Special interests

Volunteering

When I was a kid, I watched my parents do volunteer work along with holding down regular job and family responsibilities. They joyfully gave of their talent, time and money to help people in need. It showed me it was not just important to do, but it could also be fulfilling and fun.

My parents enduring enthusiasm and commitment inspired me to do the same starting from a young age, with one of my first volunteer stints being a hospital candy striper (remember those?). But I also remember my Mom drafting me to make posters and flyers for assorted needs at our church. She kept me going by endlessly praising my creativity — even though I thought “creative” meant “artist,” and I’d always protest saying “I can’t draw, Mom.” Now I know that creativity means many other things, including creative thinking. Yes, Mom knew best.

Now, many years later, helping others is ingrained in me.  My most recent volunteer project was participating as a judge at Queen Creek High School, faux-interviewing high school students focused on marketing careers.

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for being great role models.

professional development

I read dozens of blogs each week and regularly listen to podcasts to grow my marketing expertise and stay excited about what I do. (I love marketing, so it’s not hard to stay excited.)

I’m a true, life-long learner who never want to rest on her laurels. (Hmmm. I think I need to google “laurels.”) For example,  four years ago I spent a significant amount of time and money (for training) growing my knowledge of Facebook advertising. Today, I’m aggravated by Facebook advertising, but that’s another story …

Things have been a little quiet on the face-to-face networking front for me, but over the years I’ve done my share of attending professional groups, like the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (KC/IABC) and  several chambers of commerce and small-business owner groups. At KC/IABC, I was on the board for something like eight years and served as its president.

Now that I’m in Arizona, I’m researching networking groups where I can meet and greet and jump-start my metro-wide connections. If you have a suggestion, let me know.