Hello, real world. Meet the working-professional version of Madison McGhee! Today, I started my life as a working woman - a consultant for Blackbaud, a leading provider for nonprofit software.
I'm a big kid now. I do big kid things like take the Metro to work and go to happy hour with my friends near our offices. I have weekends off and crave an evening of books and good coffee. I even started watching the Bachelorette. The first day of the rest of my life - well, my working life actually began today. I couldn't have imagined this transition any other way and I'm really looking forward to what's next.
With friends, old and new, this city already feels like home to me. It was the best decision I could've made to move in a little bit early and get to know this city and the amazing acquaintances who quickly became my friends.
My morning started with an English muffin, a cup of coffee, and Amy Poehler's Yes Please audiobook playing in the background as I reached for my "first day of work" outfit that I have had planned for months. The commute is about 20 minutes by bus followed by a 10 minute walk to the office. It's the perfect length.
First days of anything can be fun - school, work, camp, etc. - and meeting new people with fresh faces and perspectives on life is exciting. You can only wonder where your journey with these people will go. I'm also lucky to have an old face along with me - my best friend, sorority sister, and roommate Caroline Reppe.
After a long morning of lectures about culture, history, and corporate executives the afternoon was a little more exciting. Laptop distribution and cubicle assignments make anyone feel 13 going on 30. I, as well as the other new hires, were invited to sit in on a company meeting that was hosted in the Charleston office. I learned about the values and leadership skills that Blackbaud wants to emphasize and it reminded me how lucky I am. I landed a job with a company that knows how to work as a corporation - manage thousands of employees all over the world, answer to investors, and keep clients happy - but also that stresses the importance of upholding and maintaining high standards for life and work and everything in between.
Blackbaud is a company that serves nonprofits in a business sense - obviously, we make, sell, and help implement software to help them accomplish their goals. But we also serve nonprofits as volunteers - we find ways to help on weekends, after work hours, and volunteer our time and finances to help these organizations help others.
"We work as one.
We bring heart.
We invent possibilities.
We expect the best.
We give back."
And I'm so thankful, honored, and excited to be a part of it.
Now I'm going back to Taco Tuesday with my friends, because I'm a big kid and do things like that.