Here is a quick recap of January’s WINspired Breakfast in case you couldn’t attend. Speaking on the topic of Your 50 Things List: Make 2018 Your Year of WOWs! was our own WIN Director, Teresa Thomas. The session was very well received by attendees who were very excited to envision concrete ways they can make 2018 a positive and joyful year.
Since Teresa was the speaker of the day, the discussion for the full-house of WIN members and guests was facilitated by Dr. Kyra Mesich. Dr. Kyra is a member who has been a WIN spotlight sponsor and presenter and is the author of The Strength of Sensitivity. Dr. Kyra was one of several people who encouraged Teresa to get her 50 Fun Things tool out into the world to ignite meaningful connections and infuse fulfillment into our personal and professional lives. She did a great job keeping the momentum going and the conversation helpful.
Teresa told us the story of recently turning 50 and looking for a special way to commemorate it. This led to her developing the unique 50 Fun Things tool with a process for using it. The chart helps you think about and identify 50 things you would like to experience in the year. After giving us directions and encouraging us to not limit our thoughts, we had time to begin filling in our items. There were 7 categories and an overarching guiding principle to fill in with ideas and wishes.
Next, attendees were given time to share a fun thing they were committing to for the year. One of the important steps in the exercise is to enlist the interest of others to do the things with you. It was amazing to see how naturally connections were made as member shared items and found someone with a similar interest or a way to help make those things happen. A few of the fun and fulfilling ‘things’ identified included: a day away from following to-do lists; starting a book; making time for deeper connections and new friends; getting back on stage, planning a trip to Italy, and setting up a Tesla test drive.
I was so inspired by the 50 Fun Things system that I found myself thinking of more items to add as I drove home. If you would like a deep dive into using the 50 Fun Things process Teresa developed for a productive and meaningful year, you can attend her 50 Fun Things Workshop on January 29th. Teresa is also available to facilitate 50 Fun Things for other groups and individuals (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-990-7815). For more details and to register, click here.
*Many thanks to Denise Bauer Photography for shooting the beautiful images of this event.
Susan Murphy, The Humane Marketer,
is a WIN member since 2010 and
manages membership development