Pack Light

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by: Minda Harts, CEO, The Memo, LLC

I don’t know about you, but I am ecstatic about 2018! However, I'm not writing you today to discuss your weight, money, or all those lovely New Year's resolutions that we weigh ourselves down with every January.

Know that I am all for the new year, new goals, who dis’ frame of mind. You have to be working towards something in this life! But from one friend to another, my best piece of career advice for this year is...

[cue Erykah Badu]

“Pack Light!”

Do you remember the song Bag Lady? I was listening to it after making a 90’s playlist (don’t judge me), and I think it was the first time I listened to the words of this song through adult lenses. Badu was preaching that career gospel and I don't think she intended to! After listening to Bag Lady on repeat, the lyrics resonated and put me in a career mindset.

Sometimes we carry the baggage of old experiences, ill-willed colleagues, and toxic work environments with us each day we arrive to the office. Some of us even bring the bags from our last jobs to our current and future ones, and we are so jaded by that baggage that we can’t enjoy the present.

Before we can put together our vision boards for the year and dream as big as the galaxies, some of us might have to let go of some “baggage” so we can fully embrace and be present for our next win! A couple of years ago, I wrote about my encounter with some mean girls in the workplace, and I will be the first to admit -- I carried that bad experience in my bag for almost a year before I let it go. So I have decided to “pack light” going forward.

Emotional baggage is not suitable for our health or advantageous as we climb the ladder! I want to encourage you to take good care of yourself! What else does Ms. Badu say about baggage:

* One day all them bags gon’ get in your way!

* You can’t hurry up cause you got too much stuff!

* All you must hold onto is you!

I know it can be hard to let go of certain things that have turned into safety blankets in our lives, but in order to embrace the new, we have to say goodbye to the old.

Last year, I called one of my aunts on her cell phone to wish her a Happy New Year. I didn’t know she was at work, and her phone went to voicemail. The message went something like this…”It’s a new year, and I am making changes. If I don’t call you back, then you are one of those changes.” I cackled during the entire message.

The moral of the story is, don't be afraid to let go of emotional baggage that does not and will not serve you in this new year.


Music video by Erykah Badu performing Bag Lady. (C) 2000 Motown Records