Hey Yall — KB here!
This blog post is catching up with some and introducing myself to others. It’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged and I’ve missed it terribly. So let’s get started!
My name is Karla Burnett but a lot of people call me KB. In my former life, I spent the last five years as a Corporate Project Manager prior to launching my blog in 2016 At that point in my life I was 34, and really determining who I wanted to be as a woman. All the years up until that point I thought I
wanted to be a mother, a wife, and a successful business executive and everything seemed to be moving along quite nicely.
On the inside I was miserable. I felt empty and often cried in the car before dragging myself into the office. My mental and emotional health was suffering. My problem was that I was in an environment that did not allow me to stay true to myself. I was tired of the level of code switching required to maintain my status and I no longer wanted to conform.
I wanted to discover Karla.
I launched Nashvillesocialbutterfly.com January 2016 as a creative outlet and a pivot into a new career direction. With a business savvy mind, I saw many opportunities to be a successful Influencer. After a few sponsored gigs I got super excited (and super naive) and left my role in corporate america to pursue my own paid opportunities.
As soon my decision to leave Corporate America was final (about a few hours later) the world instantly became larger. No longer was I at the mercy of the four corner of an office department. Literally I can sell products and services to anyone in the WORLD. (via the)WIDE WEB.
All of 2017 I spent my time pitching for creative jobs that fit my skill set – Social Media Manager, Virtual Assistant, Blogger//Copywriter, and even a substitute teacher. I’ll definitely be telling those stories as I get back into the blogging game.
After almost six months of freelancing I could see the inevitable on the horizon; I missed the security and size of my paycheck with a traditional job.
With a tight job marketing in Nashville it took me over six months of interviews to find and land a job that I could see working for the for the foreseeable future.
Currently I work for a staffing agency where I am the Account Executive tasked with finding jobs for Creative Professionals. It is very similar to my life in freelance world, expect I pitch a database full of creatives and skill sets instead of just myself.
My clients are marketing managers and creative directors in the Greater Nashville area… the same target clients I had as a creative freelancer and the same audience I have as a blogger. I now see how life is not a coincidence and you usually end up right where you are supposed to be.
Now I am skeptical to say I love any job, however, after having been in the workforce for over half my life, I can truly say that I LOVE my job.
When my boss comes in town, he hugs me and tell me I am a blessing. I have autonomous authority over my business and a fabulous working space in downtown Nashville. I have met the CFO and CMO and I have not been with the company a full year.
Not only that, but I am celebrated for being exactly who I am – which is the most important factor for me.
Sometimes your gifts are stifled and need to be freed in order to find your passions. Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. I can’t wait to share with you everything that has happened in between!
Where are you in your journey? Do you need freedom or just a change of scenery?
KB The Nashville Social Butterfly