Have an attitude of gratitude in business

Member Feature: by Annie Francis of VA Connect


As I sit here on my veranda reminiscing on the year that has just gone past, I am reminded of all the blessings I have received over the past year.  I have been told that it is always good to reflect on one’s own achievements, however, I find it more important to remember all the ways other people have helped me throughout the year. I know that without the help and support of family, colleagues and friends, I may not have made it through one of the roughest years of my life.


Personal Gratitude

In my private life, I am grateful for my family, my health and that of my family and a roof over our head.  There have been many challenges that we have faced together this past year.  I am eternally grateful for our strength of character and the love that abounds in our home.  We have been placed in situations that have made us grow and instead of shying away we have faced everything head on and come out on the other side stronger.


Work Life Gratitude

In my work life, I am grateful for the lessons that I learnt this past year.  Having a variety of clients over a broad spectrum of industries, my horizons were broadened and I have learnt many valuable lessons.  Through these contracts and client interactions, there were mixed emotions.  I am grateful to have learnt what type of client I prefer to work with and what type of working situation is best for me.

Not all experiences were positive, however, I have taken a step back, reflected and learnt from it.  Sometimes, one needs to be grateful for constructive criticism in order to grow both professionally and personally.  If it had not been for these experiences, I would not have taken the initiative to up-skill myself.  As I enter 2019, I know that I am better equipped to handle the many various situations that could arise in the working life of a virtual assistant.


Team Gratitude

I am grateful for all the encouragement that I have received from VA Connect.  I have been confident that when I have encountered a challenge, I am able to reach out to my VA Connect family, who have been able to provide support and a new way of looking at a difficult challenge.  It is a good feeling to know that you are not alone.  One needs to be mindful of the fact that behind the scenes there is a lot of work being done to enhance a Virtual Assistant’s working life, such as matching clients, facilitating interviews, administration and assisting when disputes arise.  Never mind the continuous search for new clients and contracts to keep all the virtual assistants gainfully employed.

I give thanks for my family and the privilege of being able to work from home, looking out of the window at my beautiful garden that my daughter and I have created and my beautiful goose who brings delight and laughter to all who know him!

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