This month, October, is an exciting month for me with some exciting projects coming to life. I had the opportunity to attend a get together with the team behind a new and exciting brand, @30ishme. This is an e-magazine focusing on the women who are in their 30’s, successful and single, do not have children and want to enjoy life – their lifestyle. I loved this blazon, no-apologies attitude of embracing the single life. I too had been victim to Singlism, a term that refers to the stigmatising of adults who are single. Once I was asked by my handy-man why I do not have children, how they were a blessing. After a few moments, I thought: was this man pitying me for not yet being a mother?
The heart and soul of this new brand 30ish me is the lovely Canadian, Shannon Eastman. She originally started this as a creative output then later envisaged a “possibility” that she is now “realising”. It was also interesting to hear her story, her journey. From being in a marriage to divorcing, starting over yet again. I found her to be quite courageous, about facing a challenge and deciding to take control and find an opportunity.
I will now return back to possibilities. I have a daily mantra that you may have seen in my daily twitter: “Today is a BRIGHT day, full of POSSIBILITIES”. The aim of this is to wake up, not dwell on too much the previous day activities, look forward and be open to what may occur. It is amazing how you may have one conversation with a person, and this can lead you straight to an opportunity.
During the evening we were put to work, we had a speaker ask us outright: “Do you understand the difference between a goal v a possibility?”
I must admit that I have not looked at the semantics of these two words in great detail. I perceived them to be similar and that there was an overlap between the two. A goal to me was something that I can achieve that is measurable. You could also apply S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely). A possibility however is something that may not have been tried, was big and could lead to a great award. Steve Jobs was used as an example, how he foresaw the possibility of launching a small device that could store a huge library of music – known as the iPod. If you read his book like I did for my book club last year, you would have come across the concept: field distorted reality. This was Steve Jobs way of convincing people that his vision, no matter how unbelievable it appeared to be was possible.
Maybe it’s a natural human thing of wanting to be in reality, but what was the matter of thinking BIG, having a dream. Talking about a dream, reference was made to that famous Dr Martin Luther King’s: I had a dream speech.
When looking at some of the greatest inventions of all time it was conceived in someone’s mind, they dreamed about it’s actualisation.: felt it, smelt it and tasted it. One of the final tasks of the night was to write a list of points of what is happening to us on a future date.
As I started this piece, I began by discussing how this was an exciting month. Part of it was with me having a vision; an idea; which to some may be “big”, but I believe it is “possible” and can feel it happening.
Keep posted to find out what is happening in my world.