Tuesday, January 23, 2018

President

I just typed the words, "Beth Rudy, President" on a proposal. It felt weird. It's a little surreal to think I'm here!
Thanks in large part to Melanie, Edwin and Kevin who believed in me and gave me the opportunities!
Edwin ... what a story! I'll never forget when I was trying to schedule Paul for a leadership retreat with his senior leaders. He asked, "Why can't Beth do it?"
There was some excuse from me, to which Edwin replied, "Well, you've raised kids haven't you? Then, you can relate to my team." Paul said, "I guess you're right. She can do it!" Defining moment!
It's a little like learning to walk in high heels. Fun and adventurous, and a little weird at first. 
I am grateful to all the people who, like high heals, have lifted me physically and emotionally, while encouraging me to hold my head high and my standards higher.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Giant Leap into 2018


Last week I took a giant scary leap of faith into 2018 becoming an Independent Consultant. With the full support of Paul, my beloved employer and coach, I launched Beth Rudy Consulting. We will continue to work closely together, but no longer as employer/employee. That freed me to step in and help Tim and Nancy Shorter during their crisis with Isaiah. My mom is turning 80 in a few weeks. As an Independent Consultant, I’m now free to help her get to her appointments, and meet her needs without worrying about cheating an employer of time. I’m free to write my book, and free to build my own brand and a business. I have absolutely loved my work with large government agencies and plan to expand it as a woman owned small business. It’s a huge leap into the unknown … but I’m confident I’ll land on my two feet with great success and the work life balance I value.
If you don’t take risks, you’ll always work for someone who does.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Positive Encouragement


Recently, I had lunch with a friend, a retired executive from DuPont and present college professor. For over a year he's been encouraging me to write the book that's in my head and heart. It's been a struggle to find the time, and identify WHO my audience would be. He challenged me to block time on my calendar every week to write, and by the end of 2018 the book would be done. 

When he heard that I had already published two little books, he pulled out a $20 bill and asked me to send them to him. After receiving them, he emailed me these encouraging words:

You are a positive force our world desperately needs. 
I have posted his $20 and encouraging words at my desk as a reminder to write the book in 2018. I blocked 3 hours every Friday afternoon from now thru August to Write: You are a positive force our world desperately needs. 

Now to fan into flame the words in my head and heart for living vibrantly.

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