The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned in 2015

The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned in 2015

The last time I wrote an “About Me” was two years ago. Since that time, I’ve lived in three cities (Dallas --> San Antonio --> San Francisco Bay Area), changed jobs, created a business LLC, paused that small business, hired, fired, crashed my body, rebuilt it, met new friends, made tough decisions, had tough decisions made for me, forgot my faith for a while, found it again, travelled some, and worked some more. 

I created this website two years ago as a way to start my online health and fitness coaching business. While I’m still as passionate about that as ever, right now the best way I can help people is just to document my journey. I learned a valuable lesson in 2015 – you can’t do more than one thing REALLY well at a time. It’s a realization that was honestly very difficult to come to terms with. I simply cannot be THE BEST coach and trainer while I’m trying to be THE BEST leader at SOLOSHOT. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Even though I love both, doing too much starts to diminish your enjoyment of either passion. And so, I will continue to write. It’s good for my personal growth, my conquering of fears (vulnerability), and it’s an outlet for me to document things that my steel trap of a memory (sarcasm) will surely forget.

I’m in the midst of probably the coolest career experience that I could ever ask for. Every day I get to work with people I have the ultimate respect for and basically build an organization from the ground up. Although I’m helping to make the SOLOSHOT Kool-Aid, I truly believe that we’re going to make it… like REALLY make it.

The difficult part for me is not putting everything else on pause. It’s hard not to be consumed by “the start-up life”, because my day-to-day revolves around it. It’s why I moved to California, my coworkers are my friends, and there’s a sense of urgency that’s somewhat unnerving. I struggle with the question – is it a bad thing to be consumed by my work? I’m happy when I’m working and although I’m sometimes mentally and emotionally exhausted, I hardly ever feel like NOT going to work. (Yes, I’m super lucky). We’re building a company and we know that the journey will be harder than we think and less of a straight line than we imagined, but it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

All of this is to say that “About Me” is constantly evolving.

I’m joyfully a work in progress.

Our entire culture has an unreal view of what it means to be human. We like to think of ourselves as finished products—complete on our own. We’re not. To be whole, we need to stay connected to something beyond ourselves. The constant effort that requires means that a human being can never be more than a work in progress.
— Barry Michels and Phil Stutz from The Tools

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Julie

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