As you've probably noticed, it's been just about two months since I left the television broadcast news business. If you follow me on social media @OlenaHeu you've probably gotten a taste of what I have been up to. #OlenaAdventures started after I went on a whimsical trip to Las Vegas for a few days for a spontaneous bachelorette party, then on to Sonoma and San Francisco for a quick visit with friends and etc. Over the past couple of months I have really enjoyed my freedom to explore, find myself and better yet reconnect with friends, family and meet new people.
The other day someone asked me "So what's it like to be unemployed?" I replied "Being self employed is amazing and the best decision I have ever made!"
It humbles me when someone stops me on the street, at a baby luau or in the grocery store to tell me that they miss seeing me on television every morning. I am so honored and deeply grateful for the well wishers and those who express their feelings to me. Thank you for your kind words. I do miss being there to connect with you everyday, but I feel like I am living the life I was supposed to live -- and I am truly happy.
As you know I started my own business Olena Heu Communications - many think this is a PR company, but mainly I focus on social media management, social strategy, media consulting, event planning, mistress of ceremony work and freelance writing! The opportunity to write for Frolic Hawaii has been wonderful. This gives me the chance to share my escapades and adventures with a whole new audience online, and we have launched videos too. http://www.frolichawaii.com
My schedule is starting to get jam packed with clients, events, meetings, media previews, tastings, etc. It's really been a blessing to be able to have this opportunity to share what I have learned over the years with others and help them. My business continues to grow and expand everyday and whether it be local stores, restaurants, non-profits, I am happy to help them and offer my services so they can grow too. I added a testimonials page and a photography page to my website. This gives others a view of what it's like to work with me and showcases some of my work as a photographer too. http://www.olenaheu.com
Just today, it was announced that I am coming back to television...soon. I will be working on a series of television shows coming up this fall and next year. Not all have been made public, I am excited about this and I am happy to share that it involves collaborating, writing, on-camera work, voice work and getting out in the community doing interviews and sharing noteworthy messages and stories with you. "We are extremely excited to work with Olena Rubin Heu" said Executive Producer Tracy Arakaki. "With years of experience in the media and a successful news career, Olena will help shape the exciting stories covering both sports, and will lend her unique character and voice to our projects."
I have also been dabbling a bit on the modeling spectrum again. Some basic stuff like head shots, creative shots, water shots and beach shots. What's really interesting is some underwater images that I will blog about real soon. I am taking the opportunity to do things that are really creative and outside the box. I can't wait to share what this entails.
All-in-all its been a really good mix of being a free spirit with balancing a new self employed lifestyle. I couldn't be more blessed right now!