I’ve been slacking in outfitting my new desk at work. These are a few desks of which I’m envious, but my space will reflect my own personal style and be filled with things that inspire me, which is most important. I have pulled several ideas together to make it my home away from home. I do have exposed brick on one wall of my little desk, so it already has quite a bit of character. A few framed pieces, including this print I purchased from Inslee, and some ads from favorites magazines should make the space a refreshing and homey spot to keep my creativity top of mind.
How have you outfitted your desk to inspire throughout the work day?
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So, while the news may be out of the bag, it’s not too late to say how excited I am to be living in Chicago! Handsome landed a new job and moved up in March, and I have had the lucky fortune to find an unbelievable new journey for my own career. Our lives together are opening a new chapter in our new home of Chicago. I just LOVE the way that sounds.
This wasn’t a whim decision. We’ve been talking about moving to a new city for many months and juggled the idea of Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas, you name it. We came to a conclusion that Chicago was the full package and still forgiving on our wallets.
My new job finds me still working in social media, but at an advertising agency working with several awesome clients. I’ve landed a dream job that will let my creativity thrive. Not only am I thrilled to be starting a new chapter of my career, but I can’t wait to tear apart a new city. My first visit to Chicago was a weekend trip in late February to find Handsome an apartment, so the city is very new for me. It’s very similar to London, where I studied for four months my junior year of college. I couldn’t be more excited to explore and find “our spots” in our new home.
When I started this blog, I had intended to celebrate the everyday, and while I’ve lacked consistency in my writing, there is no doubt that I have much to celebrate. Recent readings of books and articles published about great women who have crafted great careers have been very inspiring for this new turn my life and I’m excited to share the mark they have left. But for the meantime, I’m going to enjoy all the new that’s present and take it all in.
Gracious (n.) – characterized by kindness and warm courtesy
This has become one of my favorite quotes. Graciousness is an irreplaceable trait. It’s appropriate and encouraged in all situations. Okay, I can maybe think of a few where my graciousness may slip away from me, but I always make a point to bring myself back to carrying myself in the most ladylike way.
It’s only natural to be envious of qualities that others may convey in such a wonderful light. But listen up ladies, adopt grace into your everyday. There’s nothing more envious (or more attractive) than a woman who carries herself well. You can quote me on that.
A new year always evokes a new start and we usually gravitate toward making resolutions. Let’s be honest for a second here. We all make a list, be it on paper or mentally, of all the things we’re determined to improve in the New Year. And we’re all guilty of not sticking to these written improvements we’re set to make. It’s quite sad really that we generally cannot commit to our new found commitments.
Keeping up with this blog is on my resolution list among a few other improvements that I’ve shared with Handsome and he has vowed to help me stick to them. He really is such a great supporter. We all find ourselves pushing aside those things that don’t take precedent in our lives, but the more I think about where (I think) I want my career to go, the more I need to have this creative outlet.
For Christmas, my aunt got all of my sisters and I each an Amazon gift card, which really is the perfect gift since it’s money that can go to pretty much anything. Within hours, I made my first two purchases – two career books, “20-Something, 20-Everything” by Christine Hassler and “Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)” by Cathie Black . One of my main goals this upcoming year is to really figure out where my career is taking me or rather even what career path I’m even heading down. What is the job that I’d love to wake up to every day even if I didn’t have a salary? Whatever that is, I want it to be my career. I want to love my job so much that the money isn’t the motivator.
As I’ve been writing, I’ve been sipping on champagne that Handsome decided to break out instead of the usual pinot noir. How fitting! With this post and this open dedication to the resolution, I toast to its journey and hopeful success in 2013. Let me find inspiration, meet great people, and be open to constant learning. And above all, really just live by this thought from my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl:
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.“
Today I’m headed to Miami for my second business trip in a week. Last Friday, I took the company’s private jet (yes, you heard that right) down to Atlanta for a themed blogger event to help promote a newly launched product. Today I am yet again on the private jet heading to another blogger event to tap into a different audience during the holiday season.
First and foremost, I must say that flying on the corporate jet was nothing short of what was expected. I had more snacks than I knew what to do with and didn’t have to rush my way through a security line. If I could fly private for the rest of my life, I would choose it in a heartbeat (though I’d like to leave the bill to someone else).
The event in Atlanta put me into the real-time use of social media, an imperative piece to its success in my opinion. The entire day was one of the high points of my career thus far and made me really appreciate the social space and the opportunities I’ve had. As I look forward with where I hope my career will take me, I’m only looking for those things that will make me shine in the end. I’ve never been one to waste time on things that wouldn’t propel me further. I have a 110% attitude – I’m all or nothing with many things in my life.
The road hasn’t always been smooth, and I’ve certainly had moments where my computer almost found itself smashed to pieces. The takeaway here is that there are always going to be trivial days and cloud nine days. Cherish both. Trivial days have something to teach you and cloud nine days have something to celebrate. Always keep moving forward with finding what is going to make you shine in the end. So, be picky, try new avenues, find what makes you excited, and just give it 110%. You won’t get anywhere without it.