The first 30 days of #rewirement have flown by. Launched one of my daughters back to college. Currently helping the other with her entree into the real world, full adulting and all. 🌎 So happy to share these moments with my parents. 🙏 For the first time in 32+ years, feeling untethered in a simultaneously daunting and exhilarating way. No better time for some early reflections on:
⚡️Being Engaged: Many have commented that I must have tons of time on my hands now that I’m in rewirement. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m actually surprised at my already filling calendar - but I know that this kind of busy is different, it’s filled with the art of the possible – for mind, body, heart, and soul. And it’s wholly focused on the impact I aspire to have on others.
⚡️Being Present: I used to think that I knew the difference between the quality vs. quantity of time. Especially with family and loved ones. Not true. I’ve now realized that even the temptation of distraction is a distraction. Just the idea of the tether back to the job can dilute focus on the here and now. It’s the absence of this now that continually opens my eyes (and aids my sleep!)
⚡️Being Grateful: There isn’t a day that has gone by when I’ve not reflected on how thankful I am. In fact, there have been moments and experiences when I am nearly overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude for the opportunities AND the people AND the potential of the past-present-and-future. This serves as fuel for me as I build the foundation for my next pillars of growth - which are intended for the next phase of my service to others.
I’m embracing the fact that I’m not a retired CEO, but rather a "rewired" one – with an evolving and intensifying commitment to business transformation, thought leadership, and next gen leaders. Many of you were kind enough to comment on my early creative musings about "The Rewired CEO” several weeks ago. Thank you for taking the time to engage with me. ♥️ I’ve landed on a logo design – with a website currently in development: www.theannechow.com. Appreciative of each and every one of you for continuing this journey with me. 🙇🏻♀️
➡️ “I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me….Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution.” ~Serena Williams 🐐