In the end the meet-up was just attended by the two of us, plus our other halves, but that didn’t stop us having a really good chat and I thoroughly enjoyed myself (the food was good too!). Loida also dropped in for a while to find out what Chartership was all about, and I found that talking through the process with her and revisiting some of my reasons for undertaking it was a useful exercise, especially as I’ve been struggling to care much about it lately.
That said, having the meet-up date in my diary and being determined to make some more progress beforehand proved a big encouragement for me to get on with re-drafting my evaluative statement. Consequently I’m now much happier with it, and my mentor has sent some more helpful feedback on it too. There’s still a little way to climb, but the summit is now within view!
I don’t think I had appreciated how much encouragement I got from my network back in England, and even though I can still tap into it from afar I’m especially missing the London library scene. One of the main themes of my and Kelly’s discussion was a shared feeling of isolation, and whilst I know I’m really lucky that I haven’t had to undergo the whole process all by myself I’m definitely feeling the contrast now.
I clearly need to get on with building a new network here in America, and I’m delighted that Kelly and I are now planning another meet-up. We’ve both decided to complete our portfolios by the end of the year, so an early December meeting should help to keep us on track!
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