Over the past year, I slowly laid down the dreams and timelines I once carried so tightly.
I told you how I had carefully laid plans, and but how I was learning to let them go. As I made peace with the idea that I was not in control of certain areas of my life, I started to reconsider the things I did have some control over. I asked myself what the next right thing was instead of revising my five year plan.
You may have noticed things have gotten a bit quieter around the blog this fall, and in part that is due to the fact that I resumed my full-time job search and I was updating my resume each week and going on multiple interviews. When I left my last office job working for a branding firm, I got a small taste of what it would be like to write copy for brands and I knew that if I stayed in that industry, I wanted to pursue that route. I promised myself that whatever I did next, I was going to make room for writing.
As you may remember, I struggled immensely after I first moved here trying to break into the editorial world and spent a lot of time switching between ogling and sneering at NYC. Sometimes it feels like the right job will never come along, but sometimes the perfect cocktail of hard work, a resume with the right keywords, and great timing actually can lead you to the kind of job you want. A couple weeks ago I got three recruiter calls in the same day for the same position. I went in and interviewed right after Thanksgiving and I am so happy to share with you that on Wednesday…
I start as a Jr. Copywriter for PepsiCo in the West Village design office!
It almost seems to good to be true. I have been working towards the title of “Writer” for years, starting with a college degree in journalism and then seven years of working in all kinds of fields. To be fair, “writer” was already self-imposed thanks to this blog and freelance copywriting projects over the years. But have it officially and to get to write and edit for a fun, worldwide brand in a creative capacity in one of the best cities in the world? Somebody pinch me!
Many people are smarter and savvier than I am, and knew exactly what they had to do while in college to get an incredible job in their desired field right out of school. (*Ahem* my husband!) Others of us floundered in general and struggled through a disasterous economic recession while trying to figure it out. For some people, it takes months, and others it takes decades. There were many times I thought finding full-time work I truly enjoyed as a writer and editor may never happen for me, so the fact that it is happening makes me want to say to anyone who has felt like I have… keep going. You are not out of time, and your ship has not sailed. It can still happen!
Despite the wave of joy I am currently riding, if there is anything I have learned since living here, it is that meaningful work is wonderful, but it will not provide your ultimate purpose. That has to be found elsewhere. I walk into this new season carrying with me all the important lessons I learned over the last two years about slowing down, self care, and managing my time and priorities.
As my pace of life is about to shift dramatically, I would love both your prayers and your suggestions for what you want to hear more about in this space. I can not tell you enough how much I appreciate you, dear reader. Your feedback and encouragement have pushed me to become a better writer and have reminded me that I am not alone. While things may be changing, I want to remain faithful to showing up here and sharing. Let’s keep the conversation going, shall we?
PS. Do you have genius tips for turning a night owl into an early bird? Anyone want to form a writing club that meets at a few times a week at 7am for accountability? 😉