Sassy Kool and Birgit Soyka

April 16, 2012

Yeah ,  finally  back for another post.  Saturday April 14th was anticipated, lived , enjoyed  and it has passed. Another fun evening in the series of book readings.

The most important thing of the evening was the World Premiere of the official

                   To Drink the Wild Air music video. 

Sassy Kool is the composer, singer and performer of the video and she deserves a big THANK YOU and applause for her time and talent to make this happen.  If you want to hear more of Sassy Kool ‘s cool music video performances visit her on You Tube. 

On Saturday April 14 at the Bay Area Moto Shop in South San Francisco around 20 people had gathered to join another reading.

A big thank you to all my friends who were able to make it that evening and to everybody I didn’t personally know interested to learn more about the story. The reading was authentic, performed from the saddle of my bike.

We all chipped in with food and drinks so that we had everything we needed. It was a fun evening.

I leave this post with the last part of my reading with an excerpt of the Alaskan Journal Part 2  “ The Emergence of Nature’s Divinity “ which talks about of pursuing dreams and following your intuition before it is too late. That reading performance in particular reminded me on that part of the story and this avalanche of thrilling life transition my decision in 2006  has evoked.

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Like being here in Alaska: it has taken me a lot longer than I thought it would to realize this dream come true, but I never want to be too old to dream and to pursue my dreams. As a young person, I fused faith and inner strength, leaving my life at home behind to take the quantum leap to follow the sunsets in another country. Life’s force led me through thick and thin, and my guardian angel had received a tough assignment with me, providing luck and protection whenever I needed it, for which I will be forever grateful. Life for me was a vision, chasing the unknown and adjusting to the thrill of it. The Universe was my collaborative eyes and ears; it always sent me timely messages to show me when I needed to make changes or correct my course, and so it is again now. But looking back, isn’t it true that my dream job in Germany, working at momotorcycle magazine, was still too confining for me, and eventually I had to leave to seek more adventure and freedom? Isn’t it true that my racing escapades in Germany were rudely interrupted by a horrible crash to show me another path? The same with my racing years in California, when it took the harsh realities of a substandard lifestyle, a terrible accident, temporary imprisonment, and the threat of deportation to make me realize I had to think about my life differently, before I ended up getting myself killed.  Today, my Alaskan journey brought me to the end of the world. I walked along a small dreamy country road until I came upon a little yellow sign with a three-letter word: “END.” The road stopped and the Icy Straights, leading into Glacier Bay National Park, began. I hopped onto a whale-watching boat.  What could be more beautiful than gazing into this dark-blue strip of water? Here, the horizon is where the lighter blue of the sky and the deep navy blue of the sea meet in unison. Add to that the golden glint of the sun’s rays on the surface of the water, and you have pure magic.

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Schnitzel eating living legend live on April 14 2012

March 25, 2012

yes, I made it back last week from Europe. It was a long haul but my stay in Germany was well worth it.

In between a big family re-union and several celebrations, a load of food and meeting a number of good old friends I also had some encounters with recent history which made me feel surprised but also gave me this fuzzy warm feeling about my humble beginnings  and wild times in the racing scene in Germany.

I strolled around in the city of Stuttgart and passed a news stand. Of course I gazed over the familiar and got stuck on the title page of a new magazine about “young” old timer motorcycles and second hand deals. A closer look revealed my face on the title page sitting on my ( to that time) brand new, shiny, Yamaha RD 350 YPVS  ( in the US it is the  RZ 350) in 1983. I hardly recognized myself but I guess that’s the beauty of pictures taken 29 years ago. Ha, what a welcome to the homeland.  Here is the link with a small version of the title cover page.

motorraeder-aus-zweiter-hand.html

And if this is not enough I received another blast from the past in form of an E-mail about the inquiry of the person riding that bike in the picture attached.   Well- I did recognize myself and identified myself accordingly to be accepted into the gallery of forgotten heroes of the race tracks.

I  spent hours looking at all the photos of people I knew and still know in person featured on that site. I think it is a good idea to keep an archive of pictures of a passion which will never die. Check out the link- maybe you also find some people you might know from all around the world. The page is sorted by country and rider.

Motorcycle heroes of the past      www.highsider.com

                                                                                              germany2.htm

Let’s create more modern history and don’t forget about the To Drink the Wild Air  reading event at the Bay Area Moto Shop on Saturday April 14 2012 at 5 PM.   Bring some beer and snacks to share and just relax and have fun.

http://www.bayareamotoshop.com/events.html

I finish up this post with the impressions of  some delicious German foods and cakes ……Yumm!


