Updates from the North

It’s December 22 and I can’t sleep. And it’s snowing. And I’m in Canada.

The past month and a half has been a whirlwind of events and I haven’t had a chance to keep my blog updated.  In the beginning of November, I was called into our EVP’s office and asked to work on an account that would require me to travel to Canada every other week until the spring. Of course I was excited about the account and about the travel, but nervous because of three things: 1. I didn’t have a passport. 2. I’d never traveled by myself before. 3. I’d never been out of the country.

So within a week, I’d expedited a passport, bought warm clothes (with the help of my sister and mom) and hopped my little rear on a jet headed to Toronto.  I quickly had to introduce Atlanta, warm-blooded Madison to Canadian, freezing cold Madison.  The account that I’m working on is one that really interests me and traveling sure breaks up the work month.  This week is my third week here and I’ve had positive impressions of Canada so far.

I’ve been given the chance to work with a team from all over the US and Canada and have learned so much by seeing and adapting to work styles and personalities.  A few of my colleagues work in Edelman’s Chicago office, and I’ll be heading there soon after the New Year. I am SO excited to go to Chicago.

This weekend JD and I went and bought Hunter boots to make sure that my tootsies are warm because I’ll be walking through the snow to get to the office. My cousin lives in Chicago and I hope to see her while I’m there.

I head home on Thursday and am flying in to see my family in Greenville. I’m so excited to bake, shop and play tons of games with my family. I’m not going to promise that I’ll update this blog any more often than usual, but I’m going to try.

Merry Christmas to you all. 🙂

Three months in the A!

August 24th marked my three month period at Edelman and man has the time flown.  I had my three-month review and made goals for my next year.  I’m excited that my goals are set, and I’m ready to start reaching them!

As far as my life in Atlanta, it’s as crazy and as busy as I thought that it would be.  A couple of weeks ago, my roommates and I participated in the Cuervo Games of Atlanta.  We learned of the games through our friend, Danielle.  (Danielle always seems to know the fun events going on in Atlanta.)  Cuervo Games was held in the Olympic Park right next to my building!  The games consisted of different physically challenging obstacles (think Wipeout) with an end goal of acquring as many points as possible at each obstacle (think Family Double Dare).

The first obstacle was to ring a bell at the top of a 25-foot wall by climbing on “rocks” screwed into a wall rock.  Now I’m no rock climber, but I’ve harnessed up and scaled the rock wall at Galyans (now Dick’s) a time or two.  BUT, I forgot to mention that there were 8 gallons of water falling on us per second during this climb. AND everyone had to try to ring the bell within 45 seconds.  Needless to say, no one on our team made it to the top to ring the bell. (Points available: 25 Points earned: 0)

The next obstacle  was to race another team while running up a bouncy mountain and grabbing flags in a relay-race style.  AND Cuervo Games helpers were throwing soft barrels at you the whole time (think Donkey Kong).  Our team lost to the 30-year old men’s team that we raced against. (Points available: 25 Points earned: 0)

The third, and final obstacle was to walk across swinging platforms, grab leaves off of a fake palm tree, and tag your partner to walk back.  The platforms were 30-feet in the air.  My team grabbed 5 leaves before we finished.  (Points available: Tons Points earned: 5)

We left before the winners were announced, but we weren’t losers! We won grey-blue shirts to add to our t-shirt drawers. Yay!  After getting back from the Games, we grabbed dinner, showered and hopped on MARTA to meet my roommate’s boyfriend and friends at the Braves game.  I think this may have been my most favorite Braves game yet for three reasons: 1. I had no idea who the Braves were playing. 2. We showed up during the 5th inning. and 3. We didn’t sit and watch the game, we stood in the Chophouse and overlooked the outfield when we chose to do so.

