Hi! How are you?
Actually think about it for a minute.
How are you doing?
How are you feeling?
Here in the Great White North it’s mostly cold and dark, but today is cold and brilliantly sunny, and that’s what made me sit down and write to you.
One thing I love about this time of year is that it is a time for reflecting on the past and setting intentions for our future.
Right around New Year’s, I saw this quote pop up in my feed from my beloved Queen Street Yoga family: “New Year’s resolutions are often about being harder on ourselves. What if this year you made a commitment to be kinder to yourself and focus on what makes you come alive?”
I see you, hard-working and passionate fundraisers. I know you are reviewing your results and planning your year. I know you are considering your professional development and asking yourself how you can learn about this or plug into that or finally get your arms around that other thing.
I see you.
And you know what? There is an endless amount of information out there about our craft, about your competitors and about your career. Dive in. Dive deep or dive shallow, whatever is right for you.
But do it with your heart. And I don’t just mean with your passion and your energy. I mean with the most authentic and beautiful version of you. Don’t look at what other people are doing, what other people know, where you are in comparison to any other fundraiser in any corner of this world.
What makes you shine? What makes you come alive? Is it telling stories? Talking to donors? Identifying patterns and trends in your database?
And be you. Curious. Quirky. Imperfect-work-in-progress-you.
Not only will you be a happier and healthier fundraiser, that’s also where your innovation will be. That’s where you will make the most impact on your career, our sector and this planet.
Queen Brené Brown says, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
Will you join me in this simple intention? Show up and be seen. You do you.