The Vortex


The World English Dictionary describes a Vortex as the following:

any activity, situation, or way of life regarded as irresistibly engulfing

I believe I have stumbled upon a vortex and for the life of me, I can’t figure this one out. I had another blog post for today but this vortex thing is weighing on my mind. I want to throw this one out there at you guys and see what you think it means.

Ever since my blogger friend Larry of Me, Myself and My Kids wrote a post about clearing out his email, I’ve been on a quest to clean out my inbox. When he posted his story, my inbox was way above 150 emails. Just looking at all those emails first thing in the morning was disturbing. How can a person get anything done when she thinks she has to respond or read over 150 messages?

The first thing I did was unsubscribe to all the email newsletters I wasn’t reading anymore. If your newsletter has been sitting in my inbox for over six months and I haven’t read it, dude … you gotta go. And then I hit the delete button. If it wasn’t work related, it was gone.

This massive cleaning took me down to 50 emails. This seemed more manageable and easier on the eyes. I’ve spent the last couple of months being VERY selective about whether I would add any other email newsletters to my inbox. I’ve been enjoying the small number of emails and don’t feel a bit of guilt for deleting that message from my friend. I read it, replied and now we’re done.

I’ve started to invite a few more people with their helpful hints back into my inbox. And I’ve become very specific about what type of content I want to read.

So last week, I was reviewing all the people I subscribed to recently (to review them again and see if I needed another purge) and I noticed something very odd. With the exception of one person, ALL of them were from someplace in Australia. How strange I thought …

The day after my review, I received a friend request from someone I met in my Linkedin Pinterest networking group. I accepted her request and checked out her profile and guess where she’s from – Australia.

And then there was this one … a woman I follow on Pinterest wrote this great article and when I went to her site, I loved her blog posts. It was just the information I was looking for to help me with another product idea for next year. She fit my new criteria and I added her to my newsletter list. Her first message came on Saturday and I bet you can’t guess where she’s from? If you said Australia then you’re the smartest kid in the class today.

But wait there’s more …. I’m walking my dog Friday night, thinking about all these Australian people and trying to figure out what’s the connection here. Why am I being drawn to all these people on the other side of the world?

I get home and my son Jake is getting out of the shower. Out of nowhere he says to me, “Mom, can we go to Australia?” I swear on my life he said that. I was stunned. It’s like an Australian Vortex.

I have this weird feeling its some kind of message, but what? Anyone got any ideas or have I finally just completely lost it?


Photo credit: Dematerialization

39 thoughts on “The Vortex

    • There’s certainly a message here. And then whatever it is thst happens, I can point back to this blog post and say ‘see, I’m not crazy, there was a message there.’

    • I think there’s certainly some kind of message there. And then whatever it is that’s going to happen does happen, I can point back to this moment and say ‘would you look at that?’

  1. Lmbo! I have recently discovered that several bloggers I follow are from Australia. I mean, I found out just days apart, it freaked me out! So, maybe there is something in the water over there. Or they are plotting against us and invading us one email at a time! Anyway, enjoy the vortex! Sounds like a trippy ride. I’m almost jealous! πŸ™‚

    • I really do think that somethings going on over there especially in social media. And its really quite trippy, just way to many things happened around each other.

  2. I was thinking the vortex was going to be your email. You probably don’t want to know that I never delete emails and I have over 10,000. I can’t think about it. I might have to change my email just to start fresh because I can’t deal with it. I think that this might show a proclivity toward Australia. I think you need to get it out of your system.

    • My email felt like a vortex but I think it was more of a catalyst to get these things to happen. And Kirsten, let me introduce you to the delete button. It’s a wonderful thing – just push the button and they all go away!

    • I’m firm believer in signs and messengers. I think that’s why I wrote this post, I wanted to see if others saw the message too. Now, if I can just figure out the message, we’d be in business πŸ™‚

  3. Well, what it means is that now I’m jealous that nobody from Australia is following or emailing ME! Some girls have all the luck. πŸ˜‰

    Although, I do use Aussie hairspray. Coincidence? I think not, mate.

  4. It looks like you better start challenging your palate with vegemite. I hear Australia has some awesome coffee/espresso bars.

    Good job paring down on the emails. I currently have 481, and very few of them are worth keeping. Apparently, I am some kind of email hoarder.

    • Love that one – email hoarder! Ha, that was me too but now I’m like, I read it and either put it in a folder or delete it.

      Looks like the general consensus around here is for me to plan a trip to Australia.

  5. There was a time when I was surrounded by Texans and they were ALL my favorite people… So I get the draw to Australia. I think I am a British Lady at heart so… I get it! PLUS the EYE candy in Australia is TOTALLY WORTH A TRIP!!! LOL
    I purged so many off my reading lists too. i get it!!! Miss you SO much so glad to chat with you again!

      • I don’t think so. I know for people like me going through our own experience to make something happen, it feels good to know what others are dealing with and what they’re feeling.

      • Well Penney your one of the RARE humans on earth who are AMAZINGLY KIND!!! Warning heeded!!!

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