a message from Lily Pesavento, Communications Coordinator
If you were to sit and reflect on your career so far, what comes to mind? Is it the pay? Is it the hours? Is it the years of experience? Does it bring you joy? Are you following your dream?
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer. As a kid I told stories to anyone who would listen. Needless to say, I was an annoying child who required lots of attention; my parents deserve an award. Most children wish to be astronauts or presidents or veterinarians. I imagined myself being published. It didn’t matter where, and it didn’t matter when, but I felt an innate need to have my words read by people I would never meet. Perhaps this longing to be recognized by strangers is a sign of an impending God Complex. Perhaps I’ll bring it up in future therapy. Or … I’ll use it to my advantage.
I have written short creative stories, countless essays in college, hundreds of news articles as a journalist and now a handful of blogs and press releases at RJL Solutions. If I had to pick my favorite platform or style, it would be blogging. Each blog I create is carefully thought out and curated to the audience. What will they take away from spending five to ten minutes reading my blog? Will they want to visit or explore the topic I’m covering? I use my personal experiences to make the blog relatable to readers, an example being my pottery date night blog. This piece was effortless to write and even more fun to relive. Every detail is as it happened, from my lack of pottery sculpting skills to the feeling of the clay under my fingernails. Even though I wasn’t a pottery expert, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Deming Park Pottery’s Date Night class and did my best to convey that energy to my readers. My hope is that each blog post, such as my Date Night blog which you can read on See You in Terre Haute’s website, inspires readers to explore the places and events I write about. I encourage readers to make their own experiences and enjoy the town we call home.
When I sit down to write, the swirling thoughts in my brain quiet down. My ears stop ringing, mind stops buzzing. The world around me melts away. It’s an odd experience, fully immersing yourself in your passion, letting the rush take you over until you become the very words you’re writing.
Sure, there are hard days where I really don’t want to write anymore. I become easily frustrated if the words don’t come to me quickly. I become very critical of my abilities. So critical, in fact, that I may fall into the dark blue abyss of mediocrity. And deep within the abyss, lives Writer’s Block, a horrifying monster with hollow eyes and a smarmy yellow grin. He whispers gently in my ear of due dates and upcoming projects. He taunts me in my dreams and keeps me up at night. He seems so intimidating in the dark, but he is nothing in the light. When I feel overwhelmed, I seek the guidance and support of my coworkers. Words of encouragement flow through the office like a rushing river. I swim up through the murky abyss and grab at the bright outstretched hands until I am floating peacefully on the surface.
RJL Solutions accepts me for who I am and finds my quirkiness charming… I think. I’m the girl with seven succulents in her office window and crystals on her desk. I’m the girl who, while everyone else is checking the paper, I’m checking my horoscope. I’m the girl who heard the printer go off while she was left alone in the office and immediately thought, “Ghost. It’s totally a ghost, and I’m stuck here with the ghost.” No, the office isn’t haunted, I am simply paranoid of the paranormal.
Bottom line, RJL Solutions takes you as you are and helps you grow, much like my window succulents. I see myself becoming a better writer under the guidance of my coworkers. I see myself taking on more Public Relations responsibilities and creating more blogs. I see myself staying at RJL Solutions for the long haul, making a positive impact on my community. This is more than just a business. This is a second home, and my coworkers are a second family. We share our worries and our faults. We share our successes and our good news. We go on weekend adventures and discuss our favorite books. We build relationships and trust.
The trust and relationships aren’t exclusive to employees. We extend the same offer to our clients who trust us with something very precious, their vision. Our job is to make your job easier. We provide you the tools to make your dream a reality. Whether it be in the form of social media, public relations, relationship building, advocacy, grant writing, lobbying, marketing or blogging. Blogging offers a unique perspective, an inside look, into your business. Blogging adds a personal touch to marketing campaigns and business models. Consumers want to see the people behind the big business. Who or what do you want to highlight in our next blog?
If I were to reflect on my career so far, I’d find that I am thankful for my past, content in my present and excited for my future and the content I’ll produce for you at RJL Solutions.