Bloom Party!

January 12, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

Turn a regular day into one bursting with inspiration, ideas, goals, visions and dreams!

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Already blooming!

Last Sunday, a group of wonderful women gathered at my home for tea. The invitation read,  “Let’s plant your seeds for success and make a Bloom Plan for the New Year and beyond!” And that’s just what we did.

img_2810I was ready for creative juices to flow! With markers, scissors, hole punchers, scrapbooking paper, glue sticks, crayons and more, we started to create our visions for 2011. In no time at all, posters were filled with exciting ideas and visions. Some were bursting with healthy lifestyle choices, business ideas and personal projects, while others had question marks about which path to follow and what direction to take.

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Shhh! Bloom Plans in the works.

All good stuff. The first step is to get your ideas in visual or written form and then you can work on shaping or molding them so they can grow. When what’s up in your head is down on paper, you may realize that your idea is really fabulous or even find out that it won’t work after all. Does it need to be more flexible, is it realistic, does it need to go back to the drawing board or be completely tossed?

It’s about taking the initial step and courage to get your vision out into the world to find out if you can make it happen. Is it a pipe dream? Or can you start moving forward to see where you can go with it?

One more thing. While we were cutting, pasting, laughing and dreaming, worries began to surface. “What will everyone think?” ” What if I’m not smart enough?” “How can I make this dream grow?” “Do I really have what it takes to make changes in my life.”

The "weed" board

The "weed" board

Ahhhh yes. Our weeds.  Those self-sabotagers and even excuses which suffocates our growth. So, I asked everyone to take a moment to tune into their internal dialogue and voluntarily post their negative self talk on a board. One by one, volunteers came up to list their inner fears. Soon the “weed” board was filled. “That’s what we really want to work on. Not many people are void of ideas. It’s our weeds that get in the way … and when we let them take over, our goals, visions and dreams are often put on hold, changed to someone else’s vision or completely abandoned. ”

Tea sandies - gluten free!

Tea sandies - gluten free!

So, how do you grow your Bloom Plan this year? Start by recording your plan on paper and then work on weeding fears, sabotagers and worries.  Continually plant the five Seeds for Success into your daily life and always fertilize by getting the support and resources to help you keep going.

I wish you all a blooming 2011!!

I would love to meet you and your friends and get everyone blooming! Contact me if you would like to host a Bloom Party.

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TV: Barb on CT Style making a Bloom Plan

BLOG: Make a “Bloom Plan” for the New Year

December 9, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

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2011 is right around the corner.  And I want to be ready with a plan for the new year.

With so many ideas swirling in my head, I grabbed a  large sheet of poster paper and marker.  Many people make flow charts, vision boards, graphs and charts, but I have found that a visual “garden” of ideas works well to organize my thoughts and plan ahead.

I started out with a “bloom” statement.  Ironic that mine is a bloom plan about Bloom, but any overall goal, project or dream will do.  Say you want to transition to a new career next year, eat healthier or put your financial life in order. You can make a bloom statement with your particular objectives in mind and post it in the center of a large flower. The petals can be subset goals within the overall plan. For me, revamping my website is a subset “petal” of my bloom statement to inspire people to live an inspired, balanced and healthier (and more natural) life/lifestyle.

What about all of my other ideas….and more dreams? They became my “sprouts” at the bottom and I can have an endless creative supply listed so I don’t forget about them. How can I keep blooming when faced with challenges, low energy or lack of time? My Seeds for Success listed on an upper corner reminds me to be positive, love what I do, organize, own my life and keep moving forward. How am I going to make this plan grow, happen, materialize? With “fertilizer”  to sprinkle in from time to time which I list in the upper right corner. What about things I really need to help my plan grow further, such as a new computer or helping hands? I list these items under my  ”gardening tools” wish list. And we can’t forget about the never-ending To Do list. This I call “sun and water” because these are essential things any plant or plan (hey, just drop the “t”) needs on a daily basis. Here’s where you can go crazy with a laundry list of things to do to get started with your bloom plan, changing it as you tick things off the list and add on new things.

Most people start out with their list of things To Do and get lost and overwhelmed before they even get started. That’s the mistake. Marching orders are really the ending point after the main mission or vision statement is in place. It all starts with a vision and then execution falls into place.

If you don’t have a vision, nothing happens. ~ Christopher Reeve

There! A great visual with my whole plan on one sheet which I taped to my office wall. If your vision is already flushed out in your head, then you can get going with a Bloom Plan too.  If it’s not, this exercise is a start to organize all your mind clutter.

And those of you who would really love get your Bloom Plan out of your head and onto paper but need a bit of help with gaining clarity, focus and formulating clear objectives and goals, I’ll be running a Bloom Plan workshop right after the New Year. Date and time to be announced…stay posted!