I have been extremely lucky to experience many firsts in life, as joyful moments. Riding my first geared bike with a sense of freedom to roam anywhere I wanted to go. Meeting my first true love on a warm sunny day at the beach. The birth of my children, my first boy and my first girl, miracles each. These are just a few of the many firsts I have been privileged enough to experience.

On the professional side, my career has been chock full of firsts, each one giving me something special, be it knowledge, a reward or other significant milestone accomplishment. I have led a charmed life and I will not complain. What I have not been good at, is recognizing these firsts. Taking a beat to let it sink in and wash over me. Being thankful or grateful, for just a moment. I’ve almost expected these things to happen to me along the way.

Until now. Since leaving the protection of a corporation, where the work of many helps produce amazing results, I am now a lone puppy. Everything I do is for myself and most of what I do feels like a pebble being dropped in a huge lake. The ripple effect is not exactly spectacular or far-reaching. Which is why it is ever so important for me to network and build connections. I need to be vulnerable and ask strangers to help me spread my message. This does not come naturally to me.

Each day I try to do something small that will move this objective forward. Even if it means I only talk to one person, making one new connection, I am more inclined than ever to do that. Of course, I’m still not very good at working my message into the conversation, because I’m not entirely sure of how to say it in 3 sentences, (more on that to come, stay-tuned). 

Anyway, this is all a long preamble for the punch line – I got published on December 20, 2017 for the first time on the Thrive Global website. For me, I am one small step closer to Arianna Huffington. Well, not really, but sort of. For those of you who don’t know what Thrive Global is, see the mission statement from the ‘about’ section on the website:

Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology. Recent science has shown that the pervasive belief that burnout is the price we must pay for success is a delusion. We know, instead, that when we prioritize our well-being, our decision-making, creativity, and productivity improve dramatically. Thrive Global is committed to accelerating the culture shift that allows people to reclaim their lives and move from merely surviving to thriving.

If you have been following my journey, you know that this mission is very much in line with my way of thinking. While I don’t think I was technically experiencing burn-out at the end of my first career, I was certainly tired. Thankfully, whatever it was, I didn’t have a serious accident or injury to contend with. Although that makes for an impactful story and a warning for the effects of burn-out, that is something I am grateful not to have gone through first hand.

For now, I’m basking in the joy of this first. With this publication, this first time won’t come again. Unfortunately, digital information gets pushed down so quickly, that this accomplishment will be buried quickly in the stream of new voices, constantly appearing. This is great for Thrive Global because they have a constant supply of new ideas to keep readers interested. 

So I ask a favour, in these days of holidays and celebrations – please share. If you think it makes sense to share my article on Thrive Global, or anything from my blog Daily Creatives, please do. I need all the help I can get in reaching a wider audience of like-minded women. There are many of us out there who are having similar experiences and it always helps to know, we are not alone. 

If you missed my post – ‘What Would An Epic Creative Retreat Look Like For You?’ please take a moment to have a look. I would love to hear your thoughts in the survey of the same name where I am hoping to gain insights to guide the development of an opportunity where we can meet in real life, (instead of only online). If you think this topic is of interest to anyone you know, please feel free to share through your social channels or email or mention Daily Creatives in conversation. I am so grateful, thank-you.

Join me in this creative journey. I think it will be worth your time. I look forward to hearing from you! Use any form of communication which feels comfortable. Email, social media or even, if you want to give me a call, I can reached at cwestermark on Skype. Together, let us see where we can take this.

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Daily Creatives Resources:
: : “Fruitless at 40: Rediscovering My Creative Power
: : After 25 years, why I walked away from my beloved career
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: : We are a Canadian family, on a year-long trip, planning on 32 cities, 18 countries over 4 continents.
: : Dad is working in Europe and Asia, Teens are doing distance education for grades 11 and 9, Mom is keeping it all together, writing, taking photos and making videos.
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Christine Westermark

I am a world traveller, lucky enough to have a loving family who support my dreams to learn, create and give back by designing creative content which enables a lifestyle we don't need a vacation from.

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