happy anniversary

Last month, LinkedIn let me know that a couple of people had wished me a happy work anniversary. Boy, this really crept up. Who would think that 13 years could fly by so fast?

It’s crazy when I think of how this whole endeavor started. In the summer of 2001, I decided to leave financial services. The industry was in a lot of upheaval with mergers and acquisitions, a mortgage boom, and increasing competition between banks and non-bank players in the marketplace. While I’d had a great 18-year ride, it didn’t seem like the place for me any longer.

Commence with a job search and networking. Pretty quickly I became a finalist for a great position in marketing for a financial services trade association. But then I panicked. Wasn’t I trying to get out of this industry and do something new? Did I want a 1/2 hour or more commute each day? What about work/life balance? So – I took myself out of the running.

Which led to me having coffee at Starbucks the morning of September 11, 2001 with someone I’d gotten to know over the years through community and business groups. I remember this so vividly because as I was driving home, I heard on the radio unfathomable news reports about planes crashing into the World Trade Center.

Fast forward a few weeks. I got a call from this same individual who had come across an opportunity that included conference planning, project management, and a little writing. Would I be interested? She passed along my contact information to one of the project principals, we connected, and my freelance career was born.

It’s been an amazing journey. I never could have imagined all of the unique and intriguing people I would meet along the way, who have each made an impression on me in one way or another. I have worked on projects in public broadcasting, immigrant health, and Alzheimer’s Disease, to name a few. Now my career has come full circle. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been doing a lot of work in the financial services arena.

Every day I fight procrastination and isolation, but the benefits are worth it. I’m doing the type of work I love from the comfort of my home office, and enjoy enormous flexibility that gives me just the right work/life balance. With emptynesterhood approaching, I’ll soon have capacity to take on more projects and clients. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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