All posts tagged Reboot

Breathe…The Future is Now #HappyReinventing

After a profound week of insights at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show), you sit back and wonder how the world could have existed without all this technology and interconnectivity.  The irony of it all, however, is the lack of connectivity we have to one another as human beings.

Are we replacing the soft touch, eye-to-eye contact with robotic and AI practicality? Replacing human jobs with digital productivity? Letting machines make decisions for us and dictate our behavior patterns? Making the work place obsolete? Providing no environment for the imagination to flourish?

Or is all of this accelerating our brains capacity to imagine on a scale that we never did before and challenging us to find new ways to think and explore? Can we really be replaced by machines and AI to the extent that we will need to find another way to sustain our economy if we can’t earn money and buy all the goods that are being created by these new robots…and being sold to us?  Is progress becoming negative for humanity and are we to slow it down or just plow through it in the name of innovation?

It’s daunting and exciting, romantic and nostalgic while innovative and exploratory.

But for what? To say that we can? To be bigger and better? To create a world that we once envisioned only in the movies and on the Jetsons?  Do we stand to benefit from it?  In all the futuristic movies, there’s a cold and harsh world with very little human connectivity – you never see the “peace, love and happiness” of the 60’s era that was the quintessential of the human spirit come to life.

Why are we doing this? Our kids have different social norms that have them living their friendships and communication over social media, the adults are scrambling to keep up with the Joneses on technology platforms, we can barely have a conversation with out being pinged, happed, buzzed from some type of gadget and yet this digital world is supposed to be making us more “connected”?  Connected to what? I’d rather snuggle up to a warm body than a computer at night yet we’re being bombarded with our “need” to go to sleep, monitor our sleep, wake up to, have our first coffee, brush our teeth, do our grocery shopping, drive around…all without effort and without thinking… why is that so good?  Is this really enabling us to use our brains capacity? Will we become an even lazier society, more sedentary, and thus unhealthier than we already are?  Is this all just a ploy to rid the world of human beings so some larger more universal play can happen?

These digital devices and apps are touting health, fitness, mindfulness, meditation – ironically – gadgets that support our need to be addicted to them but ironically giving us “solutions” to relax and unplug.

It’s all quite absurd but we seem to not be able to live without them. This addiction is more severe than we realize, and capitalism and curiosity are driving it.

There does feel like there’s a backlash happening, but it will never be grand enough to slow down progress or halt productivity and growth of the future.

All we can do is be mindful of it, ask the questions, resist the urge to engage because it’s there and being sold to us, know what makes us feel good, warm and fuzzy, teach our children to love what we know was a beautiful time of staring out a window for hours on a car ride and let our imaginations run free, walk down a street or around a school campus and look at our fellow humans, make eye contact, smile, be engaged, be present and “just be.”

We don’t have to be always “doing” in order to feel fulfilled.

Take a pen to paper and write a letter to your 8-year old self.  What would you say about your life today and what it was when you were that age.  How would you protect yourself from getting pulled into the vortex without the checks and balances for yourself?

Be aware and alert, be accountable to yourself and your desires and passions, dare to unplug and explore your world. Check in with yourself and don’t just go along for the ride and get swept up in the pace of future innovation. Be conscious of what you’re doing, even if you’re doing it.  Take the time to be present and dig a little deeper with yourself and those around you.

Resist the urge when you can…challenge yourself…be mindful.

Check out the new mindfulness and meditation centers, classes and programs popping up if you’re eager to keep that balance…

Or just unplug, take a walk, smell the roses, feel the sun, breathe….

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing!

#CES2018 #TheFutureIsNow#mindfulness #imagination #connectivity #dream #smelltheroses #technology #AI #digital #touch #social #communication #Reinvent #dream #foodforthought #reinventyourlife #soulfood #habits #inspiredthoughts

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts?

Share your stories, feedback, anecdotes – I’d like to include them in my blog, website or upcoming book –visit our website and join the conversation.  See great links to others’ inspiring websites, sign up for the newsletter and please share with everyone.

Follow me, share, retweet, repost and like @:

TWITTER: @KathiSR   #HappyReinventing

Facebook: The Reinvention Exchange

LinkedIn: The Reinvention Exchange or Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Instagram: KathiSR or ReinventYourLife25


New Year’s Reflections & Reinventions


It’s about the journey.
That’s the point.
If you choose to find the best and beauty in everything, you’ll enjoy the journey.
The choice is yours.
How do you choose to live out this life?
Ready to Reinvent? Big or Small?
Change is Adventure.
Stretching feels Good.
Channel the Fear into Momentum.

When it comes to Reinvention … trust yourself!

We’re surrounded by so much information that sometimes it paralyzes us and we don’t know which way to turn – this diet, that investment, now that’s bad for you, only this is good for you…

We’re all different and we’re adults with research and information on everything at our fingertips.
Take in the information and figure out what is right for you. Then you can own it and forge a path that includes these new tools, habits, programs, interests.

