Monday, July 30, 2012

how i make that money + a giveaway

This weekend, Shawn and I had three cookouts in as many days.
Which means I was in a happy food coma for much of the weekend.
But we did get a little research in on Saturday night.
Ever hear of a maine coon? Do you have one?

Source: google.com via Jacci on Pinterest

Yep, we got pretty wild on Saturday night.

Anyway, I've shared, what I consider to be, a lot of details about my life on this blog.
And today, I'm linking up with Lindsey @ The Bargain Blonde for
"How I make that money, honey!"


I was a journalism and broadcasting major in college.
I wanted to be a magazine writer, and eventually editor, in New York.
I worked for the student newspaper, even had a two-year stint as editor-in-chief.
I had several internships in a variety of communication industries, and my senior year I worked freelance for a local newspaper.
The day after graduation, I took a reporter job with that same newspaper.
I lasted 10 months.
I burnt out.
So I took a job as a writer for a higher education association, which morphed into web content editing and management. That environment was toxic, so I applied for a job with my alma mater.
I got it.
I began as a web content writer in the marketing and communications department.
After holding that title for nearly three years, I was "promoted" to the Director of Internal Communications and Special Projects.
Yeah, that's a mouthful.
But I wear many hats.
I write and manage web content. I manage the university's internal communication portal. I write student, faculty, and alumni stories for the web. I am a liasion for the admission office and work on projects with admission team and marketing team members. I take photos at events. I work on a hodge podge of projects that just need to get done. Pretty much, I do a little bit of everything.

But as some of you may already know, I am also in grad school.
I'm working on my master's in clinical/community counseling.
I want to work as a therapist/counselor for teens and young adults.
I love the higher education environment, so I would love to continue working with the students at my alma mater if possible.
I am also a high school cheer coach, so I would also love to work in that environment as well.
I have found that my passion is working with and helping people.
I am so excited about this new career path and where it will take me.

So what do you do?
Link up with Lindsey and share :)

Now, a giveaway because you all deserve another one!

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eShakti is a unique, online women's apparrel store that allows you to customize items - sleeves, necklines, length can all be changed to fit you!
Many of the pieces combine past and present style with feminine details and tailored finishes.
eShakti offers dresses, skirts, tops, jackets, cardigans and accessories in a wide array of fabrics and colors ranging from size 0 to 26W and custom sizes.

I chose the Chevron Geo Print Maxi Dress because I loved the fun print and the maxi length, which has a slight hi-lo effect.
I absolutely LOVE the twisted straps in the back and the ruffle overlay on the top.
I was able to customize the length of the dress, which fits me perfectly with heels, wedges or flats.
Being 5'4", it can sometimes be difficult to find maxis that aren't too long for me, since most places only offer items in one standard length.
This dress feels very well made and the length, as I said, is perfect. And eShakti makes it so easy to customize any item. Just a few clicks of the mouse and I had a dress that was made to fit me.
I also think this is an easy dress to dress up or dress down, and the pattern keeps it playful.
Because who wants to take themselves too seriously?

Well, allow me to get serious for just a moment.
eShakti is offering one of YOU the chance to customize your own item!
The winner will get to choose one item from eShakti (overstock and accessories categories excluded).
There is no price limit and of course you'll be able to customize the item of your choice for FREE!
What are you waiting for? Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway winner will be announced on Friday.
Good luck, honey buns!

P.S. Enter promo code HRN9LLY at checkout to receive 10% off your eShakti purchase today and tomorrow! Also, check out eShakti's 40% off sale going on now through tomorrow!

P.P. S. Enter Jessica's giveaway! There are 12 prizes up for grabs, including two months of large ad space from yours truly :)

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58 comments:

Kelly said...

I actually love the dress that you chose! LOVE the print and the twisty back is so cute :-) Thanks for the great giveaway!

Myra said...

I love some of their long maxi dresses! But I'm also a fan of any of their ruffle dresses :)

Mary said...

Cute dress! I love the link-up, I just may join this week! Thanks!

Sarah said...

I like so many, but the shirred denim chambray maxi dress is so different, so it would be my pick! The used to have a dress that was my favorite EVER -- a gorgeous pink color with a ruffled strap detail -- I die for that dress!

Amy G. said...

So many choices! I love maxi dresses and think the long embellished caftan dress is so cute!

Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

I love the contrast trim knit maxi dress int he navy blue...

Cynd said...

It was hard to choose but I would go with the following three things...candy dots sheath dress, colorblock shift dress and the long island striper scarf!! Great classic pieces to add to my closet!

Breenah said...

I love the belted poplin dress. The bow belt is just adorbs!

~Katie said...

I love the candy dots sheath dress! Their website has tons of cute dresses I love though!

Rachel R said...

Just love this linkup and your post! I just graduated with a degree in Marketing so I'm looking for that first full time position that I can love. I want to be in Social Media/marketing communications so I'm hoping something comes up!

Shannon Dew said...

This dress is ADORBS!!

Token Yankee said...

