What is it like, venturing out on one's own?
So Far So Good!
Chock it up to the power of blogging, and building networks outside of where you go to work each day. I've been delighted with the reception for my new venture.
While I've yet to pro-actively pick up a phone, or update my LinkedIn profile, my email box has been rich with offers to collaborate, speaking opportunities, and inquiries on my availability to help other very cool companies and consultant firms.
Last week's day spent at TEDx Boston was actually one of the most exhilarating days I've spent in the past few years. Mingling with minds whose direction is "forward," who brave to think big thoughts, whose warmth radiated, and whose offers to connect me further, was a tremendous feeling.
When I shared what I was doing now, with folks I knew, and others I met that day, business cards flew out of wallets and purses with can only be described as a magnetic effect. My head was spinning.
It was almost painful to pack up and leave for vacation. But leave I did.
We closed on our second home at Lake/Mt Sunapee, NH on Thursday. Friday we packed up, and we've been setting up house and playing since.
Will my brain atrophy?
Being torn about the need to 'jump right in' while the iron is hot, or to leverage this last month of August for some play time with my family, I asked a couple folks what I should do. "Will my brain atrophy if I take a month off?" I asked. "NO!" was the reply.
So right now, I'm focused on studying up for my mandatory-certification course for operating a boat in New Hampshire waters, for introducing my kids to biking and hiking in the mountains, to sunrises and sunsets lake-front, having home-cooked family dinners over candle-light after an evening of swimming and playing basketball ... and figuring how to improve network access here in the woods!
So if I'm a bit scarce on the blog, on Twitter, and elsewhere, give me a tad of slack, these are exceptional times.
That said, I'm not without a tad of anxiety. I wonder if I'll be okay a month or few.
For today anyway, I'm enjoying hearing the woodpecker and birds chirping outside my window, smelling the bacon cooking, and hearing the voices of happy kids waking up to start a new day of adventure with mom and dad.
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Any tips for me on this next stage?
I'm thinking I should dedicate perhaps a day a week to work-related thoughts during August?
I would hate to atrophy! And I know I am going nowhere without you. Thank you for reading, and for being there with me.
-- Polly Pearson
@pollypearson on Twitter