Intro to…Healthcare PR for New PRos

27 Aug

I’m back safe (and recovered from the dreaded norovirus) from the Mediterranean, and already back to work, getting ready for USDTL’s whirlwind conference season. 

There will be cruise posts to come, but first I wanted to share my recent guest spot on the Public Relations Society of America’s New PRofessionals blog.  Each month, they introduce a different PR industry, written by a New PRo in that industry.  September is Hospital/Health PR, and I was chosen to blog about my first 1+ years as a new professional!

I would be just tickled if you followed the link, read it, commented, tweeted, shared and basically spread it like the Avian Flu.

I’ll check back later with some killer pics and recounts of my tour of the Mediterranean!

Ciao Ciao Ciao

13 Aug

Leaving in 2 hours!  I’m too excited to sleep!  Mediterranean, here I come.

I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.  In many long, long entries.

My Travel Standbys

10 Aug

On Friday, my mom, sister and I leave for a 7-day Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas.  

I’m too excited to sleep.  

Here’s the itinerary:  

Barcelona, Spain  

Day at Sea  

Pompeii (Naples), Rome (Civi) and Florence (Livorno), Italy 

Villefranche and Toulon, France 

Since I’ve already been to Greece, I’m so thrilled my mom chose the Western Med cruise.  Not that I’d be against going to Greece again.  The islands were, in one word, breathtaking.  But now I get to add three more countries to my Places I’ve Been list. 

This week, I’m just working, packing, stressing and counting down the days until I leave.  What’s making packing easier is that I do it so often now that I have a system, and some good ol’ travel standbys I swear by.  What are they?  I’m glad you asked… 

Ginger kid tested. Ginger kid approved

  • Fossil handbags: they are a bit expensive, but if you can grab one on sale, they are good quality, made with nice fabrics and have an assortment of pockets, zipped, clasped and open for all your travel needs.  I ususally bring one as a carry-on and as a purse for sightseeing all day. 
  • Jergens Natural Glow: as a gingerkid, I don’t tan.  I go from see-through to white.  So I need some help in that department if I don’t want to blind everyone poolside.  Use this once a day for a week, and you’ll have soft, faux sun-kissed skin.  I use JNG for fair skin tones, obvi.  But they make medium and dark as well, for those of you luckier than me.
  • Comfy shoes: and yes, I always pack more than one shoe.  Even the most comfortable of shoes will cause blisters and ouchies on your feet after a couple days of straight wear.  It’s important to switch off shoes everyday to prevent painful rubbage.  Some of my favorite brands are Clarks, Born and I just got some cute silver Sketchers sneakers.  I know what you’re thinking.  “But Heather, I want to be cute, fashionable and comfortable.”  Tough.  Those things do not exist together in shoes.  But, Clarks usually have decent-looking sandals, and Born are seriously like walking on clouds.  Suck it up, Nancy.  It isn’t a fashion show.
  • Mini Clif bars: since the regular Clif bars are the same calories as a light meal, I was ecstatic when they came up with the mini bars.  My favorite flavor right now is Oatmeal Walnut Raisin, but I’m still trying others, too.  These are great to pop in your new Fossil bag for the airport, in case you get stuck somewhere and need a pick-me-up snack.  Tiny and delicious.
  • Amazon Kindle: ok, I just got one for my birthday, and having used it on a trip to Denver last month, I can now say I’m a fan.  Nothing will replace the smell of a book or the feeling of curling up with a good book and mug of hot tea on a rainy day, but for travel, the Kindle is seriously superior.  Ultra light, skinny, and the battery lasts way longer than my iPod.  I have to admit, I just returned my Kindle so I can upgrade to the newest generation.  I’m sad I won’t have it for my cruise, but the benefits of the newer model far outweigh not having it for one trip.

In the meantime, I’m off to Borders tonight to inhale some book fumes and grab a good read for the cruise.  Something set in Italy, I think.

Happy Birthday to Me

6 Aug
Birthday cake

Had my cake and ate it, too.

