Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hillsborough Power Lunch: Live Your Purpose

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a Professional Women's Luncheon. Hillsborough Power Lunch: Live Your Purpose hosted by Working Women of Tampa Bay. I went with a good friend of mine and her co-worker which helped ease my anxiety of meeting new people.

I remembered to be a good blogger and photograph my experience. Unfortunately, as you will see, lighting is not that great as we have had rainy weather the past couple days.

We were one of the first guests there so as soon as we found our seats, we began inspecting the menu options. Just a random thought, how can you meet new people and hold conversations while biting into a burger? Needless to say, I opted for the chicken caesar salad.

Once more ladies came trickling in, we began talking with each other. I quickly realized that business cards are a must for these types of events.

Need to work on that. 

Karen Gillman, an ambassador for WWoTB, welcomed everyone and introduced the key note speaker Vicky Westra. She shared her personal story of adopting her daughter when she was young and learning that she was autistic.  Her experience and passion led her to found of Art for Autism and owner of Artista Cafe. Truly admirable.

She also imparted her words of wisdom on how she was able to leave a senior role in Corporate America to start this business and organization.

Her three tips were:

  1. Set Your Objectives - Focus on what you want. The more clear the better. 
  2. Align Yourself with Your Objective - Visualize. See yourself doing what you want. Also, be careful with your words. Stay positive. "It's gonna happen!!" 
  3. Walk in appreciation. This will set the tone for you to get to the next step.

After some Q&A, we were served our lunch.

For our sweet tooth, we received samples of toffee from one of the sponsors.

Overall, had a great time. I plan attending more of these types of events and, hopefully, will be a little better at networking. 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Bucket List 2013

Today marks the first day of Fall. Although it may not feel like fall here in the south, I am getting myself in the spirit of Fall.

Refuse to let this hot humid weather get in the way of the season!

With that being said, I've created a Fall Bucket List that I wish to do this year.

Seriously, the colors and the images alone, bring a smile to my face.
See the change of the foliage - The Mr. and I already have our fall road trip planned and we are heading to North Georgia. Eep! We timed our trip next month to be during the peak season of the leaves changing. At least that  is what we were told by the folks at the resort and through our research online. Hopefully, we timed it well.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch - There are a couple festivals planned in October that we are going to visit and hopefully they have a great selection of pumpkin. Buy one or two or more....
Carve A Pumpkin - Isn't the tinkerbell carving adorable? Although I would like to say that we will do this exact detail, with the Mr.'s and I's carving skills, I know that it would not turn out like this. May just need to stick to something simple.
Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte - Oh Starbucks. You know just how to may my heart skip a beat. I've already had one and plan on having several more this season. Except take it up a notch - Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Mocha. BOOM.
Bake Fall Desserts - Pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, apple pies, you name it. I want it. Found a Pumpkin Cheese recipe that I've already assigned the do.
Go to a Corn Maze - This will be the first time I ever visit a corn maze. Not sure what to expect. But I am anxious to go!
Eat Caramel Covered Apples - Favorite! It would be nice if we can make some of our own to take somewhere. Not sure how complicated those are. If not, I'm sure to find them somewhere.
I'm determined to do everything on my list. I would say its achievable, no?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Smart Girl List

Class is not defined by our circumstances – it’s our reaction to those circumstances that defines who we are.” – Jordan Christy

So last month, while on my trip to Ohio, I read "How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class and Grace" by Jordan Christy (eReader). This book was full of "exactly" moments for me. Unfortunately, the terms 'class' and 'smarts' is quickly becoming a thing of the past. When Miley Cyrus "twerking" makes headlines for weeks and millions of views on her music videos, there is a problem.

Although there were a lot of things in this book that I already knew or do, I appreciated that it reinforced that these are qualities and not flaws. She touches on almost every area from looks, confidence, relationships, career and friends. All the Do’s and Don’ts. Totally enjoyed it. Kinda wish I would have purchased it in paper book, so I can easily refer to pages in the book. Not as easy to do on the iPad. Plus, I like the cover. Cute book to have in my collection.

One of my take-aways from this book is the Smart Girl Activities List that she talks about in Chapter 2. As soon as I read this part, I immediately pulled out the notes app on my iPad and created a list of my own.

1. I have talked about doing this for the past year now but kept pushing it off for reason or another. After much though and discussion with the Mr. I am getting serious. This is gonna happen.

2. The Mr. will be happy with this... he may be "italian" but definitely doesn't speak it fluently.

3. I try to do this already but I want to be more dedicated. I want to be informed. I want to know what's going on in my community, state, nation, and world.

4. I am an active member at my church and try to volunteer in different ministries. However, I would like to volunteer for another organization in something that I care about such as the local animal shelter or women's refuge.

5. Earlier this year I attended the Florida Women's Conference hosted by the Florida Women's Diversity council and had such a great time. It was inspiring to hear the stories of other women, who hold leadership positions in their companies, discuss how they achieved their positions overcoming the glass ceiling. I want to attend more, paid by my job or paid by my wallet.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Career Planner Quiz

The other day, while having a slight emotional breakdown of my current job situation, I decided to take an online quiz to see what were the best careers for my skills and strengths. I am sure that I have taken these types of quizzes once or twice in my life but never took it seriously. Oh how I wish I did.

I googled "free quiz for career choice" and the first site it suggested was I took the Career Planner Quiz which consisted of about 25 questions of "I'd rather" type questions. Quite simple, really. Below were my results.

Dead. On.

Seriously, the hobbies listed there are pretty much my hobbies.

When I read the summary and look at the types of careers it lists, I realize that I am in the wrong field. I thrive on being creative and in my job role, there is no room for this type of creativity. I do have side projects and committees at work where I am able to use my creativity and I find I am happiest then. I knew that I have always been a creative person but for some reason, seeing it in writing like this is enlightening. Makes it real and true. I now have a better understanding of what types of careers would truly utilize my skills and strengths. Never to late to pursue what truly makes you happy.