The call of the open road

January 10, 2012

Happy New Year!

The New Year has been creeping up on us. It is already January 10th of 2012 and we enjoy an extraordinary winter here in San Francisco. The last six weeks of warm weather definitely made up for the miserable summer we had in 2011.

Actually this is a very positive way to start the New Year and it will continue like that. After a very hectic Holiday season I finally can come to my senses again to see what’s on the itinerary for this year. To be honest I have not made any plans. No New Year’s resolutions or any firm goals. Things will happen when they are supposed to happen.

My life transition will continue full steam ahead, new people will come into my life and interesting opportunities will be presented. There will be some surprise events in 2012 I cannot talk about just yet and there will be new developments I never would have dreamed of. It is just a matter of going with the flow and to follow the music of my heart. Isn’t it great to just know that? Isn’t this what it means to live life to the fullest or experience every day like it would be your last?  With that in mind I closed shop yesterday and went on a beautiful Monday motorcycle ride. I followed the call of the open road and it was the most rewarding thing I could have done on any Monday.

The “To Drink the Wild Air “tour seems boring at times but great things need tedious preparation before they are come to blossom.

A successful transition is about the combination of a joyful and successful work life with a rich and rewarding personal life.  And once again I didn’t choose the easy route with self employment and the daily battle of survival. The art of being is to combine duty with peaceful existence!


Merry Christmas 2011

December 19, 2011

Wrapping up the year 2011.

Looking back it was a great and successful year. A lot has happened in the course over the last 12 month and now it is time to wind down and to reflect. 2012 will begin soon enough and I still have a number of Christmas parties to go to.

My book “To Drink the Wild Air” performed nicely in its first year of being published. I am quite happy to announce that many copies were sold and a big number of review E-mails floated in. The launch party in April was a big success and the highlight was my book reading at the West Portal Book shop in San Francisco in August. Thank you for supporting me on the “To Drink the Wild Air” Tour. The book trailer was my last addition to the efforts .  To Drink the Wild Air movie 

On the survival front I have managed to build up my own little business where I am appreciated and  valued. Besides the ever growing Bird Hotel I also bought an exisiting pet sitting business in August of 2011 and had already some success with it since I am involved. Both parts of the business create a nice income without having to run to an office everyday. The home office is located just down the hallway.

www.squawkandhowl.com

I met many new and interesting people and want to thank everyone helping me in my projects. I couldn’t have done it without all of those little deeds people supported me with and I truly appreciate and value this.   2012 will be the year where I  build upon this foundation and regardless of parrots or human everybody is a big part of my success.

In August of 2011 I went out and bought a motorcycle again. After 16 years absence of the biker scene.  I joined the Bay Area Moto Group and found many likeminded people and I have the time of my life out there on the backroads on my Honda. It is like I had never left that sport. Let’s see what will happen in 2012 in regards to bikes. Since I am still a race chick by heart I am looking forward to book some track days to see if the race track still is my best friend the same way it was 25 years ago. I hope so!

The only thing I didn’t do this year was traveling. This is a tough call but if this is what it takes to move through my transition smoothly so be it. The world will always be there to be discovered and next year my first and only trip will be to Europe. The home land has requested a visit. I am looking forward to it because I still have family and many good friends in Germany and all over Europe.

Needless to say that 2012 is still a big secret but it also will be a great year!

Winding down with all the Christmas parties and enjoying the warm weather of the Bay Area taking time for a Christmas break. I will be back with my blog posts in mid January.

I wish everyone Happy Holidays, a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year!


New You Tube book trailer

November 2, 2011

Here I am again.    As I said – sometimes there is too much stuff and not enough time. Happens to me lately more than I am willing to admit.

But anyway – as I had posted earlier, on November 4  the book “To Drink the Wild Air” will be introduced by the Lit Chick Show hosted by Sylvia Massara. Here is the link:

  Lit Chick Show

The intros newest components is a new video book trailer, public in You Tube as of today, called

To Drink The Wild Air Part II

The clip incorporates the feeling and the motion of my current mindset and determination to change my life around to something I can enjoy for the next 20 years or so.  I had a pretty good run so far but now breaking into my second half of life a lot of things are changing. Physically, spiritually and mentally. All three combined have incredible power to throw these unexpected curveballs because body mind and soul are just not familiar with the challenges and have to adapt and re-learn. It’s just like when we grow up. Life always presents changes and transitions but in some parts in the course of a lifetime they are more defined and difficult and it can be that one’s whole life philosophy has to change and adapt simultaneously. All these changes need an open mind and even more courage than in the earlier years because time has turned into a fierce competitor and our physical body also rebels with some of the activities I have considered as normal for many years. Every day is a new challenge but is also exciting when keeping the final goal in mind.

