By Erin Allen & Sara E Walker
About three weeks ago was our last day on the job at Four Leaves Winery. It was a rather sudden break that kind of left both of us reevaluating how we've spent our time these last few months.
What was a fun, creative escape may have been creating professional and personal obstacles — rather real or simply in our minds. Becoming invested in the winery was a worthwhile endeavor — I mean who doesn't want to get paid to drink wine and learn the production process! However, becoming so immersed in the business was actually taking us away from further developing, marketing and promoting our own consulting business.
Rather than focus on the negative, we're choosing to see that no longer working at the winery is a blessing in disguise. It's almost as if a burden has been lifted, allowing us to focus on what we truly want professionally, to open ourselves up to opportunities and others that truly want everything we have to offer and to be utilized as experts in our respective fields.
Another positive that we're choosing to focus on is what we learned from working at the winery, outside of the actual wine knowledge and production process. We learned a lot about leadership, employee relations and the do's and don'ts of running a small business.
Moving forward with this newfound knowledge and experience, we're excited about the future and putting new ideas into play. After all, that's what the journey is about.