Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dog walks, babies, and wedding news

Recently, I hosted a dog walk in my neighborhood to benefit the chihuahua rescue from which I adopted Bella. It's called Donna's Chihuahua rescue: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IN205.html

Unfortunately, I didn't have the greatest turnout, but we still raised $144! There were about 10 walkers, and we had a great time. Miss Bella was hands down the worst behaved dog present! You can bet that we've been working with her recently to be a better behaved little dog. At the end of the day, I was so glad to do it, even if we raised just a little bit of money. I plan to do another next year on a bigger scale if I can : )

Here are a few pictures from the big day!

Here's a picture of the whole family: (Mimzy got to hang out at the registration table, so she got plenty of attention!)

In other news, I went to a baby shower recently! A couple of friends of mine from high school got married last year, and they are expecting a baby this year! It's seems so unreal that we're all grown up. This couple also has a bunny that they ADORE, so you know they'll be good parents ; )

Finally, Aaron and I have set a date and found a venue! We'll be having our ceremony and reception at Euphoria, which is a restaurant housed in Buggs Temple on the northwest corner of downtown Indianapolis at the very end of the canal. Euphoria is located on the second floor, and we'll be having our ceremony on the balcony looking down the the canal and towards the Indy skyline. We'll head back into the restaurant afterwards for the recepection. We're going all vegetarian (of course!). The restaurant is soooo beautiful! There are linens on the tables with elegant glassware, and the room is richly colored in reds, dark wood, and gold. We've chosen a date of September 4. I just don't know if I can wait that long!

Here are a few pictures of the venue

Monday, June 8, 2009

Reflections of post-graduation and why I chose econ

It's been about a month since graduation, and so far, life is good! While I was in school, I would spend 4 days of my week in Bloomington and then 3 days in Indianapolis. Even when I was in Indianapolis, I was spending most of my time at the office or working events. I always had my stuff in a duffle bag, so nothing was ever stable.

Now I'm done jetting back and forth from Bloomington and Indianapolis,and I love it! It's wonderful to know that my clothing, makeup,and toiletries are always in the same place. It's also great to sleep in the same bed every night, and I also get to forgo the bus trip to campus!

Working full time has also been truly rewarding. Right now, I'm working on improving our training program in hopes that our clients will have more faith in our new hires! Meanwhile,I'm also doing more to develop the event planning company that I've wanted to start for quite some time. Stay tuned for the website!

In terms of study, I am not really using my degree-at least not to its full potential. I began college as a Spanish major and switched taking an economics course at Xavier. At that point, I knew I wanted to study business, and I knew that if I wanted to go to a top-tier business school, it wouldn't be at Xavier. Not sure if I wanted to study economics or not, I decided to enroll in the business school at IU and kept my options open. I think I considered almost all of the majors in the business school except for the technology degree from accounting, to finance, to marketing, and then I finally came full circle and decided on economics. As an economics major, I knew that I had a few options for employment: I could do management consulting (as I almost did!), I could go to graduate school and pursue a masters in economics and perhaps then go for a PhD so that I could teach, I could work for the government in policy making, I could go to law school (which I alsmost did), or I could work for myself.

As graduation neared and Aaron and I discussed it further, we decided to both work for the company because we loved what we did, we had the support from our parents, we had not grown accustomed to income from a full time job, and we did not need health insurance yet. I'm so glad we did it, because we get to ride together to work, we get to take our dog with us every day as well, and we're slowly but surely building a (hopefully successful) business that provides individuals with jobs that they otherwise would not have.