I’m linking up with Amber Strocel’s Crafting Your Life post on theme “Relationships” and how it helps to have supporters in your court.
I was truly surprised how many people were “in my court” when I made the leap into self-employment. People jumped out of the woodwork to help me. Some were friends, others were former work colleagues, but all saw something in me worth standing up for.
For years, my good friend Sheila Walkington, a successful money coach has been encouraging me to make a move, any move. She’s supported me, coached me, and despite my endless waffling, never given up on me.
When I was agonizing over whether to stay in my job or go it alone, Jeanette Miller of Limelitepr, who I’ve known for many years, contacted me about steady work with her PR firm that specializes in social media strategies and “harnesses the power of mom.” She DM’d me after seeing a tweet I posted indicating that I had a difficult decision to make [whether to leave my job or not]. Had I not been “mom blogging” and a frequent tweeter, we might not be working together right now.
While I was on parental leave, Kim of Kim Lear Communications, a former colleague who I’d kept I touch with over the years, hired me to edit two websites and a booklet. She now contracts me as needed.
A woman in my mom’s group talked to me about contracting some writing to her accounting firm after a casual conversation about motherhood and work.
A former co-worker from the Adoptive Families Association set me up with a newsletter contract after reading my blog.
On a personal-interest note, I meet regularly with John McLachlan, who worked as a contract designer for ArtStarts. As a fellow social media enthusiast, he invited me to record a regular podcast with him on social media and the arts. We had no idea where it was going but we dove in anyway. He is also hooking me up with an iphone3! My relationship with John is helping me to stretch myself in ways I never thought possible.
Social media relationships are perhaps less sturdy than real-life, long-time relationships but it’s amazing how many people will go out of their way to say kind words at just the right moment. I take great comfort from feedback or advice I get from the mom / adoption blogging community and feel these people and their personal stories have enriched my life and helped me find a new work/life path.
Hovering around all of this is my true dream, which is to study. I’ve been pondering an MA for over a decade, and now that my brain is a buzz with twitter and podcasts and blog posts, the time seems ripe. But before I apply, I’ll meet with a prof from the Communications department at SFU over a coffee, who I met years back at an arts roundtable, to discuss how it all works. I’m thrilled that he’ll meet with me.
My recent experiences have emphasized how important it is to cheer on those you believe in, the ones whose talent boggles you but are too nervous or scared to leap. To those people: Let it be known that I am standing in your court.