Where do we go from here?

I don’t know about you but this past week has been intense.

We went from when and how do we reopen our economy while staying safe to being reminded just how much injustice, hate, and systemic racism exists in our country.

Our country is in crisis and our hearts are heavy.

When I recorded today’s podcast episode a few weeks ago, I had no idea where we’d be at this time.

The episode is about how to know when to Pause, Pivot, or Pursue your plans during the pandemic. It’s relevant to determining how to approach your business and goals for the year. If you want to listen, click HERE.

If that’s the last thing on your mind right now, I’m right there with you. It will be there for you when you’re ready.

If, instead, you’re wondering what you can do to bring about change, I’ve outlined my thoughts with the same Pause, Pivot, or Pursue theme in mind.

Pause

If you’re feeling the need to condemn or complain about being inconvenienced or being forced to think about issues of race, pause. If you’re feeling the need to say what’s an appropriate way to protest, pause. If you’re feeling attacked or defensive, pause. It’s time to listen and look inward. To reflect and try to understand why you believe what you believe.

Pivot

If what we’re doing as a country isn’t working (it’s not!), get curious about your role. Not society’s role. Not the role of “racists.” Not the role of Black people. Your role. Because you have one. We all do. How do YOU need to pivot? How do YOU need to change?

Pursue

The best way to bring about meaningful and lasting change is to be active, not passive. How can you best pursue justice, equality, and equity? There are many ways to take action. If you’re not sure where to start, feel free to join me in reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. I asked for additional suggestions and resources on social media and received these recommendations. Click HERE for the entire list.

We’ll also be muting ourselves on social media this week to highlight and amplify the voices and content of Black men and women instead. We invite you to do the same.

For our Black friends, colleagues, listeners, and readers, we hear you, we see you, we love you. We stand with you. You matter. Black Lives Matter.

Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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