A year ago, you would have found me out of place in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom. I eventually realized that my daily life of dodging throw up was not for me. Not even a year has passed, and yet my life has done a complete 180. My journey has been intense, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
As a granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, it was my duty to be the same confident, goal-oriented, very creative girl as my grandmother. She was a successful businesswoman who was able to help meet the financial needs of her family. Her business, selling leather goods, had its tribulations but her perseverance against adversity was what inspired me most.
I became an entrepreneur by designing, selling and marketing accessories on Etsy in order to support myself through college. A career where I could develop revenue by running fashion blogs for magazines is what I fantasized of. Working with high-end fashion designers on Madison Avenue is where I pictured myself.
Once I understood the complexities of becoming financially independent, I developed goals to balance working and studying. I considered my qualities- being enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and hard-working. I decided to become a teacher. Teaching offers opportunities to be leaders, mentors and inspire thinkers. It didn’t take long to realize that my interest in early childhood education was not a good fit. I got a glimpse of a rigid field with many obstacles.
I had learned a lot and my brief background in teaching became an asset in Public Relations and blogging. Many of my skills are easily transferable. For example, I am a great storyteller. A great story can draw both children and adults in, getting them to believe in your vision. My interests have been a bumpy journey that prepared me to face a field that’s going through a transformative dynamic.
Having a strong work ethic, I love the intense culture that I endure every day. Balancing my full-time corporate job along with my blog is something I take pride in. I view all of my opportunities with all the intensity of a worldwide journey.
I leave you with a quote I strongly believe in,
“Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”
Life’s a journey, not a race. When I graduated college, I thought that I had everything figured out. It’s okay to stumble along the way and go off course. When I realized I hit my “quarter-life crisis”, I knew that it was my time to make a change. Detours are a part of life, and can be good! Even if you get lost along the way, you can find something new, something that’s better. I am so happy that I trusted my gut, and believed in myself. So don’t focus on the finish line, enjoy the ride.