YoBody now Includes Inviting Aging
In case you’ve resisted opening my blog from Inviting Aging, that’s where my YoBody Blog and website now live. For those of you who know about such things, the simple URL” YoBody.com”, though not being used, is taken. I decided Inviting Aging spoke more directly to what I’m doing, so Inviting Aging it is! YoBody is too much fun to give up, however, so I still want to use that for something…eventually. And I love the logo I designed for it, so for now the business name is YoBody – Inviting Aging.
There’s also a story behind the word cloud at the head of my YoBody website/blog. I realize that it’s a bit busy and bright, so I will moderate it sooner than later, but here’s the story:
I was at my last business retreat and we did an exercise where each of us stood and introduced ourselves and our business. After each of us did that, the others wrote, on a post-it, words they felt described us and our communication style. At the end of the piece we each had all of the post-its, with their wonderfully astute observations, in front of us. They were ours to take home to use when our energies, confidence, etc. need a boost.
Someone in another program I’ve been working with told us about Wordle, and how you could make a word cloud using the site. I made a list of the words used to describe me. If a word was used multiple times it got multiple listings. I entered them into the program and played with the shapes and colors and voila! I think it is a great visual to keep me feeling appreciated for how I’m seen by others. The words that are largest are the ones used most often. These people didn’t know me well, so this is a pretty true representation of how I come across when I’m doing something I love.
Why I love the playful YoBody
So often we’re so critical of ourselves. Often this is because we’re not fully aware that we CHOOSE how we see ourselves. We tell ourselves we have low self esteem, we’re not successful, we’re overweight, we’re old and any number of other things that we automatically subscribe to. Let me say that those “conditions” were well represented in that group, but it wasn’t what we others saw – and we weren’t just trying to be nice.
We saw each other as strong, sparkly, warm, passionate, professional, brilliant, beautiful, inspiring and much more! We can say, “YoBody! Look at me!”
Why I believe in Inviting Aging
The more life we get under our belts, the more of these wonderful adjectives we acquire. The problem is that we aren’t aware of them. It’s a slow journey for most of us, so it’s easy to stay on autopilot, rather than notice and choose. There’s a fascinating and helpful book written by Bill Harris called “The New Science of Super Awareness” and you can get it free here. I’ve used his meditation system, Holosync, for years now and it has been a game-changer for me.
Yes, I want to keep my body fit, but I want to do it so I can be the most authentically and enjoyable and inviting ME as I age. I don’t want to be younger. I don’t think any of us who are aware, even remotely, of who we have become want to be younger. I do, however, want to live and choose very fully into the next 40 years of my life. In the first half of my life I didn’t know I could do that. I know now that it isn’t easy, and I also know I can do it. I want to be so dynamically aware when I reach the end that I will just dissolve into…
Well, yes, this IS actually my soapbox, and you’re all welcome up here with me!
I ask that you get playful with YoBody
and get set for Inviting Aging!