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Jus stuff about makin’ the doughnuts

Pre Gobble Prose

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and the turkey is soaking neck-deep in it’s brine while family and friends are gathered, having a large time!

The ingredients have been gathered for all tasty dishes, and recipes are scattered all about my messy kitchen. While hubby scours the football schedule for the games of the day, our dog stands sentry for scraps sure to come her way.

In all of the mayhem and joyous chaos that’s here, one certain thing, is the thanks that we share.

Thanks for the family and the friends who are so dear.

Thanks for my great job, the team that I serve; and thanks for the provisions this opportunity brings.

Thanks for the freedoms of which America sings, and the men and the women who have sacrificed plenty.

I know your “thanks” are similar and many… so raise your glass with me and let’s toast to Thanksgiving, 2011!

With Peace and Love….

L

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OK… So, this is embarrassing!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything on my blog. I am not worthy to be a blogosphere inhabitant! So ashamed, so embarrased.

OK… now that I’m over that, let’s move forward.

Well, in case anyone gives a rip, here’s what I’ve been up to since my last post: Looking for and finally obtaining new employment. Officially, the drought is over for me, professionally speaking, that is.

I am THRILLED – did I mention I’m thrilled? – to again be among the employed and furthermore, employed by a great organization, working with hugely dynamic and creative team members, serving an outstanding client account! A girl couldn’t ask for more!

For all of you who supported me emotionally, spurred my hope and disallowed me to become swallowed up in despair and depression, I am truly grateful!

Oh.. and yeah… my office location and all it’s views rock too – just an added bonus!

I hope to be back to a normal and regular posting schedule, ’cause I just know y’all missed hearing about all my crap.

Cheers!!!

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Will Work For…. FREE!

That’s right… I am willing to work for just about any organization, for 30 days, unpaid.

In a tight job market and precarious economy, I’m willing to set myself apart from millions of other job seekers by working for free. I want to prove my value. If I prove myself in 30 days, I’d like an opportunity to join any such organization permanently on a paid, full time basis.
I am currently under-employed and am seeking a full time, long term position with a proven organization. I’m a team player, unafraid of hard work, long hours or tight deadlines, and willing to prove myself from the bottom up if necessary. I’m ready to add value to your team in a lead or supportive role.
I can be your ball of clay – mold me your way.
I have an extensive background in Marketing/Advertising, with core strengths in Print Production, Writing (content for web, ad copy, WordPress Blogs/Social Media, scripts for TV and Radio spots and Press Releases), Customer Relationship Building and Management, and Creative Project Management, including procurement of goods and services. My skills and talents are easily transferable to any industry.
During my years as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor I have honed my teaching, coaching, leadership and volunteer skills. These are also valuable and transferable assets to bring into any position or industry for which I may be considered.
I am immediately available for an in person interview and am able to start work as early as necessary.
I’m hopeful that someone will request a copy of my cover letter and resume and see that I’m a creative thinker and an engaging team player.

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Exhausted From Not Working…

Yes, you read that correctly. I am exhausted by NOT working… I’m exhausted by looking for work. My new full time job has become looking for a full time job.

I can honestly say I am feeling panicked and depressed… not feelings that are usual for my otherwise optimistic spirit and personality.

I am fortunate to have a vast network of friends and family who continue to encourage me and network on my behalf as well. Without them, I’m sure I’d be headfirst and full throttle into depression overdrive.

After all, I do still have some great clients and projects to work with through my own little business… www.atlantaprinter.com. That will keep me going next week too!

I’m going to use the fact that today is Friday, and the weekend is creeping all over my enthusiasm to continue the job search, as my excuse to put an end to it for the week.

It’s a good thing I still have enough cash in the bank to afford some fine tequila which will make for a nice poolside margarita this afternoon.

For now, it’s bottoms up, poolside, on the rocks, no salt, with a twist of lime!

Jus’ Sayin’…..

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Am I A Leader?

Being partially employed has left me generous amounts of time to self reflect. Actually, having a broken ankle and being limited in my mobility and physical activities is really what has left me with generous amounts of time. I’m sure it’s good for me to have this “zen” time, but honestly, I’d rather be working – for the obvious financial benefits, of course, but nor do I want my mind, skills and experience to atrophy in the absence of full time employment. Next Friday can’t come soon enough – off with the cast and back to life as I love it!

I do love what I’m doing now, part time. Keeping my mind and my hands engaged in two of my greatest passions is therapeutic. As a part time design assistant for a local interior decorator, I get to keep my creative juices flowing; and managing our home based print production boutique agency keeps me engaged professionally within marketing and advertising circles. I’m compelled to throw myself into both of these part time endeavors because I enjoy them and because I need to be generating some income, but mostly because they are the shields that protect me from falling into a funk over my current short-fall of employment.

Honestly though, I miss the work of my last position. As a Social Media Manager I was blending my love for research and writing with my quest to achieve additional skill sets and experience in the emerging industry of Social Media and Social Media Marketing. I yearn to return! In case you haven’t noticed, Social Media and Social Media Marketing is sweeping business and industry as THE method of choice for brand recognition and consumer engagement. It’s grown beyond being the vehicle for broadcasting the latest jokes.

I want to be immersed in this emerging marketing phenomena. I was on the wave of it all in my last position, and I’m grateful for the most valuable thing I learned while there – I learned that just having a presence on the Social Media Landscape does not an ROI or monetization make. There’s so much more…. like studying the level of engagement to determine what drives a consumer to that level of engagement and more so what drives them to a brand. Infinitely more important, what binds them to that brand… how do we keep them as brand ambassadors? I wasn’t getting that at my last position. It was quickly turning into a production writing gig, in a sweat shop environment with tyrannical management philosophy at play.

I want to hop back on my Social Media surfboard, ride this wave, not be crushed by it. For those of you who know me, you know I will succeed. My passions are my purpose and my purpose is my passion. Case in point – my quest to work with horses and special needs individuals. Had I not done my research, and found out about Therapeutic Riding I wouldn’t be enjoying my involvement in that as well. And, I wouldn’t have a broken ankle either, I guess… HA! Small price to pay for the rewards it brings.

My hope and my wish is with Social Media/Social Media Marketing continuing as a strongly emerging industry, that somewhere out there is an agency that wants a fresh ball of clay like me to mold into a Social Media Guru for their team and their clients. I AM a leader, but right now I want to be a follower. A pro surfer follows the wave’s crest, curve and current and in doing so, masters the ride. To get too far ahead without building strength, endurance and momentum through watching and reading the wave carefully and accurately, the big kahuna will only hammer me back down.

I’m an eager learner. I enjoy a challenge. I’m ready to get my knuckles dirty, digging and building my way on the Social Media Landscape.

There’s a fit for me somewhere. I know it.

….. Jus’ Sayin’!

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