You’re all packed, ready to head out on a road trip with your significant other.
You’ve been planning it together for ages. It’s going to be a long drive, and being the supportive spouse that you are (haha), you’re all set to make the most of the time and get some work done. If you’re like me, you’re usually happy to be the passenger and trust your spouse to get you there. You planned it all out together and you trust you’ll arrive safely.
But this time is different. This time, your significant other says “Honey, do you mind driving? I’m not sure I feel up to it.”
At first you think, “But I was supposed to have work time!” and you start to worry that you don’t know the route quite as well as you should.
You put your concerns aside and say “sure, I can drive.” Afterall, it’s not like you don’t know HOW to drive – in fact, you’re a very confident driver, too.
That trip is little bumpy – a couple of wrong turns and a bit of a delay, but you still arrive at the destination.
A Total Change of Plan
A few months go by and it’s time to plan another trip. This time, your significant-other says, “you know, I’m not in love with the destination we originally chose together anymore. How do you feel about it?” You can’t say you’re shocked, there have been clues that they weren’t ‘feeling’ it anymore.
But the thing is, YOU still love the destination, and the possibilities that lay there. So, after many heart-felt discussions, you decide to take separate trips, to different destinations. And because you care about each other so much, it’s ok. You get excited about the adventures they’ll have, and describing the adventures you’re going to experience.
Even though you’ll be apart, you’re still in close touch. You’ll share in the exciting times, and be a shoulder to cry on for the disappointments. Sometimes, if the situation allows, your paths may cross briefly and you can travel together for a while.
What does this story have to do with Online Empowerment and why should you care?
Dear friends of OE – friends of Marisa and Corinna,
We, Marisa and I, are the work spouses in the above analogy. Marisa has been doing a lot of the driving (as the main ‘voice’ of OE) and we have decided together it is now time for us to drive to our own, separate destinations.
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split they called it “conscious uncoupling.” Another entrepreneurial duo we admire borrowed the term when they separated their businesses and we feel like it fits for us too.
And, as the story explains, we’re still going to be supporting and cheering each other on, just in a different way, and more behind the scenes. If the situation fits, we are still great collaborators and have proven we work well together.
This means that I will be taking on the Online Empowerment brand as my own. Expect to see changes to the website and the services offered under the OE umbrella soon.
Returning to the Online Empowerment Mission
If you have been with us from the beginning, you may remember our first Online Empowerment Hangout Series we did nearly 2 years ago. In that 8-part conversation series, we explored what “Online Empowerment” means. There were a lot of gems that came out of those conversations and I hope to bring that vision of ‘Online Empowerment for all’ into an easy-to-follow set of guidelines. Thanks to Marisa’s persistent questioning and contemplating, much of the groundwork is already laid. That’s one of many gifts she gave to OE and I will be forever grateful.
My strengths lie in getting that information into easy-to-swallow steps and procedures, and that’s exactly what I have in store over the coming months.
I’m excited to be back in the driver’s seat again (having been a solopreneur for nearly 10 years before). I’m comfortable here.
I hope you will stay on for the ride, and please reach out if you have any questions!
To see what Marisa will be sharing and experiencing, please visit her at MarisaGoudy.com (and sign up for her list!). Her new tagline: Author & Writing Coach for Creative Entrepreneurs.
Did you know she’s writing a fiction series called Sovereign Reality?! And she’s exploring the intersection of business, writing, and everyday mysticism to help entrepreneurs uncover their vision and message based on these Sovereign Reality concepts. I’m SO excited that she’s following her dreams, and you know I’ll be first in line to buy my own copies of the books!