I can't tell you how well-timed this season is for my personal and professional life!
We bought a house in Staunton (yay!) and my work at the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund is kicking into high gear. My calendar is flowing over with preschool tours, team meetings, flooring company estimates, strategic doing, move dates, conference prep and storytelling ideas. To top it all off, my husband will begin his summer conference tour soon (#academiclife) and I'm spinning my wheels trying to find someone to care for our four-year old (because summer camps sold out in February, duh!).
While all this is going on, I find myself grasping at what I know helps me stay grounded and focused:
- Sleep and a whole foods diet (with the occasional Aperol Spritz of course!)
- A creative practice
- Moving my body regularly
- Mindfulness & meditation (This is hard!)
- Upholding my boundaries and honoring what I need.
And before you think I'm gliding through these hectic times on a cloud of bliss, trust me: I'm a constant work in progress!
If any of this sounds familiar or intriguing to you, season 3 is for YOU!
You're doing a lot.
Hear from myself and five other changemakers about the physical, emotional and mental toll of trying to change the world.
Who are you willing to disappoint?
Isaac Jeffries talks about becoming comfortable with disappointing others and conceding defeat:
Each day, I come across a handful of resources that I think every ecosystem builder should know about. Here are the highlights:
- Martyr in Recovery was my inspiration for season 3.
- Jeff Bennett, who you met in season 2, published Burning out and stepping down as this season kicked off. It's another first-hand account of burnout among ecosystem builders. Thank you Jeff for sharing your personal journey, and for everything you've done for this field! I wish this didn't sound so final.
- My friends at Forward Cities and EcoMap are hiring.
- On June 23 Economic Impact Catalyst is hosting a discussion series on Empowering Microbusinesses.
- On June 26 & 27 INBIA is hosting their annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Isaac Jeffries suggested Austin Kleon's Show your work for your summer reading.
- Startup Champions Network just announced that their fall summit will take place October 17-19 in Forth Worth, Texas
I need your help!
P.S. Throughout the month of August, I will host a mini-series of 10-minute episodes that focus on some practical skills and insights for ecosystem builders. I'd love to hear what would be of value to YOU!
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