateful for all the blessings I experienced in the past days especially. I am grateful for traveling mercies. I desire that the Holy Spirit guide me in all things. I desire health, happiness and divine guidance for my children Moleto, Gerald, Richard and Deborah. I desire guidance in starting this mission that I so dearly esteem to bring souls to Christ and at the same time contribute to health and healing of the nation. I give thanks. So mote it be. Amen, Amen and Amen!

Side note:

Tribute: From Isaac Causey- Good Soil
It took me a couple of days to process that my good friend, adopted mom, personal nutritionist and life-saver had transcended to a higher realm. While I originally felt sad, I then realized that SEED becomes more powerful when put into the ground. Like any seed which appears to have no life, Daisy E. Bellony will blossom into a useful spiritual tree, providing nutrients (source of growth), shade (comfort) and sustainability to many. This is evident from what she toiled on Earth- good soil (children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends). Through us, the love, hope, joy and faith she prepped, groomed and nurtured in the physical will produce hundred-fold in the lives of people throughout the Caribbean and the United States.

As a child, I had these images of God- a big untouchable face in the sky that was too important to approach. Life’s journeys and revelations taught me that God actually comes to Earth in the form of a humbled, helpless baby, who is at the mercy of humans. Indeed, God is All-Powerful, Almighty and Omnipresent. However, God reveals Himself through common, ordinary people who take extraordinary steps of faith. Momma Daisy is one of those people who obeyed the call of Great Work when she saw humanity’s need and heard the Father’s order. As a follower of Jesus, she simply did what Jesus did- help the poor, counsel the trouble-minded, heal the sick, comfort the homeless and weary.

God is Spirit. The Powerful One does not have hands and feet. God needs people as much as people need God. Daisy answered God’s call on several levels- a trailblazing Caribbean woman in the medical field, a devoted church and family woman, a consummate professional, a brilliant business mind and an intellect with advanced degrees.

Now, Daisy has no more hands and feet. She is a seed in search of good soil. She needs us more than ever to continue the work she inherited from Jesus- feeding the hungry, counseling the trouble-minded, healing the sick, comforting the homeless and weary, and helping the poor.

In Her Own Words- A Black History Tribute

We all know that the shortest month of the year can never do justice to the race that has been contributing to world history the longest. Yet and still, I’d like to pay tribute to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month and author of the classic, The Mis-Education of the Negro,MOTN by sharing a piece my mother wrote in her journal back in 2000.

I discovered for the first time where my writing gift came from when she originally shared this piece with me, waking me up early one morning, excited to share what she had “downloaded.” I was so impressed by what she wrote, that I typed it up and gave it to her with a card on her birthday. I hope you enjoy this Black History Tribute written in my mother’s own words.

Tuesday Tribute

african-traditional-folk-dance-nanyuki-kenya-october-group-people-performs-mount-kenya-safari-club-nanyuki-kenya-35460160We as Blacks of African decent, are people of rhythm. This came out of the rhythm of nature. We are earth people. Our ancestors studied nature by necessity, as a matter of survival. They were nomads. They wondered off at certain times looking for food. Therefore, they were impelled to study the stars, the planets, herbs, even the animals. They developed their so-called sixth-sense, their sense of perception.

When the White man of Europe came and invaded our ancestors and sold them as slaves; their culture was stripped from them. They were treated in inhumane ways. They were deprived of their families. They were raped, beaten and overworked- forced to be traitors to one another. All these negative traits obviously had a negative impact on our ancestors; not only in the US, but also abroad. Yet the worst was that here in the Americas, our ancestors were not allowed to practice their religion- ways of culture, etc.

african-american-woman-dance-pose-28640352The body is a complicated mystical wonder. It is made up of bones, muscles, organs, nerves and glands. It also has a chemical and electrical component. It is a wonder in that man had studied this, a wonder he understands how it is made of what it is made, even the proportions in which it is made. Yet man can not make life. He can sustain it, but he cannot make it. This is the mystical, divine side of man. The life force energy field is in every cell of our being. It flows in us like a river flows. Effortless. We must capture that essence, the Divine Spirit within us.

Until then, will we have peace. Until then, will we forgive. We Must Forgive! We must let go of the hurt of the past, of the anger, of whatever we are holding onto, whether it is conscious or unconscious. We must get back to our nature, to the Earth.

Our ancestors had dances. They were tribal dances. In all of these dances, body movement and rhythm were an integral part. This was a form of expansion. Their bodies were one with nature. Their minds were free. They were able to think and develop strategies. They stimulated the chemical component in their bodies. They did not need drugs!!! Their body chemistry provided them with the so-called “high” or peace that one wants when he turns to drugs.

This wonder, the body, must be functioning just as the Creator intends it to function. That is, we must be able to move our bodies without pain, just as we did when we were children. This is the key to rejuvenation! By moving our body parts with rhythm, sound and music, we then enhance this spiritual and chemical part of us. Each outer unit is attached to a certain color and this color to a certain chakra. This is the secret to the healing process.

african-women-dancing-26597240The female pelvis contains all the secrets of nature. Black women, that of whom the Creator chooses to conceive and carry life and bring life into the universe, we are the most important beings. Think of this. Our wombs have been the carriers of our men. Black men. Great men. All kinds of men. Black women, in this aspect, we join all women everywhere. Every race, every culture, every creed. We all have this extreme gift from our Creator! Our pelvis is very potent. Use it to get close to God. Use it to unlock the mysteries of life. Powerful Life Force.

So Mote it Be!

Written by,
Daisy King Bellony