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Coffee Location: Desk in my Apartment
Today’s Beverage of Choice: Espresso with Cinnamon

 

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I found this statement in one of my favorite spiritual books today. It sent chills up my spine and I just wanted to share it with all of you– because I want you to find the ease and confidence I feel when I read this. I want that for you in your life and business.

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Do not worry about how the good that has been planned for you will come.

It will come.

Do not worry, obsess, think you have to control it, go out hunting for it, or tangle your mind trying to figure out how and when it will find you.

It will find you.

Surrender to your Higher Power each day. Trust your Higher Power. Then, stay peaceful. Trust and listen to yourself. That is how the good you want will come to you.

Your healing. Your joy. Your relationships. Your solutions. That job. That desired change. That opportunity. It will come to you- naturally, with ease, and in a host of ways.

That answer will come. The direction will come. The money. The idea. The energy. The creativity. The path will open itself to you. Trust that, for it has already been planned.

It is futile, a waste and drain of energy, to worry about how it will come. It is already there. You have it already. It is in place. You just cannot see it!

You will be brought to it, or it will be brought to you.

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Coffee Location:  In my living room writing/reading/creating chair

Today’s Beverage of Choice: French press black coffee in my favorite blue/brown mug

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On November 10, 1969, at almost 3 years old, my mom sat me in front of television history. The first airing of Sesame Street. At that moment, my entire life changed. I know that might sound terribly dramatic but it is absolutely true.

In that moment, I believe that I began to understand creativity in a way that would never be paralleled for me again in my lifetime. Jim Henson and his brilliant mind unleashed something in MY mind, my soul and my heart that I have been abiding by for the last almost 42 years.

My love and connection with Jim Henson and his creations is rich and deep. (Probably a great topic for another day because it requires much writing, feeling and explanation- even some fun pictures!) Suffice it to say that it is a profound connection that really goes so far beyond words. It is about communicating using creativity, humor, compassion, hope and tolerance to bring people together.  To build community.

  • I remember exactly where I was on May 16, 1990 when it was announced Jim Henson had died at 50 years old.  I wept uncontrollably in a bar in the West Village of NYC
  • And now I remember exactly where I was on what would have been his 75thbirthday, September 24, 2011. Celebrating him at the Museum of Moving Image in NYC (yet another reason for me to love NYC!) Yesterday and today I am spending time with so many other Henson lovers enjoying the special programming and signing the “memory book” that will go in the archives of the Jim Henson Legacy organization.

Over the next few months I will be sharing more thoughts and ideas coming to me through Jim Henson and his remarkable world. But today, in honor of his birthday weekend, I want to leave you with my favorite Jim Henson quote. It sums up my outlook on life.

~ I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best. I know I drive some people crazy with what seems to be ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked out for me. ~ Jim

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When I set out to create my Ideas and Inspiration Interview Series held January 17-21 (www.ideasandinspirationinterviews.com), I had a few goals:

  • I wanted the interview series to model the telesummits I had participated in and listened to. However, I also wanted it to have my own flair!
  • I wanted to make myself known to more people -expand my community and my network
  • I wanted to have fun chatting with the women who mentored and inspired me throughout my first year in business
  • I wanted to inspire people while letting them see the “real Bryn”
  • I wanted to celebrate my first year anniversary in business!

Happily I can report that all of those goals were achieved in a big way- in a way that I can truly celebrate! Plus, there were these surprises that seemed to come out of nowhere and delight me or turn me around in circles depending on the day. Those seemed to be the more important lessons to share with all of you!

  1. Planning is everything. You know I believe that. I am a Business Strategist for goodness sakes. But during this very complicated process of managing 11 speakers, 5 days of calls, weeks of promotions, tens of emails to participants and registrants, recordings and my team’s activities, planning became more essential than I even imagined.  If I had not had my plan to fall back on- to chunk out only the activities that needed to be done THAT day- I would have felt completely insane. Instead, I had so much fun all week!
  2. Something will go wrong. It always does. I had to just accept that fact. The interview series was a huge success but there were blips on the screen! Emails that did not go out. A speaker’s Internet service going down with all the call in information moments before the call. Fire engines in the background. Colds, distractions… you name it. It can happen. And my surprises were really quite minimal and manageable. But it was a healthy reminder that I had to be fluid and flexible. And that I WAS!
  3. My friends and mentors are remarkable women. Now this was not really a surprise. But what they were sharing often was! A pleasant surprise. Presenting my slate of interviewees to the world through this interview series was really an inside look at my support network. Not the whole network of course, because I am blessed with a vast web of people I have relied on for guidance and support over the decades. But this group of 10 women (plus me) really shared their insider secrets for success in life and business, idea generation and finding fun in entrepreneurial life. Powerful information with no posturing. No pretending that it was or still is super-easy or effortless. I need to continue to hear that message every day.
  4. Inspiration and ideas often come in the quiet moments. Every single interview contained a lengthy conversation about the environments and situations that inspire and bring about the big ideas… or the tiny seeds of ideas that germinate into brilliance. Most of the time, it felt like they were talking right to me. Bryn, slow down. Get quiet. Let your mind wander. Enjoy your creativity. These are the moments when the ideas and inspiration will come. I am so grateful for that message and am looking for ways to build that into each and every day.
  5. I need a radio show! Plain and simple. That week of non-stop interviews was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had in business. Not just in my last year of owning my own business- but also ever in the 20+ years I have been working. I loved interviewing, chitchatting, feeling like each featured speaker was in a coffee shop with me talking all about her feeling and dreams and business challenges over a steaming cup of coffee. I need more of this! I need my own show! What a surprise!

Here’s the post-it I wrote for my computer as inspiration:

 

Are you looking for the surprises in your life or are you moving too fast to take them all in?

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