Stay Hungry

We often talk about networking and self-promoting, but it’s hard to do this continually. I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut lately and have only managed to climb out in the past few weeks. For months, I’ve been thinking long-term about my current career and where I want to be. However, it’s only recently that I’ve been proactive about doing something about those goals rather than just daydreaming.

Sometimes we need to stop marinating a topic in our heads and actually move forward. I realized that I’d been thinking about career movement for so long that I hadn’t actually been intentional about how to get there. I’ve let months slip by out of lethargy.

Don’t get me wrong: sometimes, you do just need to focus on the present and do the best that you can do in the current season. There are some seasons where you need to let the ground lie fallow as you rejuvenate. However, sometimes it’s only winter, and even in the winter time, farmers are planning for the next year and buying seeds. Spring will come before you know it, then summer, then harvest time. Then you see the results of the work you put in.

So, how do we do this? It means keeping an eye out for jobs you want, even for jobs you’re not qualified for, to see for what requirements recruiters are asking. It means taking classes and attending seminars on honing the skills you need to move forward in your career. It means networking with people above you and people in the types of positions you want, always keeping your name out there.

You need to stay hungry. It’s the only way to not fall into complacency. Just like the best way to balance on one foot is to stare straight ahead, the best way to continually move forward is to continually look forward.

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Latchkey Returns!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while, but Latchkey is finally up and running again. I took a hiatus from blogging to focus on my full-time job as well as to plan a wedding. (Aiiii!!!!) So, if you noticed the name change, that’s why. (For those of you who are curious, it’s pronounced “Keen.”)

Although it’s been fun taking off a few years, it’s time to come back. This blog first and foremost is a place where my clients can find my portfolio and contact me. But secondly, it’s where we can kick around some of the standard mid-twenties issues that many of us encounter. Working out while working 8-5. Networking within your industry. Navigating a healthy work/life balance. Eating properly. Budgeting. In other words, the daily grind. But of course, we’ll still look at marketing strategies as well as creative writing once in a while too.

I’m excited to begin this again and re-join the community. I’ll be posting about once a week.

All the best!

~Celine

Blogging: It’s Not About You

It’s not about you.

How many times do we need to hear this before we internalize it? We live in a society of bloated personalities, where every social media post screams “Look what I do! This is important!” But is it really? When you post, tweet, blog, are you creating content for yourself? Or is it for your reader?

It’s so easy to create a blog, to design it, to add a few well-written pages. But why do we blog? How many people are actually reading? How many really care?

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Never Say Never: Latchkey Writing & Editing

You’ve probably noticed a few differences on the website lately—namely, I’ve changed my name to Latchkey Writing & Editing. I’ve been meaning to make a more official name to my freelance business for a while now, and on Wednesday, I finally bought the domain name. (And yes, I squealed with excitement when I typed it in for the first time.) This means I’m starting to get started on getting a logo created, and you may see the entire website layout change. It’s exciting to start this re-branding process, especially the re-vamping of my SEO. (You can read a little more about the title of Latchkey Writing & Editing here.)

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