It’s funny how sometimes that thing in life you’ve been searching for can be sitting right in front of you for a long time until you finally wake up and notice it. For some people, that thing is love. For others, it’s their professional calling. Lucky for me, I have the love category locked down. Professional calling, however? Not so much (or so I thought)…until now.
I spent years feeling frustrated and confused about the fact that, regardless of my education (though I’m grateful for it every day), I seemed to have several skillsets that never fully came together in the way I envisioned. They were sequestered in their own silos somewhat untapped, leaving me with an average set of basic, natural and learned skills that helped me survive and succeed enough in traditional day jobs…but I never made magic, and I knew it.
Sound familiar? If you can relate to this, you’re not alone. But at some point, I think it all just kind of starts to make sense on its own when you find your path.
I have now been in a non-traditional working environment and completely owning my FT creative status for over a year. I have been working harder than I ever thought possible and pushing myself way past every comfort zone to grow. Then the realization hit me over the past two weeks: all signs point to now. Everything I have always been passionate about, interested in, that I’ve excelled at, things I thought were normal that others have convinced me are actually non-teachable skillsets…they are all converging near the end of my twenties into a career path that all of a sudden makes complete and total sense: digital, multimedia editorial.
I pitched an idea to the Publishing and Editorial teams at The Society Diaries several months ago to profile professional women across the state of Texas in a digital-only feature that included their stories. It was approved, and in January we got to work. I interviewed for, edited, and creatively directed this new feature: a labor of love, and my biggest project to date. I don’t think I have ever worked harder on anything in my life, which makes the reward that much sweeter. Thank you to everyone at the magazine who has supported my growth over the years, and who helped me get this accomplished (everything is a team effort), and to my Assistant / Graphic Designer John Vigil who was on the other end of every text, phone call and email as we burned midnight oil for weeks to meet our deadlines.
Each of these women is excelling in their industries, they are strong femme forces to be reckoned with, and their stories certainly deserve our attention. Read about them and become inspired below, and on TheSocietyDiaries.com. Welcome to The Style Setters…