Some paths we choose. Others are less clear and forced upon us.
Photography via Michael Smith
Regardless of if your new adventure was what you wanted or if it was beyond your control, there is that pivotal moment where you actually have to say goodbye to what was and walk into what will be. Creating a path to the unknown is .. well .. scary as fuck. I know; I’ve been there.
Many of my friends are making that big step today. As as they do, I encourage them to hold their heads high. Be thankful for the opportunities you’ve had. Proud of the company you are unfortunately leaving. Grateful for the professionals you have met and grown with.
And remember that even through the most unmarked paths, the grass really IS greener on the other side.
“What do you do?” It’s a question we all get. A lot.
When I worked a full-time-with-routine-paychecks-and-benefits job, I thought that answer was difficult enough.
Me: “I work in advertising.”
Them: “Oh! What commercials have you written?”
Me: “I’m not a copywriter. I’m a media planner. It’s my job to make sure you see the ads.”
One of two things would happen: they either looked confused; or they realized that I just told them I’m somehow responsible for interrupting their TV shows (and looked angry).
As awkward as I always found that conversation, at least my answer was always the same. Since going independent, I’ve noticed that my answer changes depending on who asks me.
To fellow moms, in the middle of a week day: “I stay at home with my kids.”
If they catch me on a call while taking my daughter to gymnastics, going to the grocery store, or my other mom-tasks I also add: “… and I do consulting.” or “I work from home. And I have kids.”
I have always prided myself in not bending to appease others’ perceptions of me, so have been a bit perplexed by how shady my answer has become. While all variations of the truth, I certainly wouldn’t call it “straightforward.”
Maybe I should just start answering, “I’m a juggler,” and be done with it.