As we gather around the table this Thursday and eat into a turkey, mashed potato, and gravy coma, we’ll undoubtedly take a moment to reflect on the basics that we’re thankful for: family, friends, food, and good health, to name a few. But even though the focus of the season is on our home lives, it’s important to give thanks to the key people in our professional lives, too.
Take a few hours over the 4-day weekend to reflect on the past year, put together a list, and start writing out little notes of gratitude.
Tip: You’ll want to get these notes in the mail by the second week of December at the latest in order to reach people before they head out for the holidays.
I often forget how close we are to Thanksgiving and Christmas because I’m still able to walk Rufio wearing a light jacket. These pretty 70-degree days are definitely throwing off my internal clock. Speaking of Rufio, I feel like we’ve really turned a corner with him in terms of training – he slept through the night for the first time, he’s eating more, and we taught him how to sit and lay down 🙂 This month also marked the first time I had to leave him to go on a business trip, and I worried about my little baby. Good thing our dog walker texts photo updates every day!
This year, we’ll be staying down south for Thanksgiving and having a “Friends-giving,” and I’m looking forward to the 4-day weekend to relax and cheer on the Panthers with my two boys. However, we’re already counting down to Christmas (I may or may not have started perusing the Christmas movies on Netflix) when we’ll be heading home to New York.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this past month:
My new nameplate at work–current theme is favorite movies. “It’s a Chinese Crested!”
This past week was filled with late nights, working weekends and a lot of takeout. My agency is up for a campaign that required spec work, which translates into a lot of overtime. I spent more time with my creative team this past week than I did with my own husband – but hey, if you love the work, it’s worth it.
You know that moment at elementary school sleepovers when all the candy, popcorn and soda catches up to you, and you’re so sleep deprived that you’re just laughing at nothing and absolutely punch-drunk? We definitely hit that wall a few times this week. On the upside, I’ve never felt closer with my work BFFs.
Needless to say, I haven’t had time to write new blog posts. However, I did recently publish two new articles for Bridal Guide Magazine that I’d love to share with you all. They are variations of past posts, but now with post-wedding wisdom and perspective. I hope they help you no matter where you are in the wedding-planning process!
1. How I hacked $10,000 off my wedding budget
2. 7 ways to keep the peace with your fiancé while wedding planning
This year, we started a Professional Women’s Book Club in the agency that we affectionately call CMYK – it’s based on our names, and alludes to the fact that we’re creatives. Our first pick was Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, and despite how much press it has gotten or how late we may be to the party, I was still blown away at how eye-opening and world-shattering this book was. I loved it down to every last paragraph, and I happily devoured it while sticking post-it flags on passages that made me want to jump up and down on the couch while I read it because they were so relatable, so smart, or so inherently me.
Below are eight of my favorite quotes (out of the countless rainbow flags stuffing out of my hard copy) that I wanted to share here because I believe that many other women will find them beneficial and relatable. I highly suggest you pick up the book, whether you’re in college, just starting your career, or have hit a plateau. You won’t regret it.
This past Wednesday afternoon, M & I attended HubSpot’s World’s Largest Webinar from the comfort of our conference room. The webinar was hosted by Dan Zarrella of HubSpot and included executives from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to provide “The Secrets to Success on Social Media.”
What I love most about events like this is that I’m surrounded by “my people.” I was able to be a part of a conversation with thousands of others who also love to geek out over their love of social media. The stream for the webinar’s hashtag, #WLW14, was refreshing so fast we barely could keep up; it was so much fun and a perfect example of why I love social media. I couldn’t believe that this was my job, that I get paid to perfect social media skills and strategy. But I do! And here are some of the best tips that I picked up from the webinar.
At 2:54 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, just one month shy of my 26th birthday, I looked up in my office bathroom mirror while sudsing up my hands in the sink, and saw the distinct crease of number 11 wrinkles forming between my eyebrows. “Is there an age requirement to get Botox?” was my first thought. “Should I switch to an anti-wrinkle face wash?” was the second. “Maybe I just need a nap.”
I always knew that PR was a stressful career – every year it’s included in Career Cast’s Most Stressful Jobs study (this year it comes in at number 6) – but I wasn’t aware that the effects of this were already showing on my face. As I walked back to my desk I decided that I’m too young to burn myself out. I need to take the time to detach myself from work, unplug, and appreciate the little things in life in order to be truly happy and eliminate stress.
That’s how this new series, 5 details, was born. Every week I’m going to share 5 pretty details from my travels that I take a moment to appreciate and enjoy. Here is my first set:
New pastel nails just in time for Spring & Easter. Essie’s To Buy or Not To Buy
In my last post, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planning Checklist, I listed all of the questions you need to ask at the beginning of the planning process to ensure no detail of your event is overlooked. Now that you have gathered all of the information you need, here is a step-by-step guide to throw a successful ribbon cutting, from securing the little details to the news coverage.