This is My Year: 2017!

This is My Year: 2017!

2017 was my year. My year of firsts, triumphs, overcoming disappointments and experiencing unimagined success. I spent the first day of 2017 in a psychiatric facility with my mother. At that point, I didnโ€™t expect much of 2017 but knew I was at my lowest. Although, I couldnโ€™t directly change my motherโ€™s mental illness, I knew I needed to start living for me.

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Holiday Recipe Fun with Sunny Dae! Bulleit Whiskey Bourbon

Sunny Dae is the home decor, food, and fashion influencer behind "It's a Sunny Dae" - an affordable, luxury brand dedicated to empowering young people to live their best life boldly. It's a Sunny Dae is all about finding creative ways to achieve elegance and never apologizing for surrounding yourself with beautiful things. Through simple DIY projects, creative recipes and a flare for fashion โ€” Sunny gives her followers permission to live in the now and embrace every moment to it's fullest.

Whether or not you celebrate the holiday, there is so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for a little vacation and an opportunity to make this delicious bourbon spiked apple cider that I'm sharing with all of you with a little help from Bulleit Whiskey Bourbon. Comment below with one thing you're thankful for and donโ€™t forget to tell me how the cider tastes!  The recipes for the spiked apple cider and the spiced cider used to make it are included below. 

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Spiked Cider:

1 cup spiced cider (see below for ingredients)

1 1/2 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon

Stir to mix -Add cinnamon stick and apple wedge for garnish 

Spiced Cider: -4 cups cider

1 cinnamon stick

3 whole cloves

1 tablespoon orange juice -1 tablespoon all spice -1 tablespoon lemon juice 

Put all ingredients in sauce pan and bring to a boil!

Let me know of your holiday recipes in the comments below! 

Millennials that Slay Their Careers-Chasity Cooper

To continue my #WerqueLikeABoss series, Iโ€™m highlighting millennials that slay their careers, while also inspiring and giving back to their communities. These millennial women are nothing short of amazing, simply because they arenโ€™t afraid to use their passions to help them live their best lives. Throughout this series, youโ€™ll learn about a diverse group of women who took the initiative to jumpstart their careers.  



Share your career journey. How'd you land at Share more about your current role at the Regional Plan Association. 

I started at Her Agenda as a contributor in 2013 and last summer, was asked to come on the team as the Digital Director to manage our Slack community. Since then, I've been able to curate content for our community of 300 women, host conversations with women across several disciplines and partner with different brands on cool activations for our subscribers. My career has been quite the adventure thus far: I graduated from Syracuse University in 2011, moved to Washington, D.C. for a summer internship and six years later, I thought it was time to switch it up. I studied Public Relations and Marketing, so my career has been centered around communications. I moved to New York City four months ago, and started working for Regional Plan Association and I'm responsible for managing our social media channels, and creating strategies around how we discuss our work and tell our story both traditionally and digitally. 

Give your best career advice for the millennial woman who is trying to navigate within the PR/Communications field. 

Absorb as much as you can. Ask all of the question. Try, fail and try again. In communications, it's all about building relationships and do your best to be consistent. Your work will always speak for itself, but it's how you take the time to connect with others that will be remembered. 

Where do you hope to be professionally in 5 years? 

I like to think I have a dual career: one as a communications specialist and a freelance journalist. By the time I'm 33, I hope to be a Vice President of communications at a company and still writing for myself and others. I would also love to have a wine certification under my belt too because that's a hobby of mine that's growing more and more every. I hope that my career affords me the opportunity to travel around the world, to meet different people and to share my God-given gifts with others. 

New York City Foodie Recap

New York City Foodie Recap

New York City will always have a special place in my heart. From being mesmerized by the billboards in Times Square to hustling to catch the C train to my uncleโ€™s bakery in Brooklyn, New York is definitely my second home.

So, of course I was excited when I learned that I would be spending a week training with my social media team in the NYC HQ. My New York minute looked like this, working by day in the chic and lofty Chelsea district then hurrying to meet friends and mentors in various parts of the city.

I always discover something new on each of my New York trips. 

Eats + Cocktails + Coffeeโ€ฆ

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Cranes in the Sky: 5 Things Iโ€™ve Experienced in Sedona, Arizona

Cranes in the Sky: 5 Things Iโ€™ve Experienced in Sedona, Arizona

A couple of weeks ago, I successfully completed my first solo trip to Sedona, Arizona. Traveling solo to Arizona, has been a bucket list item that Iโ€™ve been wanting to cross of my list for a while now. Although, Sedona, Arizona seems like a random place to travel alone to, I knew I wanted to explore the beautiful scenery by hiking, venturing to the Grand Canyon and reveling in my solitude. I knew I needed to heal and take a breather from all of my many responsibilities.

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