As I mentioned, last weekend I was sitting at my dining table in Jindabyne looking out over the beautiful lake feeling immense gratitude for my life. Even though the season hasn’t been fabulous Helmut and I skied 20 days and had the best of the snow this season. Our children are all going well, we are healthy and happy, uni is going well and life is good. And, I have some very special news… Three weeks ago I received a phone call from Telstra saying that I am a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (ACT) in both the Business Owner category and in the Innovation category. I feel so incredibly excited and honoured. The process has been amazing and I thought that this month I would share a little about it and encourage you to reflect on your own accomplishments too.
My previous exposure to the awards was supporting and cheering friends and colleagues becoming finalists. It was not something I had thought was possible for me, but an anonymous person nominated me for the award. Whoever you are – thank you SO much for thinking of me and thinking that I could have a chance of becoming a finalist. I feel honoured and humbled that you would do that for me.
So, because someone took the time to nominate me I felt inclined to take the time to fill in the application. What a delightful experience. It provided an opportunity to really gather my thoughts and reflect on what I have been doing for the past 10 years.
Three weeks ago I had my interviews, and while waiting I got to meet some of the other finalists – all amazing women (I’m feeling even more humbled now!) The interview process was so supportive, providing me with an opportunity to speak about my business, myself, my dreams and what inspires me. It’s not often we get the opportunity to share this about ourselves or our work.
The awards dinner is on 9th October – a night to celebrate. I believe that all of the women who are finalists are already winners. I think the beauty of the awards is that they draw attention to the need to celebrate all women in business and all women in general – so here’s to all of us!!!
This month, what I thought might be nice is for you to be able to take the opportunity to acknowledge what you do as well. I have devised some questions, based loosely on the questions in the award application, as a framework for reflection on your everyday accomplishments.
- What does your business do? Or What do you do in your work?
- What do you love most about your work?
- What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
- What’s been the biggest obstacle you have had to climb over?
- What is the most difficult conversation you have had in your work?
- Who inspires you?
- What’s the best bit of advice you have ever received?
- What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in business?
- What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
- What does success look like to you?
- What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I would be thrilled if you would complete these questions and send them to me. And I would be honoured if you would consent to letting me share them on my website and in my newsletters to keep us all inspired and to celebrate our successes. This is open to both genders!