Find Your Personal Passion Project

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The phrase “Passion Project” is trending among inspirational speakers. With a new generation, it gains new relevance to everyday life. Passion projects are those that you work on outside of work, school or chosen path. They give joy, take focus and feed your soul. At one point or another, everyone needs a creative outlet that excites, encourages and envelops. Here are a few ways to find your personal passion project:

  1. What are your strengths? Make a list of hobbies or activities you enjoy doing on a regular basis. Find out what excites you and go from there.
  2. What are your goals? Write our five solid goals you have for the future. Take on one of those goals today. Make completing it your project.
  3. What is on your bucket list? A bucket list is a little different from goals. This consists of anything slightly out-of-the-box that you have ever dreamed of doing. Skydiving? Make learning the proper form your project.

A passion project doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to consume all of your free time. Let is inspire you. Feed your soul with something that makes your smile brighter.

What is your passion project?

INSPIRE: Finding Everyday Beauty

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Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series where anyone can share their outlook on life. This piece is by Jessica. Enjoy and share! Editors Note: All featured posts have been edited for length and clarity.

Positive Mind + Positive Vibes + Positive Life

There are always life events that can make us look at life in a negative way. One small thing can have an impact on our daily lives. I have learned over the past few years that it’s better to live life in “Find Positivity In Everything” state of mind than to let negativity take over my day.

I have more to be happy about than negative.

I was recently on vacation in Belize. I was swimming in the ocean and decided to go snorkeling. I noticed coral where I was swimming, but didn’t pay attention to the danger. I felt a sting in my ankle and returned to shore. I looked at my ankle to see that it wasn’t a small scrape.

I had two options: to call it a day and sit in the sand while everyone else splashed and enjoyed the beautiful crystal turquoise sea, or clean the cut, put on a bandage and enjoy the beautiful paradise in front of me.

Life is too beautiful and a huge blessing not to live it in a positive way!

I chose to be positive. I chose to not let negativity take over my day. There is always a reason to smile and be positive I hope y’all can always find it.

-Jessica Tristan

Jessica is a proud southern belle from Texas where she spends most of her time living a positive and happy life full of color. Some of her favorite things to do include traveling, crafting, taking Instagram photos and having a delicious scoop or two of mango sherbet! Make sure to follow her on Instagram @Missjessicabellexo. 

 

INSPIRE: 5 Tips to Make the Lunch Hour Workout Work For You

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This fitness piece is by the motivational Cory. Enjoy & share!

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If I have learned anything since joining the “adult world” it is that having a traditional 8-5 schedule is great! I love having a routine and thrive when I can plan ahead and set goals and expectations. However, one thing I didn’t realize is just how hard it can be to get everything that needs doing done! Between cleaning and home maintenance, work, friends, my boyfriend, pets, family, personal time, it can feel like a lot to balance. And since I’m not an early bird or a night owl, it leaves me with a pretty small window of time to be productive. That is why a few months ago I started using my lunch hour as my workout hour! I found a spinning studio up the street from my office, and started spinning for 45 minutes twice a week.

I fell in love with the lunch hour workout! At first I was worried about being the sweaty, smelly girl in the office, but with a little learning and a little prep, I was able to master getting in my fitness while increasing my work productivity.

  1. Plan ahead – Know what you are doing! Pack your gym bag the night before and give it a once over in the morning just in case you missed something. Know where your workout is, where you can park, and what you need to do to make it happen. Eat a good breakfast, and always bring your lunch! That way you can ensure it’s healthy and not feel crunched for time. And finally, make sure the studio you choose has the amenities you need, like parking or maybe a shower and locker room.
  2. Find something you can do in 30-45 minutes – Ideally, your workout should be no more than 5 minutes from your workplace. No studio nearby? Find a great running trail or use nearby outdoor space to DIY your own workout with stairs, running, body weight exercises, and a yoga mat!
  3. Pack more than the essentials – Don’t zip up your workout bag once you’ve got the must haves in there. Go beyond the normal ponytails, workout clothes, and running shoes. Why? Because the more comfortable you are, the easier it is to say “YES” when your lunch hour comes around. Extras I like? Body lotion, sunblock, extra underwear, blotting papers, and allergy meds.
  4. Get your desk ready – I purchased a small desktop fan to help cool down after my workout. Stock your drawers with power up snacks for pre and post workouts like fresh fruits and nuts. Keep water at your desk throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and help you get the most out of your workout. Keep a yoga mat and an extra set of shoes and workout wear so you never have an excuse to miss!
  5. Dress for success – Want in on my #1 secret? Start your day wearing your sports bra under a flowy dress with easy to slip on/off sandals. When the time to workout comes, it will be easy to slip out of your dress and into your workout wear. Then, you can put on a fresh, traditional bra afterwards. This will save you tons of time and mental stress of getting into the lunch hour workout mindset!

I know once I started using my lunch hour to workout, I have found it a lot easier to focus in the afternoon. The afternoon slump is like a distant dream for me. Since I’ve moved offices, I’m no longer near the spin studio, but I now do a boot camp twice a week and go on runs the other 3 days, since I’m training for an upcoming 10k! So instead of scrolling endlessly through your social media tomorrow at noon, or spending lots of money at a restaurant, lace up your sneakers and do something active and make the most of your lunch hour.

 

Cory is a web developer for a marketing company. She is a Louisiana girl at heart, but currently calls the Midwest home. Cory is a passionate vegan and fur mama to 2 cats and 3 dogs. On summer weekends you can find her spending the day on the water or planting flowers in her yard and drinking sweet tea. A life-long procrastinator, she is navigating her way through life trying to find a work/life balance and still get laundry done.

