Misc.

2016 Arthur W. Page Society/IPR Case Writing Competition in Corporate Communications

My absence has not been for naught. Work has been busy, wedding planning is coming along (you will get my two cents about that soon enough), and school has been fantastic.

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Wedding planning with my best bud, Max. 

Last quarter, I took a corporate communications course which culminated in a case study on a communications issue of our choosing. This case study was then submitted to the 2016 Arthur W. Page Society/IPR Case Writing Competition in Corporate Communications. If you are in public relations or communications, you are probably familiar with the Page Society, but if you are not, it is “a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession”. Leaders in the communications and PR fields are members of this society, and they are guided by the seven Page Principles.

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I was notified last week that my team and I were awarded third prize out of over 100 entries from schools like Notre Dame Business School, Stanford, Dartmouth, USC, and other great programs around the world (yes, it is an international competition).

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I don’t like to toot my own horn often, but I am so proud of my team, and my DePaul program, for our success in this competition. Our professor and program director, Matt Ragas, mentored last year’s grand prize and first prize winners, this year’s grand prize winners and my team, and two first prize winners and a second prize winner in 2014. I cannot say enough about how fantastic the DePaul Public Relations and Advertising program is, and what amazing administrators and faculty members we have. I have never seen or experienced such dedication and caring from academia before, and I will be so sad to leave the program when I graduate in June (but so happy to catch up on some sleep!).

Though we don’t get to travel to New York to present our case at the Page Society Spring Conference, my team and I can still take pride in our victory, and toast to our classmates who will be there!

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Quotes That Change Your Life

Between my homework, research, writing, and general internet trolling this morning, I found this on Instagram, and suddenly my world seemed to stop.

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Is it possible that my life/childhood just started to make a little more sense?

I might need this stitched on a pillow or tattooed on an appendage.

Some quotes just shake you to the core, and this one I will carry with me forever.

Are there quotes that have moved you or that you keep close to your heart?

Image originally found on Troian Bellisario’s feed at: http://instagram.com/p/x4WeetmrwA/

The Loss of a Genius

“You are not a mess. You are a feely person in a messy world”‘ ~Glennon Melton

I am heartbroken over the death of Robin Williams. This is one paradox of celebrity; the mourning of people we have never met as if they were close friends, but honestly, if there was an actor out there who felt like a friend, I think for many it would be Robin Williams. 

It is always a touchy subject when it comes to apparent suicide and depression, and many people have many opinions when it comes to the legitimacy of depression and the hopelessness that can lead to suicide. I don’t pretend to understand it myself. All I know is you can’t fully understand until you have been close to it.

The quote from Glennon Melton resonates with me, though. If I had a dollar for every time Paul or someone told me not to take things personally, because the world can affect me and make me feel like a mess, but I find solace in this quote and I hope it helps others feels better as well who may be struggling with any number of emotions.

“You are not a mess. You are a feely person in a messy world.”~Glennon Melton

Go out and feel!

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Some nights you just need a glass (bottle) of wine

As the snow has weighed down most of the nation, I feel like the stress of work has weighed me down.  Our generous vacation of nearly 3 weeks was wonderful to recharge and reset for the New Year, but 3 days in and I am starting to feel it already!

I love my job.  I love that I am working on 100 different projects at one time, 4 or 5 “departments” that need me at once, new ideas coming to the surface, not to mention day-to-day tasks and the unknown always popping up in my inbox and flying across my desk. But sometimes at the end of the day, you just need a glass of wine to recharge for the next day.

It has been a fabulous 2014 thus far, and I am excited to say that it will be an amazing year.  I was accepted to grad school and will be moving to Chicago to pursue my Masters this summer!

2014 is going to be the year to cross things off of my bucket list. I already have 3 ready to go. 1. Move out of Michigan 2. Move to a large city (my favorite none the less) 3. Pursue my Masters.

I love the New Year.  I love the thought of a fresh start and a clean slate.  Any day can be a clean slate, but for me, nothing gives hope like starting off the year on the right foot.

What are you all hoping to do or accomplish in the New Year?

Here are a few pics from my holiday and 2014 adventures thus far!

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A shot after the ice storm in downtown East Lansing

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Our New Year was spent celebrating the birthday of the 2 goldens in the back. It was such a great time with some of my dearest friends. (Look at the handsome ones in the middle)

We headed to Chicago for a work event and walked past our future apartment (we hope), and this could be my front door!!

We headed to Chicago for a work event and walked past our future apartment (we hope), and this could be my front door!!

My future Starbucks. How cute is that?

My future Starbucks. How cute is that?

We headed up to Winnetka/Glencoe to visit a great friend of ours. CUTEST villages I have ever seen.

We headed up to Winnetka/Glencoe to visit a great friend of ours. CUTEST villages I have ever seen.

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My handsome snow bear right after our massive snow storm.

My handsome snow bear right after our massive snow storm.

Happy New Year to all!