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!



What makes me different?

At the end of Introduction to Public Relations class each student was required to submit a powerpoint presentation about themselves and explain what sets them apart from the millions of students applying for industry positions. The powerpoint could only have 10 slides and it was set up as if the students already made it through the first preliminary around. I decided to take more a personal approach to showcase my personality!

Check it out! 🙂


Nordstrom All-Star September 2010

A little background as to how I fell into the arms of Nordstrom.

Lets time travel to December 2009….. I was the operations coordinator for Hollywood Obsessions. I got word from the corporate office that the store was going to be closing and we were going to be out of jobs within the next couple of months. Although this was devastating, I learned a lot about closing down a store and the operations / managerial aspect that is required. I committed to stay with Hollywood Obsessions until we closed the doors for the last time.

…But that doesn’t mean my bills get paid by a magical money tree! I had to find a job! So the job hunt began.

*Please note 1-3 occurred in a 2-3 week time period.

1) Interview with Express and landed the job. This only lasted through the orientation phase because….

2) I interviewed with Michael Kors and landed the job. Started out on the sales floor with potential to move up to assistant manager. ….but this didn’t last very long because…

3) Nordstrom called… and I landed the job.

I began working for Nordstrom in the B.P (juniors) department. I absolutely loved it. Nordstrom taught me about exceptional customer service, how to make customers fall in love with you and how to run a business. I viewed the department as my store and my goal was to increase my sales.

September 2010 I was granted the Nordstrom All-Star award. The most prestigious award given to any Nordstrom employee. In complete shock at the rally, the manager Debra read a note about me. To say the least… I was blushing.

This was written from my supervisor, Amanda.

“J.J is the definition of a Nordstrom All-Star! She is consistently wowing her customers and making them feel as though they are the only one around. She truly just wants to make the customer happy and always seems to do this was a dedicated and professional ease. She concentrates on what the customers style is and offers thing to bring their wardrobe to the next level. She has a can-do attutdude. Nothing is ever a problem with J.U. She jumps at every challenge given to her. J.J. recently took over as the Savvy Ella Moss Specialist and achieved the #2 increase in the company .She jumps at he opportunity to help out her fellow departments from B.P., Via C, to St. John. She is up for anything you throw at her. J.J. continually strives to briner her business to the next level through building strong and lasting relationships with her customers. J.J’s customers are always impressed by her service and are inspired to write numerous letters to let me know how much they love her. We are so happy to have J.J. as part of our team and I can’t wait to see her continue down the pyramid of success!”

The benefits of being a Nordstrom All-Star:

1. 33% discount (highest discount one can recieve…. even store managers)

2. Photo on the wall

3. Special business cards

4. $100 bonus

and much more!

So lucky to receive this award !