When Life Happens

December 7th, 2012 | Shonali Burke | 67 Comments

on the way outToday’s been a big day for me.

Because, as you read this, I will have packed up my stuff from MSL Washington DC, and getting ready to have a farewell refreshment with my colleagues, some of whom have become dear friends.

You see, today was my last day at MSL, and effective immediately, I return to my independent strategic communication practice. Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc., is back in business, folks! And note the “Inc.” – I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!

Yes, that was the sign I had on my office door. I thought it was a fun way for my colleagues to know when I was in/out.

And yes, I had a mirror in my office. No, not to put makeup on. It was a feng shui thing. Trust me.

“What?!” Yes, I heard that shout.

“But Shonali, you were so excited about joining them!”

Yes, I was. And I’ve met some wonderful people, not just in this office but around the MSLGROUP network, who I know will stay friends with (and possibly become collaborators) for the foreseeable future.

I’ve learned a lot, some of which I’ve shared, and some of which I haven’t.

When life happens

But sometimes, even the best opportunities don’t work out the way you think they will.

If something isn’t meant to be, it isn’t meant to be. That’s when life happens.

So I leave MSL with some wonderful memories and many new friends. I hope my colleagues have learned as much from me as I have from them, and I refuse to say “goodbye,” because that word is too final for me.

And I’m excited about what is to come… because, believe me, I have a lot of plans.

So… I wanted to let you know. You have shared in my ups and downs, personal and professional, over the last several years, and it’s important to me that you know what’s going on in my world.

Thank you for being my community, and for all that you have helped me with. I truly treasure you, and hope that you get from me at least as much as you give.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Head honcho of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke is President & CEO of Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, she loves helping for- and non-profit clients, both small and large, turn corporate codswallop into community cool™. She also loves ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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65 comments
kbrick
kbrick

We'll miss you @Shonali but I'm know we'll work together again some day! :)

Tinu
Tinu

I feel like saying "best of luck" is redundant when you've been making your own luck out of talent for so long... Also WHY IS YOUR @LIVEFYRE SO PRETTY? #jealousy

Terri Johnson
Terri Johnson

Good luck with your new adventure, Shonali. I know you will have a great time and do well!

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

Whoa. You can do it Shonali. My curiosity is through the roof but I put that aside and wish you well.

ShaunDakin
ShaunDakin

Good luck and lunch in Falls Church City soon !

JenFongSpeaks
JenFongSpeaks

Wishing you much success Shonali. I know that this next chapter will be amazing for you!

JustInTheSouth
JustInTheSouth

I'm so HAPPY to read that you too are having some amazing "Life Change." I look forward to reading and seeing more. WOOT WOOT WOOT ... Congratulations. 

shonali
shonali

@jocmbarnett thanks so much!

shonali
shonali

@bdorman264 Whether we like it or not!

KirkHazlett
KirkHazlett

I've probably said this a million times in the course of my sketchy personal and professional life, Shonali, and written about it even more..."try new things."

Life is a never-ending learning experience, and each new encounter adds that much more to our arsenal of knowledge, skills, and wisdom.

Congratulations for having given it a shot!

"But tomorrow, By the living God, we'll try the game again!" (John Masefield, Tomorrow)

shonali
shonali

@chelseamarti thank you so much!

shonali
shonali

@MattLaCasse Awww. Thank you!

shonali
shonali

@barrettrossie thank you so much!!

jrsygrl621
jrsygrl621

Congratulations!!! I am looking forward to reading about your next adventure! 

ExtremelyAvg
ExtremelyAvg

You will kick butt, regardless. If you're happy, then I'm happy. I love being happy!!!

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obrienmedia
obrienmedia

Congrats Shonali! Life is definitely not passing you by. You are making the best of it! Full support from the left coast.

KDillabough
KDillabough

Couldn't be happier for you:) I know you've made the right decision, and I can't wait to see the next chapter unfold. Cheers! Kaarina

ShellyKramer
ShellyKramer

Congratulations, woman. Let the adventure continue. xoxo

KensViews
KensViews

Not surprised. Not surprised at all. :)

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@Vincent H. Clarke That is very nice of you to say! I always welcome good luck, though. :) I really appreciate you stopping by!

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@KirkHazlett I love that quote! And I love the spirit that you have for trying new things - it's infectious. You're an inspiration, Kirk.

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@Hajra  Thanks! Well - there are some things/situations that are really tough to change to... and for me, if something is going to work, it usually ends up taking not more than 3-6 months. If at that point it's not... then it's not. It was tough to leave, though, I have (had) some really terrific colleagues, but at some point you have to do what's right for yourself.

Shonali
Shonali moderator

@KensViews Really? Oh, we so need to have a conversation...! 

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