The Key is Being Adaptable, Positive and Confident.

Updated: Feb 15

It has always seemed like the world is spinning faster with each passing year, and keeping up with it can be a challenge for someone who finds themselves self-employed as businesses continue to look for ways to save money. Changes in the market and economy occur every second, and those who manage to roll with them are the ones most likely to survive. Then there are the surprises that can throw everything off track even more, such as the current pandemic. As we enter the second year of mask-wearing and lockdowns in an effort to curb the the spread of COVID-19 and its mutating strains, more jobs are being lost and people are anxious about what they are going to do in order to keep their heads above water. I am no exception, though even before the pandemic I found myself, once again, moving from a salary employee to a contractor as work in that field slowed.

To say this last year has been like a rollercoaster would be an understatement. It has been full of constant changes in both my professional and personal life. Still, I continue to adapt, self-reflect and see how best I can use my new knowledge and experiences to do better moving forward in both areas.

While I work to keep my professional and personal lives separate, they can have a bit of an overlap, especially where social media is concerned. After all, I am ultimately the same individual working on projects as I am when I take my dog for walks. It does not matter which hat I am wearing when posting, the idea of keeping it professional is always in mind. The thought of creating a strictly professional Twitter and Instagram account has crossed my mind, but then where is the personality? If someone is looking to get a better idea of the kind of person I am, I may as well be honest about my interests and goals. Since starting my Twitter and Instagram, the work I have focused on has changed a bit here and there, but many of my posts have already been geared towards writing, photography and some of my other creative endeavors. As my creative work and interests take up so much of my time, they have become a huge part of who I am.

As I move forward on starting fresh again in 2021, my social media will adapt along with me and reflect more of my daily efforts. Despite all the changes and challenges of the previous year, some positive and others quite unfortunate, I will maintain hope, continue to go with the flow and do the best I can. What it all comes down to is whether I can adapt. Yes, I can adapt and have always been quite good at it. Along with my determination, positive outlook, and strong desire to continue building a better professional and personal life, there is no doubt in my mind that I will succeed in achieving my goals. All I have to do is commit and keep moving forward as I always have.

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