I’ve just written a blog post on how blurred lines between your personal and professional identities should be managed (ideally with a digital magna carta!) and it got me thinking on how personal is too personal?
What kind of stories should we share about ourselves as business owners and professional people?
So I thought I’d write and share my personal story and see what kind of response I get!
I’ve just celebrated four years of freedom. Back in August 2013 I left my (now ex) husband of 23 years when I discovered he’d been having a long-term affair with my (now ex) best friend of 10 years.
Now don’t worry, I’m not going into the gory details or describe the immeasurable destructive fallout that commenced that you’d expect from such a seismic shock. I’m saving that for my auto-biography.
Instead, what I wanted to focus on is how it is NOW. And the fact that no matter how bad it gets, it really does get better in the end.
Why is that? I think it’s because:
I’m free to do what I want. Whenever I choose. Especially when it comes to time and money. In the last four years I’ve travelled endlessly, left a well-paid job, set up three businesses, advised two charities, seen my clients win endless awards thanks to the applications I write, and have also volunteered my time abroad.
I realise my worth. I’ve come to realise I’m good at what I do. In the past four years I’ve achieved some of my best professional work yet – and it’s especially gratifying without derision and clear disinterest in my achievements and ambitions.
I’ve remembered who I am. Removing myself from such a negative situation has given me the space to remember I’m still the opinionated, fearless girl whose mum allowed her to question everything and choose her own clothes from the age of 18-months-old. I’d just forgotten for a while.
I’ve built my network. I’ve not only re-connected with friends from my past, I’ve also made loads of new friends and acquaintances. The positive energy, respect and support is priceless.
Everyone has a story. And I mean everyone. Speaking to countless people over the past four years has shown me that and, while it’s helped me personally, it’s also helped professionally in terms of continuing to develop my nose for a story and identifying what content is worthy of sharing.
So there it is. The outcome of my journey after the life I knew changed forever, and, despite it being a rocky road at times, the destination is a pretty good place to be.
But the question is, is this blog too personal for me to share?
Too late now!