NFL Fridays at Pandora

New NFL Pandora charms are at Pandora in West Town Mall, so Pandora associates left the black and white behind. NFL jersey’s and T-Shirts were donned until the end of September.

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Marie, Grace, and myself.

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Kelli, Marie, and myself on Football Friday

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Marie and myself supporting our favorite NFL teams

It was such a blast getting to support our favorite NFL Teams. Come see me at Pandora in West Town Mall to get your NFL inspired bracelet started!

 

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Why SYTYCD Is An Ex-Dancer’s Dream

A show dedicated to showing America all aspects of dance, So You Think You Can Dance over the past decade has challenged every current and former dancing to wonder ” Can or could you really dance?” This show has given light to the little known struggles of dancers and choreographers. Without this show, the hundereds of contestants wouldn’t have had the extraordinary platform to televise their talents.

Just like every live episode of SYTYCD, I had to start this post with an opening number.

Auditions

For those who didn’t make it through grade school recitals, the audition aspect of SYTYCD shows the side of dance not usually seen. Dancer are given their chance for a solo audition infront of SYTYCD judges and guest judges. After they perform they either get an automatic advance to the next round by getting a plane ticket, voted to dance again in the choreography round, or sent home with a no.

SYTYCD Audition Courtesy of Google Images

SYTYCD Audition
Courtesy of Google Images

Exploring different styles of dance.

After all the auditions, the dancers are cut down to the Top 20 dancers, The 10 female and 10 male remaining dancers are then paired up to dance a new routine(s) every week. The great part about SYTYCD is that every week is different. The dancers are paired up with new choreographers every week to showcase a different style of dance.

Performances.

The SYTYCD performances are not only different every week, but never cease to amaze. It took me hours of thumbing through videos for the few I put in this blog.

SYTYCD Season 10 Group Performance Courtesy of Google Images

SYTYCD Season 10 Group Performance
Courtesy of Google Images

From the group dances to the partner performances and even the solo “life-saving” performances, not a single minute of this show is a waste of time. A good portion have been nominated for Emmys. Contestant turned professional choreographer, Travis Wall, has been nominated several times for the work he has done on SYTYCD. If you haven’t at least seen one of them, please stop reading now and google them. <—(I helped you out a little) Now that you have picked your jaw off the floor from the shear awesomeness, there’s one more thing SYTYCD brings to ex-dancers…

Competition.

Besides the art of dance and pushing yourself to the limit, most dancers love competition. At the end of the show 1 male and 1 female contestant are crowned SYTYCD champions. After the winners are announced we are left the MANY awe-inspriing performances on Youtube you can watch as much as your heart desires. I know I do.

What’s your favorite?

Happy 2014!

The starting of a new year symbolizes a clean slate in everyone’s mind. This is the time to change something about yourself you wish you could or try something you’ve never done before.

New Year’s Day is that time again where everyone makes their New Year’s Resolutions that they most likely won’t keep in 3 months.

This is the time to make a list of resolutions to improve upon your life in some way. Unfortunately resolutions also have the reputation of not being committed to a full year.

I am also guilty of this. I make resolutions I know I won’t keep, who is going to hold me accountable anyways, right?

Well know I have this handy-dandy blog. I am going to write about my new years resolutions as 2014 progresses. Here’s my list:

  1. Being a recent grad, my goal is to have a legit job (excluding my current retail one) by the end of 2014.
  2. I want to get back into shape. I know it’s stereotypical, but who wouldn’t hope to make their health better every year?
  3. Travel somewhere I haven’t been. I wouldn’t hate to add another stamp to my passport. But where to go? I guess we will have to see.
  4. Get back into art and photography. I haven’t done either in a long time and I miss it so much.
  5. Be happy. I want to try and stress less this year. I think it will do me good.

I hope to keep all of these resolutions and with the help of my blog, I plan to do so.

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Happy 2014. For you I hope it is a blessed year, full of completed resolutions and happiness.

Retail Workers Are People TOO!

As the holiday season comes to a close, all the gifts have been unwrapped, all the family dinners have been eaten and all the Christmas Carols have been sung. It is official:

I have survived my second Christmas Shopping Season at a retail jewelry store. However, I feel as if I am worse for ware.

