On December 19, we had an inflection point that was — like any point of reflection — kind of confusing.
We brought together some of our closest colleagues and partners for a dinner at Alma, one of our favourite restaurants, to celebrate 2018 as Shift Collab.
Only a year earlier, our holiday “party” was a small gathering of a couple people in our condo. This year it was a buy-out of a whole restaurant. Naturally, this caused us to feel like total imposters. “How did we even do this?” we wondered.
Looking back, 2018 was the year was the year of Shift Collab began to live up to its name and becoming much more integrated, intentional, and, yes, collaborative. In short, it was because of our team, clients, partners, and friends thinking creatively, sharing a vision, and taking leaps together.
But look, anyone can write a post that talks about the wins of the year. Let’s get real.
We want to share some of the struggles we experienced in 2018 — and then some of the good stuff, too. As a team, we admire openness and honesty. But as entrepreneurs, it can be pretty hard to share what didn’t work so well. Like anyone else, we have that fear of being judged if “they knew the truth.”
Here are some of the major things we struggled with in 2018:
We have a magnet on our fridge at home that says, “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” And this year, we began to internalize that philosophy. None of our struggles will define us, but rather they will get us ready for what’s ahead.
Plus, a lot of really amazing things happened in 2018. These included:
Sure, each new year is an opportunity to set new goals and visions. But it’s also a chance to get honest with ourselves. The beauty is that balancing both is the only way forward.
So what’s in store for 2019? We’ll leave that for another post.
Suffice to say, we are wide-eyed and ready for another remarkable year with our wonderful team, our brave clients and partners, and our patient and giving friends and family.
Happy New Year!
Jor & Meg
Co-Founders, Shift Collab
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