Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Running, YouTube, & ipsy

With the recent passing of my Ninong Willie, ipsy was kind enough to give me the week off to get myself together. Although I was reluctant to take the time off at first, I knew it was better to take it than have an unfortunate break down in the office in front of my co-workers. That said, I’ve spent most of this time off running, since I find that running is one of my best outlets for reflection and deep thought. (Plus, I’m still in training for my Tinker Bell 10K this Saturday.)

In my family, I’ve always been branded as the “smart” one or the “nerd”. Unlike my brother and sister, I always enjoyed school, and I excelled with very little effort on my part. I always had each chapter of my life planned out, because I preferred to constantly be working toward a goal. I actually changed my major quite a few times, with the primary notion that I had to graduate in four years. I ultimately settled on Mathematics, with an emphasis in Economics, thinking that there would be a variety of career paths to take upon graduation. It wasn’t until I was in the workforce that I realized that it didn’t matter how intelligent I was or how good I was at working in a particular field, because if I didn’t enjoy it, I’d still end up unhappy.

For three years, I worked as a bank teller, which is much longer than I had ever anticipated. I always thought that with a degree in Economics, I’d simply start out as a teller, work my way up to a banker, then ultimately get into Investment Banking. I quickly discovered that I hated how the banking system worked. We were constantly pressured into meeting impossible Sales and Customer Satisfaction goals, with unethical instruction at times. There were no opportunities for advancement, nor did they offer much guidance on how to move up in the company. Although I could have quit at any time, I needed my paychecks, and being a Realist, I knew that I had to find a new career path to follow before I made any rash decisions.

The economy being as it is, many jobs were unavailable and companies wanted vast work experience for entry-level positions. This is what led me to YouTube. I was stuck at a dead-end job without any other opportunities presenting themselves. Out of sheer boredom and curiosity, I took out my sister’s digital camera, stacked a bunch of boxes on top of my desk to act as a tripod, and clicked record.

If you go back in my video history and watch the very 1st haul video I posted on May 2nd, 2011, you can see the horrible sound quality, video editing, how bad my makeup and hair was, and how awkward I used to be in front of a camera. Please be forewarned, it’s NOT PRETTY! >_<

Nonetheless, starting a YouTube Channel was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since starting my channel, I’ve discovered my passion for Beauty, which snowballed into creating this blog and as well as several other Social Media Channels. Soon after, I started my search for a career in the Beauty Industry, with hopes of eventually working in Social Media.

This past September of 2013, the stars aligned, and I found my dream job working for ipsy. Not only is it co-founded by #1 Beauty Guru Michelle Phan, but it’s full of wonderful people who want to help me grow, learn, and get to where I want to be in the Beauty Industry. I am so thankful and blessed to have the opportunities that I have now. I don’t even want to imagine how unhappy I would still be if I never left the bank.

I want to have a career that I love that still allows me to travel the world one day. With ipsy’s help, I finally feel at ease in my life’s journey. I know that I’m back on track, and I can take the time I need to simply enjoy my life more.

How do you see your future? Do you have any particular activities that spark your thoughts? Have any fun endeavors you're working toward? Whatever the future may hold for you… I just want to wish you GOOD LUCK! 

Denise Joyce