Steve Jobs: Compelling and Inspiring

I spent the evening disconnected from the world, having dinner with a former classmate and friend I haven’t seen in a while. I opened my laptop when I got home, logged into TweetDeck and saw a tweet that said “RIP Steve Jobs”. I knew he had recently resigned from his CEO position at Apple and that he was ill, but I was blissfully unaware that his death would be so soon.

Steve Jobs was a leader. He was inspiring. He conquered. I’ve never met Steve Jobs. In fact, I wasn’t even too familiar with his story other than that I knew he dropped out of college and made it a very far from where he came from.

Immediately on every social network I’m connected with were Steve Jobs quotes and links to videos and speeches he has given. I clicked on a link for the commencement speech he gave for Stanford University in 2005. I sat down and spent the next 30 minutes watching the speech while pausing to Google different facts and figures about his life.

Although the entire speech is compelling and inspiring, I was drawn to the following quote from Steve:

 Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

You’ve got to find what you love. Simple. In your career, in your relationships. Don’t settle. Don’t settle. It seems easier said than done. You can get comfortable in your career, thus never stepping outside of your own boundaries or pushing yourself to go above and beyond. I am blessed to be genuinely happy in my career path and, like Steve, have taken an odd route to get there. Steve says, “You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” I wouldn’t be where I was today if I didn’t fail a few times, get back up, dust off and continue down the road.

Steve, you are an inspiration to many and you will not soon be forgotten. Your legacy will live on forever.

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Blog Business

After attending the Minnesota Blogger Conference, I am inspired to make a more legitimate attempt at maintaining this blog. I’ve decided to go through a branding of the blog. One of the biggest things I learned at the conference was that your blog needs to have a purpose.

On my old site I had a great photo of St. Paul in black & white and a plain light pink background.  I liked this. I like simple layouts with a little flair and color, but not cluttered. I want my readers to be able to find out exactly who I am and where I find my inspiration.

I’m going to spend the next few weeks brainstorming and hopefully coming up with something I really love! I want a mix of business and professional but I want to keep it authentic and real, coming from me. I think I have a lot of interesting experiences to share, from working full-time and being a student as well as involved in other things to living in a wonderful city – I want to share it all!

I look forward to regular posts and engagement!

My Dream Job

I am often asked what I want to do for my career. In today’s day in age, it isn’t uncommon that my peers will have 3 -4 different jobs in their lifetime. I absolutely love my job and the company I work for now. Will I stay here forever? I could. The company is ridiculously strong and secure. We have amazing benefits. My co-workers are pretty great. But what do I want to do?

Well, I love marketing and advertising. I do some outside activities to get in touch with the local marketing and advertising community. I’ve spent time with a lot of people who work in a ton of different environments, from corporate to ad agencies to education to being self-employed.

In high school and during my early years of college I wanted to be a social worker. I’m a very compassionate person and I wanted to help people. Shortly after taking a few classes and doing some research on what I’d do as a social worker, I decided against it. I fell into my current position and have been drawn into the business world.

I’ve spent time thinking, how can I can combine business and doing good for the world. In 2010 I did the St. Paul Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy (remember?!). This was an awesome experience. And I got tazed! It wasn’t as bad as it sounds but if I was acting out it would definitely calm me down. One of the things we did in the CPA was learn about every different department within the SPPD.

Any police department will have a media liaison and it’s usually a sergeant or maybe even the police chief. Bigger departments, like St. Paul, have a specific person that fills this role and they’re called the Public Information Officer (if they’re actually a police officer) or else the spokesperson for the department. St. Paul has a list of great PIO’s and I was able to have one as my professor at St. Kate’s in the summer of 2010 for an elective class I took called the Anatomy of Violence. Between learning about the PIO’s position in the CPA and talking with my professor about his role, I knew I had to find out more about it.

It is a very fast paced job. This person is the point of contact for all media. The media comes in daily and goes through the police reports and from that pick which cases to report on. From what I’ve heard, the media folk are usually chomping at the bit to get information about the various police reports that have been released.

I have to say, this would be my dream job! And don’t worry, I have a plan of action to reach this goal. Once I complete my degree in marketing and management, I’m going to figure out how to enroll in the skills academy. Once the skills academy is completed, I will test to be a cop and look for a job, hopefully within St. Paul Police Department. SPPD is really tough to get into but I’m hoping that completing the CPA and making connections between now and then will help me with this. Then, I’ll be a patrol cop for a few years. I’m talking the nitty gritty 7pm until 8am shift. I am a total night owl, so this would be amazing. I can spend my day sleeping and working out in the cop gym. I will spend my time learning the police department while still focusing on my desires as a marketing and public relations professional. Then, magically, this position will become available. I will interview and be the best for the job, given my experience with the department and my background in business and marketing/PR.

It is fun to dream, huh? 🙂

Social Science Night at the Science Museum of MN

 

Last night I attended the inaugural Social Science event at the Science Museum of Minnesota! I heard about the event via Twitter and went to the website to check it out. It seemed like a great event and I knew I wanted to attend!

The purpose of the evening, in my opinion, was to engage and entertain adults (21+) at the science museum. The museum was closed off to anyone under 21. We were able to explore the exhibits and different things the museum has to offer without children running around. They had drinks available at cash bars throughout as well as a couple of appetizers. The cafe was also open to purchase food.

