Hey! I’m Diana and I’m so excited you’re here!
Look, I get it.
As millennials, we tend to get a bad rep from folks who have written us off as lazy, unfocused, and a lost cause. What they don’t get is that we did everything they told us to, and yet here we are… wondering what’s next.
IF YOU'RE ANYTHING LIKE ME...
I’m guessing you followed the prescribed formula—study something for years, leave the classroom, enter the “real world,” and figure it out along the way...
THAT WORKED FOR ME,
UNTIL IT DIDN'T!
i was laid off of from my
first "real world" job
AND I WAS LEFT WONDERING, "WHAT NOW?"
THE MOMENT OF TRUTH CAME IN 2016 WHEN
I had tied so much of my identity into my job and into cookie-cutter metrics of success that my employer’s mission had become my own and all of my efforts and energy went to them. In fact, after learning that my position was being eliminated, I went right back to my office to answer emails and prepare for meetings. Yikes.
No one had officially asked me to blur the lines between Diana-the-person and Diana-the-employee. I had chosen to do that. I had watched myself do that because my definition of success was one where what other people gained eclipsed what I lost, even though in my deepest of hearts I knew the scale wasn’t balanced in my favor.
Being laid off forced me to reflect on my life up to that point and I realized two things:
I felt most off-kilter and most unlike myself when I didn’t listen to (or trust) ME
my greatest moments came when I listened to my gut and took time to define what I cared about, aligned my actions accordingly, and made decisions I could stand behind