It has been an especially meaningful summer for me, both emotionally and professionally. The summer season is always a great time for our family to reconnect and enjoy long days of having fun together. We get to do a lot of things we don’t have the freedom to do during the school year, like staying up late playing board games with Grandma and Grandpa! But as our family routine shifts back into the school year, I’ve taken some time to reflect.
In the past two months, I have experienced a full rollercoaster of ups and downs. In terms of work, the end of summer is a busy travel time for BuddyPhones because of back-to-back shows that we attend. At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) expo in Chicago, I had the privilege of meeting with educators to advocate for the importance of safe audio in classrooms. It was so rewarding to spend face-to-face time with teachers looking for healthy ways to introduce technology to young learners. On another trip, I met with our strategic partners and retailers to showcase how we’re innovating and introduce our newest innovations. Their positive response and feedback was affirming and encouraging, it felt like being on a sugar-high!
However, the high came crashing down when I endured the personal loss of one of my dearest friends. Sadly, he lost his battle to cancer, leaving behind two young boys and a loving wife. I found myself struggling to understand how this could happen to someone with so much to offer the world. Experiencing this sudden loss impacted my view on my career and how I value life beyond any success I might have in my business. I was reminded to value the joy I have because I don’t know when it could be taken away.
There’s no way to fully prepare for what might come your way. It’s smart to make a 5-year plan and it’s important to dream big for the future, but don’t lose sight of what you have now. It’s what happens now that prepares you for what is to come, it’s this moment that shapes your next beginning. Will you put a smile on your face, or spend today worrying about the unknown? I am not going to make my head hurt speculating, I’d rather focus on being the best version of myself right now.
"There’s no way to fully prepare for what might come your way. It’s smart to make a 5-year plan and it’s important to dream big for the future, but don’t lose sight of what you have now."
So what are my end-of-summer resolutions? I want to finish each day without regret, I want to enjoy my family, I want to feel my hard earned success and I want to live happily. Success comes in different shapes and sizes; it’s up to us to interpret the journey and what makes us feel successful without being consumed by it.
- Yvonne Lo, BuddyPhones Co-founder