March 15, 2024 / CPOVs

CP Abroad With Erin Mullaney

Erin Mullaney, Media Director

Connecting Work, Family, and Creativity

woman standing by the cloudy Cliffs of MoherAs I reflect on my recent month-long escapade in Dublin, Ireland, there’s one experience that shines brighter than the rest – my unexpected family reunion. How cool that this once in a lifetime experience happened because of a “work perk.” But those at CP know it’s so much more than that.

My Dublin journey was a blend of work and personal exploration, from riverside strolls to bonding with Irish colleagues over pints of Guinness. Amidst the bustling activity, a planned visit from my mom led to an impromptu gathering with long-lost cousins. Little did I know, this meeting would lead to a heartwarming reunion and a newfound appreciation for the ties that bind us.

two women standing in the Irish countrysideAs we sat down over a homemade Irish dinner, exchanging stories, laughter and tracing back our family tree, I couldn’t help but marvel at the serendipity of it all. Here I was, thousands of miles from home, connecting with family members I hadn’t even known existed. And yet, despite the geographical distance and differing cultures, we shared a bond that transcended both.

This reunion echoed themes prevalent in my work life – themes of connection, perspective, and the power of storytelling. In meeting my family, I was reminded how genuine human connections captivate and inspire. As we swapped tales of our shared heritage and family lore, I couldn’t help but see parallels between our conversations and the work I do every day.

group of women standing by the waterMoreover, this experience reinforced the value of stepping outside of our day-to-day routines to stay inspired and relevant in the fast-paced world of advertising. Connelly Partners doesn’t just invest in integration with other offices and perks to maintain our stellar employee retention and culture; it also recognizes the importance of keeping us inspired as a creative advertising agency.

So, as I bid farewell to Dublin and returned to the hustle and bustle of daily life, I carried with me the lessons learned from my unexpected family reunion. In a world where work often consumes our time and attention, it’s important to pause, reflect, and cherish the moments of connection that remind us of what truly matters – both in our personal lives and in our professional endeavors. And thanks to Connelly Partners, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do just that.

rainbow over river liffey, Dublin