July came and went in a flurry of activity. Summer months seem to go by faster than say, November! It was just yesterday that I realized it was 10 years ago in July I headed out on my own. Left the comfy nest of a corporate position to fly solo. Most years I have remembered but not this year. In the corporate environment there is usually some sort of prize for hanging out that long. It's a bigger deal these days as churn is encouraged in many businesses. 10 years is a milestone.
So it's easy, being on ones own, to have an anniversary simply pass. No one comes up and congratulates you. There is no cake or coffee with colleagues. You really need to create your own celebration. Well I am passing on cake (well most days!), I'd like to recount what the last ten years as been for me.
~ In 2008 it was a now or never proposition. My work had ended and other opportunities offered at my workplace did not appeal. Had always entertained the idea of being my own boss. Now was the time.
~ 2008 was the huge downturn. This required me to really have to put myself out there in ways new to me. I relished it often and actually had some fun as well!
~ With my husband working long shifts up north, I was required to find a new rhythm to my life at home as well. And I did!
~ Wonderful colleagues supported me personally and with work. Grateful, grateful to you all!!
~ I developed some darn good material of my own. Was successful in facilitating it in business.
~ As I experienced shifts I saw in workplaces and within myself, a reinvention or two took place. That kept things interesting for me.
~ I have been a regular blogger averaging a blog every couple to three times a month in excess of 10 years. I'm proud of this.
~ I have let go of work I felt I 'should' do and have gravitated towards work I like to do. This has been a harder process than I would have thought.
~ And I am, to quote my friend Carol, gliding ever so delightfully towards 'retirement'.
~ In these past ten years I have continued to grow professionally and certainly personally. It's been a real adventure!
So I bow to what this past 10 years has afforded me and to all of you who have been so incredibly generous with time, support and your love. Thank you!