After graduation in May, I moved to a new city with next to no connections. I was lucky to have my mom help me find an apartment and get settled, but since then, I’ve been on my own. When most people hear about my move, they say something along the lines of “Wow. That’s scary. You’re so brave.” or “I can’t believe you did that.” I hardly thought about my move as being brave. I saw it as an opportunity to advance my career. It turns out that while you might occasionally be lonely in a new city, there are are some incredible perks to being on your own. Continue reading
I am pursuing my graduate degree in communications, but I’m not doing it in the traditional way; I am attending school online. This is isn’t my first venture into independent study-style education. I did most of my high school experience at a charter school meaning I spent most of my time on the ski hill and very little time in a classroom. In my years of non-traditional education, there are a few things I’ve learned about how to succeed when you are challenged to motivate yourself. Continue reading
How are your new year’s resolutions going? If you’re like me, you’re feeling strong. You’ve worked out. You had a salad and water for dinner instead of a burger and a beer. How long will that last? If you’re like me, it’ll be about three more days until you crack. This post strives to help you strategize and achieve your goals. Continue reading
I recently picked up “Being Strategic: Plan for success, Out-think your competitors and Stay ahead of change” by Erika Andersen, a book my parents had lying around the house. I’m not generally one for self-help type books, but I had some free time and I could use a little professional guidance to strategically plan for my future, so I went to Starbucks and opened it up. In this post, I will outline Erika’s approach to helping professionals be strategic as interpreted by me.
First, we need to define “strategic.” According to Andersen, “Being strategic means consistently making those core directional choices that will best move you toward your hoped-for future.” Okay, now we can begin. Continue reading
Sometimes it can be incredibly hard to persevere through mistakes and feelings of being out of place. Sometimes you just you’re just in a funk. I turn to quotes because I love words when I feel low. I love how you can string them together and they can change your mood. Here are 10 quotes to boost your mood and help you remember how fabulous you are.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie Continue reading
At the Dec. 5 Massachusetts Conference for Women (#MassWomen), the first session I attended was “How to Use Body Language to Influence Human Behavior and Enhance Your Presence,” given by Janine Driver , lie detector expert and New York Times best-selling author of You Can’t Lie to Me. She is like the real life version of Cal Lightman, a lie detection expert in one of my favorite TV shows, Lie to Me. The session was entertaining and informative, and there are 4 facts about body language that I want to share with you from Janine.
I am relieved and excited to say that TEDxAmoskeagMillyard 2013 was a brilliant success! We, the organizing committee, had a nearly full house and an amazing set of speakers and performers. (Watch a recording of the live stream here, and review the #TEDxAM13 conversation here. ) While I love reveling in the glory and limelight of an awesome event, I’m already excited to start planning next year’s event. So in order to move forward, I’ve decided to look back at what I’ve learned over the last 5 months on the organizing committee.