A New Year

1 01 2012

I look forward to 2012 in every possible way.  I am encouraged by the uptick in small business activity and thrilled for my clients that the giant slumber of the last three years has awakened new energy, new passion and new spending.  It’s a circle of awakening and a circle of spending.  We have all dug in deep these last few years, sifting through what works and what doesn’t.  We’ve looked at our businesses with conservation and conservatism at the forefront.

New year …  new eyes … new opportunities … but with the wisdom of the recent past as we look in the rear view mirror.  This wisdom will bring good things.  Informed choices, smarter spending and better earnings.  Bring it.





Gratitude in Consulting

3 02 2011

As I watched the world from my windows today, I was reminded of a time when I was not so centered, not so calm.  I watched and waited as 20″ of fresh show fell on Chicago between yesterday and today and now it’s over.  Leaving in it’s wake mountains of snow and a wind chill of 25 degrees below zero tonight.  Mother Nature has indeed spoken and I ponder her message.

I think she is telling me to slow it down and be grateful for who I am, and where I am in the world.  I remember my 24 years as a catering business owner and I am beyond grateful that I no longer have to be responsible for a team of professionals getting everything, everywhere is was supposed to be … come rain or shine or “thundersnow”.  I was grateful to sleep last night knowing I didn’t have to worry about a power outtage at the kitchen which could have blown out the compressors on the walk-ins, leading to the spoilage of all of our prep food for a weekend’s worth of events … or shoveling out the vans or staff who wouldn’t be able to make it in to work … how would it all get done?  The worry, the planning, the back-up plans … oh my.

Breathe.  It feels good.  I am so grateful to be working on my own, helping others through many of the same things I have experienced myself.  This time I am better educated and more prepared through my life’s experience … the good, the bad and the ugly.  I’m strong, I’m ready … bring it!