Seize Life; It Goes Fast

Over the weekend I was digging around our basement when I came across some early photos of my (now) husband and I when we first met. As I perused the photos I thought about how much has happened in a decade. When we met, mobile phones were rare – although he had one, it was the size of a shoe and you can imagine how well it stayed connected. We were both young in our careers although a year after meeting, we both started our own companies. I still remember sitting on his bed (the only available space due to a roommate who was using the living room to host a new girlfriend) in a cramped apartment in Beacon Hill, writing a business plan with him and his partner. They eventually sold the company and I still run mine.

We’ve learned a lot since then, not only about business and technology, but about love, loss, relationships and new experiences like parenthood. We survived – and so did our companies – the dot com boom and the resulting bust. We’ve grown through two houses, three dogs, two children, three nannies and more than a dozen 18-hour drives to Michigan and Hilton Head. We’ve seen friends and family get married and sadly, divorced. We watched, terrified, the September 11 attacks in 2001 and we prayed every day, terrified, for my brother to return safely from his resulting Iraq deployment. We’ve cheered successes and commiserated over failures – but we always kept going. We’ve been to too many funerals, not enough parties and a fair share of vacations (with and without the kids – that is key!).

.Chris laughing with Rich on ground

Kidding around in 2001 – laughter keeps us going

Life comes at you fast. Sometimes, when you are caught up in the day-to-day stresses or monotony you can forget this fact. Relish every good moment, seize opportunity and go for what you want.

One of my favorite quotes is When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. So today, if you’ve been wondering if you should “go for it” – do it. Before you know it, a decade will pass and you’ll be glad that you did.

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About Christine Perkett

I've spent my career coaching CEOs, CMOs, and COOs on how to best market and grow their companies, how to inspire and motivate their workforces, and how to manage in good times and in bad. I'm a serial entrepreneur who has founded three companies. I've received numerous accolades and awards including being named a “Top 100 Must Follow Marketing Mind” in Forbes, a 2020 Top 50 Social Media Influencer in Planable, a “Boston 50 on Fire” finalist, a “Top CEO to follow on Twitter,” a “Top 50 Social Media Influencer on Twitter” by Vocus (now Cision), and one of the 250 Most Influential Women Leaders by Richtopia since 2015. I've been featured in numerous outlets for my expertise including Associated Press, ABC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many more. I am also an adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing and Media at Northeastern University in Boston. I champion women in business and enjoy helping others make their dreams come true. Personally, I 'm a mom to four who loves dogs, the ocean, fashion, marathons, wine, humor and kindness.

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