A self-proclaimed “Idea Woman,” I love all things creative. But I don’t just love creativity, I act on it.
One of those creative endeavors includes brainstorming with friends or clients. I find it satisfying when passionate conversations turn into problems solved or options developed. Writing has been another passion of mine since my early days as a newspaper reporter; it gets my creative juices flowing. Take this blog as an example. Writing posts always leads to learning something new. I’ll do some research, which in turn leads to putting that newfound knowledge into action. I’m also passionate about looking at, analyzing and making art.
Art feeds my soul. And I like to take that fuel and use it to rev up my productivity engine. I visit a museum which generates an idea for a marketing campaign. I paint a painting which gives my brain the uninterrupted space I need to formulate a new business strategy or a new product feature. I watch a theatre performance, listen to some classical music, strum on my guitar or do some simple doodling — all of which stimulate my senses, leading me to think outside the box.
In work, I pride myself on listening first, engaging second and then executing for success. I’m not always successful in this approach, but I try. And when I fail, I’ll try harder. One thing I know for sure is that I can succeed at most anything when I’m genuinely passionate about the subject. When undeniable passion is present, I’m like a dog with a bone. And it’s that tenacity that gets me to the finish line.
In my personal life, I have a loving family and am fortunate to count so many incredible and diverse people as really great friends. Many are lifelong friends, sometimes knowing me for well over 40 years (gosh I’m getting old!). Most I’ve known for at least 20 years. But some of my new favorites have appeared in my life in just the past five. All are solid.
It’s my faith along with this friendship base that sees me through the trials and tribulations life brings. I envision myself as a friend who’s reliable and sincere ~ someone who truly cares about their well-being and wants them to know that they matter. I sincerely hope I bring out the very best in my friends, as they do the same for me.
Mostly, though, when all is said and done, I believe there’s one particular reason why we’re all put on this earth, especially me: to experience joy.
And for that reason alone, there’s an activity I engage in that multiplies my ideas, enhances my creativity and contributes to my life well-lived. It’s the key ingredient to my personal and professional success, and it’s certainly better when shared with others…
belly laughs.(Read an earlier post about why I value my friendships here.)