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How Does the Online Idea Party Work?

You have a dream or a wish, and an obstacle to getting there. (If you don’t think you know your wish, work through my kick-starter and read this post. To learn why you must put logic aside to find your dream, read the following.)

The online Idea Party is here to help you – and the other fellow party goers – with your wishes and obstacles.

Voices from Success Teams and Idea Parties:

Having a team to report to and hearing what everybody did each week is very exciting. It’s kept me moving all year. In the past I made some good starts on my own, but found, every time, when the energy ran out, I ran out. Now it doesn’t run out.
Jade G.
Children’s Playroom Therapist, New York Hospital

I would do a painting a year, a sketch a year. If it was only me I know I would never do it. Having to tell you makes all the difference. It’s crazy why I didn’t do this years ago, it’s so easy all of a sudden.
Caroline R. Personnel Executive, Macy’s Dept Store

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  1. Wish: To travel around the world initially for 10 to 12 months, taking advantage of my semi-retired and financially independent status, and to then take regular, 2/4 month trips per year, thereafter. I am 60 Years old, strong, vibrant and adventurous, with many things to say and do!
    Obstacle: My spouse is in a different life-stage and loves her demanding job, which takes her away from home on frequent, however, shorter, business trips, where I play reliable and full back-up for our home and gorgeous furry companions. She is not happy at the idea of me traveling without her for extended periods. Aligning our trips is impractical due mainly to the duration of the trips. She travels in short bursts and my wish is to travel for months at a time.

    • Care of the house is something you can buy help with or barter for. The real problem is your spouse’s dislike of your time apart. Could you fly home for short visits regularly? Could she fly out to visit with you? Or could you build her away destinations into your itinerary? Could you use technology to eliminate any fear of infidelity, introduce her to any new friends you make, allow her to enjoy vicariously what you’re seeing and learning? Would it make sense to book marriage education retreats in some of your destinations and invite her to join you at them, solidifying your relationship even as you stretch it into a new shape?

  2. Wish: To get over my ex girlfriend who broke up with me several months ago, ending a very toxic relationship.
    Obstacle: I still have to see her and talk to her almost every day. We are in the same class project which will last until June of this year. (Long story short, switching projects is not an option if I want to graduate college). Seeing her all the time has made it incredibly difficult for me to get the emotional space that I need to move on.

  3. wish: to become financially independent from my partner
    Obstacle: I am 41. 10 years i was supporting him and taking care of kids …all i was doing was cleaning and drawing for people for symbolic money – illustrating children’s books. I have no idea how to earn, i have difficulty communicating outside of the house…and i want to get rid of a thought i am worthless…

    • If you’ve illustrated children’s books before, then you have something that you can show people already, without using words. One idea is to barter with friends who are good at communicating (it’s often easier to market someone else’s stuff instead of your own.) Maybe some busy marketing person would love it if you cleaned their house while they put up a Facebook business page for you as an illustrator (for example). Or you can check out some online writer groups to see if anyone is looking for an illustrator. If it scares you to contact people, ask a buddy to sit with you or to be on “standby” in contact with you via text message or something while you send someone an email (I often do this, the company helps.) It also helps to break up the goal into smaller ones. Like: Earn money for one project.

    • Another thought: if you can illustrate children’s books, then you can paint murals in children’s rooms! Put a small ad in the smallest local newspaper or loal school PTA newsletter. Such a wonderful way to spread joy and make some extra money! (Word of mouth will spread when others admire your work, as well.)

    • Another thought: if you can illustrate children’s books, then you can paint murals in children’s rooms! Put a small ad in the smallest local newspaper or local school PTA newsletter. Such a wonderful way to spread joy and make some extra money! (Word of mouth will spread when others admire your work, as well.)

  4. It’s hard to narrow it to one goal…a few that are intertwined.
    I want to travel (Problem: on LTD, no $$)
    I want to prepare for my future which may or may not include LTD, and if not, (the problem) how will we pay our mortgage, etc if I am cutoff–$$ again)
    I really want to fix up my house (Problem: I have chronic pain so I have to hire to get the work done, $$, my husband doesn’t care and thinks its annoying when I want to do anything to the house)

    • Sue, is your disability such that you could travel as the paid companion of someone with a different disability? Or as a volunteer?

      Is it possible you could find a way to support your husband when you’re well enough, building his income, so he can pay that mortgage? Or a way to move to a less expensive home where your disability payments are not needed to pay the mortgage but could pay for travel or home fix-ups?

      Is there a school near you that teaches building trades and might need a real-world practice opportunity your house could provide?

      Are there fixes to the house your husband might find pleasurable enough to tolerate the temporary disarray of having work done? Can you pair these with the things you’d like to fix?

  5. My wish: finish the remodeling and redecorating in my home to make it an inspired haven. I’m capable, sometimes working slowly, to do nearly all that needs to be done, and have lots of ideas for what I want it to be like.
    Obstacles: emotional overwhelm as this started in one bathroom and then went from one end to the other, left with lots of undone work and lots of details when my nephew went on to other projects. I am used to the upheaval, most days ignore it, but not happy. Afraid this will be another big fail, after difficult circumstances in the past when I moved and sold houses in the midst of upheaval in my life, and regret this decisions. I want the accomplishment and pride of my in successful completion and making my home beautiful, but I feel embarrassed and ashamed that it’s as out of control as it is. I need changes in perspective and motivation, not from feeling like I have failed…. ie, I am a failure.

    • Nope, Judy, you’re a regular human being, acting like we all do. What you need is HELP! You have to find a way to hire someone capable to come in and help you finish these projects. When you take on a project that’s too much for one person you always end up in trouble. Professionals would never consider it.

      I dont know where you are but here in NY there’s a company called ‘Task Rabbit’ that will send someone reliable for $25 an hour to come to your home and do almost anything. Sounds like they specialize in exactly the kinds of things you need. If Task Rabbit isn’t in your part of the world, I bet something like it is.

  6. I wish to be a published children’s book author.
    My obstacle is that I don’t have an amazing literary agent or publisher yet.

    • Sarah, do you have book ideas that would make an amazing agent a lot of money? Can you explain why you believe your ideas will sell better than most or have a friend who would listen to you practice your pitches? Do you have any other talents that might bring you to the attention of one of your preferred agents or publishers?

    • you don’t need an agent or publisher. you can self-publish if yo are on Facebook, join the How to Publish Your Book group with J Bruce Jones. look up his books and videos – he has a ton of material available that teaches you step by step what to do. I have self-published over 50 books – you can do it, too.

    • So, what is it about the UK that’s especially appealing, as opposed to places where you could legally do the same work, Anne Mary?

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