We'll miss you @Shonali but I'm know we'll work together again some day! :)
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.
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
Whoa. You can do it Shonali. My curiosity is through the roof but I put that aside and wish you well.
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 I'd say good luck but I think we all know luck won't be a factor.
@shonali congrats Shonali !! :)
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)
Congrats Shonali! Life is definitely not passing you by. You are making the best of it! Full support from the left coast.
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
@kbrick I can't tell you how touched I am that you stopped by... reminds me of our conversation last week! Thank you, Kat! I miss you but yes, the future awaits. :)
@Terri Johnson Thank you so much!
@jennwhinnem Thank you! It's been a little overwhelming the last few days - everyone is so kind - but it's exciting too. We have a lot to talk about when we finally meet IRL... er, when is that going to happen?
@ShaunDakin After I get back from India - DEFINITELY!
@JenFongSpeaks Thank you very much, Jen!
@JustInTheSouth Thank you, my friend!
@Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing thank you!
@HowieG Me too, thank you, my friend!
@Vincent H. Clarke That is very nice of you to say! I always welcome good luck, though. :) I really appreciate you stopping by!
@Ancita Thanks, Ancita!
@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.
@jrsygrl621 Thank you!
@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.
@JayBaer I'm VERY happy!
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Yes, they ARE. Thank you!
@ExtremelyAvg I love you being happy too! And thank you!
@TedWeismann Heh, I LOVE that. Thank you!
@KDillabough Thanks so much, Kaarina!
@ShellyKramer Thank you, Shell! It is SUCH an adventure!
@KensViews Really? Oh, we so need to have a conversation...!
@Shonali The feeling is mutual, my friend!