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Things to do in Columbus (plus, a little buckeye)

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game with my younger sister, Erin. While my Jackets lost 2-3, Erin and I had a blast AND we received free hats! Can you say #winning?

My younger sister is a freshman at Ohio State and currently applying to the nursing program. I am so happy that she chose to attend OSU – so I can see her a little more frequently AND keep an eye on her. Because truly, what are big sisters for?

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I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I love Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2007 when I started at OSU as an undergrad, and I now consider the 614 my home. I moved back to Cincinnati for a summer or two, and then to Orlando, Florida when I was working at Walt Disney World.

Still, from Southern Ohio to Florida – there is something special about Columbus.

When entering the MBA program, you are surrounding yourself with resources, both inside and outside school. We have top companies in the Columbus Area (check out this article that appeared in Inc. in 2011), cool neighborhoods when you are ready for some fun and great sports teams (what can I say – I’m a sports girl).

Cool places to around school:

  • Arena District – see a show and have a drink – I’m in heaven!
  • Short North – edgy and express (see my post about Betty’s!)
  • German Village – shopping, bakeries, coffee and beautiful architecture
  • Grandview – Close to campus and great for place for graduate students to go when wanting to relax and enjoy a happy hour. Grandview Cafe has delicious food, great drinks and trivia night on Thursdays.
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Other cool things in my favorite city:
So, why are you still reading?!? Go explore this fabulous city – see you around 🙂
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Cheers to a new year

“The Mayans were wrong.”

That my friends, was the text one of my best friends sent me at on December 21st. Not that I had any doubts mind you, but it was a little unnerving to see POSSIBLE DOOMSDAY ALMOST HERE constantly splashed on TV.

We made it through 2012 and opened our eyes to 2013.

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I could list 10,000 about the past year, but I think Google sums it up a little bit better. Watch the Zeitgeist 2012: Year in Review – but be prepared for emotions and possible tears! The video of NASA celebrating the Mars Rover Landing at 1:26 got me a little choked-up.

So another year to be a better person and make more of a positive difference in the world. Every time I click to Facebook or Twitter, I see a post of friends and colleagues stating several New Years resolutions. Lose 10 pounds, straight As for the upcoming semester, planning a wedding for less than $15,000, increase patience and more.

Seeing all of these resolutions really made me think about my own. In the past, I’ve made resolutions…kept some, modified some, forgot some.

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So for 2013, I want to make my resolutions about my health, my future and the business woman I want to become.

  1. Take advantage of every opportunity at school. Learn as much as possible, spend time with my amazing classmates and continue to be thankful for this incredible adventure
  2. Read 3 Wall Street Journal articles a day. AND, not immediately click to Media & Marketing! 
  3. Train for my 3rd half-marathon (I’m trying to run it in under 2 hours) 
  4. Cook a little bit more (no, LeanCuisine dinners do not count! I did make a delicious chili crockpot yesterday – so far I’m doing well!)
  5. Enjoy life – try not to over-think and stress about absolutely everything.

My mantra for 2013: Work hard, stay true to yourself…and have faith that everything will work out. 

When I hear people say that the new year is a great time to start over, it makes me me a little sad. Does that mean that the last year was a waste?

We always want to start fresh and begin again. But what if the previous year was great? I think that entering 2013 should mean remembering all the great things of 2012 – and being happy. Little changes and ways to improve are great, but don’t ever completely call the previous year a waste.

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A review of ME!

Another week of exams – CONQUERED! Now on to…the last week of classes? Well, kinda. Some of our classes are seven weeks and this week marks the last week of our first seven-week term. My classmates and I will be trading statistics, economics and marketing for finance, organizations and operations (accounting spans across the 14 weeks).

I can’t believe we are almost into our finals week! But, that’s a post for another day. Since this week seems to be pretty mild and relaxed, I wanted to take a few moments and tell you a little bit more about me!

My name is Jessica Reynolds, but all my friends call me Jess. I am 23 years old and I am a MBA Candidate of 2014 (don’t you love that title?! I always feel so incredibly fancy when I see that on my business cards!). I graduated from OSU in 2011 and couldn’t love being a buckeye more. Coming from the Cincinnati area, I am full of Ohio pride!

After graduating from Ohio State I traveled down to Orlando, Florida to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program. I was in Florida for about nine months and worked in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Toy Story Midway Mania! and Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show! So, it goes without being said, I am a huge  Disney fan and if you need any help planning a Disney vacation, I’m your girl 🙂

Working at Disney was an amazing adventure and I would recommend the college program to everyone. I learned so much about myself, the true meaning of hard-work and how to truly live a brand. But, my heart is in Ohio and I returned from this incredible adventure at the end of February, 2012. I worked in the Arena District and started to focus on grad school applications. After a few interviews, tons of GMAT practice and some great guidance from Fisher’s Admission Team – here I am! Talk about a whirlwind, but what’s life without excitement and adventures?

That’s one of the best things about going to school at FCOB  – everyone here has a unique story. People come from across the state, across the country and across the world to attend Fisher. We have a variety of work backgrounds and new perspectives on everything. I love chatting with classmates and hearing more about their hometowns, backgrounds and different holidays/religions. No matter what, I learn something every day, both inside and outside the classroom.

Talk to you guys again soon!

wedding bliss

This past weekend I was in one of my best friends’ weddings and learned more about lace and taffeta than I thought possible. (I’ve always loved wedding planning – and I can officially say I’m hooked!)

After setting up the reception hall on Friday and the actual wedding, I learned a few, crucial, items: I know that baby wipes help take a mysterious stain out of a bride’s train, a pack of coasters even out a table, flowers can be arranged, rearranged and rearranged AGAIN to meet the bride’s expectation.

I also learned that a wedding doesn’t need to be perfect to be wonderful. The priest may flub a line, the flower girl may whisper (or yell – whichever) that she’s bored during the ceremony and the 103 degree heat may cause the wedding party to feel a little sluggish during photos. But, everything, and I mean everything, turns out ok in the end.

Things happen, plans change, life goes on and the little moments mean the most.  Those four expressions seem to be my motto for my life. Unlike my undergraduate career, I am not really concerned about my weekend plans or what I’m wearing to the big house party on Friday. I look forwards to friends’ wedding showers, date nights, exploring Columbus and finding delicious restaurants/bars that I never knew about. Why start planning the weekend on Monday when you have other things to focus on during the week?

I am slowing letting go of the iron-grip on my personal life and learning to go with-the-flow and relax … but I need to bring that to other aspects of my life.

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? I feel that I try so hard to prepare for ABSOLUTELY everything, but I sometimes forget to enjoy what’s happening around me. No one else noticed that table skirt was starting to sag during the wedding dinner (which I later fixed), but all through my meal I couldn’t stop looking at the daggon’ table.

Sometimes the easiest advice of relax and let life happen is the hardest to accept.

Hilton Head Island

My blog will be slightly short this week – because I am in sunny Hilton Head with my incredible (and crazy) family! Can you believe it? One year and a few months out of college and I was invited on another family vacation – I am quite a lucky girl.

Below, you will see my beautiful sister and I at one of the harbors on the island. She is joining me as a buckeye this fall, and I couldn’t be more proud.

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Stay tuned for great stories about our vacation in the following weeks. Have a great last week of June!

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Stopping your own success

I ran across this article yesterday from Inc. Magazine titled “5 Toxic Beliefs That Ruin Careers“.

Well, that’ll stop any professional and make them click to the full article. At first thought I figured the beliefs would be believing salary equals power, trusting no one can give your proper feedback, assuming that working the longest hours produces the best work…things along those lines.

I was extremely surprise by the listed beliefs, and this article really made me think about my own attitude towards my career.

(This list was originally posted by Inc. on June 11, 2012)

  1. My self-worth is based on what others think of me.
  2. My past equals my future
  3. My destiny is controlled by the supernatural
  4. My emotions accurately reflect objective reality.
  5. My goal is to be perfect or do something perfectly.

As a young professional slowly figuring out world and defining my goals every year – I needed to hear some things on this list. Three items really struck a chord with me.

