Lately I have been reflecting on life and how we live it.
Just before I left for Italy I was cuddled up on the couch with super hubby and Avedon watching La Festival di San Remo when one of my childhood heroes appeared, Yusuf Cat Stevens.
The music of Cat Stevens was a soundtrack of a certain part of my childhood as important as vegemite sandwiches and my skinny legs hanging out the bottom of a checked school uniform. I distinctly remember singing at the top of my voice with my sister Jan ‘remember the days of the old schoolyard’ on a holiday.
It seemed apt at the time as my parents where doing up an old schoolhouse on Magnetic Island where our great uncle once lived so we had school on our mind. We were jus skinny kids running wild in the sunshine without a care in the world and Cat’s music mirrored our freedom and happiness.
There was so many songs I loved, Peace Train, Father and Son, The Cats in the Cradle, Wild World, Another Saturday night and Morning Has Broken. God love the teacher in our music class in Port Macquarie Primary School who taught us Morning Has Broken and I still almost know the words off by heart. My Italian hubby was a little jealous of the cool choice of songs at our school.
We were all in love with Cat!! And then poof just like that he disappeared from our lives and left a big gaping hole and it seemed never to return. But his music soothed our souls throughout the years.
Cat was looking for bigger things in life and found it in Islam. In 1977 he auctioned his guitars for charity and devoted his time to philanthropy, education and peace.
So there I was after all these years watching San Remo when Yusuf Cat Stevens came onto the stage to standing applause and started to sing. I burst into sobs not tears. I wasn’t the only one, many people in the crowd were moved to tears to hear his songs after so many years.
I couldn’t control myself (as it happens with my emotions round here) and with his magical words and voice I thought what a joy it must be to be able to sing like Yusuf Cat Stevens and create and give so much joy and love to others. I thought ‘what an incredible way to live your life’. Doing what love when you want, moving onto to other things and coming back to music when it felt right.
It got me thinking about the many ways we can live our lives and how there are many ways to live yours.
One of the things I love about my life is that I don’t have to go to an office at the same time each day week after week.
Wow, there it is I said it.. Of course I love doing something creative, meeting new people everyday and having the personal reward of doing something I love but more than anything I love creating my own routine and not getting ground by someone else’s.
So what does this have to do with Yusuf Cat Stevens? A lot.
Well, one of the great courses I did last year that helped me clarify where to go (cause sometimes there are too many options) was the fabulous Marie Forleo’s B-School and it could just help a budding Yusuf Cat Stevens or caftan designer!
Yes the gorgeous Marie Forleo sings a lot of the same songs as Yusuf Cat, about peace, love and doing what you love and the universe will look after the rest.
I have always believed the same thing but Marie’s B-School helps you find out what it is you want to do and then tells you how to do it fabulously online.. I, like many people was lost in the internet world of blogs, Facebook, Pinterest and all the questions that come along with that, like where should i put my subscriber box and what should I call my business and who is my client??
Marie cuts out the white noise and tells you straight how to do it along with some of the big guns out there doing great things.
B-School closes on Wednesday 5th, yep that’s tomorrow and if you need the tool to make the next move you might just love B-Schoool.. You willl love Marie Forleo.. you can’t help but adore her infectious enthusiasm.
BTW I am NOT getting a kick-back from this recommendation just sending the love your way.
So if you want to be siting on a stage singing one day, selling caftans online or have a successful blog or business online check out Marie Forleo. She’s the biz!
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi
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