What I’ve learned in 2016 – Emily

December 14, 2016

Emily joined the team in May, and she’s been kicking butt and taking names ever since. As our resident Projects, PR & People Person, she’s been working on innumerable projects, doing amazing things for all kinds of clients. Here’s what 2016 has taught her (as well as a snap of her on our AbFab day!):

Own who you are and embrace your team.

There is no point trying to be the best at everything, especially if you have a good and supportive team around you. Own your skills, be aware of your flaws and embrace who you are. At Intelligent Ink, I have been very lucky to have been surrounded by some amazing women who all have something slightly different to contribute, which has made being me a whole lot easier and has meant that when I am struggling with something, one of the others has always been able to help.

If you’re upset or struggling with something, talk about what is going on. People can’t help if they don’t know what’s happening. And often, if you talk about a problem it can seem like a whole lot less of a problem than if you let it stew. Often you will find that people also like to be asked for their opinion.

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-3-35-59-pmRemember to breathe

It’s easy to get wrapped up in what’s happening each day. Between work, home and everything else in between life can get chaotic and can often hit a point where it feels like the to do list never ceases to shrink. This year I’ve learnt that sometimes things are completely out of my control and while there may be numerous ways to try and get them back on track, some things are better left where they are. And the only way to let go, without feeling guilty about leaving things is to take a deep breath and walk away.

We live in the future!

We live in a world now where we are so used to having things in the space of a day; where we can order a present online and it arrives overnight, or have a question and with the click of a button it’s answered. We longer have to wait for the post to arrive to tell us what has been happening with our friends and loved ones. In some respects, technology has made us impatient; we think everything can be done now, or should have been done yesterday. But it’s not always true.

Recently I have tried to leave my phone behind at least once every couple of weeks when I go out to just detach myself from the stress that comes with constantly being switched on or plugged in. Instead of using Google maps to direct me during these times, I’ve had to pick up a map book – you would be surprised the number of people who look at me incredulously when I tell them that. Detaching myself from technology has taught me so much but it has also given me such a sense of freedom. I am at no one’s beck and call and I have nothing to do but enjoy the moment!