I am approaching 25 (the only year I can consider myself mid-twenties according to my sister), and I feel like it is time to write down some concrete resolutions and then actually stick to them! So here goes nothing . . .

  1. Get Fit & Stay Fit
    1. I joined Daily Burn (may switch to Class Pass – thoughts?).
    2. I now run enough to officially call myself a runner. So my goal is 1 Race a Month! (more to come on this one)
  2. Get Organized
    1. Heading to the Container Store by end of February to finally organize those drawers/closets in the house we have now had messy for two years.
    2. Financially organized with Mint – I highly recommend it by the way!
  3. Read!
    1. I am a chronic start a book and never finish it type. Well that has stopped! I am halfway through Insurgent! (Divergent is already read! woot woot)
    2. My goal is 5 books this year! I know it’s small, but I need to be realistic!
  4. Get Outside
    1. I want to be able to lift my kayak and carry it from the curb to the river on my own! Then I will actually kayak more than 5ish times a year. 🙂
    2. Camp or hike once a month – I love it, so I need to go do it more!
  5. Cook (or attempt . . .)
    1. My boyfriend and I minimizing how often we go out to eat, which is difficult for us!
    2. I am trying new recipes even recipes that scare me a bit.

For 2015 it is time to get motivated:

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And stay motivated even when it’s tough:

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Happy 2015! What are your resolutions?

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True to form, I can’t join a new social media site without blogging about my experience. Today I am joining Ello! Read their manifesto below:

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Happy Dance!

This is an invite only site. However, they show you some public profiles to keep you excited while you wait! Thanks to an awesome friend, I received my invite almost right away!

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Here is the intro:

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As I continue to play around on this platform, I leave you with some good words of wisdom from my favorite mentor, Jeremy Pepper:

It’s a new shiny toy, and to ignore it in the PR/SM space shows a lack of understanding basic tenets in the industry and for your clients. Ignoring it is almost as bad as the “I’m dropping Facebook for Ello!” crowd. It’s not an all-or-nothing thing, it’s about testing out new platforms and having informed opinions.

Read his whole post here.


“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”
-Bastille”s Pompeii

How do you look at a hard week ahead with optimism?

For me it helps to have something to look froward to the following Sunday. 🙂


On rainy Fridays like toady, I can’t help but daydream about summer and everything that comes with it! Spring is great, but I am ready for the heat. Olaf couldn’t explain it better . . .

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I recently went on my first ever overnight backpacking trip to Mt. Yonah in North Georgia. I grew up camping, but I had always done “truck camping.” Not “glamping.” But sleep in a tent, get away from technology, cook over charcoal, wakeup in Georgia humidity wondering why everything is now damp camping. So when my friends approached me about backpacking I felt like this would be a piece of cake. Why wouldn’t it? The only real difference is that everything I would need for two nights would be carried one and a half miles up hill on my back.

So I packed up my backpack. I was so proud of my ability to roll my clothes and stuff everything I would need for three days into this pack that I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. We parked the truck, and my boyfriend lifted my pack up, so I could slip into it. The second I was strapped in, and he let go. I realized that backpacking was NOTHING like “truck camping.”

One mile and a half up the mountain in the dark accompanied by plenty of complaining from my end, we found our friends waiting for us at the campsite. I haven’t felt that accomplished in a very long time! Along the way I learned these 10 seemingly obvious yet mind-blowing at the time things.1620677_2346148529451_1332310600_n

1.You can never have enough water. (Anyone have any good camping filtration systems?)

2. Cleaning is much more difficult with limited water.

3. Everything in moderation. Just because you can pack, eat and drink it, doesn’t mean you should.

4. Headlamps in the woods = headlights on the road.

5. Staying in shape helps prepare you for life. (You never know when you’ll need to carry everything up a mountain.)

6. Don’t let a fear of heights ruin an epic moment. (Even if you tear up for a second.)

7. Just because you’re a pyro, doesn’t mean you know how to build a fire.

8. A chair IS worth it, but a hammock is more fun.

9. Take the picture, or you will regret it later.1689634_10203142043454554_1128916728_n

10. There is nothing better than great friends, being in nature and hanging out where you don’t have reception!

 

Have you ever been backpacking? Any favorite spots to share?

 


So yesterday has come and went. For those of us who forget what daunting task is required every year by April 15, a wave of panic has probably already interrupted your normal morning routine. But truth be told I don’t ever really think about taxes or even talk about taxes until HR Block commercials start taking over my favorite TV shows around February. After analyzing their new tactic to compete with online tax services, I move on to jealousy while hearing about my friend’s refund checks. After living through this process then forgetting about it in May year-after-year, I have decided there are 5 types of 20-somethings dealing with taxes.

  1. The “My Parents are in Finance and/or Accounting” Type: This person is always on top of it. Not only does he or she have someone (a paid someone) file, but this person also probably has investments set aside and a retirement plan laid out. This person reminds me I need to get my act together.
  2. The “My Parents Do My Taxes” Type: This person has no clue how to file taxes. All he or she knows is that there is a letter that comes in the mail that must go to mom or dad in order to receive a refund check. This person is your college roommate who you had to teach how to do laundry or make spaghetti.
  3. The TurboTax Ad Type: This person independently discovered an online tax service that he or she uses and then becomes a walking billboard. Come early April, this is the person I am jealous of because of the vacation or new shoes purchased with his/her refund.                                                             Image
  4. The “My Company Does My Taxes” Type: This person is the same person who has a company car, great benefits or a company cell phone. He or she somehow landed the mecca job after graduation, and you still can’t figure out how it happened.
  5. The April 15th Shut-in Type: No matter how many people warned or bragged about their refund checks, this person is still trying to find any last-minute way to file and get this process over with. Sad to say this person is typically me.

