Sunday, July 31, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 4

Your 6 word biography

Wife. Auntie. Daughter. Sister. Student. Marketer.

Traveler. Foodie. Nameologist. Wordsmith. Overall-Enthusiast. Jock.

Did you honestly think I could only use 6 words? I should have put "talker" as one of them too!

For fun, here's Paul's (according to me):
Witty. Smart. Reader. Thoughtful. Dedicated. Sports-freak.


30 Day Challenge: Day 3

Annnnnddd....we're back! Well, I'm happy to report that our summit for work went off without a hitch and my final summer class paper is complete! So, let's carry on with the Blogging Challenge.

I'm not sure if I can technically say I'm a part of the challenge, since I'm making up my own rules. (Bri?)

What part of your life is moving too fast? Too slow?

Hmmm...good question. Looking back, a lot is moving too fast. I'm now considered in my "late 20's". Paul and I are in year 2 of marriage. We've lived in our house for 3 years. I'm starting my last year of Grad School. What the heck? I'm a full-blown adult now. Sneaks up on ya.

Of course, I also have a pretty big list of things that are moving too slow. I CANNOT wait for the time we're ready to have kids. I think I've been waiting for that time since I was 4. Don't get creeped out. I've just loved babies for as long as I remember. With work, nothing moves fast enough for me. Which explains why I've moved myself around as much as I have. I can say that I've finally found a company that makes me feel like I'm growing and developing. I love it!

As a standard, I'm always in a hurry. Sometimes I find myself wishing away the present for the future. Shame on me, I know. I have to remind myself that Paul & I are pretty darn fortunate for what we have. We should be savoring these days...sleeping in, 2 pots of coffee in our pj's on the recliners watching cooking shows, traveling like its nobody's business, testing out new restaurants. Life is good, but I'm the optimist. I know it's only going to get better from here on out. This thought reminds me of a song we love.

"Something good this way comes" by Jakob Dylan.

This phrase just sticks me with. No matter your situation, something good is on its way. Even if its's nice to be looking for it, right!

"The trouble, doll, is not moving moutains but digging the ground that you're on."

Diggin' it,


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 2

Hola! I'm here...just a little tardy. I'm ok with that. I'm in my last 2 weeks of my summer grad class and we have a BIG summit in town for work this week, so things will be busy! I think I should have called these posts "30 Post Challenge: Day 2" as I plan to contribute 30 posts in the next 30 days BUT I'm not quite sure if they'll arrive daily. I'll do my best!

How do you answer the question - "What do you do?"

I've been in my current role for about 8 months now and I usually answer this question like this: "I work in Marketing for a Danish-based hearing instruments manufacturer." I used to say "I work in Marketing for a hearing aid company." BUT I'd usually receive this reply, "WHAT?" (with hand cupped around ear) I cannot tell you how many times I've heard THAT joke. (I still laugh though!)

In more detail, I help Audiologists market their small businesses to consumers through events, practice branding materials, in-office signage, newsletters, and most currently through online platforms. More and more, I'm being allowed the opportunity to dig deeper on the areas that really interest marketing & practice branding, which is fun for me. I really like my job! I work with great people, my bosses encourage me to voice my opinion and I'm allowed the freedom to figure things out on my own in most cases.

As many of you know, I've been with quite a few companies ever since graduating with my undergrad in 2006. I have a small case of undiagnosed "Ants in the Pants" where things just do not seem to most fast enough for me. If I grow tired of my position and/or don't see opportunity for growth, I get the "itch" to start looking for something new. I'm happy to report that this isn't the case in my current position. My bosses have expressed that they want to help me develop and grow as much as I I definitely like that!

Well, it's 4:30am and I should have started working out at least 30 minutes I'll jump (literally) on that right now!

Have a great day,

just K

Monday, July 25, 2011

30 Day Challenge: Day 1

30 Day Blogging Challenge? Good joke, Kendra. You haven't blogged since July 1st. Whoops! The summer has been a bit too busy and completely gotten away on me. A friend and fellow blogger has encouraged me to participate...and in life, and in general, I'm a participator. So, here goes...

Best/Worst Blogging Experience

I like writing and have ever since I was little. I prefer to write like I talk (go ahead, say it..."non-stop!") in non-sensical ramblings. When I first started this blog, almost 2 years ago to share our wedding plans, I struggled with what I'd say, how I'd say it, who'd be reading, and what they'd think. Sometimes these thoughts still creep into my mind, but I think my best blogging experience, so far, has been realizing that these concerns are unimportant. I consider this blog to be an online scrapbook of our life. Blogging forces me to take more pictures and jot down random happenings so that one day, we can lift our spectacles, scratch our bums and say to eachother "Hey, you...remember when we were fun?" or "Oh gosh, I looked good without wrinkles." I think I especially look forward to letting our (future) kids get a peek into what our life was like "back when".

I can just imagine...

"See kids...we were so NOT lame. Now, go to bed so I can watch Hoarders in peace."

I've really enjoyed blogging and look forward to looking back at how our words, thoughts and concerns change over the years. For the time being, we'll continue documenting our travels, happy hours, family events and wonderful friendships.

Thanks for being a part of the experience!

Friday, July 1, 2011

A sweep-over in Milwaukee.

Last weekend, we joined a group of friends for a long weekend trip to Milwaukee to watch the Twins vs. Brewers games. This kind of trip is normal for us. Paul will go ANYWHERE there is baseball, especially the Twins. I, on the other hand, will go straight-up reason needed. I'm addicted to traveling.

And yes, Wisconsin counts as a vaction, thank you very much! (Right, Bri?)

It was a bummer that the Twins didn't win a single game, but we still had fun...

so definitely not a wasted trip!

Pre-game happy hour at Moe's Irish Pub.

Our good friends, The Berndts.

The original "Burnt Brat Tailgaters"!

Yes, we set up pre-game tailgating in the handicap section of the Super 8 Motel.

We're classy like that.

Later, tailgating moved to a more appropriate location: Miller Stadium.

Look who else caught the game? Our favorite fastfood characters! "I'm lovin' it!"

Go Team,