One of the first things I did when I decided to quit my job and take a break working for other people was to create a “fan club” – complete with a weekly newsletter.

It started with a dozen of my biggest “fans”, including of course my mom, the mother of my best friend (who also happens to be a solo-preneur), b-schoolers, a couple fellow yoga teachers, beta readers, and other folks who “get me.” It is a safe space for me to be myself.

Every week, I’d update them on my goals, progress, successes and lessons learned. At first, I was embarrassed, it felt like an imposition, blasting out my struggles. Especially when I started the fan letter. At the time my corporate team had gone from tolerable to bizarrely horrible in only a few months and I was in a very low place. I needed positive “mirrors” to remind me of myself and that I had strong wonderful supporters. Over time, it’s become much more positive, in part because of their support.

It takes about twenty minutes every week to put it together and I can’t even tell you how much of a blessing it has been.  Below are just a few of the benefits

  1. Helped hold me accountable from week to week.
  2. Practice vulnerability and connection
  3. Practice gratitude. (sincerely their support often makes me cry)
  4. Kept my friends updated when I am too busy to speak to them individually
  5. Record my progress and emotional state
  6. Unexpected and delightful encouragement
  7. Creative connections and suggestions
  8. An opportunity to practice Matagi principles

In the comments below, let me know what you do to stay connected with your nearest and dearest, I’d love to hear it.