By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
This summer has been delightful here in Chicago, especially from a weather perspective. That makes for ideal conditions to take advantage of all things relaxing and outdoors.
These past few weeks, I’ve started my day on the front porch, lounging on the wicker furniture Susan restored. I leisurely enjoy my coffee and can read as many articles as I want from the Chicago Tribune, which we still have delivered.
I’m accompanied by birds — cardinals, robins and sparrows — and am serenaded by their calls. The morning sun, filtered by the linden trees to the east, is warm and inviting. From our front porch, I greet neighbors — retired folks like Joanne, long-standing friends like Bree, Hispanic kids, hipsters sporting tattoos and straw fedoras — heading to work, off to school or walking their dogs.
In essence, I see the neighborhood come alive; it’s peaceful and tranquil, and a reflection of how Avondale has evolved from one sometimes plagued by gang punks, loud cars and graffiti to one of tolerance, quiet and normalcy.
Well, my cherished morning routine is over. Now, I’ve joined my neighbors. I now have someplace to go. I landed a new full-time position.
Thrilled to be back in another great public relations position? Without question. Excited about the challenges ahead? Bring them on. Looking forward to continue growing and learning? As my friends from Wisconsin would say, “You betcha!”
To those who offered support during my search, sincere thanks. (A special shout out to my friends at PRSA Chicago for the opportunity to stay active in the profession through my volunteer work coaching APR candidates.) To those who are searching for the next career opportunity, I offer this advice:
- Always preserve your integrity.
- Always remember you have value in today’s job market.
And, as for my coffee-and-newspaper routine: There’s still Saturday and Sunday, and there’s half of summer left.