Hannah Grey is a Content Manager at PraisePal. Previously worked as a full-time freelance content writer with a primary focus on lifestyle
1) To kickstart, could you share about your current role, what the company does and a bit about your career background?
Thank you for this opportunity, Marcella! I’m Hannah Grey and I recently started a new role as the Content Manager at PraisePal, where we believe in driving true organizational change through a culture of recognition across teams.
Previously, I worked as a full-time freelance content writer from 2020 to 2021 with a primary focus on lifestyle content.
2) Can you describe what your typical workday looks like?
I used to always start my day by checking my emails and anything work-related the moment I woke up. But I figured that it wasn’t exactly the healthiest thing for me. Now, I try to start with a little yoga stretch, a quick read, or just listening to music to set the tone for the day (and breakfast, of course).
Since most of my work requires deep focus and less back-to-back meetings or client-facing work, I’m usually at my desk for most of the day writing articles or coming up with content ideas. Then, at 6pm, Slack notifications are off.
3) What does personal growth mean to you?
Staying curious and constantly learning. Excelling in all aspects of your life—be it professional or personal. Working towards being the best version of yourself on your own terms, and not being pressured by societal norms.
4) Is there a habit you consciously exercise to ensure you achieve your ideal personal growth?
This one’s often overlooked, but it’s to constantly be kind to yourself while you’re in between where you are and where you want to be. All of us are still on our own career journeys and it’s frighteningly easy to compare yourself with the people around you.
Personal growth can look different for everyone and it can be whatever you make it out to be. Instead of focusing on what you’ve yet to achieve, look at how far you’ve come instead.
5) What does it mean to grow in your career? How do you measure your career growth?
I have a personal log of my professional progress in terms of the technical skills I’ve gained and areas that I could improve on. This could include anything from learning how to use a new software or even being less awkward in a Zoom meeting.
For me, growing in my career is about constantly looking for opportunities to excel and upgrade yourself. When I was still a freelance writer, I went through a lot of burnout, and often felt stagnant in my day-to-day work since churning out content for clients was all I did. This year, I decided to transition to a full-time role in a leadership position to challenge myself. No regrets there!
6) Aside from your full-time job, is there anything else you like to do outside work?
I traveled often before covid hit, especially to the Philippines and Hawai’i where most of my family lives. I also dabble a little bit in music and film photography, and love outdoor activities like surfing and hiking. Need to get that Vitamin D up!
7) Are there any books, podcasts or apps that have been helpful for your growth?
I’m a sucker for all things fiction, but I’ve been reading tons of self-help books and books on climate justice and social issues lately to diversify my reads.
Besides professional development, I believe it’s also important to expand your worldview and educate yourself on what’s happening around you; be it politics, social issues, and the environmental problems of today.
Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It by Jeffrey Eisenberg
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by Adrienne Maree Brown
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Climate Justice: A Man-Made Problem with a Feminist Solution by Mary Robinson
8) Any tips you’d like to share for those who are looking to venture into similar roles?
As cliche as it sounds, just go for it. I went from being a full-time freelance writer with minimal connections, thinking that I was under qualified for every job listing I was interested in. Today, I’m a content manager at a company that’s also aligned with my personal values. If I hadn’t taken the leap of faith to connect and apply, I wouldn’t be here.
Build your network and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I didn’t believe it before, but LinkedIn works wonders.
9) Finally, what is the one quote you always live by?
"Change is scary, but so is staying the same. Don’t let fear stop you from growing and evolving into the person you’re meant to be."
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