Updates & 4 Things That Grabbed My Attention

It's been a long couple of weeks - lots going on in my full-time job and side work but I love it! I've been slacking on writing as I'm trying to figure out the exact path I want to go with the blog portion here but I figure that if I keep writing, I'll figure it out eventually so thanks for reading!

I'm off to New York City again next week for work and, although it will be a short trip, I'm super excited. I love the city. I'm headed down to my mom's house that weekend to help her move into her new house and two weeks after that, I'm moving into a new apartment - lots of changes around here!

Here are a few links that caught my attention recently: 

  1. "Find a Better Way" by Jeff Huber via Medium
    I am a sucker for a good commencement speech and this one might be among one of my favorites. 
     
  2. "What Happened When I Started Saying Yes" by Chris Dover via Medium
    I connected with Chris Dover after reading his Medium post and admired his willingness to help entrepreneurs and visionaries who are just 'stuck' or need another input from an outside party. I've been to tons of conferences and have read countless articles, books, and blogs on the subject of reaching out and asking for help when you need it. With this in mind, I decided to schedule a call with Chris Dover on a weekend and I am so glad I did. Over an hour later, Chris and I discussed so many things like where we are in our careers, what podcasts we like to listen to, what books we have read, work ethics we've learned throughout the years and more. Chris is a super cool guy who knows his stuff and is an amazing resource. I'm so appreciative of the time he took to talk to me and absolutely recommend reading his Medium post!
     
  3. Audrey Bellis is building the DTLA tech community & empowering women by Sarah Chapman via Digital 90210
    Audrey and I met a couple of years ago on Twitter as I was running the social media accounts for my company in Downtown Los Angeles. I instantly fell in love with her enthusiasm, drive, and positive attitude. Anyone who knows her or has been around her would agree that she truly lights up a room and her energy is contagious. Audrey is an amazing individual who kills it at everything she sets her mind to. She has been such a role model in my life and I'm so proud to call her my friend! 
     
  4. Sheryl Sandberg's UC Berkeley Commencement Speech via UC Berkeley YouTube
    Another great commencement speech (I told you I'm a total sucker for them). I've always looked up to Sheryl Sandberg for how much of a lady-boss she is and how unbelievably strong and intelligent she is. This commencement speech was the first time she spoke publically about her husband's death and she did amazing. She couldn't have summed it up more perfectly when she said, "You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive." Worth a listen or you can read here.