What I’m Grateful For: A New Year, A New Decade
At ten minutes to midnight on New Year’s Eve, I was sitting on my cold, dark porch, surrounded by the deep darkness of the Cascade mountains, miles of snow all around me, and a light freezing rain pattering on the roof. It was so strange to think of the patterns of time -usually I would only think of the end of a year, but this time, I was keenly aware of the end of the last decade, a whole ten years gone by.
We don’t get many decades in our lives. We get, if we’re very lucky, a scant double-handful. I looked back at the last decade and felt both overwhelmed by how much had happened and how much I had accomplished, and full of regret for the things I hadn’t achieved yet that I had intended to. On the whole, it was a big decade, full of good people, great companions that I’m so honored to be able to work alongside in the day to day world of running my companies. I have learned a lot about humility, and grace, and forgiveness this decade. About trusting people and how I can’t do it all on my own, no matter how hard I try. How lovely it is to be surrounded by people that you can be annoyed with, be grumpy towards (SORRY GUYS) and make mistakes with, but with whom mutual repair, forgiveness and respect keeps us strong and allows us to know each other better, and honor the humanity in ourselves, and in one another.
This decade has been great because of YOU – clients, teammates, friends and family. Thank you all for everything you’ve given me and all the lessons you’ve helped me learn. Here’s to a brilliant next decade of growth!
What I’m Reading: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. I’ve read this one before, in fact I read it in the first year of coming on with Cevado, back in 2016. I am re-reading it now and it’s fascinating how our team has truly grown, gotten stronger, and pulled together. Much of Lencioni’s work revolves around the following five pillars – Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, and Inattention to Results. As a small business owner, I was very used to focusing on the last couple items solely, but Lencioni convinced me to start with Trust and work on them in order. I am happy to report that this is, indeed, a better way to go about things…. in fact, it’s subtle yet massive in its impact. I’m going to be re-reading the entire book and taking note of where we are at, and focusing doubling-down for even more results.
Web Tip: It is so surprising how many websites still use Adobe Flash but in 2020 we will be saying good bye to Adobe Flash for good (It will no longer be supported). If you need help checking to see if your website still has Flash and would like to remove it let us know! *MARKETING BONUS* – You generally have 15 seconds or less to make a good impression with your website to a new user make sure that your photos/animation are engaging! (not engaging them to allow flash to be used on the site)
Quote I’m Pondering – “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley