The 3rd Weekend of #MsRacingQueen

The 3rd weekend of Ms. Racing Queen was as fun as the first two. The Gulfstream Park contestants got a chance to test their betting skills, a special tour of the backside and another mini Q&A question in the walking ring.

Leading up to Saturday.

The attire for the day was derby wear! That meant two things… dresses & hats! My approach for the contest was to take each weekend as they come. Even though I knew derby was going to be the attire for week three, I didn’t buy a hat since I wasn’t sure if I’d be selected to return. I was pretty excited to shop for a hat but wanted to do so on a realistic budget. So, I went to TJ Maxx and picked up the first big sun hat I found. It happened to be PERFECT! It was colorful & it was my favorite designer, Kate Spade. A match made in heaven, I purchased the $40 hat! I already had the dress from over a year ago and it was purchased at Plato’s Closet, originally from Express.

Kate Spade hat (from TJ Maxx), Plato's Closet dress (from Express), Express belt (had in my closet) and Journey's shoes (not pictured)(had in my closet).

Kate Spade hat (from TJ Maxx), Plato’s Closet dress (from Express), Express belt (had in my closet) and Journey’s shoes (not pictured)(had in my closet).

My Experience.

The backside tour was for sure a highlight of my day. The Stronach Group has done a great job providing for the workers and making the facilities functional for both the horses and the workers. There are dorms on site that can compete with most college dorms, the barns are in great condition and the horses even drink filtered water!

Followed by the backside tour was another chance to test our betting skills. A lot of my bets won! Yay! It is such a fun feeling to cheer for your horse and collect the winnings. Even if it was a $2 bet, you could still win $20 or more! That is what I really like about horse racing, you can bet as little as $2 on a couple of horses, spend only $20 for the day, have a lot of fun and still make a great profit!

Another mini Q&A session took place in the walking ring. It was pretty quick, each contestant was asked one question before making the elimination from 20 girls to five. This was a pretty nerve wrecking part of the event. We had no idea the elimination was going to happen after the question!

Backside tour mini photo shoot with one of the horses!

Backside tour mini photo shoot with one of the horses!

What’s Next?

I did not make the final five selection. I was pretty bummed about it but looking back at all of the experiences and memories I’ve gained, it was well worth the adventure! Not to forget to mention, both James and I were able to benefit from our trip to Hallandale. While I was at Gulfstream, James was able to fly with this father and build his hours! A win-win for us!

Sometimes in life, you don’t get what you want, and that is just the way the cookie crumbles. I remember during my job hunt adventure, I wanted one particular position very badly. When I didn’t get it, I was so sad and disappointed. I felt defeated in the job market. Shortly there after, Upright Communications called. I am beyond glad they did! It is the perfect position and with the perfect dynamics I was seeking. Looking back, I am happy the other company rejected me. Upright Communications is where I belong!

As Johnnie Walker says, keep walking. “Your entire life, every routine, every risk, every moment, every step forward and every step back, had led you here. To the next step. & it has the power to change everything. It has lead you to the next step.” I only wonder, what the future has in store for me!

Thank you, Mr. Frank Stronach for a special glimpse of the horse racing industry.

Until next time,

Jenn L.

Hey, I took that photo!

Ok, something really cool just happened & I must share.

One evening on Jan 29th I was slicing strawberries in my kitchen for my breakfast the next morning. While slicing & chatting away with my BF, I looked down at the sliced mini mountain berries and saw one made a perfect outline of a heart. I instantly gasped and shared it with my BF. I wanted to preserve the heart to show my co-workers the next day. Colleen, my supervisor / mentor, agreed that it was super awesome & encouraged me to post it on social media.

So, I did. But not like a normal person. This social media loving individual decided to post the image & tag the company, Wish Farms, on all socials. They responded on FB and liked the image. I thought it was pretty cool.

(Image below of the FB post)


Then, this evening, I was scrolling through my newsfeed when I see my image. I stop. I GASPED! The company that I tagged, Wish Farms, used my image for their social media Happy Valentine’s day post. I am so shocked & stunned. As a social media guru, this is pretty exciting! Oh, might I add, Wish Farms is a local business from my hometown – Plant City, Fla., the winter strawberry capital of the world.  (Remember the Strawberry Queen post?)

Check out the image below of the post Wish Farms used! Great traction & engagement, too!


So exciting!


-Jenn L.

…The Cat is out of the Bag!

1506428_10201230987472436_1708810104_nLadies and gentlemen, I work from home four days a week. To my close family and friends, this is not anything new. I have been working from home ever since my boyfriend and I moved in September.

You see, my boyfriend is in the early stages of his aviation career. Pilots are known to sort of ‘hop around or relocate in the early stages of their careers. So, this is completely normal. He is currently building his hours with a private jet company not too far from Tampa, 75 miles.

However, the move stirred up a little bit of ‘drama’ in our lives. We had to make many decisions together regarding the causes and effects of the aviation lifestyle. One of the most important factors to consider, my career situation (aside from family, of course!).

The dynamics of the company I work for, Upright Communications, is similar to many others in the online marketing and S.E.O industry in the regards to our time tracking, agenda setting, tasks and business development. What is very unique, is the flexibility and consideration. Flexibility such as the opportunity to work virtually anywhere.

Fluffy Clouds

My colleagues and I depend on Google Hangout, Skype and Join.Me as main platforms of communication. Upright Communications headquarters is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and we have an office in Tampa, Fla. as well as four other team members throughout the U.S. who work from their home. Our team is completely used to functioning even though we do not work face to face.

When the chances of James and I relocating was beginning to favor, I was nervous and worried about my position at the workplace. The communication was completely open between me and my supervisor as she was fully aware of situation.When I presented to her the problem and my proposed solution, she was not blindsided or shocked.

I vowed to be an even better worker and dedicate my time and energy to the company. Together, we established a routine. Every Monday, I’ll drive to Tampa, and Tuesday through Friday we check in with each other at 7:30 a.m. to go over the task list for the day (& of course, we communicate throughout the day, too!).

My Home Office

So there you have it! Since September, I have been working from home a chunk of the week. Something about me, I am a mega ‘home body.’ I am totally content with sitting at my desk and working away. I am located in a quite area with nature all around me. I really have no reason to leave my home unless it is to go to the gym or to go to the grocery store! Just the way I like it!

The first picture is of James and I just before an aviation adventure, the second is of clouds during another aviation adventure and the third is of my home office area!

I am one blessed newly college graduate to have such an awesome job in my field of study! 

Reach for the stars!

Jenn L.