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
- Helped hold me accountable from week to week.
- Practice vulnerability and connection
- Practice gratitude. (sincerely their support often makes me cry)
- Kept my friends updated when I am too busy to speak to them individually
- Record my progress and emotional state
- Unexpected and delightful encouragement
- Creative connections and suggestions
- 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.