Macaron Fever

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Macaron – a French sweet meringue-based confection made of ganache, buttercream or jam sandwiched between two biscuits.

Macarons have become extremely popular in North America and are slowly becoming the new cupcake. These delicious (and expensive) treats are ridiculously addictive and come in a variety of normal and unique flavors. And lucky for me, there are more than enough places to find them in San Francisco.

Believe it or not, the first time I tried a macaron was less than two months ago, in Las Vegas. And I probably shouldn’t have tried them because I definitely fell in love. If I could have one everyday, I definitely would. Since moving to the bay area about month ago, I’ve been able to try macarons from numerous different bakeries/cafés and all have been absolutely delicious. And I’m convinced I’ll be able to try them all before long.

So just in case you are ever in San Francisco, here are my top places to grab macarons in the city.

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New Beginnings

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This Canadian girl has put down roots in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Missouri and will now be starting a new chapter in California. San Francisco to be exact.

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The Green Door

By now, you know that I have several hobbies, one which includes photography. So I’m now publishing my second instalment in my “A Picture is Worth 1000 Words” mini series.

I absolutely love photographing back alleys and streets in old downtown areas of large cities. I recently took a trip up to Kansas City to spend the day with my camera as a break from finals.

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This photo is my favorite from that day. I loved the location so much that I had to climb through a broken chain link fence and walk through a construction area to get the shot. But hey, it was definitely worth it!

The Search is Over!

I cannot believe it! After three amazing years studying public relations with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, I am finally a proud University of Central Missouri alumna! And to top things off, my internship/job search is complete as I’ve accepted an amazing internship at a firm in San Francisco. So needless to say, I’ve had a pretty amazing month so far!

Three months ago, when I began my job search, I applied for 56 jobs across the country and even a few in Canada. I was expecting to just accept any job offered to me, no matter where or for what company, but as I began interviewing for positions, I knew that would not be the case.

Ever since I visited San Francisco four years ago, I knew I wanted to live there someday. I would have never expected to receive such an amazing opportunity in such an amazing city. But in all honesty, I’m more excited for the actual internship than I am to be living in San Fran. Working for such a great agency will allow me to put my skills to the test and gain real world experience in the pr agency business.

And I cannot express how great it feels to finally know where I’m headed. Sure I always knew I’d be going somewhere, but having an actual direction and job to go to is absolutely amazing. So even though it’s extremely sad to be ending the UCM chapter in my life, another chapter is just beginning and I couldn’t be more excited.

Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart

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Since I moved to the United States, I’ve had to adapt to holidays – meaning losing some Canadian ones and gaining new American ones. Over the years I’ve grown to understand and enjoy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day, but one I have never gotten used to is Thanksgiving. Yes, we have Thanksgiving in Canada, but we celebrate it in the middle of October, which in my point is much smarter because you have time to work off all that food you ate before you feast again at Christmas. But with American Thanksgiving, you barely have three weeks and you’re stuffing your face with the same foods all over again. And by the time the last week in November arrives, it’s usually too cold to go outside and partake in traditional Thanksgiving activities, like a game of family tackle football. To me, American Thanksgiving is just odd. I mean, who is really going to go outside to watch the Macy’s Day parade when its 25 degrees outside?

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A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

So by now, you probably realize that I’m very passionate about writing and public relations. But what you may not know is that I’m absolutely in love with photography. So I’ve decided on creating a blog mini-series featuring a different photo I’ve taken on a bi-weekly basis. These posts will be very short, as I want my photos to speak for themselves.

So let’s begin with my first instalment. I took this photo this past weekend in Kansas City. It features the World War One memorial in the background.

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Graduating? It’s Time to Turn Your Skills Into a Job

Well look at that. It’s time for another post about graduating, job searching and everything in between!

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend my favorite public relations event of the year, #PRSSAKC Summit. Held at the UMB Field Club at Sporting Park, it was a full-day event that involved Q&A panels, media presentations, crisis communication overviews and my favorite (and most relevant to me at the moment), job search tips from a professional recruiter.

I’ve slowing been beginning my job search and after hearing her presentation, I realized that I was kind of approaching it the entirely wrong way. But, I mean, how was I supposed to know? The only job searches I’ve performed have been for summer jobs and internship gigs. So how did I know there was a right and wrong way to go about searching for jobs?!?! And I’m guessing that I’m not the only one who’s in this predicament. For that reason, I’m sharing the top five tips the recruiter pointed out about performing an entry-level job search – or any job search for that matter!

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October – A Month Full of Memories

Work, school, PRSSA, eat, sleep, REPEAT. I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve barely had time to blog. And when I have had a few minutes to write up a post, it’s been inspired by something PR related or my recent freaking out about graduating soon and having to find a job! So this post is dedicated to all of the fun things that have made me happy during the wonderful month of October.

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