If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that Friday’s are for wins! It’s a simple joy habit: end the week by celebrating what went well instead of ruminating over everything that went wrong.
I post mine here as an accountability mechanism. And I warmly invited you to share your 3 biggest wins of the week in the comment section below (or on our Facebook page). The only thing better than ending my week with wins is celebrating other people’s wins.
Win #1: My First FIRE Podcast
This week, the Journey to Launch podcast featured my FIRE story. While I write this blog about my life after FIRE, I haven’t spoken publicly about our 18-year journey to get there. It took a long time. We weren’t super-frugal or using lots of hacks. And it seems kind of boring: we read Your Money or Your Life, we followed the steps, and we retired. But I’m glad I did it! Lots of people posted positive comments and reached out to me to share that they were inspired by our story. It’s been fun to share our story and learn from other people on the FIRE journey.
Win #2: Spreading Angel Love
I received a request on Monday to speak with a reporter about my participation in Pipeline Angels. It’s a program focused on changing the face of angel investing by increasing the number of women and femmes who are active angel investors. Currently, women make up 26% of angel investors in the U.S. (and only 5% of angels are under-represented minorities). Pipeline Angels was my first experiment in trying on a new identity after I retired. I had a positive experience and learned a lot.
It was a quick turn-around! We spoke on Tuesday and the short article appeared a few days later: Black women investors help fund women-led start-ups through Pipeline Angels program.
Win #3: Mentoring Magic
Now that we’ve settled in LA, I’m back in the rhythm of taking mentoring calls in the afternoons. And this week, I was in the zone!! The entrepreneurs showed up ready to work. And the organizations they are leading are doing groundbreaking work. To be honest, sometimes I miss being in direct service. But I’m slowly growing in appreciation for my new role: supporting leaders whose organizations have tremendous positive impact on the lives of others.
Sharing my weekly wins always has the same impact on me. I don’t feel like doing it, I’m usually in a funk over things that didn’t go my way this week. But the ritual of remembering (and writing down) the important things that went well this week shifts my energy, my mood, and how I feel about the week.
What were your 3 biggest wins this week?