I’m striving for straight F’s – no A’s in my game.
You can’t be serious.
Oh, but I am.
This is a major shift for me. I used to be focused on all the short-term wins and I was “great” at it:
This new space…is much different. From my Coach, Sarah Young, it is shift from the Kitchen to the Playroom – it is a movement to focus inward, listen deeply and remove my false-self. This is very challenging for me. Similar to the company I keep, it is not easy to slow down, keep things simple and travel on the unknown journey. However, in times of change, suffering, or new beginnings – this is exactly what I need. All F’s on my Rethink Report Card.
A continuous journey for me. I’ve always considered myself a spiritual person, but I’ve taken big steps this year to be diligent in this area. I read daily, speak with others, practice silence, listen to podcasts, spend time in nature and journal more than I have in a decade.
My Dad always says, ‘Your Health is your Wealth.’ I know this to be true, but taking care of my physical self…Ooo whee, this is a tough one for me. I’m a sugar addict and taking steps to recover. This year I visited a Dietician. Plus, my husband and I are working through a great debate…will I really be able to do a pull-up if I work at it for one full year?
Family and Friends
This group of people (you know who you are) are treasures. I’m working every day to Lead from the Heart and give them my best all day, rather than what’s left at the end of each day.
Strange, I know. Why is this on my Card? Over time, I’ve learned I have a vast amount of energy and focus. At times, I forget to take breaks. Short stops have become my friend and I’ve incorporated fun in mundane, everyday moments. Example: my daughter and I have ‘Curious Question Time’ while we drive home and lately I’ve been ramping up the number of cartwheels I can do in a row. Oohhh yea!
For the Cause
This year I’m forming a new road in my career path by stepping into the non-profit world. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity with Kids on Course and excited to learn from the talented Team. In this role I’ll be dedicated to one of my greatest passions – education. I can’t wait to get started!
Financial and Founder
As a woman in the United States, I believe I have a great responsibility in the financial arena. Money is a tool and I intend to better my community with it. Amanda and I co-founded the Kick Ass Lady Club and it has ignited REAL conversations among women. I saw our ladies reach out to one another, make new connections and laugh about random subjects. An immense joy.
To all the Kick Ass Ladies, what’s on your mind?
Smiles from my outdoor deck, squinting and sweating.
You can find Sarah on LinkedIn.
As you all know, I decided to walk away from a job that had burnt me out about a year ago. Personally, this was one of the best decisions I have made for myself. I am a stronger person today. Happier. More organized. And, I have a bit of swagger back that had been missing for too long.
But, something about the decision haunts me to this day.
There was a male coworker with whom I did not completely jive. He was a key executive at the company and made me very uncomfortable. When he spoke to me, even in group settings, his entire demeanor changed. He was defensive, combative and abrasive. And, I’m sure I was many of those things too. Ultimately, we were offered the opportunity to seek professional coaching on how better to work with one another, or one of us would need to exit the leadership team.
He was a partner. He sat on the board. I was the marketing director. It felt a little reminiscent of David and Goliath.
I exited the company.
I feel a strong commitment toward helping other professional women. I feel we can only get to the top if we bring other women along with us. And, unfortunately, I think I failed in this situation. I worry I did not do enough to correct his behavior. I fear I let the power dynamics help dictate my decision. I worry the next woman who sits in that leadership room with him will be treated the same way. And, maybe unfairly, I feel responsible.
Ultimately, I don’t think I had the personal strength to engage. It had been a tough few years for me, and I don’t think it was a battle I could win given my state. Still, I can’t help but wonder, when do we engage in the fight to make the workplace a little better for the women who are yet to come?
And, when is it OK to exit?
You can find Amanda on LinkedIn.