Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends
99.9999 percent of the time, I love working at home. I left a staff job in publishing that I loved to start my own freelance company so I could be at home with my kids, and I’ve been grateful every single day. But especially now that both of my kids are in school all day, it can get really quiet here!
Generally that’s good. It’s peaceful here, and I can think. But sometimes it’s isolating. Lonely even. I do almost all of my work by email. It’s rare that I get to talk with a client or colleague by phone, and I can count the times on one hand I’ve met anyone in person in the past few years.
And so I was overjoyed to become a member of 411Voices, which is a network of distinguished experts providing individuals, families, and organizations solutions for creating and maintaining healthier relationships. (Louise, If you have a better blurb please adjust it! Jennifer) This group of inspiring, dynamic, supportive women are always there for me. We kick around ideas and offer support by email, but also we get on the phone regularly to brainstorm that way. I’ve shared ideas with them, and I’ve asked for support, and I’ve loved to do the same for them.
I read somewhere that soon 20 percent of people will be freelancers. That’s a lot of folks working in their slippers in quiet houses, only communicating by tweets, posts, and emails. It’s ironic that in this time of social media we are so disconnected from everyone! (Hello out there! Is anybody listening?)
But I really crave that communication. As time goes by, I realize more that what’s important in my life isn’t what I’ve made or done, but who I’ve helped and connected with. It’s all about relationships and connections. And so I’m going to start something called a mastermind group. I read about it in a life-changing book called The Answer. I invite my 411Voices friends to join, and I hope at least five to seven will, and we’ll talk once a month for around an hour. Each member will have “the floor” for 10 minutes, to share at least one successful tip and ask at least one question. All focus will be on her! Then, we’ll shift attention to the next member, until everyone has a turn. I’m excited to see how it turns out!
I know that I can do more, I can be more, with a little help from my friends.
About the author: Jennifer is coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great and cofounder of http://www.mommymdguides.com.