Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I Am Doing Great Stuff. We Are. Still.

A former co-worker of mine from years ago reached out to me. One of those nostalgic memory apps photos produced a photo from way-back-when. It prompted them to send me an email. How are you? What's new in your life? It's been forever, right? Let's catch up. I didn't want to play that game, but...

I did.

We exchanged a few casual emails. They updated me on what's been happening in their life. I updated them on mine.

Their reply to mine included...

"You used to do such great stuff. Everyone worshiped your writing and you made a name for yourself. How come you decided to end that?"

Um. Wait. What. Excuse me?

I used to do great stuff?

That's not the first time I've received a similar message since the blog post I published earlier this year about our decision to no longer offer our biscuits for sale to the public. 

I could write and publish several blog columns about these emails and such, however, for now, I'm going to focus on what I feel appears to be in the spotlight.


What is greatness?

Over the years, I've learned that greatness is in the eyes of the beholder.

Many years ago, I basked in what most would consider greatness. I worked for a major media company and some rather affluential clients. I made a name for myself. People knew me. The money was pretty good too.

However, shortly after the launch of Bodacious Biscuit Love in 2013, I stepped down from the corporate ladder. I cut my client load in half. I no longer worked over 100 hours a week.

Since then, our family has gotten bigger. We've done a lot of great stuff to help out our local animal shelters and rescue pups. We've participated in a lot of events. We've purchased lots of much-needed stuff for our local animal shelters from toys and blankets to cleaning supplies and food.

The list goes on. And, we're still doing all of this great stuff. 

Over the years, we've made a lot of changes and shifted our focus, but we're still here. Doing great stuff. Helping out with fundraisers. Donating supplies to local animal shelters and pet parents in need.

In the here and now and beyond, this is my greatness. Our greatness.

I don't need to a mile-long list of well-known clients.

I don't need to be making a ton of money.

I don't need to flaunt my colors at some Affiliate Marketing Seminar.

I don't need to be traveling thousands of miles for all expense paid business trips and rummaging through my company expense cards.

That is no longer deemed as "great" to me.

My life. Now. That is my greatness.

I am doing great stuff.


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