I have been publishing a blog post every week this first post in August of 2013. I’m truly sitting here shocked that it has been 7 years. I honestly didn’t remember when I started writing. I knew a few years but 7?!?!?
Since I had to figure out what the first post was, I also took the time to read the post too. It’s funny how things have a tendency to be patterns in your life. In 2013, I took a huge leap of leaving a company/team I was completely invested in and adored, leaving the type of work that I was familiar with, and leaving friends and family. We fulfilled a dream of living in Colorado. Although I miss people like crazy, I’m so very grateful that I was willing to go to the edge. I have no regrets.
I didn’t mean to take this walk down memory lane. Yet, I am appreciating the irony of wanting to write this post about going on a hiatus because simply… it is time for me to go to my next edge. I definitely have a pattern that is for sure. In 2001, I pushed myself to explore roles beyond software developer. In 2007, I pushed myself to the edge to find a bigger purpose as a leader. In 2013, I pushed myself to the edge to explore myself and how to scale. Now granted, I’m a year late but feeling the need to push myself again.
2020 has been anything but expected. My heart and mind have been consumed with the pain and suffering of so many people. I’m disappointed by “numerous” so-called leaders. Now more than ever, I want to double down on helping people lead to the edge. This year’s events force you to embrace being willing to evaluate, explore and experiment. So I’m taking a hiatus for a few months from posting. I’m grateful for work requests continuing but I’ve been really bad about work hour balance. I’m committed to being an ally but the work is mentally exhausting and I need self-care. Mostly, I’m comfortable in habits but I need to break many of them to see where my next edge forms.
Thank you for being on this journey with me. I promise I will be back as I know you will miss my pet peeve rants 😉