Hard work does pay off! I’ve been promoted to assistant editor, and even though there’s no one to cover my place yet as editorial assistant (I’ll be doing two jobs for some time, sorry girls!), I’m thrilled to have advanced within Shape! With a promotion comes more responsibility, but having more to do means my boss trusts me to take on bigger projects (and that’s a good feeling). I’ll be busy, but I find that when you have a lot on your plate you are more focused and driven to get the job done, and incidentally do a better job because you are more focused.
Recently, I’ve thought a lot about my career choice, ever since one of our editors left for another industry (we’ll miss you Kristen!) —I thought: Wait a sec, there are other jobs that I could do? But when I chose to work in the magazine industry I knew this is simply what I’ve always wanted to do with my life—it wasn’t really just a “job” to me, it was more like a lifestyle or life choice I wanted to have. And even with everything that’s going on in the publishing world today (I hear The New York Times is trimming 100 employees from their newsroom!) I’m determined to stay on this path. Getting a promotion when the economy isn’t so great definitely feels good and I’m glad to be reaching my two-year mark at Shape, and within the industry. I’m more comfortable with my day-to-day workload and very excited to be working on assignments I only hoped for when I was just starting out.
My mom told me the other day that she thinks my job has made me a more well-rounded person—she’s never seen me excited to cook (after years of begging me to get in the kitchen with her) and taking on a triathlon was something that I would have never guessed was on my horizon; I also quit going to tanning salons when I realized what I was doing to my health (I’ve embraced my fair skin, even if my boyfriend teases me). If working at Shape has made me more aware of what’s going on in my life, then I’m proud to be one of the few that gets to work here and share everything I learn with you!