I just returned home from Lake Tahoe after participating in an extraordinary event called CEO Space.
My life is forever changed…again.
During the 8 day long trip I was inspired to transform my passion (Giggle On) into a business. I know I can do it! I also laughed and cried and played and chatted with dozens of wonderful people. I feel like the luckiest lady alive. CEO Space was a lot of fun!
My Life Matters
At the end of the trip, my fellow CEO Space friend, Eric, walked up to me, looked me straight in the eyes and said “Your Life Matters“. I shared with Eric the reason I started Giggle On! and in sharing my story, I brought him to tears. It meant so much to hear those 3 words from him that I started to cry too. My life does matter and YOUR LIFE MATTERS TOO! Thanks Eric
Meeting Lisa Nichols
Another top moment of the week was my chat with Lisa Nichols.
Some of you may recognize Lisa Nichols from the movie The Secret. Others may know her as the co-author of Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul. Some may know about her work helping teens and preventing teen suicide with her program, Motivating the Teen Spirit.
A Shared Mission: Saving Lives
I recognized Lisa from the movie The Secret but I was unaware of her work with teens and suicide prevention until last week. Once I realized we shared similar missions, I listened closely to every word that left her lips.
After a very moving presentation and speech she delivered on March 18, 2009, I spoke with Lisa in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Lake Tahoe. Her talk moved me, and many others, to tears. Her work with teens is truly inspirational. She has helped thousands of people.
I was compelled to thank her personally for her work and for the speech. I walked to the table where she was signing autographs and answering questions.
Pick Me, Pick Me
A large group of people were clamoring for her attention. If I could read minds I would have sworn they were saying “Pick Me Lisa, Pick Me”.
Some folks wanted to chat, some wanted autographs and pictures and others, I imagine, just wanted to be close to a celebrity.
I am not one to get star-struck.”Touching” fame has no interest to me but I did want to let her know I admired her work in the area of suicide prevention. People doing good work should be thanked.
Stop the Clock, Hold the Phone
I told Lisa briefly about my mission at Giggle On! and my motivation for for creating the site. Tears filled my eyes as I spoke. I thought about Jim. It felt like he was there with me. I could feel every beat of my own heart.
I told her I was having trouble getting my message out. I said I was unsure if my message was too polarizing, too confusing.
How egotistical of me to think I could actually save a life?
Save Lives – No Matter What!
With the group of people around her growing by the second, she looked straight at me love with support in her eyes and said (and I paraphrase):
Don’t be afraid to shine your light. Don’t be afraid of your greatness. If your goal is to help save lives, save lives. Do not apologize. Say yes and keep going no matter what!
The group around us grew silent as she spoke. The sea of admirers parted and gave her space to talk with me. Everyone listened intently. It felt as if the world stopped for a few minutes. I needed to hear that message in that moment and I needed to hear it from Lisa Nichols.
Lisa walked over and hugged me and I cried tears of joy and tears of acceptance. Someone else, someone like her understands what I am trying to do. She saves lives too and she gets it.
Shine My Light…No Matter What!!!
WOW – those words moved me.
I will not be afraid to say, I WANT TO SAVE LIVES!
Yes, Yes – Lisa…Yes, Yes!
I will not be afraid to encourage life, playfulness and smiles.
If Lisa can do it, I can too. I will not quit, I will not give in. I will not give up. No Matter What!
Lisa has a new book coming out called, can you guess, No Matter What. I pre-ordered 10 copies of the book and plan to give away a few copies here at Giggle On! in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for contest details.
Just to note, the picture of me and Lisa was taken a few days after my chat with her. I met her the first time while wearing my Feel-Good Do-Good sparkly Giggle On! shirt (a portion of the proceeds go to charity – ORDER HERE).
For those of you who know me well, you know I am not a fan of wearing pantyhose and dressing up. Sure, I clean up well but I’d rather be wearing jeans. By the time Wednesday hit, I threw on my Giggle On! hoodie and my purple Vans sneakers and hit the floor. I was the queen of Giggle On! coolness! muah-ha-ha-ha – Causal dress ROCKS!
Don’t Give Up! Giggle On! … NO MATTER WHAT!