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New Life Plan…

April 2, 2010 19 comments

Alright, I know I’ve been MIA for over two weeks…I’m sorry! But things have been a bit crazy since I wrote that last post. After writing about working toward my goals and getting out of my less than desirable situation, I had no choice but to spring into action! So here’s the latest:

  1. I have decided to look for a new job in Kansas City. Yes, this means postponing my NYC dreams for a while, but it’s definitely time for me to move on to bigger and better things, career-wise, and for now that means staying in KC.
  2. I’m moving out of my parent’s house! I know, I didn’t think it would ever happen either…But a new job probably means more money, and definitely means I’m confident that I will be in Kansas City long enough to sign a 1 year lease!

I think I had to come to the realization that my transition to NYC needs to be made in baby steps rather than one giant leap. So this is me working toward my goals, granted it’s at a much slower pace than before, but I feel great about it!

I think it’s important to identify our own limitations in order to grow and become good adults (no, I still don’t consider myself an adult…shh). I know I’m not superwoman; I can’t do it all, no matter how hard I try! But I am fabulous and talented and worthy of success! And not to sound like a broken record, but it will come if I keep working hard.

Okay then! I got that out and even though I will be moving at the end of the month, I hope to find more time each week to dedicate to writing… Maybe if you all shame me into it via social media, I will at least feel an obligation to follow through! 🙂

Hard Work Pays Off…Right?

March 15, 2010 8 comments

Have you ever felt like you are working for nothing? Not literally (ok sometimes literally…), but do you ever just feel like you are doing everything you know how to do and still can’t manage to get where you want to go?

There is a phrase I live by: Don’t complain about your situation in life if you’re not willing to work to change it. It is usually pretty easy to apply this to all aspects of my life and recently I’ve been thinking a lot about it.

Those of you who know me personally know that I have had a few complaints lately regarding my current life situation. I’m not particularly happy with where I’m at right now, so I’ve been working to change that. The biggest transition I want to make is my work situation, and I want to do this for a few reasons:

  1. While I work for an association I’m passionate about, my skill sets aren’t being utilized as much as I would like. I know I have many talents and I want to share them with the next organization I work for.
  2. I would love to move to NYC soon. I am open to staying in KC for a little while longer, but in the next few years, I see myself in NYC.
  3. I’m worth more than I make. I don’t think I’m worth $100K/yr or anything, but I know I’m at least worth a salary that allows me to move out of my parent’s house and still be able to save money every month. (That’s right folks, my options are live with the ‘rents or have no savings account. And don’t even get me started with my 401K, or lack thereof.)

So what am I doing to make this happen? Well I’m heeding my own advice and building a strong personal brand for myself (hence this fancy little blog you’re reading), I’m meeting some awesome new people both in the Midwest and on the East Coast who I think will be wonderful assets in terms of networking opportunities and friendship and I’m looking for jobs in KC and NYC and hoping to make the right connections with people who can help me get a foot in the door.

I go to work from 8-5 every day then come home and sit in front of my computer all night long trying to do something, anything that will help me get to where I want to be.  Tweet chats, webinars, blog posts, e-mails, WordPress & website creation/upkeep. The list just seems to get longer every day. The strange thing is that I love all of it, (don’t believe me? Check out my new theme song) but sometimes I feel like it must not be enough because I still don’t have the job I know I deserve, and I’m writing this from my bed, in my room, at my parent’s house…

So while I sit here feeling sorry for myself, (don’t worry, this will pass…I just need a moment) I realize that the good news is that I know that I’m doing the right things and I know that change doesn’t happen overnight. I also know that my hard work will pay off eventually, so I’m not going to give up.

I think this is something all entry-level professionals experience at some point.  But as long as you can honestly say that you are working hard to accomplish your goals whether that means getting a job, a promotion, a raise or an apartment far away from your parent’s house, that’s all we can ask of ourselves, right?

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