Life is packed with opportunity to “Re.” Just think of all the words we can add that prefix to, like–“reinvent.” I love that one.

We have the prerogative to adjust and reconfigure even if we are boldly going in one direction and find we would or should go in another. I just had a couple of conversations with a couple of friends this week about permissions to “Re.”

One friend and I dream and strategically plan often. We are creative and have the ability to make things happen. Yet, we don’t always follow through with every grand dream we come up with. And, that’s just fine. What I like about our friendship is that we give each other space and choice; we always have take-away from our visions, whether they have played out (yet!) or not.

As I told another friend how that works so well I could see relief come across her brow. Pressure was removed. She too can move forward with new daring dreams without worrying because she can “Re” as need be. Timelines can be “reconfigured” or “reconstructed.” Projects can be “reordered” as need be.

I am not saying that everything should be chaotic and in constant change. Rather we have choices to “remove” what should not be in the picture and “replace it with better” and we need to allow ourselves and others liberty to do so. This especially plays true for creative types as well as the whole lot of humanity.

Do you have people you can dream with? Do you allow yourself to dream and then to try new ideas? There is a lot of freedom in relationships that allow one another space to think and live out loud without being judged. How many of us would try more incredible and new adventures or ventures–if we had someone that said, “Try it, you may like it–it may be your niche and your legacy!”

In what areas do you see room to use the “Re?”

(Notice all of the erasings on the chalkboard in the photo of Einstein?)

Call me if you would like some “reassurance” along with strategy, connections, implementation, and creativity to pull off your dream.



Don’t Be A Bean Counter


The other day I was thinking about how I have a strong tendency to give things away as soon as I get them. This has translated to concepts and revelations, epiphanies and the like as social media’s influence tempts us to “think” in posts, blogs, tweets, etc. And so I was pondering how I need to adjust my responses accordingly.

Just after thinking on that compulsion in need of correction, I had the idiom come to mind: “Don’t be a bean counter.” Hmm, strange yet it seemed pronounced and possibly like a God message. So, I considered the meaning and decided to consult with my friend Google on it. (One thing that God knows about me is that I am very curious when it comes to words and sayings, I often go about hunting for them like a lost two carat diamond.) As I was assured I understood the meaning of the phrase I thought, “…hmm, shall I write something about it?”

And then I remembered my previous pondering and considered, “Maybe not. Maybe it’s for you, Annette.”

A bean counter is usually attributed to an astute and obsessive accountant or one doing such work. It also has references to doing meaningless things that consume time without much reward.

I am a cross between being a laissez-faire, laid back type and a “getter-done” revolutionary type. I know I always, and I mean always have something to do—some kind of work, organizing, my own concept developing, or at least cooking, cleaning, yard work, etc. Most of you do as well.

Yet, I am at a new place. A place that says, “let’s do what is important, skip some of the bean counting, and give myself permission to just be, to dream, to think,  etc. And, by doing so I believe I will actually be more productive and a greater creative force in my work.

This year I want to bust out a bunch of things. I LOVE MY WORK! I love getting to help people bump out their dreams and visions in conceptual and practical ways. But a person needs time to chill as well.

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is a good thing to take in particular information every day, like solid news, what’s happening in one’s industry, things that inspire, the Word of God, etc. But it is equally as important to take time to think, pray, listen, and dream—and to allow yourself to do something with what comes forth from those meditative times.

Without an excess of hours to do so, like we may imagine the great thinkers such as Plato, lazing around pondering thoughts through to completion, thinking his big mathematical thoughts, presenting and debating, etc.–you may ask, “How, or when?”

How about if we go grab some beans, count out 1,440 and see how many we can gift to ourselves, to dream, think, be still, pray, and listen.

Black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, or ?—I suggest dried, not canned.