Let’s do this together

By Angie Cowen  |  Thoughts  |  Posted at 7:50 pm - May 1, 2018

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

This afternoon I was sitting on the couch, childless, because a friend had taken Noa out so that I could do some work. And as I sat there I wondered, what would I write about in this month’s newsletter? Suddenly it became very clear. The importance of creating a team! Because in this last month, I’ve seen and had the biggest breakthrough in my working and personal life because of it.

Some of you might know that a huge concern for me in having a baby was that I would no longer be able to do what I love in the world professionally. Sure, I thought, I would be able to do some version of it, like release cookbooks and packet mixes; but the thing that is at the core of my love and where all the recipes for my books and products come from, is catering retreats. It’s where it all began, and I couldn’t see how it would work to have a bubba and still do what I love.

Some would argue that I planned my baby’s timing on a particular retreat which I cater every year and have done so for almost 10 years. And that was the first retreat I catered after having Noa. An ambitious, 9 day yoga teacher training catering for 41 people.
Now it’s likely that you or I might see that as a little silly, challenging, maybe even impossible. But here’s what I learnt, and I’m still awed by it.

Anything is possible, with a solid team. 

And boy, did I have a cracking team. From loving and caring for Noa, supporting the kitchen duties, and looking after the guests and each other, every area I was concerned about in the lead up was tended to. And everyday of that retreat, even when we had some shocking sleepless nights with little N, I smiled, because I was doing what I loved with the people I loved most by my side.

So much of life BN (before Noa) was seeing how much of the job I could do by myself. Life AN (after Noa) is about seeing how much of the job I can share with my team so I have enough love and energy left over to share.

The game is to fill the cup, and give from the overflow. In a world where that is not the normal, the question is: how can we make it the norm? How can you create your life so that you are so well supported you have plenty of overflow to share?

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