Kiss5Tigers

The 5 Tigers represent the big things in life. This blog is about facing them.

Can I Do This?

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Last Monday, I facilitated a group.

On Monday afternoons, I attend the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group, because I have bipolar II, which I’ve mentioned before.  I’ve been going for about 3 years now.  I’ve worked through the book more than once.  I know the answers, haha, as if I could know the right answers to mental health when it’s different for everyone.

The regular facilitator was having a hard day and asked me if I would lead.  None of this is surprising, since he is a peer and the group could be led by any peer.  I said yes, and I was happy to do this favor for him.

It went surprisingly well.  We worked our way through 2 pages in the book.  That may not be much but it included some conversation and it was the end of a section.  Didn’t make sense to start a new section with only 15 minutes left.  The group appreciated the chance to chat during the session.  It was a little more active than the usual facilitator likes, but we have different philosophies.  He is trying to get through the book, whereas I use the book as a jumping-off point.  Nothing wrong with either one, just different.

At the same time, I have been hearing about women who lead seminars to help other women.  I think I could lead one about vision boards and creating goals.  It would be maybe 3 hours, give or take.  Part of it would be about setting goals, where do you want to be in, say, 5 years?  Or indeed, ever?  Part of it would be making the actual vision board.  And part of it would be about sharing our dreams and visions.  I think I could manage about 10 women, and they would have to bring their own scissors since I don’t own that many pairs.  Glue and magazines I’ve got, scissors not so much.

So I am looking for goal setting exercises.  They are surprisingly hard to find.  There are a lot of sites devoted to professional development and goal setting in that regard but really almost nothing about personal goal setting.  The principles must be the same however so I just need to tweak them.  Of course I would need to tweak them in any case to make them my own.  I’m about being inspired by other people, not stealing their work.

I believe I can do this.  It seems very do-able.  It also doesn’t overlap the government job so there should be no conflict of interest.  The first one or two would be free while I get my feet under me, then I would have to start charging.  I wonder if I could even do it monthly.

Words of encouragement and suggestions only, please.  I have enough nay-sayers in my own head as it is.  I could stand some support around this idea.

Author: Allison Leonard / Kiss5Tigers

I like sci-fi movies, and I noticed that I like the noir ones best. They are almost universally set in a sort of post-apocalyptic dystopia. I later realized, I find them comforting and familiar, probably because I live there, at least in my inner life. Perhaps things are not as bleak as they seem, or perhaps I am simply learning to keep a better attitude. This is the chronicle of my adventures. May you find something valuable here.

4 thoughts on “Can I Do This?

  1. I like the vision board work group idea. Prayers for great success!

    • Oh my gosh! You would So ROCK this! Allie, you were born for this stuff. I’m not at all surprised that the peer group you lead that day went well. You have such a gift for support! Nor everyone does. You are diplomatic and tactful, you have an image wisdom–or maybe it is hard-learned, nonetheless it is wisdom in these situations. You can do better than almost anyone.

      Now to find your niche. I have no doubt you will find the perfect fit in time. Maybe you already have. In any case, hang in there, Chickie, you’re on a good path, IMHO. 😃🤗🎉🎆

  2. Oh my gosh! You would So ROCK this! Allie, you were born for this stuff. I’m not at all surprised that the peer group you lead that day went well. You have such a gift for support! Nor everyone does. You are diplomatic and tactful, you have an image wisdom–or maybe it is hard-learned, nonetheless it is wisdom in these situations. You can do better than almost anyone.

    Now to find your niche. I have no doubt you will find the perfect for in time. Hang in there, Chickie, you’re on a good path, IMHO. 😃🤗🎉🎆

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