Goals, goals, goals
Just when I thought I had my blogging mojo back and was hitting my goals, I was coping with my three posts a week target, then along came life and got in the way!
I’ve just returned from the most wonderful three days at the Aspire M.A.D (Make A Difference) Programme for trailblazing women which was held at Excel, London. I was very lucky to be there on a scholarship, thanks to their wonderful sponsors Avanade.
So, what exactly is Aspire?
Aspire is the baby of Dr Sam Collins, life coach, author and leadership expert. She founded Aspire in 2001 and whilst pregnant with her second child was inspired to make a difference to women across the globe. Fast forward to January 26th 2016 and she was personally responsible for inspiring 541 women and 17 men in quite possible the largest conference venue I’ve ever been in.
What did I achieve?
I made my M.A.D goal. My plan to achieve what I really want in life, my footprint on the sand if you like. If you’re a regular visitor to my blog you will know I am a very positive person. If you’re not, why not? Sign up in the side bar to the right and get each post delivered to your inbox. I choose to be positive because negativity is draining. It’s so tiring being with people who see the worst in everything. Some people are half glass full people, some people are glass half empty and there are some for who, as it was pointed out to me last year, the class is f***ing cracked. My glass is so full, its positively overflowing, with happiness, joy, excitement, motivation. inspiration and dreams. Of course you have to dream.
So, what are my M.A.D Goals?
To help others. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time. I don’t have the patience to be a nurse or a midwife though, perhaps growing up the daughter of an over-worked, underpaid, over-tired nurse instilled that in me. I do not want to be a nurse, hell no. I once considered teaching but 4 years in the education sector has also taught me I don’t want to teach. I want to go into coaching women with hair loss issues and body image/self esteem issues.
I’ve recently been asked to give a talk at my hairdressers, to help inspire women who are very nervous about wearing alternative hair. Conrad was the first to laugh at my take on how my hair sorted the Princes from the frogs, the men from the boys. How much easier life is. I wouldn’t say I am proud that I have moved on from sitting in the private room to the main salon floor. Then I heard some women refuse to look in the mirror as they are fitted or have their wigs cut, even going as far to have the mirrors covered. I want to help remove the stigma that comes with wearing alternative hair. Whether faced with cancer, alopecia, an auto-immune disease or hormonal imbalance, whatever reason causes hair loss, I believe that is enough to deal with, without adding the stress of fearing a wig. It could be the best decision some women make to empower themselves to get on with their life and not let hair loss get in the way of living.
The question is, how do I go about that? Well, there are lots of ideas in the beautiful journal they gave us at the conference and more pop into my head each day. I am really excited about it and I am determined to get there.
I met lots of beautiful, talented, creative women at the event. If you were one of them please do let me know what your M.A.D goal is and if you need any help with it. Have fun with it, embrace it, achieve it and I’ll see you at the next M.A.D programme 2017!