This shopping marathon from November 1 until now has literally been the most exhausting time of my life. As a retail worker I see the other side of Christmas.

The dark one.

I get the brunt end of everyone’s Christmas cheer. I get the crazed mother, frantic father, and the cheap grandparents waiting impatiently in line or even at the gate before we open.

As it draws to a close and all returns/exchanges pour in, I have a few thoughts to share with you. Please remember this the next time you are shopping during the holidays.

1. We are only doing this job to make money. Please do not come in and waste our time with indecisiveness and abrasiveness. Believe it or not, my life’s goal is not to sell retail. This is only temporary (I hope). Retail workers are there to help, not be servants.

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2. Inventory has its limits. Don’t expect us to have everything in stock the few days leading up to Christmas. You being upset with me is not going help you in any shape or form. We can only sell what we have. Don’t wait until the last minute.

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3. Ordering takes time. Ordering a certain product is more difficult for  some retail stores then others. There are some retail stores who have no control of what shipments they get in.

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4. Everything doesn’t need to be wrapped. For some smaller retail stores during the bulk of the holiday shopping madness, it is almost impossible to walk around the store, let alone wrap a present for you. If the store is insanely busy, please don’t ask for your items to be wrapped, especially if it is offered free of charge. This is not only out of respect for the retail worker who you are holding up from getting another sale but also your fellow shopping patrons waiting in line.

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5. Retail workers are people too. If an employee is working 9+ hours, please do not make them feel bad for taking a break or leaving for the day. Those sad puppy dog eyes and under-the-breath comments while I’m doing either, are some of the reasons why I dislike customers by the end of the holidays. I would much rather be at home with my family than staying an extra 2 hours past my shift, so you can get a last minute Secret Santa Gift.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed to have any sort of job in this economy. I am not trying to be a brat. Myself and fellow retail workers have been worked to the brink of insanity for the past 2 months. Honey will get you a lot farther than vinegar ya’ll.

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Please remember that during the next Holiday Season. Happy New Year, God Bless.

I did it!

I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in public relations and a minor in business!

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Can’t believe my time at the University of Tennessee is over. I have been blessed over the past 4 1/2 years to wear the orange and white and to call Knoxville my home. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. Thank you to all my friends and family who have made this day possible. I would not be the woman I am today without the influence that every single one of you has had in my life. I love you all. Go Vols!

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My mom and me after commencement

Now comes the answer to EVERYONE’S question (“What are you going to do now?”)… I DON’T KNOW! As much as this question drives me crazy, not having an answer to this question is even worse. I don’t have a plan as of right now, but I think that is also fine. I am young and have the world at my fingertips. I can’t wait to see where the road leads me, one thing is for sure, I am going to enjoy the ride and blog about it as I go. Buckle up, this is going to be a fun ride.

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Play Your Part-Be a Vol

My last semester in college has been filled with classes, work, events and friends. One of the classes I took was Public Relations 470 or better known as PR Campaigns. In this class we are assigned to groups and given a client. Our goal is to help our client fix their problem.

This semester our client was the Safety of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We met with our clients from UTPD and the S.E.E. Center, among others, to find out exactly what they wanted from us. After doing a number of surveys, we had our game plan.

Our plan was to target UT Freshman 17-19 years old who live in on-campus dormitories, by updating their already required safety module into an interactive video game. We would encourage gameplay by offering prizes to those who continued on with the game past the required level. We were also going to promote the game with posters, brochures, table on pedestrian, social media, and etc.

All this information and so much more was compiled into our book, which turned out stellar thanks to my amazing group. After completion of our research and book, it was time to present our ideas to the client.

Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 10.20.24 AMWe presented our campaign against three other groups from my class.

At the end of all the presentations, the client picked one team as the winner of the presentation portion of the competition. Unfortunately, it was not us, Remedy Communications, but i don’t care what they say my group rocked it.

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Remedy Communications- PR Campaigns Fall 2013

Here in a week or so, the client will pick its overall winners for their Campaign.

And if you see Play Your Part-Be A Vol anywhere on campus, you’ll know who won. 😉

At this point I am not super concerned whether we win or not. I am honestly so proud of this group of ladies, we worked 3 months together without killing each other and came out with an amazing campaign.

I have learned so much about myself working with these women, i can’t thank them enough for making my last semester of college a positive one