I really don’t like networking, it feels so fake to me. So disingenuous and contrived. It is not my happy place at all, I did a lot of it earlier in the year and never felt comfortable. As soon as someone approached me I could feel that invisible wall go up, and I would shut off. It became painfully clear to me in a short time that it just wasn’t for me, and so I let it go. That was until last week. I’d been told about this amazing event by a lady I met at a show, and so when tickets appeared on Instagram I snapped mine up. This event really was my happy place. A room full of about 100 women, all who were at different stages in their businesses, in different industries, of varied ages, but had one thing in common. They didn’t want to spend 40+ years of their lives sat in an artificially lit box working for someone else. It was like Christmas to me! There was a panel of 5 female entrepreneurs who had been in business for a few years and who are playing big in their fields. They, like me had just reached a point of knowing that they needed to change. Some of them had a clear idea, and some of them were less sure, but they all took a leap of faith. Listening to them was wonderful, because they spoke honestly about the lows as well as the highs. It’s so easy to see a glossy bio in a magazine and assume a person got to where they did with ease. Sometimes that is the case, but sometimes there are sacrifices to be made in order to see your dream come to life. What mattered to these women was that they knew they wanted something different, something more and they committed to making it happen. As I sat there listening to them, I thought about who I was 2.5 years ago. Unsure and afraid, but also with a fire in my belly, an inner strength to try even though I had no idea of where I was going or how I would get there. Now I’m running my own coaching practice and calling the shots. There is no magic formula. It’s about taking small consistent steps of aligned action, finding someone to keep you accountable, and truly believing that what’s meant for you is on its way.