Intentional Optimism applied to real life.    

2020's Word for the Year

Jan 06, 2020

 

I’ve been told I lack follow through.

When I would share with family that I was applying for a new job, or wanted to get a certification for a new career, I got questions like “what’s wrong with the job you just got?” Or, “what about that Interior Design thing you were working on last year?”

You see, I really like variety. I also really like starting...

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Christmas JOY!

Dec 22, 2019

 

I don't know about you, but on the eve of the eve of Christmas, all is NOT necessarily "silent, holy, calm or bright."

While the holiday season is typically described with words like Joy, Peace, Light, Merry, Hope, and Happy…  how many of us truly experience it that way?   Traveling to visit family and being married to a pastor don’t always contribute peace ...

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Learning to cultivate generosity.

Dec 15, 2019

Finding a quiet moment, to think about what’s important, can be tough at this time of year.  The flurry of holiday shopping, wish lists, wrapping, holiday programs… it can all be a bit overwhelming.  

So find a cozy spot or curl up by the fire, and let’s chat. 

In the middle of all this gift buying, I’d like to talk about Generosity. 

My...

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Do you need confidence for 2020?

Dec 08, 2019
What will this day be like? I wonder.
What will my future be? I wonder.
It could be so exciting, to be out in the world, to be free!
My heart should be wildly rejoicing.
Oh, what's the matter with me?
I've always longed for adventure, To do the things I've never dared.
Now here I'm facing adventure then why am I so scared?
~ Richard Rogers

I’m not an “It’s a Wonderful Life"...

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Are you living with Purpose?

Dec 01, 2019

Ah, PURPOSE… whenever I start talking about this subject I feel like I’m in a John Hughes film. 

I struggled for years, and I mean YEARS, trying to figure out what my “calling” was. What was my Purpose? I equated that with a career, or something I was supposed to DO. I had talent, and almost pursued a singing career… but I didn’t. I’m not...

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Taking Stock

Nov 25, 2019

 

Here, in the US, we are entering a week of reflection and gratitude, and this year I’m taking that a little more seriously. Some wait until December 31st to look back over their year, but I prefer to start a little early. 

 Like, now. 

Looking Back

The past 11 months have been full of monumental change ~ in my life, my family and my friends. We are all different as a...

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Embrace Understanding to Build Unity and Community

Nov 18, 2019

 “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”  ~ Steven Covey

We all want to be understood. 
It’s one of our core desires… to be seen, heard, and understood.
I fear, though, too few of us take the time and effort to see, hear, or understand others.

"...get understanding and wisdom at any cost." ~ King Solomon

This is an active pursuit. You have to be...

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Yes We Can ~ Together!

Nov 11, 2019

 

Rosie The Riveter is, perhaps the most vivid picture of what women can do when we put our minds to it.  When the whole world seemed to be falling apart, women came together to do something extraordinary.  They stepped into roles they had never even been offered before, and created a whole new idea of what it could mean to be a woman in the workforce.  

This concept of...

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Intentional Leadership

Nov 03, 2019

Everyone's talking about leadership. You practically trip over it on every social media platform or in any bookstore. You can find teaching on leadership from any angle, perspective or viewpoint.  

My own philosophy, Intentional Optimism, is loosely based on Proverbs, Chapter 31, which is a lovely description of a strong woman who just so happens to be a great Leader...

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Grown Up Wonder

Oct 27, 2019

Wonder: n: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable; v: desire or be curious to know something.

We are heading into what I call the “Season of Wonder.” 

The leaves change color, and inexplicably vacate the safety of the trees. Fields are harvested, providing their food and a reminder that we are both...

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There are events in life that define our journey. Once they happen, we begin describing everything else as “before X” or “after X”. For me,it was the day my mother died. Suddenly, I became aware of my own limited timeline. The drive to find my voice, purpose and place became urgent. I dove in, head first, and discovered the desire to help myself fueled a greater desire - to help others. Soon, I stopped defining myself in terms  of roles (wife, mother, manager),  but in terms of qualities: curious, determined, happy, adventurous. I've come to understand, that the qualities that make us who we are, are what we must celebrate. We each have a special purpose, unique perspective, and unlimited potential. Better yet, we can both discover and develop them.   

I do this through speaking, training, coaching and writing -  with a focus on helping women grow into the leaders they truly are. Intentional Optimism is my philosophy of life, and includes these five pillars:

          Optimistic - Hopeful, Positive Proactive

          Present - Seeking Wonder, Generous, Kind

          Courageous – Leading Others, Adventurous, Resilient

          Energetic - Industrious, Excitement, Life-focused

          Wise - In Respect, Words and having Understanding

          Intentional - Purposeful, Planning, Growth Mindset

I'm building a global community of women helping women. A place where we foster leadership from every stage or position in life. A place where we celebrate wonder; move forward with hope and openness; share wisdom and encouragement; offer each other a helping hand; ask freely, and share lavishly; and celebrate our differences as avenues of growth and expansion.

Let’s  change our understanding of what it means to work, provide for our families, have financial stability, and be a leader in the community. Life is an adventure - let's live it to the fullest!  

It’s time to laugh at the days to come! - Prov. 31:25

Won’t you join me on the journey?