Hello dear ladies! It’s been a while…too long…since I sat down and simply had coffee with my dear readers. So when the sponsor for today’s scheduled video asked me to cut a few things (from their ad – not from my content) I decided it was a good day to just “stop the presses” and sit down for coffee.
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I’m in Athens, Georgia, this morning, where we attended a job fair for the advertising and public relations students at the Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication yesterday. That’s my alma mater and I, in fact, have a public relations degree from there. And since I’m in desperate need of a new virtual assistant I thought this would be a good place to start my search. More on that in a moment. But since I’m here and not at home, I don’t have access to the computer on which I edit my YouTube videos. So I’ll have to make those edits tonight and hopefully this week’s video will go up tomorrow. If not, later this week. Breathe, Kay…it’s all okay. 😉
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About the Job Fair
Well, let me tell you about the AdPR job fair. It was a huge success. We were one of about 25-30 businesses there meeting and talking with junior and senior journalism majors in the public relations and advertising tracks about parttime employment, internships and fulltime entry level positions. Of course most of the other businesses were PR or advertising firms or other larger companies. I was the only influencer there, but I actually felt really good about that. I think I have an opportunity to offer some young person that they won’t get in those other situations.
After a morning meet-and-greet with coffee and donuts on the Media Lawn at Grady, we had a keynote speaker. Then we broke briefly for a Chick fil A box lunch and to set up our table. Then large groups of students – probably about 75 in each group – were admitted into the conference room to visit with the businesses for 45 minutes. Then we’d have a 15 minute break before the next group came in. We had four sessions like that.
This was definitely one of those things where you wake up the morning of and think, ” What am I doing here? Was this a big mistake???” But it didn’t take long to realize I was exactly where I was suppose to be. Of course, I had prayed about this decision. But there always comes that time when you have to just say to yourself, “Yes, I think this is what God wants me to do.” But you don’t hear any audible voices or see a bright green light. Ha! So a little second guessing is prone to happen.
But I met with and 18 amazing young women who genuinely seemed interested in what we do hear at Dressed for My Day, and seemed like they could bring some good skills to the job. And at this point, that’s what I need – someone with the skillset that can really help me serve you better and more consistently and creatively. They each spent about 5-10 minutes chatting with me, took my flyers about Dressed for My Day and the parttime job I’m offering, as well as my business card, and most gave me their resume. It was all quite exciting. I’ve already received an email from one of them and expect to receive more. And I’ll be looking over resumes as we drive home today.
Whew! Let me tell you! James scouted out a lovely Italian restaurant for us to have dinner. So after an enjoyable and tasty meal at Expat, we returned to the hotel and I showered and went straight to bed. I told James this morning after 10+ hours of sleep, I’ve discovered that as we get older we absolutely can do the big things – go to a 3-day influencer conference like LTKCon, talk with students all afternoon at a job fair, hike long trails, host big groups in our home, etc. But the recovery time required? That has definitely increased with age! What do you think? Do you have to “take a day” after having the grandkids in for a couple of days? Do you “take a day” after traveling home from vacation? I seem to be able to go, go, go with the best of them. But then I have to pay the piper!
So I’ve been sitting at our hotel room desk in my pajamas and with my coffee typing out this post. We’ll get moving here soon and begin our 9-hour drive home. Don’t worry. James loves to drive and as long as I stay on my phone working or reading, I do pretty well in the car these days. And I’ll be looking over all those resumes, too! The leaves are still beautiful here in Georgia, as well as the little bit of North Carolina and Tennessee that we’re driving through. And it’s a beautiful day.
This week’s video will hopefully be ready to go live by noon tomorrow. But if not, I’ll share another blog post. I’ve always got something to share with you! Thanks so much for stopping in today. I’d love to hear from you, too. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about what I’ve shared today. But also tell me a little about what you’re up to this week.
One More Important Thing
One more thing, before I go. As I shared with those young women yesterday, I heard myself over and over telling them about the amazing community we’ve built here. I told them that what I do here really isn’t about me at all. It’s about you. As PR students they get that. They know that the strongest businesses serve, serve, serve, and then ask. They know that good PR is about listening and serving and caring. So they get it.
But hearing myself share that over and over, helped me remember the joy behind it all. I truly am so very grateful for you. Every single day I receive emails and comments here and on YouTube and Instagram and Facebook sharing the difference my content has made in your life. That is amazing and humbling to me. And it never becomes commonplace. Thank you for being here. And thank you for the joy and vibrance you bring to this community. Those comments and emails truly keep me motivated and on track. And they help me love what I do here all the more.
Have a lovely day!
Blessed for My Day
I’ve always found great motivation in being reminded of my calling. Over 30 years ago I distinctly felt a call from the Lord to minister to women. That calling has looked different throughout the years. I’ve ministered to women as a wife of a pastor, through teaching Bible studies, then writing Bible studies and speaking to them at large conferences and retreats. But almost five years ago that ministry began to look very different as I felt led to begin this blog and then the YouTube channel.
Do you have a calling? You absolutely do. Whatever your profession, whatever you season in life, wherever you live, you are called, like me, to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” That’s powerful stuff. I encourage you to think about how that calling has played out in different season of your life and what it looks like right now. Then get excited about it. And fulfill it!
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~ 1 Peter 2:9