- This article originally appeared in the March 2023 issue of COMO Magazine.
“Innovation” has been the name of the game for the last three years, at least. When the world tells you that you no longer can operate the way you’ve always done it, you are forced to look with new eyes at potential new solutions. If you know me at all, you know that I thrive on change and taking bold risks. However much I might welcome change, it is rarely always easy. But, I have learned that it often can bring good things with it.
A lot of things have changed for me in the last few years: The way I’ve parented my last kid at home has changed by having to understand her world in ways the Bigs (my four oldest) never had to face. The way our team works together has changed by embracing new technology and flexibility of working remotely when needed. The products I now offer have changed, the biggest of which is the return of COMO Business Times (CBT) in April. Heck, even the way I schedule appointments has changed since I started using my favorite new scheduling service Calendar.com. (I highly recommend it!)
In the time of innovation, knowing that there’s security in some things remaining the same is comforting to me.
Yet, I’m equally grateful for things that haven’t changed. In the time of innovation, knowing that there’s security in some things remaining the same is comforting to me. My friendships have been tried and true. My kids are all healthy and happy and predictable. My city of Columbia is some place I still love to live in and call home.
Personal connection is still better than a zoom meeting. Coffee is warm, readily available, and my hug in a mug. My dog is always happy to see me. The sun keeps rising and setting, and new days keep coming. The consistency of these things gets me through the times when hard change is necessary, and I must innovate in ways that I sometimes don’t yet understand.
And you remain consistent. My readers. I do this for you month in and month out, feeling that I am living out my calling. I get to connect people with who and what they need to know to thrive in Columbia and I’m grateful for that role.
Being able to tell people’s stories is a blessing — and one that I’m grateful hasn’t changed.