The 12-Month Plan

September 20, 2008

It’s been a super long time since I blogged.  I worked for a PR firm in Detroit this summer, so I wasn’t much in the mood to write when I wasn’t being paid to.  Especially after all the writing from last spring semester!  I was quite ready to be as lazy as possible May through August and do nothing much beyond going to baseball games and the library.

My Tigers didn’t have a great season, but I did discover a great biography on England’s Queen Mary.  Her life straddled the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th, so you really get a great perspective on what it was like living through all the major developments and advancements that changed in a matter of decades a European way of life that had been mostly the same for centuries.  Yes, I’m still a dork.

Anyway, back in DC, back in school.  Working for a division of one of Detroit’s big three auto manufacturers, which is completely different for me.  Almost everything I’ve done up to this point has been wholly political, and I suppose still is a bit, as I’m working in government and public affairs for the company, but I’ve had very little exposure to the corporate side of things.  So far, so good.

But, being home this summer, I came to realize that it (or somewhere like it) is where I want to be, long-term.  I’ve thus decided to make the most out of what is probably my last year in DC, barring Michigan’s destruction by asteroid or a completely amazing DC job offer.  I think I spent so much of last year trying to be the kind of person DC either attracts or creates that I neglected or forgot so much of who I really am and what made me originally want to be here.

So, enough with working 8-6 when my heart’s not in it, enough with the endless networking, enough with weekends spent in tired clubs stuck in awkward conversation with strangers incapable of discussing anything but their “amazing” job or “prestigious” alma mater or wanting to “hook up.”  Bring on the museums, the history, the road-trips, all the things that make this city and this region unique, and cheers to what I think will be an amazing end to 2008 and wonderful beginning for 2009.