My annual reviews are personal, but I do take stock of where I am in all aspects and where I want to be, recognizing the journey this has been and planning steps to take it to the next level. It took me a few years into adulthood to understand that this process, the expectations and the outcomes, as well as the sentiments attached to it all are going to be different for everyone, and even for me at different stages in my life. The past year sure put everyone through the wringer, and I was no different. Overall I think I fared quite well, without any major threats to professional or personal wellness, and plenty to do on both fronts to keep me occupied. My prime concern was not being close to my family in India through it all and worrying how I'd get there should anyone fall ill so I am glad they've been in good health through the whole year. Here are my observations and takeaways...
I recently participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by PR pro Ronjini Joshua of Silver Telegram in California. Joined by another industry colleague, we presented our thoughts on some fundamental questions Ronjini posed and then fielded a few questions from attendees as well. To read the recap on the Silver Telegram website, head here.
I will list a few more pointers that I shared on that discussion, from my experience as a freelance journalist, editor and writer, if it helps with your efforts.
Not intended as a scare but more a celebration of the year that has been and what's to come! It is the countdown to the end with just two months to spare - what have you accomplished and what are your plans next?
This has been a ridiculously busy year for me taking on as editor for two print mags, copy editing for one, and editing for another website on a regular basis apart from clients old and new either being referred or finding me through my site and social media.
If that wasn't all, looks like I might have some additional new clients signing on even as the year closes out. Not bad, considering this time last year I had just moved to the west coast and knew nobody here. Zilch. Nada.
No professional connections and barely any personal either. I definitely had to give myself time and promised a year for my career here to start up. And then it did. And how!
I am thankful for connections old and new and definitely for the role that technology has played in keeping me on the radar with old friends as well helping make headway with new business relationships. I usually send out my thank you cards to business acquaintances and associates, clients and other professional connections during the month of November. Simply listing them now shows me I have much to be grateful for.
Hope you are doing well professionally, and wishing you much success in all you do. Happy November!
It has officially been a month since I moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles. This day, a month ago, we drove into L.A in our car with a trailer towing along carrying our belongings. We lived in an AirBnB rental for close to a month, during which time we tried to find an apartment we liked, could afford and wanted to call home for the long haul. Happy to say we have moved into one such space now and are busy unpacking. Professionally though, this move has meant leaving behind everything I had built over almost 10 years in Atlanta and building new professional connections and networks. Much of that has happened online with virtual introductions and emails. I have only yet started meeting with folks in-person to see how I can continue freelancing, editing and writing in this new city. I have a few things lined up but as always, you never know which ones come through and which will fall away, along the way. Keeping my fingers crossed for some promising projects in the near future. Stay tuned here for updates!
Yup, I know, this is a little weird. Featuring myself on my own site. But in the process of finding folks to profile for this section, I've had quite a few people ask me where they could read about my experience working from home, so here it is!
How and when did you begin working from home? Working from home full-time has been about two years now. I was freelancing a bit before that but never considered a full-time freelance arrangement. An ongoing corporate gig ended rather abruptly and I took that as a sign to go out on my own. It was necessary to pay the bills and it was a choice to do it 100% work from home.