Tuesday, December 22, 2015


It’s Day 10 of the QUEST2015 challenge. http://trackingwonder.com/quest-2016/ #quest2016 #amplify. Today’s prompt comes from Productivity Guru Charlie Gilkey @charliegilkey. I’m so lucky to have Charlie right here in my hometown. #CharlieRules

Which element of your best work do you most want to amplify this year?

It’s fitting that my answer to the productivity guru’s prompt is about productivity…

I want to amplify my ability to use my project management skills to help other creative entrepreneurs do their best work. I’m working on a set of productivity Charrettes
(SHuh'ret, noun. an intesive effort to map solutions or finish a project). Little workshops designed to help people Get Shit Done #GSD.

I’m super excited about these, but I’m running into that dreaded “imposter syndrome.” As a project manager, my role within multiple creative agencies has been the person organizing the workshop and the strategy sessions. I’ve been told time and time again by the “creatives” in the agencies that I’m not creative so I should stick with managing the creatives. Super frustrating and one of the main reasons why I’m a freelance project manager today and only choose to work with agencies that value the creative input from the entire team.

I personally don’t think you need to be a designer or writer to be a “creative”. I use creativity every single day with how I motivate my clients and teams. I’m more than just a project manager. I’ve learned and established my own strategy practice over the years. I’m amazing at getting things organized. I’m also amazing at leading people, being a creative catalyst for them for just about anything.

I’ve been working with a call to action that is simply “What do you need?” I’ve worn so many hats that I can pretty much help anyone get anything done and if I can’t I know someone who can. “I got you.”

I love this prompt. It’s wonderful way to stand in front of our work, to put it out into the world. That act simply makes you take a step toward that goal.

What do you need?
I got you.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Let's play in a treehouse.

It's Day 5 of the QUEST2015 challenge. http://trackingwonder.com/quest-2016/ #quest2016

Our prompt comes from Daydream Visionary: Scott Barry Kaufman who asks us:

What recurring daydream for 2016 inspires you to do business as unusual like never before? #daydream

I’m sitting my treehouse meeting space looking out over the grassy field and amphitheater watching a small group of creativity chasers collaborate and more importantly play together. There are a couple of freelancers up here with me that came out to The Ranch for the day to get our of their daily surroundings in search of epiphany inspiration. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

I would build The Ranch.

I’m a little late with my Day 3 post for the QUEST2016 challenge. http://trackingwonder.com/quest-2016/ #quest2016

Day 3’s prompt wrapping up Week One’s theme “Get Clear with Yourself,” comes from Debbie Millman of Design Matters.

How would you do business as unusual in 2016 if you knew - no matter what you chose - you would not fail?

I would build the Ranch.

My creative retreat space just outside of Portland, a place for people and teams to get out of the daily grind and into the possibilities, a place where work and play get it done.

I can see it so clearly.

I am the garden where you bloom where you’re planted.

I am the tree house where you climb to new heights.

I am the field where you bring your dreams.

I am the playground where play really matters.

I am the horseshoe pit where if you try, almost always counts.

I am the theater where you stand courageous.

I am the barn where you never bail.

I am the art studio where you express your vibrant creativity.

I am the kitchen where you nourish inner desires.

I am the table where you gather to build deep, meaningful connections.

I am the place where you come to imagine the possibilities.

I am the Ranch.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

What do you need?

Today is Day 2 of my Quest2016 challenge. http://trackingwonder.com/quest-2016/ #quest2016

I am so excited for today’s prompt from Visionary Jonathan Fields @jonathanfields. He is the man behind The Good Life Project

To say my experience with Jonathan and his unbelievable community has changed my life would be a very large understatement.

Jonathan’s prompt:
You wake up to discover a knock at your door. A wealthy uncle you barely knew has passed and left you a fortune. It’s more than enough to live out your days in glorious splendor, but there is a condition. To be eligible to collect, you must commit your full-time working energies to the pursuit of an answer to a single question of your choosing for the next 12 months.

You are welcome to continue that pursuit after the year ends, for years or decades if it warrants, but you must remain fully focused on seeking the answer until the last minute of the 365th day. A minute shorter, the entire inheritance goes to your annoying and equally long lost cousin, Philly.

What is your question?
What do you need? How can I help others bring clarity to their projects.

I’m so incredibly passionate about helping others do their best work. I want to help more folks from my Good Life Project and Quest 2016 communities do the work that their heart's desire. Now that would be one epic way to spend a life AND a fortune!

So…what do you need?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quest 2016

I’ve taken on a Quest2016 challenge with other business artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. This is not your regular New Year’s Resolution. This is a quest to spend 2016 doing my best work and helping others do their best work. http://trackingwonder.com/quest-2016/ #quest2016

Today is Day 1 and our prompt comes from Visionary: Susan Piver @spiver.

What I most need to tell myself about 2016 is…

Everything can be done with ease and grace.

As a project manager, I often find myself in situations that are chaotic and swirling thingamajigs. The people around me are stressed, the client is stressed, the timeline is too tight and there isn’t enough information to move forward. You get the picture. I have recently taken the words “Everything can be done with ease and grace” and made them my daily motto. 

As I close out 2015 and look toward 2016, I want to continue to embody these words. It will be a daily practice for me to not get caught up in the swirl. I will model this for my clients, my family and my friends. I will endeavor to be a creative and calming presence. So take a deep breath, close your eyes and repeat with me…everything can be done with ease and grace.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Podcasts, smodcasts...

Really…I love podcasts. I cannot get enough of them. I love passing the time and getting some wisdom all at once. Here are a few of my favorites. What are yours?

Monday, November 9, 2015

What step are you going to take for yourself?

When you do step out of the shadows and make a stand for yourself? When do you take a leap and put a stake in the ground? For me that time is now. I’ve just published my first website. www.deniseransome.com. That was really scary for me. And I’m still not sure about it. It makes me nervous typing that right now.

I’ve been talking about how I want to start using my project management skills to help people get clear about their gifts and talents. How to help people be, well, better. I love to help. I can’t help myself from helping. I help my clients all the time. You know what? It was time to help myself, to do the things I do to help people get things done for me. What? Yep, Denise, get it done.

Why do we so often jump on the chance to help others and not do what is needed for ourselves? Is it easier to see what is needed for others than yourself? Heck yeah. My site is not revolutionary. Its probably not even completely finished. But its published and that was a huge step for me. What step are you going to take for yourself? I’d love to hear it. And, how can I help?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cotopaxi Questival - Gorge-ous

Gorge-ous walk with my team The Courage Vibbers to Oneonta Falls. The dip was just what we needed!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Who do you have in your circle?

Do you have days when you think whoa, “I’m having lunch with the perfect person?” An issue arises that you are completely at a loss on how to solve and the person across the table happens to be uniquely qualified to help you. You didn’t plan it that way, in fact, the lunch had been rescheduled a bunch of times and it was almost cancelled again. This is the perfect example of “the right place at the right time.” This happens to me a lot. And I’m so grateful!

I have been very fortunate in my life to surround myself with colleagues that I call friends and friends that are colleagues. I care deeply about them and they care deeply about me. People that know I will have their back and do whatever I can to help them get whatever they need done. And vice versa. I call this living A Good Life. When you truly do work from a place of serving others, from that “good” place it not only feels good for you, it’s that thing that makes people want to work with you more.

Even when obstacles come up, and they do almost everyday, I still smile. I smile because my circle, my community is there for me and I’m there for them. I challenge you to reach out to one person in your circle and thank them.

Thanks Jeanie-Marie for the inspiration, support and being there for me!