On Taking a Big Leap, Making the Commitment, Doing the Work, and Staying with It – Cause for Independence Day Celebration

12:32 pm Business Success, Measuring Results

Three years ago, my husband Steve and I bought a new house for our treasured family that includes our son Kyle and our golden retriever Shadow.  Some would say that the timing was bad, and they would be right.  Have the last three years been a challenge for us?  You bet.  But there is a beautiful silver lining that makes the journey so worthwhile.

It was a BIG leap to make the commitment to buy a new house.  Once we stepped forward, there was no turning back.   We had no Plan B.  We made the commitment.  We moved.  And we did everything we could to navigate the demanding economy to serve our clients, earn enough money to pay the higher mortgage, and make our new house a home.   This was no small feat, given the demands of the Great Recession.

Had we stayed in the other house, it would have been so much easier.   We could have hidden out until the dust of the rocky economy  cleared.  We could have enjoyed more leisure time.   We could have marched in place with a whole lot less worry and wonder.

But here’s the thing. Where I live is important to me.   Living and working  in a space that inspires me to be my best has compelled me to  reach higher, go deeper, and find even more satisfying ways to contribute to my clients, bring rewards to them and to me through my work, and build a business that makes me and my family proud.  All the reinventing over the last three years has been challenging to my growth as a business owner and in every other way.  And that is an understatement to be quite candid with you.    When I see photos of me and my son from our move-in date to yesterday — which was our three-year anniversary of moving in — the growth is unmistakable.

Reaching higher — or growing taller as the case may be — requires a great deal of care and feeding.  We are all growing in ways that are obvious, subtle, and game-changing if we dare to think bigger for what is possible for our lives and  work. Today I can say that I am a great deal happier than I was three years ago, and that is the most priceless reward for having made the move.

Taking a big leap, making a commitment,  doing the work, and staying with it have paid off.   These are the kinds of lessons my husband Steve and I model for our son, and he’s growing into a fine young man so far. And  day by day we are each creating and growing businesses that make us proud.  On this Independence Day weekend, that gives us even more reason to celebrate.

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7 Responses

  1. Faith Sheridan Says:

    You deserve a BIG congrats, Nancy. I very much admire you as do many others. Happy 4th.. and just how tall is your son??

  2. Nancy Juetten Says:

    Hi Faith,

    Thank you. I so appreciate your words. And would you believe that my 14 year old son is six foot one and a half? It is a bit mind boggling, but what can we do? Buy more groceries and be happy about it, I guess. How are YOU?

  3. Tammy Redmon Says:

    Happy INDEPENDENCE Nancy! And thank you for sharing your story. We have walked a similar path (buying a house at the “worse” time possible they say” and we have had our ups and downs too. Like you, we are pressing through and will I know look upon this time with a smile.

    The joy on your face with your son is evident that while the challenges may come, the love grows deeper.

    Continue to shine in your independence!

  4. Barbara Says:

    I love the imaginative way you shared this message — photos included. Congrats on three years of s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I’m honored to be part of your journey.

  5. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for being part of the journey. And here is the latest news. Bye-Bye Boring Bio is being prepared to be shared with every platform where ebooks are sold — Kindle, Nook, Ipad, and beyond. The target release date is September 8, 2011, which is the one year anniversary of the book’s debut. I love this date because that is when Oprah debuted her first Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. It’s a meaningful date for me.

  6. Rachel Whalley Says:

    Holy crap, Nancy!

    This is so the perfect thing for me to be reading right now. You may not realize that you wrote this just for me!

    I’m at a choice point where I am contemplating living somewhere cheaper that is comfortably within my means, but that feels like a step back from how I envision myself, and somewhere that stretches my budget and pushes me to really take my business to a higher level.

    And I’ve been getting messages about exactly what you’re saying. Yours is just the clearest and most specific of the bunch!

    I hear it, Spirit, and now I’m going to do the work.

    Thanks, Nancy.

  7. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I am so glad this message is resonating with you.

    Oh the lessons I’ve learned these last three years. I could write a book, but I am better for the journey.

    May your experience be the same or better!


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