How IABC can improve your life

Striving for happiness is a constant challenge. It becomes nearly impossible when we face big changes at home or work. Unless we set boundaries, unrelieved anxiety can fester into life-threatening health issues – not to mention problems with our spouses and families.

We’re all stressed out

Four years ago, I neglected the danger signs when my father passed away, my workload increased, and the demands of my job felt impossible. Tension, anxiety, and worry gave way to major depression. Ultimately, I missed several weeks of work.

Supportive friends and colleagues are critical

A big reason I’ve been able to move past my major depression – and a painful job layoff that followed – is the support I receive from friends and colleagues, including the warm and welcoming members of IABC Orange County.

Though participation in IABC events and especially my involvement in IndyComm, our subgroup of independent communications consultants, I’ve learned about the business side of my work and received unwavering encouragement from colleagues. These people provide me with the boost I need to keep my business flourishing, and my confidence soaring.

Involvement pays off

I initially resisted the kind suggestion of IABC board members who urged me to serve as chapter president in 2018. Yet, my first eight months in office have been rewarding, educational, and fulfilling as no other job could have been. I’m proud to contribute to a worthy organization that serves the communications community – particularly in a tumultuous period when our professionalism is questioned at the highest national levels.

Corporate social responsibility panel marks 9/11

Please consider participating in our annual Corporate Social Responsibility panel, which takes place, fittingly, on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 11:30-1 p.m. at JT Schmid’s at The District in Tustin.

This year’s event promises to build on the success of our CSR events held during the past several years. You won’t want to miss it.

More to come …

Please stay tuned and mark your calendars for fall and winter IABC Orange County events including: An evening with the Ducks at the Honda Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17; professional speaker Leisa Reed presenting “Emotional Intelligence & Your Professional Success” at our Nov. 13 luncheon; and a gala holiday party in early December at Il Fornaio restaurant.

Cathi Douglas
IABC/OC president, 2018