On a walk, by the pool, even at dinner…this kept happening

My husband and I were recently in Austin, Texas for a wedding. Great city and wonderful wedding! This is the time of of our lives when we find a lot of our peers’ children are getting married and it’s fantastic to travel and reconnect with long-time friends.

Some I saw in Austin I’ve known close to 35 years. It’s these times of happiness and love, and also times of sadness and loss that bring families and friends together.

People traveled from New York, Ohio, Maryland, Florida and many other destinations to celebrate young love and new beginnings.

I share often that there is no hard line between professional life and personal life and this weekend really brought that concept to light with crystal clarity. I was catching up with old friends, we were sharing stories about our families, and what we were up to in our lives and careers.

I was surprised to find out a bunch of people follow me on social media, watch my weekly videos, look for my insights on business strategy, sales, networking and fun.

On a morning walk, I learned a friend was not asking for their value in their consulting work and consistently undercharging. A small chat started from that.

By the pool, I met a friend of a friend who is all about women empowerment and started a non-profit for young women. Another wonderful discussion there.

A woman at my table at dinner shares mutual interests with me in helping women grow in their careers and businesses. Yet another great conversation.

I love learning and did a tour of the city and the hill country, where we were escorted by a wonderful tour guide from Austin Detour named Jason. He shared how the company was growing, setting yearly goals, the expansion plans and how as a musician he is creating his success in music and sharing the love of his city with others. I loved hearing his story.

I met new people and reconnected with others in almost every situation that weekend and we ended up talking business. Relationships began and relationships grew.

I ask you today to look at your old and new relationships, those based on friendships, based on business, based on mutual friends. They really are all one.

Are you embracing every relationship? Where are you finding new ones? How are you building on the ones you are finding?

Share with me on the SSC FB and LinkedIn pages!

My holiday table brought me a special gift

As I was sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner with my family this year, I took a moment to look around at every person at the table. Sure, I’ve held many holidays with my family, but as I get older and my children grow, I’ve really found myself reflecting more and more.

Each person at that table is an important part of my life, each one a part of my heart, each one someone I am truly thankful for knowing. I couldn’t stop smiling. Here we were, gathered together despite location or job responsibility for one special day. I wish I could be seated at dinner every night with my family by my side and I felt so much gratitude and love in those moments together, it was truly the best gift I could ever receive.

 I’m thankful for so much in my life. I am thankful for my wonderful husband, my beautiful children, my lovely family, my dear friends, my talented team, my dedicated clients, my loyal readers, my fierce supporters and everyone who has played a part in my journey.

Too often, we find ourselves dwelling on the negative things happening in our lives, instead of the positive. It’s easy to get irritated or lose our tempers because something isn’t going our way. I’m just as guilty as anyone. But sitting at that table, I couldn’t feel anything but joy.

Surrounding yourself with those you love and not letting worry consume you is the best way to bring energy and peace to your life. Work will still be there tomorrow. The issue you thought was so large might be something you laugh about in a week. Things tend to work out. Stop stressing and focus on action, stop thinking of the things you can’t do and focus on what you can do.

Our days are stressed, our worries are many, our fears are forefront. I get that. I understand it and I feel it, too. But if we could try to bottle up some of that joy we feel during holiday or family celebrations and open it up when we need it most, wouldn’t our days be so much easier?

– Focus on everything that is good in your life right now.

– Take a deep breath when you need it and tell yourself it will be alright.

– Lean on those around you and trust in their support.

– Take a break anytime you need it and don’t feel guilty about it later.

– Spend extra time with family and friends and make memories to last forever.

All of those things will help you create a stronger business and a better life.

No matter what upcoming holiday you will be celebrating one thing is certain: times like these are the ones we remember, the ones we cherish, the ones we treasure and the ones that make life so grand.

Thank you for being a part of my network, for motivating me to continue on my path, for inspiring me with your stories. Tell me about your favorite holiday tradition over on the SSC Facebook Page and LinkedIn pages. Until next week!

Cheers to your Success.

Ivy

Surprises Are So Much Fun!

