I am a big fan of the Abraham Hicks daily messages and I look forward to receiving one every morning. The week I started as a consultant at Megyn Kelly TODAY I received these powerful words:
“Every time you want something and achieve vibrational harmony with it and allow it to come to you, you not only gain the satisfaction of having accomplished your desire – you gain a whole new perspective from which to desire.”
I printed the quote (I always print my favorites!) and kept it on my desk at NBC News as a reminder that the reason I was there was because I had visualized the whole thing.
I have been a TODAY fan since the days of Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel. I drink my morning coffee from my TODAY mug and love love love the TODAY team. When the Oprah Show ended, I remember visualizing myself working at TODAY. I could see the offices so clearly in my mind – crowded with low lighting and busy people. My people.
But I had three problems. First – I am an Audience Producer and TODAY did not have an audience. Second – I still had children in high school and I live in Chicago. Third – even if TODAY had a studio audience and my kids were out of the house, I could never afford to live in New York City! But I kept drinking my coffee from my TODAY mug and continued to visualize myself in those offices.
When my oldest daughter graduated from college, she landed the coveted NBC Page Program. I was thrilled for her, but honestly part of me was thinking that I finally had my in! Her first assignment was the Green Room Page for TODAY. I began to plan my move! I told her to help me get a job. She didn’t think I was funny.
A year and a half later, I received a call from a producer friend of mine who asked if I would be interested in helping launch a new show on TODAY with a studio audience. And suddenly POOF, my three problems were gone! My youngest child was about to leave for college, TODAY was launching a show with a studio audience hosted by Megyn Kelly and NBC was paying for me to live in New York City!
I said YES immediately and went on to have the best six months of my life. Every morning at 6am I walked through the TODAY Plaza, past Studio 1A, and into 30 Rockefeller Plaza. And every day, no matter how exhausted I was, I smiled within because I knew I had called the work to myself. I was in vibrational harmony with my new role and that felt very satisfying.
“I smiled within because I knew I had called the work to myself. I was in vibrational harmony with my new role and that felt very satisfying.”
Yes, I give credit to my friend who recommended me for the job and I will always be grateful to her, but that job was always mine because I saw it and spoke it before it ever happened. All of Oprah’s lessons – the universe delivers, words hold power, manifest your destiny – all came true for me with just one phone call. Or maybe it was the visuals I manifested.
The TODAY offices looked just like I had visualized. I fit right in with the amazing TODAY team and I got to do what I loved again for another strong female boss. I got lucky twice.
I felt like a kid in a candy story. It was so good to be back in another iconic building and part of a new TV team. The building smelled so good! Just like Harpo Studios. There was a hustle and a buzz that made me feel right at home. And the studios – OH the studios! TODAY in 1A, Megyn in 6A, Fallon in 6B, Seth in 8G, SNL in 8H – 35 years in the business and I was like “I am here!” I sat in the audience of every single show and was just as excited to be in those seats as I was when I sat in The Mike Douglas Show at 14. None of it was lost on me.
I rode elevators with NBC talent and I could barely contain my professional self! I have met countless amounts of celebrities, but standing next to legendary broadcasters who I have watched every day – that is next level excitement.
“Thirty-five years in the business and I was like, ‘I am here!'”
Now that I have returned to Chicago, I am getting back to my lovespeaks business and preparing for my youngest child to come home from college this week. I had an empty nest for about a month-and-a-half, which I highly recommend! The TV gig was extraordinary, but avoiding my empty nest was genius!
I miss my new TV team and being in the studio with Megyn, her audience and my clipboard. I miss running into my daughter on the job and trying not to embarrass her. I miss laughing hysterically, which is the #1 reason I work. But I’m excited for the possibilities ahead as I begin to visualize what’s next. I’m coming for you Michelle Obama! There I said it. If you see something, slay something!
If you want to hear more about how you can visualize your next job, join me at The Well North Shore on May 16 for: “If You See Something Slay Something: The Power of Visualizing Your Next Job” and, check out my Unexpected Speaker workshop on June 1.