With 2018 firmly underway, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on what I loved about 2017–and share some goals for 2018.
Looking back over the past year, I’m grateful for:
- The Employment Security Department’s work with Monster.com to develop a ground-breaking new job match site (WorkSourceWA.com)that allows Washington employers to post jobs and search for talent for free! I enjoyed travelling to Monster.com headquarters in January to hear some of the innovative new ways they are helping people hear about new jobs without really knowing they’re looking.
- Our work to improve our online services for unemployment insurance claimants. We are continuously improving the system based on feedback from our customers but they now can do so much more online!
- Our efforts to inspire more businesses to hire our nation’s veterans through our YesVets program.
- Going to concerts with my friends and family: Tim & Faith, Blondie and Garbage, Primus and Foreigner with Cheap Trick–all different friends, all different venues, all good times.
- Taking time out with my family at our cabin at Lake Quinault, playing in the sun, touring the lake by boat and hiking to the waterfalls.
- Travelling for work and fun: Costa Mesa, Austin, Washington DC, Nashville, Boston and Coeur D’Alene.
- Celebrating professional accomplishments by joining the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows and winning the PRSA Lloyd B. Dennis Award for Distinguished Service at the national level.
- Enjoying a holiday getaway at the Thornewood Castle with my husband.
- And last but not least, the continued health and happiness of my friends, family and Mr. Tigger, our two-year-old cat!
Looking to future, because it’s 2018 and because I can never resist trying to do too many things, I’m going to focus on these 18 things. Let’s see how it goes!
- Health: It wouldn’t be a resolution post if we didn’t start with this: Continue to work on improving my health, eating better and exercising more.
- Peace: Find time to enjoy the blessings in my life.
- Love: Spend more time with my wonderful husband in our relaxing home.
- Nature: Get outside more–both at home and around our state.
- Family: Visit grandma more often, road trips to the cabin with mom, play with my nieces and nephews.
- Friendships: More spontaneous lunch, coffee and happy hours.
- Finances: Save more, spend more mindfully.
- The Power of Jobs: Helping good people find great jobs has always been a passion of mine. Lucky for me, my job feeds that passion as our WorkSource system connects employers with jobseekers every day. My dream for 2018 is that more people experience the benefits of WorkSource to find great talent or new jobs. #powerofajob
- Nurturing talent and recognizing success: I’m blessed with an amazing team at work and this year, I want to take more time to help them achieve their goals–and to make sure they’re recognized for their successes. Then taking it a step beyond, I’d love to recognize more people across our agency for the great work they do.
- Inspiration: In February, I’m honored to speak at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) regional conference–#InsPiRe: Rise Above. I’m looking forward to inspiring them and encouraging them as they enter our industry.
- Mentorship: As a new PRSA Fellow and member of the induction ceremony committee, I hope to encourage more of my successful peers to join the ranks of the PRSA College of Fellows–and I’d also love to see more professionals pursue their Accreditation in Public Relations.
- Engagement and encouragement: Returning to my local PRSA board after a bit, I want to be a fully engaged board member and encourage more professionals to join our ranks for the strong professional development and lifelong friendships they will enjoy.
- Inspiring ethical behavior and civility: In my last year as the chapter outreach coordinator for our Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, I want to schedule more regular calls with PRSA Ethics Officers to provide ongoing and informational support for our collective work to raise the ethical bar for public relations professionals.
- Empowerment: Continuing work with the amazing women of the Thurston County United Way’s Women United and the Junior League of Olympia, I want to help lift the women and girls in Thurston County up to financial self-sufficiency through philanthropy and volunteerism. I look forward to sharing our stories, welcoming new members and raising more money than ever to help promote hope!
- Fighting cancer: I’ll proudly continue to work with my friends and family to fight cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life with a goal of bringing in $2,500 again this year and supporting the great work of Cancer Pathways.
- Reconnecting: I’m blessed with long-time friends who regularly stay in touch. I look forward to seeing them whenever I can.
- Professional development: As a life-long learner, I hope to learn a few new tricks this year to help me continue to improve and grow.
- Gratitude: It always ends with gratitude. In 2018 and always, I’ll strive to express gratitude for the gifts in my life.
Happy New Year!