A huge shoutout to all the Stage 32 members who had films playing at the Cannes Film Festival this year (41 projects that we know of!) Our Stage 32 meetup here was filled with such incredible and inspiring talent. If you are a creative and need motivation, make sure to join stage32.com to network and move your projects ahead!
⠀⠀ A few years ago, I had the great fortune of meeting Rob Wallace, the former senior producer at ABC News 20/20 and 60 Minutes. He does cool stuff like free wrongly incarcerated people and put KKK members behind bars. He has twice interviewed the Dali Lama at His Holiness's home in India. He has met the man who shot John Lennon. I could go on and on...
I don't normally get starstruck, but when I met Rob I got weirdly awkward. I figured he couldn't possibly find me at all engaging compared to, oh, I don't know, Angelina Jolie, right? ⠀⠀
It turns out, he was normal and fun. We hit it off right away. He called me out of the blue a few months after we met and asked if I'd be an advisor on his startup company. And oh, by the way, would I mind very much if he also trained me to do interviews a la Barbara Walters? ⠀⠀
Yeah. I didn't have to think about that too long. ⠀⠀
Rob set off to teach me the art of fancy pants interviewing. As a coach, I ask questions that unearth answers. As an interviewer, I learned to ask questions so a story can be told. They are, I found out, very different skills. ⠀⠀
So, when I'm not life coaching and waxing poetic about mindset and badassery, I can sometimes be found behind the cameras, coaxing life stories out of people. ⠀⠀
Here's the team in Madison interviewing for a 20/20 style, family legacy documentary. So. Much. Fun.
You can call me Barbara.
So one of my weaknesses in the past has been hiding from the consequences of my failures, well let's just make that hiding from my problems too😉. My ego would much rather imagine how things should be. Although imagination is amazing and important to growth, I can do myself, my community and the world a great disservice by not opening my eyes, facing, acknowledging and accepting where I am and how I got there. Because that is necessary to imagine and create the solution.
Every summer I avoid my backyard and then hire someone to cut the weeds. This year I came out to really assess it. It broke my heart from knowing where it once was to here I am with some kind of unidentifiable weed growing in my bushes and either someone's coming in my backyard and cutting a tree down or lightening has been super ticked at it, because yet another limb has fallen. Now that I think about it, God always knew I didn't like that tree when we used to swim and it was too much shade for the grass to grow😉
Today I had to really face and accept that I didn't give love to my yard like I used to. I treated it more like just another job I needed to do. Then I acknowledged why I didn't love it before. I stopped the shame talk~I got busy, had a lot of trauma and failure and my yard, which was once my little piece of heaven couldn't be top priority. Now as I have healed greatly, my heart feels the need to love it back to shape.
I call out to God, this is a super duper big job, and I hear him say, "just do what you can and I'll take care of the rest." A few days ago I cleared some brush from the porch and rock and was wanting to wash it, but I didn't have to because he made it rain👍
So, here I've accepted where my yard is, why it is and my plan is just to work on it a little every day☺
What happened to my yard can happen to anything in our outer lives or our mind. In fact, I noticed by stopping my running a few months ago, how easily my body lost its endurance, so I started today back at a mile to build my endurance.
The difference today is my foundation is stronger and more solid, built on God and I can much faster grab where I left off and start again.