On this page, you’ll find resources that will inspire you to start your quest, spark an idea, create a connection, point you in the right direction, suggest a next step or encourage you to stretch, along with events to consider if you are in the Boston area.
Great Books to Read
If it’s on this page, I’ve read it and I’ll tell you why I love it. And if you'd like to buy any or all of them, instead of sending you to Amazon or any of the regional or national bookstores, I'll link you to
- the author’s own website
- the Indie Bookstore Finder where you can find an Indie bookstore near you. Please join me in supporting Independently and locally owned stores and building vibrant communities!
|Indie Bookstore Finder
Find a local independent bookstore near you!
|The Back of the Napkin
by Dan Roam
You don't need to know how to draw; you don't even need to go out and buy paper napkins to learn how to solve problems and sell ideas with pictures. Engaging and witty real-life stories illustrate how this style of thinking can lead to fresh insights and creative approaches for unravelling knotty problems and arriving at elegant solutions.
You can find the book at Dan Roam's website.
|Making a Living Without a Job
by Barbara J. Winter
Its subtitle "winning ways for creating work that you love" gives you an idea of where she is headed: that you can make a living and have a life that you craft for yourself. Her concept of multiple profit centers—earning income in different and creative ways—ensures that all of your sources-of-money eggs are not in one basket.
You can find the book at Barbara Winter's website.
|Caught Between a Dream and a Job
by Delatorro McNeal II
This is inspiring and pragmatic at the same time. It's chock full of questions for you to think about and answer to help you reframe how you view about what you do to earn income. Delatorro shares his own experiences that have led him to where he is now. You can find the book at Delatorro McNeal's website.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
|Write It Down, Make It Happen
by Henriette Anne Klauser
This is a different kind of book. Its subtitle explains what happens when you employ this technique—when you know what you want you get it—via stories of how the author, her clients and friends have received what they wanted when they picked up a pen and wrote down their aspirations.
You can find the book at Henriette Klauser's website.
Helpful Tools to Use
If you are like me, part of your quest may be to share your thoughts with others. I publish my monthly e-newsletter, Your Next Quest Chronicles using Constant Contact® because it's an easy, effective, and highly affordable way to connect with my audience and build strong, successful, lasting relationships. To learn more and to give it a free sixty-day trial, click on the picture below.
Your Next Quest Lifeshops
This can be an ideal way for friends to honor a milestone birthday or life event. What better way to launch your own quest, to claim your own realm, to reach for your dream—no matter what it is! In this 3-session lifeshop, you’ll give yourself the chance to explore your inner passions by participating in fun, interactive activities designed to spark your thinking in a different direction. You’ll explore what steps you can take towards realizing your dream, whether it’s personal or professional. The lifeshop can be delivered at your home in the Boston area or at ARTBEAT, located in East Arlington, Mass.
Next Quest Lifeshop participants wearing their crowns.
"Michèle was a wonderfully supportive and encouraging guide, helping free up my thinking about what's next for me. The workshop was a perfect "right brain/left brain" combination, with analytical "thinking" activities, and creative art projects that opened my imagination to all kinds of new paths to explore as I continue to define my own 'next quest.'"
- L. Shoemaker, Arlington
"Michèle and Jan created a safe and accepting environment to explore
thoughts and feelings about my next quest.
To my surprise, I actually have pursued my quest following the workshop!!!"
— L. Grasmere, Arlington