Ok so I had to start my post like this as it’s been well over a year since I last shared something. I just cannot believe how fast time flies, it honestly feels like yesterday that I was participating in the application process for a place on the Taylor Bennett Foundation. Now, fast forward to 2017 and so much has changed in my life. I thought I’d share what’s been going on with me, incase you too was in the same position as a young pr professional.
Recently, I found out that a very close family member of mine was diagnosed with cancer. It came at a time when I was completely questioning my existence and whether or not I was even in the right industry. Everything felt like it was crashing around me, I was at a good agency but even then I just felt completely unfulfilled because of external factors that were happening in my life. Witnessing my relative unwell and helpless gave me a new lease of life despite all the pain.
I had the greatest epiphany! LIFE IS REALLY SHORT.
Life is short and I have to live to the fullest potential (I said to myself). Take risks even if it means I make a few mistakes along the way. I’ve always loved the arts with music being my first, yet the desire for corporate success overshadowed my passion. I thought deeply on how I could combine my current career with the love of my passions. So I made an executive decision to leave my current agency. Was I scared? Of course. I’m I still figuring shit out in my twenties? Yes, I am and its ok.
The whole situation presented me with something I had lost desire, desire to face my fears. Desire to succeed and have hope, hope that doors will open. I do not wish to sit back ten years from now saying – I wish I chased my dreams.
I hope that you find solace knowing your not alone and that all things are possible once you put your mind to it.
I’ll leave you on a finishing note with three simple points that I’ve been using to help get me through my journey:
- Be fearless – its good to experience different PR environments it helps you understand what suits you best
- What makes you happy? Create a vision board – where you hope to be in the next few months and where you see yourself in the next few years
- GO! Don’t hold back, reach out to direct contacts and get the ball rolling!