13 02, 2018

Employee #1: One Year With Clariant Creative

By |2018-02-13T11:53:35-05:00February, 13, 2018|Life, Work|0 Comments

February 13, 2017. My first day at Clariant Creative. The decision to accept the job offer with Clariant Creative was – at first glance – just another job with a HubSpot agency. But boy was I wrong. When I accepted this role, I had another job offer on the table. In both situations, I’d be working for a HubSpot agency. One was a freelance lead nurturing role. The other was a full-time inbound marketing specialist role. Both had their pros and cons. Both were appealing in different ways. Honestly, I was terrified of making the wrong choice. But deep down, [...]

22 07, 2017

Chester Bennington’s Death Shattered My Recovery Mantra – But It’s Okay

By |2017-07-22T00:13:30-04:00July, 22, 2017|Life, Mental Health|0 Comments

  When I was first diagnosed with depression (now diagnosed as bipolar 2 disorder) and anxiety, I had absolutely no idea what to make of it. I knew I was sad all the time and had absolutely no desire to live, but I didn’t fully understand what it meant in terms or treatment or for the remainder of my teenage years. I turned to music as a way to cope with the overwhelming sadness and hopelessness. I listened to music every chance I got – on the bus, in class when teachers didn’t care, after school and in my room [...]

11 11, 2016

Stronger Together: My Thoughts On The 2016 Election Results

By |2017-05-20T21:58:48-04:00November, 11, 2016|Life|0 Comments

NOTE: These are my personal thoughts on the 2016 election results. I'm not here to whine or be a "cry baby" as so many people are quick to say about me. All I'm trying to do is share my fear, sadness and frustration because I know so many people can relate. And it's my hope that someone will read this, draw inspiration and find a way to move forward.  ----- I was fairly quiet during this election – mostly because I didn't want to get political or cause arguments. In retrospect, it's a stance I deeply regret. While I didn't agree [...]

4 11, 2016

6 Ways Being A Crazy Dog Mom Has Made Me A Better Person

By |2016-11-03T12:06:52-04:00November, 4, 2016|Life|0 Comments

I'm a crazy dog mom. There, I said it. I've come a long way since the days of, "I hate dogs. Dogs hate me. I never want a dog." If I'm being honest here, my life has changed drastically over the last few months. I remember so clearly how I was feeling the day before we adopted Hendrix. It was an incredibly rough day – probably the worst day I'd experienced since moving to Fort Wayne. At that point, I had been out of a job for three weeks, and it was really starting to get to me. I was pissed at [...]

22 07, 2016

5 Reasons To Adopt A Dog Instead Of Buying From A Breeder Or Store

By |2016-07-21T14:10:42-04:00July, 22, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Not long after my husband and I started dating, we joked that one day we’d have a labradoodle named Walrus. I can’t remember how this came about, but it became an inside joke between us throughout our entire relationship. Because we were living in a condo that didn’t allow pets, we told ourselves that once we moved out, we’d get a dog. After getting married and moving to Fort Wayne, we decided that getting a dog was an absolute must – especially since I was working from home. When thinking about what kind of dog we wanted it, it was [...]

5 07, 2016

Welcome Home, Hendrix: Meet Our New Puppy

By |2016-07-05T13:36:14-04:00July, 5, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Alex and I have been talking about getting a dog for awhile now, but we were never able to because the condo we lived in didn't allow dogs. We knew that once we got married and moved to Indiana, a dog was high on our priority list. But after getting laid off from my job a day after getting to Fort Wayne, our dream of getting a Labradoodle named Walrus was put on hold. We briefly talked about the possibility of getting a dog from the shelter, but we wanted a puppy under six months. And those are often hard [...]

27 05, 2016

From Sandals To Snow Boots: Indiana, Here We Come!

By |2016-05-25T13:59:55-04:00May, 27, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Eight months ago, I made the decision to leave a job that made me miserable. By many peoples' standards, it was one of the most irresponsible decisions I could've made at the time. After all, who leaves a secure, relatively high-paying job without another one lined up? At the time, I wholeheartedly believed that there was a better opportunity out there. That I didn't deserve the disrespect from my bosses. That I was made to do something more. I'd be lying if I said that the months that followed were easy. I was unemployed for nearly 3 months, and although [...]

26 02, 2016

2016: A Year Of Change And New Beginnings

By |2016-05-25T14:25:36-04:00February, 26, 2016|Life|0 Comments

Photo by Brian Tietz Change. Perhaps one of my least favorite words. For me, change brings nerves, anxiety and uncertainty. Anytime someone tells me, “things are going to change for you” or “things change a lot around here,” I get a pit in my stomach. I know change is inevitable. No matter how hard I try, people, circumstances and life changes. Any every once in awhile, I open it with open arms. But that doesn’t change the fact that change can be downright scary. We’re barely two months into 2016, and I already know that the theme of [...]

16 12, 2015

25 Things I Learned When I Was 25

By |2015-12-23T21:58:09-05:00December, 16, 2015|Life|0 Comments

Today, I turn 26. And to be honest, I'm not sure I'm quite ready to accept that. It seems like just yesterday that I was turning 25. I know everyone says that on their birthday, but this year, I truly mean it. Twenty-five was a year of full of many highs and even more lows, yet I wouldn't change a single thing. I learned a lot this year - about myself, my relationships, my career, and life as a whole. Here are 25 things I learned when I was 25. 1. People will disappoint you People you trusted will screw you over. [...]

22 10, 2015

6 Things No One Tells You About Wedding Dress Shopping

By |2015-10-22T10:40:15-04:00October, 22, 2015|Life|1 Comment

Fact: I love Say Yes to the Dress. It's a guilty pleasure of mine, and if there's a marathon on, you bet your butt I'll be sitting on the couch watching it. But as much as I love it, the show made me fear the day I had to go wedding dress shopping for myself. Just watch one 30-minute episode, and you'll understand why. I'm not the girl who has been dreaming of her wedding her whole life. And quite frankly, I never even saw myself getting married. On top of that, I absolutely despise wearing dresses - and I hate shopping [...]