Right now I’m sitting at the table in my living room and writing this post thinking OMG!
Friday was my last day as VP of Marketing at Manilla, and today marks the first day of my new adventure. I’ve left the full-time employee with benefits world to start two initiatives:
- my own marketing consultancy helping brands with digital and social strategy, and
- launching WorkHacks, a startup business that aligns with one of my true passions- lifehacking and productivity
With the experience of helping build and launch a startup (Manilla), and with the incredible support of friends, family and mentors, I find myself thinking about this new life and what I am going to make of it.
I’ve wanted to make this leap to career independence for a few years now, but I lacked the strength, confidence and guts to pull the trigger. I finally found it within myself to believe in my own potential and, as I sit here contemplating what my to-do list for today should be, I have to embrace the excitement, fear and uncertainty I feel. I’ve jumped into the great unknown, where my fate no longer rests on meeting the expectations of my job title, but rather my ability to sell, (over)deliver and scale great work as a consultant and bring my vision for WorkHacks to life.
The realization that I am now my own CEO, boss and direct report is overwhelming and a bit terrifying. Since I joined the workforce with my first job at 16 years old, I’ve been taught to take direction, do what I’m told and always try to overdeliver on my bosses expectations to make them look good to their boss and prove my value. That imposed structure is gone and it’s my responsibility to set the business objectives and goals and of course deliver against them everyday.
Big challenges lie ahead as I work to pave my own path, but I’m guided by a determination to shape my own future and destiny. I can’t even express how excited I am to have woken up in this new world. Up, up and away…