You don't have to be defined by your work. When you introduce yourself to someone new replace what you do with who you are.
Our identity tie to work is strong. I realized this when I decided to quit my job to stay home with my third child. It never occurred to me how I relied on my achievements at work to define who I am. I found there are no performance reviews for a stay-at-home parent.
Does who you are change because of work? Most definitely, but WHO you are is separate from what you DO.
So instead of: Hi! My name is Meg Applegate. I'm a resume writer.
Let's replace the formality with: Hi! I'm Meg. A woman of faith, driven by even the littlest of goals. I'm lit up by connections with people and prone to giggling at the cheesiest of jokes.
It's your turn. Who are you outside of what you do?
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