Like Waldo, I have been hard to find lately. I know I am WAY over due for a blog post. To be honest I just have not had the inspiration (not to mention I've been incredibly busy).
I've been working with a coach and have made some big decisions over the last few weeks. One of those decisions was to create more balance in my life. I remembered that I did not go in to business for myself to be a workaholic that works around the clock including the weekends. I went in to business for myself to be in control of my own life. But something happened instead of me running my business, my business was running my life. Somewhere along the line I forgot to keep having fun. I just started working, working and working some more. What happened was I started saying yes to everyone. Potential clients would call and say can you do this or that for me and I would reply with a yes because I could do this or that for them. I forgot to ask myself do I want to do this or that for them? Do I have time to do this or that for them? Do I enjoy doing this or that for them? I just kept saying yes and the clients just kept coming.
This past month I made the tough decision to let some clients go. This was tough because I actually like all my clients but I don't necessarily like all the work I do for them. I decided to keep the clients whom I loved working with and whose tasks I enjoyed working on the most.
Ending a relationship is never easy. Saying goodbye is not fun. But knowing my boundaries and setting them has been a huge relief. I feel an incredible weight lifted off my shoulders. I have time again; time to think, time to plan and time to be creative (even time to blog). I am looking forward to attending the FoVA (Forum on Virtual Assistance) in May to be with my peers, to learn from them, to brainstorm with them and to come home rejuvenated and ready to take my business to a new place, whatever that place may be.
I'm also very proud to announce that I have been nominated for the Thomas Leonard award! I am honored to be included in the list of past nominees and winners.
"This award is to honor a Virtual Assistant who has been in business for at least 5 years and who has contributed to the industry in such a way that it has provided a positive impact on many others and helped them to build a successful business. If they have headed up a VA organization or activity; written a book or other publication specifically to help other VAs; been a mentor to fellow VAs; or in an impacting way that has helped the industry grow, we want to know." -OIVAC (IVAD Awards)
PS. It's sunny and warm here in Northern California. The wild flowers are blooming! To celebrate Spring we are offering $10 off our book this week. Enter the code "productive" (without the quotes) to get the discount.