As we approach the time of year where it’s customary to think about the things we’re grateful for, I have taken some time to reflect on the gratitude I have for my role here at SourceCode. Since I joined in February 2019, I’ve been promoted three times but my gratitude comes down to so much more than a job title. What I’m most grateful for has been the growth I’ve experienced as a professional, which has by and large been prompted by the people I’m lucky enough to work with here.

When I joined SourceCode, we were a close-knit, 10-person team. That was a great opportunity to work closely with everyone at the company, regardless of what people’s titles were. Because of that unique experience, I can confidently say I learned more here in my first year than all the years I’d spent at other jobs combined.

I’d also like to take the time to reflect on a piece of advice my colleague Nicole gave me that has stuck with me throughout these past (almost) 4 years. She taught me not to take things personally. Since the public relations industry centers around driving results for your clients, it’s easy to attach your entire identity to the work you achieve. That always feels great on the good days, but not so great on those inevitable days you’re struggling to break through on a certain project or account.

Looking back, I’m so grateful for Nicole and the advice she has given me. Her mentorship has taught me to achieve a healthy balance of taking pride in my work and caring about it deeply while also being able to take every day as a lesson and root my sense of self in my character instead of my career.