Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pausing to Look Back

I have been lucky enough to tag along on my husband's annual work trip to Vermont three out of the last four years while my children spend the week at their godparents. This arrangement allows for a little work, a little fun, and lots of good food.

Each year I'm there I like to explore different parts of the Green Mountain State, trying challenging hikes, bike climbs we don't get in Washington, D.C. and generally looking for perspective and outdoor solitude that I can't get in my crazy daily life.

This year I went down to the village of Stowe to climb Mount Mansfield, the tallest peak in the state. Not an experienced hiker, I followed the advice of a nice couple in the parking lot who told me to just hike straight up, right under the gondola. Sure there was a gravel path with switchbacks, but that would take much, much longer!

So hiked I did, one vertical step at a time, till I was completely winded.As I stopped to catch my breath I looked back at how far I came. Wow! I did that! I turned back to look at the summit, still very far away, but again- wow- I did that. And if I've come this far, I can certainly make it to to the top.

Maybe it was all that clean mountain air but I was making all kinds of business-hike analogies, that we're sometimes so focused on the end-game that we don't pause - even for a moment- to see how far we've come. That sometimes the gravelly path that goes from side-to-side gets you to the same place in better shape (and certainly more fun!) than head-down white knuckling it up to the top.

Just as I was stopping to jot some of these thoughts down on my iphone, I got a call from one of my business partners, Whitney Forstner, with some big, big news. We debuted on Inc. 500's Fastest Growing Companies List at a stunning #156. 

About to turn 5 years old, Momentum Resources is a great idea with a strong team, clients we love, and incredible candidates that just want better balance in their lives. It is the result of hard work, blood, sweat and tears (and other unnamed bodily fluids from our combined sixteen children across a team of 7) and right now, we're taking a moment to look back on how far we've come.

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