Meet Brittany Danielle Scacchetti: Making Women Look & Feel Beautiful One Sitting at a Time!

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“Love yourself and put yourself first.

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take good care of yourself, always!!!!!”

— Brittany Danielle Scacchetti, Mom, Singer, & Esthetician

 

Some talents are easier to show than to describe.  Here is a sampling of Brittany Scacchetti’s.

This was the first time I met Brittany Scacchetti, the makeup artist in this video.

I was not feeling particularly glamorous, beautiful, empowered or confident.  In fact, I had just gotten that dreaded monthly visitor, and was feeling bloated, tired, and cranky. To make matters worse, I actually even had broken out. For the first time in years, stress had left me with a giant red reminder smack-dab in the middle of my forehead.

Seriously, this was not how I wanted to roll into on very first (and probably only) modeling gig.  Yet, here I was trying to fight through my physical insecurities.

But little did I know, I had met the secret weapon, Brittany Scacchetti.

Brittany Danielle Scacchetti is like the Tinkerbell of makeup application.  She flies in with her magical pixie dust, and empowers women one face at a time.  I know because she transformed me into a beautiful, confident, empowered woman on a day when I was feeling anything but!

I asked Brittany to share her journey and inspiration with us.  I also really wanted to feature a woman whose talents are one-part artist, one-part magician, and 100% a gift to the faces she touches.

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Brittany, I know between your newly developing career and family time that you have a tremendous amount on your plate.  Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your story with us.

I often think if only I found my passion younger, I would have lived a lifetime with it.  I feel like at 27, you have been blessed with that gift.  Tell us about it.

To start, I have 3 “professions” that have my heart. 

First, being a mother. This is the most important one to me. I always knew I wanted to be a mama first, this was my greatest legacy.

Second, I wanted to sing, it was and still is my special gift. While I don’t use this as often as I’d like to, it has made an impact on my life and opened many opportunities in my path.

Third and final, (I know get on with it, Girl!)…I wanted to be an esthetician. This realization came much later but hindsight, I always knew it was my calling. I was a salon baby, if you don’t know what that is, I spent a majority of my childhood in the salons that my mom worked at.

I was the only child to a single mother. She worked her tail off to provide for me and all of my needs. My mother was a nail technician, she struggled but she was persistent, I spent 18 years coming to a salon “home” with her every day until one day I decided it was where I needed to be as well.

My mom always had issues with acne, I wanted to make her and others feel beautiful. When I started out, I focused on waxing and chemical peels. (I had no intentions of doing makeup at that point). It wasn’t until after I had children that I really delved into makeup artistry.

I loved it. I still do, it made me feel better and helped me deal with postpartum depression. I love seeing what my hands can do for others, it’s healing, it gives hope. It’s not much but it’s my gift, one of many, I was so blessed that I got a second chance to do what I love!

Well, it’s obvious you have found “your gifts”.  I am still amazed by how you transformed me.  How did you get your start in this field?

When I was growing up I had authority issues, it was so hard for me to listen to anyone or follow directions. I loved people but I needed to be my own boss. Thankfully the beauty business allows you to do just that! I found my niché!!!

I went to a TINY school in Stanly County, North Carolina, which was perfect for me, I was diagnosed with ADHD in the first grade and was medicated since then. I had to have one-on-one attention with schooling. Fortunately, I did my research and found Stanly Community College, a small esthetics school located in a strip mall neighboring a gas station.

It sounds out there, I know, but I found my place and that’s what I needed! There are many ways and classes offered to further education after graduation. Another thing I love about my career choice, I’m always learning something new!

I love how passionate you are about your work.  Where does that come from, Brittany?

My mom was a nail technician for 23 years, I’d like to think that’s what sparked my dedication.

She is persistent, she is strong, she taught me everything I know and I appreciate that more than she will ever know. She is my inspiration and that guided me to my career choice, taught me how to treat people and more importantly to love them, each and every one!

I love everything about my career and business, I’m fortunate to say the least. I’m extremely passionate about my work, I’m blessed and I count my blessings accordingly, I’m thankful and lucky that I knew my path as early as I did! 

