First of all, a VERY Happy New Year to everyone! I’m so happy to be writing again.
Let’s get down to the pressing question that everyone is asking: “Where have you been and what is going on with Optimism Matters?!”
Well, I took an entire year to continue developing and enjoying my new life in a new town, with a new husband (woo-hoo)! During this time, I came incredibly close to shutting down Optimism Matters altogether. It was on life support and things were not looking good. Not because I didn’t want to do this anymore, but because I felt really stuck as far determining the direction I wanted the company to go, and everything I was doing seemed to be falling flat or deeply unsatisfying.
Then, I finally realized where I went wrong.
I got distracted from my original mission and focused on Optimism Matters as a commodity and not for its purity. What I mean by this is that I originally began this endeavor to help people develop holistically, with a HUGE emphasis on living one’s truth, taking care of one’s physical/emotional/spiritual health, and finding joy and peace. I went into corporations with this mission as well, but began to overemphasize the business development, professional development, and achievement aspects. I allowed the large corporate engagements I won to dictate the direction I had taken the company in at the time, and it started to feel impure, for lack of a better word. I was wrong to do this, but I didn’t know how to make it right. That’s why I considered shutting down OMI altogether.
But something told me to just be still and not make any moves. So I didn’t. For the whole year. This decision was in direct opposition to my nature of being an overachiever (one of my last posts of 2013 even was rooting that action is ALWAYS the answer, but now I know that it’s not) that always has to be making moves. Talk about scared, I was mortified.
That’s why the name of this blog is “Sometimes, Elevation Requires Isolation” (thanks Jason Lester!), because I literally had to isolate my corporate work (and myself) from Optimism Matters and think about why I created it.
I am happy to say that I’ve come out on the other side. I began to ask, “Well, why CAN’T I be a kick ass business systems consultant AND a personal development coach? Where is the rule that I have to pick one or the other? Aren’t organizations and people served when they feel effective at work and fulfilled at home?”
With that, I have re-established the mission of Optimism Matters to help others find joy, peace, and balance, whether they are a CEO or a janitor. And with that I feel free again. I feel full of wonderful topics to write about, because Optimism Matters will no longer cater to corporate subjects only. I have allotted part of OMI to be geared towards that, because that’s a part of who I am as well, and I want to honor that, but it doesn’t rule the roost here anymore. This is a place where business processes AND individual processes are examined, re-calibrated, and maximized.
Happy 2015, everyone. Let’s make it a great one.