Hello world!! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged – far too long – and a lot has changed since my last post. I won’t bore everybody with tales from the last four-ish years, but the summary is that I’ve relocated to my hometown to be closer to my family, found a wonderful PR job at a hospital, found the most amazing man and am engaged to be married (new blog header to come soon) and I am now ready to return to some of my favorite pastimes and re-prioritize my life a bit.
In the past, this blog has been a mix of my musings about being a young professional and a location to share my love of social media. That will absolutely not change – in fact, I am now lucky enough to work in the field of social media – but as my life has changed, I imagine that some of my posts will as well.
You may (or may not for all I know) be asking right now, “What has drawn me back to the world of blogging?” As many people in their late 20s and 30s are finding out, that infamous “work-life balance” is a tough nut to crack. I went to a great session at last year’s SXSW where the panel talked about how balance is impossible, but finding a work-life mix should be more the goal (more to come on that in a future post). I’ve become a bit more comfortable with the mix language, but I still find that it is hard to grasp.
You work all through your 20s to establish this career that has movement, satisfaction and allows you to do work that you love, and then out of the blue, it dawns on you that your work cannot be your life. And so you start on the mission of finding a balance. Work event vs family event. Exercise vs email. Cooking vs Networking. I’ve read extensively on the subject and concluded there is just no easy answer. Which leads me to the answer to the original question… kind of. I hope that through this blog and the feedback of others, I might hear some new perspectives and advice. I missed the research that I did for posts, the education that I obtained from my sources and my followers and the outlet that the writing provides.
Secondly, but not any less important, coming back to blogging is a way that I hope to work on my mix. For years I’ve talked about how much I miss it, and in addition to blogging I’ve talked about how I haven’t “had time” to watch new shows, cook or read books. I realized last year, after a keen comment from a friend, that it is not that I don’t have time, it is that I didn’t make time. I simply prioritized other things over it. So with that in mind, a re-prioritization of such, I founded a book a club that is going strong, I started cooking at home, and today, I started watching House of Cards (which makes me terribly homesick for DC) and I wrote my first blog post of 2015.
I hope you follow me on this adventure and chime in whenever you feel comfortable. Stephen Covey once said, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” I am excited to make this a priority once again!