Dear world, It is me, Joel Smith, coming to you live from my flat in Melbourne.
Since leaving Monash in 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Journalism, I have developed a career in sports digital and social media. However, due to the current circumstances, I write this to you having lost all sources of income. Times are tough but I find comfort in the fact that I am not alone.
It has actually made me appreciate my partner (Johanna) even more who is a midwife, working on the frontline at the Royal Women’s Hospital. She continues to amaze me every day with her attitude to pick up the slack for where I cannot. Speaking of the frontline, a shout out to all those medical staff who are doing an amazing job containing this virus as we know it.
I also consider myself very lucky to be home, here in Australia, in the midst of this pandemic. Four months ago, we returned home from the UK after two and a half amazing years living in London and travelling the world. Johanna and I decided to take advantage of the Tier 5 visa and moved there after we got married in May 2017. Wow! What an incredible experience. Not only did my travel resume become so much richer in experience, my career exploded, providing me with opportunities to work with global sporting clubs and organisations that I never dreamed possible. As sad as it was to know that our journey had come to an end, it could not have come at a better time.
Since returning home to Melbourne in December, I began the process of setting up my own business. With the majority of sports on hold, my work – most recently with the AFL – has come to a complete standstill. While this is frustrating (just as I was beginning to gain momentum), I know that we will come out of this better than before. The prospects of opportunity is the silver lining that gets me out of bed each day.
So in the meantime, I write to let you know what is going on with me as well as attempt those household projects that seem to never get done. I also plan to work on myself, both professionally (i.e. build my website, upskill in video production) and personally (i.e. be a better husband, a better friend) and I might even finally take up that obscure hobby like learning to play the ukulele.
Stay safe, stay well and I'll see you either on the other side, on Zoom or on LinkedIn.
Photo: My wife, Johanna, and I back in Melbourne.