That joy and innate purpose definitely comes across.  You are really extremely talented at what you do, Brittany.  Your mother must be very proud.  

What advice do you have for women searching for this type of passion?

Work hard, devote yourself to what you know and love and don’t waver.

If you feel something is right in your heart, don’t ignore that feeling. People will notice hard work and dedication, and if you aren’t proving yourself to them, prove yourself to yourself!

My Mawmaw always taught me to be the little engine that could, “I think I can, I think I can” to “I knew I could, I knew I could”, and my Pawpaw always taught me that not everything will go your way, you’ve got to just move past it or in his words “sometimes you just gotta eat a lotta crow”.

Every move you make is an experience …good or bad, but try hard and make the most of what you’ve got! 

Finally, share an instant source of inspiration, Brittany.

Honestly, Loretta Lynn. She came from nothing she made a life for herself just my speaking up and using her incredible voice. She overcame a music industry ran by men and still made her way to the top.

Women like her, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, have made a path for career women. They were able to vocalize their stories, to me that makes them all the more powerful. It’s not a book expert or song, but it inspires me to be more and it gives hope that even if you’ve come from nothing you can go all the way to the top! 

I love it, Brittany.  And I loved meeting you, Brittany!!  Thank you again.

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Brittany’s talents are always on display at Mnemosyne Studio.  She has also agreed to offer them at a discounted rate at our Headshot Refresh Day.  Join me, Brittany, and photographers Christy Miller, and Ray Evans on Saturday, March 31st for this very special event.  Event registration and details are here!

For more information on how to book or contact Brittany, check out her Facebook page.

Don’t Hit Snooze on Your Dreams!

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My alarm clock goes off at 4:17am every morning. I wake up early to work on the DREAM before I go to the JOB. It’s been the same routine for 16 months.

Most mornings I wake up before it goes off. Some mornings I want to hit snooze. On those mornings, I think STACY CASSIO, DO NOT HIT SNOOZE ON THE DREAM.

Folks, don’t press snooze on your dream.

It’s too important, and so are YOU.

Meet Christy Miller – Empowering Women One Photo at a Time

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“Life gets messy. My best advice is to do what women do every day—
Deal with the mess and move forward.”

 

Most of the events and content for Pink Mentor Network come from my own challenges or needs.  And oh, how I could use a new professional headshot!!!

I have no doubt Christy Miller is an angel on that journey.   I met Christy while organizing a women’s headshot refresh event.  Christy was the first photographer to respond with a definite “Yes, of course!  How can I help?”.

I’ve gotten to know Christy through our preparation for the event, and I learned that’s just the way she is.  She is a woman working hard to build the business of her dreams, and help as many women as possible along the way.

I touched base with her to learn about her career, her new studio, and doing work she loves.

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Christy, thank you for so generously sharing your story and your talents with us!  I know you are busy with your new studio so I very much appreciate your time.

Please share where you are now in your career.  What are you doing?

I am a Photographer and Co-Owner of Mnemosyne Studio, a contemporary portrait studio that offers legacy photos and keepsake products. I organize and photograph sessions with each client’s personalized style and offer our services to create luxury products such as our folio collections, wall art, and custom framing.

Each client has a consultation session where we help them style their wardrobe, educate them on our products, and gain the understanding of how they’d like their final images to be shot for their big day. Our photo shoots include hair and makeup, a fully pampered day, with a 4 hour photo shoot which leaves them feeling empowered, transformed, and we encourage them to take a night on the town afterwards because they will leave feeling and looking absolutely gorgeous!

Wow!  A day of pampering!!! What woman doesn’t need that?!?  I know you are super passionate about what you do.  Tell me where that passion comes from.

I absolutely love the career I am in. It allows me the freedom of expression and creativity that drives my soul. I also love being able to bring out the beauty of the everyday woman, transforming them in front of the camera, seeing their reaction to a side of them that may have been buried for a long time.

I whole-heartedly believe that we often don’t make enough time for ourselves, and want to show each individual what I see- a beautiful soul, capturing their personality on camera, and serving them with our beautiful keepsake items that THEY can give to their children and their children’s children.

Yes!  I am absolutely guilty of not making enough time for myself.  What a beautiful service you offer women.  How did your career start?

