A new adventure
2018 was a hard year for me. It wasn’t bad hard, it was mostly good hard, but that doesn’t take away that it was exhausting and full of uncertainty and worry. And a lot of that came from decisions we made, we chose to move and I’m so glad we did, but moving is hard and brings with it a lot of change.
But it was also hard on the work front. I’ve been freelancing for the last year and a half and my skill set is unique, which means it can be challenging to find projects. I worked with a coach for the last half of 2018 to help me figure out how to talk about what I do, how to land the types of projects I want to land, and how to be successful as an independent business person. And it was fantastic. I highly recommend working with someone, especially if you work for yourself, it was great to have a cheerleader, a person who held me accountable, and someone who helped me see things from a different angle.
This was all music to my ears. And when the job offer came I felt more lucky than I can say. And I would also add that working with a coach gave me the confidence in the interviews I needed. I already spent a lot of time figuring out what it is I really like to do in my work and how to talk about it, so I was ready.
Today is my first day at Vox and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s a wonderful team doing really interesting work. And I’ll be honest, it’s almost 5 years since Editorially announced it was shutting down and I feel like I’ve come full circle in so many ways that it feels appropriate that I’m going to be working on the gazillionth version of the app I loved back then.