100 Marbles #6

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Al’s Perspective

“When you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.” – Zig Ziglar, Motivational Speaker

Mastermind Corner

[An Excerpt from the InSights Group Mastermind Project]


There was no better word to describe my life but consumed.

I was pretty good at hiding it, covering it up; all outward appearances seemed calm, easy going, together, but I was in denial.  I had so many unresolved emotions both in my personal life as well as in my business.  I stopped feeling. I was exhausted and depleted with a range of negative emotions.  My bucket didn’t just have leaks in it, there were gaping holes that fear and anger, feelings of inadequacy and loneliness came pouring out.  I needed to re-evaluate what was most important to me and I needed a connection with people; both those who were in the same boat as me and those who could bail me out.

Insights mastermind group was my lifesaver.  They helped me set down the baggage, not just my own but other people’s baggage that was affecting me.  To look at life through new filters, from a different perspective.  I was living with and engaging with negative people.  I had to ask myself “Am I negative?”  I didn’t like the answer.   Unfortunately I found that I spent more metal energy beating myself up instead of just being myself and this was going on for such a long time.  Why did I resist change?  What was holding me back?  I was living more in the past than the present or the future.  My mastermind group showed me that my emotional importance was becoming truth and was holding me back; that my weaknesses and habits were locking out the opportunities.  It was my perception of reality that I had to deal with.  It wasn’t the economy, the news, my parents, my husband or anything else.

My biggest limitation was believing that I deserved a better life.  I was running and chasing but I couldn’t catch what I was after, dwelling on the having where I should have been dwelling on the being.   I didn’t like who I was, phlegmatic and melancholy.  To me this only meant slow to act and feeling alone.  In fact, Insights showed me how to bring out the strengths of my personality, that I was a calm, stoic and thoughtful influence.  As I said, I was living in the past but I learned that the past is not set in concrete and that I have the ability to change my own past, that the bad news that I was harboring had no return on it’s investment. [continue reading]

Book Corner


“We’re surrounded by people who are busy getting their ducks in a row, waiting for just the right moment. . . . Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.”
—From the blog post Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?
Seth Godin is famous for bestselling books such as Purple Cow and cool entrepreneurial ventures such as Squidoo and the Domino Project. But to millions of loyal readers, he’s best known for the daily burst of insight he provides every morning, rain or shine, via Seth’s Blog. Since he started blogging in the early 1990s, he has written more than two million words and shaped the way we think about marketing, leadership, careers, inno­vation, creativity, and more. Much of his writing is inspirational and some is incendiary.

Collected here are six years of his best, most entertaining, and most poignant blog posts, plus a few bonus ebooks. From thoughts on how to treat your customers to telling stories and spreading ideas, Godin pushes us to think smarter, dream bigger, write better, and speak more honestly.

Video Corner: Diving into Space through Photos


Al and I were having a conversation about photography after our recent trip to New Orleans. During our wait in the airport, I was taking photos with my iphone from my vantage point in the terminal, and had mentioned that if someone got me in one of their photos from another angle, there is software that can map the entire terminal and put us in relation to one another.

My comment was based on the assumption that there was such software available. Turns out I was right…and the technology has been around for quite some time. See this Ted talk for some amazing technology in action.

Enthusiast Corner

This week an excerpt from “My little people are not so little anymore”I remember when they were born. The teenage years seemed so far off, it was almost impossible to consider the day would ever be here. Now here we are, and I look back to when they were babies and almost can’t believe that ever happened either. It was a lifetime ago. And yet it seems like just yesterday that I graduated from high school. Time is so confusing.

Infant to toddler. Starting school, and then into middle school. Now both of my babies are in high school, and they are not babies anymore.

People talk about empty nest syndrome. When the kids are grown and ready to leave the nest. It’s not here for me yet, and I’m already apprehensive (because now it feels so close). I try not to be anxious. I don’t know that I can describe the feeling that I feel when I think about it. I was a young mom (and still am a young mom). Since it always seemed I was ahead of people my age I graduated high school at age 16, started college at 17, and the rest of my milestones seemed to come up quickly from there, I often counseled myself that the next chapter of my life would start in my late 30?s. I’ll be done with the daily routine of kids and school.

I hope my kids don’t leave the nest I’ve created before they are ready. A part of me just wants them to stay forever. Though I really want them to stay in the nest while they figure out what they are going to do with their next steps in their lives. Maybe that will buy me some more time before I have to grow up again. I have the feeling that so soon I’ll need to decide what comes next for me. I still have some growing up to do. Dreaming and future planning, purpose seeking.  [continue reading]

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