Today Marks One Year …
On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it.
~ Gregory S. Williams
Today marks one year of my sending out daily quotes and mini-tips. On April 7 last year, New York’s death toll was staggering, Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care, and we still couldn’t find toilet paper. George Floyd was unknown but alive.
Sending out quotes was my way of trying to make a difference at a time when so much was dire, unknown, still unfolding, and well, absurd. Thanks to all of you who read them, and also for letting me know when one particularly resonates for you.
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The toll of this year
First, my caring, concern, and condolences to those of you who have fallen ill or lost loved ones to the pandemic.
Second, my thoughts to all of you who have suffered financially because of the economic impact of Covid-19.
Third, this pandemic has further exposed the ugly fissures of racial inequality and other structural inequities not only in our country but our very community. These are not new, but the past year has highlighted them in a way that has stirred passionate protests and demand for change.
Finding a lane
Over the past year, my clients have shared how the pandemic has affected them, and how they are finding ways to make a difference for good.
I, too, am trying to find my lane.
I’ve long struggled with what I can do to help bridge the widening racial and wealth and educational divides in this country. To that end, here are two elements of my business that I want to share publicly:
1: Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
All are welcome and encouraged to reach out to me if you are curious whether my services would be of value to you. I want to meet you, listen to you, honor you as an individual, provide service or, if I am not the right person, refer you to resources that would be a better fit.
By all, I mean, all. You are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual preference, religion, country of origin, age, physical ability, physical appearance / weight, veteran / military status, political persuasion, or socioeconomic status.
2: Financial needs based scholarship program
Coaching is a luxury. There are people who would benefit from coaching but are unable to pay the full rate. For this reason, I work with several scholarship clients a year who receive coaching at a reduced rate. The coaching isn’t free, but at a rate we agree feels “do-able” for both of us.
Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about being a scholarship client or you know someone who could benefit.
Spring is here, but storm clouds, too
In some ways, we are coming out of darkness. Vaccines are being rolled out, and the economy is showing signs of recovery.
But as I write, Derek Chauvin’s trial is underway. We again are on the edge of uncertainty, but also hope for change and justice.
May the coming year bring healing, growth, and justice for us all–