I've spent the last year (or three) worrying about falling behind in my career path while I was home with my kids… Not necessarily that I'd be behind on the "ladder" because I really don't care about that as long as I enjoy what I'm doing. I was more concerned that I'd be behind the curve in terms or trends and technology.
I had an interview yesterday. We talked a lot about marketing. Building websites. Social media. Traditional media.
As we pushed deeper into the conversation, I realized who much I've actually learned through building my own blog over the past year, and from my ChicagoNow colleagues as well.
It was the first time I've had to articulate everything I've done - The blog I've built from scratch. Organizing and managing writers. Diving in and learning about social media. Building a following. Attending conferences and continuing my professional development. Collaborating with other writers and communities.
I realized that I've done a heck of a lot more than I give myself credit for on a daily basis.
Regardless of the outcome with this particular job, I'm realizing just how much I have to offer an organization.
This time, I have to consider what's best through a different lens, because I have another job these days, too.