My work is the sum total of my values, skills, and experiences.
My values are my faith, my people, my health, my work, and my words — in that order.
My faith comes first, certainly. I believe, really and truly, in Jesus Christ and the Gospel as it stands in Scripture. I've staked my life on that, and everything I do, to the best of my ability, is guided by and based on it.
Next to that, my people are my highest priority and deepest joy. The biggest impact I have in my life will not be something I do; it will be the family and friends I love. (That health ranks next is about being physically, mentally, and emotionally well so I can fully love those people.)
My work is a conduit to those things, and all the more purposeful because of it. Choosing work that aligns with and serves those values leads me to pour my heart and creativity into it out of gratitude, not a crazy chase for "success."
Last but not least, my words are some combination of calling and compulsion. I can't not write. So I do my best to share good stories, speak truth, and make people feel like they're not alone. (Because they're not.)
My skills are the tools of my trade — the things I'm naturally good at and/or have crafted over the years. Here's a list of mine:
Writing — copy, news-style, feature, etc.
Basic graphic design
(The last time I was job-searching, I also made a list of "non-professional" things I'm good at, and that was kind of fun. You should make one, too.)
My experiences (at least in the job realm) are what I've done with those skills, based on my values. So far, I've:
Graduated college with my B.S. in Journalism, a minor in Spanish, a couple of internships under my belt, and as much experience as possible writing for the university’s athletics and club sports departments.
Spent a season freelance writing, sideline reporting, and color commentating while honing people skills and hunting for my first full-time job.
Handled clients’ social media accounts and helped develop large-scale marketing strategies for a literary agency in Austin.
Interned for Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy for a year, completing communications and marketing projects for their missions partners both globally and locally.
Rebranded and ran all social media marketing for RightNow Media, while managing digital advertising campaigns and handling PR and copywriting needs as necessary alongside a team of talented content creators.
Shifted to working for myself full-time; taking on independent writing and marketing projects for creative clients whose work I believe in, from global nonprofits to small businesses.
Find as complete a list as possible of work samples here.