Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the inspirational word of the week.

Collaborate: (verb) to cooperate, to work willingly with one another.

I was checking my e-mail this morning and came across this great post by Chris Guillebeau called Stategy vs. Tactics. (click the link to go to his website) He talks about thinking more about having a clear vision for what you want to do is WAY more important than which platform you use. “Most important: You can learn all about tactics as you go along, but you have to have a clear strategy from the start. ”

Right after that, I read Colleen Wainwright‘s newsletter with a timely message about motivation. In short: when in doubt, gather one or more like-minded people who will hold you accountable.

Which brings me to todays blog post.

My friends and I have been very busy bringing together all of our ideas inspired by the National Main Street Conference we attended last week. (Here are some pictures, enjoy!!)





We’ve gleaned more than 3 pages of ideas, and have already implemented more than a few of them!  We’ve been e-mailing, phoning and collaborating with each other, as well as many other local community organizations. So far we’ve confirmed partnerships with the CERT Team, the Rotary, the Community, Christmas Toy Store, America in Bloom (with Susan Bork), the Friends of the Library, and the student exchange program Youth for Understanding, to come to our Volunteer Speed Matching rally next Thursday May 20 at 6:30pm at the Old Town Hall. (click the link to go to our DDA website to learn more about it)

Just this morning, my friends and I also attended the first ever Coffee Club meeting at the Ortonville United Methodist Church, sponsored by our local paper, The Citizen and it’s newest promotion  There was coffee and donuts (of course) and a laptop computer projecting the websites up onto a screen.  Everyone was invited to bring in their business cards and talk about what they do and how they work with other local people. It was a vision of Collaboration at it’s finest!! (I was so proud to watch Debbie, Molly and Brenda T. talk about what they do! It was wonderful to watch and be a part of!  Just sayin’!)

After the Coffee Club, I went home and took my walk before meeting with Molly and Liz of Trinity Photography (our fearless CreekFest chair!) to talk about our up coming June 5 CreekFest event. Debbie couldn’t attend because of a family funeral, but she was good enough to send us the map she made of downtown (She’s really good at graphic design as well as being our Beets, Beats & Eats farmers market manager) so we could mark it up with who goes where, and road closings and vendor spaces. Our meeting was extremely productive because we all really enjoy working together. That’s the biggest benefit of collaboration!

Speaking of fun and productive, last weekend, my girlfriend Susan (Thanks Honey xooxo) told me about this Recycled Art show in Lake Orion, Michigan at the Orion Art Center (click the link to check out their website). The show features industrial (rubber, glass, metal, electrical, building materials) and household (paper, plastic, glass, textiles, etc) materials imaginatively created into art. I decided to submit my latest piece.

24549_1407966407787_1491246134_1039246_4414414_nThe awards presentation and opening reception is tomorrow night, so if you’re in the area, feel free to stop in and take a look.  The show lasts thru Saturday, June 19.  By the way, the show is sponsored by Waste Management!  Now that is a great sign of collaboration!

Chris Guillebeau and Colleen Wainwright are collaborating with Pace and Kyeli Smith and a bunch of other folks to change the world through a world changing writing workshop. “Imagine a world where every single person is a little bit kinder. Imagine a world where every single person is a little more open-minded. Together, we can create this world, one reader at a time.”  Kyeli Smith

I’m seriously considering taking this course. I really do believe I can help change the world, because I know it’s not just up to me. It’s about connections, resilience, faith and desire. That’s why I write this blog, make art, and volunteer with the DDA (as well as focus on being a wife and mom). Although I’m not exactly sure how this is all going to come together, I have no doubt that this is what I’m supposed to be doing.

My strategy for changing the world is to inspire as many people as I can to find something good and kind to look forward to, and share it!

And so, my friendly blog reader, I must admit I’m scared to push the publish button…………. Doing so will mean that I am committing to being an inspirational artist and writer. (That totally sounds new age woo woo and kinda gives me the creeps but it’s who I am) I know that in order to collaborate with the people who need to read this, I have to share it………. I know that by pushing past my own fear, someone else will be more likely to get past their own. And that makes it all worth it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

xoxo Pam

In response to the stormy seas of life, my husband Blake and I have created this website to be a Current of Inspiration, a wave of love and joy to wash away hate and fear. By posting every week, it's our commitment to making our world a better place. We hope you find it uplifting and will share it with your friends! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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