Dictionary.com defines milestone as “a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc.” I’ve had two personal milestones within the past 48 hours: my youngest child got his driver’s license and my oldest daughter got married. Some have suggested that I should feel older when these milestones occur. Instead, I only feel a tremendous amount of happiness and pride. It’s how we all should try to live life–by relishing the big events and celebrating smaller, wonderful moments, too.
These personal milestones got me thinking about my milestones as a PR practitioner. I realized that I had talked about this last week over lunch with an old boss. He’s now a state Supreme Court judge; I handled media relations for him when he was the top elected official in a large Long Island town. When he asked me about my new job at Hofstra, I said I’ve had two jobs in my life that I’ve absolutely loved: one was serving as his press secretary and the other is my current classroom role. So now, as I’m nearing the end of my second semester, I believe that one of my most significant PR milestones took place on a recent September day when I began teaching at Hofstra. I relish this as a big event in my professional life, which has already led to many many smaller, wonderful moments.
What are your PR milestones?