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5. Guest-written article and original photography for Good Light Magazine's January 2017 issue:
6. Blog about the values of lifelong learning.
The Top 3 Lessons I Learned from Going Back to School
I started my lifelong learning journey three years ago when I moved from the U.K. back to my hometown of Seattle, leaving behind a successful photography business that I had spent years building. Moving countries without a steady job was one of the riskiest things I had ever done, and without much of a plan, I turned to grad school for direction and focus. I remember walking into my first day of class short on confidence, with sweaty palms and a shaky voice. I had been out of school for years and the thought of collaborating and competing with the 24 year olds in my cohort was intimidating.
Lesson 1 - Never sell yourself short.
There will always be someone younger and smarter than you. What can you bring to the table? For me it was years of experience with a camera and the ability to understand what images resonate with people. Once my nerves settled, I could share lessons I’d learned over the years with my classmates and in turn, received lessons from their experiences. And guess what? People were far less judgmental than I envisioned in my head. You will always be your own worst critic—don’t let that inner voice hinder your ability to flourish.
Lesson 2 – Lifelong learning doesn’t mean you must go back to school.
I took a ten-week hot yoga workshop solely for my well-being and specifically not for my career. Taking the time out to focus on my health was one of the best decisions of my life, both physically and spiritually. Learning how to control my habits, my inner voice and my breath made me a much more present coworker and partner. The icing on the cake was that my yoga instructor, Tiffany, turned out to be one of the most refreshing people I had ever met. That next quarter, I took a filmmaking class and was inspired to make my first film about Tiffany’s journey overcoming alcoholism, turning to hot yoga and opening two of the most successful yoga studios on the Eastside.
Which brings me to my final lesson…
Lesson 3 – Take time to connect with those around you because you never know how life works out.
The copywriting and marketing classes I took in school were great. More than great – I learned how to supplement my visual background with solid marketing skills. But the most valuable and fulfilling part of my lifelong learning experience was connecting with my classmates, mentors and teachers. That woman next to me in yoga class turned out to be the focus of my film, and that film convinced my current employer to let me manage the rest of our video projects for the year. I have since hired and have been hired by those I met in class. There’s something remarkably special about being surrounded by others who also seek to better themselves. Continuing to learn opens up opportunity in the most fortuitous of ways and I can’t wait to see what unexpected lessons my next class brings. My advice to you is to take the plunge – however scary it may seem, I bet you’ll end up inspired to write a blog about what you’ve learned as well.
8. I wrote and edited a weekly newsletter for Eastside Catholic School.