Be the change.
What did those words mean to me a year ago? Well, I knew it was part of a quote and I got the basicis of the mood of it all. What I didn’t know, was those 3 words were about to change my life.
Be the Change
A year ago at this time, I was working in social for a local company in my home town. Looking back on that time, quite honestly, being paid to learn how to be a community manager. Good thing too. Little did I know, that one day when I got a random ping from my friend Brew, my life was about to go from zero to 60.
I did phone interviews while dressing my car for prom (as a part of my first GISHWHES) and post fluke summer storm that knocked the power out in my house for a week and the next thing I knew, I was setting up an office in my dining room.
To be honest, the first month or two was a complete blur. I went from an account that saw possibly 3 replies a day on Twitter to one that if I didn’t hit Twitter limit once per shift, I would be shocked. Learning new accounts, new procedures, just exactly who the members of One Direction were, and possibly the biggest thing…. learning how to work virtually. Driving to work, sitting at a deck, worrying about what to wear, these were now things of the past. Now I had to worry about internet connections, doing my own taxes and fixing my own tech if something went wrong.
After a while, I found my groove and I discovered that I flourished in this work style. I liked being able to focus on the work and not the goings about in a traditional office environment. And I worked. I worked a lot. I worked long hours and I worked every day. And I loved it. There was blood, there was sweat and there were tears.
I have never worked harder or been more proud of myself then I have been this past year.
I’ve learned some things about myself, some good and some things that I need to work on. I know what it is like to embrace change and ask for way to make myself improve. I’ve toughened up a lot, I can not not only articulate what I want, I can map out the plan to achieve it. I still can’t take a compliment (don’t ever let that stop you) but I can handle them with more grace. I’ve learned how to celebrate my wins as well as the wins of those around me. I have seen what working as a true team can do and that the results are astounding and limitless. I’ve found my drive and my hustle. I’ve learned the importance of stopping to breathe and most of all, to give focus where it is important. I’ve reached into a place within myself and how I look at my life that I never would have even begun to process without working for BTC. The people that I work with (no matter how far apart we are from one another) are NOT my coworkers, they are my family.
I’ve discovered passions for what I do and WHY I do it. I’ve become part of the team that is working to end childhood hunger in America. Not only are we changing the model for what it means to be a digital agency, we’re changing the world! This is more then just tweets. This is life. The #BTCLife.
I’ve been able to do some things I never thought I’d be able to do. I can make it from one end of the MSP airport to another in 9 minutes. #FloJo. I was able to take my mother on a vacation to see some of her family she hadn’t seen in years. Despite my insane schedule, I even took the time to fall in love with a great guy. I have still yet to master the elusive work/life balance… but I know I’m on the path to getting there.
So, back to those three little words… Not only do I work for Be The Change, they have been the change for me.