Why I decided to jump back into a full-time gig in global mobility…
It was less than two years ago, that I wrote a post entitled, “Quit Your Job! I Recommend It!” It was about my decision to leave my job in Corporate America in order to follow my dream and my passion as a writer. Nothing has changed. I am still in hot pursuit of that every single day!
What has changed, is my vision of how it will all play out. I thought that I couldn’t have it all. I thought that the only way to be a writer, was to be a writer, at the exclusion of everything else. So, I have been writing, but admittedly, not to the exclusion of everything else. I didn’t need to. I don’t need to.
Over the past two years I have had the luxury of time, which is a very precious commodity. I have spent a lot of that time writing, creating, and reflecting. Although it sounds so cliche, I have found myself. No…I wasn’t lost! But, I took that time to think and truly allow my mind to wander, and I spent my days doing anything and everything that made me happy and brought me peace.
Then, a few months ago, I was asked to write an article called “RE-IM-AG-INE” for my client AMBER Lodging. It was about reimagining the corporate housing experience. It was the word “RE-IM-AG-INE” that got my attention. I kept looking at it and looking at it, and then it just hit me. I needed to reimagine my own experience. I didn’t need to give anything up, but I wanted and needed to enhance it.
So, in February I began entertaining the idea of moving back into a full-time gig in global mobility, while still being able to continue as a storyteller for the industry and columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
Re-enter, AMBER Lodging…
I first met Alahna Krueger, AMBER’s EVP, when speaking at a CHPA Conference in Austin in 2013. We later reconnected at the end of last year when she asked me to do some writing for AMBER. In meeting with Alahna and during our many telephone conversations, something just started to click for both of us. There was a definite, immediate synergy between us that was palpable.
Next thing I knew, we were working together to develop a new role for me within AMBER. This new role encompasses everything that I am able to bring to the table based on my 16 years of experience in the global mobility industry.
But, equally important to me, is the fact that I don’t have to give up my writing to do it. In fact, I don’t have to give up anything at all! I don’t have to lose myself or change my hairstyle, or become a modified version of myself. I just have to be me.
So, on April 25, I began my new journey with AMBER Lodging as Vice President of Creative Strategies. This also marks my return to life in Corporate America, which is something that I would never have dreamed of considering two years ago. Thus the old saying, “Never say never.”
For me, it is all about the right opportunity, with the right company, at the right time. So, after much soul searching and deliberation, it is easy for me to jump in feet first, because I know that I will not lose myself in the process.
Please visit my profile or send me a message to learn more about my new role at AMBER Lodging.