About a year ago, I made a giant leap. I pursued the first career I have ever had outside of healthcare. It was terrifying. All I have known since I was 22 years old is being a nurse. This means I've only worked as a nurse for more than 20 (cough, cough) years, but I knew I needed a change. I was feeling burned out and did not have enough emotional energy left for my family. So I reached out to some acquaintances, and I started training as a travel agent- my specialty being Disney travel- something I've always loved. I began learning how the rest of the world functions using Google Docs and Zoom and all manner of things that were never required to take care of patients. I started booking trips and getting into my groove and then- WHAM. A pandemic took over the world. Disney closed. Do you hear me? Disney CLOSED, and Disney stayed closed.
I had no work, so I began pouring myself into improving my skills on social media. Now mind you, I had to get creative. In no way would I feel OK with trying to "sell" travel when there was no travel to be had. My posting needed to change, and I began shifting to just sharing content which related back to Disney in some way and could help my followers. With everyone spending more time at home, I started posting content to make people laugh, help them keep their kids busy, and show off products from shops that they might enjoy. And do you know what I learned? I found out that I really ENJOYED the process of social media. I liked learning what to share, when to share, and how to properly hashtag. I found out that I could do other things well.
This is still a wild ride for me, don't get me wrong. I don't want to gloss over that, and I don't want to dismiss the things I've learned over this past year. There is so much I need to learn, but here is what I DO know.
So here I am. Do I have it all figured out now? Nope. I never will. All I know is that I just have to take the next step. The pieces will fall into place. Eventually. And you know what else?
It's OK- really.
I am a mental health nurse practitioner, with a love for social media, trying to find my way through an often-messy life.