I may not have had an official job until I was 16, but I first developed my work ethic back when I was starting to babysit at 10. I learned early on that people are happier with your work, more appreciative, if you under-promise and over-deliver, and make their lives easier in ways they didn’t even expect. When I babysat, my charges never spent a single moment in front of the tv, and the parents still came home to a cleaner house than when they left. When I helped out at my mom’s office over the summer, I would not only organize group trip records, but add in measures to make it easier to track and find information. This translated into my first real job at a restaurant, and earned me a promotion within 3 months. After that, I was hooked.
Nowadays, I’ve developed my skills and experience and use them to help small business owners balance entrepreneurship and their own lives, something I still am not good at. From running my own small business for a few years, I know just how much time it takes, and oftentimes, there isn’t enough work to hire a full-time person for just one specific task, or maybe they’re just not ready to hire someone for their business-baby, or whatever reason, but still need help, even if it’s just someone to do a few things so they can make it home for dinner occasionally. That’s where I come in. I’ve been using my skills to provide virtual assistant services, with the goal of making entrepreneurs’ days easier so they can live their lives.
I love working. Honestly. I was a socially awkward teen, not athletic, not really competitive, and I’m an introverted adult, but work is the one place where I’m always accepted. (Hence my issues with work-life balance!) I love new challenges, learning new skills, and taking some of the burden off someone else. I’m constantly working to improve my skillset so I can do more.
Of course, work isn’t the only thing I do. I spend time with my pets, I horseback ride (or used to – I need to find a new stable or buy a horse!), and I am not too bad at playing the cello. I read like a mad person, devouring nearly every book I can get my hands on. And I write – this blog, where I write about career-related topics I’ve learned, and my personal blog where I cover lifestyle, travel, and entertainment topics.
If you’d like to work with me or discuss potential networking opportunities, click over to my Contact Me page! I hope to hear from you soon!