At the beginning of the year, I wrote about my focus on becoming stronger in 2018. Little did I know that:
I’m going back to high school.
I never really thought I’d be saying those words. Recently, I reconnected with the now Director of Communications for my alma mater and she invited me to speak to freshmen and sophomores during their Aspirations for Young Men and Women event. The speakers at the event are all alumni and we’re charged with sharing our stories to encourage these students to work hard to go to college and toward what they want to achieve.
Last month, I had to make the tough decision to euthanize my cat, Bella. In a span of two weeks, I went from discovering a tumor to administering medications to making the ultimate decision to let her go. We gave it the best fight, but you can’t always beat biology. During this two weeks, a friend asked me if I was planning to catalog this experience as it tied in so well to my year of strength theme. Now that the emotions are a little less raw, I thought I would share what I learned:
It seems like every two years I find myself back here writing a post about new beginnings. I write that one post and then ghost my own website. I find that ghosting to be a representation of simply not having the heart or energy to post something meaningful. Hopefully, this will be the year that I don’t turn into a ghost.
This past year, I fought a battle with unwanted house guests, made my first adult trip to the emergency room, and experienced more drama and transitions than I cared to. Thanks to these battles, I purged physical items, reevaluated my career goals and took a deep look at some of the relationships in my life. I feel much lighter and I’m grateful for the many learning experiences of 2015.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to blog for myself. This year has been a whirlwind of change for me. In February, I was afforded the opportunity to make the transition into marketing that I had been hustling for. It’s always a big risk to leave behind the comfort of place where you’ve forged strong relationships, built trust and carved a place for yourself within the corporate dynamic. The risk was worth the potential reward. Continue reading
Today on Facebook, my friend Jeanne posed this question to her friends:
If you could do anything you wanted, and money was no object, what would you do?
After posting my response, I started to read those posted by others and recognized a common thread: people wanted to hold multiple dream jobs – myself included. I then started thinking about those who influence my life. Many of them fall under the same umbrella. Continue reading