10 Things 2020 Taught Me
As we begin to wrap up this year, I’m sitting in my apartment reflecting on how insane 2020 was.
In my old life, I was managing corporate events with clients that spared no expense at enhancing an attendee’s experience. It was so cool and seemed to be bulletproof in terms of job security. Sadly that wasn’t the case in the event of a global pandemic, and along with many other hospitality professionals around the world, I lost my job and am in the process of jumping industries to find a new one.
The last several months have been incredibly scary so here are 10 things 2020 has taught me:
1.Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
If you love your job, great! Incredible! However, there is nothing wrong with learning or exploring something new. Don’t let a global pandemic be the reason you are forced to try something else. Take an online class about a subject you’ve always been interested in. Read a book about potential fields you could see yourself transitioning to.
If you’re me, Google “What is the difference between product management and project management” because before this pandemic, I had no idea!
Whatever it is, keep learning.
2. Utilize your network (old and new)
Reach out to your friends that have jobs and ask them about it. Ask about what their daily workload looks like, in detail, and discuss how they got there. Get to know what they love and listen when they talk about their pain points. Have them tell you their story. I was so surprised to hear about how little I knew about my closest friends’ careers.
Answer that random connection on LinkedIn that sent you a message 16 days ago inviting you to a zoom networking call. Attend that networking call. Turn into the person that asks other random people for networking calls! You never know what doors can open on both ends.
3. Ask for help
Nobody expects you to know how to do everything on your own. Seek help and advice through different channels and let yourself be vulnerable. Most people have had help landing their dream job and are eager to pay it back.
Some of my favorite for product are:
4. Get a coach
Having a coach has made pivoting industries 100% less scary and 10,000% more attainable.
5. Get to re-know yourself
I’ve spent so much of my professional career thinking I was only good at one thing and that is such a waste of everything else I bring to the table. Make a list of things you’re good at. Own your own narrative and start seeing yourself in a different perspective. So many of your skills are transferable, I promise.
And now on a more personal level…
6. Schedule dates with yourself
This might sound silly but I have daily reminders to put my phone down and do something that makes me happy for one hour a day. (The last few days that hour has been dedicated to Animal Crossing in the bathtub).
7. Try yoga
I’ve been doing a daily yoga practice and it has been a major contributor to healing my mental health through movement.
8. Try cooking one new recipe a week
Just one! My chef skills are no match for 2019 Rawan. I am killing it.
If cooking isn’t your thing — try ordering something different than your typical list of Grubhub go-to’s (and maybe support a local business in the process)! Sometimes you have to create your own excitement in life by spicing up daily activities.
My favorite thing to do is make leftovers and deliver them to my friends who are working from home which presents them with so many new challenges as well. Food is love so, 9. Spread the love, share the food or anything else to hold up your people. Your people are everything. Cherish them.
10. Be kind to yourself
None of this is normal. There is nothing wrong with you. You will get through this and we will all come out better on the other side from it. I’ve got you and I’m here for you.