How I Learned to Trust Myself
Accepting a new position and taking on new responsibilities is rewarding, but can also be scary.
Gabbi knows this all too well, as she recently accepted a promotion that presented some unique opportunities and challenges.
I had the chance to catch up with Gabbi to find out how she’s navigating her new role like a boss. Here’s what she had to share:
Emilie: Gabbi! Let’s talk, boss! What’s new in your neck of the woods?
Gabbi: Well, I’m proud to report I landed that promotion I was striving towards while at Bootcamp! I’m now the integrated marketing manager at Southern New Hampshire University, where I work as a broadcast producer on national TV and print ads.
E: Congratulations! That sounds incredible. How’s the new role?
G: It’s intense, but so rewarding. I just wrapped up a 6-week cross-country road trip, and I love the travel this role involves. From December to May, I was aboard the See Yourself Succeed Bus on a national tour that involved producing TV spots, managing a broad social media campaign, and hosting three big, live events.
This tour was the largest project I’ve ever worked on and I had more on my shoulders than ever before. I’m not gonna lie – I was nervous! At every one of our big stops I wondered in the back of my mind, “What if no one shows?!”
E: I feel you, boss. Half of what we do at Bossed Up is host events – and it’s always nerve-wracking! How did you manage those feelings?
G: After making it through three events without any major hiccups, I learned something important: I have to trust myself. I have to trust that hours of organizing lists, making decisions with the event company, and coordinating the staff to be on site will pay off. I have to trust my skills and have faith that other people will come through, too. Either way, even if something does go wrong, I have to trust that I can figure our way out of it.
E: So true, Gabbi. So…what’s this I hear about your master’s? On top of crushing it at work, you’ve completed another degree?!
G: Yes, I completed my Master’s in Communication and Media! I was only a few classes into my program when I attended Bootcamp, and it was the perfect long-term goal to set my sights on when planning my path forward.
After hearing so many women talk about their own educational and professional goals, I was more motivated than ever to push forward in achieving what I set out to do. Now with diploma in hand, I am so glad I kept at it.
E: Amazing. So what else has changed for you?
G: Well…I’m in an actual, serious relationship. What?! I’ve been with my boyfriend for over a year now. We started dating a few months after Bootcamp.
I had never dated much in the past. I was really focused on my career and finishing school. So when I went to Bootcamp, one of my goals was -very simply – to date more. It’s funny because it’s not the kind of goal I would have set at any other professional development conference, but I’m so glad I did!
It’s great to now have a partner-in-crime who works in the same industry and understands what I want in life. He’s an awesome part of my support system, and obviously fully accepts the boss woman I want to be.
E: Sweet! I’m glad you made your personal life a priority. Sometimes when we’re kicking ass academically and crushing career goals, we can forget to make time for relationships. So what’s next for you, Gabbi?
G: I’m currently training for a 9k that’s next month – my second year in a row! After Bootcamp, I challenged myself to run more, and this is the longest distance I’ve ever run! I’m excited to continue to challenge myself even more.
E: Thrilled to hear all this, Gabbi! You have all the moving parts of sustainable success: connecting work, love and wellness. So, I have to ask: did Bootcamp help?
G: Oh, without a doubt. Bootcamp gave me a national community of support and encouragement. I watch as other amazing, women make things happen in their lives and careers and it inspires me to do the same.