Let's say you meet someone at a cocktail party. Let's say this person asks, "So, what do you do? Tell me about yourself." What is the first thing that comes to mind? Does this align with who you believe yourself to be?

For the past decade, much of my sense of identity has been defined by the work that I do. I am a freelance writer. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. Maybe because I found myself defending my choice of career so many times, it has become such a great focus in…
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