Early Career, Personal, Professional

Small Town Girl, Big City Dreams

Okay, the title sounds like a country song…but it is true.

A year has come and gone and I wanted to take the time to reflect upon it. When I graduated college last year, I was a small town gal dreaming of a big city career. I knew that a PR agency was where I wanted to be and no one could stop me. So I packed my bags and moved to the big city of Toronto.

I was very fortunate to land a summer internship with an utterly fantastic PR agency; Paradigm PR . It was full of extremely knowledge and genuinely good people. This summer brought me the opportunity to work with famous brands, work in Yorkville, meet amazing people and spend tons of money on clothes (let’s be real…I worked on Bloor…). I had a season pass to Wonderland and lived doors down from The Madison House. Truly, I didn’t think life could get any better.

About half way through the summer (I moved there in May) I noticed a change in my personality. I wasn’t enjoying Toronto quite as much as I had originally anticipated. During my time there, I thought I could fufill my life with materialistic things, and yet something was missing. I started noticing how people pushed on subways, and didn’t say “thanks” when you held open the door. These little things that hadn’t bothered me at all were starting to get under my skin. Slowly I wasn’t enjoying my evenings. I started arriving much earlier and staying later at the office because I LOVED work, and didn’t want to go home to my lonely bedroom in a shared house.

I realized that I had come to Toronto when I was not ready. I missed my horse, my friends, my family, my country music and most of all, I missed a community that was warm, friendly and extremely helpful. Sure, I was loving the career, but I knew that the timing just wasn’t right.

I chose to move back to Belleville at the end of that summer. Giving up a full time job with some of the most amazing people I have ever worked with. Do I regret it? Somedays. I miss the business of the PR agency. The brainstorms and the high stress, fast pace environment. But I know that I made the right choice. I feel I’ve accomplished SO much upon my return to this area.

Since my return to the area, I’ve met so many more amazing individuals, started realizing what Belleville DOES have to offer and have continued my education through several different influencers. I’ve helped out with community events, sat on committees, reached out to assist non-profits with their fundraising and I can now ride my horse every day of the week! What the point of this post really is, is to remind you to go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right for you, don’t do it. Follow through on your commitments, but decide what is best for you as a person; in that moment, right now.

If you move away from home, remember, you can always move back! If you take a job that you hate, don’t worry, there is another job around the corner. Annnnnnnnnnddd… NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! Wherever you are, take the opportunity to learn something new new and meet someone new. You never know where you will be a week, a month or even a year from now, so embrace every opportunity that is available to you.

I’m loving being back in the Bay of Quinte Region right now, but that’s not to say it is forever. It is the present and who knows what the future might bring. ????

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