This time we come with memories, good and bad; we bring all of life's experiences, good and bad; we know, this time, that we can and should celebration, and that celebration is good, and necessary.
We build connections that spark with talent, excitement, laughter, tears, emotional bonds that are forged in iron! These are connections that will not be broken. When you forge something in iron, it builds tensile strength and beauty in one glorious piece of metal.
In this video, Maggie touches upon how to succeed in a gig economy and how to take something remarkably unique (i.e.: zero pet waste information) and turn it into a successful focus for her writing. You need to watch to learn how she got started - and while she has magic in her soul, becoming successful was not magic! It was... a good bit of work.
I tried to imagine where it had hung, once upon a time. I read the inscription over and over, and imagined it as part of a large, heavy door, facing the public square in some mid-sized city. I could see people look at it, turn their eyes away, hurry along, hoping no one they knew would ever have to go through that door.
When I found Nettie, again, after many years of silence, we took up right where we left off. Our conversations (behind the scenes) were full of the stories of life we needed to share. And therein lies the best part of today's Smart Woman Conversation with Nettie Reynolds - storytelling.
Anastasia calls herself a "generational expert" and she doesn't do this lightly. She recognizes the need for all of us to work together. I give her oodles of credit for figuring out the #newjobnewlife hashtag (how that happened is in the video and it's interesting... so pay attention as you watch), given that so many of us are on that path.
We are curious creatures, we human beings. Women, especially, are seekers of truth and justice - for our children, if not for ourselves. For our community, for those we love unconditionally. We long for a sense of significance. We ache for righteousness. We strive for acceptance. We desire to be noticed. But, we are too often not present for the result.
Yes, being polite is a good thing. Knowing when to express apologies and when not to, is a learning experience. The message here is that you cannot fix the whole world, and being sorry for that is not endearing you to customers or clients or prospects. In fact, it may be harming your growing relationship.
We drove to the Outer Banks in one day. Long trip, yes. But, worth it. The three story house rented by three families, was more than adequate. Complete with an elevator (holy cow!), the house came with air conditioning, great windows with views to the street outside and small glimpses of the ocean. Of course, the trip was mainly for the children. We put in our sweat equity to give them memories that will last a lifetime.
Let's talk survivors. People who never give up. People who believe in a better tomorrow. People who don't let yesterday dictate how happy the can be today.