Independent and Vulnerable – The New Fabulous
Independence – I believe it’s one of the best traits a successful woman (and even man) can acquire. It’s having the ability to take a life changing opportunity and have the courage to pursue it with confidence.
- More adventure
- Transcendent, personal growth
- Richer, sweeter, altered outlook on life
- Greater love
- Greater friendship
- Greater relationships personally and professional
So, of course, you don’t have to make a big move to be vulnerable in your personal or work life. But with any big change comes the opportunity to let your independent and fearless self shine. I have learned to do things on my own and I’ve really had to put myself out there to network and meet new people, which is a dose of medicine that you can add to your life, even when you don’t make a large move.
- Volunteer – I have learned that when you spend your free-time doing something you enjoy, it’s rewarding. Is there another career area you’ve always been interested in but don’t have intentions of pursuing? Volunteer. I decided to get a very part-time volunteer position at the local hospital, I’ve been given the opportunity to meet people with similar interests, educate myself in new areas, and really put myself out there – I’ve been vulnerable.
- Join a gym – Attend classes, introduce yourself to people, or make it a goal to get back into shape, make yourself vulnerable.
- Treat others with kindness and respect – I like to follow the old saying “treat others how you would like to be treated.” Start a conversation with a random stranger at a coffee shop. Talk to people, everyone has a story to tell. Just listen. Tell people your story. In the beginning, right after I made the big move, I would let people know that I had just moved to the city, this lead to new friendships and even knew networking opportunities – not to mention it’s a great conversation starter!
- Join business networking groups – Look for young professionals groups, you will meet business savvy people that are motivated to!
- Take time for the little things – My job is a little more flexible than others but sometimes you need to release stress and take the time to enjoy the simple things. A few weeks ago, I was working in this cute, small town in Western Nebraska, I was in need of Wifi, so I ran into a local coffee shop. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love coffee. Immediately, when I walked in I was taken aback by the quaintness, so I decided to stay and enjoy a cup for a few minutes instead of immediately running out to my next appointment. Take the time to stop and smell the roses!
- Explore. Treat every experience as an adventure – When traveling for work, take the time to have new adventures. For me, everything in Nebraska is new. When I do travel out to Western Nebraska and spend the night, I go hiking at the National Parks to release stress and see new places!
You don’t have to make a move to try new things and become vulnerable. These are simple things that you can add to your everyday life – it’s all about change and the courage to pursue the unknown with confidence. Be independent and I know you will thank yourself one day.