New Year, New Beginnings, No New Friends


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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

(Little Gidding)”
T.S. Eliot

 

As many of you know now, the big news that I teased last week in this post was indeed career-related. Such is the life of a Social Media Manager; you’re going to find out about fantastic opportunities through your day to day work. Often, I just dismiss them because I truly love what I do and the brands I do it for, but when opportunity knocks, it’s not always right to turn a deaf ear…

Stay Hungry

I recently did an interview for U of T and the overarching theme that emerged as a result of it was my message to ‘stay hungry’. Not two weeks later, I found myself with an extremely tough decision to make and had to ask myself: was I truly staying hungry or am I eating my words? At this point in my career, so much of what I crave is new experience. I love working in social media because no two days are the same, but even here, activities can become familiar and even worse, routine. I don’t like doing things on cruise control, especially knowing that it would be a dream come true for someone else. There isn’t a single profession that you could choose at the ripe age of 25 26 that would have the excitement and freshness to make a 40 year commitment right here and now. That being said, I truly do love speaking on social and providing in-depth recommendations to brands, in hopes that they can cut through the chatter and talk to their customers in new, engaging ways.

So how do you take the elements of your job that you love and turn them into your next role? I didn’t think that was possible. The realist in me always reasoned that no matter how satisfied you are with what you do, there will always be elements you wish to change. And I’m sure this next step will be far from perfect, but at the very least, it looks like the challenges I’m going to face represent new learning opportunities in my development. And so…Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

 

It is with a heavy heart I announce that as of July, I will no longer manage the social media for Staples Canada. Where I’m going will follow in a subsequent post, but I wanted to focus this update on my frame of mind and my gratitude for everyone in my life who enabled me to make tough decisions like this one.

I often boast that I have the best support circle out of anyone I know and with good reason. I continually lean on those close to me professionally and personally, and they always come through for me. This decision was filled with pro/con lists, dwelling on what I’d be giving up, hypothesizing about uncertainty into sleepless nights and overall, just embracing that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. It was not easy, the effects the stress caused were not pleasant and to give you any more detail would mean tagging this post with a ‘too much information’ disclaimer so I digress.

What was important to me above all, was that I continued to be passionate by seeing things from different perspectives and give myself to new challenges, even when it meant leaving the familiar indentations of my comfort zone. It’s what I need to do to stay hungry, and I thank you all so much for allowing me to think this way.

 

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To my current colleagues, I can never truly put into words how grateful I am for your friendships and the lessons you’ve taught me (which is a little concerning considering I work in Communications).  We work for a fantastic company with a lot of talent. Maybe we’ve seen better times, but I’m confident in the leadership we have in place (and hiding in the cubes) and look forward to years of prosperity in your future. The decision to leave was made so much harder than it looked on paper by how much I enjoy all of you and I will always regard this as the true starting point of my career. I hope we meet again.

To my mentors, thank you for jumping on the phone at ungodly hours to make sense out of the rubbish I was spewing and sifting through seemingly random thoughts as I vomited them with no reason or rhyme. For your patience, your trust and your confidence in me, I am so grateful and I’m able to take this next step.

To my readers and viewers, this isn’t the end, it’s a new beginning I’m certain. You probably won’t see me in too many videos after the Staples Canada summer line up, but there will be a whole slew of new and different pieces coming through as a result of this change. I’m really excited to bring my new work to you and hope you like the direction I’m taking.

Finally, to my family, friends and girlfriend – you are why I have an insatiable appetite. You all deserve the very best life has to offer and I’m hellbent on giving it to you. You’ve taught me to give no less than 100% in everything I do. To pass up an opportunity to make you proud is just something I couldn’t do. I look forward to making you as happy as you’ve made me.

 

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