Growing Pains

Shemir_8478I dislike goodbyes, especially when it means something good is finished. But in my nearly 30 years of living, I’ve come to realize farewells don’t always have to be a bad thing.

As a young businesswoman who wants an incredible career to look back on in my old age, I recognize it’s important to say goodbye to things you love and embrace things that will help you grow. Therefore, with an extremely heavy but optimistic heart, I say goodbye to the workplace I’ve called home for so many eventful and memorable years.

Walking away from Akers is one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. Not only are the people I work with incredible at what they do, they’re passionate and fun to be around. After all, Akers taught me about the essentials in life, like three o’clock snack time, and gifted me with some amazing memories, like the time everyone freaked out because they thought I was missing even though it was on the company calendar that I was at an interview in Tavares.

It’s a blessing when you can wake up every day truly excited about your job—and your coworkers. Even during trying moments, I never lost my love for the magazines or the people I’ve come to admire.

But I’m a naturally curious soul who likes to learn new things, and my dreams are always evolving. So when I was recently offered a job with a public relations firm, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity, even though my heart sank knowing it meant goodbye to Akers.

As a young woman in the ever-changing business world, you sometimes have to push yourselves past your comfort zone to grow. It’s never good to become too comfortable because you can’t shatter glass ceilings by just looking at them.

And even though I harbor my own set of insecurities and anxieties, I realize my fear of the “what-ifs” are more powerful than any self-doubt. If I fail, at least I can say I tried; there’s no shame in reaching for the stars and falling a little bit short. Heck, some people never even think they can touch them.

Being young and career-minded, you sometimes have to be courageous enough to take an impromptu detour. Leaving behind something I know I’m great at to pursue something I’m slightly unsure about is scary, but someone I think quite highly of once told me to “find joy in the journey.”

I found so much joy at Akers, and that’s why it will always be a special place to me. However, life is indeed a journey and I have to see what’s next, even if it means the occasional sad and hard goodbye.

 

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