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Sharing my Journey to a Life of Time Well Spent
My mission is to educate, inspire & empower people to live with mindful awareness of the impact of our daily choices on the quality of life for self, humankind & our planet.
Our daily choices include how we spend our time, energy, talent, money... The people, causes, products, companies, events & activities we choose to include in our life ~ or choose to exclude ~ have an impact on our own life, the lives of others (from our immediate family to people we will never meet) and certainly on this planet that we are sharing for a time and that we are stewards to, on behalf of all the natural world to which the earth belongs and to our children and future generations to come.
It's really important to know that NOT being aware of the impact of our choices has an impact, too. No doubt about it! So, without gobs of guilt & judgment for past would-a, could-a, should-as, moving forward from this day by becoming aware of the impact of the choices we are making is the first step to living a life of Time Well Spent...
I hope visitors to my blog will follow my journey ~ Connect, learn, share, collaborate. Open your hearts and minds to the possibilities moving forward to impact the lives of so many and our planet ~ you have the power to expedite change starting in your own life and for a better world. All you have to do is take the first step by becoming aware that your choices matter and by paying attention to the daily choices you are making.
Being aware of how you spend your time might just change your life! It's definitely changed mine!
"...because, how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives..."
~ Annie Dillard
The BLOG’s PURPOSE HAS CHANGED ~ Just a BIT ~ Sharing my Journey is Part of my Life’s Mission
For 3 years, this blog served as a place to share my social enterprise concept, including all the many activities I undertook in service to that concept. Rather than start a new blog, I'm staying firmly planted right here (virtually speaking) so that people can search back through all the musings, events and activities...There's some really good stuff there that I even need to revisit myself!
It turns out that my life's mission is, for all intents and purposes, the same mission that I created for the Time Well Spent concept I created... How incredibly cool that I came to that realization!
Even as the vision for Time Well Spent as a physical center remains highly conceptual and visionary, I am able to move forward in service to my mission each and every day...And, thanks to the path my journey has taken ~ bumps and all ~ as I have been learning and growing, I have been sharing and connecting...both online and in Massachusetts as a board member of the Mass. Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.
To put it lightly, I have SO MUCH to share that will give people hope about our future and lots of ideas and resources that will provide guidance and empowerment as to how to be a part of inspired change that our world is so ready for.
Moving forward, the blog will serve as the place where I share my JOURNEY to a life of Time Well Spent, a journey that goes beyond my dreams for a center that embodies my original (and awesome) vision that somehow came to me (I see myself as the steward to the concept, so the "awesome"ness is all about me being in awe of this transformative idea that came to me in near complete form ~ with all kinds of moments of self-doubt and Why Me?!)
I am sharing my journey because sharing it will serve my mission by providing info and opportunities for people to consider their daily lifestyle and consumer choices, encouraging people to explore their own journey as well. It's also very much a "lead by example" way of life, so sharing is my way to provide those who follow my journey the example which they can (and I hope will) in turn use as inspiration to lead by example in their own lives.
When it comes right down to it, I think it's pretty darn exciting how it all works together... Very yin/yang, energy is aligned and all that really wonderful, crazy but true new age (based on old ideas) stuff. Helping you help others helps me live my life's mission... Very cool if you can follow all the help that's going on and all the good that comes of it!
So...Educating myself, learning, growing...Sharing that story... Inspiring & empowering others... And, through it all, our collective awareness is raised concerning the impact of our choices. As our awareness increases, we make better choices because we are caring, compassionate people at our very core. With blinders off, and a sense of stewardship to fellow (hu)man and our planet, it becomes strikingly clear that the pie in sky, too good to be true, rose-colored glasses stuff isn't beyond our reach at all...
It just takes enough people to say, "I'm in!"
And, everyone reading this has what it takes. You just have to make the choice. Whether you're ready to dive in, already a few strokes ahead of me, alongside me or a few boatlength behind, or even if you are just hesitantly dipping your figurative little toes in the water... I hope you join me.
Together we can...
Be the Change
Lead by Example
Walk the Talk
Yes, very cool stuff, indeed.
Time Well Spent ~ A Collaborative Center for Inspired & Sustainable Change
I continue to be the steward to my comprehensive vision for a replicable and financially-self-sustaining social enterprise business model ~ Time Well Spent ~ A Collaborative Center for Inspired & Sustainable Change.
There's considerable information on this site chronicling my efforts and describing my vision. Here's a good place to start: http://bit.ly/TWScenter
The vision and well-thought out concept for Time Well Spent is anything but business as usual. It's business for good. Props to Firms of Endearment Author David Wolfe and to Albert Einstein for helping me to realize that a comprehensive concept that has little to do with current business models and practices is a good thing:
"No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it." ~ Albert Einstein
Turning my Time Well Spent vision into a clear business concept was an important part of my journey. After over a decade of community activism and service leadership, and with no interest in the "business world" in spite of my excellent Bentley University education (which all makes so much sense NOW), I spent three full years eagerly learning about social enterprise, multiple income streams, collaborative consumption, sustainability and more.
I actively created the business plan and was very busy in a pre-launch office that served as a very rough prototype of my vision. The time invested made the concept even more clear and strong for Time Well Spent, designed in physical terms as an eco-arts & creative repurposing, community enrichment center and co-working space. A personal highlight, thanks to my action-while-planning approach to exploring my concept, I also spent considerable time helping those in need through my DeClutter For Good drives, the results of which are littered throughout past blog posts and in which I take great pride and joy, to know I already made a difference to those in need and shining a light on the organizations which serve them.
