Five years ago when I attended my first Women in Networking (WIN) event, the annual conference, they were giving out awards to women in the group who exemplified certain qualities. Many cried and you could tell that the awards meant a lot to them. I had the intuition or maybe I set the intention in that moment…”That’s going to be me one day!”
I didn’t really think it would take me 5 years to do it…lol. However, I also had a completely different business then (I was a jewelry designer and buying gold and silver). Now, having created a business around my passions and helping others live their dream lives, the award has much more meaning to me.
I have been nominated for one or more of the awards the last few years. This year, I was nominated for all 3 awards: Destined to WIN, Spirited Leader and the Connector award. I had to choose which one I wanted to “put my name in the hat” for and I chose Destined to WIN because it exemplifies what I’m feeling.
You may not know this, but entrepreneurship is in my blood. My 91 year old dad, Donny, had 14 different businesses in his lifetime. Everything from the first Beer Nut franchise in Minnesota and a golf driving range to coffee shops, restaurants and bars. He often ran multiple businesses at once and built a supper club in St. Paul called Donny’s. He and my mom even ran the 3M Chemolite cafeteria for over 30 years!
I always remember the story my dad shared with me about watching a worker walk up to the building one morning. Dad said he looked miserable, like he really hated coming to work. My dad encouraged me to do what I love, that we work so many hours in our life, you should enjoy what you’re doing. And I do! Coaching clients, figuring out the Feng Shui puzzle of their spaces and connecting with Angels…it all lights me up and is so much fun for me to do that it doesn’t feel like work.
Winning the Destined to WIN award means many things to me. It’s a pat on the back that we, as solo-preneurs, so rarely get. It encourages me to keep going and reminds me I have a team of cheerleaders (my fellow WIN members, clients, friends and family) rooting for me. And, it’s a sign post that I’m on my way to Finding my own Fiji!
Kim Julen, Shiftmaster
WWS Certified Feng Shui Practitioner
Certified Angel Card Reader
Finding Your Fiji