After many starts and stops, I’m so pleased to finally get this blog site up! It’s true that just taking that first step is always the hardest part, but once you get going, momentum builds and soon you find yourself opening up to brand new ideas and opportunities.
Taking that first step… in large part I feel like I did that two years ago after leaving an organization where I spent 18 years serving as a Chief Marketing Officer and building a $100 million dollar company. In 2009 I found myself and the entire executive team swept out by the companies owners who had a different vision for the future. This sudden change afforded me the opportunity to sit back and evaluate what I wanted professionally and personally – and with every intention of taking a year off – I set a course to do just that.
Funny thing though, I’m someone who thrives on “what’s next” and after sleeping for nearly a month straight and a week of watching Law & Order episodes, I discovered that taking a year off wasn’t going to happen. I’m not good with idle time. On a whim, I sent my resume out to test the waters and 6 weeks later I had a job offer in the association community in a health care organization serving as a Sr. Director of Communication & Marketing. My husband was thrilled that I was now going to be within this thriving association community, a community in which he works. Having been married for nearly 20 years I thought I understood what this community was like, I had some non-profit experience and a little health care experience so I thought this transition would be easy.
Boy was I wrong! And I’m glad I was because these last two years have been an extraordinary time of learning, succeeding and failing, a time of great change in my life and has challenged me as a leader, marketer, as a staff member and most assuredly as a student. More on the student aspect later.
So today I launch The Mix by Meeghan , my intention here is to offer insight on a mix of things – health care marketing and communications, MobileHealth, social media and community building, my life in the association community and as I’m a closet pastry chef, perhaps a recipe here and there.
I would welcome feedback and comments and hope you will connect with me here or on twitter @themixbymeeghan.
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