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. 😉
If you missed last week’s video, you might want to catch it here or below. And if you did already watch it? I’d love it if you shared it on Facebook or in an email to friends or on Pinterest!
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
17 thoughts on “Welcome to Coffee with Kay – November, 2022”
Enjoyed my cuppa tea this morning with a piece of banana bread as I read your blog. Hope you had fun you’re in James. I have a question I thought Abigail was your virtual assistant? Did she give that up when she got married? Have a blessed day
Hi Sherry. Abby was indeed my assistant, but she took a 10-month internship with her church in Biblical counseling and women’s ministry. She is getting certified to be a counselor – already has her master’s degree, just getting in the hours and testing now. So she has moved on! Thanks for asking.
Wow! What you said about “recovery time” resonated with me. Last week was especially busy with work, a 2 day business trip, and a busy weekend with volunteer activities. Monday I just could not get going. I fought it, felt guilty about it, but finally just took the day to catch up on the quiet time I missed. It is nice to know I am not the only one! I am 64 and going forward I will make a plan to “gift” myself a recover day or two after extra busy times. Julie (Atlanta native, UGA Grad) Go Dawgs!
I look forward to your posts and your video. It always provides me with inspiration and even sometimes a little pick me up. As a former public rations/media relations professional—it’s a great career especially in the ever changing world of fashion and caring for yourself. Excited and hope you get some onwssefil candidates.
I Enjoy reading your blog everyday. I have learned so much. I am 73 and I’m in pretty good shape. I was sick at the first of this year. I had 2 stints in my heart and had a valve replacement plus I had fluid. But I’m doing really well now. I have a question about the Collagen for Her. I had a Hysterectomy in 2015 and my hot flashes have gotten worse over the years. Could this help in any way with that. I have tried everything. None of the herbs helped and the estrogen didn’t help either. I thought if the Collagen had all the benefits stated then it might help this too. I know you’re not a doctor but you’re so knowledgeable about things you might know something different. If you do know anything about this, will you answer in my email, firstname.lastname@example.org? I wish you much much success in finding your assistant. Thank you so much! Linda🙏
Hi Linda! Thanks so much for sharing. You know, come to think of it, my hot flashes and night sweats have improved significantly lately. But I don’t know for sure if it’s due to the collagen. I really couldn’t say. But they have almost disappeared. 🤷🏼♀️
I so enjoy your blog-I love your positive outlook and your tips for looking and being your best self! Good luck choosing an assistant-I’m sure whom ever you pick will learn so much —and you as well will see through there eyes new tricks and treats —safe travels🍁🎃
I hope you are successful in you search. I love the outfit you wore to the event you look great. Nothing new with me. I am on week 3 of officially being a mother in law. I had a blast at the wedding.Just back to work and enjoying this warm November weather in Maryland.
I always enjoy your blog, Kay. Safe travels. I had to chuckle this morning. I was getting ready to go out to do some errands and when I looked in the mirror, I thought, “Oh no…Kay would not be happy; I’m looking pretty frumpy!” Ha! Once I put my coat on, it did improve a bit. Some days are like that though and I’ve always found that I do feel more confident and more approachable when I think I’m looking presentable. Thank you always for your kind advice.
Yup! Recovery time is definitely longer!! But that is OK! We already lived the non-stop action phase. this active phase with breaks feels pretty good!
Thank you for sharing this interesting time at your alma mater and for encouraging these young people in their very, very difficult road ahead! YOU certainly our joy and blessing, too. Have to Google what a virtual assistant is . . . thought that was all techno like Alexa, etc!
Safe trip home!!!
You are a shining light in my day, every day. I enjoy your Blog and your YouTube chats, and love hearing what you and James are doing on a daily basis. I certainly can identify with you about keeping “on the go” then finally needing some recovery time. I will have my 80th birthday next week and still go to the gym for strength training twice a week, continue to travel and just enjoy the life that God has given me. However, I do need that recovery time, so I don’t feel guilty when I sleep in, or just do nothing for a day.
Keep up the good work….Regards, Bonnie
You are probably home by the time you get my email….I’ll be in prayer for your new assistant and know you will find that “right person” that is just like you Kay.
We are getting ready to fly out tomorrow and celebrate our 44th Anniversary💞. God had truly Blessed us and we always put him first.
I hope you will find the perfect candidate.
I will be 60 years old in a few weeks and I have a few health issues since I started menopause. I’m not sure it is my age or my health issues but I need 2x-3x more recovery time after spending time with my grandkids or doing more than just the ordinary every day things. Also I need to take frequent brakes when I’m tackling bigger projects. I really don’t like it and lots of times it puts me into a bad mood. It is hard to face the music.
Good Morning, Kay! And how lovely to have my coffee with you today. I’m glad the conference went well. I chuckled and nodded my head yes, as you spoke of still doing the big things, but boy does it take a bit longer to recover. lol Yes, indeed. I still do most all the things I did as a much younger woman – but it takes a few days to recover after some of them. And I’ve learned to relish and enjoy those quieter days. The younger me would have been antsy for the next thing or worse, bored lol. Thank you for all you do. I look forward to your blog each morning. You have your own folder on my email system 🙂 And as timely and helpful are your fashion shares and tips – the thing that makes your blog so important and such a blessing is that you do it all in the context of a Godly, Christian woman.
I feel at home in your blog. I’ve always tried to live my life and yes, dress as a daughter of God, but that always seemed so different from many who wrote about how to do that. Either fashion blogs for women were either “leave God and His Son, Jesus, out of the equation” or go back a century or two and dress like a somber woman traveling across the praries. Modestly, yes. Beautifully dressed – absolutely. Not to excess, but in good taste. You find a beautiful balance and share it with Scripture. Thank you and God Bless you and your ministry.
I’ve had the same feelings you’ve described about trying some new things lately. Right before, i wonder if it was a good idea, but it’s always worked out. I also need recovery time after a day or activity that requires lots of energy. I’m in my late 40s. I can still do the things I could do when I was younger, but not at the same pace!
I’m so glad I came across your blog and then joined and follow your instragram and Facebook posts. I have learned so much from listening to you and following your advice and tips. As recently retired at 63 I wasn’t not fashionable but I honestly didn’t push the boundaries on what to wear and how to wear it. I honestly think I was in a major rut. So thank you for providing me inspiration. I look forward to your posts and videos. Thank you! And yes at 63 I have the energy to go go go but then I really need some downtime just to refresh! Thank you! Take care! Tracy