Welcome to The Ball’s in MY Court – coming from Cleveland, a blog from one young professional trying to figure life out to another. Buckle up and get ready – but expect some rants, typos and bad jokes! (I’m working on my stand-up career… needless to say, that’s not going so well.)
To be honest, I don’t really know how I got here – personally or professionally – or what I’m doing for the most part. All that I DO know is that I live in Cleveland, work at Score Marketing, and I’m happier than ever. I’m just a small-town girl from Scranton with big dreams, a bigger personality, and no idea how to be a grown-up. So where do I start? On a cold, January day back in the 90s…
You don’t need to know my whole life story. Fast forward to my college years, skipping the “extra-curriculars” 🙂 (… I warned you about those bad jokes.) Once I decided what I wanted to do with my career, I never had a second thought. I was going to be Dr. Sarah, a pediatric physical therapist in Philadelphia. Clearly, that happened, right? Nope. It wasn’t until after I applied for grad school and took more physics classes than I ever wanted that I realized that wasn’t what I was meant to do. Hard pill to swallow – wanting to change your career during your final semester of college. I did what most stressed and overwhelmed 22 year olds do; I called my mom and cried (A LOT). I ripped the rug out from underneath my own two feet and for the first time in my life, I didn’t have a plan.
Naturally, I moved back home with my folks after graduation and tried to figure out what the heck I was going to do with my life. I think it’s fair to say that after a full 48 hours of living in my childhood bedroom, I knew I needed to start making moves. I found an amazing entry-level opportunity that moved me to Cleveland, and forced me to be a real adult. (Side note: I knew NOTHING about Cleveland before moving here other than the fact that it existed, so imagine my parents’ surprise when I dropped that bomb on them at the dinner table.) For as hard as it was, and still is, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
I’ll be the first to tell you that after almost 2 years, I still don’t know that much about Cleveland. I’m also still really learning how to be an adult. It’s tough being a young professional in a brand new place where you know no one and have nothing. How do you make friends? How do you balance your job and your personal life? How the hell do you get anywhere without getting lost?! You have to pull on your big-girl pants and adjust to a new life which definitely isn’t easy.
From one struggling millennial to all you other struggling millennials, let’s figure this out together. If you haven’t already, I suggest signing up for the newsletter for this blog. You’re going to get the nitty-gritty truth about how real the struggle is and how much better you’ll be because of it.