28 Sept 2018 – Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

Quote I’m pondering:

“It is when we are in transition that we are most completely alive.”

-William Bridges

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On my reading list:

This week I’ve been reading about transitions. I’m enjoying Half Time: Moving from Success to Significance by Bob Buford. Although it was originally published in 1994, it is timeless and still very relevant and insightful. “Buford focuses on this important time of transition—the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It’s halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching a new vision for living the second half, the half where life can be lived at its most rewarding.”

“The second half (of life) is riskier because it has to do with living beyond the immediate. It is about releasing the seed of creativity and energy that has been implanted within us, watering and cultivating it so that we may be abundantly fruitful.”

If you’re at a point where you are beginning to consider what to do next, this book offers some practical and spiritual advice. And if you’re a book discussion lover like me, you will appreciate that there are reflection and discussion questions for each chapter at the end of the book. I’d love to hear your thoughts here.

Meetings this week:

Women of Wisdom 2018 Conference… Cascais, Portugal here I come (back)! I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this very special event again. The theme this year is Career Compass for Women: Proven Principles, Ideas and Strategies. I’ve been asked to speak about moving through transitions.

Some transitions are forced upon us, some we choose, and some choose us. The great news is that no matter the circumstances of the transition, we can decide that we want to make it an elegant transition. Elegant in the sense of style and grace and also elegant from the Latin root of the word: elegire– literally to select.

It is in our power to select and therefore control how we manage the transition…


Ideas I’m Noodling…

As you can imagine, I’ve got travel on my mind. A lot of people spend time deciding what clothes and accessories to take on a trip. Don’t get me wrong, I do that too, AND I spend a lot of time deciding what reading material to take with me on a trip. It makes my heart sing that I’ve got two 8 hour flights to fill. I’d love to hear your suggestions, tell me here.

I’m following…

Koren Motekaitis, podcaster, and radio host of “How She Really Does It.” She did a great interview with my all time favorite Brené Brown on vulnerability, shame and daring greatly.

“Vulnerability = uncertainty + emotional exposure + risk.”

~Brené Brown, on How She Really Does It

I’m Celebrating…

The awesomeness of handwritten notes. I’m still receiving beautiful cards from family and friends regarding my husband Joe’s death. Each and every card is so very special in its’ own way. One in particular, which I share here, was sent on a very simple piece of paper, but the sentiment it contained touched me so deeply and has left an indelible impact – reminding me of the strength of my support network.

I especially love the special touches some people have done like adding hearts and notes in the margins of store bought cards, or including a favorite snapshot of them with Joe. I love the stories they share of his generosity and kind spirit. This reminds me that I need to bring back the 30 day Thank You Note and Gratitude challenge I lead at the beginning of this year. My goal is to start up in time for the holidays. If you’d like me to keep you posted, please let me know here. In the meantime, I challenge you to take time to reach out via snail mail to someone you know who needs support – or even just a ‘hug from afar’ … It doesn’t have to be a long note, it can be a few lines that will make someone smile and feel loved and supported – after all, that is what life is all about, right?


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