Some of you may know that Heather and I are busy organising a few networking events this year, (the first one is at the end of February and its going to be really great – book now if you haven’t already.) including a conference which means we have started meeting with brands.
We had a meeting this with a rather large corporate who has expressed interest in working with us.
On my way to take the kids to school this morning I noticed my tyre was flat but so flat I couldn’t drive it anywhere. (Mom if you are reading this – you can say “I told you so”). Fortunately David was still at home so he did the school run and then he we managed to change the tyre when he got home. Changing the tyre on a bus is not the same as changing the tyre on a normal 4-door car so I think he needs a high 5 for doing it.
It did mean that my “getting lost” time to my meeting was drastically reduced but fortunately my GPS got the time wrong and instead of taking me 42 minutes it took me just over 30 minutes. So I was on time and Heather and I could have a quick chat before the meeting.
The meeting ended up being a lot more formal that I had assumed and to be honest we probably could have been a little more prepared and I was a little over whelmed. I haven’t been in a meeting room for over 4 years. I haven’t had to talk corporate speak for over 4 years. It was totally outside my comfort zone but not a completely terrible experience. This was the first time I was talking about something I am very passionate about, something that we are working very hard to put together, something that I feel has meaning.
While I am not sure I actually miss corporate life, meetings and what not, I can say that I do miss being creative with people, brainstorming, sharing ideas and I do actually miss the structure of a regular 9-5 job. There is something to be said for a day where you know what you need to do, when to do it and with whom you need to do it.
This year is all about nourishing myself, doing things I fear, pushing myself to be better, be more and while meetings are an every day part of most working people’s lives, I never thought I would be sitting in a meeting like this a year ago asking what we were asking.
What are you doing to push yourself outside your comfort zone?