Posts tagged ‘recommendations’

December 12, 2010

Lonny Magazine and Extracurricular Reading

Photo Credit: Lonny Magazine

I don’t read. I should, I could, but I really don’t. Well, let me rephrase that for all of my past and future employers who may be reading this— I can and do read when it is required or expected of me, meaning I don’t request my bosses draw me pictures of the day’s tasks, I just don’t read for leisure. While I’d like to blame graduate school for this sad-but-true fact, the truth remains—I was never much of an extracurricular reader, even as a kid.

As with any sweeping statement, there are definite exceptions. Lonny Magazine, for instance, has become a bimonthly read for me. According to their website:

Launched in October 2009, Lonny is a bimonthly online magazine that focuses on lifestyle and home decor. Founded by designer Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline, Lonny highlights extraordinary interiors, innovative bloggers, and the latest market finds. Lonny has been featured in Vanity FairThe New York Times, and blogs worldwide, and has highlighted design luminaries ranging from Cath Kidston to Kelly Wearstler.

At Lonny, we believe in making design choices that lead to personal happiness. We value individual style and independent thinking, and are convinced that inspired design can be achieved anywhere—from the smallest studio apartment to the grandest estate.

OUR MISSION is to open the doors to accessible design and connect our readers to their favorite products and resources at the click of a mouse. Our freedom from page limits means that we can share more content in each issue, delivering an intimate look into the way people really live.

My love for Lonny Magazine is three-fold, since their blog and their website are just as delicious (read: creative, organized, inspiring, fresh) as the magazine itself.

My mom will be so proud I’m reading again, especially since she’s a very devoted subscriber of Brittany in Public Relations, but she’ll be even more interested in my reading recommendation.

Source: Lonny Magazine

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November 17, 2010

Get in the Know with an Informational Interview

I’ll be tragically honest— until about two weeks ago, I never even knew informational interviews existed. Rather, I didn’t know informal, interactive meetings with professionals was considered an informational interview, nor did I realize the importance they play in the good old networking game.

My previously mentioned, much-adored personal cheerleader and academic advisor, Bob Dittmer, a few mere weeks ago, put me into contact with three young professionals he thought could offer me information and pep in this, my time of need. I had the pleasure of meeting with one of these individuals today, and the conversation we had was invaluable to me.

McKenze Rogers, a recently APR-accredited public relations/marketing professional, was willing and eager to meet with me upon my initial contact regarding an informational interview. As a recent graduate herself, she was certainly sympathetic and supportive of my meeting with her for professional and personal advice. We covered the gamut, from personal hobbies, to career goals and aspirations, and a little fashion talk (her coat was cute— it had to be said!). I respected her insight so much, as our personalities were strikingly similar. In fact, who knew someone else in this world appreciates calendars…for fun!

She suggested some very specific recommendations, including organizations to research and approach, organizations to volunteer with and network within, and individuals to reach out to. Then, and maybe most valuable to me, we had a rather candid discussion on the transitions ahead of me. And although I already knew it to be true, it was nice reminder for an objective party to tell me it’s okay to be okay— things always work out, and I’ll always be okay.

It was a wonderful experience, and I really enjoyed the opportunity. I see so many of my own traits in McKenze, and I admire her so much for traits I hope to continue to develop.