People regularly ask me what’s happening with The Proactive Professional and I haven’t had a good answer for why I’ve stopped blogging until now. I still love writing, career stuff, and writing about career stuff, but I haven’t felt inspired to post anything here in quite a while. In many ways, I’ve never felt more inspired or engaged with career-y stuff, so why not write about it?
The short answer? This blog just isn’t aligned with who I am as a person anymore (and maybe-probably-never really was).
The longer answer—
My life has changed drastically this year. Though I didn’t realize it then, I began Phase One of making those changes last December. I found a great therapist, got healthier in every way, and took time to hardcore consider how I wanted my life to be moving forward. I delved deep into my past, my issues, needs, relationships, wants, etc. and dismantled and reassembled myself. It was messy and painful and scary, but also freeing and beautiful and very necessary.
A few weeks ago, I realized that Phase One was ending. I feel solid in who I am, what I want, what I believe, and how I want to live. So, I sort of organically realized that my focus was turning outward, away from myself and towards the rest of the world, into what I now see as a “Phase 2.” (Random side note: I’m pretty sure there’s a Phase 3 too, but I have no clue what it is.)
And that brings me to this website. I started TPP to talk about career stuff with a mass audience in a fun and creative way. I read it now, though, and see that it mainly speaks to straight, white, cisgender women in the beginning of their professional-type careers who have certain levels of class and educational privilege. And at my core, that’s just not who I am or who I want to write for. It’s not that I think they don’t need career advice, but there are TONS of great resources out there for this group.
Now, I want to better help the people and groups I care about most– Trans* people, working class people, first generation college students, people who are undocumented, people of color, ex-offenders, LGB and queer folks, and many more. Basically, those who don’t always have connections and cultural capital and are trying really hard to have the kind of lives they want with a lot of privilege-related barriers standing in their way. I want to explore and research and think about and write about dealing with privilege and microaggressions at work, unemployment in the trans community, how hard it is to negotiate salary when you have issues around class and scarcity…(the list really goes on and on).
So. I’m proactively (ha) working on a new project that is truer to who I am. I want to provide advice, access, and resources when and where I can, but also to work for something much bigger than me. Some of that will be in an ally role and some of it will be from my own lived experience, but all of it will be more genuine. I’ve always valued authenticity, but it wasn’t until I really understood and accepted all of who I am that I could actually live that—in every part of my life, including (hopefully) my writing.
Overall, I’ve had a great time with this blog. I’m glad people enjoyed it and (hopefully) learned something. I’m super excited about my new project, so as soon as it’s a little further out of the planning stage, I’ll be back to talk more about it. :D