Hello! I’m Gillian, a writer in Toronto promoting the multiple passions of MultiPods and MultiPotentialites at multipodmotivator.com. Read on to learn more about me or click CONNECT to request an interview.
I’ve worked in different corporate environments, been a letter carrier, and, over the last 20 years, an Assistant Director and Driver in the film business. George C. Scott and Sydney Lumet are amongst a few fave celebrities I’ve met, and last year I was an F/X tech on Guillermo del Toro’s, Shape of Water. I love film especially the genre, film noir. Where The Sidewalk Ends counts as one of my favourite movies where the camera captures the actors in a choreographed three shot. Watch it! It’s a wonderful onscreen dance. I love film so much, I decided to try my hand at film making and Produced/Directed, On A Break and sang “This Year’s Kisses” on the soundtrack. Music is another passion of mine and living in a culturally diverse city exposes me to a wide variety of rhythms from all over the world.
Travel is a very important part of my life. I’ve recently returned from a 3 week tour of Rajasthan and a 10 day excursion in Sri Lanka. I enjoy learning about other cultures. But the jaw dropping poverty I’ve witnessed has made me more socially aware. Kibera Fruitful is an orphanage in the largest slum in Africa where I donated money and school supplies and helped pay for desks for children at the Kangima Primary School in East Tsavo, Kenya. Now, the kids don’t have to learn their lessons sitting on a mud floor.
And in Rio de Janeiro, I gave soccer balls to kids who lived in the Santa Marta favela. These experiences have been some of my greatest teachers and the reward is seeing a child’s face light up when I hand them a soccer ball. These are small gestures but I feel like I’m making a difference. On TravelCatScribe I feature my travel stories and pictures. I admit the site has been neglected. But, I’m in the process of revamping and creating more travel content.
In the meantime, I’ve been writing about the Annex Cat Rescue as a Volunteer Blogger for their Happy Tails page. I love writing and currently working on a novel entitled, The Asylum and, a script called The Big Smoke about the post office and the film business, respectively.
I discovered I was a MultiPod/Multipotentialite researching pour paint techniques on YouTube when I stumbled across Emilie Wapnick’s TED Talk, “Why some of us don’t have one true calling!”. I had asked myself the same question many times. While I had the freedom to settle to one thing, I just couldn’t for long. And, like most MultiPods, I felt there was something wrong with me. Everyone it seemed always knew what they wanted to do. I just wanted to do everything!
Puzzle fits together
Emilie’s description of a MultiPod resonated with me immediately. I sat gobsmacked at my computer screen. The pieces of the puzzle fit together. “Finally!”, I exclaimed. Now I understood my innate need for variety. The intense passion at the start of every interest. Tackling everything as if I were David slaying Goliath. Feeling anxious when trying to choose which interest to pursue. Growing bored when the flames of a challenge lost their intensity. Ashamed at all the unfinished projects, I scrapped or abandoned. Only to begin the same cycle again from a place of isolation. But, I’m not alone. Since joining the Putty Tribe I’ve met like minded people from all over the world and feel part of a community.
My biggest successes come when I propel myself out of a rut in a new direction and relish new experiences. Like the first time I travelled solo overseas. I’m not a great flier but the departures rewarded my dream of seeing other cultures first hand versus reading about them in a book. Or, jumping off Pedra Bonita in Rio de Janeiro hang gliding and feeling like a bird circling over the city. I’m actually shocked I did it because I swore I’d never parachute from a plane let alone hang glide! And while I was scared out of my wits, I don’t regret the electrifying experience. Nor getting on a plane to marvel to the pyramids on the Giza Plateau or trekking for 3 1/2 days to Macchu Picchu in Peru.
Listen to my instincts
Professionally, my greatest successes come when I listen to my instincts. Trusting myself opens up a wealth of opportunities and a chance to diversify my skills. The marketplace has changed so much in the last 30 years leading to many positions being outsourced or eliminated all together. Acquiring a tractor trailer licence has opened up income streams at the post office and in the film business. I credit my ability to see the road ahead and position myself to meet life’s responsibilities and have the freedom to pursue my interests.
