The Next Chapter

Friends, followers and fellow bloggers,

I’ve had a wonderful experience blogging here at Happiness & PR, but I’m now writing a new chapter in my life at https://wanderingfromtheprairie.wordpress.com/ and I’d love your continued support on my new site.

Happiness & PR will still be here, I just won’t be updating it nearly as often.

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions regarding this move, but I hope I see you all at my new site, “Just Another Prairie Girl.”

Thank you!

Merry Christmas One and All!

Well, it’s that time of year again! The time of year when families get together, lights are shining bright and the ovens are working in overdrive to cook all the holiday dishes. It’s Christmastime.

Now normally, I’d be home in Canada by now, cozied up in my room, reading a good book while my parents are sleeping upstairs, but this year, the holidays are a little bit different. Due to certain visa circumstances, I was not able to leave the country until I secured a job/internship, and since that just happened two days ago, my parents are here in Warrensburg to spend the holiday season with me. Yes, it may not be the ideal situation, especially since they just built a new house, but it’s the best we can do. And we all know that it’s not where we spend the holidays that makes it special, it’s who we spend them with.

Because of television and advertising, people have come to believe that Christmas is about Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and presents under the tree. But in reality, Christmas is about spending time with those we love and giving to others. And that, we should never forget.

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Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Christmas is the spirit of giving without the thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.

images-2I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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

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?

Thanksgiving is a national holiday during which people celebrate what they are thankful for during the year. In Canada, my family would often finish harvesting a few days before Thanksgiving, so we always had something to be thankful for. It was perfect timing. We can also be thankful that our holiday is early enough during the year that we don’t have to freeze while enjoying our long weekend. In America, universities have Fall Break, which lands on the week of Thanksgiving. Who wants to have a week off when it’s so cold outside that you can’t even enjoy your time away from school? Don’t get me wrong, the holiday is wonderful, but I just think the Americans might have been a little confused when setting the timing of this holiday.

But anyway, enough of my rant. I should be thanking America because I get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice a year now. (And yes, I FaceTime my family back in Canada while eating my Canadian Thanksgiving dinner.) Like I said earlier, Thanksgiving is a time to realize the good things in life and be thankful for them. This year, more than ever, I’ve realized just how thankful I am.

Everyday, I am thankful for something. Be it having milk in the fridge to go with my Cheerios or having my mom to talk to and calm me down when I feel I’m on the edge of a breakdown. So this Thanksgiving, don’t just be thankful for the obvious things, find something/someone who you might take for granted and look at it/them in a different way. Because really, we should be thankful for everything in life.

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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All images I will be sharing are my own. I ask that if you would like to share any of them, you would please ask before doing so by commenting below. Thank you.

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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A Dream Come True at Kansas Speedway

This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to work as part of the public relations event staff during the October NASCAR race weekend at Kansas Speedway. I knew it was going to be a great experience, what I didn’t know was just how awesome it would be! From running press conferences and driver appearances, to working in the press box and meeting influential people in the media, it definitely solidified my decision to pursue a career in the industry after graduation.

Back in September when I job shadowed the director of public relations at Kansas Speedway, I was presented with this opportunity and let me tell you, I jumped on it! Kansas Speedway hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year and getting the opportunity to work the Chase race weekend especially was just incredible. I even created some business cards so that I was ready to make a good impression on the influential people in the business.

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