Galit Solomon is a 42-year-old mom to an awesome and curious five-year-old and common-law wife to a college professor. In August 2018, Galit took a major leap of faith when she decided to start her own business. She’s the Founder of Galit Solomon communications. In her current role, she combines her love for storytelling with her years of experience as both a journalist and communications professional. Galit is in a unique position where she gets to write for publications, appear a couple of times a week on a local radio station, and then offer her social media, media relations and communications expertise to her clients.
What would you say has been the biggest shift in your life since turning 40?
Starting my own business. I’ve lived in fear of taking this leap for years. I think many of us dream about being our own boss, but the fear of not succeeding, not having enough or being enough gets in the way.
When do you feel you are most powerful?
I feel most powerful when I’m engaging in an authentic conversation where there is an exchange of knowledge. I enjoy the element of storytelling. The best place to start is with a pen, a journal, and a listening ear. Part of what I help to do is create brands for companies. I begin to build a brand by finding an authentic voice through interviewing and digging. When my process is complete and I get to present a product I’m proud of I feel like I’m really in my element and doing what I love most.
What are the top 3 most important things to you right now?
My family and friendships, my new business, my health. I just learned something about myself by answering this question. That I put my health last. Hmmm.
How do you make sure your actions are aligned with what’s most important to you?
It’s a real struggle sometimes, as you saw from my last answer. There are only 24 hours in a day and competing priorities can leave me feeling exhausted and depleted. I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far is the power of being gentle with myself. I used to be a perfectionist which often left me feeling disappointed. Since becoming a mom I’ve learned to let go of the need for constant control (which I believe is at the heart of perfectionism). I do use a calendar religiously. I will block off time with loved ones as well as important appointments in addition to my work priorities.
What seeds are you planting today for the future?
From a work perspective, I’m in the process of developing my website and that really excites me. In addition, I upgrade my knowledge base frequently by participating in online seminars and attending conferences while growing my network. From a personal perspective, I’m spending a lot of time with my son encouraging the activities he enjoys and doing my best to help expand his growing mind.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in redesigning midlife?
Go for it! Make sure you are prepared but don’t over prepare. At some point, you’ll have to take a leap. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I tried and failed at something. But if I really wanted it, I continued to look for ways to make it happen. If you’re afraid of trying something out, dig deep down, find your place of courage and stare that fear in the eye. Look deeply into it and try to envision the worst case scenario. As long as you’re not committing a crime or intentionally hurting anyone in the process of living out your dream, you will likely find that fear diminishes in the face of courage.
How can people connect with you and your work?
I’m quite active on social media and can be reached at galit_solomon on Instagram and Twitter as well as Galit Solomon on Facebook. My website is still in the works but will be called galitsolomon.ca. Thanks for this great opportunity.