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30 Days of Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are with family and friends, enjoying good food all day long. I have my elastic pants ready to go and the parade is already on!

Throughout the month of November, I’ve seen lots of my Facebook friends post something they are thankful for each day. While admirable, I knew I could not keep up each day. So in honor of Thanksgiving, below are my 30 days of thankful, one for each day of November.

I am thankful for: 

1) the greatest group of girlfriends anyone could possibly ask for.

2) being raised to have macaroni and meatballs every Sunday while the Giants game plays in the background.

Cuddle bugs even at 9 and 10!

Cuddle bugs even at 9 and 10!

3) a nine and ten year-old who expect nothing from me and who still love cuddling.

4) my 20 year-old brother. While he can be challenging, life would not be the same without him, especially for my parents.

5) being close to the greatest city in the world and for getting to see the bright lights of Times Square almost everyday.

The most fun co-workers

The most fun co-workers

6) all of my amazing co-workers who make sure work doesn’t always feel like work, especially the two women to the right who let me be myself and make each day fun.

7) being a part of the wedding of the year and getting to see my friend so extremely happy.

Wedding of the year!

Wedding of the year!

8) the ability to travel and see so many great places.

9) Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire and Glee that allow me to escape reality for a couple of hours each week.

10) seeing sunsets in California.

11) wine and cheese.

12) my running buddy, who challenges me to push myself further and to be a better person.

The best running buddy

The best running buddy

 

 

 

 

13) job security and doing work I believe in.

14) long distance friendships that can pick up exactly where they left off.

15) being real-world ready thanks to my Temple University education.

16) my parents who love me more than anything in the world and who make me laugh so incredibly hard.

17) my previous job as a Resident Assistant; a job that taught me how to respond in an emergency and where I met so many amazing people.

18) for FaceTime, instagram and Skype..so I can see those I care about almost whenever I want.

Just two of many little cousins!

Just two of many little cousins!

19) these beautiful little girls and all my little cousins who let me be a kid whenever I want.

20) the Dunkin Donuts, Wells Fargo ATM and Duane Reed in Penn Station because I typically forget something on my commute in.

21) my large, loud, crazy and stubborn Italian family. Without them, I don’t make sense.

22) good music and dance parties.

23) club rockstar.

24) planes, trains and buses that get me where I need to be.

25) heated mattress covers

26) laughter

#TempleMade

#TempleMade

27) my guardian angels who manage to keep me safe and watch over me morning, noon and night.

28) a Thanksgiving feast that will be complete in time for the 8:30pm football game.

29) Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf and the magic of Christmas.

30) outstanding grandparents, who spoil me and share all of our family stories with me.

Truer words have never been spoken

Truer words have never been spoken

Thank you Summer 2013

With most children starting school today, I thought it would be a great time to reflect on my summer. Obviously, I was pretty busy! The end of summer is just the right time to look back on what you accomplished and set new goals for the fall.

When I was a Resident Assistant at Temple University, at the start of the spring semester, we did an exercise called “stop, start, continue.” As a staff, we listed out activities or behaviors we wanted to stop, to start and to continue.  I thought I’d organize all I learned this summer into those categories.

Stop:

  • Spending money: While it’s perfectly fine to believe in the phrase, “work hard, play hard,” I have to limit how much I spend on extra things. I am still living at home so it’s the opportune time to save. The fabulous ladies at Levo League posted a great article about when to dip into your savings. Wish I had read this sooner!
  • Feeling guilty: More to come on this topic later in the month. But I’m learning to feel less guilty about having a good job, making money, spending time with my friends over my family and vice versa. My life, my time.
  • Freaking out about work: As important as a job is, it’s just a job, not a life. While I love my current job, it doesn’t have to be forever. As the perpetual over thinker, I have to stop obsessing over the future and just keep moving forward

Start:

  • Traveling more: I am fortunate to travel for work frequently but this is different. I want to plan weekends away with my girlfriends and cousins; to visit new places, explore and be curious.
  • Being confident: Expect a post about this soon as well. I tend to downplay my abilities both at work and in my personal life. At almost twenty-three, it’s time to own my awesomeness instead of shying away from it.

Continue:

  • Blogging: I thoroughly enjoy writing and updating this blog weekly. Over the summer, other things took up my time. However, starting now, this blog will be my area of focus. Writing and sharing my thoughts is something I am passionate about so I have to make it a priority.
  • Running: I started running back in March and completed two races. It felt great and I saw its benefits in my body and in how I felt. It’s time to restart and get back into the healthy lifestyle groove.

As you can see, I learned a lot this summer and am so glad I used those sunny Saturday afternoons to grow and better myself. What did your learn from your summer? Do you have any goals for the fall? Please share!

On-Site Adventures

After my first business trip to California, I wrote about how a large-scale event goes off without any issues. Most of it is thanks to planning. But what happens when you get on-site? How do you as a team member make it the best possible experience for all those involved?

