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Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life

July 19, 2010

So I have really been neglecting the blog the last couple of months and I have really missed it. It is truly therapeutic to write about life as a working mom. It’s just difficult to find time for everything especially when so much has changed in my life recently.  I have started doing P90X every night after the kids go to bed, I have started digital scrapbooking as a hobby and after 5 years with Yellowbook I resigned from my position as a media consultant.

Although I will never regret my decision to join Yellowbook it was definitely time for me to move on.  For many months I have had this nagging feeling that I was not fulfilling my purpose in life.  Many of you know that I am a follower of the Dave Ramseyphilosophies and regularly listen to his radio show. One of his regular book recommendations is 48 Days to the Work you Love by Dan Miller.  So I decided to download the book and begin to discover what I want to be when I grow up.  I began reading at various times when I had short breaks–at the doctors office, while waiting for my hair color to set and at gymnastics class as I am now. The more I read the stronger I felt that God was calling me to do something different. Now I would say that figuring out my passion took more than 48 days but ultimately, that is how this blog began and how I found my new career.

I have always been kind of a technology geek.  Building a website/blog from scratch and building the following through digital marketing was fun for me. I started attending online webinars about social marketing and email marketing. I was researching tons about how to build online growth through web 2.0. I started participating in online discussion groups and downloading every free ebook I could find on building a web following.  Through this process I found out a few things. First of all, there are very few people who can make money blogging. Does it happen–yes but it requires extreme dedication and time (and lots of it). What I also realized is that although I enjoy blogging, it is only a hobby.  I need something that produces a reliable income for my family and so I started researching local companies that are involved in digital marketing and social media.

I revised my resume and submitted it to a few select companies one of which was ExactTargetExactTarget provides email marketing software solutions with applications for CRM, social and analytics.  I was familiar with the company because I knew a couple of former colleagues that worked there and had a couple of friends who had applied there. They have been recognized as being one of the best Indiana companies to work for 4 years in a row and this year they are #3 among many other awards.  Well, I am extremely excited to say that starting in August, I will be a Corporate Sales Consultant at ExactTarget in downtown Indy.  I will be responsible for generating new business through prospecting and online presentations.  I really think this is a perfect match for both my interests and talents and I am looking forward to this opportunity to showcase my abilities.

The next couple of weeks I will be spending some quality time with my kids, catching up on some digital scrapbooking and getting ready for my new position at ExactTarget.  Having said that, I am making a commitment to keeping up with the blog too.  I already know of a couple of posts that I am going to do based on the whole job search process and some things that I learned.  I hope that you will keep checking back as I promise to do a better job of sharing my experiences.

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