I started out as a photographer for a part-time position during the Christmas holiday season when I was 16 years old. It was very part-time, seasonal based work, but that sparked a passion for capturing people in photographs and making them smile. Ever since that point almost every position or job that I held dealt with photography in some form. After I worked for a year with Olan Mills, I realized that I wanted my own studio and I wanted to be my own boss and be in complete control of my own destiny.

I enrolled at UNCC, ended up getting two degrees in art, a BFA in photography and a BA in art history, and graduated cum laude of the graduating class in 2013. There is never a moment when I am behind my camera and I don’t feel that drive to push forward. That passion drives me every day to better myself as a businesswoman, a professional photographer, and studio owner.

Amazing, Christy!  That passion certainly comes through in your work and your studio.  Both are gorgeous!!!  What’s your advice to women ready to “leap into their dreams”?

Be open to change and opportunities. Learn to analyze and weigh the options before you make decisions. Hard work and determination will only get you so far if you are looking to advance your career. Often it takes a lot of your personal time, researching, networking, and breaking out of your comfort level to reach the next step. Breaking out of the fear of failure is hard, but the only way to keep going is to keep trying because failure only holds you back so long- until you succeed.

Don’t be afraid to fail, never be afraid to fail, because each failure is a learning experience.

So powerful, Christy.  And yet, so true.  Thank you for reminding us that failure is part of the process.   Any other parting words of inspiration for us?

Life gets messy. My best advice is to do what women do every day- deal with the mess and move forward. We are incredible women, each and every one of us. We can take the falls, the shortcomings, the insecurities, and rise above it- we do it every day for our families and loved ones! If something doesn’t get done we know how to handle it and how to fix it. We are truly amazing individuals.

And finally — if life is a book, what is this chapter called for you?

Making My Mother Proud

And what’s the title of your novel?

If You Could See What I See…

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Christy and her business partner, Ray, are opening their beautiful new studio to the women of Pink Mentor Network this month.  Join us Saturday, March 31st for a “Headshot Refresh Event.”  Register here.

For more information about Christy or Mnemosyne Studio, please visit www.christymiller-photography.com.

MARCH & BEYOND – PINK MENTOR NETWORK

I almost walked away from my dream.

Sure, the concept worked.  Our journeys DO move “HER” forward.  Women DO learn & grow from sharing their experiences in a non-threatening environment.

But what’s the point?  There are plenty of organizations for women. 

And it was a lot of work! 

Every “non-day job” moment was consumed by Pink Mentor Network.  I was driving my family and friends crazy with the non-stop verbal dreaming.

And the PINK!  IT WAS LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!—like a pink baby shower exploded in my life!!

PINK business cards EVERYWHERE — bathroom mirror, dash of my car, wallet, nightstand.  Pink pens, stationary, shirts, skirts, socks & shoes — so literally every step was PINK.  I planted PINK reminders everywhere so I never lost track of the dream.

[And just between us—I even bought fancy pink underwear. Just so on those hectic workdays, when the only escape was a moment of bathroom solitude, I was gently reminded of the dream. :)]

HINDSIGHT:  It was probably too much!  

I couldn’t help myself.  I was obsessed.

I had a dream.

But it just felt easier to walk away.

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What I didn’t realize in this period of fear, self-doubt, and exhaustion is:  YOU CAN’T WALK AWAY FROM A DREAM!!

Dreams live in our hearts & heads, and we physically can NOT walk away.

We can ignore them.  We can avoid them.  We can give up on them.  We can choose to not pursue them.  But you can’t actually walk away.

I know, I tried.

(But ultimately couldn’t because there was PINK reminders everywhere!)

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How about you?  What dream did you “walk away” from?

Take a deep look.  I bet it’s still there.

Keep Dreaming,
Stacy

This piece was featured in the Pink Mentor Network’s March 2018 newsletter.  The entire newsletter is available here.

Register Now: “The Year She Leapt!” — A Women’s Mentor Dinner

The Year She Leapt-EventbriteEvery day fearless women are taking giant leaps. These are three of those stories.  

