I’ve never really been good at putting together a roadmap of what my next 5 or 10 years might look like. The version of me that I want to be in 5 years is one who has taken advantage of whatever interesting opportunities have come my way. I tend to be a bit like a raccoon in that respect, being distracted by shiny new possibilities. Finally, I’ve realized that I need to build that knowledge of myself into my plans.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that my long-term goal is not to stay at my current job forever. It’s a great job at a fantastic company, but ultimately, my passion lies elsewhere. And if you’re going to be happy in your career, you have to do what you’re passionate about, right? So where does that take me?
It takes me everywhere. I’m interested in a lot of different things, mostly creative in nature. I love photography, and I’m picking up more gigs doing that. (By the way, I cleaned up and fixed my gallery, which had also been attacked by that virus last year.) I’m still doing some web work. I enjoy writing.
One thing I have a dream to do is to combine these talents to help people document their family history. I love doing work that makes people sentimental, and the gratitude for catching that family portrait or sharing old family photos with others is really fulfilling.
I can’t wait until the day that I can focus on my own business and choose to pursue the types of jobs that I really enjoy. And I’m trying to be realistic about my strengths and weaknesses. Paperwork: weakness. Sales: weakness. Luckily, I have people around me who can help with those things.
Bottom line: I have no idea what my future holds. It’s a good thing I thrive on change and uncertainty.