If you’ve followed this blog since inception you already know a few things about me. I love flamingos, I’m a proud mom, I’m a workaholic – all undeniably true. But today I’d like to shed some light on my professional journey thus far. So, let’s briefly rewind… Continue reading
So it’s been a little over a week since my first day in my new role (if you missed the news, catch up here), and it’s been such an amazing first few days! It’s not every day you get to return to a company that you not only loved working for, but also loved the people you were working alongside. Since my first day back in the building I’ve been flooded with congratulations, positivity and assistance as I work to get up to speed. But this transition into the promotions director role has been really enlightening for a few different reasons. While I anticipated switching industries and positions would have its challenges, I’ve already picked up on a few imperative skills that are helping make said switch as seamless as possible. So in this post I’d like to share some of my biggest lessons learned thus far. No matter the industry or the position you’re stepping into, I think these tips will be helpful for all! Continue reading
As the sun set in the Nickel Plate District this evening, it also sets on my last official day with the City of Fishers. While I anticipated it would be hard to leave this community, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to close the door on this chapter. Continue reading
That easy right? Not so much! It’s not that I’m pessimistic, I guess I just consider myself more of a realist. I would also describe myself as a bit of a control freak, but before you begin thinking the worst, let me explain! Continue reading
By now, hopefully you’ve caught up on what I told you about the elevator pitch and what I think about creativity. Which leaves me at part 2 of this series, collaboration. It’s actually funny when I think about collaboration, because college-aged Casey hated working in groups. It seemed like there was always someone slacking their way through a project, and surprise, surprise, not much is different in the professional world! Just kidding, to an extent! In our organization, I find that even when we approach project collaboratively, there’s a whole lot that has to be delegated when it comes to execution and who’s responsible for which action item. But even despite the fact some plates leave the table fuller than others, I know I thrive in a collaborative work environment. Continue reading
As a young professional, in the PR/marketing/communication realm, it can be really difficult to distinguish myself from peers in the industry. With such a versatile skill set, it can be really challenging to determine what characteristics make me different from those around me. Luckily for me, I work for a leader that has challenged me since our first day working together to think about my brand. Your personal brand is as equally important as the brand you manage or advocate for, and today I’m going to share what I hope sets my personal brand apart from those around me. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I’m a type A personality. I love my planner, I require checklists to ensure I’m getting things done, I’m calm when my week is mapped out ahead of time, and I get extreme gratification checking those little boxes off! With the start of a new school year and a fifth grade student in a new school, I was feeling the pinch as a single mom to ensure our schedules matched up. Between both of my jobs, my commitment as a board member and Science Kid Caiden’s Tae Kwon Do classes, piano lessons and homework – I knew I needed a plan. Luckily for me, there are a few easy things I could do make both of our lives easier. Continue reading
I’m pretty sure the first time I walked into the then Town of Fishers’ City Hall I was in fourth grade. I decided that year I was going to enter the 4-H Science Fair’s community category and create a display board all about Fishers. Though the details are fuzzy to recall now, I think my presentation was about the different parts of my community. I included City Hall, the Fishers Police Station, the local barbershop, Archer’s Meats & Catering, and probably a few other things only my mom could recall on demand. Fast forward over 20 years (stop trying to guess my age!), and I’m quietly celebrating my third year working for the, now, City of Fishers. Continue reading
For years, I’ve landed in situations that for one reason or another enabled me to provide advice to those around me. Sometimes it was due to paralleled tracks, the ‘I’ve been through it, here’s my experience’ type of thing. Other times it’s been due to my profession, I work full-time in marketing and public relations, and I also teach as an adjunct faculty member at a local university. I also had my son at 17, completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees back-to-back and tried to prioritize community and volunteerism along the way. Regardless of the role I played with my advisees, I was always reiterating the same sentiment, everyone will lay out what brush you should use, what color palate you should have, and what your end picture should look like. But you’re only going to be happy when you start dreaming about what that blank canvas could become. You get to choose what you want to paint with, how you want to paint, and what you want your painting to become… And better yet, if you make a mistake or don’t know what the finished piece looks like, that’s okay. You’re allowed to figure the picture out as you start creating it.
So, here I am, Canvas. A ‘painting’ that will highlight adventures with my little man, Science Kid Caiden, showcase how I work to balance life as a single mother, working two jobs. I’m sure you’ll hear about Einstein the rescue dog, my love/hate relationship with fitness, and how excited I am to create a future I’ve dreamed about. I’m excited to paint my picture with you along the way, and hope you’ll keep reading and commenting along the way.