New Year, New Mindset, and...

New Year, New Mindset, and...


I’ll always remember the year 2019 as the year when my life kicked me to the curb.

Emotionally, physically, financially, mentally… I completely lost all control and certainty within every aspect of my life. Do you know the saying “when it rains, it pours”? Well, that basically sums up my year, but with an added series of thunderstorms, violent hurricanes, and monsoons. I’m here today to tell you that I’m glad that all of it happened. In fact, I would have it all happen to me again if I knew I’d end up with the same growth mindset that I have now. That feels wrong to say because I went through a lot of hardships including one traumatic event that no one should ever have to experience. However, those trials including that awful one have made me more resilient than ever before. Most importantly, it helped me get out of a full-blown victim identity that limited me from expecting more out of life - including deeper and more fulfilling relationships as well as a career that I'd be passionate about. I learned how to persevere and take risks and celebrated the little victories of progress knowing that healing and drastic change doesn't happen overnight.


Last week, I started working for one of the most prestigious wine companies in the world, the Terlato Wine Group in Lake Bluff, Illinois. They represent more than 100 wine, spirits, and water brands, covering the world’s finest regions, varietals, and styles from 19 countries. I report directly to the chairman, Anthony Terlato, who is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the world of wine and someone I fully respect. As the lead Web Content Manager, my first primary focus will be updating their website. I'm honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring awareness to Terlato's incredible business story as well as the exciting and meaningful work they continue to do today.


Through lots of trial and error as well as perseverance and grace, I found a job that I am passionate about. And I couldn't be more excited about what's next, including what my next challenge will bring me.

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