It’s December 18th at 3:00 and I can’t help but think about my colleagues in education and all of the many children going off to their Christmas Holidays. I spent 10 years teaching students how to write and how to read and how to think critically and be creative, and sometimes, there’s parts of me that miss aspects of the job. I’m still tuned to the school calendar and this is the moment where teachers and students will both be celebrating!
Leaving teaching was a huge leap of faith, one that many of my colleagues have commented was very brave. To me, it’s that quote by Anis Nin “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Although there are aspects of teaching that I loved and I do miss the students, my desire to write, instead of teaching about writing, persevered. Along with my desire for freedom, to be able to use the bathroom whenever I want (#teachertruths) and to not deal with teenage hormones ALL the time.
I believe that things work out the way they are meant to. When you take the time to look back on your life, you can often see patterns that emerge, areas that bring you joy, your natural strengths that start to shine through. Themes emerge in our own lives and in our own businesses.
Becoming an entrepreneur has largely been built on trust. As I take the time to reflect on the past year, I continue to see moments when I have taken leaps of faith, stepped out of my comfort zone and leaned into a greater flow of life. One business coach I follow connects running a business with personal development, saying they are one in the same. As you run your business, you can choose to develop your person as well. That has been the case for me.
I've been experimenting a lot more with trust. Trusting the flow of life. Trusting that I will know what to do. Trusting that I will be supported. Trusting that I can connect with people who need my services. Trusting that my gifts, talents, creativity, writing skills and organizational genius will be used in a way that genuinely helps people and reduces their stress. Trusting that I can take it one step at a time. Trusting that I will be guided. I’m learning that the more I trust, the easier things are. I don’t have to know all the answers, but I am committed to the journey.
I'm also learning to trust myself and my abilities, to speak my ideas with confidence and to show up in a more natural state. I can be myself. I can trust my skills, my mind, my heart, my experience. I’m also learning that what I take for granted, the things that come so naturally to me, don’t come to everyone. I bet you are like me and do that too. I’ve been learning that part of trusting is recognizing my gifts, my zone of genius, and using that to help others.
I love learning about people and their businesses. This year alone, I’ve worked on projects in a whole range of industries, from coffee, to flagstone installers, to health coaches, financial advisors, speakers, clothing stores, car dealerships, gyms, fire sprinklers, hair stylists, and timber advisors, I’ve loved learning and helping business owners improve their messaging and grow their business with clear copywriting.
So I want to say thank you. Thank you to all my clients, partners and supporters throughout this year. I’ve met and worked with some amazing people this year and I am so thankful for the opportunity to collaborate and create some amazing things.
Thank you to my family and friends, for believing in me and supporting me and listening to me. Thank you to my sister Bonnie, for all of her help with my businesses, helping me with strategy and planning and telling me I got this.
I wish you all an amazing 2021!