My Next Great Adventure – Spring 2017
My name is Barbara Keller. I’ve had other last names, but going back to the beginning seems like a good place to be right now.
At this time in the great journey of my life on this planet earth, I have taken another fork in the road. I recently sold my farm and business, I’ve moved twice in less than a year, and everything I own can fit into a 20 foot U-Haul truck (that includes lots fiber that I plan on selling).
I just found this quote: “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” By Ray Bradbury
This sounds like what I have done all my life. I’ve recently told several friends that I’m moving towards the edge of the cliff and ready to fly.
I’ll have an idea (intuition, hunch, or desires), think about it and ask spirit for help if it is mine to do (imagination, experience, prayer, and gut feelings), then jump off the cliff into the unknown and build my wings as I soar to new heights before coming to rest at the valley floor (manifest my dream).
I’m not going to say that everything that I’ve done has been wonderful. I have crashed and burned many times. But I always have learned from the flight (or experience) and that makes it is still a success.
At this point, I’m at a new beginning with many opportunities ahead and many new dreams. Many small cliffs and several big ones, but each one starts with a simple step forward.
I’m focusing on just a few cliffs for my next adventure in life. They are writing (as in blogs, articles, stories, and books), fiber arts, teaching manifesting, speaking, taking photos, and pattern design. That is still a lot of things, but I like to let spirit lead me and sometimes she shows me things that I would miss if it was up to me and these are the cliffs I’m being led to share now.
Let me say a few words about each of these cliffs.
I’ve been a lifelong fiber artist. I don’t remember learning how to sew, knit, or crochet. I do remember creating dresses for my dolls and sewing them into them at around 5 years old, but I was just as happy playing with my brother’s cars and building kits, not your normal girl in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. I do remember that knitting and crocheting were a bit harder since I’m left handed and everyone else in my family is right handed. I knit a bit different that other knitters, as I’ve been told many times, but the end results are the same, so oh well. I learned to spin yarn and weave in 1986 when I happen to meet a woman selling drop spindles and wool at an art in the park event, she also had classes on spinning and weaving at her home. I spun the fiber quickly and signed up for the classes. I was a quick study and have been ply these arts ever since (pun intended). I have won many ribbons for my creations and was a featured artist at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in 2016. My looms and spinning wheels have seen very little use in the last few years, so I plan on changing that very soon. For many of the items that I knit and crochet, I design the patterns myself, usually as I go along. I’ve typed many of them up and it’s time to share them. So this is not that big of a cliff, just a bit more than before.
My first web site was for to my business, Star Castle Fiber Mill and Farm, LLC, which I closed after 13 years in 2016. I made alpaca yarn on commercial equipment for people who had alpacas. As much as I loved the work, it was time to stop. If you want to know more about how I got the mill started, it was with much focus and trusting it would happen, see the two articles on about me mill. It is a true story of manifesting my dream. That was a big cliff that had me soaring for years.
I wrote many blogs and articles while running the mill. Sometimes life can be humorous, sometimes serious, but many are just funny. Some of those are here too.
As a child I wasn’t much of a reader, you see I’m a bit dyslexic, so writing was also very hard. That does not mean I don’t have stories to tell and as I got older reading and writing became fun. So around 1992, on listening to the still small voice and with support from my husband and children, I took a class on writing children’s fiction stories. I loved it. The ideas just come for stories and articles which I love doing the research on. I am editing my first finished book now for adults and I’m well into the next couple of books. I just can’t do one at a time. Again, more of what I have already done. The cliff here is letting you read my writing.
I’ve been taking photos since I was a child when my mother gave me her old Brownie camera. I moved up to an instamatic when they were poplar, then to a 35 mm. Now with digital, I can take many more photos and see them now, which is the best part. Now it’s time to write the stories that go with them. Again, more of the skills I already have, the cliff again is to share.
I don’t remember learning the law of attraction, or as I called it the law of somehow, but I’ve used it forever. Recently I spoke as the guest speaker at my church on this topic. In the last few months, I’ve become an Infinite Possibilities Trainer. That is a way to teach manifesting to others, I want to teach others how to life their dreams, just as I have made my come true. Want to know more, send me an email. This is a new cliff, the teaching part, not the manifesting part.
As we’ve all heard, “when God closes one door, he opens another.” I can’t say that in my life I’ve ever had only one door open at a time, so why not all of these at once? Just to get to this web site, I’ve jumped off many smaller cliffs. I’m still moving forward, so here goes.
I live by looking for the good in every person and every event. My glass is always full, not half full, but all the way full. Sometimes there’s a bit of air in it, but it is still full and overflowing.
I’ve used several affirmations to help me with my dreams in the last few decades, they are:
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” By Eleonore Roosevelt
“To have what you have never had, do what you have never done.”
“Dreams come in a size to big so you can grow into them.” By Josie Bisset
So, I believe in my dreams of starting this new adventure at a time that I can “retire,” I know I have a wonderful future that is unfolding in front of me. I know the second one intimately, I’m willing to step out on faith and do things I’ve not done to have my dreams come true. I can see it, feel it, hear it, and taste it. And for the third one, my dreams are always bigger than I can even imagine, they just keep expanding as so does my excitement for life.
So, I’m jumping off another cliff with my arms spread wide to fly, bringing experience and knowledge with me, but also that childlike expectation of adventure into the unknown. The view is glorious!
With love and light,
Barbara aka Dancing Deer