Wednesday, August 28

Six and a half years of Magic and Mischief

While I usually blog about random shenanigans, I do spend the majority of my time, erm, working! I've spent six and a half years working at an amazing ad agency which has essentially been my second home, and my colleagues, well they feel more like my extended family.

When I left college after studying a three-year media diploma, I still wasn't sure what to specialise in. I enjoyed the entire creative process and was overjoyed when I landed my first role here as Creative Assistant. I got to dip my toes into everything from print and web to radio and telly. I have been blessed to work with the most incredible creative team. I've always sort of likened it to playing in a band. It's a rare thing to share a chemistry with a group of people who are all so encouraging of each other's ideas. Over the years, we've produced what I think is some pretty nifty work under some intense deadlines!

Aside from that, I've been through some pretty big life changes while working here. I played in bands, did some travelling abroad, got hitched, got unhitched, moved into a termite-infested flat, packed up my bags and moved into a lovely termite-free flat. Throughout all of this, my colleagues have been so supportive and encouraging of my ambitions.

It has comprised such a massive part of my life so it's often felt a bit strange to not share it here but ya know, work is work. Gotta remain profesh!

A little while ago, a new opportunity presented itself and it seemed like the right time to embrace a new challenge. So on Monday, I will be starting a new job.

I am looking forward to meeting new people and tackling new projects but I am sad to leave this place. We've worked in a few different offices but our current one is my  fave. We looked at so many premises and eventually, we found a light-soaked space in what feels like a downtown, lofty-style warehouse. We turned doors into trestle desks and converted walls into chalkboards. Every morning, I curl up on the couch and sip a cuppa while reading the paper. I am going to miss those little rituals. I am going to miss thrifting bits for the office. I am going to miss the friendly faces in our block. It really has felt like such a special place.

Everything I know about marketing and advertising, I learnt here. I just want to thank my directors and colleagues for helping me grow as an advertising human, and as a person. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and imparting your wisdom. Thank for for ordering thirty pizzas at the stroke of midnight while we were on the jol! Thank you for buying me a twin-pack of voddies when I was thrown into the deep end. Thank you for every cupcake that's arrived on my desk. Thank you for letting me twang my guitar at the July! Thank you for filling the water coolers with margarita mix! Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities you've given me over the years. My work family - I will miss you so much. But it's not goodbye, it's see ya later. I WILL be popping in for catch-ups and Friday night drinks. Keep the white wine chilled, you crazy cats. I love you guys. x

PS: I don't usually have giant photos of myself behind my desk - I just received that bad boy yesterday!

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