Last Friday, I met with Jean, the Global Accounts Director with the branding agency I am going to start interning with next week. We met at a local coffeehouse and cafe right around the corner from the office to discuss my role with the organization and also to discuss a recent event we worked on together. I sipped a lavender honey latte, listened intently to her speak and took notes in my leather book. The windows were foggy, and the cozy arrangement of tables and chairs lent us to hear wisps of our neighbors conversations. It was an awfully cold January day, and she wore a fur lined jacket wrapped around her neck while I had my black infinity scarf slipped around mine. We shared our fears, excitement and dreams. It is moments like this that I want to chart.
This was the third time that we have met one-on-one, and I have begun to see her as a natural mentor in my life. I am very attracted to her in the most professional sense. She has told me and others we work with that she is very impressed with my capacity to deliver great work and my level of confidence and poise. In her, I see a very hard working, loyal, beautiful and level-minded individual that I can identify with and look up to for advice and guidance. I have been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In recently, and she has an entire chapter that talks about mentorship. Reading that chapter has really helped me understand Jean and I’s relationship. I know that she wants to see me succeed and she wants to help me along the way. That is empowering.
Yesterday, she sent me an email and called me to invite me to start this internship next week. I am so excited to jump in to this new environment and to discover how to make brands more human. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity come my way so naturally and to feel that the universe is guiding me where I need to go. At my young age, finding a position that has no dress code and uses modern organizational theories that are only read about at swanky bookstores truly feels like a dream. I am finally understanding that I cannot force my life to be anything other than what it is. I have always been a planner, but I am now letting that way of thinking go (to a realistic extent). I still believe that it is good to stay organized, have concrete ideas, and to make preparations (think 18mo plan), but I am now focusing on being mindful and present. The journey needs to be enjoyed just as much as -if not more than- the end.
I hope to open this blog up to the intimacies and generalities of my life as a young female professional. I want to offer experience, strength and hope to others who may be looking for their fit in the world or searching for their true passions. I am part of the group of recent undergraduates that did not become what I wanted to be when I was 18 years old, and I have taken a path less travelled to get to where I am today. I will be getting a liberal arts degree, but I am striving to be as fearless as possible.