Business Brew Changes
In 2008, I wrote a devotional entitled Living in the Land of Over Commitment. In it, I announced my official resignation from the post of Queen and wrote about my intention to leave that land. And for a while, I did. I've revisited and republished that devotional and recommitted to that resignation numerous times since 2008.
When I retired from Family Christian Stores in May of 2014, I was really looking forward to a more leisurely lifestyle. You know, more time to do all the things that I'd put off due to work -- more time to work on personal projects, to read, to travel, to spend with family... I've done just that, for the most part, and I love the flexibility not having a regular job has allowed me.
Since leaving full-time employment, I've been blessed with time to work on personal projects, write for business clients, serve my community in numerous ways (including through Lowell Business Brew), and travel extensively. However, the greatest blessing has been my availability to help family members in need -- my mom when she needed help after knee-replacement surgery, my daughter when she's needed help with the grandsons, and recently, a cousin in Nebraska who needed a caregiver for her special-needs son for two weeks in August.
Regrettably, every time I say 'yes' to one request for help, it means that I have to say 'no' to something else (like both the August and September Lowell Business Brew meetings). And lately, it seems like I've been saying 'no' and having to excuse myself from commitments a lot! Any idea why this is?
I am my own worst enemy! (Aren't we all?) Little by little, I've slipped back into the Land of Over Commitment. As a result, I find myself, once again, evaluating my time and commitments and stepping away from those that I am no longer able to meet -- including Lowell Business Brew.
In early October, I shared my need to step down from Business Brew with fellow Brew Crew pro, Brianna Furlong. It was my intention to make this announcement at the October meeting. Unfortunately, due to health issues, Brianna had to cancel the October meeting at the last minute.
I have greatly appreciated getting to know so many wonderful local business people through my association with the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and Lowell Business Brew. And though I'm no longer going to be participating in the monthly meetings, I am still committed to helping local businesses with their communication and marketing efforts. I've always offered complimentary consultations as part of my writing business. So, if there is a communications or marketing question you need help with, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you so much to all the Lowell Business Brew partners and attendees!