Knowing when you need help and welcoming a colleague on-board
I’m piss poor at delegating. Delegating means trusting someone else would be invested enough in your vision to do a good job at whatever task they’re handed. And this is something I’ve struggled with a lot in the past. So I usually end up buried under work for days which I could easily have subcontracted out.
My Google RSS feed has laid dormant for months while hundreds of unread blog posts still come streaming in daily. I sometimes feel guilty that I can’t follow up as regularly as I would like to with my favorite people and friends in the blogosphere. With age, I’ve realized I can’t read everything. I can’t follow everyone. I can’t comment on every post, and that’s okay. That doesn’t mean I don’t fully appreciate or respect their work and talents.
It’s just a surefire way to burn out before even tending one’s own business.
I first met Candace Rose Rardon at TBEX Europe in Copenhagen, and there was this genuine aura about her – her warm eyes, her bright smile – that were welcoming and comforting. I instantly liked Candace and would later work with her through various travel writing channels. Candace is an excellent writer and talented artist – check out her blog and travel sketches. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time. I love the way she writes about travel – about place – and how she truly connects across multiple levels as she travels.
A clear indicator that she’s willing to invest; to go that extra mile to understand a place and connect with its people.
I’m beyond honored to have her on-board. From now till December, Candace and I will be working on a few travel and social media projects and she’ll be helping keep my company and comic strip accounts, @GeotravelMedia and @OfficeSuppliesC respectively breathing and alive while I clear out pending assignments, secure more travel assignments/partnerships, and start up the comic strip again.
More importantly, I’m looking forward to learning from Candace and to be continually inspired by her, her travels, and her work.
Photo copyright © Candace Rardon.