What a long, strange trip it’s been…

South Boston

Well, folks! It’s been a long, strange trip. What I love (and sometimes don’t love) about life is that there are plenty of twists, turns, trap doors and of course, lessons to learn.

About seven months ago my husband and I embarked on a journey to change the life we were living. I began by pursuing a new position. Something that would allow me to be me, 100%. During the process, we decided to try and move to our dream location in Maine. We want to enjoy life, enjoy the things that bring smiles to our face. We wanted to have more time together and more energy when we got home from work.

Although I hated to leave DC because of my life, my friends, my career peers were all in the region- we knew it was time to go. We embarked upon the sale of our home of 16+ years. My husband’s company approved for him to work remotely. Though the position I had been pursuing didn’t come through, we managed on his income and the money we worked to save.

The ensuing months were super messy and unpredictable. My husband and I managed by focusing on love. You know that bumpy and unpredictable force that flows through a longtime marriage?

Now, as I prepare for #ExecSecLIVE Wellington and Sydney, and IAAP Summit- I’ll be embarking on three and a half weeks of travel, and we are half-unpacked in our new home in Maine. Far away from DC life. Get away from the DC hustle and horrific commutes. Get away from the very real culture of constantly having to prove worth and value as an employee, and where many people upon meeting you, just want to know who you work for to determine if you have any leveraging value as an EA. DC is in the top five metropolitan areas of employment for Executive Assistants. It was hard to leave a city that offered me better odds for full-time employment.

Yep, it’s been a long, strange trip. Nothing in our life right now is organized, scheduled, nor tidy…which drives me NUTS! But, this too shall pass. I will gladly take the beach time with my husband and trust that the universe will keep us on this winding journey.

Thanks for being a part of the journey with me. I hope to see you soon at #ExecSecLIVE Wellington, Sydney or Atlanta or at my old stomping grounds, #IAAP Summit 2019 at National Harbor.

As always, #KeepLearningKeepGrowing ~ K.

Get up. Get out. Get going.

April is know for the Cherry Blossoms and Dogwood tree in DC Metro.

April is a BIG month for me personally. Lots going on.

Administrative Professionals Week. Religious holidays. Birthdays galore.
And, work is also usually just kicking into conference gear around this same time.

Over the last few years I was running regularly,almost 5k a week. Something changed, and I had no desire to do that any longer though I knew I felt better all around when I did.

A year ago, March 2018, my family doctor had a long chat with me about my general health, physical and mental. Age, family health history, lack of decent amounts of sleep, and challenges within the workplace and home had taken a toll. The prescription: exercise. He said, you don’t have to be a gym freak– just get at least 30 minutes in, 3 times a week. It will do you wonders. Oh, and he mentioned I should probably eat more veggies. Don’t they always say that?

In April 2018, I decided to get out and take a walk during my lunch break. (See? Heeding that advice from the doc already!) When the thought came rolling through mind that I had ‘escaped’ my desk. #AprilDeskEscape was born. Who wants to make life changes alone? We need others. We need our friends, our family members, our colleagues to go in on it with us! Even Diana Brandl, The Socialista Projects knows, #WeAreInThisTogether.

The #AprilDeskEscape challenge photos show that we are, in fact, in this together. Take your photo. Post up. Let other admins and office professionals see the beauty and value of getting up, getting out, and getting going.

Thanks for coming along on this journey. ~ K.

Spring forward?

This year’s #AprilDeskEscape challenge kicked off with great enthusiasm.

April 1

If you haven’t heard about it, let me fill you in!

The goal of the #AprilDeskEscape challenge is to encourage office professionals to get up, get out, and get walking during the workday, ideally getting three walks of 30 minutes in over the course of the work week.

Use the #AprilDeskEscape tag in your Twitter or Insta post and I’ll add your post into the 2019 photo gallery. You could win a custom ‘I’ve escaped!’ t-shirt courtesy of yours truly. Be sure to invite your colleagues, family, and friends to participate. The more, the merrier.

Sticking by My Motto

Good morning from San Diego.

I’m attending the Social Media Marketing World conference for the very first time. (#SMMW19). The menu of sessions is immense. I’m not sure of the exact number of attendees, but if the pre-conference meetup last night was any indication, it’s going to be much larger than any conference I’ve previously attended.

This week is all about my personal motto/mantra, the phrase that I keep close to my heart and is who I am: Keep learning. Keep Growing. It’s true for me. Even when I don’t ‘know’ what it is I’m learning, a few weeks or so down the road will bring it into focus.

Social media plays such an invaluable role in connecting people, creating networks (some for good, some for not so good out there!). Today is more about stepping into a community of folks eager to learn and to share what they know about social media marketing.

My goal is to share some of what I learn, what I see, and what it feels like to attend a conference that focuses on marketing, not administration.

PS. Check out the fabulous Full Moon tonight 3/20. Shout-out to my colleague, Michelle Herkt Simpson for sending me cool info about Super Moons.

Catch a Groove to Get into a Groove

Music plays a huge role in my life.  Music was always on in our house or a sibling was practicing their instrument.

Early on I can remember my parents introducing us to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. My brothers all played instruments: trombone, trumpet, drums. My sister used to blast Rod Stewart through the house. My late mother played the piano. My Dad loved Jazz. My father’s mother, Florence—god bless her, believed she was the next Kate Smith (aging myself here!) and had an electronic organ at her home. My father did NOT succeed in getting my sister to try the accordion!

When I grew older, I took up the flute because my father would not let me try drums. Pretty certain that was because we lived in an apartment, not because he didn’t want me to ever try.  Or, it had something to do with being Irish. Marching Band, TC Williams (yes, that TC Williams) Marching Titans—was my favorite thing about high school. For a very short stint, I got to be part of the percussion section, playing cymbals. Absolutely one of my favorite memories of high school.

Off to college, and soon enough I was a deejay at WMWC 540am—though my good friend JaneEllen, who actually works in broadcasting, reminds me that it’s called an ‘On-Air personality’. I had two shows. One focused on Funk music and the other focused on album-oriented rock.

What in the world does this have to do with being an administrative professional?  In my experience, music is energy. It calms me down. It brings me joy. It changes my entire mindset. When I catch a groove, I can get into a groove. It’s that simple.  So here’s a very small sample list of the artists I utilize to change my mindset in the workplace. Would love to see yours!

Need energy?

  • Bruno Mars
  • Avicii
  • Jax Jones
  • Janelle Monae

Need help calming down?

  • R.E.M
  • Paul Simon
  • Sounds of Blackness
  • Luther Vandross

Need help focusing?

  • Stan Getz
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • John Mayer
  • David Gray

Need to change a mood fast?

  • Foo Fighters
  • Sheryl Crow
  • David Guetta
  • Janet Jackson

Each day I settle in with my coffee, open up the mailboxes I monitor, put in my earbuds and start to get my work groove on. Happy listening!