Britt, Brie, and I have been recording MarketHer for a little over a year now. We have talked about LuLaRoe Leggings, Mental Health, and Having a Seat at the Table, but we don't often talk about what we are really working on in the office. Maybe it's because we've been working on so much, that it's really hard to narrow it down in a way that is truly helpful and effective to you -- but this week, we wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain.
When I was 22, in my first job out of college as a graphic designer, I had to get approval from an extremely opinionated, domineering woman on everything I designed. One day, I had made our quarterly postcard (hey, it was 2008) that I thought was on brand and pretty darn cute. When I showed it to her for approval, however, she hated it, and held back nothing as she told me so. I felt absolutely defeated, but most of all, I was just plain mad.
When I first started at IMPACT, I was one of the oldest employees at the ripe old age of 29. We were a group of hungry, smart, young professionals on our way to building something great. Then we hired Angela Myrtetus -- who is now our Director of Strategy -- and she was the first employee to have kids. Whoa.
My last thought before walking out on the IMPACT Live stage was, "[INSERT INAPPROPRIATE WORD], I don't want to do this!" And then my fellow teammate, Dan Baum told me it was too late for that and guided me on stage where our CEO, Bob had just called my name and hundreds of people were waiting for me to speak. This is the story of everything that led up to that moment...
Every time I whip out my suitcase from the closet, it's always the same reaction. I don't have children, but I consider my 120-pound bloodhound my only son. As soon as he spots my suitcase, he starts panting out of anxiety and crying. Sunday morning, before I left, he put his paw on my arm, as if he was saying, "Mom! Don't go!" (Tear) But, of course, I had to and wanted to go because I was leaving for IMPACT Live! If you normally work from home, and/or you're a natural home-body like me, then you know all too well the struggle of traveling for work.
I didn't know how bad it was until I realized how good it could be. Three months ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease -- a thyroid disease that causes hypothyroidism, meaning my body doesn't produce enough of certain very important hormones.
For those of you that have read my past blogs, you probably know that I am passionate about making a difference in the world around me and being a voice for change where change is needed.
Do you have grit? Some claim that in order to have grit, you must have life experience or be a baby boomer. Many think success comes from having a certain level of grit, which is something Brie, Britt and I discussed in this episode of MarketHer.