3 Years of “Adulting”

Flashback to my college graduation photoshoot! So much has happened in my life since walking across that commencement stage. Oh, the feelings!

In May 2014, I graduated from the University of Florida. I didn’t have a job. But 3 weeks later, I was hired by the company that I worked for up until recently. In fact, June was my 3 year anniversary with my first employer, and this past month (July) I started with my new job!

I have grown so, so much in the last 3 years, both professionally and personally.

At work, I:

  • Got promoted to a new department (PPC, from being a writer)
  • Transitioned to a dual role, working as a social media specialist in addition to my role as a PPC Analyst
  • Made a lot of new friends, gained a lot of new skills, and developed valuable professional relationships
  • Got a new job as a Search Engine Marketing/ Digital Marketing Specialist

In my personal life, I:

  • Lived on my own
  • Lived with a roommate
  • Moved in with a significant other
  • Traveled to countless new states and cities, and even a new country
  • Tried new hobbies (such as running)
  • Met Sean
  • Got my anxiety disorder to a manageable place

It’s funny – on the day-to-day, I feel like I’ve gone nowhere in my personal journey. But when I really reflect and look back, I’ve done so much and I’m honestly impressed with myself.

I really made my life my own. I worked hard and in doing so I gained new skills that have allowed me to grow my career in marketing. In three years I had three different job functions, and then I recently took a giant leap and accepted a position now where my skill-set is only going to grow more. It’s exciting. But the best part? It was my own hard work that got me here. I have been presented opportunities, for sure, but I made them what they are. I earned it every step of the way. And that’s an empowering feeling.

The result of working hard – making money – let me do the thing I really wanted to do: travel. In the last three years I’ve gone to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, and New York. I also went on a cruise to Mexico and took a dreamy trip to France. Holy mileage, Batman!

And I did other things. I made a bunch of new friends that I couldn’t imagine my life without now. I ran 4 half marathons. I met the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with. I found a therapist who really helped me find my happy place. You know, casual things that end up being the big things when you look back.

It’s been a good three years. I’m ready for the next three.

What are some of your accomplishments in the last 3 years? Did any positive life events happen for you, too? Sound off in the comments to spread some positivity!

 

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