Come, learn from three women who set out on a new path, and have accomplished tremendous success as a result.  

If you are thinking of leaping into a new career, new passion, new YOU, don’t miss this event!  

We are here to support, inspire, and encourage you.  


THIS IS YOUR YEAR.  THIS IS THE YEAR SHE LEAPT.

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Leading this discussion are three incredibly fearless women.

MEG SEITZ, Founder and Managing Creative Partner of toth shop

Meg Seitz is the Founder and Managing Creative Partner of toth shop, an agency with one goal: Elevate your brand’s content through powerful writing, creativity, and strategy.  As well, she serves as an Adjunct Professor with Queens University’s Vandiver Center for Career Development and Founding Partner of the educational platform and children’s book series, “Bea is for Business” designed to teach children ages 5-9 business principles. There are currently five books in the series. Seitz holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and an MBA from Wake Forest University School of Business.

KEISHA A. RIVERS, Founder and Chief Outcome Facilitator of The KARS Group, LTD

Keisha A. Rivers is the founder and Chief Outcome Facilitator of The KARS Group, LTD, specializing in providing personal and professional strategic development services to small businesses, organizations and individuals. She is also the founder and Executive Director of The KARS Institute for Learning & Collaboration, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide training, resources and support to new and emerging nonprofits.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Leadership & Development from the University of New Orleans.A gifted speaker, facilitator and trainer, attendees at her events have remarked at her passion, professionalism, talent, creativity and ability to communicate that not only educates, but inspires action. It is this undeniable belief in what’s possible and the passion with which she communicates her belief that empowers her clients to find ways to make the possible more probable and the probable therefore doable.

BETSY IDILBI, Co-Founder and CEO of Tech Talent South

Before starting Tech Talent South, Betsy ran a physical product development company, Little Idea, which merged with product development giant, Enventys. Since starting TTS, Betsy has been named CIO of the Year by Charlotte Business Journal, a Leader Under 40, one of the 25 people to know in the Charlotte startup scene, named one of the 7 people to watch in Charlotte in 2016 by the Charlotte Observer, and honored by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of the Year. Betsy holds a degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

This purpose of this Mentor Dinner is help women leap into their dreams.

Speakers will share:

  • Their own professional path and the stories & lessons from the journey that has achieved greatness
  • Their own personal take on “LEAPING INTO YOUR DREAM”.
  • Offer practical tips to help women build stamina, courage, and resiliency.

Each speaker will speak for 20 – 30 minutes, followed by a short Q&A with the audience. The evening ends with a speed round of mentorship for the audience to collect practical advice from fellow female professionals.

Registration includes a three-course meal at Cantina 1511.  

You bring the dreams.  We will serve dinner and inspiration. 

***As always, Pink Mentor Network events are open to current and future women in business.  Moms, bring your teenage daughters.  Open their eyes to new careers and the successful women who do that work.*** 

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From “Your Journey Moves Her Forward” to “The Year She Leapt”

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Pink Mentor Network celebrated it’s first birthday last weekend.

(It’s okay.  I actually forgot about it too.)

Incredibly, what started out as a series of hyperventilation spouts & my own personal quest for mentorship has grown into a professional development community for women.

Pink Mentor Network was founded on one core belief.

Every woman’s professional journey is an unique story, and the collection of those stories moves generations of women forward. 

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What’s Next?

It turns out my theory was right.

As women gather to share stories of success, failure, and every emotion in between, we all benefit.  I’ve witnessed women share their dreams to a roomful of strangers, and then leave that room with the courage to chase it.

I’ve learned that so much progress can be made in twelve months.  In the last year, I’ve witnessed brave women take giant professional, personal, spiritual, health, and financial leaps.

Therefore, Pink Mentor Network is dedicating the next twelve months to “The Year She Leapt”.  Details, programs, and content rolling out later this week.

Stay tuned!!  Big leaps ahead!!!

The Year She Leapt

 

Why Women Act Like Catty Bitches at Work

No catty bitches allowed.

If I had $100 for every time I heard “Why can’t women get along at work?” … I, alone, could shrink the gender pay gap.

Ambition Over Integrity

First, let me apologize to the first group of women I ever worked with in a professional environment.

