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?
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