We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life.
It's Great to Visit My Comfort Zone
I had the opportunity to serve on a 2 day AAAS panel with fellow community engagement in disasters nerds and it was a much-needed boost to feel so comfortable with the material and confident that I had something to offer. I love being out on a limb learning so many new things everyday as a PIF, but it's also reaffirming and fabulous to go "home"
Find Time to Laugh With Old Friends
I had dinner with my Kalorama housemates from the early oughts this week. It's really hard for us to schedule these dinners so they only happen 2-3 times per year, but it's worth it. The way we know each other and can pick up and make one another laugh is some of the best comfort around in these uncertain times.
Stay Flexible and Open to Serendipity
Coming home from a networking HH my sweet neighbor asked if I wanted to get dinner from the amazing taqueria on our street. I was tired from a busy social schedule, had several Craigslist buyers on their way to take some of my furniture, etc, but I did it anyway and I loved getting to chat with my friend.
Maybe You Can Do It
I flirt with the idea of freelancing once I'm done with the PIF program. I would love the flexibility, the opportunity to continually work on untangling new knots, and the hustle of building something. My main fear is being successful at business development since I don't have a ton of experience closing deals. I met with a friend who has launched her own consulting firm in the last year and she made me believe (maybe temporarily) that I can totally do it.
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