Classified Information: Work Wisdom by Becky Whitehurst

My dear friend, Becky, is not only one of the most fun people around, but she also works her booty off and has built quite the career over the past 9(ish) years.  Today on the blog, she shares a bit of her hard-earned wisdom on the topic of work and some tips that have helped her along the way.

IMG_1370In Kentucky’s school system, we had these portfolios that followed us from year to year and every year, we had to write down our desired profession. In 6th grade (or close to it) I decided I wanted to be a psychiatrist. Then I found out you’d have to go to medical school, which seemed like it took a long time, so I settled on a psychologist instead. Later in high school, I changed my mind and decided the CIA was for me. Seriously, I told EVERYONE. All over my yearbook you can find notes encouraging me on my future career as a spy. The fact that everyone knew should have been my first sign that it wouldn’t work out. So here I am in 2015 working in human resources at a law firm. I guess it is sort of a psychologist mixed with secrets, problem solving and semi covert missions…so maybe I wasn’t too far off.

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Sales Anonymous

It has taken me a really long time to admit that I want to be a writer. To admit to actual human people that my biggest dream is to someday author one of the gazillion books that I have dreamed up over the years. But as you can tell from my post earlier this week, this blog is only the first of (hopefully!) many steps towards making that dream come true.

Deep.

Breaths.

It’s no surprise it’s taken basically forever to come out of my figurative writing closet. After all, I’m a recovering saleswoman. I am an 8-year veteran of a special group of humans that can’t seem to get enough of that rush of the sale.   Quickly becoming chained to the highs and always feeling ashamed of the lows, we ride a roller coaster of emotions on the regular; fully gripped by our addiction and our.need.to.hit.quota.

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And So It Begins…

As many of you know, I have spent the last seven plus months taking a TV time out from the corporate world. My husband, Dan, and I backpacked through Europe for 14 weeks (a lifelong dream and an I-can’t-believe-that-really-happened kind of experience) and when we arrived back home in Chicago, I started a new career that was blissfully free of business cards and board rooms. These days, instead of enduring the daily stresses of a sales person’s life, I spend my time teaching fitness classes and working on my writing (read: dream job). Oh, and doing all the other things I love.   Which obviously includes spending lots of time with my people….

IMG_3153I mean, with my new flexible work hours, I just took my awesome 10-year-old niece to Dave & Busters on a Wednesday. Rather than being chained to a desk, we spent the entire day playing arcade games and trying to see who could collect the most tickets. She won by a landslide. She is also far more proficient at DDR  than I am (see her going for it on the right).

Take THAT real job.

So let me tell you, THIS. CAREER. CHOICE. IS. WORKING. FOR. ME.

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