We had the good fortune of connecting with Sydney Wells and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sydney, what are you inspired by?
Speaking to others in a way that is inclusive, welcoming and honorable for and to all people. Not to just a few that may already know you. Inclusivity means being kind to strangers from even across the room. Being apart of any organization that uses THAT type of compassion? THAT, is truly inspiring.
Creating a movement in any industry requires relentless courage. The funny thing about courage is that it truly can be contagious. By choosing to step into the unknown while others watch from the sidelines, can create opportunity to give someone else that front seat to their own courage. THAT, is inspiring.
Consistency in your loyalty. If 2020 taught me anything (which was A LOT) it was showing me where my relationships all stood. I stopped taking it personally when I didn’t get THE invite and I spent more time DOING the inviting by creating those events, even if it was simply a Zoom. Consistency allows us that safe space to be completely comfortable. Loyalty allows you to already have that foundation of trust because those relationships you’ve shown up for over and over are now reliable places for you to exist in. THAT, is inspiring.
View, address and appreciate growth. When you take yourself out of the equation and just LOOK at the growth and triumph through and through, you’ll see yourself stronger than ever before. All because, you kept pressing forward. Even in those moments where you maybe felt as though you were sinking with the weight of the world pulling you under. Maybe, just maybe, that was ACTUALLY the world pushing you through a hard season to move you into something new. THAT strive, push and determination, is inspiring.
Overcoming ever changing obstacles. My Grandfather always called me the “Underdog”. It wasn’t until he passed that I realized how important that term is to me. It’s important because figuring out how to get through tough situations can often take patience, skill and understanding. Hot headed words, actions and demeanor eventually leave you stranded alone in a room because nobody wants that around them aside from like minded individuals. Choosing to pause, hear, empathize and choose kindness first, THAT is inspiring.
Always make someone laugh. There are days where I just don’t want to “people”. Know what I mean? Just seems like too much some days? I feel you, trust me. One thing that fuels me is a good laugh rather it be your laugh at something silly or my own laugh at a terrible dad joke. Humor and laughter bring down our walls in ways we sometimes don’t even realize. It’s what keeps us all right there with one another. Being able to appreciate the openness of someone willing to laugh, THAT is inspiring.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a Travel Nurse Recruiter for almost the last 5 years has truly had its ups and downs. The highs of course have been incredible. But the lows are what taught me the most. During this Pandemic I’ve received some pretty scary phone calls full of fear. Lack of PPE, exposure to positive patients etc. It allowed me another way to connect with my travel team without it being about work. It was about humility. Yes we are your employer but we also are here to help protect you when things get tough.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh boy. This is a good one! Pending Texas was acting right weather wise we’d hit the perfect pup friendly patio at Pegasus Brewery downtown. There’s nothing better than an ice cold Woofus, patio and excellent heart warming staff to kick off your day. After that we’d have a reservation at Bowen House to have the Steak Special cooked medium paired with an Old Fashioned made with Woodinville Bourbon. The staff, food and atmosphere is truly unmatched. We’d find wherever Chef Jordan Savell’s food truck, Bullfish Foods is located and throw down on one of her sammiches. She’s our local Hells Kitchen Chef and she’s cranking out some of the best sandwiches in DFW.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is to my tribe. They are fierce, compassionate, understanding and patient. Without your unit to lean on, life is much harder. I am thankful to be surrounded by incredible hearts and minds to bounce ideas off of, love on and cherish each and every day. Anything I write or accomplish wouldn’t be done without their leadership and guidance. Y’all know who you are!