End of Year 2020: Reflections on Life and Career

How has 2020 been for you? Most of us definitely haven’t experienced a year like this ever in our lifetimes. Despite everything that happened, it’s still important to take time to reflect, as you approach the new year:

  • What are you grateful for?
  • What did you accomplish/achieve?
  • What goals do you have for 2021?
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For me, the pandemic and self-isolation has cast a dark shadow over the year, but many things happened for me.

Between March 10th and 13th, we began to social distance at work. When I went into the office on March 16th, I only stayed long enough to grab my computer and paperwork before my supervisor dismissed me. For the rest of the month, I went into the office only a total of two times.

At the beginning of May, I turned in my 3 months notice. My husband accepted his dream job as a professor, which meant we’d be moving half-way across the country with our son. In the middle of June I turned in my official resignation letter. It was hard leaving a job I loved so much, but my husband followed me back to my home state so I could pursue my career. It was time for me to pursue new dreams. Being a vocational counselor was definitely a highlight of my life and I was able to help hundreds of people. I plan to continue finding ways to help.

Upon moving to Grand Rapids, MI in August, I opened my career coaching business. Due to the pandemic, the chance to meet people in-person is on hold, so we don’t have a support network yet. However, I’m having so much fun nerding-out on the topic of career and sharing with people how they can find and build a career they love.

This month, unfortunately, we experienced the death of a close family member. It’s made the end of this year even tougher than we expected. But, I’m working on my mindset and looking forward to good things next year in life and business.

The “Find and Build A Career You Love” free Facebook group is coming soon (although you can join now) and I’ll be posting blog entries full of tips and tricks to help you become successful in reaching your career goals and finding the one that aligns with your purpose.

What has your life been like for the last 9 months?

It’s time to focus on the positive! Celebrate every small victory so you can go into 2021 with a positive outlook and high motivation. A great way to start the new year off right is to set some goals. These are more tangible than resolutions. Most people give up resolutions after a month or two because of their vague nature. Try setting 1-3 goals you want to accomplish next year and start brainstorming how to break them down into smaller pieces. I’ll post another blog soon with more detail about how to create effective career goals.

In the meantime, click here to pick-up your 2021 Goals Guide, take a look and then let me know what you think in the comments!

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