CONSIDERING A NEW JOB: STUDY THE TEA LEAVES OF CULTUREMay 26, 2021
DLE BOARD MEMBER MAKES HER MARK IN SHORT ORDERMay 26, 2021
By Katie Kelly, DLE Social Media Intern
DLE Alum Lexi Aruck had a fast-rising corporate career working at Anheuser-Busch when she decided she was looking for something more in her life. To fulfill what Lexi was so intensely craving, she flexed her YOLO spirit and moved from Missouri to upstate New York to attend New York Chiropractic College.
As guest speaker at this month’s Breakfast Club, Lexi openly shared stories that led to her taking bold actions to change her career and life course. She revealed that the unexpected passing of her father in 2019 triggered a call for action. “My dad said he didn’t regret taking days off of work when he did; he regrets not taking enough days off and missing out on what was important.”
Throughout Lexi’s conversation with Breakfast Club attendees, she shared quotes that helped her realize she was unhappy with her life. Alicia Keys’ book “More Myself” was an influential piece that helped Lexi put her feelings into words. One that truly resonated was this: “We shift ourselves not in sweeping pivots but in movements so tiny that they are hardly perceptible, even in our view. Years can pass before we finally discover that, after handing over our power, piece by small piece, we no longer even look like ourselves.”
For Lexi, it was time to shed fears of trying something new. “I needed to repair my mental and physical health. I wanted to bet on myself, invest in myself and remember my wild.”
She admitted, “I was afraid to start over. The expectations from family and friends were challenging. I heard a million times, ‘but you have such a good job.’ I started to realize that I was only associating my identity with my job, and I am much more than that.”
So Lexi took the jump, aided by these guidelines that she shared with the group:
- Nothing in life is easy. Pick your hard.
- Relentlessly chase what brings you joy.
- It’s the everyday that matters.
- Concerns and lack of support have more to do with others’ fears.
- Life is unpredictable. Be flexible and open.
- What if it all went right?
- Fill up your cup; it’s your responsibility to the people that you love.