Three months later, as I was holding him close right before a conference call for my old consulting business, I tensed up at the thought of re-engaging with a project that was not of interest to me anymore. Immediately, I felt his little body tense up too.
That was enough to say goodbye to my consulting business.
As the months went by and I immersed myself in being a Mom and starting a new coaching business, he continued to inspire.
Walking around the island in my kitchen rocking him to sleep, the name “Escape from Cubicle Nation” popped in my head.
Pushing him around my neighborhood in a stroller inspired my most popular blog post ever, Open Letter to CXOs Across the Corporate World.
And in the years that have followed, his humor, fierce protectiveness of our time together and low tolerance for me being distracted on Twitter have shaped how I spend my time and structure my business. Choosing between a crack pipe and a shot of wheatgrass juice is one example of what our connection inspired.
Thank you Joshua for your love and patience. Happy Birthday. I am one lucky mom.