Tomorrow, after close to 5 years, I’m saying goodbye to Hyatt. More than just a place I’ve worked, it’s where I’ve grown professionally as a marketer, developed lasting relationships and celebrated so many personal milestones.
I started in January 2012 as I was finishing grad school and remember being so excited to land this “dream job”. Previously an account exec at an ad agency, this position was ideal because I was not only the client representing a reputable brand, but I would spend my days marketing amazing hotels around the world (and yes, visiting them!). Since then, I feel like I’ve grown up at Hyatt. Professionally, I’ve strengthened my skills as a marketer and communication specialist and been promoted into a few roles. On a personal note, my Hyatt family has been there to celebrate my engagement, marriage and newest and biggest role as a mom. But more importantly, they’ve shown nothing but compassion and empathy during the scariest of times.
I remember coming into work the Monday after my vision went dark in my right eye eager to finish a campaign I had launching that week. But I sat at my desk in tears and had to explain I couldn’t see the computer screen. Without the slightest hesitation (both in that moment and the weeks to follow), they insisted I focus on myself and my health. In the year that followed, they continued to show nothing but support and flexibility as I went through the most difficult time in my life. I am forever grateful for these past 5 years and for leadership that cared about me first and foremost as a person. My experience at Hyatt has taught me so much about myself and has ultimately brought me to this pivotal point.
The last 18 months have been life-changing and have made me rethink my choices, priorities and goals for my future. I spent the last 10 years of my life ramping up my career in advertising and later marketing, juggling getting a Master’s degree while working full-time. I have always been ambitious and eager to get to the next step, but life changed after I was diagnosed with MS and then again when I had my daughter. My priorities shifted and my health and family became myprimary focus.
While I wanted to balance working full-time with being a new mom who’s also managing MS, I’ve realized that I can’t give each of these things the focus they deserve right now. Everything is still too new. As many working moms know, it’s been challenging finding a balance, and then managing MS adds in another layer of complexity. While trying to do it all, I’ve actually caused myself more stress (which in turn leads to increased symptoms) which doesn’t help anything. So, I’ve decided to slow down, pull in my financial belt and spend my days with my daughter as she grows before my eyes. I also plan to continue concentrating on my awareness efforts for MS and figuring out what’s next in my career. I know myself and will always need to have my own focus and personal goals but for the first time in my life, I haven’t planned out the next few steps. If I’ve learned anything in the last year it’s that we don’t have the ability to control everything and sometimes you need to just enjoy the moment and see what falls into place. And I know that will happen with my career.
While this was a difficult and scary decision to make, I believe it’s the right one and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life, whatever that brings.