I’m Back, Baby

It’s pretty wild that my farewell GenX Manager blog post was published nearly five years to the day as this one. I remember I decided to sunset the blog after I started a new job that featured a hefty commute, and with three hours of each day gone, I felt I could not commit to regular posts. So I had bid you all adieu.

Turns out, a lot of things can happen in the span of five years. Things like:

  • A global pandemic
  • Turning 50
  • Becoming an empty-nester
  • Retired parents moving back from Florida
  • Two new jobs and a layoff (more to come on this in future posts, surely)

And one other thing I didn’t see coming: Generation X getting its due.

It’s true. GenX is having a moment. We’re over the Millennials – they did what all generations do. They grew up. Boring. GenZ is turning out to be a nightmare, and so who is everybody looking at to bring order to chaos? The Slacker Generation. 

It makes sense. We’re older. We have power and influence that we didn’t have before (and frankly took far too long to claim). We’re social media darlings – seriously, there is a whole #GenXTikTok thing happening. We’re good bosses. We’re still working our asses off. 

We finally got noticed.

When I started this blog, I felt we as a generation were getting overlooked, as we always had, especially in the workplace. I wanted some recognition that our innate qualities of authenticity, pragmatism, and desire for change make GenX ideal organizational leaders.

And now we have it. You’re welcome.

Kidding aside, my point is that the purpose that drove the launch of this blog probably won’t be what drives the re-launch. I can’t say what the focus will be, as focus isn’t really my forte. Thanks, ADHD. 

What I do know is that this continues to be an interesting season in my life, and it’s not at all what I expected. But mostly in a good way. Mostly.

In addition to calling attention to GenX’s overlooked strengths in the workplace, I created the blog as a test for myself. Can I, the Queen of Beginnings, sustain a regular publishing cadence? Can I find interesting things to write about? Is my writing any good? Will anyone care?

This time around I don’t feel the need to test myself. I won’t hold myself to arbitrary content schedules, deadlines, and word counts like I did in the past. That’s one of the beauties of this life stage – you know who you are and how to play to your strengths instead of focusing on correcting the weaknesses.

So stay tuned. I can’t commit to what I’ll be writing about or how often. I might experiment with other types of media–video or audio. I’ll honor the pull to create when I have it, and you can come along for the ride.

Rock on,

Heidi

2 comments

  1. I’ve been meaning to write something for awhile now. A blog, a book, I don’t know what. And you’ve inspired me! Thanks, Heidi! As usual you are my inspiration. If I ever grow up I want to be like you!

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