21 December: Nancy’s Notes and Anecdotes

Quote I’m pondering:

“Never suppress a generous thought”
— Camilla E. Kimble

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Never suppress a generous thought

On my reading list:

Are you a reader? If not, why not? Is it because you don’t have time? Would you consider listening to a book Barb? And before you say you don’t have time for that, consider this: Do you commute to work? Do you take a lunch break at work? Let’s say you have a 20 minute commute and a 45 minute lunch break– that’s a little over an hour and a half of time every day when you could listen to a book! …


But, I digress, do keep in mind that you can learn a lot and get through most business and self development books in a week, even if you only listened in 20 minute increments! I was surprised when I heard this fact too Barb – but I am a testament to the fact that it works!
This week, I listened to Money and the Law of Attraction by Jerry and Esther Hicks. I’m so happy that I heeded my friend’s recommendation. The book is all about attracting abundance and positive energy and vibration into our life. You’ve heard the dictum that what we focus on is what we get–well, why not focus on abundance and becoming aware of the possibilities of wealth all around us?
When you are in a positive state of mind and aware of what you want to attract it comes to you– think about the last time you wanted to buy a new car: you decided on the make and model and color and (think back) didn’t you start to see that car everywhere?

Meetings this week:

I met with the WBDC of FL’s accountant and Finance Committee Chair to discuss the 2019 budget. The good news is that we will end the year with more than anticipated income. The even better news is that this is despite some pretty hefty unbudgeted expenses in 2018. (Honestly this was not a surprise because I keep up with my finances– both personal and business. I know how much we spend every month and I know how much we spend weekly. If you do the same, good for you! If you don’t know your finances you should! Feel free to contact me and I’ll tell you an easy way to stay on top of expenses and investments). I love to end the year on a positive note and meeting with the ‘money people’ on my team is an important part of keeping things on track and moving forward. Is this year-end for your business too Barb? How did your expected vs actual turn out? Tell me here.

Ideas I’m Noodling…

Facebook groups and how to keep participants actively participating. I’ve seen everything from challenges, to videos to tutorials to live Q&A activities. Do you have a favorite way to engage with content or get engaged with a group? I’m all ears Barb, tell me here.

I’m following…

… what is now a global movement that was inspired by a British feminist writer’s project which she also turned into a book. The Everyday Sexism Project started life as a website called Everyday Sexism, where in 2012 the site’s author, Laura Bates, began to document all the instances of sexism that she experienced in her life day to day.
She has created a safe space for people to share their stories of day-to-day sexism from the seemingly innocuous to the in-your-face-overt-and-malicious, terrible things many have survived.
“Once women and girls discovered a safe place to speak out about the harassment and discrimination they experienced, it seems the floodgates were open, shared the site’s creator.”
I hope you never have to hold that kind of secret Barb, but if you do, I hope you’ll find your way to this site where Laura personally offers space and encouragement. From her site: “say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.”
Wow. Just wow.

I’m Celebrating…

I’m celebrating accountability groups. Three of us meet via phone every Thursday for 90 minutes. We each get 30 minutes to give an update, to ask for advice or to vent. (Sometimes we need more than our 30 minutes and that’s ok too). I was looking back through my calendar and of the 52 meetings this year I think I missed five.
My accountability group held space for me as I learned of Joe’s illness. They held space for me after he died and all the days in between. I knew that I could count on them to push me when I needed it. To encourage me when I need it and to let me breakdown when I needed that too. Despite this being one of the toughest years of my life it was also one of the most productive and creative years of my life.

Oprah Winfrey says you should surround yourself with people who lift you. I am celebrating Monique and Rosine for reminding me that I have songs and stories and I can still sing and inspire others and laugh. Who holds you accountable? Who reminds you of your abilities and of your goals and plans when they falter? Find your own Rosine and Monique and watch yourself soar and shine in 2019!

Sending you warmth and hugs during this holiday season!
Nancy Allen


Some of you may remember that I used to do book reviews and summaries on FB Live. I’m happy to tell you that starting in January I will be leading a virtual monthly Business Book Club via Zoom. I hope you will consider joining in our discussion of well-vetted business books to inspire and ignite you to get to the next level. Yes, you ‘should’ read the book we will be discussing and YES Barb, you should still participate even if you don’t have time to “read.” Don’t worry, my team will send links to videos and summaries that you can use to prepare for the discussions and like in all we do, help ensure you’re set up for success.
The intent of the Business Book Club is to create a space where we can share ideas and experiences. I would love it if you would join us Barb, you can let me know if you’ll make it here.