15 Sept 2018 – Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

Quote I’m pondering:

You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.”  –Tim Cook {Pin it}

On my reading list:

I’m doing some home office remodeling and have been reading magazines for inspiration. I’m a big fan of the Stampington magazines for their great visuals and stories. I usually read them cover to cover and get inspired and creative juices start to flow.

In Her Studio: Spaces and Stories of Creative Women is full of ideas on how to turn a space into a creative oasis. The magazine is peppered with quotes like this:“Don’t just equip your space: fill it with your style and things of your heart.”Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women tells the stories of artists and creatives and shows their studios. Sooo inspiring and full of tidbits on how they use their space to invite creativity! When was the last time you remodeled or refreshed your work space? I’d love to hear your tips and insight here.


Meetings this week:

I like the kind of meeting that has a beginning, a middle and an end– you know the kind that is structured but not so structured that you forget to build in time for new ideas, creativity and innovation. I had one of those this week and it got me thinking about meetings that don’t go well. Have you attended one of those?

There are lots of studies indicating that meetings don’t go well when there isn’t buy-in to the outcome. We might not all agree on how to get somewhere, but we all have to agree that we want to get there, don’t you agree? I put together a Pinterest Board with some resources for running great team meetings and getting buy-in.

Ideas I’m Noodling…

I just wrote an article on how to use Pinterest for business development and one of the tips is to follow influencers and to comment on and repin their content. I’ve got a long list of influencers to follow, do you? I’d love some inspiration, please share here.

I’m following…

Dr. Gay Hendricks, author extraordinaire! I had the pleasure of introducing him at the Women of Color Empowerment Institute (#WOCEI) conference recently. I’m so excited that he has a new book coming out: The Joy of Genius, a sequel to The Big Leap Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level (a favorite of mine!).

From Amazon: “The new book shows how to solve two major problems creative people face: how to end negative thinking and how to liberate authentic creativity. The Joy of Genius: The Next Step Beyond the Big Leap also shows you how use the Genius Move, a new navigational tool for reaching the highest level of your potential. If you are committed to bringing forth your innate genius and making your largest possible creative contribution, The Joy of Genius, will become a trusted companion for the journey.” I can hardly wait!

I’m Celebrating…

I’ve been thinking a lot about personal titles and status changes lately– you know, the Miss/Ms/Mrs titles and what it’s like to go through that status change. I’ve recently become a widow and am starting to understand the power of that word.

You know the adage “It’s better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all”? That has taken on new meaning for me. I was loved for 34 years. That’s what I’m celebrating.


In case you missed them, you can catch up here. I hope you’ll find ideas that spur your imagination and creativity to help propel you forward on your adventure.


Nancy Allen