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7 Interesting Things About Me

Usually I try to keep this blog professional, forward thinking, proactive (for myself), and use it mainly to impart knowledge on the topics that I myself am dabbling in and learning about.  However — this was too much fun of an opportunity to pass up…. David Mullen recent tagged me in a post as one of seven people that he finds  interesting. (I’m interesting — go figure!)  So here are seven things you didn’t know about me…

1.  I went skydiving out of helicopter in Interlocken, Switzerland. By far the coolest thing I’ve ever done. Amazing life changing experience.  If you haven’t been skydiving yet – no excuses – DO IT.  And if anyone out there is reading this and wants to pay the mula for me to do it in San Diego, I’d do it in a heartbeat!

2. I’m religious. I was raised in a Christian home, and in my adult life my faith is something personal and dear to me. I believe in Jesus Christ and am always pushing to make fellowship, service, and missions  a bigger part of my life.  Also – I go to the Rock Church in San Diego.

3.  I have a severe obsession with colored post-it’s and school/office supplies in general. Sharpie color packs, tabs, highlighters, etc.

4. I once got in trouble for vandalism at a Family Camp when I was in Junior High. My girl friends and I decorated an old shack by campsite to be our Girls Club with do-a-dot markers, and our intentions were  misinterpreted to say the least.

5.  I dream of devoting my life to helping others — or what it would be like if I could quit my job and move to a third world country where they struggle with food, clothing, shelter — the basics of survival . One day – when I am more financial stable – I hope to be able to do this, spend all my time, energy and money on service to those who struggle with these life essentials.

6. I adore my family.  I have the most talented, hilarious, and fun-to-be-around older brother and younger sister, and I couldn’t ask for better parents if I made them up myself. My mom is a role model to say the least, a incredibly compassionate woman and faithful and loyal friend. My dad is more hard-working, dedication, dependable than almost anyone I know. I’m incredibly lucky.

7.  Movies are a huge passion of mine. I had an emphasis on film studies in college and enjoyed classes such as Italian Cinema.  One of my all time favorite movies  is The Pursuit of Happyness, it’s an incredible movie based on a real story in which Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a homeless man  struggling to live with his 5-year old son in San Francisco who later becomes a self-made millionaire.  It’s an amazing story (and Will Smith is incredible in it).

Well, I hope that wasn’t too painful for anyone! Now, according to the rules — here are seven people to participate in the next round that I think are interesting and would love to know more about.

Andrew Finkle

Crosby Noricks

Ryan Graves

Sarah Essary

Justin Thorp

Eric Imbs

Devin Brown

The rules are:

  • Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged
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    Layoffs. No one likes them.  And currently, an overwhelming amount of people are experiencing this unfortunate life changing event. Who can you blame?  It is usually not to the fault of the individual employees or the company that is forced to cut expenses, and therefore people. The truth is that it is a nasty, uncomfortable and sometimes heartbreaking experience for all involved.  No more fun for the upper management that delivers the news than it is for those whose ears it falls on.

    Unemployment in California rose for a fifth straight month to 7.7% in August, and economists predicted that a recovery wouldn’t come soon, given the depth of the Wall Street financial crisis.  Under these present circumstances, in our poor economy (that doesn’t seem to be yet improving) this has become a first hand experience for me.  Six months out of College, and all revved up from an amazing jump start into the field of public relations at successful and well awarded full-service public affairs firm in San Diego, I found my beloved new career screeching to a halt.

    I am confident that layoffs are a reflection of the economy, not a reflection of my ability.  Companies are sometimes forced to make tough decisions, in the fairest manner possible.  Last one in, first one out. – These have all become common phrases in the explanation of my current situation… unemployment. (Ouch, painful words.) (And may I take this opportunity to say that I have the utmost respect for my former employer and continue to be grateful for my time and experience.)  The question is — what now? I know I’m not alone today when I attempt to answer that question for myself.  With a positive attitude, a pro-active approach, and energized at the prospect of being able to reach out for new and different opportunities, you simply put one foot in front of the other.  In my brother Ryan’s words… you stay active.  Always be doing something, and you’ll be doing something right. Be forward thinking, forward moving and looking forward. (Only look back when delving into past experiences for interview material.) I am confident that the talent and experience that I hold will take me great places, and I see this current situation as one of opportunity.

    Right now, I don’t know exactly what is next but one truth remains, I’m excited for what is to come.


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    PR for ME

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    Public Relations – for me – would be the process of managing the flow of information between myself and my publics.  So, my public (that’s you) here are my key messages. These are the truths I want you to understand about me as an individual.

    Hard working and enthusiastic – I am willing to put in the extra hours when needed during critical assignments. I am energized in fast paced and challenging environments and always willing to assist when needed.

    High-quality writing ability – I have written multiple press releases, opinion editorials, letters to the editor, and language for corporate and promotional client materials.

    Committed – I see my work through from beginning to end and take pride in the quality of finished products.  I takes ownership in my assignments and always seek clear direction in order to put forth my greatest effort and produce the best results.

    Quick learner –
    I can quickly become well acclimated to different environments and cultures.  I rapidly catch onto assignments and blend well in a productive corporate environment.

    Creative contributor – I am able to contribute to discussion and brainstorming efforts in regards to strategic marketing endeavors, promotional pieces, re-branding projects and community outreach challenges.

    Team player –
    I work well in collaboration with others and show good team player skill. I add to a team with forward thinking initiative which pushes the team to strive for cutting edge and up-to-date expertise and method.

    Strives for improvement – I am always eager to advance and improve my skill set and experience. I take constructive criticism well, recognizing analysis as opportunity for growth and learning.



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