Barbara Sher’s Idea Party


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

Post Your Wish and Your Obstacle Here!

And help your team mates out when you can. Use the Reply link to help, the form below the comments to add your own Wish and Obstacle.

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2,823 thoughts on “Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

  1. I have a lot of materials I have created on the topic Creative Spiritual Path-keeping. The materials are offered as a model for ways that people can create daily practices that help them know themselves from the inside out , live in alignment with their beliefs and values, be responsible for their self-care, allow daily quiet
    time free from distractions, let go of things outside of their control, and focus on bringing joyful pleasure and appreciation into each day.
    I would like to develop them into a curriculum for adult education in a workbook format. I would like to find someone who can help me develop my materials into a course/ workbook format. What are some ideas for finding people who provide that kind of service? I am a Spiritual Companioning Coach with a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. I would like my target audience to be women over 50 who want to
    create meaning, fulfillment, and well-being in the second half of life.

  2. I want to find a way which will allow everyone in need of healing from physical and emotional discomfort to be healed and to have free access to this.

    I have degrees in Naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. I am currently working on taking boards to be licensed, though I have many obstacles, illness and family issues.

  3. Funny. I’ve always had multiple things I wanted to do, but when I went to write this, only a couple came to mind:


    – Shooting & Editing photos
    – Making photo books
    – Use my insight to Advise/coach/train — 1 on 1, small groups, memos/booklets
    – Writing opinion pieces w/ logic & insight, not overly researched facts/data (eg reasons why schools shouldn’t adopt the latest program w/o having specific goals, criteria for success, & ways to measure progress)
    – Not be tied to a clock, classroom, or badly behaved kids


    – Not much time until I hope to retire (5 yrs…unless I love the new work)
    – Time — Told that my job might be eliminated in 8 months, need replacement income ASAP
    – Time — to retrain for a new career/job
    – Time — starting my own business or getting a new job would take years to build up income to a livable level (how do I live in the meantime?)
    – Agism — 61 next May when job may end
    – Fear of not earning enough to live comfortably
    – Fear of not being good
    – Fear of needing to sell my condo or rent out a room to live…
    – Self-Pity — In my 60s I “should be”/expected I’d be slowing down to a well-earned rest from my working life…not needing to sell/rent my home
    – How to sell advisory/editing services so make the most money?
    – How to sell photo images to make most money (eg lawyer boardrooms)?
    – Frustration at possibility of having to work vs retire…travel, etc.
    – Feeling that I’m no good, not a real man (provides for himself), a fraud, a failure

    • You’re very welcome Listen TOurMotherEarth. I’m so glad it has helped. Let me know if you need more information. You’ll love running teams and Idea Parties. I’m very grateful this has always been my my work.

  4. I wish to get along with my neighbors, get some reconciliation for their violence towards me, and get us all working together towards sustainability.

    I want it to be a requirement, (because I dont think everyone would show up if only asked because the lack of communication and involvement has been the problem) that for them (KD hui-(hui is hawaiian for group) to be able to use our (‘ohe anuenue hui) driveway, that they will meet with everyone, especially me the skapegoat who has been excluded.
    Sometimes, I feel afraid of some of the narcissists who have been running the show.

    Today there was a cheap beer can on the road.
    There was a distillery built at an abandoned house, and then taken away slowly when the person started to move back in. We all live on 100 acres that is 20 mins on dirt roads to get to pavement, and an hour to get to a small town. There are 3 or more other abandoned houses back here.
    Its peaceful and alot of what Ive dreamed of to live back here, yet with every uncomfortable interaction, everytime I get passed on the road and not even looked at, or find trash or a beer can, I feel more ignored, angry, and unsafe. There is alot of history that contributes to it feeling this way and when i try to write about it, i get angry and exhausted. i need help writing my story.
    I need more good people living back here who are willing to speak up. who understand what narcissism and skapegoating are, or understand how to create peace even with in the face of selfishness, and people not wanting to participate or answer to problems they or others cause.

    I want to live off grid and sustainably and be a model of how to live in harmony with Nature

    • Regarding your desire to live off grid, there are many YouTube channels devoted to this. If you are wanting to be mobile, I suggest “Cheap RV Living” channel. If you are not wanting to be mobile, I think I’d just go to YouTube and search on “off grid homestead.” I love TinyHousePrepper’s channel for stationary living. There are many FB groups around the topic, also.

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