January 27, 2015

Our life journey, illuminated by meaning, becomes a pilgrimage : connecting us to our inner self, to each other, and to what is sacred in the world. JL.

‘In sacred travel, every experience is uncanny. No encounter is without meaning.’  Phil Cousineau ‘The Art of Pilgrimage’


'The Time Of Your Life' lyrics by Randy Newman in 'A Bug's Life'
'Isn't it a bit surprising
How one's fortunes ebb and flow
And only to the enterprising
Does the magic fortune cookie go
Believe me
It's the time of your life so live it well.'

Who Needs Courage When Your new bff is a Fly ?

 I'm wearing my secret-weapon charm necklace!

My bff this year is a Fly. (a well-connected Fly, mind you!)

It's an 'Order of the Fly' talisman for courage, because I need to get out of my comfort zone and be more of an extravert in the extraverted world of salesmanship and social media! It is not my natural habitat. (A dear friend once described me as a 'bit of a 'mole'!) Last year  I was safely holed up in my workshop or at my computer, making my online shop come to life: the charms, the photos, the logo  (I’d be embarrassed to admit how long that took me), writing the charm ‘stories’…and then still the website build. Now that it's all come to life I have  to keep my fire burning !

I had no idea how long anything would take to complete because most of the skills I needed I was learning as I needed them. Honestly, I thought it would take about 2 to 3 months. So I began at the beginning and got to the end, over a year later!

So last year I did not need a Fly friend to lean on too often. Pegasus (inspiration) and  Oak Leaf (strength) were my companions, and Owl (wisdom) I came to love in a big way! (Still do). Website building was Spring Leaf stuff (new beginnings), frankly, if you can lose for a moment the weird literal aspect of that analogy! And let me not forget all the cups of Coffee.

But this year I need courage! I need the intrepid comradeship of an Order of the Fly charm. I am in need of ‘courage and valour on the battlefield’ of Google's page 1 algorithm! Courage because I’m uncomfortable with being so visible to the world ; the ‘battlefield’ is Google’s SEO rating system. SEO is Search Engine Optimisation which boils down to Google liking you enough to have you on page 1 (family and friends) or page 2 (friends of friends). Any lower down the list is for enterprises not worth knowing, lone rangers, 'The Invisibles' and newbies like me. My personal fly is named Goggle Fly. ( a first cousin of Google CEO SEO Head Honcho Fly.)

The other charm around my neck is my Wheat charm: I’m charging it to help me with the concept of abundance. That would be an abundance of interest in my work, lots of ‘Likes’ for my Talisgirlcharms FB page (I only have 39 so far!), the sales that will prove I’m getting it right and which help me to keep the business and the stories growing and developing. And not to sound presumptuous, but I really hope that what I am doing is spreading a sort of wisdom of how to deal with life, and that in itself is abundance.

I strung my  Fly and Wheat charms onto my Carnelian necklace (see pic.) and it has inadvertently been an amazing success: people have really responded to it. It’s true: there’s nothing quite like being able to see and touch the real thing. The charms are tactile and 3D and bigger than people expected, apparently. (Despite my scale photos!)
My necklace of charms got me thinking about making up charm necklace combinations: stringing up a special combination of charms onto a necklace or chain so that together they tell a new story. These can be one-offs or special limited editions. Either way it’s a great way to discover another human story. And I’ll enjoy finding the story too. SEO needs to be fun for me too, as much as it is for Google!

I’m looking forward to this very new journey(new for me!), telling stories, connecting with people all over my country and the world, and finding homes and hearts for my meaning filled charms.

Let me know if there’s a charm combination you’d like to see, and I’ll make sure you get first option to buy it.

And for heaven’s sake, please ‘Like’ my Talisgirl Charms FB page !  ‘39’ would normally be considered quite an auspicious number, but it's not such a hot number for FB Page Likes! 
My FaceBook page is also where you can comment on this blog and stay in touch with my news.

Jacky Lloyd


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