Earlier this year, a speaker at a mentoring event said something that really struck me: 'Your career is not a ladder but a jungle gym.' The idea is that you should be prepared to go sideways, backwards, diagonally and upside down, in the course of your career and your life.
A recent post by The Private Life of a Girl centered around the idea of your goals changing as the year progresses, and I think it's important to hang onto that idea. It's a deceptively simple idea but as someone who has a natural tendency to judge things by how much they contribute towards a certain goal or end point, learning how to relax, not be afraid to experiment, do something 'out of character' or course-correct when something feels wrong has been a continuous challenge and learning curve. Combine this with the unique social situation we face as Gen Y-ers, and the general Peter Pan syndrome of wanting to achieve everything while young, and it can be quite crippling when not kept in check.
That being said, I'm slowly starting to appreciate the value in just signing up to things and doing things, and slowly achieving understanding of your strengths, likes and dislikes through action - and lots of it.
Practically, part of this involves a rethink of Sketch and Run, specifically the types of content I'd like to focus on. The biggest change is that most of my food-related writing will now be at I Ate My Way Through. In the past, food writing has been a bit of a crutch for me on the blog, despite the fact I really enjoy it. I hope that by focusing the food-related writing onto a more specialised site, I will be able to push myself to create content that reflects my other interests and creative pursuits and is - hopefully - still interesting to read. Sydney Style Sketch also remains an ongoing art project that I'm determined to finish.
I'm excited to share some new projects I'm working on and potentially more travel towards the end of the year (and outtakes from my reviews so far). Keep watching this space ( :