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Saturday, November 29, 2014

We are the generation of Activism!!

I know we have watched the protests taking place in Ferguson, MO and all over the U.S. I read the other day that Millenials maybe the generation of activists. Personally, I like this. It's nice to take a stand against unjust behaviors and regulations. Now, I will never support violent protesting. Let's stick to educated and peaceful protesting. I have always believed in standing up for what you believe in because if you don't , you will fall for anything. When I was in 8th grade, I signed a petition and visited our state capitol to protest public smoking and to ban it. Cigarette smoke is a serious hazard and I never enjoyed breathing it in. Some people have asthma and cigarette smoke can be potentially fatal. Even though the public ban took almost ten years to happen in our state, IT HAPPENED! I was happy. I, along with my fellow classmates, petitioned for this and it made us feel proud to know our voice was heard. Throughout high school and college I continued to advocate for those who needed it and I will continue to do that. Maybe one day, I will be in need and need an advocate. To all my Millenials, please keep up the non-violent protests for whatever it is that bothers you. Always utilize your voice for the right reasons! We can make a difference!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!!

Okay I LOVE the holidays. When October comes, I become super excited because I know that Halloween, my birthday (hey, it's important to me), Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Let me elaborate on why I love this time of the year:

1. The weather- I love cool/cold weather. Living in the South, you do not experience really cold weather. The past few years we have. I'm assuming because of the environment. I have not complained over it. I am not too fond of the summer time and the hot weather. I love everything about fall weather: the clothes, the drinks and the coziness I feel when I go to sleep at night. I love it!

2. Halloween- Even though I rarely dress up for Halloween, I love scary movies. I can watch a scary movie alone and not be terrified. I will sleep like a baby! Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed scary movies. I enjoy watching Halloween (Mike Myers) the most. It's creepy but I enjoy it.

3. Thanksgiving- I enjoy good food and family time. Plain and Simple!

4. Christmas- Christmas music. Christmas movies (Home Alone 1 and 2). Christmas Specials (hello Charlie Brown!). giving and receiving gifts. Family time! Simple moments I cherish.

One thing I have learned over the years is that not only should we be grateful every day, but specifically, around the holidays. A few years back, when I was in college, I volunteered at a soup kitchen. That specific moment opened my eyes and made me realize how extra blessed I am. We complain so much about not eating a specific dish on Thanksgiving or not receiving a specific gift on Christmas when people who are homeless, in poverty, sick, etc would trade places with us in a minute. I ask everyone this year to focus on enjoying family time and also give back. Visit a soup kitchen, donate gifts to others in need and participate in other activities that will allow you to donate. You will feel great and have a new perspective on life.

I hope you all enjoy Thanksgiving. I know I will. I am very excited about spending quality time with my family. Also, stay off social media when spending time with your family. I think we all are guilty of staying on our phones while talking. This can cause you to miss out on valuable communication. I want to focus on living more in the moment :) Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Internet Trolls Need to be stopped!!!!

I'm active on social networks. I think it's a great place to network, socialize and market your business. I utilize Twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, etc. I enjoy following people and reading their opinions on various topics. But on social media, there is a downside to voicing your opinion. 

Trolls are the name for people who spew hatred and ignorance behind a computer screen. These individuals usually have no picture, name or followers/friends but respond to tweets or comments with hatred. I have not been victim of a troll, but I have read some of the ignorance these trolls type. For example, Anderson Cooper was tweeting a new story about politics. Some troll responded by using derogatory and homophobic names. Of course, Anderson Cooper responded with class. My point is, I find it disgusting that ignorant people who are not capable of voicing an intelligent opinion are hiding behind computer screens. How pathetic! 

Feminists on Twitter also receive a lot of death threats. Sometimes, these women are just tweeting about basic social,political and economic rights for women yet a troll responds with death threats. It's terrifying to these women. Below is an article discussing how Twitter will try to alleviate this issue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/07/twitter-harassment-women_n_6122500.html

It's unfortunate that we have to deal with ignorance everywhere. By blogging occasionally on issues I run across, I hope I can just assist on raising more awareness.

Friday, October 24, 2014

College! Is it worth the money?





I understand. College is pricey. The return on investment is questionable.Regardless, I get bothered when I read articles on useless degrees and articles about majors you should choose. I know technology and healthcare are the top sectors. But, not everyone can be a nurse or an engineer. I never had a desire to do either of those professions. I think a college degree is a great accomplishment

Last Sunday, I posted a quick, spur of the moment article on LinkedIn. I defended the college degree and gave positive reasons why. I just want to inspire my fellow college graduates. Check it out when you can at https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141020004821-210688089-is-your-degree-really-useless-

I love using social media as an outlet to vent my thoughts and opinions (in a tasteful way of course). Feel free to give me your own opinion on your college degree investment. Was it worth it you?





Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Tv Shows You Should Watch.......NOW!!

I barely watch television. I think the quality of shows has decreased tremendously. But so far, I notice a lot of quality tv shows that are new for the fall premiere. And I have been watching them! Let me tell you about a few.

First show I enjoy is Gotham. When you hear Gotham, I am sure Batman comes to mind. When I first heard about the show, I immediately decided I would give the show a chance. I am a huge Batman fan. Gotham revolves around Commissioner Gordon in his younger years when he started working with the force. Only four episodes in and I like the show. As a Batman fan, I like how we get to see Bruce Wayne in his younger years after the murder of his parents. You also will see a few villains in their younger/pre-villain days: the penguin, riddler, poison ivy, cat woman and Harvey Dent aka two-face. I am waiting for the Joker to make an appearance; he is my favorite villain. I can see Gotham having a few seasons. I plan on supporting the show.

