On day 305 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored collaborating as an act of self-care.
Collaboration is the act of working with others toward a common goal. Sometimes it involves a large group of people, and sometimes it only involves one other person. The size of the team isn’t important, it’s how the team works and thinks together that matters most.
I met with a woman yesterday who is working on a project very similar to mine. She’s building an online community that supports its membership in a positive, inspiring way.
Our meeting was serendipitous.
She ran across my website randomly, and when she noticed that we lived in adjacent cities the next logical step was to reach out. And I’m so glad she did.
Our meeting left me feeling encouraged in a couple of different ways. For one, it validated that there’s a need and interest in building online communities, and second, it made me feel blessed to add yet another amazing, strong woman to my network of friends.
Over the past couple of months, as part of this self-care journey, I’ve pushed myself into some pretty uncomfortable situations. I’m not what you might call a natural networker. As an introvert, I don’t love being around large groups of people for extended periods of time. In fact, I often have to talk myself out of staying home in my pajamas and reading a book to get myself out the door at all.
But what I’ve learned is that every time I muster the courage to leave my comfort zone and connect with others, I’m rewarded in some way. I’ve met some fantastic people who are working on interesting projects, and their words of encouragement have motivated me to continue moving forward with my own. I’ve been inspired by their willingness to be vulnerable, and it’s given me the courage to do the same.
The beautiful thing about collaboration is that it can’t happen alone. You can’t collaborate with yourself at home in your pajamas. If you want to achieve more, surround yourself with dreamers and doers.