Dear Fellow New Beginners,
September is a good new beginnings month, with the whole back to school thing and shiny new notebooks. So here I am with this shiny new website, book, and now, this blog.
Intention My intention is to make every post about things we have in common around choosing on purpose. Together we’ll explore how to improve our choice making skills, avoid wallowing in the valley of despair, and share what we’re learning.
I hope you came here to take a time out, laugh off the distractions, sometimes get some sympathy, and most times pick up tips for your new beginning. The people I admire most are the ones who keep striking out in search of new beginnings. They’re vibrant, attracting like energy to themselves. And that’s what I want for this blog.
Personal My new beginning is starting two new businesses—one to have fun with people in workshops and share what I know about managing transitions. The other is publishing a book. A feat of monumental proportions, with piles of details that have at times snowed me under, being a big picture, right-brained, creative type.
Over the last year I’ve experienced every emotion known to humankind around excitement for the new work, kicking myself for stupid mistakes, and wondering what the hell I was doing in a business I knew nothing about. But in the most bizarre way—this roller coaster, this vertical learning curve of something new everyday—keeps convincing me that I’m on the right path and not to give up. It’s plenty vibrant.
Yes, I am the transition expert, the one in the chair marked “advisor”. But I would be terrible at this work if I weren’t sharing the same tensions you are, the same whines about how hard this is, and the same total high of achieving new things I’m passionate about.
Team up We work best when we’re contributing our talents and teaching each other. My expertise is in paying attention to how people change, hanging with the ones who make it work, scooping up this knowledge with a butterfly net, and packaging it so we can laugh, get our energy refocused, and get out there on the road again. What do you bring?
I’ll share my story of reinventing myself over the past year and I want to hear yours. Two, ten a hundred heads are better than one. I’ll gather the ideas, then I’ll be the catalyst—to help us all see—and do—new possibilities. Talk to me. What’s going on for you right now as you step onto the bridge of your new beginning?