That is a cool job. I had aspirations of doing something similar as a Communications major, but went to grad school and got a Masters in Counseling. Hoping to work at the college level again one day!

Mallory said...

The retro lace cotton dress is to die for! :)

Tara St said...

I love the cool cat dress. As a girl with some tough curves to dress, I love that an online retailer like eShakti exists!

Tara
Penniless Socialite

J and A said...

Ok I picked the exact same dress you got when I did a review with them last week!!! Check it out! :)
http://alisonandjustin.blogspot.ca/2012/07/eshakti-dress-for-me-dress-for-you.html
Good taste!!! :)
I also love the modernist knit dress and the strapless demin chambray maxi!!

Alisa Marie said...

Sounds like your are one busy girl!!

Kiley said...

I think I would be a total copy cat and choose that dress! It's AMAZING.

Also, you sound so dang busy! I love it. I'm glad you have found a new path that excites you. :) Burn out is one of the worst things.

Beth said...

my parents have a maine coon. she's not as big as that cat though. i "adopted" her when i was in college about 8 years ago. she was a tiny kitten and was living in a house full of boys that werne't really taking care of her. now she's been with my parents basically since the time i got her. we didn't realize she was a maine coon until like 2-3 years ago. she has the M on the front of her head, big paws with 6 claws (instead of 5). i could go on...but i won't.

Rural Rach said...

I would love the Modernist knit dress- the grey, white and black one!

Jacqueline said...

I want the fifties colorblock dress!! And on the maine coon cat - I believe my cat is part maine coon - he's gigantic!

Jamie said...

I love the bow tied waist cotton dress!

throuthehaze said...

The aviary shirtdress

Laura said...

LOVE!!!!

Michelle said...

What a cute dress!!

The Preppy Student said...

I love the polka dot two tone dress. thanks for the giveaway. your job seems like a lot of work! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Monday:)

Chelsea said...

Your job sounds wonderful!!! I always thought it would be fun to work in higher education as well, doing event coordinating or something along those lines.

I also LOVE what your future goals with your career are and have loved that about you since I first found out. You are going to be such an amazing help to those kids and I can only imagine how much of a rock star cheer coach you are! :) That dress is so beautiful on you!!!! eShakti is such a great concept because, being 5'1... I have that whole length issue too!

smk053078 said...

What fun giveaway!!! I have never heard of them before!! I would get the rich and wear print dress!!! Thanks so much!!! Fingers crossed!!
Shanna

Amanda said...

I wish I had heard about this website a long time ago! Such an adorable dress!!!

Tabitha Mahoney said...

I'd get the dress you're wearing! Love it

Sarah B said...

The Royal Jubilee dress is calling my name!! Plus I like saying the name of it too :)

momFITtingitallin said...

I love the knit dress - so many colors to choose from too!

tara said...

I'd get the color trim poplin dress in white! Love me some eshakti!

tara said...

I'd get the color trim poplin dress in white! Love me some eshakti!

tara said...

I'd get the color trim poplin dress in white! Love me some eshakti!

tara said...

I'd get the color trim poplin dress in white! Love me some eshakti!

Kholá said...

Stopping by to say I LOVE the dress dear.

Not So Newlyweds said...

I would choose the color block retro frock. I LOVE that you can choose a longer length. Perfect for teaching!!

PrettyPhysicist said...

We actually have a Maine Coon. He's a big boy.

Sarah said...

Im loving the colorblock retro frock dress!

JMc said...

So many to choose from! I love the Ship to Shore dress though.

Lindsey said...

I'm dying over that Maine Coon because Beth (she commented above) is one of my BFFs and we have had many of conversations about her Dad and his maine coon. I had never even heard of those things! And I am a total cat lady so that is disappointing. We have a very similar job and I worked in the department of student media in college so basically we are just twins. Thanks for sharing! That dress is super cute!

The Framed Lady said...

I love the blues swing skirt!

Debra Lee said...

I would choose this dress: Graphic blues chiffon maxi

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

I LOOOVE your goals of becoming a counselor at your alma mater! that's awesome :) And your job now...sounds INTENSE lol

xo

Shane Prather said...

fave: http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0024375/Vintage-floral-satin-top

Surendene J. said...

I love the ruffle cascade dress! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :D
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Janna Renee said...

I like the "Bow front corset style dress"!!

lperry0 said...

I adore all their dresses, especially the fifties colorblock dress!

Dee said...

I'd get the digitalis retro frock! :)

Emily said...

I just love the skirts they have! Too cute! :)

Lins said...

I love the Modernist knit dress and the Deep V-neck maxi dress!!!


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Ameryn Marie said...

I think I'd get the Contrast trim knit maxi... pretty cute!

Emily said...

I love the Vintage Houndstooth dress - so cute for a transition to fall!

Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

I would choose the Embroidered dot print sundress or the Mrs.Draper's day dress or Tulle LBD dress.

Amber said...

I love the strapless denim chambray maxi!

latanya said...

Her fifties sundress

Ashley @ embracing the everyday said...

I LOVE the modernist knit dress! So cute!

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