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Commitment, Communication and Candles

17 Feb

Happy February everyone! Okay…happy mid-February. I cannot believe how fast this month is moving.

Not too long ago I posted a blog thanking many of you and letting you know about the excitement building around my contract work…and then I promised to write more. Now, I could sit here and write down the million and one excuses I have for not blogging like I should, but frankly they don’t matter. What does matter, however, is that I stick to this commitment. So, here I am. Back to the grind. Promising to keep up this continued communication and fun!

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New beginnings

For those of you that do not know, today is my last day with NRHA. And, while not exactly what I expected, my time here has been filled with so many experiences, people and lessons that I can only hope other young professionals have in their careers. It’s funny how “lasts” can make you sit back and really reflect on what you’ve accomplished and learned, who you’ve met and built relationships with, and how you’ve grown. Last week, as I accepted a position as the new Marketing Director for the Warm Glow Candle Co. , I was filled with a flood of emotion: “Finally! This is it. My turn to shine, make a difference. My turn to really make my career move and do it closer to home. Less of a drive! Higher salary! …this is going to be great!” This week, I’m more calm, more reflective and more respectful of the time I’ve spent working to get where I am. I think as young professionals it is all to easy to fall into the “me me me” trap, and for many of us it isn’t even a selfish act. It comes from a place of desire. Desiring more responsibility, more respect and trust, better relationships…desiring to be given the chance to be that top notch professional we know we can be. A lot of times we can’t understand why employers and business contacts don’t want to see that from us or why we just don’t seem to be moving forward at the pace we just knew we would after college. Today, I just want to give a little hope from one young’n to the next- slow down. Don’t be in such a hurry to move forward that you miss the opportunities in front of you. This past year has filled me with irreplaceable workplace knowledge, relationships and industry-specific training that I’ve, unfortunately, taken for granted.

Don’t make my mistake, friends. Take where you are and run with it, but don’t get so far ahead of yourself that you forget to appreciate where you are.

So with that said, to my NRHA friends and the MANY relationships that have seen me through this past year- Thank You. And I hope this next adventure proves as excited as the last. Don’t be strangers, come see me over at Warm Glow in Centerville, maybe I’ll buy you a candle. 😉

P.S. I will still be working on contract projects with Anderson Creative Communications as they come in. Nothing can really slow down this girl…not even candles. 🙂

-Arin

Time flies, thank you.

26 Jan

Well, I’ve already broken my post every day vow. Surprise Surprise. I suppose that was a little over zealous anyways.

I know it’s been a over a week- and I owe you 2 recipes and a stick figure drawing, but I promise it was worth it. For those of you that don’t know, I have taken the past few weeks to officially launch the contract business I have been working under for the past year. Contract work has really been building for me in the past couple of months and I finally decided to take the plunge. I greatly appreciate the support and advocacy that I’ve gotten from so many of you and I hope to do your faith justice.

So, without further ado, meet: Anderson Creative Communications and @andersoncre8ive

And special thank you to the people below for being extra supportive these past few months (even if they don’t know it). If you don’t know them, meet them. I can’t think of a single reason you wouldn’t want each and every one of them on your team.

@andersonjake

@ryanmbrewer

@randyclarktko

@dereckvogler

@csindy

@ErinCouch

@LeilanMcNally

@slicklaroo

@AllisonLCarter

@jlisak

@erinlorraine

@edeckers

@kyleplacy

@robbyslaughter

@seppichdaily

@cjtheisen

Again, thanks for being patient and I’ll catch ya’ll soon!

Arin

Pirates, Cookies and Rock N Roll.

11 Jan

Sometimes the best recipes are born out of creativity and whatever is sitting in your pantry. Over the weekend, after pirates had been played and the drum set rocked, Jake and I were left with a three-year old desperate for something to do. So even with groceries getting scarce and patience wearing thin,  miss Adrienne and I took a trip down creativity lane. Luckily, we came out on the other side of a glorious cookie rainbow with these white chocolate, apple oatmeal cookies made with things we found in the pantry:

This recipe will make 12-15 cookies, depending on the size and consistency you prefer. They are also perfect for a health conscious office snack- set them out in the break room, I doubt you’ll bring any home.

Ingredients:

Mid-bake jam session with daddy!

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened (for a healthier version, use unsalted butter)
1/2 tsp cinnamonMy little rockstar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
2 packets of apple cinnamon instant oatmeal
1 small green apple, diced (or 1/2 a big one!)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in small bowl. Gently mix butter and brown sugar until fluffy (will be slightly grainy, do no over mix). Mix in dry ingredients,  egg and vanilla. Add oatmeal one packet at a time. When mixture is cookie dough consistency, gently stir in apples and white chocolate chips.

Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet (we did HEAPING spoonfuls). Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350. Let cool and enjoy!

The time has come the Walrus said…

9 Jan

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about corporate culture. The who, what, when, where, why and how’s of what we do day in and day out. I recently came to the conclusion that this can be likened to a very familiar Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland, where I play Alice.