INSPIRE: Life’s a Lake

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This metaphorical piece relates a lake to life. I hope you enjoy this article by the artistic Jen as she takes you on an inspirational journey. 

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Growing up, most of my favorite summer memories were on the lake. I was one with nature and I was in my own paradise. I would just float in an inner tube for hours. Rain or shine, I was on the water. The lake would just set my soul on fire.  This is where I would be the most relaxed, where I was my true self. Being surrounded by gentle waves and warm rays of sunshine, adventure was endless.

“You can make your corner as clean and colorful as you want.”  

Think of life like the lake. You are surrounded by all things good and natural. Every day is a new story, a new adventure, a new start.  You control the vibes the water send you. You are in control of letting the bad vibes drip down the pier and sink to the bottom of the lake. You will receive the vibes you give out. The lake is just a canvas, in which everyone has a piece. You can make your corner as clean and colorful as you want. Why make it dark and gloomy?

Sometimes things get in the way of our happiness in life. The water will carry toxic relationships, depression, or accidents. We let this pollute our lake. We forget how amazing our lives are and how fortunate we are to live in a world of adventure and love. The dark clouds of anger and hatred may cover the warm rays of sunshine, but we have options. Wait for the clouds to pass, or look past them to the horizon. Life is our lake, and we only have so many days to make the most of it! Don’t spend your days inside, hiding from the rest of the world.

“Take some time to focus on you.”

What does your lake look like? Do you need to clean up a little? Take some time to focus on you; it’s okay to take some time to clean up your lake. Come out and enjoy the sunshine. Life may get you down, but you can either stay at the bottom of your lake or swim up to surface. Surround your lake with only the best people for you. The water carries vibes both ways. This is just some inspiration for a lovely life.

 

Jen Wunder is a junior at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. She is an Interactive Media and Web Design major with a passion for branding. Jen also writes for the Odyssey Online, and is currently interning with the River City Rascals. In her free time, Jen is usually found at hockey games screaming her heart out. She loves Disney vacations, Gingham’s pancakes at 3am, and heart-to-heart talks with her Tri Sigma sisters.

INSPIRE: A Day in the Life of a Marketing Intern

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This day in the life piece is written by yours truly. I hope you enjoy, share and spread the love. 

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Awhile ago I applied to be a Marketing/Public Relations intern on Nestlé Purina’s website. After a phone interview and a 4 hour in-person interview, I was hoping and praying that the job would be mine. A few weeks later I received a phone call from my (now) boss offering me the position! I was ecstatic and have been at the company for a 1.5 years (#purinaemp).

Since I was still in school, I was able to create my own schedule. I work around 25 hours a week and enjoy learning about the business. I’m the only intern in the department, so I’m treated like another member of the team. In a month I will be leaving this wonderful place to move to a new city for a new full-time job. To commemorate my time there, here’s a day in the life of a marketing/public relations intern.

7:45 am – I wake up after hitting my old friend the snooze button a few times. Rolling out of bed, I throw on running tights and a tank top and head out the door. I like to run a few times a week when it’s nice outside. Back at the house, I get in a few squats before stretching and call it a workout.

8:40 am – I stand outside my closet debating what I should wear. After a few outfit changes, I settle on my go – to: a pair of black trousers, a peach button down and wedges. I grab my sunglasses, lunch, work ID and backpack and head out the door.

9:00 am – I try to get coffee only a few times a week, and today is one of those times. I swing by Starbucks for an iced caramel macchiato and pay with the app (that app is handy!).

9:40 am – Traffic was light today so I get into the office twenty minutes early. Since I get to create my own schedule, I work three days a week from 10 am- 5 pm. Settling in, I turn on my computer, fan and Spotify playlist.

10 am – I check my calendar for the day, set up some meetings and make my to-do list. Summer is a slow time in the Public Relations world, so I’m mainly working on research projects for upcoming events. My boss pokes his head into my office to say good morning and to confirm our meeting for later.

11 am – The team I work with sends me a calendar invite for my own farewell lunch. I can’t believe I’m leaving in a few weeks! I send out the daily coverage update for the team and scratch it off my to-do list.

12 pm – I head into a meeting with my boss. We go over a few project details and talk about his recent interview for television.

12:45 pm – It’s absolutely gorgeous outside! I go for a quick walk in the company garden before heating up my lunch from home.

2 pm – I visit one of my close friends at her office. She just got back from a white water rafting vacation and I want to hear all about it. Her one regret is being severely sunburned. Wear sunscreen people.

3 pm – My boss sends me a long list of influencers that need to be vetted. These are celebrities and social media accounts that Purina could potentially work with. I scour the internet and do a basic background check to see if they fit with the brand. This project takes me until the end of the day.

5:15 pm – I send out my daily tasks to the team and shut down my computer.

6:30 pm – Getting home, I heat up a few leftovers and play hoops with my super athletic mother.

7:30 – I settle in to work on a few upcoming blog posts (there’s some good ones coming!). I grab a mug of green tea, my laptop and planner. There’s nothing like being organized. While typing a few emails, I turn on America’s Got Talent. That show is hilarious.

9:15 pm – I leave my house to go catch the new Pirates movie with a friend. It’s $5 movie night and I never pass up an Orlando Bloom film.

12:00 am – I finally get back home and am ready to catch some zzz’s.

 

I hope you enjoyed this tiny peek into my day-to-day life. Let me know in the comments below.

xx,

Rebecca