The last few weeks have been a bit rocky from time to time, but things are going fairly well now.
Just came back from a wonderful walk in the woods and on the heather with a good friend, which was followed by a pretty fantastic one-on-one coaching session. A few weeks ago I decided that I needed career advice from someone skilled, so that I can be happier in my work, as I've been struggling to find the next step to take in my career. HR was open to that idea, so I'm not even paying for it.
The session was two hours of candid conversation, almost a therapy session in how deep it went. I can't remember the last time I've been so vulnerable with someone I've previously talked to less than an hour, but I had no reservations in giving my whole self.
The conversation made me realize just how wide and deep my interests and skills are, which is something that feels natural to me but really isn't. I'm not a "T-shaped professional", I'm more of a rake. Or like a really thick Swiss army knife. It reminded me how much I like to be building bridges between things - between people and ideas, between technology and people, between problem and solution. It feels good to re-evaluate my work-related values and work on myself with someone who asks the right questions. The past year has felt...unrewarding on that front.
Something I had a lot of fun with the past week was help mr. watch-amacallit (aka kleinbl00) by building a landing page for his watch biz. I very much played the part of "nah, we're not paying you to build a website, I have a nephew who can smash something together". The result's turned out pretty great I think.