Here is a few things I learned from the characters that have come in and out of my Wonderland:

  1. There will always a be a White Rabbit that is too busy for you. Don’t take it personal, they are just climbing the ladder to SUC…cess
  2. Try not to offend the Mouse. Actually screw it, this person will always have some bigger, better problem than yours anyway.
  3. The Caterpillar will be rude, hateful and demeaning. I find it best to make jokes for my own amusement regarding this person. Who knows, maybe you’ll even make them laugh once in a while.
  4. Find a Chesire Cat. They may be mischievous but they will challenge you, help you find humor in a shitty situation and aren’t afraid to make things right.
  5.  The Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse. You know the “clique”.  Don’t waste your time trying to be a part of the group, they will confuse you and you are better off alone. Seriously, look at what the Hatter and the Hare do to the Dormouse.
  6. Bill the Lizard is the workhorse. Plain and simple, you probably owe a thank you or two to this person.
  7. The Queen of Hearts has a take no prisoners attitude and probably isn’t afraid to show it. Don’t let him or her walk all over you.
  8. The Duchess isn’t always what he/she seems. The epitome of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” this person is misunderstood, worn out and is probably just looking for a little respect and compassion.
  9. The King of Hearts means well but has no direction. While this unorganized and confusing person can be very hard to deal with, they are an integral part of the team. Maybe all they need is a little push…or a swift kick in the you know what.
  10. And finally, Alice. You. Dropped into wonderland, left to survive. Cultivate the relationships, asses the environment and move forth my friend. But remember, every character plays a part in the success [or chaos] of Wonderland.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

Hey! You’re AA, right?

5 Jan

Today’s post is about setting yourself apart. Getting noticed. Sparking interest.

As some of you may have noticed by now, I can’t seem to keep my hair one color for long. And, what started as a crazy college experiment soon turned into something that, in a way, defines how people see me. Current color choice: fire engine red.

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Now, I don’t show you this so you’ll think I’m edgy or cool or professionally rebellious. I show you this because it’s me. In high school, hair color was cool and my mom hated it. In college it was something I could do for me in the midst of my hectic schedule. And now? It’s a trademark. Something as simple as the color of my hair can spark conversation, become an interview ice breaker, or even encourage others to try something new.

Sure, there are several employers and professionals that would scoff at the blue hair I had for Colts season last year or the glow in the dark green streak I had for St. Patricks day a few years ago, but that’s when I ask myself: “Do I really want to put myself in an environment where being me isn’t what they want?”  What a fantastic opportunity to be professionally choosy and seek out the environment I will thrive in, the people I can help, encourage and learn from.

Obviously it would be silly to think everyone can have a physical attribute to set them apart from the crowd, but I would ask you this:

What do you do to set yourself apart?

Maybe you are a cat freak or free time chef. Maybe you make belts out of spoons and headbands out buttons. Maybe you’re bald.

Whatever it is, don’t rule out the things that make you, YOU.

That is what people are interested in. That is what will get you noticed. That is what will spark their interest.

Football and Dip

4 Jan

Alright, friends! Today’s recipe is brought to you by THE @CS_Indy in his blogging…and recipe debut! Is your office hosting a football party? Maybe a week of pitch-in Super Bowl supporting fun? The recipe below is simple, delicious and a sure fire hit for an entry level chef. Don’t scoff at the simplicity, sometimes the integrity of an ingredient is enough to carry a dish through for the win…and let’s face it, who doesn’t love cream cheese and chili?!?!

From the simple, yet surprisingly big head of Mr. CS Indy himself: Enjoy!

My beautiful girlfriend @peterose82 introduced me to this magical recipe a few years ago. As you may have guessed by Arin’s clever title here, it is a dip and we eat during football games. Thus the name Football Dip was born. You can eat it as an appetizer or, like me, just eat it as a meal. It has the main food groups covered so it has to be good for you right? Chili has meat and tomatoes (which can be a fruit or vegetable, this case we will go with both), cheese covers the dairy, and, as with any good dip, we eat it with chips so you got the grain/bread part covered.

Football Dip in three easy 3 ingredients

1 box cream cheese..leave out so its soft. But not too long or it’ll go bad.

1 can chili..beans, no beans, whatever you like.

Shredded cheese… We use Mexican whatever’sonsale Cheese.  Use what you want…its cheese it can’t be bad, right?

Put the cream cheese in a dish. We use a glass one. It’s round. About 8-9 inches across. Spread it out evenly. Dump your choice of chili on it, spread it out, cover that with your shredded cheese until you think you have enough. Then add more, can’t have too much cheese. Put this all in the oven. The oven needs to be on HOT. Leave it in till the cheese melts. Easy. Maybe 10-15 minutes tops, depends on how HOT you make the oven I guess.

Now we usually eat this dip with Baked Scoops because they are lower in fat and all that other stuff. They help offset the amount of calories in everything else. At least it sounds good. You can use whatever type of chip you want.

 

 

A new year, another year.

3 Jan

Well, after a quite nice holiday hiatus from the digital world, I’m back. Excited? Me too!

The new year is upon us and, as I’m sure most of you are wondering, I thought long and hard about what I would resolve to in 2012…

At first I thought through all the cliche nonsense.

Lose weight? Eat better? Exercise? Keep one hair color all year? Nope.

Then I though about working on my personality.

Tone down the cynicism? Nope.
Try political correctness and not awkwardly talking too fast in social situations? That wouldn’t be fun for anyone.

Okay, how about life stuff?

New job? Play music again? Paint a picture? Cook more? Travel? Maybe. Who knows.

And then it hit me. Why would anyone want to resolve to something? Resolve seems to have such a negative connotation. Maybe that’s why 3/4 of the people who try the infamous “resolution”, fail.  So, for me, 2012 will be about living a new year- not another year.

And for those of you suckers that made resolutions, good luck and godspeed.

And, if you’re still reading…please enjoy this little resolution pictorial.