1: My self-worth is based on what others think of me (remember, this is a TOXIC belief so the correct statement is “me self-worth is NOT based on what others think of me”).
-I think that in our society today it’s disgustingly easy to compare yourself with other people. And unfortunately, comparing skills and talent usually falls behind looks, fashion and over-all personality. It can be extremely intimidating finding your way in a new environment/culture when you don’t feel worthy. And sadly, in today’s world, we put so much emphasis on networking and connections. If the right people don’t like you or support your  career, it may take longer to accomplish your goals.

5: My goal is to be perfect or do something perfectly
– Yikes. This one really made me think. I will shout it from the mountaintops, I am a perfectionist. I like things organized and with matching colors. If I write a press release, a blog post or an article – I want it to perfect. BUT, as this article says, perfection isn’t real. You can strive to excel and be the best, but you will fail, constantly fail, if you are always striving for perfection. Find a happy, middle ground. 

3: My destiny is controlled by the supernatural.
-Again, because this is a belief is toxic, the article states that “destiny is not controlled my the supernatural.” I believe, and disbelieve, the statement (Everyone prepare themselves — I am going to talk about RELIGION!!). I think that God has a plan for everything and things will ALWAYS workout, but that is supported by handwork and dedication. You are not simply handed things as free gifts. I really liked that this article talked about luck and how that does not play into your life. I’m not embarrassed to admit this, ok, maybe slightly, but I do get excited when I see my lucky number. But at the end of the day – a number/sign in the sky doesn’t mean anything. You make you’re own luck.

 

As always – thanks for any feedback and comments!

What to do before I kick the bucket

A few weeks ago I participated in a small bucket-list project. It was simple, share the top 10 things on your bucket-list with others. 

Easy, right? It’s things you dream about as a kid and an adult – anything is possible! Maybe take a step on the moon, reach the top of Mt. Everest, live in the African Savannah for a month…the list could go on forever.

I like to go a little bit more, practical, if you will.

Now before you roll your eyes and say that’s not the point of a bucket-list, let me explain. This list should be composed of one’s ambitions, things that we strive for every day.

And let’s be honest, if I don’t ever attempt to climb Mt. Everest – my life will go on. If I don’t find happiness in my career and have a family – my life won’t be what I want. 

I want to blaze a trail in the communications and business world for women, I want to make a name for myself. I also want a family one day that is full of love…and slightly crazy. Because really, who doesn’t love a family slightly off their rocker?

Bucket-lists should be what YOU really want in life, not something completely outrageous. Yes, I want to skydive in Australia, but celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary is more important. If I travel to Australia and happen to skydive in the process, even better.

Standing in the Four Corners, seeing a lion in the African Savannah and toasting life on top of the Eiffel Tower are on my to-list when I visit Europe, but my bucket-list falls a little closer to home.

Here are ten things I want to accomplish before I “kick the bucket”.

1) Run five half-marathons (one completed…four to go!)
2) Swim with dolphins
3) Adopt a dog
4) Have a fabulous wedding followed by a fabulous marriage
5) Celebrate a 50th, 60th maybe even 70th wedding anniversary with the same person
6) Take my children to Disney
7) Take my parents on a cruise
8) Live to be 100 and have a cake with 100 candles
9) Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square
10) Visit each of the 50 states (includes seeing Mt Rushmore, The Grand Canyon and the Golden Gate Bridge)

Side notes:
-I can even modify #7 to take my parents to dinner. This does not include my boyfriend and I attempting to pay for our own part and creating a small scene…just treating my parents to a nice dinner.  Shouldn’t be too difficult – but in my family, treating others isn’t always the easiest! 
-I also have another list that is full of professional goals for my career. That is its own list that I WILL accomplish before I retire.

After working at Walt Disney World for nine months I am a true Disney Princess. I can’t wait to take my children to this wonderful, magical world and let them experience everything. For those of you that know me, I will be that mother running faster than her children to stand in line to see Princess Cinderella. You need to be on your A-game at Disney!

Someone asks what happens after I complete one of the tasks on my list…that spot  gets filled by another. After a few years of workings maybe some bigger dreams will make the top 10. But right now, I am excited to live in Columbus and have small, mini-adventures in surrounding cities. I want to go to Chicago and Nashville, and I think celebrating New Years Eve in Time Square should happen in my 20s.

I would love to know what’s on your list! Bucket-lists are such interesting concepts! Is your list full of adventurous items or do you focus on one specific event?

Thanks for reading!