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How do you handle tax day?


I spent a lot of time relating to this song especially last fall. So what better time to reflect than during my blog refresh?

“All this time I was finding myself, and I didn’t know I was lost.”

23 was a weird age, and so far 24 hasn’t made much more sense. So here’s to your twenties – your confusing, beautiful, terrifying twenties.

Wake me up!


It’s been almost a year since my last post, and I decided I was at a turning point. Either I refresh the blog or officially call it quits. So it looks like it is time for a refresh. If you are reading through this blog, you might find some old posts from PR classes at Georgia Southern or advice to new grads. Moving forward you will find more posts about how I spend my time outside of work. 

So as step one to this refresh, below is my new cover photo. What do you think? 

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Stay tuned for more to come. . . 

Happy Monday!

Brianna 


1. Lazy: That’s right I will admit it. When I get home from work I have been in a battle with myself over the past few months to work out, blog or do something constructive. Instead, I find myself curled up with my puggle and my Apple TV. 

But who can resist this face?

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2. New Job: As most of you who care know I started on as a PR Assistant for 360 Media in January. This whirlwind amazing experience has taught me more than any internship I have had (I know a duhh is implied here). And what I have learned: You don’t have to stop busting your butt once you have the job you were hoping for. You have to work even harder! So don’t hold your breathe until you finally get your shot. Prepare for it! 

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3. Time Flies After Graduation: I used to think months went by so slowly leading up to vacation days or summer. Then when a year went by I felt like the year flew. Now I have realized time is more like a roller coaster. When I am climbing a hill it drudges on but eventually I will hit an awesome burst of fun and speed. Either way it no longer revolves around how many days until Spring Break. 

 

4. You Have to Do: It seems like the dreaming stages of life, now, need to be accompanied by the execution stages. I can no longer just dream of a career, a car, a vacation, etc. Now I have to excel in entry-level, save every penny and earn my vacation time. 

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5. Life Doesn’t Come Easy for Procrastinators: I think I mentioned this before. But I fight tooth and nail to seem organized and on top of things. Well the truth is that fight will never be over. Because no matter how often I try to act like I can live without a schedule the truth will always come and find me. Calendaring out appointments, bills, work events and even blog posts help keep my world turning. 

 


If you read my post yesterday then you know, I have been wondering how some of my male followers feel about my pins. In celebration of today being Valentine’s Day, I decided to interview two of my close guy friends who also happen to be following their Valentine’s on Pinterest.

Danny is dating my friend, Heather, and I have known him since I was around 10-years-old. He started using Pinterest when he looked at Heather’s boards and found some interesting pins. As a marine, most of his pins are weapon related, but he also has a lot of cooking recipes, Backpacking/camping and a DIY.

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Mike is dating my twin sister, Chelsea. He also started his Pinterest after browsing his girlfriend’s pins, and he pins “the best stuff on the internet!” including sail boats, places he wants to visit and future house pins.

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Now the fun begins. Here are some questions they weren’t shy to answer:

1. Do your male friends use Pinterest? 

M: None of them, in fact, they make fun of me for using it.

D: I literally do not (personally) know any men who have Pinterest, nor do any of my guy friends want one.

2. What do you think of boards that may come across as very feminine? ie: My Style, Fashion, Adorable

M: It is pretty understandable. I have one too.  Plus, it makes it a bit easier to buy clothes for Chelsea.  I know her style pretty well, but it solidifies the questions I have.


D: With feminine boards like “my style” and “fashion” that most girls put up I just choose not to follow them. I understand that women are into that and have a passion for things like that, which I just don’t share.


3. What do you think of boards dedicated to celebrity crushes and/or do you have one? ie: Celebs I love, My Celeb Husbands


M: Celebs I love makes complete sense.  Women always have celeb crushes.  Celeb Husbands…. Thats pretty wierd.  Not sure how I feel about that.


D: I again choose not to follow those type of boards and neither do I have one. But if someone did have a serious attraction to a particular celebrity, then I could see why they would have that board. I just don’t see the practicality of it.


4. What do you think of future wedding boards? Is that ever intimidating in your relationship? Have you ever discussed the content/pins within a future wedding board?



M: This on the other hand, is a bit weird to me. Never really understood the concept of planning a dream wedding. Chelsea doesn’t have a future wedding board. If she had one, and did talk about it with me, it would be kinda odd. If we had discussed marriage, then it is a perfect planning tool. It may seem a bit hypocritical, but I think they are kinda childish. It seems like something a 5 year old does. I guess that its the same as me planning a house; I’m not sure why its different.

D: Future wedding boards I think are just for girls to fantasize about. I guess you could use it for a few ideas for your own wedding. I try to avoid the subject of a future wedding. My girlfriend has a similar board, and I actually just realized that. I do not follow hers and steer clear of the whole topic.

5. Do you have any Pinterest pet-peeves?

M: Not really, it is a collection of images from around the web. I many times see items that are taken from other places, but I don’t mind as I do that too.

D: I do have a few Pinterest pet peeves, “Glamping” [Glamorous Camping] drives me up the wall because its so impractical and gaudy that it drives me nuts.

Interesting answers guys! But now it’s your turn: Do you agree with their answers? Why or why not?

And lastly I challenge you: Show your significant other your board and ask what they think about it. My boyfriend couldn’t care less. He said, “that looks stupid, and I don’t have time for it.” Exactly how I feel about his deer in my living room! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day Blogershpere!

Love, Brianna

 

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