|This post is a little bit different. This month has been a little bit different. |
It’s been a heavy one, don’t you think? It seems every time we turn on the television, open a social media app, or tune into a radio show, there is another devastating story being covered. I have to admit, it feels odd to share upbeat, positive content during such a difficult time. Although I wholeheartedly believe our work is filled with good intention, impactful results, and important for the health of so many, both in the workplace and within the communities, I feel the need to dig even deeper this month and share what’s been on my mind over the latest thirty days.
As many of you know, I became a first-time mama earlier this year. It has been the sweetest gift and the greatest adventure. Being a mom AND entrepreneur has given me a whole new perspective. It’s taught me so much already and reminded me of some really important things that I’d like to share with you.
It’s ok to slow down.
No really. The world does not fall apart because you chose to go for a walk at 10:30am on a Tuesday, delegate a task, or leave your phone behind for Sunday brunch. Taking a step back, asking for help, and saying no when something isn’t aligned with my goals. All of these actions actually make me better, both as a parent and business contributor.
Taking the time to do it right.
Just like learning and mastering a routine to get your baby to sleep. Although you may want to fast forward, put them down, and hope they doze off to dreamland, doing your research, gathering input, and going through all the steps to correctly complete a project the first time often saves everyone time in the long run.
A cry is a need.
Your baby may not be able to communicate with you yet. Their only way right now is to cry. Your colleague may be going through something personally, or professionally, and not yet ready, or knowing of how to share. When there’s an unusual response or concerning behavior, there is a need.
Community is everything.
I can’t stress this one enough. It takes a village y’all. Think hard about your priorities, identify those who share your values, cherish the ones you love and hold on tight. You’ll need each other.
I’ve always approached business from a humanistic approach, believing that people chose to do business with people they like, that relationships are everything, and that approach and delivery matter. I see it that way now more than ever.
To the wonderful clients and partners that I feel so lucky to call friends, thank you. For your steadfast support along this journey, I am truly grateful.