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Feb 13Liked by Nathalie Lussier

I love a good farming metaphor! This was a great piece! Thank you. The community building part is so important. One theme I’ve seen with clients over the years is this thing of cultivating relationships being for folks who are in an expansive season, like to be struggling or lonely makes people unworthy. Yet, feeling other people’s vulnerability and humanity does a lot to create connection, intimacy and reciprocity. I went through a contraction season and couple of years ago. I struggled with a lot of self doubt about the value of my work, even though that’s not what the contraction was about. It took relationship and connection to help me see what I was collapsing. One friend said recently when I recounted that time, ‘oh I wish you’d reached out about this sooner, this has nothing to do with the value you offer’. And you know, she’s right, I should have reached out sooner. I was contracted in my own self doubt. We really, really need each other.

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Nathalie - I love reading about your farm and that you have an IT business going as well. You've created a beautiful life. xo Sherold

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Feb 13Liked by Nathalie Lussier

Great analogy! As a solo developer I'm hoping to find more community too, but I don't know where I fit in. I struggle a lot with self-worth, and self-promotion, and I think this plays into it. Because of health challenges, my work moves at a snail's pace, and I've had to take unanticipated breaks. I also lack professional experience, so I worry I won't be able to keep up, or be looked down on by other developers. I don't have much of a business so far either, only a few paid subscribers. All I have besides that is not giving up and not losing hope.

But I really enjoy your newsletter and wanted let you know that. It's your success and kindness combined that really inspire me. And your realism - that there's not just one shortcut or hack that's going to bring success. It's also been really comforting to hear from someone experienced that SaaS startups can take time, that slow momentum still counts, and that I'm not wrong for wanting my app to have its own brand instead of relying on my face or my story to sell it, despite seeing other types of businesses grow fast that way.

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Feb 13Liked by Nathalie Lussier

First off, I love your analogies! I have family members in farming and they know a competitor fox when they see one. :) I feel like community is more important than ever, especially as more of us work from home offices. When contraction happens, it’s too easy feel isolated otherwise!

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Thanks Nathalie! Sending love back.

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