Today I graduated from the Women in Business course put on by the YWCA.
This program was amazing. There was a lot more self-reflection involved than what I expected. This was a GOOD thing, for me anyway. I thought I was ready to launch a business, but this course helped me realize that I’m not quite there yet. I believe that with this realization when I am ready, I will be successful. If I didn’t do the ground work (“me” work), I could have been doomed from the start.
I still have some loose ends to tie up from my “old life”. I had been putting it off and putting it off. I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to move forward, I needed to address these issues and release the fear, anger and bitterness they invoke when I think about them. I don’t want to bring that energy into my business! The last thing I’m going to say about these issues is this… Karma is a bitch if you’ve maliciously screwed others over and make no attempt for retribution. She WILL catch up to you and bite you in the ass, especially when you least expect it.
So while I didn’t draft up a business plan, I feel that I have the resources and tools to do so when I’m ready. I did write a life plan. It was really reassuring to see, in writing, that I am on the path I want to be on. I’m still not sure the exact route, but there is no question in my mind, heart and soul what the direction will be.
I would recommend this course to any woman who is thinking that owning their own business is something that may be of interest to them. I learned a lot of valuable information.
The big surprise is the friendships and bonds that were formed. It’s a sisterhood. I felt so comfortable with this group of women. It was a safe place to open up about business or anything else I needed to get off my chest. That doesn’t happen that often. I feel truly blessed. I’m really excited for all of them and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. I wish them all the best from the bottom of my heart.
I can’t say enough good things about Donna Arnold, the group facilitator. She has so much knowledge about this stuff. She helped create a comfortable environment. She is just a beautiful soul.
And last but not least, a HUGE thank you to Sarah Adams from the YWCA. I remember doing an interview with her about a year ago. She had mentioned that she was trying to put a business course together for women and asked me if I would be interested. I said I definitely was and asked her to keep me posted. Seeing how she pulled this together is VERY inspirational to me. I got to see her dream manifest into something beautiful.
When our businesses take off, I hope Donna and Sarah will take a minute to pat themselves on the back and say to themselves “I helped make that happen!”