If I had to sum up the last year of my life, those two words would be it.
In hindsight, I’m appreciative of the adversity that I’ve gone through. It’s what has helped me evolve – personally and professionally – turning that adversity into opportunity. It’s made me realize that we’re all on a roller coaster – a ride that you either hang on for as long as you can until it decides to make a pit stop, or one you get thrown off of. As I write this post for all of you who have endured part of that ride with me, I wanted to let you know that I hung on.
For those of you who’ve been with me through this ride, you know that I endured a layoff late last year and went through the monster that is – the job market. It was a brute for a good while, but I took that adversity and utilized it to build up my independent skills and consult with some great companies this past year.
But during this time, I was patient. I continued to hustle. And I continued to push on and reach for those goals that I set for myself. I had faith and I believed – not only in the work I was putting in, but the people – you all – that offered a nudge along the way.
My Next Steps
I’m here to tell you all that I’ve accepted a new role as DeVry University’s Social Media Manager. Words can’t describe how ecstatic I am about this opportunity – being able to work for a great organization and with a super smart group of people. There’s a lot of work ahead, but I wouldn’t be excited if I weren’t confident in the organization’s vision and where they’re headed – in the social space but as a business as a whole.
Where does that put me? Right in the beautiful city of Chicago. I’ll be making the transition to the windy city during this holiday month and kicking off 2010 in a great way.
But now, all I have to say now is…
To everyone who’s taken stake in me, my vision and my grind. To the community of smart folks who I continue to learn from every day. To the numerous friends that have had my back from the get go (you know who you are). Really, there’s a long list of people to thank, so I won’t try to name or link back to every single one of them…
Instead, just thank you.