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.