Category: new jobs


May 19th, 2013 — 8:23pm

Friday, I enjoyed a girls night out with my Starwood colleague and friend Anna.

Gaonnuri: authentic Korean fare set against NYC’s stunning skyline

Anna introduced me to , an upscale Korean barbecue restaurant located on the top floor of 1250 Broadway with stunning city views. She read my mind when suggesting it as the perfect date venue (especially the drinks-only window seating area). I may have to return here if my tentative date with a recent Speed Dating bachelor comes to pass.

While enjoying white wine and beef bibimbap (served with rice in a traditional hot stone pot), we talked about being true to where you are in the single versus settling down trajectory, the allure of living abroad and the good fortune of working for a company that is rich with opportunity.

That last tangent of conversation continued over Cosmopolitans at Hotel Metro’s rooftop bar. I confided in Anna about the challenging first few days of my new job – Marketing Manager of the Sheraton New York Times Square. I’m now a two-hotel girl, dividing my time between the Sheraton and my beloved Westin New York Grand Central.

They’re very different hotels so, inevitably of course, I felt somewhat overwhelmed at first. I started to settle in, though, as soon as I received words of support from both my Westin and Sheraton colleagues. For the first time ever in my long and winding career, I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can truly grow and stay put. The management at Starwood Hotels & Resorts is that rare breed capable of pushing you beyond your comfort zone while ensuring you are ready for it.

I’ve said it many times but it bears repeating here. Professionally speaking, I’ve gone from kissing a frog to finding Prince Charming. I was so miserable in my last job that I never thought I would find this kind of career fulfillment again. I can’t help thinking that’s also a good metaphor for dating too. There is always the possibility for something really wonderful to happen.

With an out of town old flame heading this way in a few weeks, I’m looking forward to some kind of wonderful becoming a reality.

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October 10th, 2012 — 7:47pm

A recent feature in the Alumnae Quarterly of beloved my alma mater Mount Holyoke College profiled women whose careers haven’t been of the linear kind. As I read their stories, I couldn’t help thinking about the zig zag trajectory of my own professional path – and how it has led me to the tremendous contentment I feel job-wise today.

It’s A Sign: Celebrating opening week at The Westin New York Grand Central

I graduated from MHC envisioning a future as the next Katie Couric. Though I pursued TV news for many years, I ultimately found that what I wanted more was a communications role outside the broadcast fray. I wouldn’t trade those experiences, though, or any I’ve had since because each one brought with it great learning, a bit of adventure and many friendships that endure to this day.

Here’s a look at some of the seminal benchmarks of my winding career road – By The Numbers:

Number of jobs since graduating from college: 12
Number of jobs that sparked romance: 4
Number of moves dictated by TV news gigs: 3
Number of career changes: 2
Number of overseas business trips: 7
Number of enduring work-related friendships: 7

I’m excited about the new friendships I’m cultivating as part of my job at . And equally thrilled that each day brings something new and interesting. Who says you need to follow a traditional path to get to professional bliss?

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October 7th, 2012 — 8:14pm

Earlier this week, I enjoyed a girls night out with my good friend Faith. It had been a few months since we last got together, so there was plenty for us to catch up on.

Hudson Place is a great Midtown bistro (Photo Courtesy: HudsonPlaceNYC.com)

While enjoying a delicious dinner at Hudson Place in Midtown East, we talked about relationship turning point, our exciting new jobs and balancing work with time for fun and romance.

I couldn’t help thinking how time has just raced by since I started at the Westin New York Grand Central a month ago. It’s been an exhilarating start to an exciting new chapter of my career. With that, though, I’ve come to realize how easy it is to use work as an excuse for not prioritizing effectively.

Prior to joining the Westin in September, I allowed being unhappy job-wise to be justification for a hiatus from dating. The thing is, it’s all too easy to continue that I’m-too-busy mindset and not carve out any time to meet new people. Dating fatigue seems to grow exponentially when you’re out of the game for awhile.

Which is one of many reasons why it’s so important to have girlfriends like Faith. Faith makes every night out an event and loves to play matchmaker. She suggested we make girls nights a bi-weekly occurrence. Sign me up.