So Tracey, Diane, Celines, Ellen, and Jaime,

I am sorry.  I acted like a catty bitch… like a lot.

I valued the “corporate ladder” over our relationships.

I chose ambition over integrity.

I was a hungry 23 year-old (literally & figuratively) from the Midwest who took a random receptionist job to pay bills (and eat) in the suburbs of NYC. The office was male-owned & operated. I was hired by the only female manager in company.

She was about 15 years older than me and very well-versed in the workplace ecosystem. But she was good to me. We clicked immediately. Me — an eager naive sponge from Kansas, and her — a scrappy, street-smart mentor from New York.

It worked well until ambition blinded me.

I learned fast, worked hard, and eventually was asked to step into her management role.  The transition was informal and poorly communicated, and resulted in a female emotional uproar.

Suddenly, women were reverting to survival tactics learned in high school like gossiping, choosing sides, building damaging narratives, and plain-old “Mean Girl” behavior.

Clawing Our Way to the Top

Every work environment in my 20+ year career has been filled with similar situations. Women, acting like mean girls — throwing each other under the bus for a chance to sit in the C-Suite.

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Women can have meaningful, no-strings-attached, mutually fulfilling friendships in our personal lives. Yet, put two female friends in a work environment, and we will claw each other’s eyes out for professional gain.

Leaving me to admit, “Why can’t women get along at work?”

(See? $100 right there. Told you, this is easy money!)

No, but seriously.  What’s our deal, women?

It’s a question that has plagued me my entire career.  It has also been a pattern I’ve heard through the Pink Mentor Network.  Women are seeking mentorship outside of their organizations because they don’t trust or respect the women within it.

I’ve heard stories of teachers treating each other like children, nurses acting awful to  peers, and the most unprofessional female office behaviors.

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These toxic work environments led me to the following conclusion:

 

 Women claw each other’s eyes out on the way to the top because there are so few opportunities for us to get there.

Ladies, our fight is NOT with each other.  Our fight is to make more opportunities for women at the top. 

Claw your way to the top.  Then pause, and retract those claws. Turn around, lean down, and pull her up with you.

VALUE INTEGRITY AND AMBITION.  NO CATTY BITCHES ALLOWED.

Meet Patti Hansen – Fearlessly Chasing Her Dreams

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“Don’t let someone else identify who you are,
who you will be, and your limitations.”  
– Patti Hansen

Patti Hansen recently went back to college and completed her degree.  She wanted to set a strong example for her teenage daughter.

Then, at last month’s Mentor Dinner in a room full of strangers (& her beloved daughter!) Patti first explained that public speaking isn’t really her thing, but she grabbed the mic and rocked it anyway!  She went on to ask for help finding her next professional opportunity.

And this month after an exchange on our Facebook group, Patti inspired me yet again.

I had posted this image.

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And Patti responded with,

“I’d love to hear about your dream! That would be a great topic … dreams. if you haven’t already done it.  Not like sleeping dreams, but the dream that our heart carries. Sometimes it takes excavating to remember what that dream was again.”

It took that response to remind me:

A.)  Others care about our dreams,
B.)  They may help us achieve them if we ask,
C.)  Make room in your current life to remember “the dream”,
D.)  And then, make more room for that dream to grow.

Folks … it’s my honor to introduce you to a loving mother, ambitious professional, and true inspiration–Patti Hansen.

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Patti, thank you for sharing your journey with us.  Women like you are exactly why Pink Mentor Network was started — To help women at the most vulnerable moments in their careers. 

Because face it, we have ALL been professionally vulnerable. Some of us are there right now! And you, Patti, are an inspiration to us.  So first, THANK YOU for sharing those emotions bravely and honestly.  

Let’s start with what type of work you are currently looking for.

I have worked in everything from hospitality, marketing, event coordination, ad design, to office manager. I would love to be in a position that utilizes my strengths, as identified by Clifton Strengths Finder, of responsibility, achiever, relator, individualization, and connectedness. I have a passion for working with individuals in identifying their unique traits which contribute to building productive teams.

Well, I can honestly say that the company that lands YOU will be extremely lucky.  What advice do you have for women actively looking for work?

