Moving through Milestones

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.”

It has been quite a while since my last blog post. So much has happened in such a short time frame, which has left me little to no time to write! Since my last post, I completed my junior year of college with another semester of all A’s, turned 21 during finals week, moved into a house with two of my girlfriends, drove 16 hours to Marco Island, FL for a week, and ended an incredibly enriching experience to begin another new and exciting chapter of my life.

These milestone happenings deserve their own separate posts, but for the sake of time and interest, I’ll condense them for you in some short anecdotes and pictures.

Moved into a house with two great friends!Roomies

21st Birthday!

21st Birthday

21st Birthday

My last day at Community Foundation of Louisville: It was tough not to shed some tears upon leaving one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. I am so thankful to have gained invaluable experience, unforgettable memories, and to simply have been a part of the Community Foundation of Louisville family. I had been there since last February and loved every minute being their first intern. I’m very happy that one of my Bellarmine friends, Alex, is the next intern and I have the utmost faith in her, knowing she will have a great time! The CFL crew even threw me a farewell party, where I was given a gorgeous and stylish green briefcase as a parting gift, and I gave my supervisor, Anne, and the CEO, Susan, gifts that I hand-painted for them. The quote that I used struck a chord with me in that I was truly surrounded by dreamers, believers, and all of the other categories listed in the quote, and I was truly going to miss working with such a talented and supportive team. They have helped me grow so much in the past almost year and a half and I can’t thank them enough. Thank you again, Anne and the rest of the crew at CFL, for such an amazing first internship.InternshipInternship Internship Internship

Marco Island: drove 16 hours one way to spend a couple days in Paradise with Michael and some of our friends, before starting my next internship! Marco Island

Beginning at Brown-Forman: I was honored to accept an internship position with Brown-Forman after going through a very competitive application process for the past couple of months. 165+ candidates applied for around 25 positions within the corporation and I am so happy that I was chosen. I just started this past Monday (May 20) and have thoroughly enjoyed my first week. I have been assigned to work with the Digital Marketing team for the brands Southern Comfort and TUACA and it’s still all so surreal to me that I’m even working there. I have never been a part of anything at such a large scale as Brown-Forman or the Modern Liqueurs brands and I’m in awe to be surrounded by and to learn from so many talented professionals. After taking a Marketing class this past semester, it’s amazing to see what I’ve learned be put into action. I’m eager to learn from the Digital Marketing team and have a great time making new experiences and meeting new people. They have been so welcoming from the start and I know we are going to have a great time! Brown-Forman Brown-Forman Brown-Forman

I hope that was semi-condensed. I’ll be sure to post more frequently this summer, now that things have relaxed a bit!

Song of the day: Get Lucky by Daft Punk and Pharrell. It brings me back to Earth Wind and Fire, with a touch of Daft Punk’s hit Harder Better Faster Stronger from a couple years ago. Enjoy the jam!

Internship Update

Congrats to Anne and Community Foundation of Louisville for winning a Landmarks of Excellence Award for our Annual Report! And thanks for letting me take a picture with the award :)

When I first started my internship with Community Foundation of Louisville in February, I never imagined that I’d have such an enjoyable time while learning so much every time I go to work. My internship was scheduled to end in May, but we decided to go through at least this semester, and I couldn’t be happier to have made that decision. Being able to stay longer than just a couple of months has given me so many more opportunities.

An internship provides so much real-world experience that a class simply cannot offer. There aren’t any classes that deal with cases like, how to deal with grumpy vendors, how to choose weights of paper and include trim lines, or how to get stickers printed in a 24-hr turnaround. My classes have taught me how to communicate, but with my internship, I’ve gotten to learn how to exercise these skills in the most efficient and effective ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just recently, I have gotten to be incredibly involved in planning a Donor Appreciation Event for the Foundation’s donors, and have encountered a couple moments of stress, which have become incredible learning experiences that have proved to be worth it. In helping our Director of Stewardship, I’ve gotten to create the invitation design, work with a printing company to get it printed, alongside working with a mail house to compose and stuff the envelopes, and making sure that they seal the envelope with a sticker that I also designed. I was honored to get such responsibilities and getting such wonderful appreciation for all of my hard work made it absolutely worth the bumps along the way.

Thanks again so much to my VP, Anne, and the rest of Community Foundation of Louisville for continuing to give me so much experience and support in such a wonderful internship!

Song of the day: Feeling Good by Michael Buble. I’ve always liked this song and after hearing it recently, I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

What’s Your Strength?

