In so many ways, my professional life is a dream. But it can also be very sad, because I’m always worried about becoming the consultant’s version of the overly attached girlfriend. I end up loving my clients so much that I don’t want to wrap up the project.
The truth is that I love being part of a team. I love working with the same people over time, having an office that is somewhere other than my home, and having an organizational affiliation. If someone hired me to be a full-time member of team, doing the work that I currently do, I’d be in heaven. But it currently seems that being an independent consultant is my best option for doing what I love.
I’m not wrapping up any projects at the moment, but of course I’m wrapping up the year. I want to pause and tell my past and current clients how much I love them. It really is a privilege to serve them. In my mind, they’ll always be my clients, now matter how brief the project is or how long ago it was finished. I also want to tell them that my separation anxiety is my problem, not theirs!
But most of all, I want to wish them a beautiful new 2013 – a year of peace, joy, prosperity, health, justice, and fulfillment of all their goals.
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