Intuitive Nudges Avert possible Birthday Catastrophy
Yesterday I mastered a huge feat, I threw a party for over 30 children under the age of 8 And was able to stay present and have fun. The party went off without a hitch – that is, once it was well under way. Leading up to this momentus event (celebrating Serena’s 8th, Ryder’s 6th, and Ariels 4th Birthday), I had been given several nudges from my unseen entourage that I need to slow down a bit and make some adjustments. I had a very busy week with Readings, teaching a workshop, Interviewing an amazing author (Crystal Andrus, I cant wait to share this with you guys!), taping a wellness video, play date for my daughter, birthday circle & party – you get the idea.I had a Full plate.
These nudges come to us all the time if we pay attention. Its not that they don’t come, but rather that we often don’t hear them, don’t listen or aren’t moved to action.
First Nudge: I received the first nudge after a playdate for my daughter 2 days before the event. After asking the other mama if they were coming on Saturday to the party, I realized that No One in my daughters class had received the Evite (Darn you Evite!), disaster averted: I sent out several last minute emergency “please come this Saturday” notices as well as printed off 30 flyers and handed them out the the kiddies after school the following day.
Second nudge: After passing out emails and all the flyer’s it was casually mentioned to me from someone who had recently been there, that the park might not be open.
Third nudge: Rain began pouring down Friday morning and so on the way to school the kids and I prayed to the nature fairys, mother earth and god too of course, to “please hold the rain until after the celebration for the birth of these three wonderful souls”. Ryder later told me that he was playing on the playground at school when it was sprinkling (yes they encourage the children to wear rain gear and play in the rain), when he decided to stop playing and clasp his hands and pray for the rain to stop. To which the rain quickly stopped. When he shared this with me his eyes were Huge like saucers, “mommy, I prayed to mother earth and the angels and they actually stopped the rain!”.
Final Nudge: Larry decided to head out early to set up for the party. Shortly after I hear ‘ring’ ‘ring’, “your not gonna believe this, the park is closed. There is a great big gate around it, its totally closed”. I sent him to a couple more parks to scope out and finally decided on Spiderweb Park. All the children at our school take nature walks to this park 1/2 mile away from school so it would be a good fit for a last minute solution. After setting up everything and coming back to pick up food etc. another family came and tore down everything and moved it to another table. Seriously? Anyway we actually got the better location:)
After all the nudges or tests whatever you may call them, we set up for the party and our friends slowly arrived. I sent out an emergency email update 2 hours before the event, what is the chance that everyone read their email on a Saturday morning before a 10am party? 98% of the parents decided to randomly look at their email before leaving and saw the update:)
We ended up having the Best birthday party that we have thrown so far. Everyone had their friends there, and the games were so much more fun with all the kids. The children were so kind to one another. The pinata was hilarious and the dinosaur hunt was perfect on the hill of the new park. I actually really enjoyed myself and my children were all smiles all day (except for one minor meltdown). The party was scheduled to last 2.5 hours and went on for a good 4.5 hours. we all enjoyed the sunny afternoon and great friends, most of the parents stayed and hung out.
It was such a reminder to me of a few important things:
- Slow down and pay attention to the signs, never be so busy that you refuse to follow up in intuitive nudges or info that comes from friends. If I hadn’t been so busy I would have looked into the park to see if it is in fact closed and then saved myself a headache Sat. morning.
- Be open to change. Sometimes its actually a good thing to change locations – if we had been at the Dino park (like originally planned) everyone would have been more spread out and not able to enjoy conversations and all the amenities the new park offered. Even though the other family was so rude and tore our things down because they wanted the table we had our things on (wow that was ballsy), we ended up with the better location right next to the basketball courts where the kids played with chalk. We also were able to use it for the pinata.
- Always check your work twice. I have a feeling there are still people I thought I invited but never received the invite. Never over-schedule yourself to the point that you may create more chaos in your life than needed. The surge of panic that washed over me the instant I realized I hadn’t invited anyone in my daughters class Or my own Parents (oops!), really was a waste of energy.
- Trust your guides – they can help with small things like making people check their emails for no good reason 2 minutes before they are about to head out the door. Many of the people who came to the party had a strange feeling to check their email and thank goodness they did, otherwise they would have missed out on the last minute email giving the new location for our party. Also be sure to ask for angel help when things are about the careen out of control, and to help you stay focused on the end goal – a Fun Joyful event.
I always try to see the gift in every situation, even if I initially freak out a tad:) Each challenge presents an opportunity to see more clearly how you can create more joy, more balance and more peace in your life. I hope in sharing my fun eventful weekend with you, it may shine the light on ways you can more fully embrace a Vibrantly Intuitive Life!