I am home for the holidays, like many of my friends and co-workers. It’s interesting to be here and compare where I am now to where I was a year ago. I have a new set of personal goals to attend to for the year, new friends and muses and people pushing me to keep doing interesting things (and be unafraid to do so).
This year I developed a series of very honest relationships where we regularly offer each other feedback on ways that we can improve ourselves and our professional work environments that we share. This comes after a long period of silence and second guessing myself, as a coworker and friend. It is so much easier to improve and feel confident in your relationships and work space if there is information regularly letting you know what you are doing right and where you could spend more time/energy to improve the overall quality of your work.
Perhaps this most clearly comes through in my weekly “growth breakfast” sessions with my colleague at Odisi. For both of us, this is a very new adventure. Every day is full of new twists and turns, and it is wonderful fascinating work. I feel more fulfilled and challenged here than I have in a while. But most importantly, she is very honest with me on what is or is not working.
As I build my own list of things to work on this year, I push each of you to consider your areas of growth. What dark winding alleyways in your head do you need to explore to have a better sense of what you are capable of?
No better time for a long journal entry full of difficult questions and answers (or guesses!) than the longest night of the year. Happy Winter Solstice!