It’s been a really long day at work. Like, not overly long in the sense of time, but long in the sense of activities and things taking place. But in my new (I can still call it new?) job, I find my days getting longer and my network getting bigger.

And I’m so okay with that.

I think all I ever wanted from my old job – other than better pay, better benefits, professional development that actually applied to the admin staff, flexible hours and decent coworkers – were opportunities to grow my network and build my career. That’s how I knew that job was a dead end one.

I had no opportunity to network with anyone in my industry because my company thought I wasn’t important enough.

Yeah, I accept that harsh reality now, but I hated it then. I wasn’t good enough to network. Which I translated into my professional goals didn’t matter.

Now, it’s essential to my role that I constantly be networking. Meeting new people, plugging in the programs we offer and the value of my role in the company. Today, I got to meet and hang out (loosely speaking) with the ladies of Sebastian Professional. Later in the day, an actress from the Hart of Dixie stopped by and talked with each one of us. And hugged us and mentioned how much she loved the work we’re doing. So that meant meeting her assistant and a photographer who was there to shoot her on site. Meeting more new people.

This is was networking like for me now. No two encounters are the same. No two experiences are alike. But each one offers of wealth to learn from and people to connect with.

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