When I transitioned from working in Corporate America to running my own business, I had certain goals and expectations. Along the way, I encountered a few surprises – as every entrepreneur does. But over time I discovered that my life had changed for the better in ways I never really imagined.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the things that being a small business owner has allowed me to “reclaim” – and for which I am truly thankful:
My purpose. The corporate grind can suck the life out of you. Now I get up every day with a sense of purpose because I know I am helping folks realize their dreams. It doesn’t get much better than that.
My environment. I get to choose clients and colleagues. I am grateful every day for the gift of working with my amazing “posse of professionals”. They consistently challenge me to be the best possible version of myself.
My wardrobe. Fuzzy slippers and a warm robe are my new uniform. I vowed to never again wear a business suit. In fact, I donated all of my “business clothes” to organizations that help women reimagine their careers.
My community. For years, where I lived was just a place to sleep. I knew no one. Now I am present in my neighborhood and actively involved in my community, donating my time and energy to make a difference. (My husband says it’s like living with the Mayor!)
Sometimes the challenges of running a small business prevent us from seeing the good stuff. I encourage you to pause and consider the ways being a business owner has enriched your life – and what YOU are giving thanks for this year.