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Proud of my work and I’m going to shout it!

When you work in marketing/advertising/public relations, sharing work from your clients in your personal realms seems really self-serving. After all, most people can figure out really quick that you’re just plugging the company who ultimately funds your paychecks. I get that. But here’s the thing.

I’m really proud of the things I work on.

For nearly two years, my agency has been working hard on a rebranding project for the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. cattle division. Starting the beginning of February, the pieces that everyone has been putting their heart and soul into started getting introduced to the public, first at two veterinarian-specific conferences and then at NCBA. The branding philosophy is centered on preventing disease through improving nutrition, the environment, observing livestock and vaccinating, in order to minimize treatment and improve overall animal health.

Yes, it’s a corporate initiative. But, at the end of the day, isn’t disease prevention and healthy animals something we can all stand behind? I think so. And that’s why I’m so proud of the work we’re doing.

Here’s a bit of an overview of how BIVI is approaching animal health to prove that “prevention truly is the best medicine.” You can also check out BIVIPreventionWorks.com for more information.

Are you already implementing disease prevention strategies on your operation? What types of things do you do? Know of another example of corporate work/initiatives you’re proud of or impressed by? Would love to hear about it in the comments!


On my own…

For most of us, doing things alone is intimidating. Eating at a restaurant, going to the movies, shopping – people are social and flying solo is usually not a fun thing to do.

Which is why people raised their eyebrows when I said I was moving to the city on my own, I’m sure.

I’ve learned to do a lot of things on my own. Sometimes, it’s the only way I ever get out of my apartment. This past weekend, I went and saw a movie for the first time by myself.

It was incredibly refreshing and a little empowering.

I know it sounds silly, but to feel comfortable enough and independent enough to go by yourself to do something normally done in a groupisreally empowering. It’s just a little step, but it means I’m not dependent on others. I’m okay. Maybe even a little brave.

And I like that.

College is done – when does the “poor college kid” thing end?

I’ve been at my job for the past 6 months and, I will admit, it is absolutely wonderful to have a steady income. However, with all my student loans and regular monthly bills, it doesn’t feel like I’m done digging my way out of the “poor college kid” persona. I know it’s something that lots of recent college grads have to experience, but now that I’m looking at buying a new car this summer, it’s time for me to start making some (important, even if seemingly small) goals.

Below is my list of ways to alter my budget in order to save more. Do you have some suggestions of things to add? I know finances are something most people have to work hard to be good at, so I’ll take any advice or words of wisdom out there!

Amanda’s Money-Saving Goals (until after she gets a new car!):

  1. No more movies out of the $5 bin at Wal-Mart/Target.
  2. No more iTunes purchases. If new music is out, listen to it on Spotify.
  3. No more new clothes. Wear what you have!
  4. Eat out no more than once a week (excluding work travel).
  5. Eat at a fast food restaurant no more than once a month (excluding work travel).
  6. No more than one movie (including popcorn and pop) in the theaters per month.
  7. After finishing the movies in current queue, cancel Netflix DVDs.
  8. Get Minnesota driver’s license so I can switch to the carpooling parking pass.


When I first started on this journey to live in the big, bad city on my own, everyone asked “What? You’re moving somewhere where you have no friends? No family?”. At the time, I told them I was tough. I tend to hang by myself a lot of the time, anyways. It would be no big deal.

Oh, how naive I was.

Has it been terrible? No. It’s actually been okay for most of the three months I’ve been here. However, there are days, like today, when I miss home so badly it puts me in tears. Out of a pure need to vent, the list below is some of the things I’m missing today.

  • The atmosphere of East Lansing on Michigan-Michigan State game day.
  • People who love Glee just as much as I do.
  • A roommate, best friend, boyfriend or sister who will come crash and watch movies with me or sit and talk for no good reason.
  • Spur of the moment trips to the Peanut Barrel or Leo’s. Just because.
  • Hours-long complaining and/or gossip sessions about anything that happens to come up.
  • Seeing people’s faces, instead of just hearing their voices.
  • People who know I’m boring. And still like me anyways.
  • My East Lansing family.

I cannot say how excited I am to head back to the mitten for Thanksgiving.