Last week I attended the 2009 WorkLife Congress in NYC.
The purpose of such an event is to discuss and celebrate all the wonderful ways some companies help their employees feel a greater sense of work/life balance. This makes workers feel better about those organizations, resulting in increased retention and other positive outcomes. What might be viewed as "warmth and fluff" actually translates into measurable financial success.
Luckily this event attracts a crowd of people which somewhat offsets the usual physical torture.
Exactly a year ago, I was at this same conference talking life balance strategy with the other attendees. I was in my element and having a whale of a time (not to mention eating like a whale.) Upon learning about Personal Strategic Management and my love of writing, several people advised me, "You should talk to my friend Carol. She will help you."
Over and over, the message was given to me that I had to meet this Carol person. Everyone's friend and apparently someone who could give me some well-respected and sage advice.
I followed the yellow bridge road and connected the dots. "My friend Carol" was indeed THE Carol Evans. On the last evening of the 2008 conference I had the opportunity to speak with her. Carol was so warm and welcoming; in one instant I actually felt as though she was my friend too.
Feeling comfortable and confident, I quickly explained my passion for helping people with life balance as well as my childhood dream of being a writer.
She gave me a huge hug. Then still holding me at arms length, she secured my gaze as if she was about to share the secret to world peace. With her usual enthusiastic tone Carol said, "Do it! Start writing!"
Yeesh. Why didn't I think of that?
I'm not being sarcastic. Seriously. Why didn't I?
Carol then more specifically suggested blogging as a way to start my writing journey.
I checked out the Mom Blogs on the Working Mother website and made a timid, unsuccessful attempt to win a spot.
Long story well, longer.... it took following my sister's blog and others for another few months before I finally created The Balance Beam. Carol's words rang in my ears as I discovered how crazy easy it was to just "do it."
When I saw Carol Evans last week, it was so gratifying to be able to thank her. In one encounter ala Wizard of Oz, my friend Carol inspired me to create what has been the perfect outlet for me.
Of course, I thank YOU for reading, following and commenting as well.
It's really fun writing for the sake of writing, but I'd be lying if I said it isn't more fun seeing my words resonate with you.
The real moral of the story is this:
If there is something you've just always wanted to do... well, DO it! Every journey begins with one step. Go for it. Take a step. Today.