I have every confidence that Time Well Spent has great potential to expedite change by providing an inspiring center in communities across the country, a social enterprise franchise of sorts, where people at various stages of their own journey, can come together, learn and grow and be a part of the many changes taking place in sustainable and mindfully aware lifestyle choices, furthering humanity's growth process toward a tipping point of significant and lasting positive change for all.
It is more important to me that Time Well Spent IS created than whether or not I am the person who spearheads that effort. I'd actually be thrilled to know the vision becomes a reality sooner rather than later, regardless of my level involvement, so long as the vision is carried through in such a way that the mission of helping people to help others and the planet remains intact. Consequently, all serious requests to meet and discuss the business plan are welcome. Anyone interested in discussing the Time Well Spent concept further can leave a comment or email me at nancyDOTgallantATcomcastDOTnet.
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- ON HIATUS ~ I’m Taking Some Time Well Spent on Self-Care (and Family Priorities)
- Ten Minutes Well Spent ~ Give 10 Minutes ~ 5 to Take Action & 5 to Hold Space for Those in Need ~ Families of Active Military Lost to Suicide
- Fall DeClutter For Good Book Drive ~ A Mission Accomplished
- Moving Out of my “pre-launch” office ~ Many Hands would be a Big Help!
DeClutter For Good Idea to Share?If you are aware of a pressing community need ~ from local to global ~ that can be met by collaborative decluttering, I'm happy to discuss scheduling it into the TWS donation calendar! If it's not something I can handle (yet), I can try to point you in the right direction for assistance... Ask!
Friends of Time Well SpentThe businesses listed here have voiced their support of the Time Well Spent Concept. They help spread the word about the good work being done currently through our DeClutter For Good drives and, in general, keep Time Well Spent in their minds and hearts as they go about their business. Email email@example.com if you would like to have your business listed as a Friend of Time Well Spent.
Cranney Self Storage
Time and Tide Fine Art
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A Glimpse of my April Activities ~ Time Well Spent
So, what have I been doing all this time???
Well, my approach to the pre-launch process has been one of “action while planning,” an idea I picked up very early along the way from a business planning guide (here’s the PDF link) written by Andrew Wolk, founder of Root Cause in Cambridge. Andrew Wolk is incredibly active in the movement to bring social innovation to bear on society’s greatest challenges and inequities through a multi-sector approach, including the effective use of an enlightened market-driven economy when possible. I encourage blog readers to check out Andrew Wolk’s blog or just google his name ~ you’ll learn a great deal more than I could write about here…
Very simply put, action while planning means that, along with doing scads of research online, I’ve also been doing tons (that ‘s more than scads) of learning through doing, testing of ideas and networking in person. Go to page 22 of the PDF to read Wolk’s description of action while planning.
All that said, following my action-while-planning approach to Time Well Spent’s pre-launch phase, here are just a few events I’ve attended this past month, one way or the other, along with links to some relevant posts and websites:
Bentley’s Fifth Annual Leadership Forum
All the speakers had so much to share and my alma mater made me proud yet again! I attended from the comfort of home, having been given a heads up to the great numbers expected and not feeling up to the early morning departure that would have been involved. It was almost just like being there. I attended last year and being there was really something special. Click here for my post-event comments.
I also joined Bentley’s Center For Business Ethics this past month and hope to attend a Catalyzing Conscious Capitalism two-day conference there at the end of May. Reading the description reminds me of many things I’ve thought about and/or written in the last year with regard to my vision for Time Well Spent and the good that conscious capitalism can accomplish.
Massachusetts Social Entrprise Networking Group Spring Meeting 2009
The topic of this meeting hosted by The Center for Applied Philanthropy was “Non Traditional Funding Sources for Non-Profits and Social Enterprise.” This relates to the financing end of “doing good” and was specifically focused on Program Related Investment, a potential funding source for non-profit social enterprises, and perhaps Time Well Spent, a social enterprise start-up, which will ultimately be financially-self-sustaining. My mother always says, “It takes money to make money.” So, yes, some initial funding and/or creative financing is required for the next step. Glad I’ve been able to make a difference with my DeClutter For Good events in the meantime!
Click here to go to the LinkedIn group page to learn more about the Massachusetts Social Enterprise Networking Group, yet another connection to good people and good organizations, striving toward their mission-driven goals. I’ve had the honor of working with Anne Wunderli with this group. Anne works at the Pine Street Inn where she is the Director of Facilities and Social Enterprise, overseeing PSI’s Abundant Table. Still, in her spare time (!), Anne manages to sit on the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance and serves as a local leader to non-profits interested in furthering their mission and generating income through creative social enterprise initiatives.
Greater Newburyport Eco-Collaborative’s Earth Fest at Maudsley State Park
The Eco-Collaborative is a forward-thinking group of environmentally-aware people who have every aspect of green living covered, from business opportunities to architecture to eating, it’s all green and it’s all good. They are involved with a myriad of eco-conscious initiatives.
Here’s a link to the post announcing the Earth Fest event, providing info on Hamilton-Wenham and Ipswich Earth Day inspired events, as well, and linking to all the relevant websites. And, here’s the link to my post-event thoughts about the Earth Fest events.
So, that’s a glimpse at three days of April ~ And, yes, it has been Time Well Spent. Meeting so many incredibly hard-working and well-intentioned people along the way has been a great part of my pre-launch journey. The experience has been inspiring and humbling and I look forward to connecting and working with many of the good people I have met in the future.
Carpe Diem! Nancy