Moving forward…

I have a pendant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation (now the “Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation“) that I’ve had hanging in my eyesight for several years now. It says “Go Forward” and it’s a daily reminder that life is short and that we must continue focusing on the future.

Some days it’s easier to do this. Some days it’s not. Lately, (for me, at least) it seems to be a challenge to focus on the future with so much uncertainty surrounding us. The presidential election… the economy… the housing market… Each day the media bombards us with an overwhelming amount of information. 

I just keep on moving forward, consulting my to-do list each day and checking things off my calendar. I look forward to the next big project, my next class meeting with my students, family events and more. Sometimes I even count down to these events.

Speaking of countdowns, in her Working Solo Minute newsletter, Terri Lonier recently wrote about “The Billionaire’s Countdown” and offers guidance for creating our own countdowns — a great way to keep us moving forward! 

Have a great week (or 7 days, or 168 hours, or 10,080 minutes…)! Until then, I’ll be counting down and moving forward.

– Kathy

Purpose?

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a “blog” as “a website that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.”
What this definition doesn’t tell us is the purpose of a blog. I’m not into wasting time (yours or mine), so I’m not going to post an entry in this blog that doesn’t have some type of purpose – whether it is to present a new idea or concept, or to share and review someone else’s ideas or comments, or to highlight better ways to communicate in the world of business… I’m into IDEAS – a good friend of mine once called me an “idea dynamo” – and that’s what I hope you’ll find here: Ideas to inspire you and help you communicate with purpose.

Speaking of inspiration, one of the most inspiring and creative people I know is Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job – the book that inspired me to go out on my own in the business world. (Barbara and I haven’t actually met in person yet, but I’ve been reading her books and her Winning Ways newsletter for almost 15 years!) Barbara started her Joyfully Jobless Blog within the past few weeks, too.  So, I take this coincidence as a good sign that it’s the right time to move forward with this blogging journey. Let me know what you think – and thanks for reading!

Enjoy the week!

Kathy

Diving in…

It’s the end of summer and the perfect time to dive in and “just do it,” as the people at Nike say. Yes, it’s time to start my blog. I’m not sure what direction this blog will take during the coming months, but I hope you’ll tune in to see what’s new and where we’re going. Next week, I’ll post a “schedule” of upcoming blog topics. Until then, enjoy the remaining days before it’s back-to-school time (here in NJ — I realize that some of you may be back to school already…)!

Best wishes,

Kathy Magrino