This week was characterized by big news and awesome new opportunities.
6/15: Blackhawks Win!
Today was a big day for Chicago sports fans. The Chicago Blackhawks won for the first time at home since 1938 (according to a sports-loving friend. Don’t quote me on that). Needless to say, everyone was excited. I kept it pretty low key, but everyone else I knew went out to Wrigleyville to celebrate. The honking by my house didn’t stop until well after 1:30am.
6/16: Chicago Ideas Week Twitter Chat and Cupid’s Undie Run Race Director
In random wins of the week, I won a Negroni Week tshirt. I was really going for this really sweet bar kit, but I can’t be mad about winning a free tshirt essentially advertising my love of alcohol.
In much more awesome news, I was contacted Monday afternoon about running a Twitter Chat for Chicago Ideas Week. This is kind of a big deal for me, because I really only just started to understand Twitter. Since then, my Twitter following has been growing exponentially. I was excited when the Chicago Ideas Week people were interested in me hosting a chat about exploring Chicago on the cheap – my specialty. You can follow this link to see some of my favorite submissions to the chat.
After the Twitter Chat, I met up with a former Social Media Beast intern at Lyfe Kitchen to help guide her through the process of applying for jobs post-graduation. Lyfe Kitchen is by no means a “cheap” place to dine, but is known for catering to many different kinds of diet (vegan, gluten-free, etc) and for using very high-quality organic ingredients. So I enjoy checking it out every once in awhile.
Finally, I’ve been talking to the people in charge of Cupid’s Undie Run about getting involved. I’ve been desperate to throw myself into some kind of volunteer role and originally applied for their marketing committee in Chicago. I was asked to consider being a Race Director, and after a brief interview process, was selected for that position! I’m excited. I’m going to Colorado in July to meet with Race Directors from other cities.
Oh, and I had a shift at Zipcar tonight, working with design students from General Assembly at Brooklyn Boulders. Check out this sweet painted Zipcar:
6/17: Goodblogs at The Kitchen and BMA Fuel Event
One of my coworkers was invited to attend a content marketing company pitch at The Kitchen and didn’t want to go and asked if I would instead. I thought – networking opportunity? Delicious food? Count me in. I actually met a girl my company has been speaking with about influencer marketing, and signed myself up at FindYourInfluence.com. I have to be honest with you – I didn’t fully understand Goodblogs’ pitch, but the food was incredible. I’ll come back for you.
— BMA Chicago (@BMAChicago) June 17, 2015
Later that night, I went to the Business Marketing Association’s sports marketing event. It was at the Chicago Sports Museum which I had no idea existed until now. It’s actually a pretty cool space, technically a part of Harry Caray’s in Water Tower Place. Admission is free after eating there, or you can get $6 off eating there after going to the museum on a normal day. If you just want to go to the Chicago Sports Museum it’s $6 per person. They have tons of motion activated sports games featuring Chicago sports greats and memorabilia if you’re into that kind of thing. The food was pretty kick ass, too.
6/18: Blackhawks Parade and Chicago Blog Week
I work for an awesome company. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Instead of cooping us up inside, we all walked to the Blackhawks Parade together and took some great pictures and videos for our clients. And got to enjoy watching our Blackhawks and their shiny trophy move through Chicago. Chicago Trolley, who provided the transportation for the players and Stanley Cup, is actually one of our clients 😉
In some other exciting news, I met the founder of Chicago Blog Week last week. We met tonight to discuss partnership opportunities. He recorded a “Conversations with Bloggers” featuring ChicagoCheapAss.com that you can watch here (or below)! Furthermore, he’s asked me to be a speaker for two different topics at his August event! Can’t wait.
6/19: Pinterest Blog
While blogging is usually a pretty slow money maker, the art of writing blogs for other people is not. I recently made a connection with a nice gentleman looking for content to populate his blog on the topic of marketing. As this is something I spend a lot of time learning about, he found me qualified to write for him. You can see my latest post about generating money by using Pinterest. He liked it so much that I’ll be writing at least 4 more articles for him!
6/20: Door County Beer Festival
My boyfriend’s family owns a nice lake house in Door County, Wisconsin and invited me up this weekend for an annual event they enjoy – the Door County Beer Festival. There were a ridiculous amount of breweries represented, and we sampled almost all of them (don’t tell my mom). My favorite pick of the day was Island Orchard Cider. They had an incredible pear cider and apple cider “brut.” I’m sad I wasn’t able to buy a couple bottles, but I’ll be back up again soon.
6/21: Door County, Continued
Before heading home, we went fishing and shot some guns. Typical Door County activities. Then a 5 hour drive home. I’m so sunburnt, but it was an awesome week 🙂
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