It’s been close to seven years. I started in Florida, then Chicago, then Austin, then middle-of-nowhere Illinois, and now glorious SoCal.
Over the last seven years I’ve learned a lot about myself. This is a story I’ve told a bazillion times, but if you’re new here, I’ll get you caught up.
Let’s talk labels: in the past seven years, I’ve been a bartender, event coordinator, intern, college student, college grad, conference-goer, intern again, hired into the PR agency world, baby skydiver, analytics gal, corporate-turned-skydiving bum marketing/event coordinator, and small business owner.
In the past seven years I’ve written about PR/new media, dating in the city (what a glorious chapter that was), promotions, skydiving (another all-consuming chapter), relocation, post-grad life, resume editing, LOVE, quitting my corporate job, more skydiving, pursuing skydiving full time, RADIO SILENCE, a bit of travel, and most recently, starting my own business.
In the past seven years, I’ve spent a few years being married to my career, then met the man that I would actually marry. For the past five years, I’ve had the most incredible times with the most supportive man I’ve ever met. A dreamboat of a marriage. A ridiculously hilarious and awesome life.
I’ve seen some shit, too. I’ve lost friends, changed careers, and started my own business. I dove head-first into a little program called Boss School, and had my whole world turned upside down in the most beautiful way possible.
For the past seven years I’ve been writing at here sydneyowen.com. For the past (almost) three years, I’ve been writing, signing checks, paying bar tabs, and traveling as Sydney Williams. Name changes and marital status aside, the one thing that is constant, is that I’m still writing as Sydney: Unfiltered.
I’m about to embark on the next chapter of this insane journey of self discovery that I’ve been on. It started with losing friends last year, continued when I quit my job to start Planet Green Socks, and really kicked into high gear with Boss School. This time next week, I’ll be up in the mountains at the house I toured for the women’s skydiving retreat that I wanted to host, in a huge cuddle puddle with 20+ women from Boss School for the Unleash Your Fearless retreat. A week after that retreat wraps up, I’m headed to Europe for two weeks to cover a 12-day sailing with Azamara Club Cruises alongside my father for some serious international family time while I dip my toe in a new industry.
As soon as I get back, I’m moving out.
And by moving out, I mean I’m starting a new chapter over at SydneyUnfiltered.com.
I shared the Unfiltered manifesto earlier this week, and when I get back from Europe, we’re diving head first into the rebuild of Sydney: Unfiltered.
You can count on more of the Unfiltered writing you’ve been seeing here for the last seven years. Gone are the days of writing, editing to censor myself, and (maybe) publishing. I’m tired of worrying about what people will think and I’m fully stepping into Sydney Owen Williams. Period. Without a tagline, without a label. I have some other stuff in store as well. More on that in a bit.
Between everything that happened last year, and all of the growth I’ve experienced through the Boss School program, we’ve been planting A LOT of seeds as to what this next chapter of my life looks like. As in, we’ve taken all of the Garden section at Home Depot AND Lowe’s and just swished all of that up in a bucket and that bucket is my brain.
I’ve learned to “trust the process” – much to my resistance. That phrase, in general, makes me want to vomit. I’m down with personal growth, but some of the lingo and jargon and phrasing in the industry makes my skin crawl. Through Boss School (and all of the subsequent reading, coaching, jam sessions, and conversations I’ve had since we started), I’m learning to love the results that come with the woo-woo shit, but I’ve been resisting the woo-woo shit for a long time. I’ve finally found a tribe that can break down the woo-woo shit into things my analytical brain can comprehend, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t all up in that world of personal growth. I’m so fucking into it, it’s ridiculous.
That said, I don’t know what the next chapter looks like yet, tactically. I have some HUGE ideas that I’ve been fumbling with for the past year, beyond skydiving, beyond planning events, beyond ONLY marketing, and I’m starting to see the light. There is a common thread. There is a mission that is bigger than what I’m doing now. The seeds have been planted, the dots are there, and with the Boss School retreat and the trip to Europe, I anticipate a lot of those dots connecting.
Starting now, until SydneyUnfiltered.com is fully realized and ready to launch, I’ll be writing. I’ll be sharing everything I’m doing to prep for this chapter, the things that come to light at the retreat, the dots I connect while I’m in other countries, and all of the stuff inbetween that inspires me to get my fingers on a keyboard.
I invite you to come along on this journey. Maybe you’re on the same page. Maybe you’re enjoying the entertainment as I figure out this thing we call life. Maybe you’re where I was five years ago, completely rocking it in your career, discovering a few things about yourself, and knowing that there’s something HUGE coming, but you’re not sure what. Either way, come on over.
Grab a seat, grab a glass of wine (or your favorite beverage), kick up your feet, and get ready to get comfortable being uncomfortable, and join the conversation about all of the weird, hilarious, painful, and beautiful things I’m sure to experience in the next six weeks. If you’re down with it, I invite you to head over to the construction site that is SydneyUnfiltered.com and get your updates there.
It’s been a good run here at sydneyowen.com. I’ll keep this as-is while I’m on this journey, but once SydneyUnfiltered.com is ready to rock and roll, this little corner of the internet will be moving across the street. The next post you see here will be the final one, full of reflection, hitting on what’s next, and the final redirect to my new house.
You don’t even have to bring a housewarming present. Your presence is present enough.
Hearts, sparkles, rainbows & unicorns,
For the sake of those who might skip through all of this stuff above, we’re still in SoCal. Barry and I are awesome, Puggles are great. The website is moving. I’m not moving. Sweet.