Thursday, November 26, 2015

Resilient Solutions, Inc beginning.

As we get ready to celebrate our ten-year anniversary at Resilient Solutions, Inc, I've been asked a lot lately ... how did you get started? Was this always your dream?  So, although this blog is called Georgie's vision :), it seemed a nice place to share our vision of Resilient Solutions, Inc..

Steve's response as we were talking about RSI's ten-year anniversary is telling of the support that I have enjoyed.  I asked him ... something like looking back what were your thoughts about opening up this business? His response was surprising to me even though I knew he'd been such a great support.  He said, I knew you'd be successful and my biggest concern was having enough space as you grew. Grew?  Ten years ago I wasn't really thinking about growing! I was just hoping to have enough clients to pay the rent :).  It made me think of a quote I love from Rising Strong by Brene Brown:  We can't be brave in the big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and falls. -- Brene Brown.  Thanks, Steve, for being that safe place where I can be brave.

Steve has been there every step of the way.  We married 31 1/2 years ago when I had just completed my freshman year of college.  By the time I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Business - Information Systems, three years later we were blessed with two children!  Steve has supported me through a lot of school, life transitions and is an amazing business partner.  He is a gifted commercial realtor, business coach, and has an extensive background in banking.  So grateful we are a team.

As I turned the calendar page over at the office to December:  Live like someone left the gate open was the quote for the month. One of my favorites!

I reflected back to all the tenacity and persistence that it had taken me to now feel like this quote resonated with me.  It wasn't an easy track. There were times of feeling defeated.  After my interview with a department head of a master's program that I was super excited about was one of those times.  I walked in confidently with my cane and he immediately started to question my abilities to be a successful therapist who was blind.  I wasn't accepted into that master's program.  As I reflect back I probably didn't have great answers or the confidence. He challenged me and looking back I can appreciate that he helped me to desire it even more!  There were many moments of persistence - getting back up and finding another way.  New doors opened up and I loved my master's programs that I did complete.  By the time I was an intern I was ready and able to educate sites that my guide dog would lie quietly in the corner and yes I could manage a difficult client load.  On and on ... I recognize now, each of those challenges came with an opportunity to grow and to check in on -- is this really your passion?   Passion is a relentless devotion for a desired outcome.  This was my desired outcome.  Steve knew that and didn't doubt that I would put in the time and sacrifice to make my passion come true.  He believed in me during times when I wasn't sure.  Why not?  Go for it.  You got this.  Beck, we will find a way. 

I loved my work at various sites: Moran Eye Center, Cancer Wellness House, Sharing Place, Caring Connections, Lifeline, and LDS Family Services.  As I started to think of creating my own private practice I was in a space ready to simplify my commute and the timing felt perfect with our family.   During this time, I met some amazing mentors and colleagues.  I also experienced doubters and even an employer that told me that I really should just be grateful, as a person who was blind, to have a job. Seriously!?  I am so grateful I followed my heart and listened to those who believed in me.  The doubters also pushed me to gain confidence from within and believe in myself.

A picture of us on our tandem bike is fitting.  This is often a place where besides pedaling hard, I gain clarity, and we do a  lot of talking.  We started tandem cycling over 20 years ago.  Besides being so much fun and great exercise; it is also a place where we have processed lots of our dreams including creating Resilient Solutions, Inc.
Like climbing a mountain, starting and maintaining a small business is a LOT of work, a LOT of sacrifice, and a LOT of fun and meaningful.  
Still to this day, I walk into the office so grateful that this is my home away from home.  I love being there.  I love my amazing colleagues.  I love that Steve believed in me and saw Resilient Solutions' vision.   I am grateful he knew how to create and manage a business even when my dream was simply to have a space to do what I love.  I love that it is something we do together.    
I recall brainstorming on names ... loved the word Resilient and its empowering meaning.  What was fitting to go with Resilient?  After coming up with various names we came upon Resilient Solutions, Inc.  RSI for short.  I love when someone will say -- love the name of your business.  It causes me to reflect back sitting across the kitchen table with Steve brainstorming about just the right name that could accompany what we hoped would be a place for people to come to heal.

