Courtney Confession

Friday, October 31, 2014

 
I'm writing this post with a grab bag of mixed emotions.

First of all, I'm not pregnant.

Sorry, maybe it's just me, but I feel like I need preface any news or announcements nowadays with that clarification. I'm of the age where I can't even be like, "Hey, guess what?" without someone chiming in with "THERE'S SOMEONE IN YOUR WOMB?!"

No, I was just gonna say I'm making tacos for dinner, but thanks for making my uterus feeling like it's not doing anything except disappointing you every month.

In time, friends. In time.

I've been sitting on this secret for almost a month now.

After over 2 years of working with someone of the coolest, best people I know, I will be saying goodbye to my job at the community college and moving on to what I am confident will be one of the most ambitious, amazing journeys in my young life.

The job offer from the Human Resources office back in the summer of 2012 came at a very rocky point in my career. At the time, I was in a position that was not even slightly fulfilling (and oftentimes felt unethical) and a catty work environment was bringing me down both emotionally and spiritually. Searching for a way out, I graciously accepted the assistant position in HR, knowing that even though it didn't fit with my previous years of media experience, it was a fresh start (and I really needed one).

From the beginning, I was told that the college was very much into nurturing its employees' talents and was very supportive when it came to switching departments and moving to other areas. My boss at the time knew I'd eventually move around in the college, and I loved feeling like I could be candid and honest about my aspirations.

Since coming to the college, I had the opportunity to be an academic advisor and most recently, the Assistant Director of Student Life. I've learned a lot about myself in each role, knowing that even when I wasn't have a good day (or week ... or month) I was generating experiences and skills that would carry with me the rest of my life. Just the thought of public speaking used to make me break out in hives, but now I can address a room full of people like it ain't no thang. I even taught a class! I'm a firm believer that we're placed exactly where we need to be at exactly the right time and we stay there until we learn what is it that we're supposed to learn.

I'll be frank with you: I LOVE/LOVED my job as the Assistant Director. Being part of the Student Life Office is HARD work at times (I can't even emphasize that enough), but it's been fun work. I've had fun and laughed almost every single day in the office. My supervisor and I hit if off instantly and I don't think she'll ever fully understand how much I admire and respect her, and how much I've learned from her about leadership.

And how amazing it is to work closely with someone who shares your disgusting, crass sense of humor that is heavily peppered with pop culture references.

But another opportunity presented itself and I absolutely couldn't say no. I'm packing up shop and following my bliss.

Media and writing is my passion and now it's going to be my daily reality. As a freshman in college, I would fantasize about working for an ad agency and after I was hired in as an account coordinator (and promptly quit) at a terrible agency with an increasingly bad reputation, I was feeling jaded about the entire profession. So I walked away from it, devastated that my dreams didn't match the reality.
I honestly wasn't sure if I'd ever get back to it. I don't exactly live in a booming metropolis, so creative agencies aren't really growing on trees here. I wasn't willing to move, so I just moved on.

Last year I found Blueline through a friend's random post on Facebook. I'd never heard of the company, but after combing through their website, I knew that this company was everything a creative agency SHOULD be: It is young, fresh, passionate and friendly. Looking through their work gives you the sense that they really care and seek to understand their clients stories, not just chase the bottom dollar.

I approached them, randomly (albeit a little awkwardly, too), and introduced myself and my work history and passions. I expressed an interest in developing a freelance relationship and left my contact info if they should ever want to meet with me.

And I waited.

They responded.

We met. 

I immediately liked the company's owner and was in awe of how much she'd one at such a young age. 

I started working on one of Blueline's social media account as a part-time freelancer and quickly fell back in love with the concepts and practices I had studied so fervidly studied in college.

And they liked my work and wanted me to take on more to further utilize my journalism background, and I just couldn't say no. This is the kind of work that ignites my excitement and drive. There's no way I was going to turn it down.

So today is my last day at the college. Don't worry, I'm going out with a bang: Tonight is our Family Fright Night and I'm staying to help set up and run the event. In other words, I get to spend a long, arduous final day working with people I love on both professional and personal levels. We're putting up a haunted house, for pete's sake! Awesome, right? I hate saying goodbyes, but I honestly couldn't ask for a better sendoff.

I'm sad to be leaving this time in my life behind, but I can't even articulate my excitement over where I'm heading. I'm joining a team of uber talented individuals (and let's be honest, artists) who share the same passions as I do. It's going to an amazing journey and I'm so thankful for every opportunity I've had along the way.

And I'll always miss my Ivy Tech team. :)

I'm the squatting like I need to take a power dump on the far right, front row.
The Advising Office, Halloween 2013
Super Girl is off to new adventures!


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2 comments

  1. Congratulations on the new opportunity! I hope that it is everything you want and need it to be. I'm sure you will continue to do great things!

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  2. That is AWESOME!!!! Congrats on such an incredible opportunity to pursue your passion!!!!!! I can't wait to hear about your new endeavors!!!

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