Allow me to reintroduce myself

Hello! When I last spoke to you, I was eulogizing one of my favorite musicians. Six months later, I thought it would be a good time to get back to our regularly scheduled program. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m now blogging under the title It’s On The List. Why It’s On the List? Because at least once a day, regardless of the topic, I’ve uttered this statement. I’ve said it to my Board President, to my mother, and I’m pretty sure I’ve said this to the dog. It’s a reflection of just how much we try to fit into our daily lives.

So what am I going to talk about? Work? Life? Prince? The short answer is yes. I’ll even talk about advocacy from time to time. Advocacy will always be a part of me. However, with my career expanding into executive management, it’s time to broaden my perspective. Explore areas of association management that I tackle on a daily basis. We’ll also talk about life outside of work…to a certain extent :-). Finally, I’ll share some of the tasks on my to-do list.

I look forward to blogging again. I missed it. I hope you will join me on this new adventure. An adventure that may someday include a podcast (!!). Stay tuned and thank for your support.

Current to-do list: Prep for monthly Board meeting. Start reading I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi. Buy dog food.

 

 

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Out of Office Message

To: You

From: Me

Re: Out of Office

As of Friday December 21, I will be out of the office for the rest of the year. 2012 has been busy, thrilling, tiring, upsetting and fulfilling all at the same time. Association Advocacy Chick continues to grow slowly, but surely. My iPad toolkit for lobbyists post was republished and circulated widely within the advocacy community. I gave 14 presentations for APA, ASAE, IgniteDC and other organizations. I witnessed some friends reach new heights in their careers while others were unceremoniously laid off. I made new contacts and reconnected with old friends. I faced unexpected challenges that forced me to reexamine, change and improve the quality of my life. And I fell in love 🙂

With all this excitement, it’s time to take a break. I want to know what 8 hours of sleep feel like. I want to eat more than one cookie at any given point. I want to go shopping at 1 pm on a Wednesday. I used to refuse to take time off during the holidays because I didn’t want to be away from the office. If I haven’t learned anything else this year, it’s that work is no longer #1 on my list. I love my job, but I love my family, friends and health a lot more.

So during this holiday season where we have witnessed both evil and good, I want to thank you for continuing to support this blog. I love having Association Advocacy Chick as an outlet when I can’t express myself in 140 characters or less. Whether you’re a regular reader or lurked from time to time, thank you for taking the time to read my blog, share my posts and offer a comment. I hope this holiday season brings you all that your heart desires and then some. See you in 2013!

Stefanie