As a business owner for more than 15 years, it’s important you set career goals to prevent stagnation and revitalize your passions. When it’s only you at the top, it’s also only you encouraging yourself to hit new milestones. While businesses all have annual goals to accomplish, these are very different than personal goals. Part of launching my website and blog in 2018 was to give myself an opportunity to grow and express my experiences.
However, one of the biggest rewards from launching my personal website in 2018 was the high level of interest from brands seeking collaborations with me across my social media channels, specifically my Instagram @valeriekjennings. It has been an honor to work with many international lifestyle companies. Additionally, 2018 was a big year of personal achievement as the CEO of Jennings Social Media Marketing & Viral Bolt Media including being named a DMN 40Under40 Honoree and Top 50 Influencer in Kansas City by Blogger Local.
Although 2019 started with warm temperatures and beachwear, 2018 ended on a high note in New York City at the awards ceremony for the 40Under40 celebration. We had a blast learning about the other honorees who were also selected for being under the age of 40 and having incredible success in their digital marketing and advertising careers. You can read more about the award here.
Last but not least, I was honored to be named a Top 50 Influencer in Kansas City by Blogger Local. You can check out the full list of influencers, which was divided up among tech, business, lifestyle and more.