What a wonderful holiday weekend! I hope yours was fantastic, as well. My family and I navigated a great surprise and I wanted to share it with you. We flew my son home from college in LA for the long holiday weekend, completely surprising his sister, grandmother and the rest of our family.

This of course took some planning and navigating to pull off successfully. Our family was celebrating the holiday in upstate New York and my son was flying into a local NY airport where my husband was picking him up. Then they had to drive to meet the train my daughter and nephew were on.

For those of you not in the Northeast let me tell you that we always get a ton of traffic around holiday times. Parkways are backed up and timing of flights can be unpredictable and this all needed to be coordinated with the train schedule, so tensions were high!

Everything worked out perfectly though and the surprise came off fabulously. As you can see we all had a great time being together!

So where is the business reference this week?

As I always say, business and life run in parallels.

My husband and I had to anticipate a variety of “obstacles” to pull this off.

First, we were concerned that my son wouldn’t make his flight since it took off from LA at 6 AM and he had to leave at 4 AM to get there. Keep in mind this is too often when college kids go to bed on a Thursday night! Flight timing, traffic, meeting at an unknown train station. The list went on and on.

For me, it was making sure I made my son’s favorite dishes without anyone knowing why I was making them. I heard a lot of… “you know Bryce is not here for the holiday, who is going to eat that?!”

As a business owner I am often navigating issues, obstacles and potential problems just like my holiday weekend surprise.

There are flight delays when traveling, sitting in traffic for hours when I am supposed to be the presenter at a meeting. Navigating finances also comes to mind. I do this for sponsorships, my events, and increases in team. I am often navigating things that seem simple to some people, like my calendar and my emails. But these little tasks can take a huge chunk out of an already busy day.

It is important to train yourself to always be on top of your game and anticipate obstacles along the way. This often calls for quick evaluation and quick decision making, both important key factors in being a business owner.When everything comes together, it is incredibly worth it.

My three tips for today:

  1. Do not let obstacles derail you. Have a plan in place. If and when that plan isn’t working, take a deep breath and regroup. Identify what your options are. If you need to brainstorm with your team, your colleagues, your accountability partner, your coach, your mentor.  Figure it out.

  2. Just recognizing something isn’t working is helpful. Doing something differently after you recognize it is essential.

  3. Train yourself and your team to anticipate roadblocks. That way, you become gifted at problem-solving.

Share with me and the SSC Community on the SSC Facebook Page some of the best ways you have navigated obstacles. By sharing, you are providing others new and fresh ideas to take forward.

Cheers to your Success.

Ivy

Cousins, Cousins, Cousins… Connections, Connections, Connections

I just had the best weekend with my cousins. We had a blast! We ate tons of delicious food, drank great wine, listened and danced to wonderful music and spent a lot of time laughing. We just enjoyed being together, and for that I am so lucky and grateful.

Something that may seem weird, but something that has gone on for years, is that when my cousins and I are together… we network and make connections. Right at the beginning of Slater Success Coaching (SSC), my cousin Cathy and I would meet for lunch to catch up and it would end up going something like this.
“Oh, my friend Susan would be a great connection for your friend, Mary.” And I would say, “Oh my friend/client would be a great resource for you on this project.” And it would go on and on.

 Cathy and I started a networking group in 2008, bringing together a bunch of ladies we both knew, encouraging all of them to bring a friend. Slowly it started to grow! Connections were made…connections to help others in business, in their personal lives, as trip or vacation resources, to suggest a new book, etc. Many of these ladies are still in my network today and we have become each other’s clients.

 Due to my cousins, my son has a fabulous internship in California, and this past weekend we were at it again. We made a connection for my wonderful girlfriend who is involved in an organization called Best Buddies with someone interested in getting involved.

 I could go on and on. The point is we are networking all the time! Not just when we show up at the organized networking events. Connections and resources are at our fingertips all the time. Are you aware of this? Where has your latest connection come from? Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page your most interesting and unusual connection.

If you have questions on networking, of course, feel free to reach out to support@slatersuccesscoaching.com.

 

 

 

Cheers to your Success.

Ivy