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?