The Big Day!

April 16, 2010 | 42 Comments »

It’s a big day today.

But then, isn’t every day?

We each get to decide, I guess!

Yesterday, for the first time, my newly adopted blind kitty (still to be named) stood at the threshold of the open door for over 20 minutes.  Twice he made a move to step out into the gorgeous spring day, and twice he resumed his position on the threshold.

  • He can hear exciting things going on out there in the big beautiful back yard,
  • he can smell delicious things afoot,
  • and the breeze on his whiskers was tantalizing …

… but I guess he’s not just sure it’s safe out there.

I was so proud of him for even thinking about it.

(I have sighted cats that won’t even consider leaving the safety of the house!)

Which brings me to Good Vibe Blog.

2010 is teaching me to become more comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.  To get used to growth and the changes it calls for.

While a blog makeover doesn’t compare to venturing out into a pitch black unknown world, today is still a big day because Good Vibe Blog got a makeover that shows we’re growing up here!

I’m not afraid of change.  I’m willing to answer inspiration’s call.

(That’s what I keep telling myself to make it more true.)

You guys might guess I’m not a big fan of change, so this is a big day as this blog is near and dear to my heart!

(Thanks to Nikki Shannon for the remodel.  She’s threatening to do my twitter page next!  ha)

I’m intending this site will now be more inviting, more accessible, more comprehensive, and will reduce the need for my original website.  (I’m not ready to let go of that one just yet – that’s for a different big day.)

But today is Good Vibe Blog’s big day!

We’ve got more space on the page to play with, a format that makes it easier for newcomers to find your fabulous comments (the best part of this blog!), as well as direct links to the latest courses and offerings.

With that, I’m off to open the back door and supervise quietly from the patio while kitty decides whether today is his big day, too.

Is today your big day?

If there’s something you’ve been

  • itching to check out,
  • an idea you’ve been toying with,
  • or an impulse that keeps returning

– maybe it’s time to leverage this Big Day energy and make a big change yourself.

🙂

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42 Responses to “ The Big Day! ”

  1. Kimberly says:

    I like it a lot. I love that you have three columns and it’s not cluttered at all! My big day – I opened an online store for my photography to sell note cards and such. I’m still stocking the store, but it’s exciting to actually take one more step forward to realizing my dream of being a professional photographer.

    Looking forward to seeing what more you bring to the table in 2010!!!

  2. Ben Weston says:

    I like the new design! It’s much easier to find your content and various links.

    My big change is deciding to finally write my first ebook. It feels a little scary and daunting, but in the most exciting of ways!

    Take care,
    Ben

  3. A round of applause for Kimberly and Ben! WOO HOO!!!!!

    Kimberly, your site is gorgeous! It’s one I’d be proud to put my name on, and I don’t say that about a lot of sites! I saw a half dozen things I loved about it in less than a minute!

    And Ben, seriously, I can’t wait to hear/read what your first ebook is on! I love especially how you said “first” ebook.

    Yay!!

    PS – the double avatar thing – that fix will be made shortly. 🙂

  4. Nat Couropmitree says:

    I love it Jeannette. It has an expansive feel to it and seems to resonate well with the expansions you’ve made this year.

    Nat

  5. Nat, thanks for the thumbs up! “Expansive” indeed fits with what I was shooting for!
    🙂
    I’ve seen you’re up to some fun stuff lately yourself, Nat! Some here will be interested in hearing more – share a direct link next time you’re in the neighborhood, please!

  6. Iyabo Asani says:

    I love it. What would my life have been all these years without Good Vibe Blog? I love the example that you always are of change and adaptability! My shero Jeannette!

  7. “Shero” – that’s high praise coming someone as powerfully adaptive as you, my friend. Thanks for the good vibes you bring to this community, Iyabo. Much appreciated! 🙂

  8. Ande says:

    The new look is fantastic. Clean and vibrant!

