17 Aug 2018 – Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

Quote I’m pondering:

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”
-Erich Fromm

On my reading list:

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, by Mark Nepo. This book has been on my shelf for a while and I pick it up when I need a meditation guide. It contains daily essays written by cancer survivor Mark Nepo. He describes the book like this: “This book is meant to be of use, to be a companion, a soul friend…

It has helped me know and use my heart.” Here is a bit from the entry on 17 August: “In every space opened when what we want gets away, a deeper place is cleared in which the mysteries can sing. If we can only survive that pain of being emptied, we might yet know the joy of being sung through.” AMEN!

Meetings this week:

This week I can’t say enough about virtual meetings. I have a favorite platform (Zoom) that allows me to easily invite guests, record and send links of the recording as audio and video files, you can share documents on your screen, and it even has a built in light enhancer (softer light means a more beautiful you). There is nothing like being able to see someone as you speak with them. An added bonus includes the fact that these meetings are much more efficient because you can “see” if a person gets what you are saying. You can really create rapport with new clients and you can nurture rapport with existing clients.



Ideas I’m Noodling…

I’ve been giving a lot thought to the concept of Servant Leadership, where you place service above all else. Service in the very broad sense of the term including teaching, empowering and especially putting others first. Service equals solutions, which in turn equals rapport which in turn equals trust.

I’m following…

The Creative Empire Podcast: “To empower, inspire, and educate the next creative entrepreneur who will take her industry by storm.” Love, love, love this podcast– 2 women interviewing successful business owners in creative industries. (AND if you really think about it, we are all in creative industries).

I’m Celebrating…

… letting go of total control of projects. Circumstances this week led me to allow someone else to do things I thought only I could do. What a beautiful lesson this was– I allowed someone to step up and shine and I gave myself the gift of personal time. And you know what — it was win, win. Win because the project was completed beyond my expectations; I gave the gift of trust to my team; and I was able to focus internally with much needed down time.

I hope you’ll find ideas that spur your imagination and creativity to help propel you forward on your adventure.
Nancy Allen