So, as I begin to share our story of building a business, #1 Define what you are passionate about and have someone on your team that believes in you.  When you are following your passion -- you lose track of the hours you are.working.  You focus on the yes and the many doors that are openYou are willing to sacrifice for that desired outcome.  When we are living our passion, we find increased strength and courage.  My passion and dream for Resilient Solutions, Inc to be a place where people could come heal gave me the courage to excitedly market.  I now love to share this message and one of my favorite parts in the day is answering calls and helping someone find a therapist in our office that can help them in their journey.  I love when someone tells me RSI is a space that feels so comfortable and inviting.

Whether it is a busy day where every office is occupied with clients in session or a quiet Saturday morning when Steve and I are hauling in water, candy and the other supplies needed; I feel such gratitude to truly be living my passion and having an amazing partner by my side.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Kindness

I spent the weekend visiting Natalie in Washington, DC. Georgie and I flew out on Friday and returned home today. Perfect flight times for getting the most of the weekend time together. Nonstop flights both ways makes for such nice travel. We left Natalie's apartment at 5:30 AM!   I was greeted by a kind, friendly Uber Driver. She was awesome and so welcoming. We arrived at the airport in great time - not a lot of traffic at that time of morning. As I walked to the Delta counter to check in, I asked for  some sighted assistance. I love that as she called for help -- she said, no wheelchair needed -- sighted assistance only.   A nice gentleman came to walk out to the pet relief area with me and through security to our gate. Georgie was so cute. She knew exactly where we were going (nice pet relief area in the Reagan/DC Airport.) She trotted ahead of the man that was our sighted assistant - and knew just where to turn to go outside.  We arrived at our gate with plenty of  time to get settled and wait to board the plane. We found our seat and I pulled out Georgie's fleece to put on the floor in front of my seat. We both settled in for the 4 hr. 27 minute flight. After a while the plane felt a little chilly and I put on my coat. I reached down to check on Georgie, and she was curled up in a tight ball. I was re-listening to an awesome book - Rising Strong, Brene Brown.  A short time later I put my hand down again and felt Georgie.  She was shivering.  I was starting to take off my coat to put around here when suddenly I had two flight attendants and everyone in my row concerned about Georgie. She was cold and they all wanted to help! They were offering their blankets -- helping me block where the cold air was coming through.  It was coming out just where she was laying down. She snuggled back up with a blanket blocking the cold air and another one that a fellow passenger had put around her ... So sweet. I was so grateful for their warm kindness. Kindness Matters.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thank you

Take time to say thank you both in writing and in word to those around you. Notice the acts of service and acknowledge them. Remember how many people have created or made possible what you experience every day. This practice provides a reminder of the web of support that we live in and contribute daily and easily don’t notice. Write a letter of gratitude to someone who has made a difference in your life. --unknown.

In the positive psychology training that I completed, one of the assignments was to Write a letter of Gratitude to someone who has blessed your life -- then, if possible, schedule an appointment to deliver your note and share your gratitude in person. Pretty awesome experience. This will be one of the assignments I will be incorporating in my next Positively Resilient Course to begin in January. Try it. I would LOVE to hear your experience. I reflect as I began to lose more vision, sometimes very random concerns would come up ... how am I going to do 'this' or 'that'. One of the items that popped into my head was writing thank you notes. The above picture is some of my thank you notes. Some items of concern -- how would I pick them out if I could not see them, how would I write on them to send them out if I could not see what I was writing. If there's a will there's a way, right. Steve, of course, is super helpful and has become a pro at helping me find cards that I will like. Also, you can find someone helpful at the store. Online where they have a description of the cards is another option. So, then the next challenge -- how to write on them. After some trial and error .. writing on the card upside down, etc (you may have received one of them :); I learned to organize them in a way that I could place the front side up -- sometime a tiny notch in the corner can be helpful, etc. Then, I learned that if I put my hand in the right positioning to write across I can write without being able to read what I write. Envelopes can be a bit tricky and I find most helpful when I have an envelope grid. IF not, finding the center of the envelope for the to address and the left corner or a return label for the from.