I had a blast at the event. They had the option to see the King Tut exhibit, check out the omnitheater (both at additional cost), a photobooth, a DJ and dance floor and a “shadow pong” station!

For the first time of the event, I think it was a success! Everyone appeared to be having a great time. Occasional searches of #socialscience on Twitter showed what everyone was up to & tweeting about.

I think there are definite areas for improvement. The lines for everything were really long. I found that most of my evening was spent waiting in line. I didn’t MIND as I was socializing. I think next time they should have more stations. Since it was the first event, they may not have been able to rope in local food venues to cater and offer free samples. Now that the first event ended and went well, I think they could reach out to restaurants and show them how successful it was and any good restaurant would probably want to join!

It seems it will be a quarterly event, with each one themed after the current exhibit. Last night’s theme was “Party with the Pharohs”. The next one should be in late June and the outdoor patio will be open. I can’t wait to spend a summer night drinking some wine on the patio, overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown Saint Paul.

Social Media at the Science Museum of MN

The Science Museum of MN also does a great job with social media! They were interacting with those tweeting about the event and responding when people were asking when the next event was. On their website, they have the links to all of their different social media sites.

*note, I did not receive compensation for my personal review of the social science event. just wanted to share my experiences and spread the word!

MIA

My blog posts have been lacking, and I apologize! To be honest, I’ve been quite busy. I originally started this blog for my Promotional Communications class. Once that ended, I made a decision to keep the blog. But I haven’t been keeping up! There have been some exciting things happening but I haven’t felt compelled by anything professionally to post.

I did take a break this term from school. Last semester was rocky with work and some personal stuff so I decided I needed a break. 8am class every Saturday for 3 months just was not appealing. I’m starting up classes again in April, I’ll have class Friday night and Sunday afternoon. I’m excited to get back into the swing of things. I’m bummed that I’m not taking any business classes but rather some required electives. But, that’s part of a “well-rounded” education, I suppose.

I am currently working on a blog post about leadership. My division at work has recently had a re-structure and I have a new supervisor. I had mixed emotions as I’ve had the same supervisor for almost four years! It’s been a few weeks now and I am actually ecstatic about these changes. They were  thought out and handled very well. With that said, I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership. I am truly inspired my the leadership team at the company I work for. I am excited to learn and that has me thinking about leadership.

I have this weekend planned to relax and hopefully reflect on leadership and will share as soon as I’ve completed.

Happy Friday.

Leah

Wishlist.

Taking a break from the normal flow here….

I keep saying, oh my, I WANT THAT. So I decided to compile a list. Let’s see if I *ever* obtain anything on the list…

MacBook Pro This is attainable. I want a MacBook Pro! So bad! I would get so much homework done a MacBook Pro! And look like a cool cat, too.

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A really nice flat iron – My hair looks so good when it’s straight and as of late the Chi hasn’t been cutting it. My stylist uses a GHD and I do like it.

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Every. Color. Of. Essie. Nail Polish. – I love nail polish and am way into Essie and Spa Ritual. Would love to have a salon-style collection. And having a collection of Chanel polish would be more than amazing.

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An iPhone – I have T-Mobile so this isn’t an option… but an iPhone would be so fun to have. With so many great apps, it’d go great with my MacBook Pro.

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A closet full of Ann Taylor clothes – dresses. sweaters. pants. tights. necklaces. I’d like it all, thanks.

And some great bags and shoes for the great outfits… {no words needed}

A sweet loft in downtown Saint Paul.

sigh.

swoon.

love.

 

I am doing the Polar Bear Plunge.

When you live in Minnesota, you need to embrace the cold winter. Otherwise those 3-4 months can seem so unbearable. My winter will most definitely be exciting.

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In January I will be running the Securian Winter Run 5k! This will be fun! I did it last year as my first 5k. I spent the rest of 2010 working on getting better at running. I feel confident with this 5k and will spend January preparing. I also have a few friends joining me and even doing the half marathon! Way to go! Also, this is a part of the 125th Saint Paul Winter Carnival, so there will be many activities happening in downtown Saint Paul!

 
February will be a cold month and I’ll be jumping into frigid Minnesota waters with an awesome team for the Polar Bear Plunge. The Polar Bear Plunge is a fund-raiser for the Minnesota Special Olympics. I am so excited to be a part of this with so many great people. People keep telling me I am crazy for doing this but I never second guessed it. I am thankful that I have the ability to be able to do this for those who cannot.
 
 
 
 
If I surpass my $400 fundraising goal then I will plunge in a bikini!  What a great way to raise money for the Special Olympics!
 
AND in March I will be in the wonderful town of New Ulm, Minnesota for BOCKFEST.  If you’re wondering what Bockfest is… I am also “wondering”. I have heard a little about it, a celebration of a German town and the Schell’s Brewing Company in town. All I know is that I’ll be heading down with a friend and we’ll be dressed up in the ultimate Minnesota outfit, Sorel boots and bomber hats with blaze orange jackets.
 
Keeping busy in Minnesota in the winter is key. In fact, I think I am doing more this winter than I did the past summer. I like to spend my summers relaxing and going to the cabin on the weekend with no big plans.
 
Happy Minnesota Winter!
 
Leah