ready for takeoff.

“You’re always everywhere.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that comment in 2019—I’d have my own interstate. You might laugh, but I’m serious. I’ve been living out of a suitcase this year, and an announcement from our company started it all… let me explain. Continue reading

Hustle hard.

I enjoy being busy. Which may be the worst kept secret I’ve got—but I genuinely mean it. I’m often motivated by learning something new or diving into something I’m not quite sure how to do. So, when I accepted my role with Well Done Marketing [oh, by the way, I didn’t forget I owe you an update on that—coming soon!], I was immediately excited to work with a variety of clients across different industries. And while I envisioned my freelance work would dissipate during my first year in agency world, the universe had other plans… Continue reading

Pick a board, any board.

I’ve always had a desire to impact my community. So, as I reached my late 20s, I was hoping to join a nonprofit organization as a member of their Board of Directors. I think back then I thought it was a smart career move—I’m a huge fan of networking and meeting new people (hello from a high “I”). But joining a board isn’t that easy, or, it shouldn’t be. Let me explain. Updated: As of September 2018, I am no longer serving on the Board of Directors for ProAct Indy. Continue reading

Meaningful mock interviews.

I’m just over my first ninety days in the agency world, and I’m loving almost every minute. The diversity in my clients and work that I’m doing ensure that no two days are ever the same. Take today for example, five coworkers and I got to host mock interviews for teenaged students participating in a summer workforce program. Little did I know, I’d be impacted just as much as one of the teens. Continue reading

Morning must—theSkimm.

As a public relations professional, part of my job is keeping a pulse on things. Ambiguous, I know, but seriously. Being mindful of happenings in client organizations and industries is essential, but it’s advantageous to also have a pulse on community news and national news when it comes to garnering media interest and being strategic. But staying informed isn’t easy or quick. Between daily news clips from our media monitoring platform—oh hey Cision!—Google Alerts, PRSA Issues & Trends, Creative Mornings Global, the IBJ’s Eight@8, and a few other local news outlets—I’m drowning in news! Continue reading

Hoosier Farmers’ Markets

When it comes to Hoosier farmers’ markets, all I need are the details—I’m there! Farmers’ markets are so vital to local economies. They support nearby farmers, invest dollars back into the local economy, and typically, they encourage a healthier diet with fresh harvested food. But I realized recently that as much as I love farmers’ markets, I don’t venture out enough of the nearby markets. So, over the course of the last few weeks, I did just that. And now, I’m ready to share some of my favorite aspects of four local markets along with a few things to consider before you visit. Continue reading

indiana dunes.

This summer is a weird one in my household. Don’t get me wrong, it’s going well, and the weather’s been beautiful for the most part. But it’s just not a typical summer around here. I’m finally getting settled into a new role, teaching two classes, and the whole one parent to one child ratio keeps our evenings pretty tied up. So, when I started thinking about a big vacation, I knew it was going to have to wait until Caiden and I adjusted to the new routine. Luckily, a random idea, suggestions from those around me, and a quick drive up north offered us an incredible weekend away. Continue reading

hcla class of 2018.

I’ve done pieces of life a little backwards. It started around 8 years old when I decided to sign up for dance class. Did I enroll in the class that would build my foundation as a dancer for years to come? No, I hated ballet. I started with jazz *insert jazz hands motion here* before continuing with hip-hop, tap, modern, and ballet—in that order. This backwards decision-making followed me into college, graduate school specifically. My graduate program included two required classes: communication theories and qualitative research methods. I took both classes in my last semester. Whoops! Did I mention I also became a mother at 17 years old? Luckily, these decisions worked out for me, but they each strayed from my original, forward-thinking plans. Now here’s the real question: how could a backward decision-maker ever call herself a leader? Continue reading

accessibility: why pr pros should care

In the world of public relations, there’s never enough content real estate. Think about it for a second. Social media has limited word count, many digital ads have word restrictions, and print publications almost never have enough real estate to include all the details clients desire to see featured. But with the arrival of March I’ve been wondering, should client desires come second to user experience? Continue reading

Lacing up shoes that aren’t yours…

How many times in your life has someone suggested that you put yourself in someone else’s shoes? It’s a great suggestion, but how easy is that to do? First of all, I wear fancy shoes. So, I can’t imagine a man actually envisioning himself in my favorite Diba booties. Okay, that was a bad attempt at humor. But it’s difficult to put yourself in someone else’s life. Perspective isn’t easy to come by. We each go through a series of trials and tribulations, making it hard to gain understanding of those around us – and I would argue almost impossible to empathize with those around us. And by those in the above line, I mean friends and family members, people we’ve known for long periods of time. But what happens when you’re asked to understand someone who’s completely different then you are? Different skin color. Different religion. Different education level. What happens when you step into shoes that aren’t yours? Continue reading