If New Year’s Resolutions are the moment of reflection for you – then this might just help…

If you are really ready to make that leap and become more fit, or find that new career path, or get into a good relationship, or do some great volunteer work, or whatever your passion is to pursue, then set realistic goals so that you can feel good about achieving them, and the milestones along the way.

Whether we want to or need to, these little or big reinventions are incredible journeys and you want to map yours out, just like you would if you we’re going on a vacation to somewhere new and interesting.

A few fundamental steps are involved so write them down, especially because in weeks or months from now, when you’re having a down day or feeling challenged with your goals, reading your game plan will remind you and reinforce the reason and spirit with which you set out to do it –

  • Pick your destination – where do you want to end up?
  • Do some research – what’s involved, want more do you need to know, will this require some education, courses, reading, meetings with others?
  • How do you work your Reinvention into your current life – what gives? What stays in place? What has to be reorganized to make this work?
  • Who’s involved and how will these new plans affect them? How will they be involved?
  • Who else do you need to engage in your process for support, guidance, mentoring, inspiration?
  • What are the first five things you’ll need to do to get on the path?
  • What’s your personal measurement of success in this journey? How will you know you’re on the right path and pleased with your Reinvention?

Whatever your passion, wherever this next adventure takes you, prepare yourself with a road map to get there – this is not work – this is your journey, so enjoy every step of it and own it with a sense of excitement.

Do it with Quiet Dignity, Wisdom in your Heart, Intelligence in your Body and Own the Life You Want.

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing!

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your stories, feedback, anecdotes – I’d like to include them in my blog, website or upcoming book –visit our website and join the conversation. See great links to others’ inspiring websites, sign up for the newsletter and please share with everyone.

Follow me, share, retweet, repost and like @:
TWITTER: @KathiSR #HappyReinventing
Facebook: The Reinvention Exchange
LinkedIn: The Reinvention Exchange or Kathi Sharpe-Ross
Instagram: KathiSR or ReinventYourLife25

Kathi Sharpe-Ross – Chief Reinventor/

#HappyReinventing #NewYears #Resolutions #HappyNewYear #Reinvent #dream #foodforthought #reinventyourlife #soulfood #habits #inspiredthoughts

Empty Nester? Perfect Time to Reinvent Your Life!

Empty nest #2

All the connotations of an empty nest appear to be negative and come with a huge dose of sadness. Our babies have flown the nest, left the coop, moved on to grow as adults and leave us holding … memories! Memories of the most beautiful, challenging, emotional, happy, special, life-changing moments ever. I love being a mommy, feeling needed, wanted, nurturing, care-taking while constantly being in awe of these amazing little people that turn into grown up human beings – that WE created!!! It never ceases to amaze me and give me such incredible joy and fills my heart.

For some this is a time of celebration – to have the house back to yourself, to do what you want when you want, to have no day-to-day care-taking responsibilities. No more late-night trips to the market to make sure there’s basic necessities in the fridge to feed your kids…and god forbid you have to make cookies for that bake-sale fundraiser at midnight while you’re on a business deadline!

Now those hugs and face-to-face conversations have transformed into texts, calls and expensive plane tickets, but that’s ok as this is the new “norm.”

But I’ve got news for you! This is also the greatest time to consider Reinventing Your Life!
It doesn’t have to be HUGE but as you know, Reinventions come in ALL shapes and sizes so just consider this for a moment…

What are you going to do with all those extra hours and the lack of responsibilities that you used to have day in and day out that were your excuse for not doing all those things you “said” you wanted to do?

Guess what? No excuses!

So, put on those running shoes, download that language app, go buy that garden shovel, pick up your old guitar, go tell your boss how you feel about your job so you can get that promotion, clean out and redo one of the rooms, do that volunteer work that your subconscious mind has been urging you to do, call up some friends you’ve been pushing aside for years, pick up that tennis racket, take back your weekends and do, something fun, make those travel plans with your friends and loved ones, visit some remote part of the city, be a tourist in your own hometown…

Getting the picture?

This is YOUR time, again! Use it wisely, love your children, make sure they’re doing great and support them growing into great people but also, show them how it’s done and what is possible in life!

It’s actually an amazing way for your kids to see that we should NEVER stop exploring the world, our interests, our passions and that their years in college are just the beginning of them testing out life as adults, finding their interests and passions, learning about things they never even knew existed.

I remember taking courses in college (I was a Communications major) such as Astronomy, Archaeology, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Middle Eastern Studies, Public Speaking, Film Studies, Philosophy – these are the courses that I constantly recall, as I got exposure to things I might not ever experience or learn again. Those made an impression on me.

That was my time to explore and guess what? It is again…right now! I may not be in college but there’s an entire world full of hobbies, interests, destinations and people to discover.

Perhaps our journey is just beginning again so rethink those tough moments, don’t be sad or anxious that your kids aren’t around – cease the moment and dig deep – what are your passions and how are you going to live this one incredible life?

Enjoy and #HappyReinventing!

Follow my regular blog posts on The Huffington Post

© 2012 The Reinvention Exchange, all rights reserved. Site by: Jett Media Group / The Hain Group