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And everything we’ve accomplished to this point.
Only two months ago, there was no team. Only connections and relationships that were at the beginning stages of forming, or collaborations that had yet to develop.
Now we have a small community of amazing people that chip in and pitch in as they’re able. And the community is growing.
Only two months ago, I didn’t have many collaborators.
Now I have a team that writes press releases and articles, designs banners, shares my content on their blogs, interviews me for their blogs, promotes our projects on social media, and more.
And when I look at all we’ve accomplished to this point, and all we can accomplish together, I couldn’t be more grateful. Results be damned. I can’t control them anyway. I acknowledge and celebrate my team, regardless of results. Because the team is amazing.
In a time when I’ve felt exhausted, anxious, even panicked at times (and the darkness can so easily set in) – I’ve had to remind myself, “I get to work with these amazing people!” And the level of support I’ve received and felt has been nothing short of touching and inspiring (and now I know what it means to receive).
I see how far we’ve come, and how much further we can go.
I’ve also gotten to see just how far I am from perfect, though it’s an arbitrary concept to begin with. And I get to admit it anyway, which is more freeing and liberating than one might be inclined to think.
I get to learn and to discover. To open myself and my projects to criticism and feedback. To assess different ideas. To see what works, and what doesn’t. It’s a playground. It’s a game. And I get to play.
I forget that sometimes. Some days it feels too much like work. And collaborating with my team is the furthest thing from work. It’s play.
As with any other game, we get to strategize, to try different approaches, and evaluate our score against our promised outcomes. It’s fun.
So, I acknowledge and celebrate my team. And I acknowledge myself for taking a chance to build it.