In late July, I attended my first National Speakers Conference with 1,600 other professionals speakers. I walked away with a notebook full of ideas and a box full of business cards. I connected with speakers I’d admired from afar like Rita Davenport, past president of Arbonne International. I shared with her that she was one of my inspirations for becoming a professional speaker. I also made fast friends with a few other speakers attending their first professional speakers conference, and we are creating a speaker mastermind group to grow together.
The following week, just a few days after that conversation to “let go”, I hatched a plan with Al Jubitz, founder of the Jubitz Foundation, whose mission is to foster peace. I had originally gone to Al to discuss my own kindness programs in hopes that he would sponsor a series of these in schools in the area. However, after some brainstorming we chose instead to create a larger event. We are creating a Peace Pole Planting day on April 21st. Our goal will be to plant 100 peace poles around the metro Portland area in conjunction with multiple Rotarian groups in the Northwest. In case you aren’t familiar with peace poles, here is the link to the international group we’ll be working with: www.worldpeaceprayer.org. We are inviting any group, school, organization or business that wants to get on board with us. More information to follow, but if you have ideas of groups that you think might want to be part of this, let me know.
This summer taught me that, life is precious and unpredictable. We must stay the course and be authentic AND be open to the miracles and opportunities that come to us unexpectedly. I know this year will bring more of this and I am wholly open to everything that comes with that: the joys, the heartbreak and everything else in between.
Of course, I am indeed still looking for corporations both local and national that want to partner with me as a speaker on Cultivating Kindness. Great companies for me are ones that want to market to that female “mom” audience, if you have contacts with any of those types of companies please do let me know!