At some point in my adult life, I wrestled with making my brilliant ideas reality. Instead, I let them reside only in my head.
But when I was a young girl – a creative, playful, lovely, and imaginative little girl, they didn’t. My desire was to share my ideas and what I was discovering about life with others. Without hesitation, I took risks, created, giggled, and explored. My imagination was relentless, and my ideas were inspired.
I started a music band at the age of 6 with my cousin. I was a fashion advisor at 8 and at 8 ½, I rode a unicycle. I started an all girls’ club at 9 with my classmates. I wrote a poem about the poverty in a Mexican border town when I was 10. I did all this with the help of my role models – Harriet the Spy, Shirley Chisolm, and Spiderman. I wasn’t afraid of trying just to see what would happen. I was happiest when I pushed my big ideas out of my head and into the world.
And just like that, I buried them all, deep inside.
I was an adult who had no time or energy to make them happen like that little girl I was in the 70s because life happened and of course, fear set in too.
At the ripe age of 45, in a heart-to-heart conversation with my daddy, it dawned on me that I was a middle-aged woman (a fact he politely confirmed.) I was in a state of shock, but even more shocked because of this…
Considering the current life expectancy rate for women in the U.S., I morbidly realized that more than half of my life was over. Sadly, I had these brilliant ideas that I hadn’t made a reality because I:
- Contemplated their value
- Tip-toed around them with trepidation
- Over-analyzed how to make them happen
- Gave away my power
- Second-guessed me into believing that they were duds
So in 2012, I begged to differ with myself and stopped all of that nonsense. GoneGirlGo was born as a declaration of my forward movement in the 2nd half of my life. I wasn’t going to let my ideas haunt me anymore. The girl in me wanted to see what happened if I made them happen.
In this process, what I discovered was that my life became more inspired and vibrant because I decided to breathe life into my ideas.
As I blogged about making my ideas happen, women were inspired to make their ideas happen too. When I delivered my workshops, women became exactly who they were created to be – more creative, confident and reassured about themselves. When I shared my dynamic, brainstorming nature, I injected life into the ideas of others.
I’m a blogger on a mission to motivate women to make their brilliant ideas, such as business ventures, short-term projects, or bucket list aspirations blossom!
In the process, I’ll challenge them to apply the same amount of vibrancy and youthful energy that they had when they were young girls – beginning their journey, able to see the world of possibility before them.
On another note.
As a learning and development leader for more than 20 years, I’ve created and facilitated engaging learning solutions for organizations in a range of industries. Years of constructing solutions from concepts and ideas have cultivated a natural bent toward ideation within me. I show others how to conceptualize and actualize their ideas so that they achieve satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives.