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I’m Back.

13 Jan

Hi. I’m Amy. I used to be “the appreciator” but now I’m writing as part of the “Joy Seekers Collective.” But really, I’m Amy.

I’m going to be very vulnerable and bold and tell you things I wouldn’t normally tell you. This is “Marketer” Amy speaking/thinking. You’ll see why in a minute.

So to start off this new year, new decade and new blog/IG adventure, I’m going to set the stage. I’m 50. Sheez, that is so hard to say. For my whole life I’ve been young – ha. Overnight I turned … 50! But I have to say that I’m not going to hate it. In fact, I think I’m going to love it. You know why? Two reasons.

One = I know stuff. I really do. To me, there is nothing better than someone that has learned the hard way. People that have learned the hard way have had to have lived – right? So most likely they are older. Yea, older folks many not be able to talk to you about the latest developments in AI (I could) but they sure could help you navigate the waters of managing people. How to handle sticky situations with your boss. How to become a successful entrepreneur. I hate that I didn’t tap into that as much as I could have in my 20’s and 30’s. But I did really have some excellent bosses through the years that mentored and cared for me.

joy seekers collective, amy fulford
way too close selfie. after snowmobiling. sans hair straightener and botox for the smile lines. oh well.

What I’ve learned is priceless. I’m a woman who made her career a priority throughout the past three decades. A career for a woman that was the only one in her family to graduate from a four-year college. A career where many, many times I was leading the ad meeting in a room filled with men. Car dealers, no less. Someone to whom the #metoo movement made sense 100%.

Second = forgetting about what others think. This hasn’t completely become clear to me yet as I am only 2 weeks into my 5th decade, but I’m excited to not really care what other people think. Judge me all you want but I bet you know what I’m talking about. Too much time in life is spent worrying about what other people think – when here is a fact – YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY THINK! So, it is basically a completely mindless act of futility!

Stay tuned for great stuff from this blog and IG account!

appreciating life: vulnerability & ted

5 Jan

i just watched the most amazing TED talk.

i’ve seen a lot of them, but this one was simply awesome.  please click on the highlighted links to watch.  she addresses in a very scientific, researched way our most important and fundamental need to connect.

that is what life is all about. 

our connection with other people.  from there she talks about being vulnerable is our best way to connect but how people don’t let themselves be less than “perfect” or open themselves up to their shortcomings such as the fear of not being loved or reaching out to connect and not connecting.  but this is based on years (6) of stories and common threads.

this is my gift to you – this video.  watch it.  i really got a lot out of it.

if you’re not familiar with TED, then read about it here.  if you travel a lot (or not) just download the TED podcasts on itunes and watch when on the plane.  that is what i do.  some of them i’ve watched 10 times.  here are some of my favorites.  watch out – you’ll get addicted! Just click on the underlined link to watch:

Caroline Casey: looking past limits (wow!!)

Sarah Kay – if i should have a daughter

Mark Bezos – a life lesson from a fireman

Seth Priebatsch – a game layer on top of the world (this is the company i worked with!!)

Eric Whitacre: a choir as big as the internet

Johanna Blakley  (this one i watched 10+ times!)

enjoy!

 

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