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!


Sept 26th-Turn Your Idea into a Bloomin’ Business

August 31, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events, What's New

barb-bloom-daisy-007Most great business ideas never bloom. How to go from idea to a new career direction, product or business by identifying weeds that hold most of us back from ever getting started. Then plant your entrepreneurial seeds and learn about setting up a corporate entity and other practical know-how on how to get started with your business idea so it can Bloom!

Saturday, September 26, 9am to 4pm
Westbrook CT
(approx. 1 hour from Fairfield County)
Cost: $125.00
includes follow-up coaching session
Pre-registration is a must! Read more

Oct 24 Workshop: What Do I Do Now?

August 31, 2009 by Barb Scala  
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j0396112Re-focus, Re-design & Re-invent your Life & Career and Plant Your Seeds for Success!

Unfulfilled, stuck or at a crossroad and don’t know which path to take? Don’t be like 67% of the women out there who say that “they would change what they did in a heartbeat.” Do something about your life and career.

Join Bloom’s Barb Scala and Let’s BloomStorm!

October 24 -  1 to 5pm -  Westbrook CT
Cost: $75 includes materials and refreshments

Discover your next act. You’ll look at the possibilities, options and choices that lie ahead and explore your tools for dealing with transition and change. You’ll also identify the “weeds” that probably hold you back and get motivated and inspired to find your new direction!

Here’s what women are saying about BloomStorming with Barb:

“Barb is so inspiring–really makes you think outside the box”

“Your help has been invaluable in terms of really forcing me to focus on what I want for this stage of my life!”

“Barb ignites her amazing amount of positive energy in others”

To Register: Pay below or call 203-521-1129. Workshop location & directions will be sent to you upon registration.


Aug 21-Bloom Summer Boot Camp: Sprout Ideas and Grow Your Dreams!

July 14, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events, What's New

barb-bloom-daisy-003-smallWhy haven’t you pursued your dream? Do you have a handle on what you really want to do with your life? Are you stuck?

This day will focus on you, your ideas and your dreams as it pertains to a new project, career or your life’s work.  The day entails a two part series to pull your weeds and plant some seeds and really get you Blooming!

Friday, August 21st
Westbrook CT
(approx. 1 hour from Fairfield County) Read more

June 7-Let’s BloomStorm!
Turn a Dormant Summer into a Pre-Fall Prep

May 28, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events, What's New

Afraid of being dormant all summer long? When the sun sparkles and salt breezes blow, it’s a great time to prep for how to hit the ground running in the fall.

BloomStorm and breathe life into a new job search, a new project, a new business or making a life transition. It’s all starts with prepping for what lies ahead and keeping the momentum going even when the lazy days of summer are here.

Yes, you can fit in relaxation time and prep time so you’ll be one step ahead of the game when vacations are over or when the kids go back to school.  Let’s BloomStorm!

Sunday, June 7th, 12:30 to 4:30pm
Westbrook CT (approx. 1 hour from Fairfield County) Read more

July 17: Bloom Summer Boot Camp

May 27, 2009 by Barb Scala  
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Remember camp as a kid? Arts & crafts, story time, performing skits and bug juice? Well it’s back at Bloom Summer Boot Camp on July 17th! Only now it’s for women who want to sprout an idea, cultivate life changes or grow a business!

But don’t think all the fun is gone. At Bloom Boot camp, we’ll have a craft project to inspire us to bloom, hear stories of how other women are blooming and how you can too, and develop skits on how your own life can start playing out and blooming. As for the bug juice, let’s substitute that for some refreshing mango ice tea sans the creepy-crawlies and have a nice summer day on the Shoreline to Bloom!

The day entails a two part series to pull your weeds and plant some seeds and really get you Blooming!

Friday, July 17th
Westbrook CT
(approx. 1 hour from Fairfield County) Read more

May 17-Let’s BloomStorm!

March 27, 2009 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events, What's New

Stop talking about what you want to do with your life or career and start to Dream, Create and Grow it!

BloomStorming helps pull out the weeds that have held you back so you can start sowing new seeds and really bloom!

Sunday, May 17th, 1:00 to 5:00pm
Westbrook CT
(approx. 1 hour from Fairfield County)
Cost: $75.00
includes materials, refreshments and personalized follow-up coaching session Read more