5 years ago—it was a very cold and snowy day in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. So cold & snowy that most of us weren’t sure if our families would be able to make it for our graduation ceremonies. My ceremony wasn’t until 3 p.m. and I didn’t really plan on going to it, because I hate crowds, long lines and being somewhere for hours that I don’t really want to be at.
Ceremony or not, I still needed my parents to come up and help me move out of my apartment and have a celebration dinner with my roommate, her family and my family.
I didn’t go to graduation. I barely made the drive to campus to snap a couple of photos. When I say cold, I mean well below zero, and this is what we were wearing. But we looked cute, right?
I cannot believe it has been 5 years. I’m not sure if it feels like less or feels like 20. I thought I would take this time and space to share the highlights of my life since college, over the past 5 years.
12/22/12 I married Travis—more on that, and my personal life, next week with a 5-year post-wedding update!
I always said I would live in California, and I wasted no time. The day after our wedding we were on a plane back to our apartment (Travis was already stationed there) and heading to our honeymoon cruise on Christmas Eve.
I started my career as a magazine editor, and evolved into social media strategy.
Became an independent representative for mark., and that quickly evolved into a regional mentor/sales manager position.
Landed my dream job at Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill as the Social Media & Email Marketing Strategist. Lead Rubio’s to be ranked in the top 100 Restaurant Social Media Brands, via RSMIndex.com
USMC transferred us to Virginia Beach, VA, where I would continue to work for Rubio’s, remotely.
The past 10 months was a constant battle for my job. My boss and I were happy with the situation and things were going well – others of higher power, who were not connected to us, felt that they needed someone in the office. Hence, my unemployment.
5 years later, after graduating college, living in my dream town and having my dream job, I now live in the armpit of America with no job or opportunities in sight. San Diego—we cannot move back fast enough.
Not the way I envisioned “where I would be in 5 years” but I’m thankful for all that I’ve had and the great experiences and milestones I made while working at Rubio’s. For now, I will continue working for myself at Sparkle Social.