Lessons learned in one year as a marketing specialist

This week I celebrated one year in my position as a marketing specialist with a locally based nonprofit. In that time, I have:
…seen my position go from part time to full time.
…moved offices. Twice!
…underwent my first acquisition by a larger nonprofit.
…moved from a local, Oregon focused company of 7 to a national company of 170+
…been part of a team essentially starting the marketing department from the ground up.
…developed branding, run webinars, written articles, developed social media campaigns, built countless pieces of collateral and mapped out nearly every health care facility in the state. Whew!

Okay, so this post is coming a few days later...

Okay, so this post is coming a few days later…

And as I think back and marvel at how quickly time flies, I also feel inclined to put lessons to my last year as a marketer. Sure, I’ve learned how to manage projects better and more efficiently. I’ve learned new systems and tricks of the trade- and I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way as well!

I guess my biggest lesson learned in the last year is that you can’t edit a blank page. 

I came across this idea at some point in the last few months, and something in my brain seemed to click. I’ve been working my butt off on projects- for work, for fun, for freelance- and receiving allllll sorts of feedback. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re handed back a page full of red marks.

But hey! It’s a start. At least you’ve provided the beginnings of something that can be made great- and that’s quite an accomplishment. Sometimes, the hardest part is just getting out that first draft- and knowing it’s not going to be perfect.

So rather than think of this as one year over, I’m going to think of this last year as my blank page- it’s a start. And from this start, there is just so much more I know I can do.