Annette Trisler’s list:
100 Cool Things About Me
1. genius at recycling – envisioning and coaxing life out of old/used things
2. super sensitive to everyone’s energy around me
3. can project my energy and intentions onto others and influence them (plant my thoughts/intentions in them) and can manifest events circumstances
4. my energy comes from heart center – is powerful and fiery
5. I am connected to God, He has walked and talked with me all the days of my life
6. I have an eye for beauty and symmetry – garden design, interior design, plans, business models, working systems, etc… discordant items strike me and I can make/suggest adjustments to balance and open energy flow – this is intuitive/non-trained
7. I have a circle of lovely loving girlfriends who make me laugh completely distract me from life and love me and would like to kill my parents
8. I am able to identity people who will not serve/benefit/help/love me – but do not understand/see me and will try to change/shame/control me. I can sense their energy and I react strongly against it (shut them out/I close off) (another trigger I guess – but it serves)
9. I know how to take care of my body – I’ve done the work and research and know how to maintain highly functional homeostasis in the face of extreme dysfunction and stress
10. I am compelled to learn and love and live my best life (working out the how)
11. I am open and humble, and want to learn. I seek my shortcomings (many) and am discovering the depth of them and am courageously confronting them and engaging to mitigate and exorcise them from my life
12. I am resilient – titanium. I’ve taken tons of blows and keep reviving and tagging back into the ring.
13. I love animals. I connect with them.
14. I love children. I connect with them.
15. I love the earth. I know/remember the earth. I am transported by the beauty, power, sensory experiences… I’m a pretty primal and grounded being.
16. I am smart. I make connections well, and once started, my consciousness stream gets some momentum and makes new pathways – some revelatory epiphanies, new contributions. Lately, collaborating the product has been mindblowing.
17. I am an idealist – I want to live in a world in a condition of how it could be. Does this mean I am hopeful. Does this mean I am delusional? Does this mean I am selfish and willful? I think it means I see the beauty and potential in all this brokenness and can SEE how it could be, how it was intended to be, and I cling to my hope that it will be so.
18. I have ideas that are novel and will help connect and heal people. I desire to do a great work. I also have a desire to nurture and nest and love celebrate and be. Conflict, or integrate?
19. I was/am an inspired mother.
20. I hear and am open and respond enthusiastically to calls. I want to know what is around the bend ahead – so curious, love exploration and growth. Courageous here.
21. I can manage many many things well… at the same time.
22. I am a great analyst – don’t leave many stones unturned. I’m a bit rusty, but this is a great strength of mine – tireless in my pursuit of the highest and best proposal/solution to the project at hand.
23. I have a huge range of interests and I have tirelessly educated myself.
24. I connect with people – most people like and resonate with me. I believe they are left curious about me.
25. People look to me for leadership, direction. I don’t always (or even often) accept the responsibility.
26. I attract guides and healers and mentors whom I need, when I need them. They always appear at the right time.
27. My body is very responsive to healing energy – it’s been broken and battered, but it rallies and responds and heals when offered loving and attentive care. It wants to be strong and beautiful and healthy.
28. I have a ton of energy and ideas I want to live out (missing is the actual living out).
29. I am passionate about what I love. Passion.
30. I attract what I need in general. My resonance seeks out compatible and healing the mutually serving resonances.
31. Music heals and instructs me. My songs just come to me (not my compositions, but my prophets come to me through song, they find me at the perfect times).
32. I am visionary. I often see things before they realize – usually societal, large shifts. Not so much personal.
33. I love to grow things – new fresh things like plants, babies, and heal broken things make them whole and give them new life. I can visualize this.
34. I love to sing – not particularly well, but with enthusiasm.
35. I love to ride horses, particularly in the mountains. Combines two of my favorites.
36. I love to walk/run a mountain trail with my dogs every morning. It’s beautiful and connecting and exhilarating and keeps my hips open (do lunges at half-way point). I pray on the way up and am open for answers (which always come) on the way down.
37. I am a super sharp businessperson.
38. I make really good broccoli and salmon encoutre.
39. I lose and stretch myself in yoga – very expressive for me.
40. My imagination is limitless – I am open to all possibilities.
41. I live in a state of hope, always search for the constructive/positive/hopeful solution to problems.
42. I’m a good teacher – children love to learn from me (the connected ones, anyway).
43. I’m a good writer – I achieve a lovely cadence and love meticulously considering word selection.
44. I am frequently inspired and love working through to manifest the visions – the process always evolves and I love the ride and unknown destination – birthday parties, construction projects, garden design…. The progress begins with a general vision and progresses intuitively.
