At the beginning of the year, in a letter from Emerging Women’s founder, Chantal, she asks the community, “How Big is your BIG?”
In that letter, Chantal illustrates the exciting possibilities of the New Year and sets an intention to dream BIG in 2015. She also reminds us that not everything has to be big, big, BIG all the time in terms of business.
In times of adversity, Chantal also says to (re)inspire and nourish ourselves with the power of the feminine by circling with the important women in our lives.
It was a beautiful, motivating letter, rich with wisdom. And it's an important message to revisit now that it’s summer and the midway mark of the year.
I don’t know about you, but I went BIG in 2015. New paths have unfolded and I have taken on exciting, challenging endeavors. I am pursuing the projects that I dreamt about at the beginning of the year and I’ve made huge strides in achieving them, along with other goals, both professional and personal.
We’re halfway through 2015 (how can it be June already?!) and I’ll be honest, despite the wins, I feel like I need a tune-up. I look back at where I was in January and I feel accomplished, but also fatigued.
So, in effort to maintain enthusiasm for my goals and work, I’ve taken some time these past few weeks to check in with myself. I evaluated my "BIG” so I can finish off the year by being the very best version of myself at this point in my life.
In this time of reflection, I’ve (re)learned 3 important things.
1) Sometimes creating your best life has more to do with what you remove from it than what you add to it.
I set a goal at the beginning of the year to diversify my portfolio of clients (I do digital marketing). I wanted to be more dynamic and marketable. But during the past few weeks, I’ve realized that although I’ve been performing great at juggling numerous projects with different clients, I need to focus on quality work over quantity to be at the level I want to be.
I made the decision to streamline my portfolio, focusing my work solely on a few companies, making my "BIG" - well, still big, just a better BIG… a more efficient BIG… one that can dig deeper with clients and better help them.
Bonus side-effect: My schedule has freed up, giving me more time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family (something that we all know is significant). I realize there will be times in my life where this is the opposite - times when I need to “add” in things - but right now, in my work life, less is more. And I’m OK with that.
2) We've got to channel our feminine power to play big. But which flavor of feminine power do we need right now?
As mentioned above, Chantal reminds us to rejuvenate with the power of the feminine. I’m blessed to have wonderful and wildly accomplished women in my life, scattered all across the world. I love these women with every ounce of my being, so it's difficult coming to the realization that I need more feminine power in my life. But it’s true! I need feminine power right here, in my own community.
AND, as much as I am nourished by my soul sisters, I’m realizing I need a different type of feminine power at this moment in my life. I need it in the professional realm, from women who’ve been in my shoes, who’ve made it through this chapter of emergence in their late 20s. Women in the midst of making their own big, BIG.
I’m making efforts to cultivate new friendships to inspire and help me in my everyday life. With the change in my workload, I’m taking the opportunity to get to know the women behind the brands I work with - feeding off their brilliance, humor, and strength. I’m also taking time this summer to chase after a few inspiring women in my community that I’d love to connect with on a deeper level.
I’m (re)learning that female friends are very important to me. When I’m surrounded by good women, I feel good, my soul feels good, and life is good.
3) Don't get too attached to timelines. Any time spent towards playing BIG is fluid, and always valuable.
Lastly, assessing my "BIG” reminds me that reaching our goals, even if they are goals that seem obtainable in a year, is a journey in itself, and sometimes requires more than 12 months. Circumstances, and the way we react to circumstances, plays a huge role in the timing and timeline of those goals.
I’m consciously reminding myself during this reflection that the energy exerted and the trajectories I’ve pursued this year in going BIG are all relevant and valid, even when some things proved to be failures. And if I’m still working on achieving the same things in 2016... so what?! I’ll have 365 days of experience to look back on and learn from. Who knows - maybe “my BIG” will be reimagined into something even more meaningful.
We want to know: How is your BIG doing? Are you taking time to reflect during this mid-year mark?
We'd love to hear from you in the comments below. You never know who you'll connect with in the tribe if you just put yourself out there. Thank you for contributing your unique voice!
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