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The Time is Now

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The Time is Now

Happy Lent, everyone! During this time, I go through phases where I feel like I can take over the world and moments of intense struggle and weakness. I’ve given up many things this year and weirdly enough it has allowed me to focus on my faith and finding myself. As I tried to think of what to talk about, the message became clear: The time is now.  

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I swear 90% of our lives is spent waiting for someone to permit us to do what we want. Waiting for someone to promote you at work. Waiting for someone to give ask you on a date. Waiting for someone to validate our abilities. Waiting for the perfect sign to make that big move. Well the truth is we know what we want. The truth is that when we really recognize our worth and our capabilities, we are unstoppable.

I have so many conversations with people who spend more time policing their own dreams than they do living them. Next time you have a conversation with someone about your aspirations, I want you to be very conscious of how you speak about those goals. Are you embarrassed about your dreams? Do you write them off as something that will never happen? What I really want all of my loved ones and readers to do is to recognize your greatness. We can do anything we put our minds and our hearts to. Give yourself a chance to shine instead of hiding in the background waiting for your big break. Take a leap of faith because you know you’re great.

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I’ve had times where I’ve been scared or ashamed to say what I want and where I want to be, but it is important to put those dreams out there. Let others hear it. Let yourself hear it. Let’s speak up and speak out this month and every month moving forward!

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Devin (Yes, I’m talking to myself lol), you are exceptional. Stop feeling like an underdog because you are in competition with no one. You are capable of so much more than you even know and you need to start acting like it. Don’t settle. Don’t get complacent. You will be a star because you were born a star. You will be a household name and you will figure out how to create the perfect brand which encompasses your many passions. Be the visionary you know you can be!

Your best friend,

Dev.

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Six Months Later...Lessons from the Office

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Six Months Later...Lessons from the Office

So today was one of my last days in the office before the end of the year and it hit me that I have been working for just about 6 months! I feel like I just started working here, but  I've learned and grown so much in this short amount of time. From trips across the country to taking on projects and programs in industries that I had never thought of, this company teaches me new lessons and skills on a daily basis. I want to share just a few lessons that can be applied to any stage in your life!

Get a space heater

 

Now this lesson took me a while to come to terms with. I thought just a mere cup of hot coffee would help me survive a Maryland winter in the office, but boy was I wrong. Upon starting your new job fresh out of college, invest in a space heater or see if your office has them. You will thank me later. Unless you live somewhere warm...then just disregard this one! 

Go to the Happy Hours

 

When I first started working I swear there was a happy hour  every other day of the week and I literally tried to skip every single one. Some times I missed them for valid reasons like rehearsal or exhaustion due rehearsals, but for the most part I was just a nervous and shy (can you believe it) new employee. I didn't know anyone, so the thought of an office happy hour was terrifying.

 

Now I can't get enough of happy hour. What better way to end a work day than a nice cold beverage with some of your favorite people from the office. I mean you spend the majority of your time working with these people, so it's really nice to let loose and interact with them in a different light. It's led to some really great friendships and working relationships for me. Don't skip out on those happy hours when you first start working and make some friends. You'll thank me later.

Say Yes

 

One of the biggest lessons that I have learned and continue to learn is to always say yes whether it be to help out on a new project or even tedious work that makes your co-workers lives just a bit easier. Each time I've allowed myself to say yes, I've learned new skills and built relationships with people that I would not have otherwise. It shows that you are a team player and a hard worker. That type of persona can go a long way in the office, so just say yes!

Take Breaks...

 

To be honest I am still working on this lesson, BUT I do know that breaks are important. You can't work all day long without any breaks or you will go C R A Z Y.  Personally, when I do reward myself with a break, I look at Facebook or get a snack from the kitchen. My coworker, Hayley, says" breaks are like a planned distraction to make you more productive when you are working." I could not agree more. Breaks allow your brain the rest it needs and deserves! So whether it be a visit to twitter or a walk around the office give yourself a break. You deserve it.

Ask for Help (it's no big deal)

So I'll let you in on a little secret: You don't have to know all of the answers. I've learned from day one the importance of asking for help when I'm struggling. I know it can make you feel dumb or inexperienced, but you know what really makes you look dumb and inexperienced? Doing something wrong that could have easily be fixed by asking the right person for help.  I'm very fortunate to work in an office that encourages asking for help. I work with a team of people who are incredibly smart and good at what they do, so I know that 9 times out of 10 I should just ask them.

 

In the words of Kanye, " You ain't got the answers!" Well, sometimes we do and sometimes we don't, but it's important to be okay with asking questions. I just started working six months ago and some of my coworkers and mentors have worked in this field for 10+ years. To me it just makes sense to ask the experts for help and not feel bad about it.

 

Well here's to six more months! I'm really grateful for the highs and lows of this year. Being employed by such a caring company is definitely something that I am grateful for. What lessons do you have from starting your career? What questions? Inquiring minds want to know!

 

Stay Golden,

Dev

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It takes a hell week...

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It takes a hell week...

You know when you go through those really difficult moments where you’re being pushed past your limits and to the point of exhaustion, but you can’t help but smile? You’ve tasted a Cfunk hell week. For the past week or so, I have been constantly (rehearsing until the weeeee hours of the night/morning) surrounded by people of different backgrounds who bond together for one reason. Their love of dance and faith in Capital Funk.

 

Maybe I’m just being a sap, but I think that is beautiful. Over the past few months, I’ve gone through periods where I questioned my love for dance. Is it something sustainable or even meant for me to do because it doesn’t pay my bills, but takes up 90% of my time? Dance is one of those pursuits where even when you’re at the top of your career, you may not have fame or fortune. You have to love it to keep it up. My relationship with this craft has been tumultuous to say that least. Is it really worth it?

 

Yes. Sure, there are moments I feel like my growth is slower than the person next to me (who cares?). There are moments I feel like I’m not where I should be or receiving the right opportunities. But after a 7 hour day in the office, here I am at 9:30PM knowing that I am exactly where I should be. My back is throbbing and I know I’ll be here for at least 3 more hours, but what really hits me is that I would not put myself through this “hell” if I did not love to dance. Dance is a relationship worth fighting for in my life and Capital Funk has made the fight so much easier.

 

After joining this team, I’ve realized that I am not in this fight alone. There is a room full of people struggling next to me to stay awake, to look their best, and to make Cfunk proud. Cfunk is a team of support. This week I challenge you to think about what it is that you simply cannot give up? What do you have to fight for and who is to your left and right helping you along the way? Cling to them! Thank them. What takes up the majority of your time and is it something that you are proud of? I believe in the importance of finding what makes you tick and who keeps you ticking.

 

Thank you Capital Funk for reminding me why I love to dance. Thank you for pushing me when I’m complacent and all of the laughs when I want to frown. Thanks y’all!

 

XOXO

DevDoe.

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