45. I know almost every hymn and they come to me as instruction when I need them.
46. I am curious and brave.
47. I am an accomplished naturalist. I lead hikes for 5th graders in their annual Outdoor Education.
48. I have studied/applied and am knowledgeable about natural healing.
49. I have all organic gardens.
50. My property is a closed system – other than buying organic hay for my horses, I compost the manure which is used in my gardens, and the soil is all virgin soil that sloughs of my mountain side.
51. I have a complex veggie oil system to use recycled restaurant/fryer oil in my diesel vehicles.
52. My personal landscape has been predominately native plants for about twenty years. Most of these plants were sourced from my hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.
53. I am knowledgeable about edible and medicinal plants in the Santa Monica Mountains – I do forage healing herbs as well as grow them.
54. I have seen multiple cave painting sites in the Santa Monica Mountains that are not available to the public.
55. I am dear friends with the only woman who ran around the world – Rosie Swale Pope.
56. I have survived a stroke, multiple broken bones (including fractured skull), two brain tumors (benign), collapsed lung… and at age 52 consider myself in my prime – perhaps the healthiest and strongest I’ve ever been.
57. I homeschooled my son… it was amazing. I organized our own private school so we were under no one’s auspices and developed his curriculum. He is a classically trained pianist, proficient in Latin (currently has a fellowship from Pepperdine to assist a professor translating a Vulgate Bible, brilliant scholar, talented athlete, inspiring singer, courageous explorer and lover of life – I attribute so much of this to the time that we had to develop HIM into his own unique self, that was afforded us during homeschooling.
58. I walked the Camino de Santiago over the summer – from southern France across northern Spain – 800 km, and received my Compostela.
59. I developed a group of intimate friends during my pilgrimage (above) and they are some of the dearest people in my life. Our Camino family ages ranged from 17-76, included a priest, a mystic, and people from 6 different countries.
60. I drove my horses 900 miles by myself over night to a ranch in New Mexico, in order to show up for my 6-week private retreat, where I’m committed to putting my personal growth as my priority.
61. I am training to do my first Ride & Tie with my son and our horse, Traveler, this June. So excited!
62. I am training/working with my rescue Thoroughbred/Warmblood, Phoenix, in dressage. Phoenix was an orphaned and neglected horse with substantial trauma, and he’s a huge project. We love and trust each other.
63. After biting my nails my entire life, I stopped about 1.5 months ago after having an intuitive healing session where I spontaneously spent time communicating with “myself” as a little girl (9-10 years old). One night out of the blue, I woke in a panic looking for an old photo of myself at that age, and I brought it to bed with me, where I slept with it for the next 3 nights. The following morning, I intuitively had an extensive conversation with “her” as I would my son, mothering her and loving her and validating her experiences as a child. I never had the urge to bite my nails following that evening.
64. My grandmother was Chiricahua Apache, and I am currently reconnecting with her tribe.
65. I will buy a ranch in Silver City, New Mexico, and begin a new life here.
66. After many years of chronic disease, at age 28+/-, I realized the toxic levels I was exposed to in my environment and through research and intuition removed/eliminated those toxin both environmental and food, and largely healed myself – I am completely comfortable now after enduring significant pain for a very long time.
67. I am the first person in my family to go to college.
68. I co-owned a commercial real estate mortgage brokerage firm at age 24. My 50% partner was a high-powered broker out of Chicago, and our affiliates were the most powerful developers in the Midwest. I still hold my broker’s license.
69. After the Northridge earthquake, I organized policyholders as a consumer advocate (intuitive response) throughout the SF Valley to educate and learn how to advocate for ourselves in the face of insurance company corruption and exploitation. I met with Tom Hayden and Ralph Nader in a small strategic group and was asked by Ina Delong to join her team. (declined)
70. I achieved a $650,000 insurance settlement out of my $275,000 policy, though research and tons of hard work and resilience and negotiation. It took two full years, but it was worth it.
