June 5, 2022
An update for summer and beyond from your evolving Metta Solutions community
I’m sitting here today watching the birds in the tree outside my office window, and thinking about a thousand things at once. You know that feeling, right? So many ideas floating around and a sense of things just “buzzing,” yet knowing you need to rein it in and get productive? Well, that’s me as I write this post.
My goal today is to review a bit of history about our online presence at Metta Solutions, share our summer plans for this year, and give you a sense of some exciting things on the horizon. So, let me just dive in, FOCUS and do those three things.
A bit of history
As I spent some time this spring reviewing near-term and long-term business goals, I realized Metta Solutions has been providing coaching, consulting and training services for 11 years, as of this July. I also realized that I could not remember when we started publishing blog posts and newsletters, so I dipped into the archives, where I found all sorts of interesting things. Here’s a short summary of what I learned:
Our first blog post was published June 17, 2012. My publishing schedule was sporadic at best, in those early years, and I spent most of my musings commenting about the work of others, rather than creating new material for my readers. Fast forward to today, when nearly all my content is derived from my own approach to coaching, careers, time management and leadership. Metta Solutions has now published over 150 blog posts (not counting some of the early, amateurish ones we purged from the archives), and the blog was given its own identity when we named it “Metta Insights” in 2019.
Our first newsletter was published July 31, 2016. I called our little publication “The Metta Reader,” and it was primarily curated content from other people. We have now published 79 (counting this week’s) issues of our newsletter, and our title has morphed to “Metta Musings.”
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For the first 7-8 years, our website, blog and newsletters were primarily related to the services I provided through Metta Solutions:
- Professional executive coaching
- Organizational consulting
- Training, development and public speaking
We originally published things that I thought were timely and would be of interest to you but didn’t have a grand plan for our content. That changed when I hired a professional copywriter to help me organize and manage our online content. In the past three years, we have been organizing our blog and social media strategy around four broad areas of content:
- Careers by design
- Leadership skill development
- Time and energy management
- My personal reflections and responses to the world as things happen
You might wonder why I wanted to dig up that history, and why I wanted you to know about it. Here’s my answer: as I think about providing you better content and more value for the privilege of having you in the Metta Solutions community, I wanted to know where we had been, so we can become even better going forward.
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I’m excited about our 2022 plans for providing more great content and opportunities for this community to connect, and I can report that my team and I are hard at work planning for and getting ready to implement some new things. So, here’s a bit of what you can expect.
Summer 2022 plans
Many of you who have been long-time readers of Metta Musings know that we often slow our roll in the summer and go to once-a-month posts and newsletters. Well, we’re doing that again this summer. This post will be our June contribution, and there will be one each for July and August. We will plan to resume twice-monthly newsletters and blog posts in September.
What’s coming next?
I just celebrated a milestone birthday and have been thinking a lot about how I want to focus my energy and creative spirit through this business at this season of my life. I expect to continue my work as an executive coach, consultant and public speaker. But I also realized that there is a thread to my work that has been alive for over 30 years and that I want to reinvigorate through Metta Solutions. That thread is building and supporting and nurturing communities. I started doing this as a family physician and a public health professional and realize that it has not yet been a substantial part of my work as an entrepreneur. And I realized that I miss that sense of community.
So, plans are underway to create a dedicated platform to invite community among people who know and follow my work, as well as those who are new to my work but looking for a place to learn, share and grow.
In this community, we will bring together people who passionately want to create a life that they love, balancing personal and professional endeavors, so that we can learn from each other and maybe a little bit from me, to build a mindset that empowers us to choose how we spend our time and energy, and to grow together as we focus on the things that matter most to us. In this community, we will be able to share updates in a dedicated forum and chat amongst ourselves. And of course, there will be learning, as I build out online courses, webinars, trainings and mastermind groups to help all of us build toward that custom-crafted life we all hope to have.
We will be providing more information about this project in the late summer and doing some alpha- and beta-testing before that. If you have any interest in helping to create such a community, I’d welcome your participation as a beta tester to help me create a platform that is truly worth your time. If that sounds intriguing, please email me HERE.
As a part of this reimagined approach to my business, I will also occasionally share information with you by email in addition to my regular newsletter. However, you can be sure I will only reach out when I have something I’m certain you will find useful. . I’m looking forward to being in touch more frequently this fall, and I’m excited to see where this work takes all of us as we work together to forge a meaningful new place and way to connect. Don’t forget to email me if you want to be a beta tester for this new endeavor.
And, in the meantime, stay safe and well, remember that the only way we can change the world is to work on our own growth and development. Drop me a note if you have questions or comments about what you’ve read here.
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It’s that simple.