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Disclaimer: This is a freakin’ long post, sorry. But so many amazing things are happening. If you want to skip through my life update, scroll down to the bottom. I sort of buried some exciting news down there!

If you follow me on Instagram, You may have noticed that my feed has been boasting beaches and palm trees for the past couple of days. So let me explain: Right now, I am flying back to Chicago from a business trip I had this week in St. Petersburg, Florida.
After walking down Beach Drive in St. Petersburg last night, I had to stop by a local cafe to get some gelato—it was the talk of the town—and reflect on the past couple of days. I sat on the edge of a fountain in a dimly lit garden and began to think about how I could have never imagined being in Florida, learning about an entirely new industry to me, and meeting my coworkers over open bars, virtual realities, panel discussions, and close call collisions with drones flying around the Vinoy Renaissance’s Grand Ballroom. This will all make sense as I tell you more about the company I’ll be working with below, don’t worry!

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This trip was probably the most unexpected thing to happen to me this month other than landing a new job with a media group here in Chicago. Monday was my first day at the company, and instead of hopping on the 146 bus around 8:30 a.m. to the River North office, I got in a cab to O’Hare International Airport and onto a flight to Atlanta, connecting to a second flight to Tampa. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I walked into a room full of hundreds of people—whom I assume had their first day in the industry years and years ago.
“It’s your first day? Wow, they are really just throwing you in with the sharks.”
I got a three-day crash course in packaging, and the latest innovations in the manufacturing industry. I’m now the associate editor for the media group’s newest print and digital publication.
As some of you remember, the last life update I posted was in May, a week after graduation and a couple of days into my then new job at Advertising Age Magazine. After my work at that magazine was complete, I went on to build and manage an editorial department for a local tech startup, which was really cool. Now, I will be writing my way through the business-to-business journalism world, and I can’t wait.
But that’s not all. Last week, I finished writing a blogging guide book for those of you who want to start a blog, but don’t exactly know where to start. I will be sending out free PDF versions of the book to those who sign up here: Are You Ready to Start a Blog?

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I will also be sharing blogging tips, strategies, and advice directly on my blog in posts. These posts will tell you how to make money blogging, work with brands, learn SEO optimization, and other tips for bloggers looking to take their blog to the next level! So keep an eye out for those posts. If you  signed up at the link above, you will receive those posts straight into your inbox!
Well, thats it for now! Thank you to all of my readers who make blogging such a rewarding experience and an exciting job for me! XO
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