Well it's almost the end of the month and boom...March is upon us. February is ending on many high note as I'm provided another writing opportunity with a great platform and brand new audience. I cannot wait to tell you once the paperwork is signed,sealed and delivered. I will just say that it's a platform that makes sense for me to write on at this current moment of my life given my other projects, but a year ago I would have never imagined writing for this type of audience. One set of experiences has led to enough knowledge I can write about the subject without sounding like an amateur, not to mention my former Study Breaks editor (Hola Jasmine) from undergrad connecting me with a great professional contact.
I'll be hired with____, working my job as an Editorial Associate at Columbia, working for Mixed Chicks, and my job at Eataly on the weekends. Yes. 4 jobs. It sounds kind of crazy when I say it out loud, but 2 require my physical while the others are remote, so it works in that sense. No worries I'm not running all around Chicago. I told myself that this first portion of 2017 would be dedicated to building my career and saving money as I figure out what the next move will be after my lease is done in July. Chicago and I have had a wonderful love affair, but I'm itching to move again. Why not? I'm single, just finished my second degree and given the right opportunity have no problem starting over again.
Do I know exactly where I want to go? I've got options, but nothing concrete. Do I know where I want to work? I'm compiling my heavy hitter list and doing everything possible to make sure I not only have the funds, but the experience to transition into those companies when the time comes for it. I came to Chicago for grad school, and the city gave me all the writing experience I anticipated on top of great friendships and lessons. I'm ready for that next step in my life, but being practical with things like a lease and wanting to have enough funds to move and still have money in the bank is why I'm still here.
I know, I'm doing alot. It leaves little room for a social life or "me" time, but I'm working on it. I'm working on balance and not burning myself out. Thankfully I have many people who support my growth and offer endless amount of love my way. It's grind time. It's not chill time for me. When you get complacement, you get comfortable...and I'm not there yet. Especially when I'm working to build connections and professional relationships that will enhance my career. You have to sacrifice, and the good thing is I know it's not forever. Does it suck? Yes it does. But I got to work with what I've got. Luckily my primary job as an Editorial Associate is part-time so it allows time during the weekdays for me to incorporate my writing and various projects into my schedule.
Some days I feel on top of the world and blessed to no limit. Other days I feel like I don't know how I'm going to get everything done and sometimes I don't. I literally will come home, turn my phone over and immerse my brain in Netflix. I don't want to talk to anyone or be bothered my instagram or email going off. Being tired is real. Not wanting to look at my phone is real, and just taking a pause from the world is real. You have to. I have to at least. Balance is key and I have to work on that in my personal life, mainly with my friends. But knowing the problem is the first step, acceptance is the second, and now I just need to fix it. New week. New month. New goals. I want to laugh more, worry less, and accept my blessings. Including you reading this.