5 Year Plan

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Last night I spent three hours at a table laughing and talking with three people that I cherish. These three people became my family since we saw each other every day during our college years. I focused on event planning in college and filled my time with internships that would help me gain experience in the event world. The best experience I gained was during my four years working with Brian, Jessie, Katie. We put on all of the events in our campus’ student building. The events we organized ranged from Welcome Carnivals for freshman complete with inflatables and tie dye stations to ping pong and video game tournaments.

 Brian was the best boss I’ve ever had and became my mentor while in college. He always had the best advice and some things he said to me back then still resonate with me today. He gave me a full day of tasks to help distract me when he knew my high school sweetheart and I had broken up. He hired me to take his family portrait when I was trying to launch my photography business. It was his office where I sat brainstorming ideas to the quirky questions that Reed Street asked on their job application and those responses were the ones that landed me my first job and my dream job. Brian saw my potential from day one and always pushed me to be the best person I could possibly be.

Even last night amongst laughter and catching up he took a minute to check in and make sure everyone was in a good place in their life. He asked Jessie about her upcoming ventures and the exciting firsts she has coming up in the next year. He talked to Katie about her new engagement and her career aspirations. When he got to me the words “Hammer. Tell me about your five year plan” made me immediately nervous.

Here’s the thing. I don’t know. I struggle everyday because I was the person who knew what they wanted to do when they grew up and did everything in their power to get there. But once I stopped doing events, got a boyfriend, and had my weekends back….I decided I didn’t want to go back to events. I’ve never felt more lost.

In the midst of a very raw conversation happening at our table, Brian said something that clung tightly to my heart. He said that we are young. Knowing what you want to do forever isn’t important, it’s doing something you love that’s important. Going into work every single day, pushing yourself, and going home with a smile on your face is what life is all about. So for the time being I’m going to do just that. Who knows what will happen in five years, but for now I’m happy and that’s where I want to be.

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  • Katie Benney

    Best post yet. Not because I’m included in it but because in our society and young professionals such as ourselves struggle with this on the daily. LOVE what you’re doing with the blog.

  • http://www.lifebeginswithj.com/ Jenn Dunn

    “we are young” i’m going to remember that! haha

  • http://www.haleyspace.blogspot.ca/ Haley Junks

    That Brian is a smart guy. I think it’s really important to do what you love!