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Turning Intention into Action at the Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2007


(Photo credit: Diego RB)

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. With miserable weather outside, tonight we are inside at Restaurante Maria MataMouro in Pelourinho, the old historic center of Salvador, Brazil. (If you have a photo of a favourite café that you’d like to share at a Readers’ Café, please let me know.)

Please join us and help yourself to a warm beverage of your choice. Then sit back and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Yesterday I shared how Valeria Maltoni’s relatively short list of professional women bloggers has morphed into a supportive and inclusive online community. I love how a seemingly small action has snowballed into something larger than imagined. You never know where putting an intention into action will lead you or how it may benefit others.

Today’s conversation starter is:

Do you have a similar story where one action morphed into something larger than you ever imagined? Or, do you have an intention you have been meaning to act up; on, but need a little nudge in the right direction?

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

Hi Glenda

Cant think of one at the moment

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

Hi dear, fancy meeting you here!

Do you think it might happen when you’re teaching? You might never know how your words might spark something in someone else.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

That is true, topics can go any where at any time.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

And when students leave the classroom, who knows how they implement what you’ve taught them and where that leads!

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

Who knows??

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

Exactly! That is the fascinating part.

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

Well, a small action turned into a new career for me!

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

I was doodling at a staff meeting, and the facilitator saw me doodling and gave my name to a friend of his who’s a community development consultant, who was looking for a graphic recorder for an event the next month…

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

…and put me in touch with this person, whom I promptly called and told him I wasn’t actually a graphic recorder, and gave him the names of other people who were…

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

…but then about a month later, I thought, “Well, why shouldn’t I do this work? I can listen and I can draw – what else does it take?” So I called him back and said, “Actually, I’d like to try my hand at graphic recording.” And he said, “Great! How’d you like to do a job with me for BC Parks & Rec in April?” I said, “(Gulp), sure!” And did it – and I’ve been doing it ever since!

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

Welcome Avril, and what an awesome story! Nothing like jumping into something brand new. How exciting.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

Hi Avril

Thaty is a great story.

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

Thanks! It’s a fairly typical story for me, as I have a tendency to kind of fall into things without thinking where they might lead. And they almost always lead somewhere interesting!

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

When I was in my late 30s I got bored with my career (as a graphic designer), and my studio-mate got tired of hearing me complain, so one day she said, “Why don’t you go back to school?”

Next thing you know (well, OK, fast forward about a year), I’ve moved to Montreal and am enrolled at McGill to do a BA in philosophy. All from that one remark.

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

Quiet day in the cafe today so far? I’d love to actually be at the restaurant in the picture! When will real life catch up with Star Trek so we can teleport ourselves to places we want to be??

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

I imagine it would be liberating to jump into something without overthinking it. And exciting. Isn’t that what life is about!

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 3, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

Hi Glenda, Darrell, Avril!

Sorry I’m late. I just got home.

One instance is my wife’s theatre. She looked at this place for over a year, then finally said, “Rick. I want to buy a theatre.”

Sure.

The next thing you know, we’re the owners of a neighborhood theatre. Now we’re a fixture in the community, with regulars who come 1-4 times a month and we miss when they don’t come. We’ve even got fan mail from Great Britain. :)

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

Yes, still fairly quiet here. Perhaps the others are having nice weather and are lingering outside, while us westcoasters are huddled around the fireplace, hugging mugs of hot chocolate.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 3, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

The weather has been beautiful here in western Pennsylvania the past week and a half, Glenda.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

Hi Rick

Nice to see you.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

Hi Rick, welcome. How awesome. And so glad you were a supportive husband and went along with her idea.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

Rick, feels like November here!

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

Another related question is when faced with these choices what made you say yes and go in the new direction?

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 3, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

Supportive may not be the right word at first, but we worked things out. Now I look forward to weekends at the movie show.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

Great question, Darrell.

Rick, what changed your mind about the idea?

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

That’s an interesting question, Darrell. What made me say ‘yes’ and go in the new direction? Sometimes I think it was just what I call my ‘low boredom threshold’ – always running off in search of novelty. But also what Glenda said above: it’s liberating to jump into something new!

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 3, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

Darrell – With the theatre it was the chance to own our own business and eventually not have to work for someone else unless we wanted to.

Other things are often spur of the moment.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

Hey Glenda and Darrell and Avril and Rick! I like the conversation starter, although it reminds me of things I DIDN’T do that changed the course of my life. Like having the opportunity to collaborate on songs with a very popular Christian group and songwriter right after college, and not going for it (I was working out of town at that point). Or when a music publisher signed me and submitted one of my songs for an Amy Grant album, but she scrapped the album and the song along with it when she had a miscarriage. I wonder what would have happened to me had those things panned out.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

Avril, I hear you on a low boredom threshold. Besides, there are so many opportunities all around, how do you say no.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

How true, some things you just cant plan for they just happen.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

Hey Penny, welcome! How disappointing, on both cases.

