To thine own self be true

Friday, August 03, 2012

As I shared at the end of last Monday's post, I have some pretty exciting news to share and since today is the last day in my blogging week, I feel like now is as good a time as any. To the few readers waiting for a possible pregnancy announcement (Amanda ...), I'm so sorry to disappoint you, but my news just isn't that life-changing.

I mean, it is changing my life in a semi-significant way, but it doesn't involve me bringing another life into this world. (Lord willing, that kind of announcement won't come for several more years. My reproductive organs are on lock-down. You'd have to bend steel with your mind or journey to the center of the earth to fertilize these eggs.)

A few people already know because it's not a secret by any means, but I wanted to let the dust settle before I made it common knowledge on my blog.

On Monday I put in my two week's notice and will no longer be a literary publicist.

That's right. I'm leaving the wild, wonderful world of PR and trading it in for the wild, wonderful world of ... HR.

Go with me on this.

There's actually a pretty crazy overlap between public relations and human resources, especially when you think of human resources as the "face" of a company or organization. In fact, HR is moving into a new direction and many offices are starting to merge with their company's marketing and social media departments.

It's a good move. It makes sense.

Let's be honest for a second, public relations never held the key to my heart. And I've never pretended like it did. While I definitely enjoy publicity and think of myself as having a solid set of PR skills and experience, it's not the type of career that makes me excited to get out of bed and go to work every morning.

That, and a slew of other reasons that would be both too time-consuming and personal to knock off in this post, led me to look for a new job.

I got offered one.

And I took it.

It's simply mathematics, folks.

For a few days after being offered the HR position, I agonized over the repercussions of making yet another job switch. My brief, traumatizing stint at an advertising agency in 2010 royally screwed up my resume, and I worried that I'm beginning to look flaky. Since working there was effecting my mental well-being and I was desperate to get out, I took a leap of faith and fell into freelance for almost 9 months. When the freelance work started to bottom out, I secured my cushy, almost-full-time job at the collegiate publishing house and felt like I was finally out of the woods and back on track. However, when my hubby started taking classes for his advanced degree, I knew that we couldn't skirt by on my "almost" full-time status. That's when I turned back to my original publishing house (the company I was at for 2 years right out of college) and accepted my most recent role as a literary publicist.

But I wasn't happy in that role and I certainly didn't have a passion for what I was doing.

Flakiness be damned, if anything in my life was going to change, I had to be the one to change it. I pride myself for possessing obnoxious amounts of ambition and the motivation to make myself better and consequently, happier.

So yes, in the upcoming days I will be embarking on a new journey and exploring the possibilities of working with the human resources department at a college. My hope is that I will no longer be burnt out from blogging for clients and can start working on my own identity as a writer. My hope is that I can find new ways to grow and change. I don't like the person I am when I'm stressed and frustrated. My hope is that I can find a place to flourish.

I'm hoping for change.

Yes, change is good.

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3 comments

  1. Definitely a good announcement! So happy for you!

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  2. OMG. Amazeballs!!!! This is so wonderfully exciting and scary at the same time! I feel like there is so much change going on right now, most especially with those I know (and even know only via this here thing called blogging ;-)). There is HUGE change in our office, and, quite frankly, I'm not sure how I feel about it. It could be good, but right now, I'm indifferent to how things could work out.

    So happy you took your future into your own hands & made the leap!! I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor, and I hope you do great things! I especially hope you can find your voice and identity as a writer. My very best friend has recently been doing the exact thing - writing - and has finally found her niche and is on the ground-floor of an up-and-coming kick-ass website. SO - set your sights high, b/c that could be you, too, in the near future!!! :-)

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  3. congrats!! i admire that you are taking care of yourself in that you aren't allowing yourself to be "stuck" in something you don't enjoy and are continuing the search for something where you can be happy working. takes courage! go courtney! :)

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