Barbara Sher’s Idea Party

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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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  2. Hi all,
    my dream is quite absurd: since my childhood I wanted to become a football coach. The only thing is: I am physically disabled (cerebral palsy).
    After my MA in philosophy, I started to work as a disabled performer and choreography about 10 years ago- which has fullfilled me to some extent, also because choreographic work in a way has at least some affinity to football, in terms of training, movement and organization of movement. But now I don’t feel any passion for it anymore and my childhood passion for it re-emerged.
    I’m happy and grateful for any advice!
    Best wishes,
    Michael

    • What a great dream, Michael! A bright choreographer sounds like a real asset to a team. I can think of three directions to go in to reach that goal: (1) Choreograph a dance performance of a football game, with the dancers wearing the local club’s jerseys in each city, and make sure every version of it makes it to YouTube (some bright football coach will get the Aha! and contact you), (2) Offer dance choreography coaching to a college team in the off season (and again, get it on YouTube), or (3) Offer your services to the coaches of a struggling local high school team on a volunteer basis, learning from them as you toss out choreographic suggestions for them to try and publicizing their successes to the media.

  3. An8el

    Thanks for the online tip.

    Actually I’m 53 and appreciate some comfort (my own bathroom and kitchen at least, and a comfortable bed and quiet place to retire to), even in Hawaii. So camping is no option for me. Hawaii is still on my list of travels (you must know that I have already travelled half the planet and have already fulfilled many of my dreams … as it seems I constantly create new ones :-)).

    So is Japan. Actually I’m a language professor and have already learned about 30 languages … I know that it takes some time, even if I am so privileged to be able to learn foreign tongues extremely quickly and easily. I’ve already done some autodidactic CD-course for Japanese A1 and a lot of online learning, but I want to go to Japan; there’s no experience like a real offline visit (sorry!) and have found Fukuoka because I hate to live in megacities like Tokyo and Kyoto and want to see the wonderful cherry blossom (it is at its height in Fukuoka exactly at the time I want to go).

    Hawaii is not only expensive, but also booked out for a whole year by wedding couples. And I definitely want a beach front and a little house or at least nice, cosy apartment.

    I’ve just done this in Europe, Portugal for 2 weeks (July 2019). I had a fantastic apartment in the historical town, 15 minutes away from the ocean, I could walk to the language school … for about only 50 € per night. Airbnb is the best option. I have also thought about house sitting, but I don’t want to do too much work or look after too many animals because I love my independence.

    Time is no problem for me – I’m self-employed and free. Nor is a reasonable amount of money.
    Read you

  4. My wish seems way out there.
    Spent the last 17 years as a housewife raising my young stepchildren, including one deeply autistic stepson who tends to be violent, almost single handedly.(Dad is not very paternal)
    After really hard work I got my stepson into an amazing group home where he is doing well. The the younger girls have just struck out on their own as well.
    My husband and I are planning to divorce but are stuck living under the same roof for economic reasons.
    My credit sucks from many years of sacrifice for the kids and me only getting sometime part time work when I could.
    All I’ve got is my little family of rescue dogs and cats who are my whole life.
    Im 54 and I need a house. My husband is emotionally abusive and is always threatening to leave me high and dry. I now work as a substitute Teacher, but its hard to save money as my husband makes it difficult to save any money as he finds ways to sabotage my efforts.
    I need my own house. I dream of someone donating a house to me. I live in Louisiana just outside of New Orleans. I could support myself and my fur babies with my little job. Do people ever donate houses as a tax write off?
    Ive tried the normal way to get a house and of course no one will touch me with my bad credit, lack of work history, and maybe my age.
    Ive tried habitat for humanity but with the amount of voluntary hours they want and with me having to work not to mention my husband threatening to walk everyday I have very little time and Im terrified of losing my pets and being homeless.
    Im a good person whose done a lot of good in my life and I need a house.

  5. Hi All, my Wish is to be able to work part time and fully support myself working with and for a mainly Organic based Donation Center. I love being around food and products that are what I consider better choices for all people, animals, the environment and entire planet. Since Organics are still more expensive I always had this dream by getting 2nds, damaged, and donations… like food banks do, that more people who so far dont afford Organics can be introduced to them which increases demands, which increases volume of customer desire, which lowers prices ultimately. I have many details ideas of how these things may come about. Including why I would ask for the donations from Companies It also includes Nutritional items of all areas, including supplementals, health home pet and body care items. I’m a good organizer, multitasker, efficient with time and tasks. I work good independently and as part of a team. I also have about 2 yrs experience in a local Food Pantry with very good Personal Recommendation… Obstacles: I dont know where such a place exists. Though I have many ideas, I have no clue how such a thing is created, or how to support myself if it was being created. I’m very polite and nice but still a bit socially autistic though I work hard on it.

    • Tammie, Such a place does exist! In Minneapolis MN. It’s called Sisters Camelot. They are a group consisting of almost all volunteers (and I think a few paid positions). Organic food stores and co-ops purchase from big wholesalers. When the food the wholesalers have is too close to expiration and won’t last a long time on the retailer’s shelves, they have to get rid of it. Sister’s Camelot gets a giant rescue truck and each week they rescue this all organic food (fresh, processed, and supplements). There are thousands of pounds of food every week. They announce their drop off location a few hours before the drop (and try to go to neighborhoods in need) and the people who come to take the food all help load it off the truck in to a big shopping line. The culture is very friendly and helpful, and the organizers are good at inspiring kindness and generosity amongst the people who show up so there’s no fear or greediness. Everyone pulls a number out of a hat for their place in line. Then, you shop for free food and fill your bags. There’s no shaming like at a food bank. People who can stay to break down boxes and clean up. We work together to rescue the food and rescue ourselves. The first time I went, I cried when I left. It was such a feeling of freedom and abundance. It’s a kid at Christmas feeling – like something is still magical and good left in the world.
      Sister’s Camelot also has a kitchen bus that takes this food and cooks with it and delivers free food around the city to whomever walks up to the bus. I believe that whomever is in charge has had to keep it from growing too big and conspicuous so the city doesn’t get involved, but I’m sure in all cities there are ways around it (making it a ‘private club’ anyone can join, etc). The point is, the free organic food is found at the wholesale level. Retailers won’t give away expiring produce to customer because of liability. This was the old FB page and it has a long history of info:
      https://www.facebook.com/mobilefoodshare/
      The new drop announcement page is:
      https://www.facebook.com/SistersFoodshare/

      Note- thursday drops aren’t that great. Tuesday drops (around 1pm) are huge. Usually about 100 people show up for several thousand pounds of food. The remainder is donated to shelters, churches, and banks.
      The contact info is: volunteer@sisterscamelot.org
      and the website is: http://sisterscamelot.org

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