What Am I Proud Of?

The principal at Hollis opened last week’s Leadership Team meeting by prompting us to answer the question, “What are you proud of?” I had arrived really early that morning, when the building was very quiet, and as I walked around, I took some moments to take it all in.

This project was such a huge undertaking: collecting, editing, and formatting more than 100 black and white photos for large prints; designing and printing grade level posters and oversized Design Thinking signs; analyzing data, designing, and printing a bi-fold publication. And with a great team, we placed and hung all of these!

Lots of long days and late nights, but I’m proud. There’s a lot more in the queue, but I was grateful for the chance last week to exhale and reflect on it all. And I’ve said it before, but I’m beyond grateful for where my professional journey has led!

I had to step away

Today, I simply had to step away from my work, and it was the best decision I could have made for my mental health. I was so focused and determined to find a solution to an issue, and like I often tend to do, I spent way too much time on it, so much so that it threatened to entirely consume my day…and it’s not even something that needs to be solved right now! I have about 3 weeks. So finally, I forced myself to close my computer, and I went to swim. The sight of a pool like this makes me so happy! I LOVE to swim! I felt so much better right away, and I swam 200 more yards than I did a few days ago. And when I returned to my computer, I closed every single one of the browser tabs I had open for that particular project and refused to revisit it. And I was actually much more productive by shifting my focus and tending to the other items on my list.

Sometimes, you have to do that.

Do you know what you do?

I woke up this morning to an Instagram message from one of my followers, asking about what I do. I sat down to send her an email, and I thought, “I should be able to do this with my eyes closed,” but I had to stop and think about it and organize my thoughts.

Usually, when people ask about what I do, I start with my “title,” then I visualize the tagline on my website, in order to keep it short and sweet. But this morning, when I was writing my response to her, something I have read time and time again in the last few years kept popping into my head: Do I have my elevator pitch ready?

If I had 15-30 seconds on an elevator with someone who needed to be convinced to hire me for my services, would I be ready? Would I know how to effectively pitch myself?

I do now!

In a nutshell, I’m a digital designer and strategist. My expertise lies in 4 main areas: web, video production, communication, and graphics. In essence, I help develop and enhance visual identities for people and organizations to effectively tell their stories in compelling ways.

It’s easy to not give this much serious thought, because of course we all know ourselves, and we all know what we do. But are you able to effectively articulate that to people when they ask…without their eyes glossing over?