Comment by Rick Cockrum

October 3, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

The things we don’t plan for seem to have a lot of influence in our lives in the long run. That’s been the case in mine, at least. I don’t think I would have it any other way.

For now, farewell. I’m sorry to leave early, but the day was lot longer than I thought it would be. Have a good night. :)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

However, on the bright side, I took a full-time ministry job running a Christian tv program when my fiance stepped down from the ministry allegedly to care for his ailing father. (He was actually sat down for having an affair with a married woman, and no one told me!) When they no longer needed me 2 years later, I wondered why in the world God had me do tv and then not do it. Well, years later, I know why! Now I do online tv and teach other people to do it, and create software to help other people do it.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

Thanks for popping by, Rick. G’night.

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

Ouch, Penny! Those were lessons learned the hard way! But it’s amazing, isn’t it, when the dust eventually settles, how even the bad stuff ends up being part of the plan.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

Yes, even the bad part leads to something good. I have to believe that, otherwise life would kinda stink. (smile) Podcasting was one of those things that just came to me at the right time, too. I had it in my heart to help people create encouraging audio books, starting recording encouraging audio articles, and then podcasting came along and that was the next logical step. I got to start podcasting as soon as it came along.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

Hi Penny

you are great at what you do,I look forward to learning more from a master.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

Darrell, teaching is the best when you have great students who soak up what you teach them, and even better – DO THEIR HOMEWORK! hehehehe You should be my poster child for my best student. (smile)

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

And those online magazines are going to take off, Penny! Just a little more patience. Hey Avril, this might be something for Philia. And I would to get s4dac involved with my magazine – after Smithers.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

Ithought I was more of a nightmare. The more I learn the more questions I have.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

lol Penny. Maybe there’s a jv somewhere there with Darrell.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

You know, the Online Community Magazines are a good example of your subject tonight. I never intended to design multi-media software. And yet, when I think it through, this could be a huge multi-million dollar business for myself, as well as a way to help tons of other people make money. According to a friend, I have 3 magazines coming in from California within a week, but I have learned not to actually believe everything people say (even if it is with the best of intentions).

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

I’d love to do a jv with Darrell. He would be perfect for one with me. And Darrell, it’s the questions that lead to even more ingenious ways of doing things. I expect you to get creative and surpass me with audio and video. (smile) You know, I still need someone to really take over and run Enabled Magazines – maybe someone with the word Enabling in their business title???? hehehehe

Comment by Len Edgerly

October 3, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

Great thread, and lovely restaurant!

I’m surprised how my life has changed because I happened to read about a conference called “Blogs N Dogs” in Banff, Canada, in December 2005. I went expecting to learn a few tricks about blogging and instead was introduced to podcasting. I now do a weekly podcast, alternating between the Audio Pod Chronicles and the Video Pod Chronicles, and I’ve been giving presentations to arts organizations about how they can use the tools of new media and social networks. All because I had a hankering to go on the free dog sled ride that was included in the registration package at Banff.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

Things will happen, it may take more time then we want. Things happen according to a schedule, it just may not be our schedule.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

I know I haven’t done anything yet with the magazine, despite good intentions.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

Glenda, I think you and your left thumb are just a tad bit busy enough, don’t you think? We don’t need you exhausted! (smile)

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

I would be happy to help any way I can. We can all reach our full potential if we work together. The result may be bigger than expected.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

Len, that is too funny! All because of a Dog Sled ride. hehehehehe

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

Welcome Len, thanks for sharing your story! Do you know Penny, the podcasting queen?

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

Darrell, I just need someone well-connected to people with physical and mental challenges to help them find out about Enabled Magazine, and use it. From there, if a business wants to advertise on the site, then there could be money coming in that way. Alternatively, if someone uses the magazine and decides they want to start their own business with the software, then we’ve added someone to the group. And you get the 25% referral fee. (smile)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

Len, are you familiar with Kim Bloomer and Animal Talk! Naturally?

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

All sounds good!!

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

hmm, if I send my contacts to Darrell, perhaps you could walk them through the technical process? That is where I’m hung up; otherwise the magazine would be jam packed by now!

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

Penny, you know if you need help or if there is any thing I can do to help you let me know

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

Penny, is there a dog magazine yet?

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

The technical part shouldn’t be too bad, since we have videos on every page for every function, basically. But if I can train Darrell the ins and outs of the magazine, he could train anyone else.

And no, no dog magazine yet. Someone asked to do one, but never came through.

