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Feeling Grateful For A Tremendous Network

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the U.S. – a day where we signify our gratitude for our blessings in life (originated as a day to show gratitude for a good harvest). I’m feeling especially grateful for my own “harvest” of sorts – that of a tremendous network of industry colleagues and friends. In the last few weeks I’ve been given such selfless gifts from my business network and I’m feeling really blessed to know – and have the respect of – so many very smart people.

People have given me their time, advice, new ideas, referrals and references that have really wowed me. I only hope that I can return the favor in some way now or in the future, if I haven’t already paid it forward in the past.

Take care of your network – lend a hand, an idea, an hour to brainstorm. Give when you don’t need something. The rewards will come to you when the time is right.

Thank you to those who have helped me recently with a phone call, product review, advice, connection, referral and more. Marc, David, Kevin, Steve, Parker, Sue, Yan, Chris, Si, George, Carter … you know who you are, and I’m grateful to know you.

Mother’s Day: Having a Mom, Being a Mom

Happy Mother’s Day! I didn’t want to write something political or overly dramatic, too feminist or sappy. But I did want to lament on the best things I’ve learned about having a Mom and being a Mom.

Thank you to my Mom, Robin, for the many great lessons she’s taught me in 41 years of life. I’m still learning – because she’s still learning! Some lessons were taught on purpose and some – maybe the most poignant – were inadvertently taught through her own life experiences. Sometimes you don’t learn these types of things until you’re older and you look back with a more understanding viewpoint. It’s why this is one of my favorite quotes:

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” (Attributed by Reader’s Digest, Sept. 1937)

Some of the greatest things my Mother has taught me include:

Always try new things (Like last summer when she, at the age of 65 and after double hip surgeries, got up on my standup paddle board!)

Food is good (I’m so grateful I had a beautiful mother who, by the grace of her own interests, taught me the opposite of what all those beauty magazines and ads shove down girls’ throats)

– Sometimes you just have to put yourself first, even when it’s uncomfortable. And it’s OK. (This is one of those inadvertent lessons…)

Don’t judge others, just accept them. We are all on our own paths.

 

Thanks Mom!

On the flip side, and it bears repeating, being a mother has also taught me a lot. And I know I have many more lessons coming. But some of the best things my sons have taught me are:

Patience beyond what I previously understood to be patience

Humor (Lighten up, Mom!)

Live in the moment (I know, I’ve said it before but it is so true – the moment passes and you can’t get it back)

Teamwork (Yes, okay, I knew this one – but the past year, as we adjusted to a new family dynamic, we’ve become quite a team)

– Sometimes, you’ve just got to eat a donut.

Thanks to my Mom and my boys for making Mother’s Day special for me. I hope if you’re a mother, that today reminds you of how blessed you are to have that life experience. It is an ongoing lesson in itself, if you’re willing to recognize it as such.