Mallory Buxton, BSN, RN
I started Solos because I was unfulfilled with every nursing position I held. No matter what unit I floated to or what hospital I worked at: I was always yearning for more and at times incredibly upset at the level of care we were providing (not always, I've had the privilege to work at some really great facilities) So...I started reading, asking questions, listening to podcasts, and most importantly my listening to my intuition. 2 years later, I'm happy to report Solos is ending loneliness one patient at a time.
Always do what you are afraid to do. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Not totally happy with where you're at in life? Just do the scary stuff. The hard stuff that you don't want to do but deep down know you should. For me this usually means calling or visiting doctor's offices, following up with potential patients and doing the mundane little tasks that add up to really great results. Do the scary things and don't be afraid of failure. Your vagus nerve, aka "gut feeling" is usually right. And as the incredibly successful entrepreneur Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx would say; "Failure is life's way of nudging you when you're off course." So no sweat if it doesn't pan out like you envisioned, just pivot. (Easier said than done, I know.)
Meat & Potatoes (Why I started writing this post in the first place)
We posted a graphic on Instagram recently with the numbers: 4, 45 & 95 and asked followers to guess what they stood for.
The numbers stand for the number of patients/clients (We use the term interchangeably) Solos has helped each year respectively since launching in 2016. I debated posting these stats because it certainly is a very vulnerable position and opens up the door for speculation and criticism. It scared me a little. But then I got to thinking, I shouldn't be ashamed or scared of this. For one thing it let's offices, friends and family of clients, doctors, nurses, the general public know we are legit. We are helping so many people! I am so proud of all lives we've touched. We are chipping away at loneliness and suffering one patient at a time. We had a 111% increase in clients from 2017 to 2018 to date (2018 is not over yet!) If Solos stays on that growth path we will have helped 1.29 BILLION PATIENTS by 2040. Yes. Over 1 Billion patients. I’m going to keep typing it and saying it because it will help hold me accountable and in turn the universe will help manifest this to become true. I don’t have a 5 year plan, I have a 21 year plan. 2040, baby. I have no business background, have never taken a business class in my life. I am just a little farm girl from South Dakota who moved to Arizona in 2014 for warmer weather and because “it just felt right.” I knew I needed to do more. Something was calling me, I knew I needed to move. Now we are launching in California and 8 months ago I could not have told you any cities that constitute the “Bay Area” or “Silicone Valley” None. One of the nurses on our team is from San Jose and every time she talked about going back to the Bay Area I really had no idea where it was. I am not joking. This may make you question my intelligence and overall lack of geography knowledge but you have to understand growing up on a farm in rural, South Dakota, that California might as well have been another country. It seemed so distant and intimidating. Everyone made it seem unattainable or crazy saying, “It’s so expensive” and "the traffic is horrible." I never really did any research on the state myself. I was so naive and ignorant to California and many other parts of the U.S. And then around early to mid 2018 I really started to dive deeper into personal development and thinking big. Big picture. Big goals, what will excite me in the morning and make me want to get up every day? Helping people who are afraid or ashamed to ask for help, that excites me. Working one on one with patients and letting them know, “Hey, I’m on your side. This is a judgement free zone. I’m here for you.” That really excites me.
Just start. You know deep down that there is so much more you can give. And it doesn't necessarily mean that you need to start your own business or go back to school. In fact, I do not advocate for continuing education unless it is something you are absolutely passionate about. Putting more degrees on your resume or more letters behind your name does not equal happiness. On the same note, starting a business just because you don't want to work for anyone else will not guarantee happiness either (trust me on this one.) What you need is a passion, a vision and then a plan to works towards that vision. Something you feel really strongly about that you can wake up for every day and what to go chip away at it. It needs to be bigger than you. Hence, Solos goal of ending loneliness and helping 1B people. That's big. It's going to take us 21 years. And that's good. When people ask me what my 5 year plan is, I tell them our 21 year plan ;)
Lots of love y'all. Thanks for reading and for your support.
Mallory Buxton, BSN, RN
An entrepreneur & believer