I know, I know – getting your networking game started, let alone strong, is intimidating. Networking used to feel like my personal everest, and it seemed like everyone else had figured out how to climb it, except me.
Do you ever have those weeks when no matter how hard you try to stay upbeat and positive, negativity has a way of seeping into every nook and cranny of your life? It is soooo easy to spiral when it feels like every time you’re coming up for air life crashes another wave right on top of you.
The phone chimes, the number of unread emails continues to creep higher, and all it takes is for you to pick up the phone or log into your email *just to check* what’s happening. Before you know it, hours have gone by and your Saturday has been consumes by tasks, replies and BBMs (yes, I work somewhere that still uses Blackberries 🙈). But it’s okay, because you were too busy to have noticed the beauty that was brewing for you outside. And frankly, it couldn’t wait.
This is the first in a series that I’ll be featuring on here, spotlighting (mostly) young professionals so you can find out just what jobs are out there, how they got them and lessons they have learned thus far into their professional journey.
I’m so excited that my first post also features my bff: Kat. We’ve been friends for 16 years (😳 how?!) and she is seriously one of the coolest people I know. She’s that girl who can rock a onesie and fur hat in public and look chic AF doing it. Kat is also thoughtful, creative, giving and works in a role I know so little about – media planning. So let’s dive right in.
I have always loved to write. From as early as I can remember when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up my answer was always “a writer” (except for that brief period when Flipper was on TV and my obsession with dolphins tacked on, “or a marine biologist” despite a fear of the ocean…). I could always be found scribbling in notebooks – from short stories in elementary and middle school (featuring dolphins, naturally) to angsty poems in high school (ahhh being “misunderstood”).
While I didn’t become a novelist or poet, and I definitely took the route less traveled to my current profession, I now work in communications. I’ve been so lucky to work in many aspects of this career but what drew me to it when I was a lost 20-something whose first post-university job did not go as planned (post on that to come), was writing. Like I said, I’ve always love to write.