“Most people believe vulnerability is a weakness. But really, vulnerability is courage. We must ask ourselves…are we willing to show up and be seen?” ~Brene Brown
Here we go.
Things have changed.
Monday was my last day at work.
The work environment changed for the worse. I pushed through. I soldiered on. I helped win new business. I lead my teams I did what I needed to do.
And then I couldn’t – someone crossed a line and I said, “enough.”
Enough soldiering on (for what), enough trying (for other’s benefit), enough being unhappy. Enough was enough. It was a challenging time to navigate wanting to push through but also knowing deep down it was time to be honest.
My life and priorities were out of line and I decided to make a change.
Right around this time, I read a powerful story of a woman who was living a ‘dream life’ but was unhappy behind the scenes. She started evaluating life on the following lessons:
- Hug and call your family members often. You never know when it’ll be your last time. Sometimes unexpected layovers happen for a reason.
- Work can wait; on your deathbed you’re not going to wish you had spent more time in the office.
- Remember when you lose a deal or a customer cancels a subscription that doctors and surgeons lose patients daily — PERSPECTIVE.
- Sometimes people are put in your life and you don’t know why; be cautious and evaluate if they’re a blessing or a lesson. This is something I continue to evaluate.
- Work and value your real-life relationships, not your digital relationships. Your real-life relationships are who shape you as a person, not the digital facade you portray.
- Detox from ALL technology often.
- Be authentic and more vulnerable. Don’t just share the good, share the bad, too.
The list resonated with me.
I’m putting myself and family first, surprisingly, this is often a rarity in my line of work. But I am ok with being the odd man out.
In the time I’ve decided to make a change I’ve landed an amazing new position and taken almost a month off to disconnect from the stress, reconnect with my priorities and mainly, be with my family.
Thank you for being an amazing community, support system and space that I can come to honestly.
More to come…