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September 26th, 2012 — 8:53pm

Saturday night, I headed down to Karaoke Boho in NYC’s West Village with my friend Lauren. The occasion our mutual friend Andrea’s bachelorette party.

Lauren and me with bride-to-be Andrea

We joined about a dozen of the bride to be’s in a private room, where we collectively belted out classic hits from the likes of Madonna, Whitney, michael jackson and Gwen stefani. It had been years since my last karaoke outing and i ‘d forgotten how cathartic getting in touch with your inner American Idol can be.

As we sipped on cocktails and made small talk about work and life, I couldn’t help thinking about how the two can serendipitously intersect. I first met Lauren eight years ago, when I was embarking on my transition to travel PR.  I later met Andrea through a monthly PR chicks happy hour that Lauren organized.

Though our happy hours are less frequent now, the fun continues whenever we get together. And I’m discovering all over again how work can lead to friendship in my awesome new job at the W. Among the many smart, engaging colleagues I’m lucky to spend my days with is a sassy fellow single gal I’ve hit it off with. I see some after-work happy hours in the not too distant future. Stay tuned!

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September 12th, 2012 — 9:28pm

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts, I have a that I love. And it’s making me rediscover just how much of a ripple effect being happy in one very important area of life.

During a recent dinner out with good friend who, like me, was recently liberated from a hellish work environment, she pointed out my changed demeanor.

“Now I know why people have been telling me I look completely different. You look so much happier,” she said.

Just like the changing temperatures and start of fall, I feel like I’m in a new season myself. Looking forward to every workday has given me a renewed energy to jump start non-career related goals. And the universe is more than meeting me halfway.

Last night, for the first time in months, I had a great conversation with an OkCupid bachelor, one that resulted in an upcoming date. Today, I learned that I’ll be doing a second piece for (look for it in the February 2013 issue!). And I’ve made a small dent in my mission to shed the extra pounds I picked up over the past two years.

Simply put, I’d forgotten how being content at the office can spark feeling that way outside of it too. And I’m beyond thankful to the for reminding me.

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September 9th, 2012 — 3:06pm

Thursday evening, I joined throngs of style savvy New Yorkers for Fashion’s Night Out. The annual event has become quite the party since it launched three years ago. And I was especially excited to have my fashionista friend Stacy call me late in the day and suggest we do FNO together.

The FNO scene at Uniqlo's flagship Fifth Avenue store

Our first stop – Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, where a line snaked around for complimentary makeovers. Stacy and I opted for the sake shot instead. I also treated myself to a buttery soft deep pink fleece for $20, which ended up being my splurge for the night. What can I say? I love a seasonal bargain.

Next, we walked over to Henri Bendel’s, which was packed on every floor and buzzing with everything from DJ music and food truck purveyors to lobby performances from members of Cirque du Soleil.

Performers from Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity" took center stage at Bendel's

We especially loved this guy’s costume…

Vogue: This character knew how to strike a pose

After sipping on watermelon cocktails served up by mixologists from Mulberry Project, we made our way upstairs for some heavenly bites: mayo-free buttery lobster rolls from Urban Lobster Shack and melt-in-your-mouth cannolis from La Bella Torte. Yummm.

Stacy got the scoop on La Bella Torte's delicious cannolis before we sampled some

The crowd at our third destination, Bergdorf Goodman’s, necessitated barricades and we had to queue briefly to get inside. Stacy and I couldn’t help appreciating this distinctively New York moment – lining up to go shopping.

Windows at Bergdorf's celebrated the legendary stores 111th anniversary

Inside, we caught a glimpse of the drag queen spinning pop music before browsing in a salon of evening gowns that made us both fantasize about being 1) size 4 and 2) celebrities routinely outfitted by marquis designers.

The evening gowns salon at Bergdorf's had us enthralled

On our way out, we noticed two big, friendly dogs. Their owner proudly introduced them as Max and Prince and informed us—

“They’ve been to 25 stores tonight.”

Again, only in New York.

