Today Marks Day One of my 365 Photo Challenge!!!

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Hey Guys,

I thought that I would post the first photo for my 365 photo challenge. I just got a Nikon D5500 DSLR and I’m super excited to learn how to use it.

Here is the first image.

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I like how this one turned out. I’m sure that I won’t like every picture that I take and that’s ok.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

TTFN,
Nerd

Social Media isn’t Always What it Seems!!!

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Hey guys,

The other day, I read this article about a girl who committed suicide. She was a student athlete at University of Pennsylvania. She couldn’t handle the pressure of college as well as athletics.

That wasn’t really the thing that bothered me. It was the fact that people create a sort of persona that they use on social media. They become storytellers. People give you their best side. Only telling the part of the story.

I decided to examine my own social media and realized that I’m doing exactly what I described above. While in the moment I was feeling what I wrote, I wasn’t always happy go lucky. I only post relatively attractive pictures of myself.

Do you think you edit yourself on social media to meet some ideal? Let me know in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd

Use Your And with @CarrieHFletcher!!!

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Hey guys,

I thought that the video below was pretty thought provoking.

After watching the video, it really got me to think about all of my “ands”. While I generally don’t like labels, I realized that I have more of them than makes sense to list in a single blog post.

Here are just a few:

  • daughter
  • granddaughter
  • sister
  • thespian
  • lesbian
  • writer
  • sing (though usually in the shower)
  • medieval recreationist

What are some of your “ands”? Leave them in the comments below or tweet them at me @thtrnerd221.

TTFN,
Nerd

@robynschneider’s The Extraordinary Means Tag!!!

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Hey guys,

Today, I thought that I would do a tag from YouTube. Usually this would take the form of a video, but since I don’t have the means to do that, I’ll be doing it in writing.

You can watch author and booktuber, Robyn Schneider’s video below:

1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. This was my favorite book when I was growing up. I still read it from time to time.

2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride: John Green. I love his entire library of books. They’re some of my current favorites and it would be fun to pick John’s brain for a bit.

3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a movie: I need to think on this more.

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book A. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

5. I would let my google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author: Wil Wheaton. I’m a nerd. He’s a nerd. Enough said.

6. I would donate everything I own to goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life: Alaska from John Green’s Looking for Alaska

Let me know what your answers are in the comment below.

TTFN,
Nerd.

Thanks @DECAInc!!!

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Hey guys,

As I sit here and reflect on what could quite possibly be my last ‪#‎CDECAICDC, I realize I have a lot to be proud of and thankful for.

First off, I was a member of the first social media team for the conference. I was a bit nervous about the position, but I’m glad I took the leap to say that I am DECA. It was a wonderful experience. It was something incredible to put on my resume that will help me in the future. It’s something that I truly thankful and proud of.

Second, I have made lot of friends. There are more than I can list. I have been able to make some lifeDECA Friendslong friends. I love my DECA family and I’m sure that we will all do amazing things in the future.

Third, even though I didn’t take home a medal, I was able to make industry connections I would have never made if I hadn’t gone to the conference. One of the judges for the travel and tourism event rekindled my desire to work for the cruise industry. I’m hoping to be on a ship this time next year.

Thank you DECA for everything. I’m the professional that I am because I participated. I can never repay the organization for all that it has given me

TTFN,
Nerd

The Debate about Sexual Violence!!!

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Hey guys,

I’m going to share something that not a lot of people know about me. I’m a survivor of rape. It happened when I was young, but it’s definitely something that still haunts me.

As we are here more about sexual violence in the news, I thought I would share my thoughts about the topic. Below is a video from YouTuber, Anna Akana that sums up my thoughts:

While Anna tackles the topic in a comedic way, she raises several very good points at the end.  There are many things that we as a society can do to change things. One, educate boys that rape isn’t even an option. Two, stop victim shaming. There are many more.

It makes me sad when you hear about young college age men, who decide to go to a party, have some drinks and makes some very, very, very, very bad choices. I know that the young men’s choices have ruined many lives.

Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd

I’m Part of the #CDECAICDC Social Media Team!!!

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Hey guys,

I got some super exciting news on Friday. I am 1 of 4 members of the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference’s first ever social media team. I still have very mixed feelings about the whole thing.

I’m having mixed feelings about the whole thing. I never thought that I would be chosen when I applied, but one thing that I pride myself on is taking advantage of every situation. I’m from not a well known city in Wisconsin that like no one has ever heard of.  As the current president of the Wisconsin Association Executive board told me on Facebook:

If by chance you’re in a situation causing you doubt in your abilities, don’t. DECA chose you to represent us for a reason. Knowing that, you can be fully confident in your amazing skills and talents as we are.

He’s right though. If DECA didn’t think I had what it took to do this job, they wouldn’t have given it to me. It’s funny though. People found out that I was on the team before I did via social media.

If by chance you would like to read the announcement, you can read it here.

TTFN,
Nerd

Wisconsin Badgers are in the FINALS!!!

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Hey guys,

Can we take a minute to talk about the Kentucky Wisconsin Final Four basketball game for a minute? I wasn’t sure how to feel about the game before it happened. Everyone I talked to before the game would put there money on Kentucky. Fear not! I was confident in the Badgers.

During the game, there were times that I was very nervous. We were losing at the very beginning of the game, but we clawed our way back into the game. We were tied at the half.

We had a dry spell in the middle of the second half. I was getting worried, but I could count one thing. The Badgers won’t give up. They will give it their all until the end.

Finals are tonight. I’m nervous, but I’m sure it’ll be a good game.

TTFN,
Nerd

Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism!!!

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Hey guys,

I had an awesome opportunity over spring break to go to the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT). It was a great experience and very valuable for my trip to Nationals for DECA.

While there, we got a tour of the darker side of La Crosse, the host of the conference, got to see the ad below.

20150317_090831Another highlight was meeting Wisconsin’s Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett. She was an amazing person. I can’t really describe what she had but she was really awesome to be around.

TTFN,
Nerd