I know this post is getting long, but one more thing to add: Last weekend, my roommate Margo, JD, and I joined my roommate Lauren and her boyfriend Brandon as Nittany Lions for the day.  We participated in the “Big 10 Pub Crawl” and took on the Penn State fan roles pretty well. (Margo and I added a little southern style by rocking our cowboy boots).  We wandered all around Buckhead chanting “WE ARE… PENN STATE”.  I learned that Big Ten fans love their teams as much as ACC and SEC teams. Who knew?

I’m heading to Washington State on Wednesday for my cousin’s Labor Day weekend wedding. More to come soon.

The Kudos Folder

I’ve been really slack in updating my blog, and I’m going to try harder.  I’ve been at Edelman now for a little over a month and I feel like I’m starting to get my bearings!  I know who to go to for help, I know what questions to ask, and I am becoming more familiar with the ins and outs of Edelman and am loving every minute of it.

A few weeks ago, on a Friday, I finished an assignment that I was working on and sent it to the right person.  After that person reviewed it, she sent back a really nice note that complimented my work as well as my work ethic.  She called me and asked if I had set up a “kudos folder”.  I was confused and told her that, no, I hadn’t.  She explained that making a kudos folder and storing compliments is a great way to boost morale on a not-so-good day.  She also reminded me that when my review time comes around, printing out compliments from the kudos folder help show improvements!

The kudos folder is just one of the many tips that I’ve gotten from my co-workers so far.  I’ve started my folder and love adding new notes to it. 🙂

Update on My Life

This past month has been a whirlwind of events and I’m going to take this post to update you on big events that have happened recently in my life.

1. I GRADUATED!  After four years that flew by, a long, three-hour ceremony made it clear that my undergraduate years were over.  After many tears from me, my friends, and my family, my parents gave me a sign that had a quote by Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  My graduation weekend was a time full of celebration, laughs, and fun.fun.fun.

The Communication Studies graduating class of 2010!

My family after graduation!


2. I GOT A JOB!  After networking and interviewing, I was offered a job at Edelman in Atlanta.  It’s a PR firm in Midtown and I’m going to be an Assistant Account Executive.  I can kick a soccer ball from my office to the CNN Center.  It’s on the 29th story and I can see the Coca-Cola building, GA Aquarium and the rest of DT ATL ! I’m so excited!  I’ve met the team that I will be working with and I start on Monday. 

3. I’M MOVING TO ATLANTA!  Thankfully, I have friends who keep their ears open.  My friend, Jessie, connected me with a girl from USC, Margo, and we decided to live together in Atlanta!  Margo is working at a marketing firm in ATL.  Margo also found another girl, Lauren, who is also going to live with us!  She is a recent graduate of Penn State and will moving to ATL to start work soon.  Since Margo and I live the closest to Atlanta, we decided to meet and look at apartments together last week.  We used ProMove to help us, and I can’t even begin to tell you how helpful they were.  We met with a lady named Kelly who had a list of 40 places for us to browse through when we arrived at ProMove.  After pinpointing 7 places that looked like our “type”, we headed out of ProMove and headed to the first complex.  We weren’t too pleased with the first apartment… but we FELL IN LOVE with the second one.  We signed after seeing the complex, learning about the safety, and visiting the pool and workout center.  We move in to the apartment in 2 days! 

**A big thanks to my sister, Merrick, for coming to ATL with me to support with the apartment search.  She is so smart and was very helpful in putting into words what I was scared to say.** 

SO, needless to say, I’ve been packing my little heart out. And by packing, I mean laying out at the lake, hiking in Western North Carolina (Turtleback Falls), and visiting waterfalls in Westminster (Brasstown Falls).  But really, I did pack tonight. My room looks like a dizastahhh right now.  I’m so lucky that my best friend/roommate Katy sat with me and helped me today.  Wednesday, I’ll load up this room and head own down to Hotlanta.  I’ll keep you updated with the new chapter of my life in the big city. 🙂

Here are our pics from our most recent hikes:

Before Turtleback Falls

The beautiful second waterfall at Brasstown Falls

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