What’s the plan?


I met up with a colleague from an ex-work place about four months ago. We talked about how different our lives are from what it used to be just five years ago and where our careers have led us today. After an hour or so, she looked at me intently and asked me “so what’s your plan?” to which I simply stared back. I had a million thoughts running through my head though – what plan, should I have a plan, is it bad that I don’t, what does it mean if I don’t have a plan, should I make up one right now just for the heck of it. I couldn’t think of any one thing that would suffice and instead, I replied with a big fat “no”.

I didn’t think about it much for the next couple of days until two weeks later, yet another person asked me the same question. Once again, I responded with a “no” but this time, I felt a tad concerned about what I had just said. Why didn’t I have a plan? If people are going to ask me about it, perhaps I should? And what does it say about me if I don’t?

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that what the question actually posed was “what can I do with my time that’s important and make it fulfilling?”

Finding an answer to this question is a far better one to tackle than the previous one which honestly made me feel like an idiot. I don’t have to sit on my bed contemplating the significance and importance of my life; instead all I have to do is find out what feels important to me, and what makes me happy. And this is exactly what you should find out for yourself too.

You see, because life isn’t about what everyone is posting on social media or what I had for my last meal, or the last time I watched a dumb television series or went to work and felt a bit undervalued. A purposeful life is about the moments that make you forget about the bad things, and instead make you feel like you’ve not lost much time. It fills your hours and days with gratitude for the life you breathe.

I understand that sometimes differentiating work and life isn’t possible. Your passion and drive towards the career you’ve built and are building make it hard to separate and that’s okay. Rather, come to an understanding that they both go hand in hand. This way, every working moment is also fulfilling and will bring you joy. I look at millennials who are a couple of years younger to me and have realized that they tend to blur the line between work and life and strike a balance. Instead of compromising on one, they make sure both complement one another and view it quite holistically.

It is imperative that you spend your time wisely; however, sitting at home, doing nothing every now and then is not such a bad thing either. For many of us, old fashioned complacency can be disastrous; we fall into a routine that serves no purpose, we distract ourselves and end up doing absolutely nothing. I’ve told myself that I want my life input to reflect on my life’s output. As much as I like working hard to receive that paycheck at the end of the month, I also will ensure I put it to good use (add a quarter every month to my savings and spend some of it on traveling and seeing my country). These ideals can change from one person to another, and that’s perfectly alright as long as you find opportunities to be engaged by the challenges that come your way, and you continue to be engaged and energized.

I think I initially panicked because I had forgotten how much of an impact the choices I make in life can have on not just myself, but also the people around me. Know what you value because this will help you understand what’s important to you and how it makes you feel.

Good luck!

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Building A Career via Social Media 


There seems to be next to nothing that cannot be done through social media. Whether you’re an aspiring chef, content creator, graphic artist, real estate agent, model, a philanthropist, or even a writer like me, there’s ample opportunity and space on various social media platforms for you to build your career and make your mark in the virtual world. 

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Instagram – all existing social media platforms have that one thing in common and it is social interaction. Let’s face it, no career could or would exist without social interaction, so its important to recognize first-off how you can use that to your advantage and build a career around and with it. 

At the initial stages, pick out which platforms you’d like to have a presence on and then lay out the benefits that would suit your career path the most from each of these platform. It isn’t necessary to be on every single social media platform; and mind you that would take a lot of screen time and dedication. A few of them can be linked to one another so when one of the accounts are updated, the same information is updated on the linked platforms. This way, you won’t be spending too much time going to each of these platforms and have to upload multiple posts every time. 

I wouldn’t recommend crowd-funding so it’s important to be able to self-fund the career you want to create and build. Invest in some good hours to create your brand. Your brand is what will represent you on social media. Come up with a good name, a logo that stands out and most of all aim to create an online presence that represents the work you do. Understand that you need to create a virtual experience that would make viewers want to come back to your profile. This may mean you’d need to hire someone to take professional photographs, a graphic designer to create posts or even a content writer or social media manager but it’s up to you to decide how much you want to invest. 

I believe it’s important to create a virtual lifestyle that others would aspire to have and by this I mean, to create a profile that is also aesthetic pleasing and also keep your interaction with others online humble and friendly. A cluttered profile with a lot of jargon and hazardous behaviour online would only keep others from not wanting to come back to your profile let alone interact with you. Keep things simple, easy to access and visually pleasing to the eye. Create meaningful posts that would inspire others. Be the voice that spreads goodwill, support and positivity. And most of all, be you. Authenticity is very rare on social media nowadays so enough with the fake posts and comments. 

Life on social media is not all hearts and roses; it can be pretty cut throat and competitive. Everyone that has access to internet and a mobile phone has the ability to create a presence online and careers are rapidly being built as we speak. You may think there may be not much to define and make you stand apart from others alike but as said, if you continue to be authentic and create meaningful visually appealing content online, you will create a community that will keep coming back to you. 
Good luck!