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I’ve been sat in front of my laptop for about an hour now trying to write an end of year review and the two words that keep popping into my head are “context” and “perspective”.

Without exception, the pandemic has presented challenges for everyone across the world and in that sense, perhaps for the first time in a long time, we all have something in common. The scale and magnitude of those challenges however will have differed depending on the situation you find yourself in, and that’s where context comes in.

I started the year as most new business owners do, full of drive, determination and hope. News of a virus half away across the world barely registered and life went on as normal…until it didn’t.

The March lockdown arrived like an uppercut from Anthony Joshua and I sat in complete disbelief as Boris told us life was going to be significantly different for some time. I continued to watch as a pipeline of work I’d spent months building crumbled away, and for the first time in 6 months since starting up, the voice telling me to give up and get a proper job was louder than the one telling me to go on.

I’ve described my reaction to the pandemic as being similar to the stages of grief. Shock transitioned slowly to acceptance and hope, hitting every familiar milestone along the way and then the rebuild began.

The year is coming to a close with Global Tech Collective having celebrated it’s 1 year anniversary and in a very strong position as we approach 2021. I am once again full of drive, determination and hope for what’s to come (with a hint of trepidation) but that’s my story. For so many, their year has been drastically different.

You only have to spend a few minutes scrolling through the news headlines to see how badly the pandemic has impacted people lives. Perhaps you’re reading this and the affects have been felt a lot closer to home. It’s so easy to get caught up with what’s going in your own little bubble and I’ve been guilty of that countless times this year. It only takes a conversation, an article, a news report,  a moment of reflection, to gain some much needed perspective.

I can’t thank everyone enough for the support they shown me throughout what, in the context of my life, has felt like an incredibly challenging time but with a small change of perspective I  have no doubt that I am incredibly lucky.

I’m fortunate to be working with clients who took the time to reach out to me to see how I was holding up during the first lockdown, sharing their experience of the challenges they were facing and to give assurances that when we were out the other side, it would be business as usual.

Global Tech Collective wouldn’t exist without the people that trust me to represent them during their job search and for every referral, like, comment, share and “yes” you’ve given to an offer, I’m eternally grateful. If you’ve engaged with the GTC brand this year, what I hope has been a positive experience, wouldn’t be possible without the talented freelancers and back office support teams I work with.

I’d also like to thank my family, especially my son for being a constant source of motivation, joy and lack of sleep as well as my partner who gave me the shove I needed to get on this ride in the first place.

As I make my way through what will be my last working week of the year I’m very slowly allowing myself to breathe a sigh of relief. A sigh very similar to the noise you make when you’ve just finished Christmas dinner, and the button on your jeans that was only very precariously holding your stomach in is mercilessly loosened and you break free from the waist band prison you’ve been living in for the past hour or so.

Whatever 2020, has served up for you, take some time over the Christmas break to unbutton your jeans/ loosen your belt/ put on some pyjamas, and breathe. We’re still here and next year…anything is possible *

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

(* Disclaimer; Anything being possible does include alien invasion, Trump setting up Home Alone style traps at the White House to keep Biden out and Brexit actually happening, so, be careful what you wish for).