Restart and Reboot Yourself

There is a lot to be said about good intentions. There is even more that can be said about carrying out those intentions.

I began this blog back in February as a forum to practice my writing and to share some fun stories about my experiences and about all of the fabulous and interesting people I know. Then I wrote exactly two posts. Whaaaaaaat?

Let me explain: In the middle of 2014, I left a full-time job for a much-needed sabbatical. I never expected I would take nearly two full years to rest, reassess, recover, recharge and restart and reboot myself. But what an adventure it’s been!

I traveled quite a bit, spending time in both familiar and new places with family and friends. I got to see my favorite band, U2, on several stops on their North American tour last summer (more about that in future posts) and I got to know myself again. It’s amazing what happens when you reconnect with yourself!

Anyhow, I got busy in February working on a serious new venture – starting a business.

My friend Suzy Hartgrove and I talked more than once about putting together our own business someday. Well, that day finally came. We delved into the business of setting up our business and opened shop officially July 1. Whoohoo!

Our new firm is MyHart Communications and we focus on public relations, community and government outreach, communication strategies and writing engaging content. We put the best of ourselves into this adventure and are already experiencing success.

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See what we did there with the heart logo? Cute, huh?

We ♥ Houston and want to make it a better place for everyone to live. That, and the fact that we both have extensive experience in our city’s development sector, prompted us to  create our primary niche in the real estate development arena. We work with property developers,  community and business leaders and elected officials to help develop consensus on projects BEFORE they become reality. It’s an exciting time for us and we know there are no limits on what we can do.

So, send us all your good vibes and support! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to see what we’re up to!

Until next time….stay awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Meaning of Number 9

I don’t have a particular feeling about the number 9. It’s not a milestone birthday, nor is it specially placed in the month. In fact, some cultures consider the number 9 to be unlucky. Its unfortunate sequencing before the more perfect number 10 relegates it to an afterthought.

There are positives about the 9th month of the year, September.

Special people inLeaves photo my life have birthdays during the month. It signals the beginning of fall as summer fades away. Cooling temperatures produce carpets of stunning red, gold, rust and orange leaves of autumn that flutter and fall to the ground, setting the stage for winter.

Three years ago, 9 became a number, more specifically a date, to remember.

It’s the day you told me you would be leaving.

It’s also the day you left.

The Universe, with all its beauty and magical wonder, also serves up bitter bites of reality. Whether it was karma or coincidence, you started and ended your final journey on earth on the 9th day, 14 months apart.

Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you, especially when day number 9 rolls around every month. It is a bittersweet reminder of your larger-than-life personality, your generosity, your droll sense of humor and your enduring selflessness.

To mark the second year of  your crossing over, I explored the meaning of number 9. Why not? There are bodies of work related to numerology, angel numbers and the mathematical use of number 9. There are Biblical, cultural and random references. Much to my surprise, much of what I found relates to you, my dear father.

Did you know:

  • 9 is a sacred number
  • 9 is the number of completion and fulfillment
  • 9 is a symbol of wisdom and good leadership
  • 9 is the number of heaven
  • In Hinduism 9 is the number of Brahma, the Creator

(source: Mysticalnumbers)

9 represents the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit, which are Faithfulness, Gentleness, Goodness, Joy, Kindness, Long suffering, Love, Peace and Self-control (Galatians 5:22 – 23).

(source: Biblestudy)

Some of the coolest tidbits I found will appeal to the math junkies and geeks (Dad!):

  • When multiplied, 9 always reproduces itself. No other number does this.
  • The last of the cardinal numbers, the 9 is the most worldly and sophisticated of all numbers.
  • 9 offers love to the world at large and has global consciousness. Looking at the shape of the symbol, it offers sympathy and compassion to everyone and is a reservoir of giving with a generous downward spout.
  • 9 lives in the world and understands the connections between all of mankind. It is a humanitarian, and sees no real difference between its neighbor next door and the person living in a very different culture and environment on the other side of the world.
  • 9 is the least judgmental of all numbers, the most tolerant and the most conscious.

(source: numerology)

Other words and phrases used to describe the number 9 are:

  • SOUL PURPOSE – I LOVE this one ♥
  • universal love
  • visionary
  • humanitarian
  • philanthropist
  • inner strength
  • romance
  • brilliance
  • artistic genius
  • magnetism
  • optimism

(source: numerology)

All of this describes you to a T, Dad. I am so fortunate I had you in my life for a long time. I do my best every day to model the best of you.

I miss you every day, Dad. I love you.

Family portrait for the Nevers Family

Note: I’ve used editorial license here and chosen content selectively. I learned so much about numerology and the significance of numbers in the Universe and our lives. Check it out at the sources cited above.

 

Writing is Risky and Wonderful

This is my first post on my new blog! It’s been a long time coming for me. I actually created this site a year ago and am now ready to launch a new version of myself into the world. It’s exciting, risky and necessary.

Like many people, expressing myself through the written word is part of my DNA. My first diary – a Holly HobbieHolly Hobbie diary cover diary with a pink-and-white checkered cover and a lock (gasp!) recorded my crushes, achievements, parental rants, school fears and my life dreams. I was a little girl in grade school with a voracious appetite for the written word. I stayed up late at night reading my books and magazines, learning about life and far-away places through tales spun by authors I remember to this day (I read The Hobbit when I was 8, lol).

I have had a fruitful and satisfying career as a journalist, PR practitioner and strategist, media relations maven, government flak, marketer and writer. I’ve enjoyed helping clients become more visible and successful through the art of public relations.

In the last few years, I’ve felt a strong pull towards more creative writing and a desire to (finally) take a leap of faith and heed the call to return to my roots and write much different content and put it out into the Universe. That’s a scary and risky prospect for me.

I recently read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and her concepts and encouragement to release our gifts to the world remind me that we just have this one life, this one joyride around the sun, and it’s up to ME to make the most of it.

I hope the stories I produce are of interest to others, and that readers will find a bit of themselves in them. I hope you enjoy my life is a joyride.I invite you to share your stories here and to connect with me on Twitter – I’m @bmyers

Thanks for reading!