Long live life and what we make out of it!


Transition in motion or E=mc2

October 9, 2011

I have to admit – last week I was too busy to compose a blog post. Frankly, every week is busy but now the wave of my life transition has swept me of the ground and I am in free flow (so to speak).

Some blog posts ago I talked about my personal transition recipe to emphasize the must have’s for this inevitable life and career transition. To make sure to get all the ingredients to create a change in the flow of things, acting upon my inner vision and reading the appropriate books to complement my current mindset.

In the reading material section I found Jim Lindsey’s  A flaw in the fabric  – a travelers guide for a lost soul.  I wonder what the recommendations are for  a “lost” or rather inquisitive soul like mine.

An absolute must for people who want to change their lives is to apply spiritual leadership and willingness to create or to do something else. The burning desire to break out of the current rut, to do something new and create something incredible for the future.  To be a visionary and to be a producer and let yourself be that person to takes charge of creating the path you will walk on.

The first step of my change was to re-connect with my youthful spirit to re-experience the thrills of my youth. For this I needed a motorcycle to travel back to that mindset. This is only a little piece of the puzzle but complements the big picture. I have to admit I am having the time of my life with the bikes.

The constant and ever present roadblock in this transition is called survival and this is the harsh truth.  In other words – what to do to create money but still stay flexible in hours and involvement. I am beyond the 8 to 5 experience but I have no idea for how long. Is my current lifestyle sustainable forever? Difficult question! To combine a life transition with a career transition is double as challenging and takes a lot of contemplation, perseverance and mental strength.

My little Bird Hotel which I founded in 2006 out of my love to parrots and all other feathered creatures grew over the years into a full blown business. I am working in my own company and I never thought this would be possible. I extended our services with another business purchase and now the pressure is on. Can I make it work? Is the flow of time on my side? Is my intuitive and spiritual approach enough to carry me through the motions of business ownership? Only time will tell.

I breathe the Wild Air in any which way possible and I know that the Universe threw me onto this path to accomplish something. I have no plan to give up or to stop.  Instead I will create more motion and movement to increase the speed of the transition carrying me forward.


Transition meets the flow of time ( and You Tube)

September 26, 2011

To initiate a transition in midlife is not easy though drastic changes in live are sometimes inevitable. Sometimes changes are involuntarily and sometimes more than voluntary. In my case it was both. If my brain wouldn’t have been burnt out so radically in 2007 maybe I still could have found a tad bit of fun in what I was doing and the willingness and strength to pull myself together to hang in there for another 20 years. Many people never get to this point and therefore there is no need to think about current set ups in life especially when life is more than comfortable.

In my case it was the most drastic development I ever could have imagined and of course it opened the door for me to see myself again the way I always was and the realization that this person somehow got lost. I had to make the decision, no matter how hard or how difficult this transition will be, I had no  choice in the matter, I had to go forward to look for alternatives. I started my journey first in 2007 and then once again for good in 2009. And now ( 2011) I can feel the same awareness of life again I had when I was racing motorcycles, riding along the highways in many travels and perceived the world as a beautiful playground. Now I feel this strong sense of inner peace and happiness.

All of this does not come without a price. I went back to the basics, back to the bare minimum in many things. I fell into a business I love and I spend a lot of time with. I bought an additional business and try to make that work as well. Time is of the essence – but then time never has an end. There is a continuous and endless flow of time. We only feel time in the aging of our physical bodies. Time is also changing our perception of the world or of the people around us and how we fit into the world.

There is one thing which is beautiful on the road of transition. I have met so many new people. I connected with many people I have lost touch with or didn’t remember anymore (but they remembered me), I encountered many helping hands and unconditional support for all my endeavors and I have to say – I could not do all this without you. THANK YOU!

I truly appreciate your compassion.  And so I would like to share a slide show a friend put together just for fun. I really like it and this little song (unfortunately in German) is more than appropriate for the situation. Someday I will translate the lyrics someday. Honestly, I will.

This slide show is the teaser flick to the new To Drink the Wild Air book trailer clip which will air soon. More about that in the next couple of weeks! Just enjoy this little clip in this very moment.

Birgit on Locations