I bet on myself, and I won big

It has been quite an incredible journey over the last several years. I am happy to report that the culmination of all my hard work and overcoming obstacles came in the form of landing my dream job.

On January 25th, I started my first day on the job at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. I get to combine my three loves in this job: nonprofits, digital marketing, and WordPress.

Back in 2008, I started taking over website maintenance at my old organization. I re-learned HTML and learned CSS, JavaScript, and PHP for the first time. I spent countless nights teaching myself to code and poking around in different content management systems.

Over the next several years, I started the organization’s social media and email marketing programs. I taught myself Google Analytics, content marketing, agile project management, and the software development lifecycle among other things.

I also managed to get my MBA in Marketing and two project management certifications while doing all this.

Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with WordPress and wanted to use it in my career.

I also fell in love with the nonprofit technology scene. I love the nonprofit world, and technology is my thing. So, I became immersed in it.

The last two years have given me several huge tests. The loss of my marriage. The loss of my father. The loss of my dear friend Sarah.

There were other losses during this time. The loss of 35 lbs (60 lbs total from my highest weight). The loss of being too afraid to act. The loss of lack of self-confidence. And many other worthwhile losses.

Last June, I took the leap to go freelance full-time. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wouldn’t be able to make it work without killing myself and running out of money. I was simply under-resourced.

But I wouldn’t have known if I didn’t jump.

However, if I didn’t jump, I would not have been ready to land my dream job. I wouldn’t have had the WordPress chops.

The clients that I worked with while freelancing taught me more in seven months than the previous three years of only doing it on the side. I got an excellent crash course in WordPress development, management, troubleshooting, etc.

Because of that, I landed my dream job.

When I took the leap, I bet on myself. And I sure won that bet. I won big time.

For the first time in my life, I am exactly where I want to be professionally. And there is plenty of room to grow from here.

Many people tell me I inspire them to reach higher and do better. I’m happy to serve as inspiration. We can all reach higher and do better. We can all go after our dreams.

As long as you enjoy the journey, accept the results and adjust when you need to, and get back up after getting knocked down, there’s nothing that can stop you.

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