The past few weeks, I can honestly say, my blog has not been what I envisioned it to be. As I mentioned, last week–my job is going through some changes that I am hoping will continue in a positive fashion. I am hoping to get back on track with my blog and my life, in general. One of my forever favorite song lyrics from Rascal Flatts is “life throws you curves, but you learn to swerve…” (If you want to listen to “These Days,” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MTSBcvI9DI)
This past weekend, I attended the AAD Conference in Washington, D.C. for work. I can officially say I have survived 5 AAD meetings, which for those of you that have never attended–it is something to be proud of. Our booth is HUGE and is typically packed with people, as we have lots to give with a smile attached.
The meeting itself is always such a great experience for me because I get to see some of the best doctors in the world, including the ones I call on from NYC. I am always so moved when I come back from lunch and one of my coworkers says “Your doctor stopped by and was looking for you!” It is just so nice to hear because as a rep, I sometimes feel like I am annoying my doctors. When I hear that they come by on a Saturday, in a huge conference hall and look for me–it’s just a nice feeling. I always tell Dan one of my favorite parts of calling on dermatologists is that they often give hugs, so I got quite a few hugs this weekend, which always cheers me up!
In addition to getting to see many of “my people” at the AAD, I also got to see some of my family while in DC. My cousins Kasey, Brian, and their amazing kiddos live about an hour outside of DC. They were kind enough to drive far for them, but close for me to get dinner on Friday night. It was so much fun. Not only did I devour some amazing garlic fries, but I got to spend some time with their kids, who were cracking me up. My favorite thing was when their little daughter, Grace, told me that she “has root-beer floats all the time.” I laughed as Kasey told me she has probably had two in her life. I just love how kids say whatever comes to mind, and there is no telling what will come out of their mouths next. We had a really nice dinner with lots of laughs, and probably equally as many calories (oops)! I am always so thankful for the big family that I am a part of–life gets so busy sometimes, but it is really nice to just relax and enjoy each others’ company every once in a while! I think it is so important to make an effort to be present and schedule some special time with those that you love the most! Thank you Kasey and Brian for driving to come see me on Friday, I had so much fun!
The hardest part of this weekend was saying “goodbye for now” to my boss’ boss as she retires from here career at JNJ. She has taught me so much about work, family, friends, and how to have fun while enjoying them all. I will never forget when she rode along with me for the day in NYC. I can honestly say it was one of the best days I have had since I started with Neutrogena in 2011. We talked about how I could become a better rep, the potential she saw in me, and how she would do everything she could to help me through all the years I worked under her. We discussed our family dynamics, including the highs and the lows of our lives over dinner. It was a conversation I will always be grateful for, and one that I will never forget. She has such a zest for life, and puts everything into each and every day and it shows to all who know her. I can only hope that one day, when I retire, people will say the same for me. I have yet to meet anyone that knows my boss’ boss that did not love her. A true testament to her impact was when I was in Maui back in January. A dermatologist heard through the grapevine that she would be retiring as of March 1. He came up to me and told me how sad he is and asked me “What will Neutrogena be without her?” I almost cried, but instead I held back my tears and said to him…”You know what will make her day…if we take a selfie and I will email her and pass along your message.” We did just that, to which she responded with a lot of laughter and gratitude. That same dermatologist came back up to me this past weekend and hugged me, saying how happy he was to be able to say goodbye to my boss’ boss, as she was at the meeting. We laughed and walked through the booth together and it was then that I realized how much of an impact a positive, upbeat, optimistic, and fun person can have on the lives of others.
On that note, with another week beginning, I challenge you to be your best self. If you have it in you…Be positive, upbeat, optimistic and fun because let me tell you people will WANT to be in your company, and a part of your company. Along with all these great characteristics–it is so important to also be genuine. Being genuine, truthful, and honest is something that I think people often struggle with–for me, it is so easy to see through fake people (and you know who you are…)
Well, that is all that I have for today…
Thank you for reading and have a fun day 🙂
Here are my pictures of the day…
Another fun thing about the AAD meeting is that my brother-in-law also works in dermatology for another company. We had lots of fun visiting each other’s booths. Joe bought my nieces their first rash guard to prevent their cute little skin from burning!!! I was very proud of his sun conscious choice 🙂 We enjoyed sending pictures and texts to my sister through the weekend.