Life Happens. Live a Little and Do What You Love

We spend most of our adult lives working…This statement is universally true unless you’re fortunate enough to retire at an early age. When it comes to choosing a career, the advice I always receive is to do something I love. Well, that’s easier said than done.

It took me a couple years after graduation to really figure out what it is that I love and want to make a career out of. If I had it my way, I would get paid to play with puppies all day but that doesn’t pay the bills. The next best thing was social media and digital marketing.

Social Media

I live and breathe social media. The first thing I do in the morning is check my phone not for emails but for Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. According to Adweek, the average time spent per day on Facebook is 35 minutes and Snapchat is 25 minutes. I am not ashamed to admit I spend 4x the average amount of time on these platforms per day.

Digital

As a data enthusiast, digital marketing combines my passion for social media and analytics. “Data is the raw material” is a phrase I’ve heard recently and there is so much truth to it. Data drives our understanding of the world around us. Without data, there would be no analysts or most jobs for that matter.

Marketing

When it comes to things I love, I am a walking talking spokesperson. I can’t even begin to count the all the times I’ve had friends go out and buy something I couldn’t stop talking about. I love offering advice to people who are in the market for products ranging from home goods to beauty. It’s an innate quality for me to promote brands. When I’m passionate about something, I become really invested. Marketing as a profession is my passion.

Udacity

Udacity’s Digital Marketing Nanodegree Program embodies my love for social media and digital marketing. It is especially appealing not only due to its focus on a subject matter I’m interested in but also because of the resources available to students. I’m excited to see how this program will shape my future in digital marketing.

Life happens, so it’s time I live a little and embark on this Udacity journey.