It’s about that time at Community Foundation for their annual staff retreat, and their focus this year is to highlight their employee’s strengths. To do this, we have brought in a consultant who has encouraged to participate in a StrengthFinders program. Has anyone out there done this program? If you haven’t, I definitely think you should.

The StrengthFinders 2.0 program is built by New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath, who has worked with his team to create an assessment that best identifies a person’s strengths. Too often people are criticized for their weaknesses, and it is what we choose to remember instead of all of our positive traits. With StrengthFinders, it focuses on our strengths, and also gives insights as to how we can best utilize our strengths. Before taking the test, I was asked to read through the 36 potential strengths to get a guess of what ours would be. I went through and saw some that were definitely something I would represent, whereas others I knew I definitely was not.

StrengthFinders is set up as a 20 minute assessment where you choose where you stand between two different statements. You can either be strongly one either side, moderately to one side, or neutral. You are only given twenty seconds to make your decision. This way, you’re thinking on impact, which will help better reveal your true strengths.

I took the test and ended up getting my top five strengths:

1) Input: I like to collect and archive all kinds of information, and this totally makes sense because I enjoy being incredibly organized, putting things into lists and categories all the time.

2) Positivity: This one also made total sense because I enjoy being motivating others. StrengthFinders says that Positivists inspire people to try new things and adopt an upbeat outlook on life.

3) Intellection: I found this one interesting because StrengthFinders mentions that Intellects are introspective. I tend to consider myself extroverted and enjoying being around others, but it made me realize that I do cherish my time where I can be alone and decompress. Though that doesn’t get to happen very often, especially given the fact that I live with 6 other people, I will look more into my introspective side and see what happens!

4) Relator: I like this one, yet didn’t think of it beforehand… Relators enjoy close relationships with each other, and I completely agree. Though I enjoy a lively and friendly conversation with many people, I tend to keep close friends with whom I can completely be myself.

5) Discipline: people that are in Discipline enjoy routine and structure, which also fits me well. With all of the activities and tasks that I’m responsible for, I use an hourly planner along with my weekly/monthly agenda to help block out time for class, work, and homework. Sticking to that schedule helps me stay on top of all of my tasks!

I’m really glad that they asked for me to participate in StrengthFinders. I feel like at this point in my life, it’s nice to know what my strengths are, to make sure I’m headed in the right direction. After taking the test, I’ve been able to learn more about myself and see how I can improve. I definitely encourage college students to take this test as well: though our answers may alter during our lives, it’s really interesting to learn more about what we do best! So, I ask you… what are your strengths?

On another note, we’re about to start another week of school, so I better finish up my homework and preparing for the days ahead. This weekend, Jessica and I were able to enjoy the nice weather and study outside!

Studying Outside

Enjoy this song of the day: it’s a total throwback and Jessica and I enjoyed jammin’ to it driving down Bardstown Road with the windows down.

I think I can. I think I can.

Just a couple weeks left of school and I’ll be finishing up my Sophomore year. I can’t believe it! I’m almost halfway through my college career. Unfortunately, there is so much left to do… I’ve got to balance my internship, a book report presentation, a big Macro Economics test, and more before I can even start preparing for finals. And now we’re just one day away before my big Teacher Appreciation dinner… I’m really excited to host that dinner and honor our wonderful BU teachers!

Internship Update: working at the Community Foundation as been an absolute blast! A couple weeks ago I was able to sit in on their quarterly Board Meeting. It was awesome getting to see how businesses work behind the scenes, all of the work it takes to prepare for such meetings, and how professional people conduct themselves in important meetings. It was like I was able to see all of what I have learned in class, in action! Here’s a picture of their lovely Board Room before the directors arrived:

More recently, I was also able to attend one of CFL’s press conferences at Young Elementary in downtown Louisville. CFL has worked alongside with donorschoose.org to help promote public education. In order to celebrate their successes, we went to Young! Alongside helping several teachers complete some of their projects, the money raised by CFL and Donors Choose had transformed one of their classrooms into a Discovery Lab. They had all sorts of animals and creatures for students to play and interact with. My favorite animals, though, were the baby chicks and turkeys! There was also an incubator with eggs that were still in the process of hatching!

Me and a chick!

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President and CEO of CFL, Susan Barry, holding a baby turkey!

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Some of the CFL Set-Up!

Anyway, I’m trying to avoid getting overwhelmed by all of the assignments I have due soon. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one stressed out so I need to remind myself that I can do this!

To keep the motivation going, enjoy this song: I know my girl readers will enjoy this jam!

Don’t give up! We’re almost done!