More Than a Month Later…

It’s going to be about two months since I thought my “life is over”. I was furloughed from my a job that I just obtained after leaving a workplace I wasn’t too happy about it.  I was waiting for everything to come into place in my life; unfortunately 2020 had other plans. 

 I’ve been trying since I got the unfortunate call to secure a new job but things seemed grim and just a waste of time with news headlines reporting that companies are laying-off and/or on a hiring freeze. I wasn’t going to give up and contribute to the mentality that “no one is hiring”. 

However like I said, this was a blessing in disguise. I firmly believe that with any bad situation, there is room to make it a positive one and that’s what I did. 

No, I am not employed once again but I’ve been taking the time to pursue different career routes that match with what I want to do or what I have interest in. I would like to make a transition into the digital marketing field since it is a little more strategic and collaborative which is what I really want. 

Like I mentioned in previous blog posts, I re-discovered my passion for writing and I decided to take a part-time writing internship at The Digest, just to gather some real writing and editorial experience. Even though I am almost a year out of college, I believe taking advantage of smaller opportunities could never hurt one’s portfolio! One of my interests is to become a freelance writer one day so this is the perfect time to pursue that. It never hurts to take advantage of little projects no matter what age you are.

No, I didn’t fully give up on public relations; I’ve been doing some freelance pro bono work for a local bakery and cafe which allows me to continue to work on my pitching and writing skills. My hope is to show what I can do for them and then in the future, possibly continue doing work for them so that I can become my own boss. 

I am so excited to see where I am in a month or two. I have some leads into different positions at different companies and I ultimately know that if I make the right decision, I will finally be at peace with who I am and my career. I’ve made stupid little mistakes in the past and I’m ready to be smart about when it comes to new opportunities. 

All in all I always thought that I’d be the one to have everything figured out but in all honestly maybe that’s my downfall. For someone who embraces change and new opportunities, why do I continue to think that I’m okay with doing the same thing everyday?

Not having everything figured out is simply fine, especially in your 20s. I love change and I simply embrace it so maybe there is something in the universe trying to tell me something.

Everything happens for a reason. 

So I hope this helps anyone who might feel upset, angry, frustrated, etc. during this time; don’t take it personal that you did something wrong. My advice for everything is to always look on the bright side, find the positive and understand that maybe this was a sign.

Published by Ariana Lena

Renewing my passion for writing & finally putting my journalism degree to work.

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