Intentional Optimism applied to real life.    

Intentional Optimism - Characteristic #3

Sep 05, 2019

Third, an Intentional Optimist is:

Courageous: We are charismatic servant leaders with a vision for the future!  This requires an adventurous and resilient spirit, ready to walk alongside and guide other women into their next best step.

Courage comes in all shapes and sizes.  What does courage look like to you?

Do you need to BE encouraged?

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Intentional Optimism - Characteristic #2

Sep 04, 2019

Second, an Intentional Optimist is: 

Present: When you are “in the moment,” it’s so much easier to be captivated by the wonder of what is right in front of you - beauty, intensity, sensitivity - and generously share your time, resources, expertise and wisdom from that place. Being present allows us to be kind and open to others and new ideas, fostering a more flexible,...

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Intentional Optimism - Characteristic #1

Sep 03, 2019

As I mentioned yesterday, there are six basic characteristics of Intentional Optimism… 

The first:

Optimistic: This is the idea that we can view our circumstances through the filter of hope. Hope is not a wish, it’s based in truth and the evidence around us.  It’s being willing to see the positive (glass half full) in a situation, and being proactive, in order to...

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Sep 02, 2019

Well, HELLO!

I’m Andrea, and I welcome YOU to my blog! 

Here, I apply my own philosophy - the lens through which I view the world - to real life. I call it:

“Intentional Optimism.” 

Intentional Optimism is primarily based on Proverbs 31:10-31 - where we find a description of a fascinating, strong, competent, well-rounded and worldly wise woman, who is so confident in...

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Jul 31, 2019

Originally posted February 12, 2019

It’s been 3,650 days since my son was placed in my hands by the 18 year old girl, who carried him in her body for 280 days.

She had planned to keep him. To care for him and raise him.  But after only 53 days, she realized the resources, strength, energy and community available to her were not enough. Or at least not in a way that would help him...

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My theme for 2019

Jul 31, 2019

Originally posted January, 2019

As you may have guessed, intentionality is a necessity for me - especially in planning. I know that I’m likely to flit around like a happy butterfly from topic to topic if I don’t direct my focus somewhere. So for the past several years, I’ve found it helpful to pick a theme word. Something that would define my planned journey of growth, or act...

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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?