Lucky Duck is recommitted to The Big Apple.
New York and I had a coming to Jesus – I belong here! Last month, I flew down to California, drank the purple Kool-Aid, and decided that it made sense to move 3,000 miles twice in one year. Even Lucky Duck agreed.
Glad I put that Kool-Aid down
Within a month of the “move,” I’m setting out instead to live something that I’ve dreamed of doing ever since I was a little girl growing up in Port Orchard, WA.
Back then, we’d fly out to New Jersey every year to see our family. Everyone lived on the East Coast, except for us. At one point, my Uncle Craig was dating a gal who worked in advertising, for Wonder Bread in Manhattan.
I thought she was so beautiful, cool, smart, and I couldn’t imagine how someone would be able to work in such a place. I “wondered” – “Could that ever be me?!”
Yes, apparently it can
After the holiday weekend, I am starting my first day at one of the coolest offices in the city. In only four short stops on the C train, I will be in the heart of Columbus Circle, by Time Warner Center, Central Park, and Lincoln Center, working in a building that we have all seen many times before. In fact, if you caught my Discovering Columbus blog post this Fall, you’ve seen it.
It always surprises me when things like this happen. When I was taking this picture, I couldn’t even have imagined that I’d have my own keycard in due time. Wow.
So, what am I doing in that cool office?
Those who know me best know that I am incredibly passionate about social media, and that I love pairing it with PR to craft the story, create buzz online, drive preference, and generate revenue. Throughout my career, I have helped to build some of the largest global brands, including: Microsoft Store, Windows 8, Windows Live, MSN, and Clinique. And now, I am absolutely thrilled to take on the role of a lifetime, leading Social Media for one of the biggest luxury automobiles in the world, working on a team of bright, wonderful people.
It also happens to be at the #1 global digital network in the world. And oddly, my Kool-Aid is still purple.
A red balloon is in the cards
When I first moved to New York, I was nervous but optimistic. I moved 3,000 miles and hoped that I would be able to build out a new life in the concrete jungle. Here’s my “Review” blog post that captures my progress at the New Year.
Shortly upon getting here ( in fact, it was the day of the Bone Marrow Gala that I attended with DotCom from 30 Rock), I went to a fabulous and recommended Tarot Card consultant in Chelsea. Marcy and the cards “assured” me that my move to New York was the right thing, and she “assured” me that a great career is to be had. But two things about it:
- I would have to do something unique to get it. I wouldn’t get it through normal channels like submitting a resume. Yeah. That sounds about right.
- It would involve a red balloon. Huh?! Am I to become a clown in The Big Apple Circus? Oh dear, that’s totally not what I had in mind.
At the end of my interview process, my new manager and I were chatting about the space and the ads. I swear I’m not lying. He was telling me about his favorite ad, and he said, “And if you look closely, you can see a red balloon tied to the bumper.” I nearly fell out of my chair.
Marcy was right about a few other things too, and get this — as I walked away from the session, she had me pull a card to keep, my “big picture” card. I pulled the Six of Swords. And oh my gosh, you’re never going to believe what that means…
In speaking of water
Life is fluid, and things tend to have ebb and flow, so I don’t want to sit back and feel like I’m somehow “done.” One thing I’ve learned is to always do your best, look ahead, and be prepared for anything.
But I’m happy, and I appreciate that I can work my dream job in New York and live in Chelsea. It’s pretty amazing. I can see my sister all the time, attend very cool events, continue to build on new friendships, push myself professionally, and tap into the soul of the best city in the world.
And so far, the city seems to like me! When The Mandarin Oriental overheard my news, they sent out this incredibly thoughtful and generous gift.
My friend Jarod captured a video after they brought out the strawberries.
Here’s to the next chapter!
To me, next week symbolizes my “real” New York start.
In fact, I think I’ll close on another odd little anecdote. I just ordered from seamless.com (no need to try to cook and risk another black eye before my first day) and got a fortune cookie that said this: