How many role models do you have in your life?

This is a great question I asked myself earlier this week. Who are my role models (professional and personal) and why do I consider them role models?

I have a few people in my life I can turn to for advice about work, life, and everything in between. For career and general advice, I always turn to my mother. I know, I know: Everyone says that their mom is their #1 fan. But it’s true! She wants the best for me, and she always makes me look at both sides of a story, or the pros and cons of a situation before reacting. She has a ton of life experience, as well as career experience, and she always seems to give me new perspective about whatever the situation at hand is. She’s made career changes, learned valuable lessons, and most importantly, she backs me up in any decisions I make. Isn’t it nice to have a cheerleader on your side 24/7?

For professional advice, I often turn to my uncle, who lives on Long Island, and has a fantastic background in business and management. He knows business matters like the back of his hand, and when I find myself in a bind, I know I can always turn to him for professional advice. He has worked in the corporate business world, and he has also built up his professional career as an entrepreneur and consultant. It’s great to have someone with so much background in business who can help me with corporate/professional questions.

There have also been a few women in my life that have helped me make career decisions. I won’t name names, but some of these women are powerful, strong leaders. Other women are coworkers who have given me advice over the years, which is always helpful.

I know I will run into many insightful role models in the years to come–both professional and personal–and I’m thankful for everyone who has helped me become the person I am today.

And hey, maybe one day I’ll become someone ELSE’s role model!

At the end of another successful work week, I started searching around for good quotes about enjoying work.

I found this:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” [Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

This quote sums up how I feel about work. Whenever I hear that a friend is unhappy at work or wishes he was doing something else, I tell him to wake up! I tell him: Do what you love and love what you do.

It’s as simple as that.

When you love your job (like I do), work doesn’t feel like…well…work.

Happy Friday!

Adobe brings us phenomenal software such as InDesign (my favorite) and Photoshop, two Creative Suite programs that allow users to create print and digital projects. These programs are great tools for creative and editorial minds alike; they allow artists to perfect their craft and allow editors to have a say as to how their articles are designed.

 

InDesign

What’s great about Adobe’s programs is that they are ever evolving. New, upgraded versions of these programs are available every year or so, providing users with new tools and shortcuts around every corner.

It’s really important to keep up with the newest versions of Adobe programs. Since I use InDesign every day at my work – a publishing company that prints magazines – I definitely want to keep up with the newest version of the program. A couple of months ago, I approached my supervisor and suggested that our team should freshen up our InDesign skills by taking an online class.

She loved the idea, and we signed up for the MediaBistro class that day.

It’s been a month after the program finished, and I can now say that it was truly a great learning experience. Our teacher walked us through important steps to create and update InDesign documents, and she also showed us new shortcuts that saved us so much time with our projects.

If anyone is thinking about taking an Adobe class, definitely do it!