Extras

Getting Settled in My New Home

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Image via Dave Bassett.

I recently moved to be closer to my job in Eugene. The summer was a hectic one, but I’m finally settled and looking to get comfy in my new town.

In an effort to make a big new city feel smaller, I’ve been attending lots of networking events to meet people and learn new things. That’s difficult work to do as an introvert, but Lane county is such a friendly place that it’s already making a difference.

I’ve been haunting the Eugene Chamber of Commerce a bit–in September, I attended their Women Business Leaders lunch to hear Celeste Edman from Lunar Logic talk about mentorship. She gave a fantastic talk, focusing on the fact that mentorship isn’t just about the person being mentored, and that you can have more than one mentor.

Yesterday was a big day for me: I gave a lunchtime talk on content marketing for the Emerald Marketing Association! Content marketing is such a buzzword in the marketing industry, and so many still don’t know much about it, so I went over the basics, talked about a few must-haves to get started, and gave a few resources that have helped me in my content marketing education.

The talk was a blast and the Q&A session lasted almost as long as my presentation! The audience was fantastic! Their questions were wonderful.

I have to thank the EMA for such a welcoming and wonderful experience. And a huge thanks to Dave Bassett for photographing the event!

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It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I look forward to working with the EMA again sometime soon.

EDIT: Check out the write-up of my presentation at the EMA blog!

An Introvert’s Guide to SXSW

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SXSW is one of the largest tech conferences (and music festivals) in the U.S. It happens every year in Austin, Texas. There are panels, concerts, film screenings, meetups, corporate brand events, launch parties, regular parties… The very idea of SXSW can be very intimidating to introverts.

I am an introvert (or perhaps an ambivert), and I’m attending SXSW this year. I’m incredibly excited to be attending such a cool conference and speaking on a panel. I’m also very intimidated by the sheer amount of people and events that are going to be happening at the same time.

So I came up a with a guide to how I’m going to survive this wonderful opportunity. By sharing it, I hope I can help out a few fellow introverts.  (more…)

A new adventure

Things get silly when we do photo shoots for #brassmagazine. You can see some of these pics in the new issue!

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Today is my last day at brass Media. It’s been a wonderful few years here, and I’ve learned so much. The best marketing skills I’ve learned are in content marketing and marketing automation, which have sparked my passion to learn even more. Content marketing felt like a natural fit after so many years of blogging, and learning about leveraging content for marketing is fascinating.

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What’s a haft seen?

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Happy 1394! Nowruz (نوروز), also known as Persian New Year, is the beginning of the Iranian calendar year. It’s also a religious holiday for the Baha’i and Zoroastrian faiths, both of which originated in Iran. Nowruz is the same day as the Spring Equinox and marks the beginning of 1394.

This year, I’m documenting my haft seen table to give you all a little history behind the celebration, which is a huge deal to Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Tajiks, Uzbeks, and those in the Zoroastrian and Baha’i faiths. (more…)

‘Tis the season

Happy 2015!

What I love most about the holidays are the infused warmth emanating from friends, coworkers, and family: beautiful Hanukkah displays at the store, cozily decorated houses, and lots of extra goodies in the office break room.

One of my favorite holiday surprises is getting greeting cards! It’s such a beautiful way to let people know you’re thinking of them, and who doesn’t like getting mail (that isn’t a bill)? This has really inspired me to think about how I can get in on the action.

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