NCIS:New Orleans is decent. I like crime shows plus I am born and raised in Louisiana, so it's interesting to see a show filmed right in New Orleans.  Black-ish is a funny show! It stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. It is about a black successful family living in the suburbs. I love seeing diversity on television. The show touches on topics such as minorities in the workforce and also urban culture in a hilarious manner.

Lastly, How To Get Away With Murder!! I love this show. It keeps you on your toes. Viola Davis is great as a leading lady. The show is filled with twist and turns. I knew the show would be quality; Shonda Rhimes is one of the creative forces behind the show. I love Greys Anatomy and Scandal, so I knew How to Get Away With Murder would be great!

I am happy that quality shows are on air. I am so tired of reality shows. Reality shows are so scripted and full of ignorance. I hope more creative screenwriters and producers are given chances to create quality shows for our viewing pleasure.


Monday, September 22, 2014

The Wonderful World Of Marketing!

As all of my readers know, I currently work in the hearing aid/ personal sound amplification device industry. Even though my profession mainly involves hearing aids, marketing is a huge factor in helping us achieve our sale quota. In my spare time, when I am not reading about hearing aids and the industry, I am studying marketing, particularly content, digital/social media, and e-mail marketing along with SEO (search engine optimization).  Content marketing involves any marketing format that involves the creation and sharing of media along with publishing content to assist in acquiring customers. Great examples of content marketing are videos, infographics (which I LOVE), power-point, blogging. webinars, etc. In content marketing, you focus on communicating with customers.

Social Media marketing is what you are exactly thinking...this involves marketing via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Quora, Foursquare, Pinterest and other websites we use socially. In my opinion, social media marketing is crucial. Millenials are the largest demographic who are slowly developing into the top consumers and will continue to have advertisements attempt to capture our attention. As a Millenial, I am very active on most social media platforms and will notice advertisements and what companies are also active in social media. I follow my favorite companies on twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date on new products and company information. Most Millennials do this also.

Search-Engine Marketing has two types: ppc- pay per click (which is sponsored advertisements that we click on) and search engine optimization/ Google ad-words. SEO involves utilizing strategies and techniques to obtain high ranking placement in the search results page of search engines -Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Increase your traffic and you can increase your ranking on search engines.

Lastly, e-mail marketing is a type of marketing a lot of employees utilize and probably do not realize how much of an impact it can make. Marketing though e-mail involve customer newsletters, product offers, coupons or other information updates through e-mail. I utilized e-mail marketing at my first Sales job and I can honestly say it helped me close business deals. E-mail allows individuals to open and respond to your e-mail without stress in comparison to cold-calling. The way I formatted my e-mails and selectively chose my words and promotions led to minimal issues with prospects never responding and/or taking very long to reply back. If e-mail marketing is used properly, it can work!

These are just some of the marketing techniques I have been studying and researching. Marketing has categories for every industry and profession; I think it is a very interesting topic. Regardless of you becoming an Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur in your current position, Marketing is a must to build a professional reputation and increase company revenue. The internet has ton of resources that will allow you to study different categories of Marketing. I suggest you do!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Feminism is NOT a dirty word

 Feminism is everywhere. Numerous articles on feminist sub-types, Beyonce being a Feminist and, the rise of Male Feminists are all over the Internet.I honestly do not think a lot of people truly know what a Feminist is. When the word Feminist is heard,the image that comes to a lot of individuals mind is a woman who hates men, doesn't shave and burns her bra. That is a huge misconception and generalization. Simply, a Feminist believes in the social, political and economic equality among all sexes. Feminist advocate for women to get paid the same as men, encourage women to run for office, advocate for maternity leave, etc. In 2014, women have more freedom than we did in past decades;I will admit that. But, we still have a while to go in other aspects. Women are STILL paid less than men. There is still a battle for reproductive rights for women. Maternity leave is still rare in Corporate America. Research has even shown that mothers are seen as incompetent while fathers are seen as hard-working and motivated. What a huge and sad double standard! Everyday, as women, we are constantly trying to fight and alleviate sexism in the workforce and in our daily lives. But, like I stated before, Feminism is not just about women. Yes, we focus a lot on issues that women deal with but we are also advocates for LGBT Rights, racism, rape culture involving men as victims and other social issues.

I consider myself a Feminist simply because I support equality. I never thought of myself as a Feminist until I experienced various forms of Sexism. Whether it was crude comments, rape culture that leads to victim-shaming or just daily misogynism, I started to understand the value in Feminism. I became more passionate about issues that impacted me more than I realized. My viewpoint on the world changed and now I am an advocate for numerous social issues.

I know that I can not change everyone's opinion on Feminism but I am hoping more people will educate themselves on the topic before quickly categorizing Feminists. Feministing, PolicyMic, HuffPost Women and Jezebel are all great websites that showcase Feminist writers and what they stand for. 


Millenials in general are more socially-conscious. The amount of Millenial women who are self-proclaimed Feminists are increasing.....I notice it through my social network activity. I am just happy to be a part of a generation that prides itself on noticing our issues and brainstorming ways to fix it!