Where has Monica gone?

The better question is – ‘where is Monica going?’

There is a lot of talk about ‘pivoting’ these days.  The word is used when someone takes a turn in a new, or unexpected direction, adapting to changing circumstances. That’s exactly what I’m doing – pivoting.

At the start of the year, I began fulltime study at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).  I am studying to become a chef.  All going well, I’ll complete a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery by December 2021.

“Yikes!  Are you mad?”, or “Ooh that’s brave” might be your initial reaction.  It has been the response from many of my friends and colleagues.  Understandable.  Maybe it is a little crazy.  It’s certainly an unexpected move!

But, if you have a real desire to take a different path, there are only so many opportunities in life to take that turn.  I’m grabbing my opportunity now.

For Big Bang Social this means looking after my current clients, finishing up projects and letting the business conclude peacefully, and successfully.

Big Bang Social – empowering Canberra’s NFPs to achieve their goals through social media.

Reflections

I have loved working with Canberra’s not-for-profit sector and the dedicated people who help our city, and country, to be a better place for all of us. 

Big Bang Social started in June 2019.  It was a great time to start as many not-for-profits had increased their engagement in social media and were looking for new ways to connect with their supporters and clients.  Then the horror fires of that summer, followed by an unfolding pandemic in March 2020 really challenged the NFP sector.

Social media and online services became an essential adaptation, not a ‘nice to have’. 

I was busy and challenged.  Clients needed to adapt quickly to find new ways to deliver services and communicate with their stakeholders.  Demand for social media consultancy services was strong. 

Governor General and Lady Cosgrove join the Covid-safe virtual Gift of Life Walk 2021

Big Bang Social promoted and supported the first virtual Gift of Life Walk in the event’s 15-year history.  I mentored the staff of Companion House, building their capacity to manage a social media program.  I developed a communications plan for Carers’ Australia, with a focus on online engagement for National Carers Week 2021.  And, I continue to support the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre’s social media program, helping the organisation build national awareness of their important work.

It has been good work, and I’m proud of it.

Future directions

My plan now is to develop a vegan and gluten-free pie business.  The business will be carbon-neutral and based on principles of sustainability, healthy living, and great taste! 

Stand-by for further announcements and news on where you can get your vegan pie fix in 2022!