    I love the story of your blind kitty. Your kitty’s big day made me think of a couple things. First, my husband, who is 49, suffered a head injury 4 years ago, an injury that wiped out 95 percent of his lifetime memories (all current events, history, most of his school knowledge, much of his vocabulary, and nearly all of his personal memories including our history together). Since that time (we tease him and say he’s four years old), everyday is a big day. Because everyday, he discovers something new about language or history or the world around him or himself. He has the eagerness of a child in the way he explores the world. It’s quite inspiring.

    He’s not unlike my 9 month old Springer spaniel, who also has a big day everyday. She expects great joy and adventure every single day, and she gets it.

    And because of these two wonders in my life, I am learning to embrace each day as a big day. A couple months ago, I read someone’s account of deciding that a particular day (chosen at random) would be a perfect day. I love this idea. Perfect seems a bit tough to reach for–the word has negative connotations for me–but a “just right” day, with apologies to Goldilocks, seems achievable. I find that when I choose to have a just right day, everything, no matter what it is, feels just right.

  9. Oh my word, Ande, that is something! “Every day is a big day.”

    How cool is that?!

    I think there’s something in the example you, your husband and Spaniel set that all of us can be inspired by and learn from. !!

    Here’s to more of those “just right” days simply because we said so. Thank you so much for sharing this here with us, Ande!

    I’ve got a feeling it’s a post that many will remember.

    Namaste. 🙂

  10. JLAC says:

    Jeannette, it looks great! Love the cloud 🙂

    Yours and kitty’s story are resonating soooo much with me right now. I’m just buzzing!

    There’s something afoot right now, and I’m feeling the siren call of change myself.

    It’s been an itch. A sudden stop and turn of the head – yes, I’m sure I just heard that. A bit of a two steps forward and maybe one back, but it’s becoming more two steps forward, and then another two. Sometimes a bit uncomfortable but moving forward none the less.

    And at the centre of this is a trusting excitement that well being is mine – it can’t be any other way. That all will unfold perfectly, even if I’m not exactly sure how it looks just yet.

    And like kitty, I’m peaceful knowing that if it feels better today to sit at the threshold for a little bit longer, that’s exactly the right thing to do.

    Many more big days to come!

    Jody

  11. Yay for moving forward, Jody!! Sometimes those “steps back” can throw us off our game, and so I love that it’s not taking you out of yours!

    woo hoo!!

    What I didn’t share in the post was that earlier this year when the snow had first melted I took kitty out to the front yard on my lap, and he did not appreciate that at all. As soon as I let go, he started running, without knowing where he was running, just because he was freaked out at being dropped in a totally new and unfamiliar environment.

    What I learned was that it’s way better to let him make his own choices at his own pace. I strive to give myself that same gift (of choice and pace) during this year of change as well.

    Thanks for posting, Jody. We offer (and get) good company in this! 🙂

  12. Zoe Routh says:

    Jeannette – it’s beautiful! Good for you 🙂 I love Ande’s story – talk about finding the delightful side of contrast!

    And I love blind kitty too – tuning in the senses and trusting – perfect thoughts to carry through this perfect day!

  13. Thank you, Zoe! You know what would go great with it? New photos like you recently added to YOUR site! Those really turned out DELICIOUSLY!

  14. Flavia says:

    Congratulations on the new look! Love it! It feels so expansive!! We can see the comments so much better! And the search function and the cloud ball/vortex:))- very cool!

    As far as a “big” day, I’d say the GVU celebration call I did with Sara today is something I’d been wanting to do. I had been flirting with getting certified as a Laughter Yoga leader for a while and finally getting the “heck yeah” impulse and doing it last week-end! These are not quite big but they are definitely forward motion:)

    More big days are coming!

  15. Thanks, Flavia. It is worth saying again that Nikki really worked wonders with this theme. This one doesn’t usually turn out pretty (and you know how much “pretty” matters to my online stuff) – she is a miracle worker!

    I AGREE that your Celebration call was a big deal and calls for celebration in and of itself! Also loved your inspiration that you moved so well with on the Laughter Yoga.

