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Archive for the ‘Mondo Beyondo’ Category

The Wishing Year, Part Dos

Posted by saraherthanyou on November 12, 2009

After my post on Monday, I went outside to enjoy the gorgeous day (what up global warming?) and continue reading The Wishing Year. I found spot outside Starbucks in the sun and dove in. I made it to the “May” chapter where Noelle Oxenhandler examines other authors’ takes on wishes. She says that, on beginning her own experience, she had to follow American philosopher and psychologist William James’ practice of “a willing suspension of disbelief.”

Needless to say that I almost fell out of my chair. I used almost the exact same phrase on Monday to describe by decision to join the Mondo Beyondo class. You know that sense you get when you read about something and then suddenly everywhere you turn, you hear about it, friends are talking about it, it’s on TV? That’s how I’m trying to frame wishing in my mind. Once I put the wish out there, I’ll become more aware of the opportunities to make it come true.


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A Year of Wishing

Posted by saraherthanyou on November 9, 2009

The Wishing YearI’m currently breezing through The Wishing Year: A House, A Man, My Soul, which I first heard about from my Mondo Beyondo class. After learning more about Noelle Oxenhandler, the author, I was hooked because she is so down-to-earth even though her book is about dreaming and wishing. And so far, that holds true. I think the best part about the book for me is that Noelle is a skeptic, she doesn’t immediately believe that her wishes will come true, even though she is giving herself a year focused on wishing.

Noelle discusses her religious background and how the Catholic part feels that you can only wish and pray for things that benefit others, such as wishing that a family whose house burned down will find a new shelter or someone who is gravely ill recovers. She reflects that she isn’t brazen enough to put her wishes out there as others she encounters, which is something I can relate to.

I’m a skeptic, for sure, and the whole Mondo Beyondo idea was a project in suspending disbelief. I want to believe that we can get everything any of us wish for by focusing and keeping the mind open to opportunities. But the skeptic wonders if we truly deserve everything we wish for. That’s what appeals to me most about Noelle’s book. She decides what she wants at the beginning of the year and, during the first few months of the project, she keeps those wishes close to the vest.

I’ve only read through April, so I’ll have to update this once I’ve completed the book.

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Posted by saraherthanyou on October 23, 2009

Why can’t we all believe in our craziest dreams? Why do we talk ourselves out of going after what we really want in life? We tell ourselves that dreaming isn’t practical, that dreaming is only for children. That’s silly. Let’s all dream a bit, shall we?

Here’s a beautiful book from Dallas Clayton on dreaming, called An Awesome Book!

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My Time

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 9, 2009


I’m spending a lot more of my time as quiet time. TV off, maybe just knitting (did I mention I’m teaching myself to knit? Good unemployment activity) or listening to music. I didn’t realize how all consuming Mondo Beyondo would be. It’s in my thoughts and any time I turn my computer off, I wonder if anyone responded to my comments or said anything that I’m also feeling.

It’s exhilirating and a little overwhelming. There are so many members of the class that I can’t get to know everyone, but so many also have the same wishes and desires as me. I’m trying to throw myself into this class with a full heart and an empty mind ready to soak up all of the lessons. Where will I be after the next four weeks?

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On Mondo Beyondo

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 6, 2009

What is Mondo Beyondo, you ask? According to the site, “This five week online class complete with inspiring lessons, real life stories, secret missions, audio interviews and hands-on activities will help you take your dreams from the realm of wishing into everyday motion.”

So why did I sign up for the course? My life up until this point has been a calculation in avoiding risk and taking the easiest path to the end result. I majored in Journalism and Creative Writing in college not because I had a true passion for either, but because I liked them well enough and I could get good grades. I accepted internships to help me get a job, graduated early figuring I’d have an easier time getting a job, and took the first job I was offered.

I seem to do everything by the book and while I hope/dream of having more passion for what I do, I haven’t made any steps to make those dreams come true. I’d love to make a living writing, but I seize up with anxiety every time I sit down to put pen to paper (or tap, tap, tap on the keyboard). I would love to move away from DC, where I’ve spent 22 or the last 26 years, and live some place new, but it’s never the right time to pick up and leave and what if I don’t find a job in the new place…

So it’s time to stop thinking so realistically and start dreaming bigger and trusting that my dreams can become reality.

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The Last 12 Days

Posted by saraherthanyou on October 5, 2009

No excuses, just a recap of the last 12 days.

–Senior Skip Day with a bunch of people. The employed ones took the afternoon off, we got a keg and barbequed outside on a great sunny day.

–Cooking Day, made hot & sour soup when it was still chilly. Yum!

–Birthday. Turned 26. My parents took me to Brasserie Beck for a birthday dinner, then celebrated with my kickball team on the actual day.

–Kickball party, pho the next day to recover.

–Mondo Beyondo beginning. Yep, I’m taking the class to follow and believe in my dreams. I’ll post more tomorrow about my hang ups and why I think I need this.

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