A Little Update

Well, it’s been a long time since I last posted on this blog, so here’s a little update:

First up: Remember we had another baby back in September last year? He’s nine months old now and just beautiful. Here he is going for a ride in a ‘spacerocket’ by his big sister! 🙂

Kids in a spacerocket

Kids in a spacerocket

Second: We packed and decluttered, decluttered and packed, cleaned and renovated , renovated and cleaned, househunted and… unpacked. With two kids in tow, that was a fulltime job for about three months. Then we rested. Here’s a photo of the view from our new home. I call it Heaven!

The view from our new home

The view from our new home

Third: Moving to a new area near a new town in a new state so my hubby could start a new job… At least we’re in the same country! But our daily life rhythms changed completely. Instead of rushing the kids into childcare and getting back to work myself, I’ve been enjoying playing “mum” fulltime.

I discovered that it really can be playful and peaceful – when I’m not trying to do too much else at the same time. It’s been a really precious time of settling in as a family, getting creative with the kids and just “being”.

And that brings us to now.
I’m taking “back to work” slowly. Well, trying to. Partly because I’m enjoying my kids so much. Mostly because I’ve fallen in love with the deeper quiet that I’ve found inside myself when I’m not trying to do everything at once. And I want to protect it. Really.

I have maintained a close connection with Mark Silver and the team over at Heart of Business and I’ve been working a few flexible hours a week supporting the Business Oasis – a forum for small business owners who want to make a difference in the world and don’t want to do it on their own. It’s been such a joy to watch the unfolding of the many creative and caring business people there.

Over the next month or so, I’ll be resuming one-on-one sessions with a small number of clients (about 8, initially) through Heart of Business. I’m looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and digging into the whys and hows of growing a heart-centred business with some truly wonderful people (maybe even you!)

If you’re interested in working with me in this way, please check out my page at: The Organic Business Development Program-Basic.

That’s all from me for now, but I’d love to hear from you, business-wise or personally, what have been the highlights of the last six months?



15 Responses

  1. Claire Hayes says:

    Dear Yollana
    You know I am your biggest fan so I am thrilled to hear more about how it’s all going for you So great to see those pictures of your beautiful children and that view!!! That really is incredible. I bet you have lots of friends beating a path to your door..
    I am working with Dawud right now to get my site up but you are definately first on my list for more help as I move forward. You’ll probably have a waiting list by then!
    with best wishes

  2. Karen Tiede says:

    Congratulations! I remember when you were in the tizzy of packing and sorting and starting on the process of touching everything you own, twice. Good to know it’s over.

    +1 to the quiet of being able to settle into one thing and not rush all the time.

  3. yollana says:

    @Karen, Yup. Sure is good to know it’s over. And I really appreciated your support through that tizzy!

    @Claire, I’m blushing. Thanks a lot. And great that you are working with Dawud from http://www.dmiracle.com . He’s great value! I look forward to seeing your site when it’s up.

  4. Susan says:

    Sounds like a lovely life. Work will be there whenever you want it but the kids are only that age once and it all goes so fast. My niece and nephew are almost teenagers and it feels like it was yesterday they came off a plane from South Korea when they were 8 months old. My favorite age for both was between 41/2 and 6 so be sure to plan a hiatus down the line.

  5. yollana says:

    Thanks Susan, it’s so easy to get caught in the needs – and passions – of the moment and lose the long term perspective (like they’re only young once).

  6. Evan says:

    Hoping you can take that deep peace into work with you.

  7. What I appreciate most is the balance you seem to be holding in your life. So vital for everything to be in its place and everything held in its perspective. My own business, while quite healthy, could be moving along even faster if I paid less attention to my 4 young kids and my wife and more to my work. But I can work and make more money any time. I can’t get back one second I miss with my family. My kids are already growing fast enough (6, 4, 2, 7 months). If I could have anything, it wouldn’t be more business…it would be slower days with them.

  8. LisaG says:

    Welcome back Yollana! Your kiddos are gorgeous and the view from your home relaxes me even from here. Enjoy your deeper quiet and bravo on protecting it.

  9. yollana says:

    @Evan, you know, that very thought came to me last night too.

    It’s funny how blog posts stay static, once written, while we humans move on and on. Just yesterday, something in Susan’s comment and my reply – they’re only young once – started resounding in my head like a guilt trip. Yuk! That wasn’t sposed to happen! The old “you should give 110% of your time, love and attention to your kids or they’ll be damaged for life” routine. Grrrr. And my (internal) response was to start kicking and screaming and say “Stuff you all! I’m going back to work then.” Ha ha. My tidy blog post above didn’t mention all that, did it?

    Anyway. In the push and pull between kids and work, I remembered what I truly and deeply beleive. That true inner Quiet has nothing to do with work or play, “kid time” or “me time”. It’s the sound of a relationship that is lived with the divine in each moment. Wherever you are. Whatever you’re doing. Your brief comment speaks to this perfectly.

    @Dawud, Thank you so much for sharing more about your work and family life here. I really get a deeper sense of who you are somehow. So many of us are in this boat, eh? Balance.

    @LisaG, thank you! So glad the relaxation made it to you too!

  10. Hurrah, Yollana! Congratulations on your resuming of this blog, of your sheltering of your deep peace and harmony in the home, of moving to a new place in so many ways. Blessings!

  11. BEVIANNE says:

    WOW!!! and WOOOO WOOOO WOW! Hurray for getting so much done, Yollana!

    And payment for all that hard work is enough in the views you’ve got – both out the window and down at floor level. Gosh, they’re adorable. Oh yes – eye level (Will!) – is pretty good, too…

    Looking forward to seeing them face-to-face. Like maybe January?

    Big hugs and many blessings,
    Bevi XX

  12. Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new edition, new home and new state. Not sure if you will remember me, we met thru Journey. Just wanted to drop a note, say hello, congrats, and would love to speak sometime about what I’m trying to get up to.
    For now love and blessings, Kim

  13. yollana says:

    Hi Kim, Yes! I remember you 🙂 Great to hear from you… And I’d love to hear what you’re up to. New projects always get me excited. Send me an email, if you like, and we can make a time to talk 🙂

  14. Gay Guy's Love Coach says:

    Yollana, I am such a fan.

    Your children are absolutely gorgeous. PRECIOUS!

    I am so proud of you, and excited to finally check out your blog. This is the blog behind the name and pic in the Oasis. AMAZING!

    Congratulations, love. I will be checking in from time to time. Seeing what will be the next step in your Journey.

    Oh, and congrats on everything else too. Hubby’s job, back to work, new clients, etc!! ALL OF IT!!

    Much love,

  15. yollana says:

    Thanks Greg! 🙂