My New Journey
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either A. A great friend or family member to me or B. You used to follow my journey at 10/11 News in Lincoln and you thought I was interesting enough to continue following me as a person (which in that case, thank you and I hope I live up to your expectations.) This is the official “welcome” to my blog, a place where I hope to inspire all of YOU to be risk-takers, dreamers and bad asses in your own life. At the very least, I hope some of you find some outfit inspiration because expect to see some hella cute outfits on this site too. =)
Let’s rewind a little bit and talk about how I got here! Three months before I left 10/11 News, I looked at where I was in my life and realized I was bitching and complaining about a lot of things that I could easily change but for some reason I hadn’t yet done a damn thing about. Last August, I was exhausted. My body was fed up with waking up at 2 a.m. (sometimes earlier if someone decided to do something stupid in the middle of the night on the streets of Lincoln). I was scraping by economically and STILL relying on my parents (which millennial friends, it’s okay if that’s what you gotta do right now to chase a dream, then do it) because news isn’t exactly the most lucrative career to go in to. AND – I really had little to no say any more on what I did day to day in the newsroom I worked in (my feature reports were actually cut out of our newscast for various reasons, one of them being I can’t cook on live TV without embarrassing myself. 😉
Basically, I was in a really crappy rut and not entirely sure WHERE I was headed in life or WHAT my goals were. Even when I hired a TV agent to actually get me out of Lincoln and onto my next job, there was a little voice in my head, saying, “This isn’t what you want.” At the same time all of this was happening, the world slapped me in the face with an opportunity. An amazing friend of mine (who I told about my current state) wanted to help me get out of this miserable state. She told me she knew someone I had to meet. Two weeks later, I toured Evol Empire Creative downtown, the fastest growing digital marketing agency in the Midwest AND sitting down for a meeting with the CEO of the company, Andrew Tuzson. Andrew offered me the job on the first day. He told me my friend, who was also a client, had said I was the person he needed to hire to do this job and he was taking what she told him seriously…. by offering me a job. In that moment, I can still remember thinking, “is this really happening?” Andrew was the only person I talked to in the office that day, but his energy and transparency about the company, combined with passion for his work, told me he was someone I wanted to work for. I saw what he was building and I wanted to be a part of that.
It took almost two and a half months for me to make a decision about the job. I kept coming back to the office for meetings with him or the team during that time period…I was slowly inching into the job but deep down, I knew I was supposed to work at the company. So, I finally put in my two weeks at 10/11, told my parents I was changing careers, called my grandmother and explained what the hell digital marketing is and why I thought this was worth it and fully committed to a new journey which has already, been unfucking believable.
While I’ll always be GRATEFUL for the stories I was able to tell at 10/11, crazily enough I don’t miss working in a newsroom or being on TV. In fact, I’m happier and more at peace with life since I left because that career just wasn’t what gave ME energy at the end of the day (I should add that many of my talented, good friends work in news and I can’t see them doing anything else). Ladies and gents, if you’re hearing a voice in your head compelling you to DO something, whether it’s change a job, leave home, move to China and be a famous star (I have a friend that did that and holy shit, his Facebook statuses amaze me every day), LISTEN and then ACT! Since I started listening to that voice, I’m making smarter decisions day by day at my new job. There’s no wash rinse repeat formula for finding your next step in life. While I’m happy at my new job, I’m learning again and sometimes that makes for uncomfortable moments. You’re always going to have those moments though, so wouldn’t you rather go through uncomfortable moments while you move towards achieving a better life for you and your family? Figuring out what’s next means taking the time to ask yourself what you want out of
life. And while you don’t have to listen to this blog, or even me, LISTEN to yourself and enjoy what happens because you do.