Stacy and me at Louis Vuitton

After spotting supermodel stunner Selita Ebanks graciously posing with a few fans, Stacy and I headed to our last stop of the night, Louis Vuitton. Famed stylist and Vogue magazine contributing editor Andre Leon Talley was holding court in a red caftan. with the way he imperiously presided over everyone ogling him, he reminded me of a human version of Jabba the Hut.

Andre Leon Talley held court upstairs at Louis Vuitton

As Stacy and I walked out of the store and we parted company, I thought how our action-packed night out was the perfect way to celebrate what has been an amazing week for me. I am absolutely loving my new gig at the . Smart, talented, welcoming colleagues, stimulating work – I forgot how it feels to be truly happy on the job.

Life is good. Especially when you have great friends to share it with!

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September 6th, 2012 — 10:33pm

There are some weeks in life when it seems like the stars are aligned in every single way. For me, this has been one of them.

Fashion's Night Out: Stacy and me at Henri Bendel's

From a perfect, exhilarating start to my new job to an action-packed last minute girls night out this evening for Fashion’s Night Out, this week has been full of joy and excitement. I feel like I’m in the midst of a new beginning on several fronts.

Coming up… the full scoop on this new chapter!

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September 24th, 2011 — 1:22pm

So I’ve been kind of quiet this week — which is exactly the opposite of how I would describe reacclimating to a full-time routine after a year of freelancing (mostly) from home. Apart from having less time for things like sleeping and cooking, I’m happy to report that the transition has been a most welcome and smooth one.

For the second time in my PR career, I’m fortunate to have landed at an agency brimming with smart, fun colleagues run by a team I am already learning so much from. I’m also savoring the opportunity to meet new people, especially when I get pulled into interesting assignments like managing press at the world premiere of a new PBS documentary.

While helping to manage the flow of check ins, I found myself chatting briefly with an exceedingly cute and smart event volunteer. Though I cringed upon discovering he’s only 23, our conversation reminded me of why it’s so much better to connect in person instead of online.

Not that there’s any shortage of reminders why I’m taking my umpteenth breather from online dating. Take, for example, the Ridgewood bachelor whose idea of a smooth approach is as follows:

“heyy I was wondering would you donate me some of your hair when I get trans plant? because I lose my hair day by day and as far as I see your hair would be fit on my head I would like to meet you up to drink some coffee or whatever comes while we take a walk on a beach or park with nice conversation..Lonely Cowboy Serkan who pees against to the wind :-)))) on starry nights.”

Call me picky, but even an astrological setting doesn’t make referring to bodily functions a poetic thing. And isn’t four emoticons a bit excessive for one paragraph?

Oh well. Right after receiving this ever so charming missive, I heard a second time from a tenacious guy whose sweet message ended with–

“I appreciate your time in reading this, and hopefully in giving me a chance.”

The crapshoot of online dating continues…

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September 18th, 2011 — 2:17pm

Awhile back, I about my experience that each chapter in your career prepares you for the one that comes next. As I rediscover this in my new job, I can’t help thinking how it applies to dating and relationships too.

Since starting at Evins Communications a little over a week ago, I have encountered several happy reminders of the work I’ve done that has prepared me for what I am doing now.

When a colleague asked me about shooting promotional video for broadcast, I drew upon seven years of being immersed in TV news production. As I learn the ropes of new consumer industries, my existing relationships with media are helping that door open a little more easily. A recent freelance gig I was hesitate to take in the first place gave me a running start on what I need to know about these industries.   

Simply put, I couldn’t be where I am now professionally had I not gone through everything that came before. Time and again, I’ve seen this same dynamic come up in relationships. Whether it’s knowing how to accommodate differences a little more gracefully or recognizing dealbreakers that can’t be accommodated more quickly, I have learned how to be a better partner – and part of that learning has also come from navigating the journey of singlehood.

Perhaps there’s more for me to learn as a single woman before the time is finally right to settle down. Just like you can’t rush a promotion, you can’t – as the infectious relatable song once said – hurry love. Still, that’s one lesson all the practice in the world doesn’t stop you from having to relearn.

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