This past weekend, I embarked on a much-needed girls’ trip with several of my closest friends. We planned on a low-key outing of shopping and dinner, but a few spins of a curling iron led to stepping up our makeup, and then suddenly my “mama bear” t-shirt and zip-up hoodie were looking out of place!
My friends, of course, had me covered and embraced the opportunity to push me outside my comfort zone (seemingly following the theme of my life lately…). Since I only had an overnight bag packed, they pulled together some various items to outfit me in boots, ankle-rolled jeans, and a black shirt and vest – a far cry from my typical look of daycare drop-offs and grocery store runs.
We had a lot of laughs as I adjusted to this foreign wardrobe. I wondered if my ankles would be cold (they were). I wondered if the shirt was too tight (thank goodness it was black!). And I wondered if I had the confidence to pull off the whole look (surprisingly, I did!). By the end of the night, I wasn’t thinking about what I was wearing. I was just enjoying time with some amazing women, thankful to have them in my life to give me a little push when I need it.
When I reflected back on this experience, I realized my friends did for me what I want to do for small businesses. I want to help them do things they haven’t had the capacity to consider. I want to help them express themselves so they can convey who they are and what they do (not that my clothes conveyed what I do, but give me some creative leeway here…). And I want to help them be their best, just like my friends do for me.