Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A grateful heart is a happy heart...


It's hard to believe that it's been over a year, since my last blog post. Looking back on the late Summer and Fall of 2015, I realize now that I inevitably reached a plateau. It happens to the best of us. The last time this happened to me was about four years ago. 

I had my quarter of a life crisis the week before my 26th birthday in December of 2012. It came as a huge shock to me, as reaching 25 hadn't been a big deal. But suddenly, as I was heading into my "late" twenties, it hit me that real changes needed to be made. I was nowhere near where I wanted to be in my life or my career. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I had dreams of doing it BIG! In fact, I told my dad that I wanted to be the 1st female president of the United States before I had even started kindergarten. (You can ask him yourself if you don't believe me, though it looks like Hillary will beat me to the punch... /sigh

As I grew older, my interests changed, but I was always certain that I wanted my career and my passion to come together. Assuming you're not a stranger to my blog, you'll know that I started a Beauty & Fashion YouTube Channel in May of 2011. Though it was started out of boredom with my life and stagnant Banking career, my channel truly nurtured my creativity and sparked an unknown passion for Beauty, deep inside of me.

After two years of building my personal brand and increasing my audience, I won an Instagram contest sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics & ipsy. Claiming my prize on ipsy.com, I found myself clicking into the "Careers" page and deciding on a whim to apply for an entry-level customer care position. Somehow, the stars aligned for me. I received an email within 30 minutes to schedule a phone screen, and I received my verbal offer to join the ipsy team within the next few days.

I honestly still remember it like it was yesterday. It was a late Sunday afternoon as I was hiking up Mission Peak in Fremont, CA with my friend Dianna from college. I was so ecstatic to see the call appear on my phone, and despite the heat, sweat, and lack of shade, I knew that I had to take this call of destiny. lol

As of September 30th, it'll officially be 3 years that I've been with ipsy. Two promotions and several raises later... I can honestly say that I love my job. I'll be forever grateful for the opportunities given to me, as well as being able to work alongside such amazing, talented, & inspiring individuals. 

I recently read the book "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero, and it's really opened my eyes and put everything I've experienced so far in life into perspective. 

I'm an extremely goal-oriented person, and I love that about myself! Nothing excites me more than physically sitting down with a pen & paper and writing down exactly what I want to do and accomplish in the short and long term, along with the steps that I'm going to take to get me there. 

I was recently promoted into a leadership role and though I'm mildly terrified of being a bad boss, I've decided to flip on my "Badass" switch. A good leader doesn't wallow in complacency. I've spent too long reflecting on the plateau I hit at the end of last Summer. I need to do what I love and do best: "SET GOALS & CRUSH THEM!" I've never underestimated the returns of an investment in myself, and that's certainly not going to change anytime soon! 

XO,
Denise