Hi friends! I've been MIA and want to catch up. Here's what I've had going on with my life the past two years.
If you're reading this, first of all, thank you! I have taken a two-year break from the content game, sort of, at least for myself... and I'm really looking to get back into the game. I've been struggling with how to get back in. There are so many things I want to do with this account, but I feel it would be inappropriate to just jump back in where I left off. It almost feels like I'm starting all over again, but I have to tell myself that's not true because over this break I have made significant improvements with myself. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was interviewing for a job. and not a cutesy kitchen job like I had had, no this was (is) a big girl job with a good wage, benefits, and requires a 9-5 commitment. It was before the world shut down, however, so in the middle of the interview process, the company paused hiring and furloughed a number of their new hires. I hadn't been hired yet, but the stress of not knowing if my two interviews were successful, sent me into a tailspin and I had to really learn a lesson of surrender. It was in this moment, the idea of creating content for myself was overwhelming and I knew I needed to take a break. Not only because of the interview stuff, but I realized my energy around content had become one of desperation and I also realized I had no trust in myself and my abilities. Processing this seemed inappropriate alongside creating content for an audience I wanted to lead. We can all agree a leader trusts themselves no? So after a bout of imposter syndrome and doubt, I surrendered these fears to the universe and it calmly told me to trust and to lay down my creative tools for a bit. You can not create and consume at the same time.
Enter Job at Margaritaville...
After following up multiple times, and trusting the universe I got the job I feel my 22-year-old self had dreamt of. Here I was, at 27, having finally given up on the idea of having a corporate career, and I was getting ready for the 9-5 life... In the middle of a pandemic, in the middle-of-no-where-Texas and doing everything I could ever want. Photography, video, graphic design, web development, e-mail marketing. All the things I really loved doing.
And life started to get busy! Really busy! I was, and still am, the only marketing professional on the property, serving 8+ departments and 17+ outlets. I provide signage design and do all the ordering, social content, event ticket promotion, email creation, web development, photography and video for all departments and I had no boundaries. Zero. So I spent my days, originally, overwhelmed and racing around to get everything done. At the end of the day, I was exhausted or anxious. And even now, while I have better boundaries, sometimes I am disheartened by the workload.
Some highlights of the job have been...
- Having an intern, which I adored! It was so nice to have someone who felt like part of
the team who I got to teach. It reminded me of my passion to teach and offered a
small glimmer into what I want to do next.
- Working with fun partners, like a local Santa and the Texas Renaissance Festival. I feel
I've expanded my network and have become more valuable.
- Really fun content to add to my portfolio. One thing that is a tiny bit sad is I had to
change my editing style for this job, but part of working for a brand is keeping
everything consistent. I've learned a lot about leadership and being part of a team, and grown as a person. As busy as it has been, I think I've finally settled to star Lady & Lion Co. back up again. I really want to show up as a friend and spread love and encourage people to follow their dreams. So friend, if you're still here, thank you! I am back! I have exciting things in store and I can't wait for you to come along with me. Be sure to reach out on Instagram @ladyandlionco and tell me what you've been up to as well.