    Here’s to more big days for us both. 🙂

  16. Maria says:

    Thank you for posting this Jeanette. I’ve been going through difficult times and this simple post was just what I needed. It picked me right up and inspired me. Every day can be a big day and every day carries the smells and the feelings of the unknown. Stepping out of safety can bring us into a fabulous place we haven’t even dreamed off. Congratulations on the make over!

  17. Maria, here’s to stepping out of safety zones and into fabulous new adventures! Glad this was of support to you today.
    🙂
    Thanks for popping in to say so! It means the world to hear that!

  18. Kim Falconer says:

    Oh the new site is fabulous! I love it!!!

    When I came here earlier and got the ‘closed for repairs’ notice I was very curious as to what I would find. I am thrilled at the results.

    Yeah for beautiful blind kitty. He reminds me of Tiresias, the ancient seer. His sight was taken from him by the gods, but in compensation he was given inner sight and he became a famous prophet 🙂

    Woot! So enjoying this grand new day! I did something I haven’t done in ages. It involved the beach, warm sand, blue water and a novel (someone elses’! 🙂

  19. Agreed, Kim, that IS a grand day, especially when it involves the beach, warm sand, blue water and a novel!

    I’ve got a little lookout going – now that I’ve read your comment -for kitty’s inner sight. I suspect there’s something very cool for me to learn from him.
    🙂
    Thanks for popping by on your grand day, girlfriend!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on the new site! It is so clean and clear and usable – I love it. (I am very attracted to the moving tag cloud – I keep watching it as it moves.)

    Your kitty is so brave. And so trusting.

    I changed over to a new year. That will do for today. 😉

  21. You and me BOTH, Elizabeth! (The hypnotic tag cloud.)

    I second that about brave kitty and congratulate you on your change, too! It all counts.
    🙂

  22. Pernille Madsen says:

    Hurray, hurray, hurray! And congratulations on the blog update – it looks wonderful 🙂 🙂 🙂

    For a person who doesn’t like changes I would say that you’ve been doing pretty good already this year!!!

    My change of today: I ususally get out of bed pretty fast after I wake up, however today I simply stayed in bed for 3 hours reading through an ebook recomended by my amazing coach 🙂

  23. Thank you for that acknowledgement, Pernille, and can I just say how EXCITED I am that you’re reading the book!

    And the whole WORLD will benefit from your acting on it! woo hoo!!

  24. Wealth for Everyone says:

    To quote Mr. Horse from the old Ren & Stimpy cartoons, “I like it!”

    My big change – the other night I stumbled upon the answer to my question – how do I live the life I want (ie to get paid to travel to where I want to go). Now I’m taking that leap to make it happen.

    I have been slightly surprised that even though I have the answer and the path to do what I’ve always dreamed of, I still feel a bit nervous and scared. But I’m doing it anyway! And I figure that the nerves and scaredness are just the gremlins/ego trying to keep me “safe”.

    But what’s even cooler about finding out how to achieve my big life dream – I’m figuring out ways to help others incorporate their dream. I’m coming up with fantastic ideas!

    I constantly am wanting to go “Squeee!” out of sheer happiness and excitement! lol

  25. Yay for recognizing gremlins and not getting stopped by them, girlfriend!

    I can’t wait to see more of what you’re up to! Keep us posted, will you?
    🙂

  26. Woo hoo! Up, up and away on the new site. Love it!

  27. Rhonda says:

    I usually lurk about instead of posting (will be changing that!), but I wanted to tell you that the blog looks fabulous! Nikki did a wonderful job! Congratulations!!!

    I have a feeling your new kitty will be teaching you a thing or two as well! 😉

  28. Thank you, Susan! And Rhonda, how sweet of you to pop in with encouraging words – much appreciation for that!

    (Love your avatar, by the way!)

  29. Patty Lennon says:

    me likey! It definitely feels more accessible though I can’t quite put my finger on why.

    Way to embrace change!

    So the impulse I followed today was to chase my daughter through Walgreens laughing. She had a total meltdown, kicked off her hello kitty boots and ran screaming “no mommy, noooooooo”. As I watched her take the shampoo aisle turn on on foot it occurred to me that I could opt for control or opt for fun. My impulse was fun and I took it.

