MAPLE LEOPARD: How an Aha Moment Can Change Your Life

Monday, August 3, 2015

How an Aha Moment Can Change Your Life




I should've jumped in, sizzling temps in the NW!

High in the sky scenic ride on the monorail!







  A pit stop at Pike Place Market for some refreshing peach tea


Last week I was invited by  Mutual of Omaha video tour to come over to Seattle Center and share my aha moment.  It was a beautiful sunny day and I enjoyed the sites.  I was a little nervous, but it was a super fun experience and I'm thankful they contacted me.  One video from the nationwide tour will be chosen  to feature on an upcoming commercial, that would be so cool!

For those who have been following my blog, I thought I would share the inspiration for starting this journey. For most of us there is usually a defining "aha moment" that sets the course for a new adventure in life.  Last summer is when my aha moment came. 

I was networking on Linked In to find a new job, and had hopes that a new career would be on the way soon.  It was there I connected with a entrepreneurial college student named Eric. He asked me what my passion was. I replied "I love fashion, sewing, design and love to help others."  He said "Well then, start writing a blog!" He also helped me with some of the technical issues of getting it started.  A huge thank you to Eric for encouraging me to follow my passion.

I'm so glad I made the plunge! The blogging community is so awesome and supportive. I have met  some really amazing people and made many new friends! 

Have you had an aha moment, a defining split second of clarity that set a new course?  I would love to hear it! I hope your week is filled with all the best things in life, thanks for visiting!

Valerie




















21 comments:

  1. great post -- seems like it was such a great time

    http://hashtagliz.com

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  2. Love this post! Your pictures are so neat and fun to look at! My latest aha moment was when I started blogging this past January and it has been a BLAST to say the least! I love sharing my art, thoughts and creativity to anyone and EVERYONE! I love to travel and write so it was perfect for me! Even more aha when I joined a blog group on facebook! It was great connecting with other women and other bloggers! Great post! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! I totally agree, it has been a blast! Sometimes it gets very tiring, but hoping it will all pay off in the end! The facebook groups are amazing! Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Connecting with other like minded people just gives you more motivation to get your goals set and continue the good work. Love this post!

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    1. Yes so true Nichole, I love the blogging community and the connections I have made! Thanks for the kind words, have a great week!

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  4. Your welcome Valerie! But it all worked out for you because you put in so much time and effort needed to make this a success.
    By the way, your blog looks amazing and that new logo is nice!
    Good luck and keep on going with the posts :)

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    1. Awe Eric....so glad to see you stop by! Thank you for the kind words, I have sooo much more to learn, as you know..ha ha, the techy stuff keeps KICKING my butt!! Best to you as well, hope your blog(s) are going well!

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  5. Good for you!

    My aha moment happened two weeks ago at a writing retreat. I hated some of the freelance work I was doing. Underpaid, constantly asked for more work without more money, having to chase the business owner down for my paycheck... Aha. I don't have to do that. I'll find another way to pay off a bill, and I'll keep my self-esteem. Thanks for sharing your moment.

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    1. Good for you Robin! Aha moments come in all different ways, and it's always a great revelation! Thank you for visiting my blog, I wish you much success!

      Valerie

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  6. We need to all pay attention to those AHA moments! Most of the time we let them slip on by.
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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    1. Yes so true Cynthia! They teach us many things!

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  7. I'm so glad you did that and I can't wait to see the video! I love what outfit you ended up going with too :-)

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    1. Thanks Angie, you are so sweet! I almost backed out..ha...so chicken of video! It won't be out for 3 weeks or so.

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  8. My aha moment happened earlier this year when I realized I am not happy where I physically am anymore. And what's keeping me here? A job in a restaurant? The fact that I've only ever lived in the Midwest? LAME. I can't wait to move.


    Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

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    1. Good for you Krysten! Sometimes people don't pay attention to their aha moment and let it pass on by, glad you listened and are making some changes for YOU! Take care and thanks for stopping by!

      Valerie

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  9. Good for you for not being afraid to give something new a try, and what a great story of how you got here!

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    1. Awe thanks Jenn, I was really afraid of video..ha, but I bit the bullet! Not sure yet how it turned out, but regardless, it was an amazing experience!

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  10. What a fun trip - and a great series of pics to go with it!

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  11. I love Seattle! Haven't been in more than a decade (I moved to the South in 2004) but each time I visited, I fell a little more in love with the place.

    As for aha moments - I think perhaps the biggest one came this past summer. I was reading a friend's blog post which was sorta in a round-about way about finding your passion. I have this contentious relationship with the notion that we have to LOVE (in all capital letters) the work we do...and if we don't LOVE the work we're doing, we need to move on. I kinda feel like that's a lot of pressure to put on the idea of work...and that it's a notion born of luxury. At any rate, her post talked about what our musts are - that thing that is a part of us soul-deep and true. Even though I would have never thought it, for me it's all about teaching. I have to teach. It is as much a part of me as my fingernail shape. All from reading a blog post ;)

    Anyway. Thank you for joining us for Photo Friday this past week!

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