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

Wow, I’m lost! Though I’m no technophobe, I have to confess that I know nothing about podcasting beyond downloading & listening to them, and can’t imagine how you all manage to blog and podcast and run online magazines and still have time to breathe! (Or do you?) (Have time to breathe, that is?) ;-)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

and really, all I need is people to contact other people. I really don’t have any “ins” in that community, so I can’t spread the word about it with any type of authority. If you guys know of any people that want to blog or podcast on my dime, within a community setting of people with some similar experiences, then we just want to fill up the site with them. That’s all I need. I’m paying for the server, have set up the magazine, created the tutorials, etc.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

sounds good to me.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

Avril, I get very, very tired! (smile). Actually, I cut my business podcast back to every other week, even though it took a hit on my search engine rankings. It was just too much. And now, I have to blog about my online magazines, as I have created an email auto-responder from it. That way, people can sign up and find out more information in a leisurely format.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

lol you mean I have to breathe too, Avril? I knew I was forgeting something!

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

hahahahaha Glenda, you are too funny!

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

Penny, I had one organization ready to submit the rss, but I think the process scared them off and I haven’t followed up. Ugh

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

Avril, this social media would be great for s4dac.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

I think it seems a lot scarier than it is. They Register, they get a passcode from you, and they click Submit Listing. They put in their RSS link. Done. The other features just gives them more advertising, but that’s really the only necessities.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

Avril, what’s s4dac?

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

That is where I lost them, Penny.

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

http://www.s4dac.org – look at the content, not the design ;)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

wow! The magazine software would be a perfect match! people could upload audio and video and type in some text about it, and the site would be filled with example of the artistry of everyone.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

Glenda, that’s why we need Darrell to become an expert on how the magazine works and get people through it. Once they learn, it’s really a no brainer.

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

Sounds great, Glenda – let’s talk about that when we meet tomorrow (sadly, not at a cafe in Brazil, only in Surrey…). Right now I’m hard put just to put in the few hours I do on S4DAC stuff, but I’d love to start thinking about how to make the website more dynamic, interactive and responsive. Lots to talk about.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

I am not hard to find.:)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

No, Darrell – I pretty much know where you are. Just tell me when you are ready to become a master at this, and I’ll make sure I answer all of your questions – after you watch all of the videos! (smile) Homework!

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

Definitely a good idea to train Darrell. And yes, I would like to get s4dac into the Arts column – Avril just doesn’t know it yet! We’re meeting tomorrow ;)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

Avril, you know, you could use Enabled Magazine to do that. You wouldn’t have to run anything – just send people to the site to put their stuff up there. We are working on other “widgets” so that you could then take the blogs and podcast and syndicate them back on your site. It would be like a Podcast Player or a little RSS Reader that would show the person’s stuff.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

you tell me when to start and where !!!

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

Wow, this Readers’ Cafe is definitely turning intentions into action!

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

Well, I’m exhausted, and need to crash (and breathe). Hopefully, I will be in touch with Glenda and Darrell tomorrow, and Avril, it was wonderful meeting you. I hope my magazine software will help you promote other people’s artistry. (smile)

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

Darrell, you start at http://www.onlinecommunitymagazines.com/tutorials.html. After that, I’ll send you to the Admin video tutorials. (sly grin) Good night, all!

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

Thanks so much for joining us, Penny. Have a good night.

Comment by Penny Haynes

October 3, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

Oh, and by the way, if you master the tutorials, then maybe I can send all of my customer service calls to you for the other magazines, and actually pay you for it! (smile)

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

Night Penny

Comment by Avril

October 3, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

Thanks, everyone – lots to think about – and (oh dear) lots to do! Ah well. That’s what makes life interesting. Great to meet you, Penny. Do you have a website I can visit to learn more about what you do?

Meanwhile, time for a break – gotta eat as well as breathe!

Good night, all. Enjoy the rest of the week. Happy Thanksgiving next week to the Canadians, and Happy Columbus Day to the Americans! And whatever the Brazilians and others are celebrating this weekend too!

Cheers…

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

Sounds awesome, Penny! I knew there was a jv between you two somewhere. Then I can focus more on writing and we’re all happy! ;)

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

Thanks Avril. See you tomorrow – for real! Looks like we’ll have lots to talk about.

Comment by Darrell

October 3, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

it has been a pleasure, have a great week

Comment by Glenda

October 3, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

Thank you everyone for joining the conversation. It was a lively one! The next Readers’ Café is Wednesday, October 17th, 4-7pm pacific.

Until then, I’d like to leave you with this thought:

Unless you marry intention to action, you end up with only a brief affair.

Comment by Kathy

October 3, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

Hi Glenda,
I enjoyed the cafe even though I arrived too late to participate. I thought I’d let you know I passed a copy of your site along to a woman at the VAN Olympic Committee in regards to a possible internet project they are working on. I’ll keep you posted.

On another note, I keep wondering how far first place is away every time I vote. After all, it is your intention to get paid to Blog for a year n’est-ce pas?
Cheers,
kathy

Comment by Be a Good Daughter

November 5, 2007 @ 12:11 am

Great message.
I hope you will like our diary..
See ya

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