Long time no see, soulful folx. This is going to be a long message, so tuck in and grab a cup of tea. I’d like to have a conversation that’s been steeping for a while. (See what I did there? Free puns. Can’t be a bad update when we start with puns!)
I’VE MISSED YOU.
I appreciate the thoughtful messages from those of you who’ve followed for a long time and have missed mid-month intuiting, the (anti)productivity nerd fests, periodic planner reviews, and seasonal discussions.
I’ve missed holding those spaces with you. I’ve missed talking with you. I’ve missed the inner rush I get from the deep and authentic versions of these conversations, diving deep below a surface skim and really poking at what we do, why we do it, and how we can do it without losing ourselves.
Part of my absence has been a big shift in my life (coming out as non-binary, navigating they/them pronouns), and with that big shift (the kind of shift that becomes bigger with each layer that I uncover) came days, then weeks, and then months of quiet inner tending and intentional stillness. Being a new version of me has continually been harder and more life-changing than I ever could have anticipated.
BIG SHIT BRINGS BIG REALIZATIONS.
We simply don’t navigate the big shit without slowing down enough in some other area(s) to make room for what reverberates, and my slowing down permeated so many things, including this space.
What was pretty amazing about that period of time is that it allowed for a massive overhaul in my life’s pie chart of priorities and responsibilities, which is one of the reasons that this shift ended up being so much bigger (and honestly better) than I thought it would be.
Some of what I’ve realized about Soulful Focus in this process is that the part of this that lights me up and keeps bringing me back is the conversation itself and the community created by conversations like the ones I’ve had here in every version of the Soulful Focus space.
In order for those conversations to continue in a way that fits into my life, allows a safe and sustainable container, accommodates my personal energetic flux, and continues to light me up… I’ve realized that I need to create an ongoing community space with some manageable level of optional financial support that isn’t tied to constant marketing launches or ad-driven hustling, something with a container that I don’t have to repeatedly reinvent, that remains in place, can expand or contract, and will evolve to support both the members of the community and me.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
I’ve moved! The biggest shift right now will be a move to Patreon, including the ongoing newsletter. Following me on Patreon doesn’t require financial patronage, so you can subscribe/follow and you’ll still receive access to content at a free level no matter what else you may decide to do going forward.
WHY THE MOVE?
(Scroll past this to what’s next if the why isn’t crucial for you.)
Moving to Patreon is intended to enable me to create a community space that isn’t anchored to free platforms owned by ethically shaky corporations (Facebook & Instagram) and it will also allow me to support each community member at a level that fits what you most need or want from me, and at a price that is considerably more affordable.
For example: based on your personal level of investment and your budget, seasonal shifts can be observed via free newsletter content, or through a low investment patronage that will include some exclusive content and an oracle reading, or perhaps a higher financial investment that comes with live gathered space (for peer support and/or shared ritual) and even one-on-one support. You will get to choose.
Making these financial options an ongoing commitment benefits all of us. I can have more energy to simply tend ongoing spaces with more clarity around what each person expects, and you will receive meaningful support that has the potential to be much more affordable and more catered to the specific value that I offer you. You’ll always know where to find me, what I have going on, and you won’t have to periodically make decisions about purchasing a pricey package or committing in some new way.
I’ll also be able to launch new offerings once there are enough existing supporters to justify the time and energy (think: book club! creative support circles for things like The Artist’s Way! productivity show & share!), and if I do a limited time special event at a certain tier, you can bump up for a month and then dip back to what’s affordable on a monthly basis.
The first thing I’ve done is make the jump here to Patreon. You have the option of just creating an account (if you don’t already have one – a Patreon site account is free) and following me (also free), or you’ll have the option of becoming a supporter.
Take a look at the tiers of support and choose how much you want of me.
Do you prefer to just keep reading and taking in free content? Cool. Subscribe for free or grab that $1 appreciation tier and you’re good to go.
Do you want a little more, things like first peeks, live unboxings, closer looks at my personal process and tools, helping me choose reviews or next topics, even the ability to do some online coworking with me? Grab that $5 tier!
The top tier is currently $20 and this is because you will get a LOT more of me. This is the tier that is intended to create a community, where you’ll have access to other patrons, you‘ll get to sit in on virtual but intimate spaces with me and with others who want community, not just content. You’ll get my personal attention and ongoing connection.
Those of you who jump on board early will also get to help me shape the $20 tier space to meet the needs of the community, help choose where we meet, when we meet, and what we focus on first as we navigate this first upcoming seasonal shift (winter solstice) together.
So, that’s the news. We’re shifting to Patreon, I’m back in the saddle and have a lot of new things to say as we get up and running, and I’m excited to bring you along for the ride. (Disclaimer: This metaphor is in no way intended to imply that there will be horses at any Patreon level or that you will be forced to ride on the back of my non-existent steed.)
Thank you for being you, for allowing me to be me, for doing the work you do, and for being a part of my little slice of the conversation about how we can all do it in the best, most fulfilling way possible.