Coucou mes chatons. Happy Monday!!! I know I said I’d have one post out every Thursday and I was late posting up last week. So to make up for it I’ll have two post out this week one Monday AND Thursday. Yay for more writing 😉
For those who are curious here’s my outfit break down | Color-block dress from The Limited (similar styles here)| Velvet chunky H&M kitten heels (similar ones here) | Agatha silver navy leather watch (similar one here)
Let’s get into it: I wanted to talk about my Chicago firsts. Everyone often asks, “Why are you in Chicago?” My response, “For my freedom and the challenge.” Here in Chicago, I have no family and my circle of friends is very tight knit. I came to Chicago to seek a new lifestyle of becoming a traveling big city girl. It hasn’t been all glamour, however; the ride has been one huge learning process from: leading successful galas to broken hearts to almost getting into my dream agency to meeting the Intern Queen aka Lauren Berger .
I knew I was crazy when I join AmeriCorps VISTA, I question myself sometimes on how I am living on this stipend. Since working in nonprofit I’ve kept myself busy with volunteering outside of work and raising money for the Asian American community targeting the youth, elderly, and refugees. I became a associate silent auction director for Lunar Ball. I wouldn’t have survived without my team. Even when we met outside of volunteering hours we still talked about LB. But at the end of the day everyone held it together. Delegating and leading my team into success was a new form of empowerment and drive that I have never felt before. Coming to Chicago allowed me to push myself to become leader who was capable to think and act fast under any circumstance. I wouldn’t know what to do without my dim sum gals.
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I signed up to be silent auction assistant director. It was a lot pressure, sleepless nights and a ton of junk food. However, the vision come together and my girls stepped up their A-game and we worked hard. To another milestone in moving forward and growing here in Chicago. Next project, my French gala ❤ --- #aliciavoyageàchicago #LBSilentAuction #whoruntheworldgirls
As somebody who often looks ahead, I started to learn how to celebrate the small milestones while trying to cave my career. I often volunteer with Hanul Family Alliance- Chicago for their huge fundraising events. By volunteering my time, I was sponsored by HFA for their Korean Women’s International Networking convention. All of the speakers left me motivated and help re-position what I want for my career goals. Plus I was able to network with WOC in various work sectors from the arts to corporate to NGOs. I swear moving to Chicago was the best thing that ever happened to me. Even in the darkest hours, this city knows that when you put in hard work you end up with amazing results.
Networking has brought me to where I am today right now. When your friend knows a friend who knows a friend, you start to realize how small the ad/ public relations community is. As my AmeriCorps VISTA contract is ending I started to network hard and I was able to meet and gain advice from Intern Queen aka Lauren Berger. To step inside Golin was an motivating experience because I thought to myself one day I will work for an amazing company like this. Lauren offered so many insights and was a total sweetheart and made sure to let me know who I should be introducing myself to for informational interviews etc. Overall, a night I wont forget because I remember looking up to Lauren since freshmen year of college as I was seeking my dream fashion internship in NYC.
Another reason to live and love Chicago! I was able to meet the beautiful Lauren Berger aka @internqueen! You're so down to earth. I've been following you since freshmen year of university and speaking with you has left me motivated. You inspire me to get back into communications/ PR and ad again! You gave such good career advice and the speakers were phenomenal. --- 🏙#aliciavoyageàchicago #whoruntheworldgirls #internqueenparty
Have you ever felt so much connection to a city where you weren’t even born from? If so comment below and share your story with me. I know that France is a country that will always, always have my heart.
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