Do Something Different

At some point, we all promise ourselves that we are going to “make a change.”

It usually starts with a realization about something that has been lurking in the back of your mind.  You know you have to make a move and you tell yourself, “I’m going to do X!” or “I’m going to change Y.”

The sad truth is that your promised change can end up getting shoved out of the limelight by everyday life.  Daily hardships can make you forget you ever looked yourself in the mirror and promised, promised, promised that tomorrow would be The Day.

Don’t feel guilty about it!

If you’re not suffering from stress due to student loans, monthly bills, classwork, personal relationships, work obligations (or lack thereof!), you’re living in Candy Land.

In January, I promised myself that I was going to make life changes (yeah, big ticket items only).

Dissatisfied with the lack of consistency in my work environment, I made a career move.  Even though my new position isn’t directly in public relations, the networking opportunities available while working for a well-known and established brand could potentially result in PR-related job opportunities.

It didn’t take long for me to attack the next big item…professional appearance.  With the job market becoming so over saturated with young professionals with Bachelor’s degrees, I feel like completing a Master of Arts program is a must-do. In an industry that demands you show you are the most dedicated representation and serious about producing results, obtaining my Master’s degree will help me not just to break into the public relations industry, but show my determination to remain vital.  I submit my application package to Kent State University for consideration to join its Fall 2012 session and am currently awaiting a response, with high hopes.

Takeaway: If you’re looking to do something different, don’t feel confined by your current situation.  Don’t think you have the money? Don’t think you have the time? Can’t handle the sudden changes? STOP IT. Making changes in your life is almost always rooted in the desire to better your personal situation and, at the end of the day, there is nothing holding you back but your own willingness to hold true to your promise and put the plan in motion.

Best wishes!

Yasheaka Oakley Owens

Yasheaka Oakley Owens is the owner of YOakleyPR, a woman-owned small business that provides public relations, social media, and online marketing support services to small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

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  • @Dane: I don’t know if I want to blanket my situation across everyone else, but I’ve been talking to a lot of recent graduates who are really struggling to find employment and balance life / student loans. Many older pros are saying that the work experience is really carrying people versus education, but edu will definitely get that higher pay grade.

  • Well it does but at the same time many people feel the same way post graduation and let the negative thoughts consume them and prevent them from moving forward. Going through a similar situationa and I’m switchin up my approach. Looking at different Masters Programs either a MFA or a Masters in Art Therapy I’m leaning more towards the Art therapy option because it would be a great segue way to a doctoral program