A literal bridge crossing: From the beaches into Jacksonville
For the last two years, I trekked over this bridge, transporting me from Atlantic Beach to Jacksonville. Admittedly, I would openly sigh as I crossed over knowing a couple of things. One, I was leaving Bo, my black lab son, for 10+ hours. Two, I was leaving the air and energy of living by God’s pool. Don’t get me wrong, I was very grateful for my job which allowed me to find a rental home at the beach. But there was a distinct change in my body’s balance.
As each day came to a close, I greatly appreciated the blessed ‘cross back over’… the ‘ah, I am home’ moment when I’d see the marsh grasses swaying in the brackish water. When I’d smell the salt in the air and hear the birds squawking in delight as they sat at the water’s edge.
It was my evening exhale to the morning’s inhale. A bit spoiled? Yes. A lotta blessed? Yes.
A symbolic bridge crossing: From corporate leadership to freelance consultancy
Life can throw you some unexpected curves. Recently, I made a big life choice I did not expect to make earlier this year. I resigned from my position as director of corporate marketing and communication at a large organization. My next professional journey will return me back on the professional path of marketing consultant.
Needless to say, this was not a decision made lightly nor overnight. From an organizational perspective, the department was making great strides in the marketing, branding and communication sphere. Over time, I realized our momentum and progress had its limitations. After introspective prayer, self-reflection and conversations with mentors, I decided to step down and allow a new leader to pick up the ball and carry it over the strategic marketing finish line.
Grappling with your leadership limitations is a gut check. It’s messy and requires a new level of honesty that shakes your trust and floods you with way more questions versus answers. Yet during this gut check, an epiphany became clear. I know myself and I am comfortable in my skin. While my leadership role didn’t work out with this particular organization, it didn’t define the entire scope of my identity or capabilities.
As Tony Bennett says: The best is yet to come
As my new journey begins, I want to intentionally scale back. I’d like to get back to doing hands-on work versus sitting in multiple, hour-long planning meetings. My heart is on my sleeve – I want to make a difference and help smaller organizations, including start-ups and young businesses, set up and surpass their marketing goals. I also want to seek a better life balance. At this new turn in the road, I know the best is yet to come. I’m excited to welcome new clients, adventures and partnerships. I am comfortable in my skin.
And now it’s your turn! This is your open invitation to share your newly planned journeys for 2018. Your leap from corporate to self-employed or to a smaller company. Have you made or do you plan to make a bold decision? This is a learning platform so please share as you may help someone cross over a bridge or journey down a new path.