No, not Alex. Me. Am I a big girl? 99.9% of the time I feel like a kid trying to do the grown up thing. Yesterday I got an invitation to join LinkedIn. I knew vaguely what it was because of Drew, but I never even considered that it would apply to me. You see, it’s a professional networking site. Professional? Me? I’m just Mandy.
Regardless, I was intrigued and wound up making a profile. Mainly, I thought that it might help Happy Like This.
Step one. Job history. Well, I don’t really have one of those. I included Happy Like This, but other than that I could only include a one year stint as a Connected In Christ coach. I don’t think anybody needs or wants to know about the jobs I had as a high school/college kid.
Step two. Education. Hey! I have one of those! Put me down for that! Wahoo!
A profile photo? You mean, a picture of just me? I’m a mom and that means that pretty much every photo of me in the last 10 years also has at least one child in it. Something presentable and professional? That’s a challenge, too. I finally went back to our photos from Palm Beach this spring (when I was all fixed up) and cropped to make a photo of just me. I think it’s okay. I think. Although, after I did that I got to wondering something silly. How old do I look? Do I look like a grown up, whatever that is? A typical day at home surely says, “Grown woman, wife & full time mom” but what about just me? Just Mandy? I don’t know. I guess one of two things is possible. One: I look like the thirty something that I am. Two: I look like I feel… a kid. Either one is just peachy.
So, if you are on LinkedIn then you should look me up. I don’t think it can hurt anything for HLT to be out there in one more way. As for me personally, I don’t want or need a job right now, so professional networking doesn’t feel that important. Well, I HAVE a job, I just don’t get a paycheck for it, and I am okay with that. Still, I think we all know that the future can bring just about anything, so maybe I’m just being proactive here.