It’s been a while since I’ve posted. And I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been really awesome about crossing this stuff off of my list. But that would be a lie. I have, however, been working on a few things over the past few months, and should have some updates for you over the next few weeks (depending on how quickly I actually post things, of course).
21. Get a promotion. So, I’m kind of cheating on this one. *Technically*, this promotion was offered to me last November, but it took a few months to find my replacement. And then another few months to hand things over to my replacement. But I am happy to announce that, as of May 1st, I am officially a sales rep for Level Reps! (You can read my new and update bio here). This means that instead of doing a lot of the behind the scenes things that I was doing (providing clients with quotes, sending out finishes and products, and all of the other things that filled my day), I will be in front of clients – introducing them to our company and the products we sell, providing them with solutions and answering their questions about our products and lines. One of the reasons I was excited to accept the project manager role with Level a year and a half ago is because I knew that I wanted a job that would teach me about the products and eventually provide me with the opportunity to move into a sales role. My timeline was 2 years and this came about a year earlier than I had expected. But the timing was right for Level and, if I’m being completely honest with myself, the timing was right for me. It’s a little scary giving up a salary to go to a commission-based pay structure, but I am excited for the opportunity.
26. Attend Loyola Reunion. I know that I’m 32. And I *know* that I graduated from college 10 years ago. But I am finding it VERY difficult to come to terms with the fact that I have been OUT of COLLEGE for 10 YEARS! When I graduated in 2005, that seemed like it would take FOR.EV.ER to get here. And now it seems like we blinked and here we are.
I loved college. I especially loved Loyola (having graduated with not one, but TWO undergraduate degrees, I do have another college experience that I can compare Loyola to and, therefore, can use that “especially” with confidence). I met (and became friends with) some of the greatest people I will ever know. It’s location can’t be beat (I mean, it’s ON the lake people!) and the education pushed me in ways I hadn’t expected (I wrote a 100+ page thesis paper on the Interior Design of Renaissance and Victorian homes…huh???)
Now, when I imagined going to my college reunion, I pictured all of my besties coming back to Chicago for a weekend of pretending we were in college again. Of course, since we aren’t in college anymore, people have responsibilities…like families and jobs…that they can’t just ignore to hang out with me in Chicago for a weekend (much to my dismay…) We did manage to get a group of about 5 of us, and then ran into a few more people at the reunion. I can honestly say that I spoke to people that I have not seen (other than on Facebook) since college. It was fun to catch up with everyone and hang out on Loyola’s new campus (it’s waaaay nicer than the campus I attended…)
We did manage to head back to the bar formerly known as Hamilton’s for some drinking and flip cup (of course).
I thought I might try to stay out until the wee hours of the morning, but then I realized that I am no longer 22 and can’t hang like I used to. When I woke up at 8am the next morning, however, I was happy for that moment of clarity to send myself home early.
As always, all photo credit is given to our life paparazza, Liz.