Large-scale events like conferences or milestone programs typically have several moving parts. There are  a lot of people to manage, rooms to inspect for issues, goals to achieve and problems to solve. As an on-site team member, your role is to help ensure things run smoothly. After being on-site three times now, here are some things I do to make sure our program is a success.

  • Print your schedule: I have a copy of my schedule printed before I leave for the trip. Each morning, I put that day’s schedule in my pocket so I always have it as a reference. There is also an extra copy printed in my folder that stays in our team office. 
  • Know it cold: You should read your schedule beforehand and check with its creator if you have any questions. Doing a quick site visit prior to the program’s start is also a good idea so you know where each room/location is.
  • Conserve energy: This one is probably the hardest while on-site. The days are long and you need to be giving each minute your absolute best. However, you should take time for yourself, to renew your energy (another post to follow on this concept!) and to check in back home. Find a ritual that helps you recharge your batteries. It could be a quick run or a Skype session with your kids. Whatever works!
  • Dress for success: As silly as this sounds, your mood will be more positive if you are comfortable and dressed nicely. Make sure you know the dress code before heading to your destination. No one wants to be under dressed and without other clothing options.
  • Smile: When something goes wrong or you don’t know an answer to a question, keep a smile on your face. This way, the person you’re helping will not panic and neither will you. If you forget something or make a mistake, don’t let it get to you. Stay as positive as possible and don’t let one issue ruin an entire program.

These are some of my personal tips while on-site at a program. I always try to make the most of the opportunity I’ve been given to participate in such an awesome program. How do you stay focused and efficient during on-site events. Let me know!

Motivation Mondays: Eat, Pray, Love

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”

Happy Monday! You’ve made it this far in the afternoon so you’re doing great! I apologize for the lack of Motivation Mondays post lately; my weekends have been super busy, leaving me little time to write. However, that isn’t an excuse. So that’s why I made sure this post got finished this weekend.

In the spirit of getting things done, today’s post is combined with a Truth Challenge prompt:

Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

I’m sure someone will laugh at me when I say “Eat, Pray, Love” has changed my views on something. I read the book one summer during college and it really did change me. For those who don’t know, “Eat Pray Love” is a story about Elizabeth Gilbert (the author) who goes through a painful divorce and takes a trip around the world to find herself again. She voyages to Italy, India and Bali to find pleasure, devotion and balance. Along the way, she meets several people who teach her valuable lessons about herself and about the meaning of life. The book makes you contemplate how you define your life and will make you laugh at Gilbert’s antics while traveling.

eat pray loveNot everyone has the luxury of momentarily quitting life and traveling around the world in order to recover from a personal disaster. We all should be so lucky. But, the story does make you realize that is it perfectly normal to take a break when necessary. It taught me that often the only way to truly learn about yourself and life is through moments of utter chaos and maybe even pain. Everyone struggles and has moments of weakness; it is normal and occasionally even healthy for you. The personal insights you gain through these struggles are invaluable.

I would recommend reading “Eat Pray Love” when you have the opportunity. I found it especially helpful and still refer back to some of the quotes from the book. My favorite is below.

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

The ABC’s of a Business Trip

Greetings from Florida! I am on my first official business trip at a two-day conference in Orlando, Florida. I’ve gotten to meet both the professionals who hired me in addition to many other employees and external facilitators. In only 24 hours, I’ve learned quite a bit and have been kept on my toes throughout the day. There are so many aspects that go into making a business trip successful. Based off of my first experience, here are a few of my ABC’s of a business trip.

Arrive on time: Being on time for your flight and then all of your sessions is extremely important. There will be lines at the airport and prep time needed before sessions. Getting to your destination on time also shows that you’re dedicated to your role during the trip.

Bring your patience: Something will go wrong. Actually, seven million things will go wrong. It’s inevitable and usually out of your control. Just remember to take a deep breath, put on a smile and figure out a solution before having a heart attack.

Comfortable everything: More than likely, you will be on your feet for a solid 12 hours while working a conference or event. You must ditch being fashionable and aim for being comfortable yet professional. Steer clear of tight pants, itchy fabrics and super high heels.

Dive in: All hands are on deck during a conference. You need to keep an open mind and volunteer to help in any way you can. Sometimes that might mean picking up printed materials or giving an impromptu welcome greeting. Either way, be ready for anything.

Friendliness goes a long way: People will remember how polite you were or how you always had a smile on your face. Even if you are exhausted, be friendly and courteous to everyone you meet. It makes their experience more positive and you don’t know if you’ll interact with these people again. If you make a positive first impression, people are likely to remember you in the future.

I’m really enjoying my first business trip and am learning new things every minute of the day. I’ve notice that paying close attention to detail is crucial when working a conference. In just one day, so many little things had to be adjusted for an overall better experience. The little details are what sets certain conferences apart from the rest.

What other tips do you have for traveling on business trips? Share them with me!

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