Hey everyone, hope you are well.
If you’ve consumed any news since this past Monday, you might have seen my hometown. I live in Virginia, near Fredericksburg, and we picked up a little snow Sunday night into Monday. I measured 18” on my back porch.
The worst of it all is that it started out as rain, eventually froze (creating a nice adhesive surface on the trees), then it turned into giant fluffy flakes. Trees everywhere were snapping.
Our power went out Monday morning around 8:30 and came back on Tuesday afternoon around 4:15. Had a nice time with my neighbors playing cards, dominoes, eating things that would otherwise spoil” from the fridge, and drinking what was left of the Christmas booze.
Anyone that was unfortunate enough to have been traveling on I-95 on Monday (the main North-South east coast corridor) spent anywhere from a few hours to a day in their cars. We could hear helicopters buzzing early Tuesday AM dropping off supplies to those stranded in the sub-freezing temperatures.
I made out better than many others, but it’s no accident. I’m the type of weirdo that has a wood stove for supplemental heat, plenty of firewood, a few cases of water, and insisted on a natural gas cooktop and hot water heater when I had the house built.
But I don’t have a generator.
So no power left me without the ability to do much work, although I did whip out this thing called a “pen” and scratched a few notes down on a “pad” about the experience.
While I enjoy my alone time, this storm was a reminder that it’s good to have people around for support when you need it. Particularly if it’s for a few laughs over a game of Cards Against Humanity.
And that got me thinking about my professional life as well.
I want to talk to someone new every day.
We have power as a crew. We can make real connections that could take us places and I am going to do what I can to make that happen.
But before I start making contact requests on LinkedIn, Medium, and Twitter, I wanted to reach out to all of you on this list.
It’s more than a chat.
Not only do I want to talk to a new person every day, but I also want to take notes.
Find out what makes you tick, your dreams and aspirations, where have you been and where do you want to go?
With your permission, I’m going to share those notes and include your name and how people can get in touch with you (Twitter, email, LinkedIn, etc.)
No SPAM, nothing commercial, and I’m not trying to sell you a damn thing.
This is about community.
Reach out by responding to this email and let’s get a date on the calendar.
Email me right now.
15-30 minutes that can open up new doors.