Hi, loves! Guess what? It’s time for some real talk.
Tomorrow (I’m writing this at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night) will be my last day at work. My last day at my first real, salaried job. My last day at the job that gave me more than just health benefits and a start to my 401K. It’s the end of a chapter, but the next chapter is going to be so juicy that I am brimming with excitement. I’m ready for it to begin.
But it’s finally time I reveal what I’ve been up to since December 2010, when I started my first post-grad job. Some may call it a career.
I spent five months after graduation searching for a job. I applied for a writing position that was close to home for a number of reasons (the most pressing being finances and a new relationship). In December, after a two-week trial period, I was hired on full-time by Pure Romance, LLC (then Inc.) as a copywriter. With my journalism degree, I was able to apply everything I’d learned to marketing and sales copy. Thankfully, I was on a team of fellow Bobcats and a Scripps alumna.
Now, I need to tell you a little bit more about Pure Romance. It’s an in-home party plan that specializes in bedroom enhancement products. That’s a euphemism for sex toys. Yes, that means seeing a dildo or dual-action vibrator around the office is as common as seeing a pen or stapler. I’ve spent hours with my teammates brainstorming names for clitoral vibrators, warming lubricants, butt plugs and beyond (tons of makeup and beauty products as well). It has been hilarious and challenging. I’ve had more days than I can count where I’ve been in tears cracking up debating names or trying to figure out a product (there is nothing like trying on a Sexy Spreader before 9 a.m. for copy purposes) or doing research. Sex is fun and that’s what our main task is: get people to have fun and open their minds a little, and to help women feel that exploring this side of them is more than OK.
We also deal a lot with women’s sexual health and funding research, which is lacking. Perimenopause, menopause, vulvovaginal pain disorders, pelvic prolapse, sexual dysfunction after cancer therapy, and libido, desire and pleasure are our main fundraising focuses.
The other part to Pure Romance is marketing to the Consultants. These are the women who go into ladies’ homes and educate them about intimacy, the human body and how to use products (through speaking and displaying the toys, not using them, which is a common misconception). These are also women who transform their own lives. Some Consultants have moved their families from trailer parks to three-story houses because they worked their business. As copywriters, this is the part that has us creating brochures, newsletters, in-company magazines, radio advertisements, blogs, articles, legal documents, website content, event conceptualization (and collateral materials), catalogs, signs, etc. Anything involving words and we’re on it!
It’s difficult to summarize my time at Pure Romance. At the start, I was awkward and new and didn’t have the voice nailed down pat (oh that’s another thing…there is a sex joke in most sentences). Now, as I prepare to leave, I feel as though I’m leaving my second home, full of some of my closest friends. I said to a couple coworkers today: “Guys, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to be this weird around anyone else.” It’s true. We’re that close. We’ve been through a lot of insane projects and tight deadlines together. My bosses really gave me a chance and believed in me. I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.
I don’t think I could have imagined a crazier, more fun or more challenging first job after college. I love that. Now, I’m ready for what’s next, and a lot of that is thanks to the experiences I’ve had with my Pure Romance team.
Ciao for now,
P.S. I totally understand if you have questions! Feel free to ask me in the comments or email me!