Love what you do

Finding happiness in your work may not always be possible, but it is definitely what we all want in our careers. From a young age, we desire success. We plan to be doctors, teachers, lawyers… or a veterinarian in my case. We talk about families, travel and our jobs, even as children. I remember playing “house” as a kid and pretending I had a job that I was coming home from. Most people work because they have to, but it’s nice if you can find a job that you love if you’re going to have to do it anyway. 

unnamed-3I watched the movie “Bounce” when I was younger. Yes, back when Ben Affleck was still a respectable movie star (before Gigli). I decided then that I wanted to be in Advertising when I grew up. I focused my undergrad on Advertising and my grad school on Communications. Luckily, I’ve been successful in my career and in finding jobs that align with my degrees. But it didn’t come without work. Growing up we weren’t rich, we weren’t poor either, but we certainly weren’t considered “well off.” I think that created a drive in me (and in my brother) that has helped our careers, shaped our personalities and made us who we are today. Having not been handed everything in life, I understand the value of hard work. I respect the power of networking and make every attempt to make valuable connections. Being ambitious (or aggressive in my career, as some have said), I am not afraid to ask to join meetings, groups, events, or set up time to chat about what a department or person does. It may seem bold, but it has only benefited me to this point in my career. I also believe in taking every opportunity I can to develop myself personally and professionally (i.e.: grad school, CCMP, trainings, reading influential books, etc.). 
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While I was in grad school, I was in a communication role and doing work that I wanted to do. However, I also fell in love with the power of social media and wanted to pursue that passion. Along with falling in love, I also fell into a position as a social media consultant. Having been in that role, I learned a lot about social media, how businesses use social media, how little some people know about social media and a lot about myself. I grew a lot from that experience and realized I needed to become more of a teacher than a do-er. I never wanted to manage social media for anyone but myself, but I do want people to understand the value of certain platforms and how it can help their company. I was incredibly busy at the point in my life, with grad school, planning a wedding, a full time job and consulting – but I was happy. I was doing what I loved. 

I’m always a proponent of doing what you love. I constantly send friends job posting that I think align with their career goals or skills. I review and edit resumes and cover letters for friends and family regularly. I try to help people make connections, do mock interviews or seek out opportunities to become qualified for their dream job. We all deserve to be happy. Being comfortable in a job can make it hard to leave. Being unsure of the future or fearful of a pay decrease can, too. I think happiness wins. Happiness trumps money. 

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It’s really easy for us to settle in life and stop making attempts to move forward. I’m sure I’ll get to that point in my career but I’m not there yet. Right now, I’m enjoying a corporate role in communications and my side gig of being a social media consultant within the community. Today, I urge you to look at what you’re doing and ask yourself if it’s what you love. If it’s not, take an hour this evening to search for your “dream job” and see what the qualifications are – and if you are missing more than 40% of them, set goals to get qualified. If you meet them and you have just been scared to jump, I say DO IT. It can’t hurt to update your resume, interview and see what’s out there. If you’re happier at work, you’ll be happier when you get home. It’s a win-win. Go out and aim for happiness! 

 

Oh my stars!

In honor of all the love I’ve been feeling lately, I’m having a giveaway for a darling print straight from the Southern Weddings shop.

Screen Shot 2013-09-08 at 10.28.28 AMThis print would look fabulous displayed in a frame at your wedding. Or perhaps on spouse’s nightstand?  Or maybe hanging in your daughter’s room? Or given as a gift to show someone how much you love them!

PLUS, a set of 6 “love notes” from CardSong for the love of your life. These sweet cards would be great reminders of your love placed in a lunch box, suitcase (for the traveling spouse) or on the kitchen counter to get the day started with a smile and warm heart.
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*Card sayings: “never underestimate the power of 2”, “I’m a fan of you”, (2) “Olive You”, “I freakin’ love you”, “Love Note.” 

Rules of the giveaway:
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You get one entry PER social media platform that you follow (total of 3 entries).

1. Follow me on Twitter: @ashleighwNC
2. Follow me on Instagram: @ashleighwNC
3. Follow me on Pinterest: @ashleighwNC

Bonus entries for:  

  • subscribing to follow this blog! (You’ll get an email each time I post – and therefore be the first to know about upcoming giveaways!).
  • re-pinning any of my pins from the BrideBabyBride board
  • Tweeting about this giveaway (be sure to include a link to the blog)

Once you’ve done the above steps, leave a comment on this blog post letting me know that you’ve entered (be sure to include your social media handles!). If you’re already following me on these platforms, just leave a comment and let me know – no need to unfollow & re-follow! The winner will be selected randomly on Thursday, 9/12. 

*Giveaway only available to U.S. participants. Will not ship to P.O. Box or APO/FPO. 

Ready, set, LOVE!