The last few weeks have been pretty exciting for me, to say the least. My guess is if you’re reading this, you are connected with me on at least one form of social media, so you’ve probably seen all the exciting things I’ve announced in the last few weeks. I don’t normally use this blog space as a place to reflect on what is going on personally, but I felt like I wanted to share it this week. I also wanted to have something that I could look back on in the future and be like, wow! In no particular order, here are some of the things that have been going on recently.
- Left my old job: Not a lot that I can say about this, other than it was time to move on. New opportunities were waiting for me. I do miss my team there though.
- Was offered a new job: On February 26th, I was offered an HR Generalist position with a company in downtown Orlando called Radixx. I knew from personal resources and through the interview process that I might have some challenges to face in this role, but I was ready to take them on! I started the role this past Monday, March 11th, and so far it’s been great! It’s been very busy, don’t get me wrong… like I said, challenges! But I successfully ran payroll for the team, made six offers to interns, researched a lot of stuff, and so much more (just in my first week.) Best part, I feel so appreciated! Not just by my direct supervisor, but the team that surrounds me. I also find it funny that I was able to just jump right in. Maybe it’s because I have more experience now than I did when I started my previous job, but it took about three months to feel like I was making a difference at my previous job. Here, it took about four hours. I don’t think I’ll have any time for watching Netflix at this job. 😉 We have an open floor plan anyway, so wouldn’t be able to get by with doing that with all of the people around me. 😃
- Took a week off: Before I was offered the new job at Radixx, I already knew my last day at my previous job would be March 1. So I started thinking about some things that I needed to get done. I had doctor appointments and presentations coming up. I just knew that I could use a break. So when I was offered the position, I said, ya know, could I start March 11? I could really just use a few days for myself. So that’s what I did.
- I had a few hours of PTO left from my old job, so I left after lunch on Friday the 1st, and went to Disney! I hadn’t really announced on social media about my career changes, so I used that as an opportunity to quietly mention it.
- I got a haircut and spent time with a friend on Saturday; then I talked that friend into getting an annual pass to Disney so she could go with me on Sunday.
- She and I joined a friend for a trip to Animal Kingdom on Sunday where we pretty much conquered the entire park!
- Monday was a trip to the doctor.
- Tuesday and Wednesday were lazy days at home with the cats.
- Thursday was a GOSHRM board meeting & another doctor appointment.
- Friday was a trip to Tampa with a friend to see Blake Shelton, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, the Bellamy Brothers, and John Anderson. AMAZING concert, btw.
- And Saturday and Sunday were more lazy days with the cats.
- Was nominated and selected to be a Rising HR Star in 2019. A couple months ago I was told that Jon Thurmond, a wonderful HR idol, had nominated me to be an HR rising star, an honor given by Sage People. I am humbled to Jon and Sage People felt that I deserved this, and I hope I can fulfill the criteria that Sage People set for us (i.e. to an inspiration, a role model, a future HR and People leader, etc.) To see the whole article, click the photo below.
- Was asked to be a #SHRM19 blogger. Earlier I posted on social media that last year I stood outside the bloggers lounge looking in, just wishing that I was inside with everyone else. This year, I get to go inside because I get to be a #SHRM19 blogger! One of the things I love most about blogging is using my unique perspective to tell stories, and I love the SHRM conference, the speakers, the vendors, and the whole experience. So to be able to write about it just makes me giddy (my version of geeked)!
- Was asked to be on the Social Media team for #HRFL19. Just like with the SHRM conference, I love attending the annual HR Florida Conference, so I’ll have a similar opportunity to promote #HRFL19. Still waiting on some more details about it, but I’ll be happy to share once I know more!
- Speaking Opportunities. One of my goals for 2019 was to speak at more events to help with my fear of public speaking. Afterall, I feel like one of the only ways to do something is to step out of your comfort zone and just do it! So, at the end of January, I spoke to a handful of people at a Rollins SHRM meeting about the transition between being a student to a professional. On March 23, I return to Rollins to speak at their 2nd annual student HR conference and will be speaking on the importance of Team Building. Then on March 27, I’ll be making my debut appearance at DisruptHR Orlando. My presentation title is KISSES, HR. However, I can’t tell you what it’s about yet; it’s a secret. 😉
If you made it this far, I really appreciate you going through my journey with me. A lot of good happened within a short amount of time, and with all good things, there are sometimes some not so good things, but I don’t feel the need to share about those. Just know, everything happens for a reason, and I am excited to be on this journey of life! Thanks for letting me share, and I can’t wait to see what is next!