With this newfound clarity and overall sense of self, I have been a bit overwhelmed with what the next step looks like. I was utterly exhausted all day from my hours long schoolwork session yesterday and needed a break from school. Searching for a distraction, I decided to catch a new series on Netflix – Emily in Paris. Don’t you know I binge watched the entire season? I couldn’t stop watching.

Emily is in marketing and works on social media campaigns for her clients. She is clever and well in tune with what the market and client base are looking for from the products she represents. This is what I want to do, I didn’t necessarily want to delve too much into social media, I plan to help with branding, re-branding and ensuring my clients are presenting themselves in the best light. But, if I am being honest, social media and digital marketing is a major part of that. I have been a bit naïve to think that I could master a portion of marketing and communications and ignore the rest. To be profitable, moreover, to be of assistance to my future clients, it is my responsibility to be well-versed in all aspects of marketing. I am quick to come up with ideas of my own and proved successful at my last job. It’s what actually inspired me to go this route when deciding it was time for a change in my career.

Since the onset of Covid-19, there have been many online schools offering free or low cost college courses or certification courses and I have toyed with the idea of pursing some. Lately I have noticed a lot relating to digital marketing and social media marketing, with some offerings only six weeks long. While it sounded tempting, with the course load I have now, I didn’t want to tempt my luck and thought it best I keep with what I’ve got. After watching the entire first season of Emily in Paris and seriously debating if I should re-watch it, I think I might try my hand at one of those programs in tandem with the coursework I have now. When will I have another opportunity like this? Also, the sooner I grasp these concepts, the quicker I can put them to work. I do not need a degree to get started, it just looks good for the employers that are still hung up on them. Many people working in social media and marketing are freelance as it’s ever evolving.

I know I am a little late to the game. I am not expecting to be an influencer, although, wouldn’t it be great if this little blog took off? I know what I have to say resonates with so many other women my age, yet, for right now, this is more for me and to hold me accountable, although, I do appreciate you all. We never know though right? Anyways, I love helping people and why not do it in a way that makes me happy as well? That I can do what I do best and have it be for the good of others? I love the opportunity to think outside of the box, to show people a different way to think or do things to receive the results they are looking for. I want to help the mom and pop shops look as professional and well put together as large corporations and I want to help corporations remember that outside those skyscrapers their offices reside in, down on the street are the people that buy the products, etc, they manufacture thus allowing them to remain in those comfy offices doing what it is they love. I don’t want to work for someone that is self-serving. I want to be a part of a team, if not, I will create my own team. I will bring people up with me and if I am unable to, the moment I am stable, I will extend my hand to help others join me where I am at. I don’t want to be a billionaire, I want to be happy, I want to live a good life, I want my family and I want to give back to others.

At the end of the day, at the end of my life, I want to be able to sit on the porch swing with my love, holding hands, watching all of our rescue pitbulls live out the rest of their lives with us, surrounded by love.

So, as for what’s next, I guess I enroll in a digital marketing class online and tackle that along with the classes I am already committed to. I could have a certificate before Christmas! I can’t stop this momentum, I won’t let what I’ve worked so hard for slip away. I am very happy in my own skin. I am blessed that God continues to show me signs and so very thankful that I am in the right headspace to pick up on them and know what to do. I am making plans and praying like crazy. I’m taking another leap forward and this time, I’m not nervous. I’ve proven to myself that with some discipline and self confidence, I can do anything I set my mind to.

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