Personal and professional development are two areas in my life (and probably yours, too) where I am constantly looking for ways to evolve. Sometimes, I chat with friends about work and personal goals and sometimes I sit on Instagram or LinkedIn for hours and look for people who have built careers in areas that interest me. No matter the channel, I always spend time researching ways to advance and promote myself. As professional women, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work/life balance, especially during times like these when much of our work happens in our homes. However, we must always seek ways to develop outside of work and truly take care of and cater to ourselves. How dedicated are you to developing yourself?
Development in these areas can show up in multiple ways. You can do a 30-minute coffee chat with a mentor every so often or you can pick up a class in a skill of interest. You must define your personal and professional values and look for opportunities to supplement your growth in those areas. Whether you’re a blogger, creative, entrepreneur, or looking for inspiration to perfect your craft, these three women-owned businesses can help you along your journey. Check them out and let us know if you found any of their content to be relevant to your goals and interests!
Create & Cultivate is an online community and offline event series for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams. From newsletters to blog posts on every topic imaginable and their own line of planners, notebooks, and leather goods, Create & Cultivate is a one-stop-shop for all of your career needs. With the podcast, WorkParty, Create & Cultivate captivates listeners through conversations on being a working woman while navigating your career. Each episode features special (women) guests of various backgrounds and leaves you feeling inspired to follow your career dreams.
Cliquish is an inclusive blogging community of more than 25,000 women who want to build, grow, and profit in content creation. Cliquish created this community for entrepreneurial women in the blogging and content creation industry to learn together, create their own “girl gang”, and position themselves as better creators. Recently, Cliquish launched Creators for Equality which “champions diversity in the influencer marketing industry for marginalized populations of woman content creators.” They have several downloadable resources that may be of value to you as an influencer or content creator.
The Everygirl is an online platform that helps to “shape the creative, career-driven woman to experience her life better lived.” From Career Advice to Fashion and Beauty tips, there is something for every girl and woman on their site. I’ve also enjoyed their Black Lives Matter section of their site featuring articles for and by black women. Check them out!
Let us know in the comments below if there are any resources you use to aid in your personal and professional development.