The Most Important Lesson to Learn on Thanksgiving Weekend

| November 24, 2016

To all my readers in the United States – Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s been a stressful time for all of us (Trust me we also feel it here in Canada too). But in the midsts of all the noise, I thought this video was dropped at the right time. If this isn’t a reality check, I don’t know what it is. It’s been a personal struggle for me to #Givepresence ever since I started pursuing entrepreneurship more than 5 years ago. Addicted to the thrill of the chase, I have a very bad habit of multi-tasking when love ones need me the most.

I suck. I know.

2016 was a killer year for me. I launch two new businesses – in total I now own and operate 4 different brands and manage 17 freelancers who work for me. As you can imagine, it’s an incredible accomplishment and feeling. I wake up with an agenda hoping to step closer to my wildest dreams. Even when I’ve hit a new mark, I never feel satisfied. I want more.

More success.

More money.

More time to create.

As a result, I’m often distracted and pulled in many directions.

When approaching any business deal, one of the first questions I ask myself is what’s the ROI? What is the return on my investment if I send that one more email, text my business partner while driving, lock myself in my office to get more work done – If it’s at the expense of building and nurturing relationships with the ones closest to me, then the answer is nothing. The is no positive return on that investment.

More success.

More money.

More time to create.

Then it hit me recently that my priorities are in the wrong place. I saw this video and folded below my desk because I’m totally guilty of putting more value on career than on anything else. Maybe I’m guarded. Maybe I bury myself in my work to fill a void. The more I have these conversations with myself, the more I realize how much self-work I need to do. It’s a never-ending journey.

For you, maybe it’s not work – but technology. Whatever your vice is, let’s make a commitment together to #Givepresence today. Let’s re-evaluate what’s important and hold each other accountable.

I’m in the process of planning for 2017 (I’m sure you are too) and instead of making a “To-Do” list I actually started a “Stop-Doing” list which includes all the activities I will commit to stop doing to free my time and mind.

Today I’m thankful for many things, but one of the most important is the realization that work is not everything. It shouldn’t consume my entire life. I’m thankful for the friends and family who have patience with me and to God and His many blessings.

What’s on your stop doing list?

Think about it and let me know. I’d be interested in hearing about what you struggle with too.

Peace & Love, 

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I am the co-founder of New Girl on the Block, a mentorship platform for millennial women who are dealing with major life and career transitions. In addition, my passion includes advocacy for anti-bullying and mental health in which I contribute my free time spreading awareness, providing expertise on media platforms and delivering keynote talks in schools nationwide. When I'm not working with young adults, I am growing my brand as a content strategist. I have successfully crafted a business in storytelling as a Journalist, Author and Ghostwriter.

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