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Uncomfortable Is My Middle Name

ImageThe first audition I went to after So You Think You Can Dance was for Lil Wayne’s tour. I danced to 6 ft. 7 ft. I was one of the handful of white girls there. Needless to say, I got cut in the first round. Shout out to Della Hamby who got the part and is probably getting a matching BFF tattoo with Nicki Minaj at this second. I vividly remember walking into the audition and thinking I’m definitely wearing too many clothes. For the entire 25 minutes I was there, I felt uncomfortable, out-of-place, and way out of my element. This feeling rarely secedes me.

Fast forward five years and I am working for the world’s greatest automotive company in nonetheless, manufacturing. It has officially been one month on the job as the Communications Manager for General Motors’
Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery plants. I’m responsible for all internal and external communications, supporting product launches and business objectives and strengthening GM’s reputation in our local community. That description probably isn’t enough to explain what I do every day because each day comes with a new challenge and a new level of uncertainty.

Certain that this challenge will leave me with better results than Lil Wayne, I’m still hurdling all the manufacturing acronyms and I’m still trying to figure out how to manage my time and the people around me. Each new challenge brings a new learning opportunity and embracing that challenge will make all the difference.

It’s funny how life’s uncomfortable moments start to make sense after a while. After the feeling goes away, you start to realize you’re exactly where you should be. I hope this message inspires you to embrace the uncomfortable. It’s important to live with your future self in mind but your future self should always be evolving into someone better. The best way to do that is to accept the challenges and find joy in the journey.

XO Courtney


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