One of the things I try and do on a regular basis is get out for coffee with people in my industry to network and either pick the brains of those further along in their career paths, or offer up what advice I can for those not quite where I’m at yet. As someone who really is not a fan of networking in a room full of strangers (conferences, mixers, etc. – I become something like a turtle and just retreat into my introvert shell), this is my preferred way to get connected and have more meaningful interactions with new people.
Yesterday I grabbed a coffee with Jessica Denomme, Senior Publicist at EGPR. She’s someone I’d been following on social for sometime, and after we connected on LinkedIn a few months back I asked to actually meet in person and just have a chat. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon – I found we had much more in common than expected and got to talking about what it means to really hustle in this industry and how important it is to keep your chin up and stick to your passions, even when the going gets tough. If there’s one thing I love about P.R., it’s how many of my peers are driven, passionate women who are constantly challenging the status quo and pushing boundaries…we’re a crazy, creative bunch that gets shit done when it comes right down to it.
Our conversation had me on a bit of a high the rest of the afternoon – it was a perfect and much-needed boost of motivation and was almost another layer in this transition period I’m going through after leaving my last company. The truth is, the last few months before I left MAVERICK were very trying for a variety of reasons, but I don’t think I could truly see and understand that while I was in it. Since leaving, it’s been a crazy two weeks – crazy in that I’ve been adjusting to a much more positive and lighter outlook on everything and didn’t expect to feel such a massive shift.
It’s already led to some changes in the little things I do for me – my time spent watching T.V. isn’t accompanied by a nagging voice in the back of my head telling me to check my email. My morning workouts don’t feel like my only stress-free moments of the day. I’m putting less pressure on myself to make the things in my life (like this blog) a certain way. I’m focusing more on my health and happiness, going with the flow and feeling like it’s no. big. deal.
I’m happy to say I made a new friend yesterday afternoon (hi Jess!) – another thing I’ve had a challenge with, not just over the last few months but over the last few years. I really feel like I’m going through a personal awakening of sorts, and that’s thrilling to me. It’s kind of like that song says, “I can see clearly now the rain is gone” (okay, probably the lamest thing I’ve ever written but seriously, preach!)…it feels good, ya’ll.
And with that, I’m kicking off a *pret-ty* damn exciting week. Wicked on Tuesday, last Jays games of the season, and sinking my teeth into some new projects at work. Happy Monday!