If you are a person who knows oneself well and has had the insight to identify your dream, vision, or goal, then I would suggest writing it out on paper. If you write it, speak it, and live it out with an actionable plan … anything is possible!

Most importantly is to not allow negative self-talk. If you catch yourself doing that, or the start of a “pity party,” nip it in the bud! It is not acceptable to talk to others the way we oftentimes talk to ourselves. I read inspirational books, pray, volunteer, network, and just keep on keeping on.

Awe…that’s fantastic advice, Patti. Tell us about some of your previous professional experiences.  Tell us about the people who shaped your career and what you learned along the way. 

I have had many fabulous bosses and some not so fabulous. Most of my past bosses have gone on to become good friends. I was most impressed at the time I was working for a temporary staffing agency assigned to a federal credit union marketing position. Even though I was a long-term temp, my boss took the time to introduce me to everyone in the office and took me out to lunch.

On the assignment I only expected menial keep the ball rolling-type of work, but they had so much more planned for me. They had me designing ads, marketing brochures, press releases, organizing annual fundraiser events, and researching, writing, and creating financial education interactive pages on their website (that was approximately 5 years ago; it is still in use today ). That is putting a lot of faith in someone; it truly opened my eyes to my potential capabilities.

Love it!  You’re a woman who seizes opportunity!  Please share some of your inspiration.  What wise words do you live by?

Don’t let someone else identify who you are, who you will be, and your limitations.

I have a quote on my bulletin board: “Be where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated…”

My girlfriend shared this with me from her Keller-Williams training – “Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans. We have learned to live our lives trying to satisfy other people’s demands. We have learned to live by other people’s points of view because of the fear of not being accepted and of not being good enough for someone else.”

Last but not least, Lessons from a Christmas Tree by Jane Lee Logan: *Be a light in the darkness *We all fall over sometimes *You can never wear too much glitter *Bring joy to others *Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible *It’s okay to be a little tilted!

So true! Thank you, Patti.  

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Patti Hansen has truly been an inspiration to me.  She’s an AMAZING woman with EXTRAORDINARY potential.  She sets an example that reminds me to pursue my own dreams.  I’m sure her daughter will echo that statement one day. 

If you or someone you know is looking to add a multi-talented ROCK STAR to your team, connect with Patti here.

Day 3: The Plan

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” — John Lennon

I’m an INTJ with a capital “J”.  I mean like a RIDICULOUSLY high “J”.

I am so well-planned and organized that even my “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants plans” are scheduled.

I have spreadsheet for Thanksgiving dinner — what I need to buy, what goes in the oven when, my recipes are indexed & labeled — all done in July.

So when a dear friend asked me, “30 Days to Launch? What’s your plan?”, my immediate response was self-shocking.

“There is no plan. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart.”

 

Perhaps in the past I was too well-planned.

Dreams turned into an elaborate, well-crafted plan of attack, which exposed risks and challenges. Those realizations led to fear, doubt, and a million reasons why the dream seemed unattainable. And finally, there was convincing narrative of why I shouldn’t even start.

I have a hard drive full of dreams I never chased. I have a hard drive full of plans — business, content, lead generation — a whole lot of unpursued plans.

This time though, there is no plan. I have been making plans for 38 years.

I’m well-prepared.

Day 2: Running on Ice

Growing Pink Mentor Network has consumed every spare moment since February. While it continues to grow in size and outreach, it has not yet equated to financial gain.

At times, it feels like I’m “running on ice” — exerting a lot of energy but not getting anywhere.

However, today I choose to call it “conditioning”.

2,368 Women;
270 – 4:13AM Work Sessions;
136 Newsletters, Posts, and Images;
12 Women’s Empowerment Events;
3 Meetup Groups & 1 Facebook Group;
& Countless Vulnerable Voices Sharing Professional Stories of Success, Challenges, and Opportunity.

“Running on ice” makes builds strong legs and endless endurance.  “Running on ice” is great practice. “Running on ice” is character-building. “Running on ice” gave me time to see, think, listen, feel.

I am impassioned. I am ready.  Bring on the marathon.

I have been conditioning.

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