Ever noticed how much better you feel about a new situation when people make an effort to welcome you?
Whether it be a new job, new neighbourhood, new team or new group of friends, it only takes one person to walk up, look you in the eye and say "welcome" to make you feel valued and at ease.
The word itself is so much stronger than a simple "hello". The word says "hello, you matter, we value you, we want you here, welcome aboard".
The word means more than saying "come in" The word says "come in, we can't wait to spend time with you, we want you here, you're valuable to us."
I've been using the word a fair bit lately. In so many of my projects I'm welcoming people into new groups, teams and roles.
It feels good to say "welcome", because I'm not only making someone feel good about getting involved, I also feel so much better knowing there is an extra person on board.
The more I say it, the more I like it.
Have you had to welcome someone recently?
Perhaps you've got someone in your sphere who's new and could do with a good "welcome"?
When was the last time you felt truly welcomed?
Without further ado I'd like to welcome Jo Tracey to the Lovin' Life Linky team. She's taken the spot left by Debbish who wandered off to concentrate on her non-bloggy life for a while.
I was super excited when Jo agreed to come on board because there's a lot to love about her. First there's her "And Anyways" blog, then there's the fact that she's a fellow author, she does other cool stuff like astrology, she thinks young, she likes to travel, she really does seem to love life and she's just a cool chick.
And welcome to all of you who are joining us this week.
Let's get started shall we?
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