2014 Casualties and Compromise
The final day of 2014 is here and before I flip the calendar page I think today is a good day to talk to you all about the realest aspect of the journey I’ve been on professionally. I’ve spoken about how I’ve gotten to the stage I’m at today, but I wanted to leave the thought with you about the true struggle that came with this move. If you are unfamiliar with what I’m referencing stop, go read these 2 posts (Blog #1 & Blog #2) then come back.
I want to highlight 3 casualties that have resulted from my professional social media pursuits. These were things that made a lot of what I do that much more difficult and in some cases are still effecting me today.
- Professional Stability.
I reached a point where the Human Resources career goals I was moving towards hit a cement floor and it happened in such a manner that I was very much distraught about where I was. When the option to become a professional blogger was presented to me I jumped head first into it. I said that if this is what I want then it’s going to get my fulltime energy, even if the results initially weren’t fulltime level compensation. While I built up my new resume over the next 12 months I stopped applying for anything HR. It was social media or nothing. That was a big risk. I know how many recruiters look at your work history and me electing to create a 1 year hole/gap in my resume doesn’t always look good. Should I return to HR that would have to be explained as to not devalue my 7+ years of experience. The truth is it’s a gamble. Some people see the career switch and view it as a testament to my versatility but others within the old school think its a lack of focus. Sometimes to get what you want to have to run that chance of messing up what you have.
- Cell Phone
I had the same phone number since 2005 I believe. When I upgraded from the old Sprint Nextel to the Blackberry that # was a constant with me. As folk changed numbers like every other month that stability along with the constant unlimited data plan kept me connected and in the mix. During the hardest of times when money was nonexistent the bills got paid later and later. In some cases I had to decide what bills just weren’t going to get paid. The struggle would result in the shutting down of my line and me downgrading to a pay for minutes Tracfone. No online access just phone calls and texts. The powers that be worked it in my favor that I got my hands on some tablets so at least with Wi-Fi I could be semi connected but you don’t realize how convenient things were until you go from unlimited everything to buying Tracfone minute cards while traveling. These phones don’t work internationally so my times in Toronto were real interesting. In any case RIP to my 914-906-5543 number. We had some get times. I’m still on the Tracfone but with the Travel year that 2015 is shaping up to be I think T-Mobile is my next stop. Assuming I get this next issue in order.
This is the big one. After I graduated from Iona College I had some loan debt and a couple small credit cards. My parents warned me but you sometimes just have to experience things yourself. It took a little time but I had cleaned my credit up and was on the way up. Before the job issues and the career flip I was around 710 and climbing. Let’s just say I’m not at 710 anymore. I’m nowhere near 700. The adjustments to less and at times no income took its toll. Now repairing my credit again has become a primary goal for me in 2015. When I tried to buy some Christmas gifts on easy pay and got rejected for the first time in my life due to my credit I knew it was bad. With 2015 plans to move and the idea of a car not too far off I’ll need at my credit back to respectable levels again. I foresee a sit down with Tiffany the Budgetnista in my future, but yeah that was what took place while putting together “better business” my credit took a nose dove. At the very least my credit point score is higher than the Knicks winning percentage this season.
I said all this to let you know a little more of what it’s really like on my side. Folk see the pictures at events and name brand functions and assume things are all sweet. The reality is much of that was cutting deals, barter system and shoe string budgeting to just get by. Yet I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s made me who I am and put me in place to go where I plan on going. If anything please use this blog as a reminder there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep moving forward.
Happy New Year!!!