I was a natural stylist and salon owner for 16+ years. I enjoyed the freedom of making my own schedule and being creative on a daily basis. I did not enjoy the fact that being a business owner, if not done correctly, can take a financial toll on you.
I decided I wanted to have a new life by the time I was 50. I wasn't quite sure what that "new life" looked like and initially thought it involved going back to corporate and the security of a paycheck. I also wanted to move abroad (because corporate abroad looks way different than corporate in the U S of A. Can a sister get a siesta??) So I went back to school and got an Associate's Degree in International Business.
However, even with degree in hand, I had no idea what entering back into Corporate America looked like for me. I was intimidated by corporate jargon and had other insecurities about my abilities. My partner, forever one of my biggest cheerleaders, assured me I had nothing to worry about. He told me "The majority of people in corporate have way less skills than you." It still wasn't enough. That's why it's called "self esteem", because in the words of Katt Williams, "it's the esteem of your mother%$#^# self."
He encouraged me to take several career assessment tests, which I did, and they all came back saying I would do well in finance. FINANCE??? What the hell? I had no desire to deal with numbers. "Finance isn't just about numbers" he explained. "You are well organized and like procedures so dig deeper." Uggghhhh, you know the moment when they are right and you know it but you don't want to admit it? I listened though.
I decided to make a list of the things that I enjoyed in all my different careers (because I have had A LOT) and I also watched one of my favorite movies for the twelve millioneth time....The Devil Wears Prada. That's when I decided I wanted to be either a personal assistant (even though Miranda Priestly was hella mean) or an executive admin. Mainly because I like the intricacies of these types of positions. You are learning so much while being organized but you don't have to be in the forefront.
Long story, short.....In a world of "it's not what you know, but who you know", I landed a position as an executive admin to one of my accountant friends. In FINANCE? Isn't that ironic?? Hmmmmmm. The universe shole works in mysterious ways.
I just survived my first tax season. I learned so much. I worked so many hours and I was also reminded of just how good I am at support. Being an executive admin is an important position. I don't think people realize that. You are managing, juggling and prioritizing all at the same time. It's not for the faint at heart. And I love it. That's all I have to say about that.
As for my move abroad? That's for another blog post.
Depression survivor that discovered the power of positive thinking.