71. I have only one kidney (congenital or alien abduction – not sure which 😜).
72. I am currently in seminary – earning my MA in Theology. My greatest interest is theosis.
73. I have a rose bush owned by my beloved grandmother, gone 23 years, in a pot in my backyard and it still produces the most fragrant blooms I have ever experienced. It’s yellow and still has the old Jackson Perkins tag.
74. I organized a grand finish for my aforementioned friend, Rosie Swale-Pope’s end to her Run Across America last December, including police escort, dignitary welcome to the Queen Mary, honor from the British Consul General who welcomed her with a speech and honors, and the Commandant of the ship, plus print, TV and radio coverage, because I simply fell in love with her when I met her on Mt. Whitney the previous month. So, I just did it, and it was glorious and a blast.
75. We sang karaoke on the Camino, and I was known for my go-to, John Denver’s “Country Roads.”
76. I did not get any blisters on my afore-mentioned pilgrimage.
77. I/we completely re-did our home over the years, and brought most of our materials up from Mexico in our utility trailer, following weekends eating lobster and drinking beer in Pto. Nuevo.
78. I love to paddleboard, and have an amazing new board. My fave put-in location is Escondido Beach in Malibu.
79. I had my Webelos group (10-year old boy scouts) hike the entire Backbone Trail. We ran a brilliantly innovative and creative and adventurous webelos group and it was amazingly formative for the boys.
80. I teach Sunday School – I have the K-3rd class and they’re adorable. I’m also on the hospitality committee (write the welcome card to the visitors).
81. I have a still. So far I’ve only made essential oils, but definitely plan to make moonshine.
82. I used to be a bee-keeper, until I developed a life-threatening allergy to bee venom. Miss the ladies.
83. I have a greenhouse where I grow many types of cucumbers – I preserve pickles in addition to eating them fresh.
84. I have three different forms of water in my home because I don’t trust any one type – bottled (Mountain Valley), distilled and RO.
85. I was the president of my sorority. I hosted our reunion this past October – what a blast! Seeing them all again in March in Park City – amazing to be a Theta!!!
86. When driving a car to my son across the country (he was at college in Philly), I had mystical experiences daily, including manifesting a helper who would help tend my sister’s grave after praying for such a person that morning. She volunteered without any prompting from me.
87. I am a bold driver – my dad loved hot rods and my first car was a ’72 240Z… very maneuverable and fast – fun!
88. My current car is a 1979 240D, barely makes it over the canyon roads – her name is Brunhilda and I love her. My neighbors and everyone on the roads behind us hate her… put put put. I love that car because it is super cheap and super classy (very clean).
89. I write grants for not-for-profits.
90. I am prepping to develop a vision of mine – a not-for-profit – high tech – university collaborative that has been brewing in my mind for about 10 years – I’m very excited!
91. My front courtyards swarm with coastal fritillary butterflies year round because I plant their host plant profusely – passionflower.
92. I’ve only shot a gun twice in my life, and both times I killed (single shot to heart) a coyote (2) that had threatened my son and/or killed my animals.
93. I am currently residing in my New Mexico cabin with a 140 pound mastiff named “Baby,” who I rescued from the animal shelter 3 weeks ago. She was a stray off the streets of Downey – she is adorable and we’re falling in love.
94. I have a large Tail-Gater speaker in my cabin with flashing neon lights and I constantly play my music – loudly – and sing along enthusiastically. I will invite my neighbors (nearby cabins) to my place this Friday for my awesome taco soup, tequila and karaoke.
95. I came on this retreat with a very large bottle of Patron. I made a significant dent the first week, but (for some sad reason) have not been inclined to imbibe this week.
96. I left my trusty but worn-out shoes at the feet of St. James in the parish church of Villar de Mazarife, after having purchased a new pair in Leon the prior day.
97. My first two ponies were delivered to us (me and bro) in the back of my grandpa’s pick up truck. My second horse, Koko, I won in an essay contest when I was 10 years old.
98. My aforementioned horse, Phoenix, was featured in a Monty Roberts video, “Standing For the Farrier,” (because he was terrified to do so), and I got to spend 2 weeks with the amazing Monty Roberts and his lovely wife, Pat. It was amazing and rubbed off on me a bit, I hope.
99. I love to knock over orange highway cones.
100. I have set (traction) a dislocated hen’s leg, successfully.