Balance: Personal & Professional -- How do you find it?

I'll be brief because there's a lot going on today, but I've been weighing this issue in my mind lately. I love to have fun. I'm a goober on Twitter. I post sarcastic comments on Facebook photos. I'm on an unofficial beer taste test tour for summer seasonals. I like being outside and eating and reading and flirting and traveling, and those are the things I post about. I'm really enjoying being young and free and ... just all the great stuff that comes with this particular time of life.

I'm also pretty involved professionally. I have a whole slew of work-appropriate blouses. I have a full time job, and an internship on top of that for the summer. I unofficially worked with Walking for Dreams with Westminster again this year. I'm accelerating my Masters program, taking it down from 2 full years to 1.5, so I'm busting my butt this summer to make that happen. My online HR class is teaching me all about Affirmative Action and workplace policies. I'm pumped for a Nonprofit Marketing class in the Fall. These things, however, I don't really post so much about.


Someday, I'll be looking for a job or presenting to a client or something along those lines, and there are decent odds that those people will Google me. When they find this blog or my Twitter feed, will that affect their desire to work with me professionally? And should I care? 


I've never been a "live to work" kind of girl. That's not to say I don't love what I do, because I do! [seriously!] I'm even told on occasion that I'm pretty good at it. I just also have priorities like relationships, family, personal growth, etc. that often come ahead of my [potential] career during non-business hours.


So how do you do it? How do you be a professional, who is good at her job, who loves her work, and who wants to keep growing and moving forward in her field BUT also loves to go out dancing and hollers at hockey games and snuggles her cousins? Are these things at odds? Yes? No? Maybe so? I would hate to be discounted for living my life to the fullest outside of work. I also LOVE sharing those things with you, my plucky piquettes. I'm not sure what to do about it [if anything] but is something I've been thinking about lately...


Is a change necessary? If so, what? Why? And, most importantly perhaps, How?



Signed,
A Confused Young Professional

Sarah :: Plucky in Love

Sarah, aka "Plucky", blogs on the reg, unless she's on vacation or there's a Pretty Little Liars marathon or she's mulling over the implications of the phrase "on fleek." She can't live without iced coffee, a portable phone charger, or equal pay. Say hello!

2 comments:

  1. I often wonder this exact same thing. As a media professional (I was a journalism major in college) I feel that showing off my ability to use social media is a major plus, but at the same time I certainly don't tweet major news breakthroughs or interesting new stories about AP style, it's more like "So. Very. Hung. Over." Not to mention the fun party posts on my blog that may come off as unprofessional. I think it's nearly impossible to have a perfect balance, but honestly, I think I want to work for a company and people that agree that it's important to live life to the fullest, so I think I'll just keep on keepin' on. And I hope you do as well because I love reading about your adventures. :)

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  2. Thank you!! It is so nice to hear that perspective, and to see that there are like-minded people out there! I think my uber conservative roots are showing, and it's hard to part from presenting myself in the "best light," you know? But I definitely like your point about the sort of organization you'd want to work with as one that celebrates people who enjoy their lives! :)

    Good talk, blog friend. ♥

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