I’m going to keep this one brief. I want to share some news with you – about what a good week it has been for me personally.
You may (probably will) have already heard me banging on about this, but in case you don’t follow me on social media I’m putting it on the blog to make it properly official.
On Monday, my certificate for the first year of an MBA landed (the postman actually handed it to me, but landed sounds much more exciting!). The week was off to a good start.
I knew that I had passed the first year of the course (I sat the exam back in October 2017), but for some reason, once I held the posh piece of paper in my hands it somehow transformed into much more than the words that are typed across it.
It became a real-life, tangible accomplishment.
Speaking of which, the other thing I’ve been sharing on every available platform is the article that has been published by Refinery29. As an avid reader of Refinery29 it seemed to be the right place to pitch the piece, and so I did.
As with most of these things, as soon as I had sent the email off, I began to feel the doubt that has a habit of creeping in almost immediately after you’ve clicked send on something important.
I wasn’t sure if it would be of interest to them. And therefore it goes without saying that I was both surprised and delighted when I received the news that it would, in fact, be published.
Not only is it there – on the site, but the best thing is undoubtedly the messages and comments that I have received in response. It was also pretty cool to have been loitering in the inboxes of all those signed-up to receive the weekly (Refinery29) emails.
Go ahead and take a look if you are yet to read it. The accompanying illustrations by Cecilia Castelli are just beautiful.
On the sharing front, I’ve gone as mad as I can. But, the truth is that it’s much easier to be self-deprecating. It’s very British I think, and probably comes naturally to most of us – including me.
It’s the very reason I felt the need to WhatsApp my friend the other day, to ask her (after I’d shared something on Instagram) if I had sounded like “too much of a wanker” – because generally, I’m trying to avoid that.
I’m wondering how best to promote my content whilst also attempting to remain authentic. We know that one Tweet or Instagram post alone simply isn’t enough. But, it is tricky to strike the right balance.
Is it possible that we can bang our own drum without being overly boastful or obnoxious?
I’ll continue mulling this over, but I guess what I’m trying to say – as modestly as I possibly can – is that there are some things I’m proud of and, actually, I kind of want you to know.