I have had many people say that 2020 would be the year of clear vision. I had my goals planned out and knew what I wanted to do this year. I wanted to go on a mission, speak at a retreat, and have more public speaking opportunities. At the beginning of the year, I was adding public speaking opportunities to my calendar. I was on a roll and eager to add another public speaking opportunity to my calendar each month.
Well, in March 2020, COVID-19 shook up things. I couldn’t go on a mission trip or speak at the retreat because of cancellations. Also, in-person meetings were no longer allowed.
COVID-19 changed so much for me. I did not know how I would reach my goal of having more public speaking opportunities. I went into survival mode but the desire to have more public speaking opportunities was still there.
As time went by, I did not know how this would happen. I knew that I was passionate about mental health and educating others about it as well.
As 2020 progressed, I have been able to discover unique ways to meet my goal. I have been able to use several platforms to discuss mental health and related topics.
Like many other agencies, my employer started hosting important meetings via zoom. I was able to lead a virtual book club discussion in the midst of racial injustice and unrest. On another occasion, I shared my experience with being a black woman in corporate America. These were both out of my comfort zone but helped others.
I had been a blogger for years off and on. I started to blog more beginning in July 2020. I have been able to write many blog posts related to mental health since July 2020. I’ve also connected with a writing group that has helped to hold me accountable when it comes to writing. My blog allows me to find creative ways to present information related to mental health.
For years, I’ve used social media as an extension of my social life. I never thought that I could use social media for public speaking purposes. I was so nervous to talk in my Instagram stories or stream live because I didn’t want to look like a failure. But the more that I have done this, the more comfortable that it has become for me. And in the process, I was able to help someone else overcome their own fear of going live. And other people told me that what I talked about helped them.
I connected with two podcasters through posting on Instagram live. I was able to discuss mental health on both podcast episodes. One podcast was about avoiding depression for the holidays. The second podcast was about the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of children. It is amazing to me that both of these podcasts will be available for people to listen now and for years to come.
I have been able to use zoom, my blog, social media, and podcasts to educate others on mental health. I had no idea that I would be using these mediums to reach my goal. It has been so interesting to see how these mediums work together.
In closing, COVID-19 has taught me that I can use the resources that I have right n front of me to make my goals attainable. I am grateful that I have a message that has helped people. It is my hope that others will continue to be helped this message for years to come. I am ending the year with a clear vision as I prepare for 2021. I am a writer, blogger and public speaker who enjoys educating others on mental health.