  30. Patty, that visual is making me laugh out loud! I suspect I’m not the only who got a smile from that, too.

    Thanks for sharing!

    (And I’m glad you like the new format.)
    🙂

  31. Weee for changes!! I am loving the new layout…it shows how much awesomeness is here to read. Those of us who have been coming here already learned that, but methinks you will get plenty new folk who just skim a page interested in everything all at once. Great changes…and great way to always recognize/utilize your readers comments. I feel as though you do that in a way not many bloggers tend to do. That’s one of your many keys to success…that, and being incredibly insightful and brilliant.

    Thanks for letting us be a part of that!
    VF

  32. VF, I love that you can “weeee” for changes! I usually “ugh” before I “wee.” lol

    Thanks for being one of the big reasons this blog is so successful – it’s the contribution of amazing creators like you who make this a worthy place to invest in.

    Namaste. 🙂

  33. MissyB says:

    Super fab design to match the super fab content 🙂

  34. Aw, thanks, MissyB!!

    This is always a cheerier place when your smiling face is part of it!
    🙂

  35. Jeff Atherton says:

    Hey, I’m viewing this from my new iPad… Looks Great!

  36. Show off!! lol

    Glad you approve, Jeff. Although I realize I am inferring that approval from your brief comment, and would actually invite your critique about how it could be better.

    Your opinion always matters to me. (No, I’m not being sarcastic.)

    iPad!!! sheesh.
    😉

  37. Debra says:

    Beautiful Jeannette!! You, *and* your shiny, new blog makeover!! 🙂

    You know Mark and I are HUGE fans of WordPress, and I LOVE the magazine style themes. That’s the route I took Earth Harmony Home a year and some ago, too. Just love how the posts are showcased. Love the esthetically pleasing nature of it and the intuitive accessibility of finding one’s way around. Great choice! 🙂

    Nikki did an amazing job with the design and customization!!! It’s so deliciously Good Vibe!

    As for BIG days? I love it when every day feels like a big day. Because generally big days feel exciting, JOYful, exhilarating, freeing, and full of aligned-feel-good momentum.

    At the very least, every day is FULL of BIG MOMENTS!! 🙂

    The only constant is change. …that’s one of my favorite sayings.

    It turns me on…because I know that the change in my life is designed by me…and the flow is brilliantly wonderful to be in!

    Here’s to JOYful change that feels SO good!! 🙂 XO Love ya!!

  38. Parul says:

    Wow!! This new look is really cool… 😀

  39. Ruby says:

    Good vibe blog for the good vibe tribe!!! 🙂

  40. Jeannette says:

    Debra, I’m going to channel some of your attitude about change next time I’m wanting to enjoy it more.
    🙂
    Thank you, Parul and Ruby, too!

  41. KatCrow says:

    Jeannette, I love the new look. It feels good! I didn’t realize so much that change is hard for you, Jeannette! Makes me feel much better about my “occasional” resistance to change. Thanks to Maria for the comment “Stepping out of safety can bring us into a fabulous place we haven’t even dreamed off.” I needed to read that. I feel like your blind kitty – there are things out there that I want, I am not sure what they are, and I am most comfortable standing on my threshold, because to step out into that void makes me vulnerable and very uncomfortable. But I know that the Universe conspires on my behalf, and just the fact that I am standing on the threshold means that the door is open to welcome in new possibilities!

    Thanks, as always, Jeannette and the GV community!

  42. Jeannette says:

    You know what I was thinking, too, about blind kitty, KatCrow? I was thinking maybe he’ll spend his whole life on the first porch step, and that that’s enough for him.

    I realized I was holding attachment that he move forward, when in reality, the threshhold might be exactly where he’s supposed to be.

    As a rising Cap, I tend to get a little focused on what’s next and making progress, but life on the porch step – surely that’s a life well-lived, too.

    Anyway, your comment about standing on the threshhold made me think about that again.

    Not that I think either of us are standing on the threshhold for long. (Just a hunch.)
    😉
    Thanks for reading and especially for commenting, KatCrow!

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