For the past year, I’ve been discerning what I would do once my youngest child entered kindergarten. Should I search for a stable office job, and would that even be practical, given that I’ve been out of the traditional work force for some time now? What position would offer the right balance of flexibility my life requires? How could I best blend the skills I’ve acquired over the past years with other life commitments?
A vision began percolating nearly a year ago when I attended the annual communications conference for the National Federation of Press Women in San Antonio, TX. Gathered with other communicators from around the nation, I had a growing awareness that I was among my own, that this was where I was meant to be. Not in San Antonio necessarily (though I did enjoy my stay immensely), but firmly planted in the world of communications. Even though I was not attached to a particular business as many of the other conference attendees were, I’d held my own as an independent through the years and even had garnered some awards, including the one I was there to accept.
In the following months, throughout the school year – in between soccer games and homework sessions and school programs – thoughts on how I might approach my future began to come to the fore. Many details of my vision began to rise up, becoming clearer each passing week. But the outline was still hazy. How would I package all of it? What would it look like exactly?
Enter Delila. Last week I wrote about her, “The Lady Who Fell Out of the Sky.” And I promised I would tell more about the fruits that grew from my initial meeting with her.
After quickly divulging the highlights of our lives that afternoon in the coffee shop, Delila and I pulled out our notebooks. We sat across from one another and brainstormed together what a business headed by Roxane Salonen might look like. Delila took the lead, I followed. The nuts and bolts were already in place and in motion, but how would it be presented? This step was essential for moving forward.
So Delila set about grilling me, asking what moves me, what I consider my greatest skills and what I would like to do with my life, even if the whole dream can’t be immediately fulfilled. The result? Beauclair Communications, a venture that continues what I’ve been doing for the past 20 years but pulls it all together and offers it in a more tangible form. You can read more about how I chose the name and some of the services I’ll be offering on the website itself, and I’ll look forward to sharing more about this “new” venture in the coming weeks.
For now, suffice it to say that even though I had the dream somewhere inside me all along, it took Delila’s nurturing touch to set it more assuredly in motion. Sometimes, we just need people like Delila to reflect back to us what we’re about, and what we’re here to give to the world. Sometimes, we need others to help us put to words our greatest desires. Sometimes, we just need a little help from our friends to go more pointedly in the direction we were headed all along. This is what Delila offered me, and it’s what I plan to offer my clients, whether editors, fellow business people, or other writers looking for someone to help guide them.
I want to thank Delila publicly, again, as well as you, dear readers, for being there. I come here each week to share insights about the writing life so that you, too, can be encouraged and continue to discern just what it is you’re here to do.
Q4U: Have you had any revelations recently about how you’re to spend the remaining years of your life? If so, what started the spark that helped you see more clearly?