Kelly the Culinarian: An Award-Winning Week

Saturday, December 12, 2015

An Award-Winning Week

This past week has been especially insane - our employees from around the world were in for our all-staff meeting, in addition to 2016 planning and goal setting.

Naturally, it seemed like a great time to take off on a take trip to Washington, D.C. I was up for a major award and knew I would kick myself later if I won and wasn't there to get it. So I drove myself to the airport at an ungodly hour, took an insanely early flight to the town I briefly called home and metroed up to the National Press Club. It brought back so many memories - when I lived in DC, I relied upon breakfast at the Press Club every morning to start my day, then celebrated the end of every week with free tacos and $3 Coronas (I know they still do tacos, but I don't know the current rate of coronas...).

A healthy dose of nostalgia later, I sat through a super long award ceremony put on by PR News as they announced their PR People, among others. I was watching the clock to see if I could make my flight home, and I was THE LAST award announced - Social Media Professional of the Year.

This award is so very sweet. I never thought years ago that someone could make a career out of Facebook, but here I am at the top of my field. It's an incredible feeling to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I've made the right career choices to get to this moment.

I got myself back to the airport immediately with 20 minutes to spare. I was lucky to have a healthy snack on board. Big Slice sent me a variety pack to try a few weeks ago to give it a whirl, and it was ideal for a day on the go.

The blueberry pomegranate hit the spot for less than 100 calories, which got me home with enough tummy space for a celebration dinner (and beverage) with my award.

Thank you to all the people who made this award possible. I am a lucky girl, and looking forward to what a career in this profession will look like in a year, five years or 10. Cheers!


Amanda said...

Congrats! Well deserved!

Katie @ Live Half Full said...

Congrats- very much deserved!!!

Michelle @ said...

Huge congrats to you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It would be great for you to talk a little bit about why you got this award. I know a lot of people read your blog for a lot of different reasons, but as a communications professional I would love to read some tricks of the trade.

KellytheCulinarian said...

I'll start drafting something! In the meantime, this is what they wrote about why I earned the accolade:

Zenaida Arroyo said...

That is awesome! Congrats!!