I love my birthday. A little too much, I think.

Having a summer birthday isn’t easy. Growing up, I never got to bring in cupcakes or brownies to my elementary school class, and I never got my birthday announced over the loudspeaker in the morning. I never got my locker decorated by friends in middle school or high school. Many times, my friends would be on vacaction with their families during my birthday parties.

I had gotten used to small events for my birthday. Once I hit college, it was a totally different ball game. I had tons of friends, all in one place, and most of them stayed in Madison over the summer. Sure, one or two would be missing on vacation or working internships in other cities. But I’m happy to say, I’ve had some seriously epic birthdays since college.

Today is a day all about me. Just me. Not my sister, not my friends, not boys. Just me. One day a year when everyone can dote on me. Normally, I’m the one listening to boy drama, going the extra step to make someone else’s day special, or just sending a little email to a friend I haven’t talked to in awhile. All I ask, is that one day a year, people notice me on my birthday.  All fights, disagreements, or general annoyances can be forgiven today.  Haven’t said hi to me on facebook in awhile? I don’t care. As long as you write Happy Birthday on my wall today, everything is forgotten. Keep ditching me on Friday nights when I go out? That’s ok, as long as you buy me a shot tonight.

It’s the one day a year when people have to listen to me when I talk. It’s the one day a year when I actually get to talk! 364 days out of the year, I’m a wallflower. Today, I want to be the center of attention.

Today will likely be a pretty chill night.  Again, like years past, a lot of people won’t be around for my birthday.  The Summer Curse strikes again.  A lot of my Sleepy Hollow friends have moved.  My college friends are spread out all over the country.  Almost all of my Disney friends have moved back down to Orlando and are living it up together.  So, I’m here in Sleepy Hollow, hoping one or two people can make it out tonight.

I’ll relish in the facebook postings, the texts from friends, and hopefully a drunk dial or two tonight.  All I ask is, wherever you are, friends, that you tip your glass to me.  Tomorrow you can go back to toasting Obama or PETA, or whatever it is you beatniks do.  But today, can it be about me?

My Best Friend’s Wedding

3 Aug
Bride and her bridesmaids

The bride's whole posse in the bridal suite

The whole month of July led up to one important event on July 31st: my best friend’s wedding.

She married her soulmate in a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntley, Ill.  Her father escorted her down the aisle in a strapless, empire waisted gown embellished with beading on the bust, followed by multitudes of skinny pleats creating a full skirt.  A birdcage veil masked her happy tears when greeting her groom, who donned a traditional Irish kilt, at the alter.  Her bridesmaids, friends and future relatives-in-law, happily complimented her in true-red strapless, floor-length chiffon dresses, accented with a black sash at the empire waist.  Bubbles and bagpipes introduced them as husband and wife outside the church.  Pictures followed in a nearby cornfield with the 1950s truck borrowed from her friend who restores vintage cars.

The reception was, in a word, breathtaking.  Meridien Banquet Hall in Rolling Meadows, Ill., hosted about 120 of their family and friends, dimly lit by true-red candles in black lanterns.  The bride and groom swayed to The Tossers for their first dance, and cut their chocolate and amaretto mousse cake without getting messy.

The father of the bride, maid of honor (me!) and the best man all gave heartfelt speeches, and dinner and dancing closed out the memorable night.

My best friend is married, and I couldn’t be happier for her.  I’m so grateful two of the most loving people I know found each other.

Who am I?

2 Jul

In case you didn’t check out my About page, I’m Heather…a girl on the move.  My life is about working hard and playing hard.  On any given day you’ll find me either traveling for work, playing in the Chicago ‘burbs, or relaxing at home with a cup of tea and some good reads.

Today I’m back to work, after a long holiday weekend spent at home with family in friends.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This post is hopefully the first of many detailings of my life and travels.  Today I’m at home, but who knows where tomorrow will take me.

Grab your rucksack–let’s go wandering!

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