How has 2017 been…May

Hi Blog world,

As I sit here drinking my almost cold coffee, I also take a glance at my planner. Boy, May was filled with excitement! As you know, I’m the intern for She’s Social, and we had our launch party this month. For weeks leading up to the party I worked hard gathering information that my supervisor asked of me. We had meetings on how she wanted the launch party to go. I’m happy to say that the launch party was a success and everyone had a great time. There was music, dancing, poetry, and speeches. The room was filled with great energy.

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I took a Selfie at the launch Party! Don’t I look pretty?

Now onto my journey with my long-three year stay on unemployment island. My job coaches found a hot job lead as a receptionist. I went to the interview ready to nail it! I dressed for success and showed interest in the company.  I felt like my interviewing skills have improved, yet I was not chosen….

Another thing one of my job coaches did to help me leave the island was to help me pick out two more dress for success outfits for interviews. I like my new outfits and feel like I can nail my next interview.

Until my next interview though I will be chatting with my friends about the minimal resources I have, and how I can build a boat that will not sink when I start paddling out towards employment island.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

 

How has 2017 been….April

Hi Blog world,

Another month has come and gone, and I can’t help but be thankful of all the amazing things that have happened. At the beginning of the month, I was able to FaceTime with my friend, Becca, for a few minutes. It was nice to catch up on how we were doing.

On top of that, my best friend and I went to see the movie, “A dog’s purpose,” it was a nice movie; and I recommend that if you’re a dog lover that you go see the movie.

During the Easter holiday Jessica came over to spend the weekend. We played cards, read a book for our book club, and just enjoyed each other’s company.

Towards the end of the month I had lunch with an acquaintance, it was nice to catch up with her and to have a tasty lunch.

The last thing that made April great was doing our Flower Day 2017.

I already have some things planned for May. It’s going to be a busy month!

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Flower Day 2017

Hi Blog world,

I’m having an amazing day and an amazing week! Today, my friend and I went to a local store to pick up some flowers for my family’s flower beds. It was so much fun seeing the variety of flowers.

My friend is very good about choosing the different kinds of flowers to plant along with choosing different colors that  would work with the already existing color palate.

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Our flower bed

I was excited about re-growing Noodles’ memorial garden. When we got to my house-we both got straight to work getting the flowers planted. I worked on Noodles’ memorial garden and my friend worked on the tippy pots.

Once I finished Noodles’ garden I felt proud of my work; it was so pretty. I continued to help my friend by planting the flowers she told me to plant. I also got to spread some new potting soil.

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Noodles’ memorial garden

While I worked I though about how happy my grandma would be after she saw the finished garden. It was a great day helping other, and I can’t wait to see the garden grown.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

How has 2017 been…March

Hi Blog world,

As I sit here looking at my monthly planner I came to realize what a good month it’s been.  This month was exciting because of my birthday. Many of my family and friends made my birthday extra special. The weekend before my birthday my best friend came over. We played cards, went for a walk, and read a book for our book club. We even went to one of my favorite restaurants. Another reason my birthday was special was because my grandpa and I went out to eat at a quiet restaurant; and I was able to share what I had on my mind. These memories are ones that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

As part of my internship experience I was able to attend impact 100. This was my first time out in the field and I learned a lot. Click here to read about my first time out in the field

Lastly, during the last week of March, I took a pre-employment class. This class taught me a lot of skills, such as how to update my resume. I think that this class was helpful when it comes to getting my dream job. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to get to my dream, however one day I’ll get to my dream of being a famous writer.

I can’t wait to see what April brings.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Happy National Puppy Day!

Hi Blog world,

Happy National Puppy Day everyone!

This month has been full of emotions the weekend of March 11, was the 2nd anniversary of Noodles passing. Now let me introduce you to Duke-Noodles’ successor.  Duke is a black and White, 48-pound Pit Bull Terrier.  Grandpa found Duke dodging cars that were in our street. Duke ran up into our garage and grandpa let him into our house. I have to admit that I was a little scared of him at first because I’ve only seen Pit Bull Terriers on TV, and I’ve heard different rumors about the breed.

We kept him until I found the dog’s owner information on a pet Facebook page. Grandpa reached out to the owner, and because the owner was out-of-state for the holidays, grandpa said he would keep the dog until the owner returned.  Once the owner returned from his trip, grandpa and his owner talked and the owner told grandpa that he could not take the dog back because of some personal reasons. Grandpa told him he would keep Duke until we could find him another home.

That weekend the owner came by with Duke’s supplies and the following week grandpa took Duke to the vet so he could get caught up on his medicine and shots. Duke was not a happy camper that day.

Duke, quickly won our hearts, and I can’t help but love how many silly things he does. He loves to play tug, fetch and go for walks.

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Duke after his bath…Look how cute he is!

I’ve been praying for Noodles successor for a long time, I’ve been praying for another Boston Terrier, Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever. However, God had other plans, and I can’t thank him enough for this blessing that he has given me.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

She’s Social: Bonus post: First time out in the field

Hi Blog world,

 

This week I got to attend my first Impact 100 meeting. Not only was this my first time to see how this outreach helps our community, but it was my first time out in the field as a member of She’s Social. I was so excited when my supervisor picked me up; however, I became even more excited when I received my very own media pass.

There was a lot of people already at the meeting. My supervisor and I walked around and looked at the different organizations that impact 100 has helped-what was cool was that one of the organizations that won a past grant actually taught me life skills to help me become independent.   While we waited for the meeting to start my supervisor took pictures and then she interviewed some people. After the pictures and interviews were finished I was able to ask questions.

 

Since we still had a few minutes before the meeting we went through the buffet. We both got samples of all different kinds of goodies. Once we finished eating the meeting started, and it was nice to hear the opening speech and how this organization is helping so many people in the community.

 

When I got home I had another special surprise waiting for me: my new journalism bag! It was a fantastic day; and I can’t wait for the next adventure.

 

Blog soon,

 

Amanda Gene

How has 2017 been…February

Hi Blog world,

I can’t believe that this month has already come and gone. Lots of good things have been happening, first, I got a new computer with all new software. I’m excited to say that with this new technology I’ll be able to blog more! I’m even more excited to tell you guys that I’m going to start using my YouTube channel more! I can’t wait to show you guys what is going to be coming your way.

In normal everyday news, my internship and job search has been keeping me busy.

I can’t wait to see what March brings.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene