Working in an office environment can be monotonous. When you hear a discreet, but intentional, PSSST… when you pass by one’s cubicle, you hope that this summoning will add a little UMMPH to your day. When the summoner starts the conversation with “Chile…I got tea!” you are compelled to do a happy dance if it weren’t for the fact that you are in a dry, stale, sterile office environment where the quiet level rivals that of a mouse peeing on cotton. You lean in to listen because you just know, THIS RIGHT HERE, is going to be good.
Unless our attention is awakened in such a dramatic fashion, however, how often do we lean in to listen-really listen and absorb what the everyday, run of the mill activities of the day are telling us? Probably not often enough. I encourage you to stop…or slow down and just…listen.
Blogging is a new activity for me. In this first week, I have learned a lot, already; 1) I need a plan-a content calendar because winging it is frustrating; 2) consistency in blogging and posting during an optimal timeframe for viewing is important; 3) the act of marketing takes marketing…this is never-ending, which brings to mind, anything worth having is GOING to be earned; 4) grow a thick skin quickly because everyone isn’t going to like every post and just because people aren’t ready to hear a particular view, doesn’t mean the opinion still isn’t worth being voiced; and 5) enjoy the journey and know the road is rough, but the “scenery”-the moments- are breathtaking.
I checked out my email and noticed one from a recruiter I had worked with for a particular 9-5. It read, ” Lauren the decision was tough, but unfortunately, you were not chosen.” As hard as I worked to prepare for that interview, surprisingly, I was relieved I wasn’t chosen. Briefly, I thought, this is what the start of a mental breakdown looks like. Fool, you have a mortgage to pay and health concerns to manage. YOU NEED BENEFITS. As quickly, I startled myself when I heard out of my mouth, without thought, Thank You Jesus! Continue reading Chile…I Got Tea!