What am I talking about? Moms are already up and at'em this Thursday. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine told me that Thursday was considered the Grown Folks Weekend, not the normal Friday evening but Thursday. Mainly because you can have a great time without all of the large crowds out enjoying the Friday break of the workweek. Me, myself, I absolutely love Thursdays! Though most Thursdays, I am working and working, and working. I like to think that if I would like to do something cute or special it will likely be on a Thursday.
This week I have been preparing for my customary break in the work cycle. I have been getting some new things in place like securing training and attending networking opportunities and meeting with new clients.
On Monday, I began a new commitment to service by learning about strategic planning for large non-profit organizations. This is a familiar area of expertise but I am not an expert, yet. I look to gain some useful knowledge and make it applicable not just in my service organization but in my personal and professional life. I absolutely love this organization. While in the meeting I recognized my professional talent of coaching will support my efforts as a committee member and the role of being a liaison to others. The meeting was organized and informative, so much so that I was amped to get my additional duties as soon as possible. Organization and order are like the sirens in Greek mythology for me...I am lured away in delight when I encounter them. I am eager to get to work. Disorganization can be a debilitating occurrence in life. Thankfully you can put systems in place to stave off such negative factors. As for my new 'iron in the fire', I am glad that I have some skills that can be aligned with my new role this year. Being aware of my talents and recognizing how I can use them to further develop or to acquire a new skill is what I call being #STRONG
Tuesday came. I had some issues recur and pose a level of uncomfortability for me. I immediately recognized how I must resolve this issue soon because of its impact on my productivity. After serious focus on several solutions, I decided that this issue will not have the control it once had and I created steps to wrap this matter up and tie it off with a nice bow that says, 'Leave this issue where you found it'. Listen Moms, if you don't have to endure negativity whether it be a person, place or thing, leave it alone. Don't take on worrisome issues or tasks if you can delegate to someone else or not pick it up to begin with. There's a saying, 'if you want something done, give it to a busy woman'. No, correction! Busy woman don't stretch yourself thin and don't entertain issues too long that may interrupt your productivity...destroying your inner peace. If the issue is persistent and must be attended to, do so with the most effective approach possible. Map out a plan and work it. Protecting your bandwidth is important and it must be managed appropriately to prevent burnout, depression and imposter syndrome. I call it being #RESILIENT
On to Wednesday... met with a team of collaborators. As the newest to be included in this group, I knew that it was up to me to show how my talents will not only have a positive impact on the work but that my talents are also critical to the success of the project. As a Southern Belle, I have learned how to master the ability to shine; luminosity is what I call it. A smile, a kind look of the eye and and a tactful tongue peppered with assertiveness and sincerity (something that I learned from the women in my circle growing up) is key to working collaboratively in my field of expertise. I don't do disrespect and aim to be business minded and not easily distracted by tandem discussions. My grandmother's favorite phrase was (may she RIPower) 'you can always attract more bees with honey than with vinegar'. My honey may have a little cayenne pepper in it but you're likely not going to notice until after you've tasted the sweetness. Bon Appetit! Being prepared for the work and the discussion helps to remain focus on the task at hand and organized in my thinking and more productive in the implementation of my ideas. Later on, I had a new team mate follow up with me and rave about how I shined and rose to the occasion just as expected. Keep up the good work and carry on... #LUMINOUS
Here we are at Thursday. I am on my way to continue building my community of support as an Mom- Entrepreneur. No break in the lineup of today's tasks yet. I look to explore issues such as improving content writing, mental supports for entrepreneurs and understanding the mind of grantmakers and successful bartering and collabs. This summer is about making me better and planting seeds that are bound to bear the fruit I need and want. Thursday is the start to my weekends and a day that I associate with a scheduled break. But not today, I am off to make my dreams come true. It's ok to take a break. Pearls work HARD and play HARDER. Even when we know there's a need for a break, at times we elect to put the break off until our work can support a better time. Be Strong, Resilient and Luminous as move toward your work break.
Checking in with my Pearls!
Mother of Pearls