Performance Communication

Sometimes you just need to take a break to regroup

I logged into my website today and realized I haven’t done a blog post since November 17. Some of you may have noticed and for others, you may not have missed my weekly emails amongst the hundreds of emails that cram your inbox every month. I logged in today thinking I was going to be writing a blog post for you with advice for communication, or leadership, or customer service, but I realized what I really need to do is to continue to take time and regroup.

On November 20, my husband of 32 years died of COVID. I know that many of you who have lost a spouse, child, or other close family member know all the things that occur, the details that have to be attended to, and the emotion that such a situation brings. For weeks while our whole family was sick with COVID, I kept pushing on with my “normal” activities as much as possible. Many people didn’t know what we were struggling with. However, I now realize that things are not normal right now and it’s okay to admit that and to take a break to regroup- which is what I’m going to do. Therefore, I’m taking a hiatus from the Performance Communication Blog for now. I hope to bring it back in early 2021 better than ever and with the focused goal of providing content that helps you learn and grow as a person, team member, and leader.

Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones and I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

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Comments (13)

  1. Renu Bonner
    13:03 pm


    I have been so appreciative of your spot-on advice on communication for many years now. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you & rest of your family.

  2. Carol K.
    21:59 pm

    Sending positive thoughts to your family and your home. Take care. Heal.

    1. 08:52 am

      Thank you Carol!

  3. 17:00 pm

    Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story and stating that it is okay to stop and regroup. Many of us feel that we have to keep the front that everything is normal when it is not. I pray that you get that much needed rest and looking forward to your wonderful blog next year.

    1. 08:52 am

      Thank you Yesinia!

  4. Clara Maynard
    14:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss! Please take care of yourself and your family during this difficult time.

    1. 08:52 am

      Thank you Clara!

  5. Laura K
    13:33 pm

    So very sorry.

  6. Beverly A Brooks
    12:50 pm

    Taking time to heal is so important. Bless you and your family and may this holiday season bring you some much needed rest.
    We all look forward to seeing you in the new year and reading your terrific posts!

  7. Jill Kaiser
    12:35 pm

    Dear Amy,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved husband. I too, suffered a loss October 24 and your advice hits home.

    Stay well, we’ll be here when you come back and focus on yourself is the best leadership gift you can provide others.

    God bless you and yours and may you find comfort in your memories.

    1. 08:51 am

      Thank you Jill. I’m sorry for your loss as well!

  8. Sara Nouri
    12:30 pm

    Good afternoon Amy,
    Hope you are doing better. I did hear about your husband’s passing on the news. I was sadden and didn’t know how to send you my condolences. I’m sure this a very rough time for you and your daughter. wish you and your family peace and serenity. I took one of your training classes for Harris County employees few years back. I really enjoyed and learned a lot at your training class and thankful that I met you. You have an inspiring personality which gives hope and guidance. Please let me know if I can do anything for you and take of yourself and your daughter.

    1. 08:51 am

      Thank you Sara! I appreciate the kind thoughts!

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