But I’ve fallen prey to detractors like procrastination, self doubt, expectations and, being overwhelmed. Impacting how I organized my time and prioritized my pursuits. For the last 12 1/2 years I’ve been a letter carrier and attribute some of my procrastination to having a physically demanding job that left me with very little energy to pursue my interests.
As for self doubt, I have let it get the best of me sometimes. I wish I’d known I was a Multipotentialite sooner. I’ve noticed a definite difference in the person I am today. For too long I’ve felt at odds and wasn’t living my truth, and, have compromised too much of myself. I got bogged down with the physical and mental demands of an extremely stressful job.
As for expectations, I burdened myself with a mental picture of pursuits that were unattainable on my own and made more difficult in my inability to ask for help. I’ve wavered back and forth deciding what I need or want to do and felt frustrated when I’ve accomplished nothing. I’ve demanded a lot and been very hard on myself. Expecting far too much of one person – Me.
Winning the Struggle
Winning the struggle and getting around the roadblock has been twofold: Joining The Putty Tribe and consuming Ayahuasca. Both have helped me put things into perspective. And, aligned me with my life purpose to pursue my goals and meet life’s responsibilities.
Don’t overwhelm yourself
I’ve made a concerted effort to not overwhelm myself with too many interests and expectations. Now, I define what’s important and set a realistic timetable. I’ve arranged my apartment to paint in one corner when the spirit moves me. And, along one wall are tracks of sticky notes tracing the lives of characters I’m creating. In between, I have lights set up when I want to play with my camera or do yoga or dance. It sounds crowded but it’s tidy.
Ayahuasca is a South American plant medicine which aided my bouts of depression. My energy used to be so frenetic but now, I can better manage the highs and lows. While taking a psychedelic may seem extreme to some, it has cleared the emotional clutter from my life. And, helped me focus on the future and the life I see for myself going forward. Prescription remedies failed me but Ayahuasca was my saviour. (“I Drank the Koolaid” – 1st chapter of The Asylum)
I also have some tricks to keep me motivated to see the “big picture”. I schedule everything on a Staples wall calendar to keep me on track. When I strike off my accomplishments with a big Sharpie, I feel like l’m moving ahead. To tackle multiple writing projects, I start with the one with the immediate deadline and set the timer for an hour. If I’m stale of ideas, I write an hour on another piece.
“The Pair Rule”
And, when I have to negotiate with low energy or sheer procrastination, I enact “The Pair Rule” to always be working toward your goals no matter how small a step. I’ll listen to a podcast while cooking my meals for the week or clean out a junk drawer while watching a documentary.
The Putty Tribe
Membership in The Putty Tribe and meeting fellow Ayahuasca warriors has been a godsend and a huge learning and networking resource for business and friendship. I feel a kinship with these communities and their members who motivate me whenever I feel stuck.
The Putty Tribe has taught me to manage my time to meet commitments by prioritizing tasks in order to expedite my projects more efficiently. I understand and accept I can’t do everything I dream up due to time constraints and other factors. But if the project is near and dear to my heart, I’ll rework the details and scale it back to see if its feasible.
I’m more realistic about what I can accomplish in a day and treat myself with more care. I’ve also abandoned the need to prove things to myself and people pleasing. I remind myself I’m doing the best I can everyday to fend off the bully in my mind that deems me unworthy. As for the benefits of the Ayahuasca community, I’ve tapped into myself and have gained peace through a spiritual practice.
The best advice I can give to a fellow MultiPod/Multipotentialite is to stay true to yourself. Allow your innate MultiPod self to guide you as you explore the world beyond the every day. Keep striving to live the rich and varied life you imagine for yourself. And disregard the negative nit picking people who try to define you with their own limited thinking.
Being a MultiPod is a wonderful thing!
Being a MultiPod is a wonderful thing! Embrace your potential. Doors will fly open to meet like minded people that may guide you in pursuit of your dreams, and, provide wonderful distractions that will lead you down paths you didn’t expect to follow.
MultiPodMotivator (MPM) was created to celebrate the pursuits of highly creative individuals. At MPM I enjoy writing about fellow Putty Tribe members and equally creative people. Writing fulfills an innate passion.
But most importantly, I learn new things from others that share the same worldview. There is far more to your life than living a 9 to 5 existence of working, retiring and dying! Your Story is waiting to be told. CONNECT with MPM today.