Today, my solo cup is filled with T E A M.
There's no "I" in team! As a solopreneur, who handles it all, it's easy to get confused about this statement. Some days I feel as though I've proved it wrong due to the many hats I wear and roles I fulfill - often referring to myself in the third person (ok, not really). Consequently, I completely understand this is a momentary setback, letting the solitude get the best of me.
As a B2B partner, I am far from being without a team. In fact, I have to be a mighty team player that knows when to make adjustments, concede or take the lead, intuitively, and with much more grace than those that meet face-to-face. Since body language equates to roughly 55% of the communication process, and currently most of my business partnerships are with companies that are out of state, I have to rely on my delivery via telephone or email, diction and tone, to score; and stay in the game. My point here is not to toot my own horn (or Christina’s) but to recognize the wonderful people that have embraced our working arrangements and my part on the team.
Thank you Activate Learning, Ann Pelino Integrative Fitness, Logic, & OTree Photography and have a fabulous weekend!
Team plug: Go Valpo volleyball!!
Today, my solo cup is filled with commitment.
If you've wondered where in the world I've been, I have a fine excuse indeed - I got hitched. On Sunday, September 20, I married my long time business & romantic partner. We celebrated with our families and closest friends and thoroughly enjoyed the intimacy of a very small wedding. Regardless of the number of guests, the planning was intense and made it imperative that I re-prioritize my responsibilities. Hence the lag in blogging. Naturally I wanted everything to be just perfect so my creative juices were flowing in a single direction the last few weeks. Of course, in between client needs and pre-honeymoon deadlines. Nevertheless, all the boxes that were labeled, Must Complete prior to leaving for Italy, were successfully checked.
Now although I wasn't physically writing, thoughts were being stored and I have plenty of mental notes to use as a basis for my next few posts. The first being that of commitment to vocation. When we arrived in Venice, which by the way is made up of 119 little islands that are connected by a few small bridges, but moreover by means of water taxis and gondolas. It was one of the neatest places I've seen thus far. Not a single motorized vehicle on these lands of narrow yet quaint streets of cobblestone, and window after window of Murano glass, masquerade masks, and leather goods. As we are standing in an open square just in front of the train station, we wondered which way to go and how far our hotel was, so we approached a water taxi line and asked the attendant. Learning that our hotel was a 60 Euro water taxi ride or a 30 Euro service porter walk, we opted to walk.
Let the service porter do all the work as we stroll behind and browse the windows of unique merchandise with free hands and only our own body weight to carry - sure. Wrong! That was the pinnacle of our days of extraordinary walking. This young man pushed that cart like an acrobat flipping and flying through the air - with utter grace and precision. He knew exactly when to honk his loud squeaky, "get out of my way', horn and how to quickly maneuver the steps over the bridges all the while maintaining a speed of at least 10 mph. We were panting and trying to catch our breath, as he occasionally stopped to look back to ensure we were in his sight, before proceeding forward. I had to laugh and was quite impressed to say the least. Not just because he was fast and agile but because he took pride in his work. He did his job well and with a style all his own. He demonstrated a commitment to his job that so many lack today. He made the ordinary - extraordinary, and we thank you for the 15 minutes of intense cardio that was much needed after too many glasses of vino the day before.
Make the most of your job and challenge those around you - somebody is paying attention.
Christina, our President & Director of Content, loves to write about anything. The only thing missing is the assignment. Just give her a topic and she's off - to stimulate her word generator and exercise her research skills to deliver content that is entertaining, relevant, and timely.