Partnerships Rule. They inspire. They push and pull. They serve, and they need to be taken care of. I have been thinking about how many of them I have - both in my personal and professional lives, and it's kind of mind-boggling! My partnerships inspire me to be a better person - as a mom, worker-bee, friend, wife, board member, community member and leader - and they must be nurtured if the benefit is to be mutual and lasting.
Apart from my husband, who is truly my rock and strongest partner of all, many of my partner-connections are women. Having moved to New England after school and college, it has taken time to foster those deeper friendships and I have just a couple of people I lean on to work through my big-picture questions. I think it's rare to find people we can be truly transparent with, and I feel blessed that I have a few of those who live a short drive away - but it's hard to stay in strong connection with anyone who doesn't show up in your life on a daily or weekly basis. (There's just so much to catch up on!)
One of my new years resolutions is to be more deeply connected to those partnerships I do have. This means reaching out, opening my heart, being of service... and it also means advocating for those who I think are doing the kind of Work that matters to me.
I work daily with an amazing team of women and men who push me to do high quality, invested work week-in and week-out. We collaborate on projects, we find ways to improve our processes, and we provide a check-in space for each other when things are tough.
My Womens Wellness Walks co-leaders (Kate Killoran and Katy Morrison) are strong, intelligent, heart-full medical professionals who do their work deeply and well. Walking and talking with them every two weeks keeps me grounded.
Recently I have re-activated my involvement with company that is doing positive, women-focused inspirational work in a way I can get behind. I am returning to as a PRO Ambassador with the Boulder CO-based, kick-ass womens' fitness apparel company, SKIRT SPORTS. From their #realwomenmove initiative which serves to inspire Real Women to get out and move, to their beautiful fabrics and excellent fit clothes... I am consistently blown away by the intention and high quality of everything they do. They are committed to getting women of all activity levels, backgrounds, shapes and sizes out and active in gorgeous clothes :).
As an Ambassador I basically get to share more about what SkirtSports does, review their products and give feedback, connect people with their various fitness initiatives and programs, and I get to share discount codes with anyone I want... :)! I probably wear one of my Skirt Sports dresses, skirts, bras or fleeces every time I head outside to exercise, so it's a no-brainer for me to be an Ambassador of this company's brand and products.
If you go and shop at www.skirtsports.com, use my personal code of 840Somm to get 15% off your purchases. Their products are already less pricey than many of their online competitors, so you'll get products that are cute, will last for years, and at a good price. Woot!
In the meantime, I'd love to hear of any partnerships that you feel support you. Wanna chat? Go for a hike? Email me!