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Reflecting On Old Lessons!

Updated: Jun 27


Woman on couch, reflecting with pen and notepad in hand.

In the tapestry of life, each thread weaves a unique story, and every chapter unfolds a valuable lesson. As we navigate the twists and turns of our personal narratives, it's crucial to pause and reflect on the myriad experiences that shape us.


In the spirit of gratitude, I invite you to join me on a journey of introspection, where the pages of my past blogs become chapters of profound lessons I am genuinely thankful for since joining the Assistants 4 Hire team.

Keep the Fire Alive (September 2020):

Looking back at my first year with Assistants 4 Hire (I started a mere month before the COVID-19 lockdown went into effect, if you can bear to recall such a time), I can hardly believe the way we were all living!


I wrote this blog at the end of that quarantined summer, reflecting on the year so far and looking ahead on what was yet to come. In the blog itself, I say, “It’s crazy to look back and see how far I’ve come…” And now, 3 years later, I think that rings even truer!


I’m forever grateful for great professional relationships and support in my personal life during that crazy era we all lived through. It reminds me to not take my support network for granted and to find ways to enjoy the day-to-day while still being safe and courteous to others.


Looking ahead to the first COVID-19 vaccine being released, I wrote this blog to remind myself to focus on the small wins. Even when things feel overwhelming and dark, there are always things, no matter how small, that you can be grateful for and find joy in.


I also identified some new aspects of my routine that really served me through the hard times… the semi-regular meditation that I began that year has stuck with me through the years and has now evolved to also include regular journaling and self-care walks around the neighborhood.


In this blog, I ruminated on “making your work personal”—meaning, take the story that is inside of you and use it for your work.


This blog focused on applicable advice for business owners looking to make a unique brand that feels authentic, but it was also useful for me as a writer! I have always found that, when I write from a place of genuine interest and passion, my work exceeds any expectations. That’s an important lesson for anyone who will create in a professional capacity.


Find Your Voice (April 2022):

Someone’s “voice” in content creation is crucial to creating not just the actual words you’re writing, but also building your brand and reputation as a professional others can rely on. You want to be reliable, professional, and unique.


It’s hard to stay true to your own voice and vision, especially when you’re feeling pressure from seeing others excel around you. But authenticity is what wins you clients (and friends) in the end.


Learning New Skills (August 2022):

It can be uncomfortable to step outside of your comfort zone, and yet, pushing yourself past your limits is often when you see the most growth.


This blog really gets into the weeds of learning a new skill to grow your experience and expertise and, most importantly, your confidence. It’s easy for me to fall into the routine of what I know and what I’m good at… but when I push myself to try something new, I always walk away with new knowledge about myself.


This blog from earlier this year is all about adjusting your mindset to be more positive and goal-oriented, and that’s always something that is worth coming back to. I wrote this blog at a time where I was really bogged down with the negative… I wasn’t as productive as I wanted to be, I didn’t have enough time in the day, and on top of all of that, my dishwasher stopped working and nothing would ever be okay again!


But of course, that wasn’t true. And I know it’s easier said than done, but the advice I wrote out in this blog really does continue to serve me… speak kindly to yourself, focus on what you can control, and embrace even failure as an opportunity to learn.


 


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Written by Jordan McAndrew




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