#HappyThanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is on Thursday! Yay! It is important to reflect on your blessings not just on Thanksgiving Day but all year. I thought it would be fun to post 28 things I am thankful for. The number 28 is chosen because Thanksgiving is on the 28th day of the November this year. Before I dive into my list of blessings….check out a few Thanksgiving Day facts from WHSV.

  • The Macy’s Day Parade began in the 1920’s
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States
  • Turkeys have poor night vision
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef

I am thankful for….

  1. My relationship with GodI am not one to push religion onto anyone as I respect other viewpoints. However, ever since attending Real Life, my life has changed for the better.
  2. My supportive familythey have stuck by my side through all of my adventures and encouraged me to keep on keepin’ on when I didn’t think I could.
  3. My incredibly awesome boyfriend, James – he inspires me to become a better person.
  4. My jobso many people are jobless and I am beyond blessed to not only have a job but a job that is in my field of study. Read more here.
  5. My awesome boss & supervisorthey support my decision to relocate due to my BF’s pilot training and support me working from home. Yes, I work from home 3 days a week. (Stay tuned to learn more in my next blog post, next month!)
  6. My college degreeIt was during this time that I really soul searched and found out who I was and tested my determination. College was a big challenge for me BUT I did it!
  7. My health insurance  –  Thanks to my employer, nothing comes out of my pay check for health insurance.
  8. My caralthough, it is not my dream car, it is dependable & it was a college graduation gift that I got to use throughout high school. 🙂
  9. My homeI live in a cottage (cabin) on a lake and it is beautiful!
  10. Food in the fridgeit is crazy to think that people struggle everyday to put food on the table. I always have a stocked fridge and I am beyond blessed for that.
  11. Clothes on my back – I am very blessed to have a closet stocked with clothes.
  12. Clean air – Although we aren’t as clean air consciences as we should be, many people live in highly polluted areas that impacts their health. 
  13. This blog….the dedication I have put towards this blog really shaped my job hunt.
  14. Stories such as the USF student who performed 22 acts of random kindness on HER birthday, instills faith in humanity.
  15. The experience of working in the hospitality industry, I have a deeper understanding of how a restaurant operates & the value of customer service.
  16. Being a part of the Katie Marchetti Foundation & teaching others the importance of wearing a seat belt! Read more here.
  17. Participating in a driving study not only was I helping to improve the roadways, I was able to focus on MY driving and became a better driver in the process.
  18. Pageantsthe experience made me feel comfortable with public speaking, stage presence and most importantly, interviewing! Read more here.
  19. My courage I was able to participate in the Red Bull Flugtag event that was so symbolic to another part of my life, it was so amazing. I will have to share with my readers the symbolism.  Read more about the event here.
  20. Computers – where would we be without them! So much hard work from many people complied the computer technology we use today. Not to forget to mention, many other people in the world don’t have a computer in their lives.
  21.  The internet – the internet has opened many doors for many people and because of that we are all evolving to a advanced technological lifestyle. 
  22. Books – and literature in general! One of my favorite courses in school would be anything literature related. All of the symbolism and other elements has always been so interesting to me. 
  23. HootSuite – thanks to HootSuite, it is SO MUCH EASIER to schedule social media postings for multiple clients during the holidays. 
  24. Tire Dealerstire dealers are primarily the accounts I work with at Upright Communications, they pay our bills!
  25. DeeDee Miller Photography – a friend from high school that has captured amazing photos. She cheers me on & helps me capture my dream! (She took the image below)
  26. Cell phones – Working in the cell phone industry was my first job, blessings for that but also for the fact that they changed the way we live.
  27. Innovators – such as Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Issac Newton, to name a few ! 
  28. Polar heart rate monitor – seriously could not workout without it!

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Spring Break 2013

It is my last spring break as an undergraduate student. Most college seniors spend their time at the beach or at the pool with a few afternoon cocktails. However, I am spending my spring break studying for the Communications Law exam, helping out a couple of friends with their personal branding efforts, applying for jobs and learning Spanish. Have no fear, I am not looking for a pity party. I would not change the way I am spending my last spring break as an undergraduate student! I am a strong believer investing in my future career.

Check out the photos below 🙂

Communications Law Exam Study guide for the Communications Law exam. The blue highlights information that is placed on a flash card. The exam is set for the first Monday after spring break. As you can see it is 95 percent filled out!

Erin Personal Branding

My friend Erin is a hair stylist looking for a position at a hair salon. She needed help with personal branding and I wanted an excuse to explore with Adobe Indesign and Illustrator. This flower represents her well because of her free spirit personality. She is very flexible and goes with the flow. The sort of traits that is important in the cosmetology industry.

Tiffany Personal Branding

My friend Tiffany is looking for a clerical position in the health care industry. She needed help with personal branding and I wanted an excuse to explore with Adobe Indesign and Illustrator! This flower represents Tiffany well as she is an ambitious individual who is not afraid to take a challenge. Currently, she is studying Radiology and has an impressive 3.7 grade point average.

Tiffany Personal Branding 2Almost done with the personal branding for Tiffany!

Applying to jobsGraduation is quickly approaching and I am on the quest to land the perfect job! Applying online to various job postings is what everyone tends to do…. However, I am hoping to stand out by sending my personal branding package to employers via snail mail!

SpanishThe last class needed to graduate from the University of South Florida is Spanish 2. Interesting huh? So I have a couple of different options to speed up the process.

1. Take the exempt test. However, I have to test past Spanish 2 or I could jinx myself in retaking Spanish 1 and then taking Spanish 2 which would push back the date even further.

2. Take the Spanish 2 class over the summer semester and be done! (My goal is summer A but the summer schedule is not posted yet. Worst case scenario is Summer B or C)

Either way I need to learn Spanish! I am halfway done with the 5 CD program! I must say that it is working!

photo….Ah yes. My choice of music makes for smooth sailing! Cannot go wrong with John Lennon!!!

Until next time,

Jenn L.