Thank you 2018….Next!
Like many, over the last few days I have set aside time to reflect and bring closure to 2018, and plan for 2019. Reviewing where I was at the beginning of the year and remembering my wins, losses and lessons learned, I continue to feel grateful for my health (and in particular the healing of my lower back), the health of my family and friends, the business opportunities that came my way, and the many colleagues, associates, peers and mentors that supported me along the way. I’m thankful for all that I was able to do, all that I learned and I’m looking forward to leveling up in 2019. You might be able to relate to my insights which are summarized below. Even better, hope you get inspired by what I am inviting into my life in 2019.
2018 --WHAT I DID
Continued to build and grow my consulting business, collaborated with amazing associates and contributed to important decision-making processes, facilitated community conversations and enhanced the gender-based analysis and approach within non-profit organizations.
Challenged myself to attend more conferences, events and networking opportunities.
Joined the Board of the Krasman Centre in York Region and I joined the Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee with the York Region District School Board.
Got myself back into the dojo after a year off. Maintained positive routines that aided in my healing, health and wellness (daily walking, stretching and mindful eating).
Picked myself up after a difficult start to the year and kept picking myself up when I experienced setbacks during the year.
2018 --WHAT I LEARNED
To take more risks, start before it’s perfect (there is no such thing as perfect), after the messiness there is clarity, fail often and learn fast.
That I need to practice believing in my intuition, speaking my truth and speaking up (I’ll admit to experiencing imposter syndrome at different times throughout 2018). New mantra: I have valuable experiences, skills, and knowledge to share and a unique approach and style that works.
There is still so much work to do in the area of gender equity, poverty reduction, violence against women, mental health and wellness, inclusion and engagement of racialized and marginalized groups and anti-Black racism (to name a few). I have knowledge and experiences to share, and stories to tell that can change perspectives, processes and propel organizations and individuals forward.
Don’t hesitate, ask for help. I continue to be amazed and thankful to all those that supported me, mentored me, and offered advice and connections when I asked for assistance. Having a supportive network is a privilege and a blessing.
2019 -- LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT'S NEXT
Aligning myself with individuals and organizations that are ready to create lasting and deep change towards gender equity, and increasing economic opportunities and meaningful engagement for those that are most socially and financially vulnerable.
Leading, managing or contributing to a systemic and scalable initiative aimed at increasing gender equity, inclusion, and/or amplifying the voices and experiences of marginalized and underrepresented groups.
Leveling up in the following areas:
Speaking invitations and engagements
GBA+ content creation
Expanding my work in York, Peel, Durham and outside of Ontario
4. Achieving my black belt in karate
My word for 2019 is UPLEVEL and I want this to be a constant reminder that now is the time for significant growth in several areas of my life.
Wishing you a year full of joyous moments, accelerated growth, and increased impact.