Today is Monday and for the first time in over two years, I didn't wake up and hit the ground running to go to my dream job in the Empire State Building at one of the top Sports & Entertainment PR agencies in New York City.
It was definitely a strange experience when my alarm went off this morning, to not get dressed, hop on the "B" train to Herald Square, and prepare for a day full of meetings with clients and colleagues.
The same clients and colleagues that I've grown to know and love, that I've brainstormed with, had lunch, dinner, and drinks with, clients and colleagues I've danced with in Boston night clubs, clients and colleagues I have been in the trenches with at midnight some nights and on Christmas Eve to bring campaigns from concept to creation.
When you love your job, your colleagues, and your boss, it can be really hard to turn in your resignation. It’s not just the job you’re leaving. It's like losing part of your family.
I’ll never forget when I got the call back in 2015, saying that I got the job. As a young girl from Texas, with dreams of taking New York City by storm-– my job was truly a dream come true. A PR job, working on NFL campaigns AND inside the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. It was hard to contain my excitement. Fast forward over two years, and I'm now closing a chapter. It's very bittersweet.
I smile when I think back at all the things I accomplished. From multiple Super Bowls and NFL Drafts, to three NFL kick-offs , a few Thanksgiving games, and NFL Honors along the way. This job has helped me grow exponentially as a person and a PR professional. I look back on dozens of media days with NFL players like Rob Gronkowski, Jerome Bettis, Josh Norman, Clay Matthews, and Emmanuel Sanders to name a few. I think back on one of my biggest accomplishments, winning 12 Cannes Lions (one of the most prestigious awards in the industry) for our 2017 Super Bowl campaign.
It's very nostalgic to the say the least. However, as the saying goes-- "all good things must come to an end". And just as the work towards a goal you have set comes to an end, so does the joy and excitement around "achieving" it. Therefore, you have to set new ones. And while it has been an amazing opportunity and experience to find my "dream job". I had an equally amazing revelation recently. And that is-- In life, as we continue to grow and evolve, so do our dreams. And that's okay.
Dreams change. Goals grow. Passions evolve.
And while I once dreamed of living in New York City, as a Sports & Entertainment Publicist working in the NFL, this young girl (now Boss Lady) from Texas has new dreams.
So with much gratitude to my support system (mentors, friends, family) as well as my former colleagues and boss (for grooming me into the professional I am today), I've decided it's time to continue to expand my Sports portfolio and expertise. I am excited to announce that I'll be starting a new job at Ketchum Sports & Entertainment as a Managing Account Supervisor this Wednesday.
With my new role, I'll get the opportunity to work on clients across College Football, Olympics, NFL, Soccer and more. And while it's difficult to part ways with such an awesome company, it's serves as major inspiration for me that I can "find my dream job" and still continue dreaming. I can't wait to see what's next and I'm excited to take you all on my journey.
Boss Tribe... use this as a reminder that while it's always good to set goals and work towards them, it's also important to keep setting new ones, once we reach the old ones. Always keep dreaming! The world is ours for the taking.