It’s a gorgeous day and I’m fried. Running a social network does that to you. I hope you’ve all received the latest email. Please look it over. We’re officially launching two groups with a double-header meet and greet at WorkBar Arlington. It all happens on April 1 (no joke). Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington will be serving tea and business-building ideas beginning at 10:30 am and going until noon. The Healthy Entrepreneur will get its kickoff in the late afternoon with a call for health and wellness practitioners both in and out of the network.
Women Entrepreneurs of Arlington was launched by AE member Debra Woog of Connect2. Debra has worked long and hard to improve the careers of women professionals. This initial meeting will give us a chance to meet each other, talk about our businesses and brainstorm some new ideas. I’m very excited to be part of this group and look forward to sharing ideas and challenges.
The Healthy Entrepreneur was a joint effort between myself and Leah Gilbert. Leah is an occupational therapist and a licensed mindful meditation teacher and practitioner. She has graciously taken the lead and is going to be heading up the afternoon meeting. That’s good. I’m a happy health and wellness client and patient, but have no background other than that!
I love what I do, but I’ve made sacrifices to get here. Working on your own is stressful, isolating and unpredictable. It’s easy to get lost in front of a computer and you never know what your income will be from month to month. We forget to exercise and don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. Burning the candle at both ends becomes a way of life. I neglected my health for years and last summer that fact came back to bite me. The experience scared some sense into me. I’m exercising, eating healthy(ier) meals, meditating and getting regular massages. I listen to my doctor, get regular checkups and put up with whatever medication regimen is necessary. I happen to like my life and want to stick around as long as possible!
My own experiences were the initiating factors for starting The Healthy Entrepreneur. Arlington has a wealth of health and wellness practitioners and I’d like to use my communication skills and local connections to help that community thrive. The first meeting will include a meet and greet and will give everyone a chance to introduce themselves. Health and Wellness people and people who want to get and stay healthier – this is your group. Do with it what you will!
Thanks for hanging on and reading through to the end. I think I’ll pack up the computer, do a little browsing here at the library and then head out on foot to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Maybe I’ll even stop for a cup of coffee – decaf of course!