• Kristine Metter, MS, CAE

A Year of Firsts

Welcome to my blog. Here is where I will share personal and professional insights that I hope you will find interesting, informative, funny, thoughtful, unique, or otherwise worth the time it takes to read and contemplate my musings. So, here is goes, let me know what you think.


I did not set out for 2019 to be a year of firsts. I simply wanted to try a new professional challenge of starting my own business. That alone is a big first. I left the comfort of working for an organization with all the usual trappings of steady salary, benefits, office space, colleagues, and well-defined work. I traded it all in for the high adventure of crafting a value proposition, getting the word out, navigating the logistics of setting up the company, and delivering high quality client services.


Fortunately, I have many friends and colleagues that had already started their own businesses and who served as mentors along the way to guide me, provide strategic and tactical advice, and assure me that I, too, can successfully join the gig economy. I am enormously grateful to these generous and sage soles who only asked that I pay it forward in return for their time and knowledge. I am proud to say that six months into this adventure, I am making a go of it and plan to be in business for the foreseeable future.


Perhaps that leap into the professional unknown spurred my motivation to try other firsts. Perhaps it is just coincidence. At any rate, other firsts I’ve tackled this year include riding an e-scooter (no, there are no pictures), taking a HIIT—high intensity interval training—class (again, there are no pictures), and writing a haiku. Each of these has afforded me the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and stretch myself in new ways.


What have I learned from these professional and personal firsts?


They say an object in motion stays in motion which is how I think about the proliferation of firsts that have come along this year. I hope there are many more to come.


I found that I had to think about each of these firsts for some amount of time before I was ready to take action. I contemplated. I dismissed. I researched. I almost took the step but stopped until I was finally ready to leap into the untested waters. While none have been perfect swan dives, I am really happy that I did not belly flop on any of them.


Confidence can be fleeting. I have repeatedly said that intellectually I knew I could tackle each of my firsts but emotionally I wasn’t so sure. The push-pull of intellect and emotions meant that my confidence would surge and ebb. The key is to hold on to the surge more often than the ebb.


Well, that’s it for this first blog post. Oh, wait, the last first….here’s my first haiku.


The heat has broken.

Cool rain falls all afternoon.

Joyful day to read.


I’ll be back soon with another column. Until then, I encourage you to embrace any firsts that come your way.


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