I’m whispering another farewell. Goodbye shouldn’t be a big deal, at least not this time. The last time I said Goodbye, it was from under the haze of a new job. As I bid au revoir to each client, I was hugging the neck of a friend, not burying a dream.
But the time before that… That time Goodbye was the biggest deal. That time I sold a company that I started during the economic depression of 2008 and was financially successful almost immediately. Saying Goodbye that time felt like the biggest deal. My name was even in the name of the company – it was almost my child just as much as the three I physically pushed out of my own body.
Oh, and what I did – I felt really, really good about what I did. Successfully putting each client’s hopes, dreams, pinterest boards, and long lost relatives into a framework that became an unforgettable single moment in time felt like a true, honest-to-goodness accomplishment. Something that I could feel really proud of deep inside.
But I had real babies, three to be exact, and a long time dream to be something more. Deep in my heart, I’ve always wanted to cause real and significant change in the world. I want to be that person that does something that really matters for the hungry people, the lonely people, the poor people, and the sad people. And this deep desire always pushes me to keep trying to be a better version of myself – to not get too comfortable. And while I know I can help others, just by showing up and paying attention anywhere and everywhere, I believe there is more out there waiting for me to wake up and DO IT.
And of course, I have to keep my three babies alive which absolutely does not fit into any spreadsheet or table I have EVER created. And to be very frank (and maybe it’s a little bit funny), my three babies are mostly poor, sometimes sad and lonely, and always, always hungry. I’ve tried everything…
So this Goodbye is to the consulting business I called Angel Biz. While I will always endeavor to be the positive voice in someone’s ear, reminding them that they are doing great, guiding them by my experience (often learned the hard way), and dreaming with them about their newest endeavors, I am saying Goodbye to the formal structure of this business to make the way for what I need to do now.
So, my friends, what to call this page? I have a silly vision of being the “Dear Emily” for etiquette in both business and social settings. Do you have questions about those things and would you send to me?? Please comment below with your ideas or email me – I need your input!