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Where did that year go?

As we start to wind down for the strangest festivities ever, I thought I would add my last contribution to the year before we head to 2021 and reflect on 2020 from my perspective.

December 2019: As most of you know, this time last year, I was working at Rolls-Royce with such incredibly talented leaders and in a strong Programme Management team supporting 4 mature legendary engines; Trent 500, Trent 800, RB211-535 and RB211-524.

March 23rd: What a day to remember! If anyone would have told us then that we wouldn’t see majority of our teams and colleagues again after that date I think I would have crumbled. But no, we followed the rules, stayed at home, battled with the immediate challenges of IT working remotely, shouting 'you're on mute' and thinking, this is just temporary – it won’t last, right?!

April 2020: We all enjoyed the amazing temperatures, being furloughed, taking your laptops into the garden and the smells of the BBQs.

June 2020: My last task was to deliver a worldwide virtual conference for Rolls-Royce customers of the RB211-535 classic engine – what a success that was.

July 9th: The hesitation in pressing ‘SEND’ – I’ve agreed to redundancy! What had I done? No going back now.

July 10th: No leaving party, no teams to say goodbye to, no handovers. ‘Don’t look back, move forward’ my wonderful sister, Elaine, once told me and it stuck. My new mantra.

August 10th: Helen Taylor VA Services was born! An exciting new brand a website, email.... now what? September 2020: Marketing and advertising like crazy to get my name and brand ‘out there’.

December 2020: What just happened?

  • 2 Fabulous clients (Possibly 2 more in the New Year)

  • 1 awesome Marketing Designer who I just could not be without

  • 95 followers on Facebook with 91 likes as the highest on posts

  • 211 new connections on LinkedIn, average 89 profile views

  • 72 new followers on Instagram

…. And a partridge in a pear tree 😊

I can honestly say that I love doing what I do now; stepping over the cats (the new morning commute) from bedroom to office, be in comfy joggers and slippers and looking oh so professional anything above that level, working with the clients I have and knowing that friends and family really are the most important thing in life. The Virtual Assistant network could not be a better place to be right now.

So, whatever you do, wherever you are – be there for each other, be kind and stay safe.

Have a very Happy Christmas and New Year and ‘thank god for Zoom!’ Take care of yourselves always

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