homage

paying a little respect

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In the summer of 2010, I made my way to DC for the first time. I landed an internship through an internship program. As a joke, the internship program was always referred to as “The Program”, which is how people still refer to it. I’ve realized that through it all, I don’t know if I would be in DC now without participating in this internship opportunity in 2010. So here’s a little shout out to The Program and everyone who made it possible. One year later in 2011, I wrote an email to the CEO. This is what I had to say, and I couldn’t have said it better myself a second time around.

It’s been one week, six days, 9 hours and some odd minutes since I finally had the opportunity to meet you and hear your story in DC on June 8th. As I sit in front of my computer, I realize a lot has changed. I cannot seem to articulate my thoughts into the right words to express my sincere thanks, but nevertheless, I will try. The cursor is continually blinking in a rapid motion to my John Butler Trio Pandora station while the thoughts in my mind are bouncing off the walls, much like an intense game of squash. These thoughts of my dreams, the future, goals and the past are rampant.

It is most cliché to say: thank you, but there are no other words I can say to truly express my appreciation and gratitude. Eric, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to participate in The Program in D.C. This program sincerely changed me as a person. Daily, I was being asked to step out of my comfort zone and to push past my boundaries.

Generally, I would have hesitated, but since last summer, I no longer say no. I take each opportunity that presents itself, because who knows what will come of it; love it or hate it the chance was taken. Think. The worst thing that will happen is I hate whatever I did and I know not to do it again, but the best thing is you will have one hell of a story and experience afterwards.

Meeting you nearly 8 months after I completed the program put even more perspective into my life as a dreamer. I genuinely, know nothing is impossible and no dream is ever too big. Last year, I heard parts of your story, but it never impacted me as much as it did on the 8th.

Enrolling into The Program was one of the biggest chances and leaps of faith that I took. It was incredible. I never wanted last summer to end. The Program gave me both confidence and reassurance. The Program made me realize it was okay to let the huge walls I erected come down. I know there are times I find myself frightened enough to rebuild these walls, though the kindness and gentleness you’ve shown though last summer and your dreams have helped me to resist the urge to wall myself off from humanity. When I left in August, I was terrified and sad because I thought the reinvention of myself might slide back into my old self, but fear, not it only became more noticeable. My friends, parents and even professors commented on the way I was carrying myself, talking and articulating my choices.

I believe many people come into our lives for a reason.  We start certain things for a reason. Those reasons are not apparent when we start or when we meet that person, but there are often other reasons that become apparent at a later time. Each day I am learning this to be true.

Coming back to DC this summer I had high expectations. I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish – a Summer Bucket List- if you will, and each week at least one thing has been checked off. Without last summer, I would not be the reinvented person that I am today.

success v failure

well I never thought of it that way

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It’s always going to be a game between success v failure. You need to think of each thing that comes your way as an opportunity, and if if you don’t take it, you’re not doing yourself a favor–at least that how I view things.  This Michael Jordan quote hits me hard: I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Mike’s telling you he succeed because of all of the chances he took. Sure it sucks, but sometimes you’re going to fail before you succeed, but when you do you’re going to shine brighter than the sun.  Put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Success isn’t something that is suppose to come easy, so it wont. If you want something badly enough, you have to work for it.

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Don’t make words like failure or impossible an option.

within your means

“In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm”- Suze Orman

keep it within the budget

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And those were the final words I heard as I strolled out of the office last night. Keep it within the budget, was she crazy I thought to myself? So, let me give you a little background on what I am keeping in the budget. My task: find a hotel, in the city, under $200. That seems doable, but then this curve-ball is tossed in the mix: it’s for an executive. Excuse me, you want an acceptable hotel for two nights under $400 that seems impossible.

With the research done, I was off to see two hotels that I deemed two hotels “acceptable”.  Both of the hotels were nothing what we would typically put our executives in for a business trip, but with a budget there needed to compromises made. Like Suze Orman says it takes courage to stretch your limits. My boss knew she could give me this “impossible” task  because I don’t say no, nor do I back down from a challenge. There is a time when you need to realize once you are pushed to your limits you will do anything to get the job done. I negotiated with this manger until I was blue in the face. Once he realized I was not backing down or leaving, he started to give in. I am looking forward to making deals with this hotel in the future. It’s a fantastic boutique downtown and not to mention the location is stellar.

Take this for what you want, I believe that living within your means is a necessity, but I also believe that being happy is essential. Sometimes you’re allowed to splurge on things that matter to you and not to others. If that means buying those hot pink shoes, do it! If happiness means buying a flight to Germany because you’ve been absolutely dying to go, do it!  If you just need a bottle of champagne, put it on the card! Your needs and wants won’t always correlate and match up with other people’s–heck it’s not a secret they hardly ever will. After making that special purchase you will feel better even if it means living outside of your means…the little things always count. Think about it, we only have one life—what are you really saving for? Make memories now, and remember travel is the only thing that will truly make your richer.

Check out this awesome article on an easy to-do money list. Suze Orman is amazing. If you don’t know who she is, you should.