Updated: Jan 4, 2019
HAPPY 2018. I am excited to start this year, but not start with a "new me", but finally start being ME.
Last year, I took a lot of time to reevaluate my life. I was very unhappy. I had so many amazing things that had recently happened to me that I should have felt great about, like getting engaged and starting to plan a wedding, but I just constantly felt like I wasn't my most authentic self. I continued to hate going to work everyday, and I continued to feel unmotivated and uninspired. I yearned for the days when I had the time and energy to do the little things that brought me joy like reading, writing, dancing, socializing, being creative, listening to music, etc. I have no idea when I stopped doing all of these things, and it made me feel very depressed and like this was as good as it ever was going to get.
The job I had, made me feel like I took a step back in my career. No longer was I learning, leading or thriving, I was just another employee at a cubicle with no windows. Coming in at 9, leaving at 5 and feeling like a zombie. I had completely changed from the excited young employee I used to be. I didn't want to socialize with anyone, I would rather eat lunch alone at my desk. My stress and anxiety levels became so high, that sometimes I felt like I was a different person living in this body. I didn't know who I was anymore.
In the Spring, I decided that it was time to make a change. I didn't know exactly what that meant, but I started researching for other jobs that inspired or motivated me. I would spend hours on Instagram scrolling through feeds of other women who had dream careers and jobs that made them feel passionate, and excited. I didn't know what that felt like anymore. I had a dream of wanting to run my own business, and be my own boss, but I didn't know where to start.
I came across a profile that said "WE'RE HIRING". I read the description that said "[DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES] The I Like Her Style Vancouver Headquarters is looking for the perfect addition to our advertising sales team! Do you have sales experience with a proven track record of driving profitability? Do you have a passion for our brand mission -- Style with Soul to Empower? Do you live in the Greater Vancouver area with the ability to get around town? Are you the one we are looking for? If this opportunity excites you and you feel that you are qualified for this position, please send us your resume."
The answer to every question was a screaming YES! That's me! Choose me! A few weeks later I went for an interview and met the lovely Jody and Kyla the founders of I Like Her Style Vancouver and instantly clicked with the power-duo. I was lucky enough to be hired a few weeks later and it completely changed my life.
Since then, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing women in business in Vancouver. I am now a part of a community of women who support, inspire and encourages each other to grow, learn and thrive in not only their business lives but their personal lives too. After a few months in my role, I began to realize that there were bigger and better things for me with this new opportunity. and it was time to kiss my corporate life good-bye. The beginning of the fall, became a fresh start into diving into a role and finally having the time and energy to really do some much needed soul-searching and therapy on myself.
I am not going to lie and say it has been easy, as it has been extremely tough. I have had many bad days where I have felt like I was not going to succeed and fail, but I have also had many great days where I wake up excited and smiling to get to work, to meet amazing people, and to build relationships. The best part about it all is I have not looked back. There has not been one day where I wished I had stayed in my old career. What I have accomplished in the last few months, and what I have realized about what I want in life is truly priceless. I would not change a single minute of it.
The last 6 months I have come to realize that my passion is and continues to be an advocate for women in the workplace. I want to share my knowledge and inspire and motivate other women to live their best lives in work that they feel passionate about. I am really excited about all of the possibilities this will bring to me, and I am very hopeful that this year I will continue to uncover more things that make me truly be myself, and truly make me live my most authentic life.
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