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  • Non-travelers often warn the traveler of dangers, and the traveler dismisses such fears, but the presumption of hospitality is just as odd as the presumption of danger. You have to find out for yourself. Take the leap. Go as far as you can. Try staying out of touch. Become a stranger in a strange land. Acquire humility. Learn the language. Listen to what people are saying. It was as a solitary traveler that I began to discover who I was and what I stood for. --Paul Theroux, Fresh Air Fiend (2000)

  • There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. --Denis Waitley

  • A child on a farm sees a plane fly by overhead and dreams of a faraway place A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home. --Carl Burns

  • I write for the same reason I breathe -- because if I didn't, I would die. -- Isaac Asimov

  • What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. --William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

  • God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. --Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • I quote others in order to better express my own self. --Montaigne

  • Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. --Mark Twain

  • The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it. --Ernest Hemingway

  • It's the writing that teaches you. --Isaac Asminov
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Milly & Ryan,
Thank you for reading and for your kind words! I am glad to be back and look forward to blogging more now.

It's unfortunate that you read my post and interrupted it that way. My former employer chose to not implement my plans for a variety of reasons. Regardless of who created/creates them, they are in need of some serious branding and public relations assistance, and I hope that regardless of who provides it they will listen, get on board with it and realize it may cost money now but benefit them in future. Without it, I believe that in the long run reaching business objectives (dollars in the pocket) will become more and more difficult due to external forces.

Regarding your experiences with PR people/plans, I imagine there are some PR professionals that do not do enough research on client's/employer's business and/or do not appropriate align strategies to business objectives which gives all of us a bad name. However, I firmly believe that by nature most PR people are strategically minded and believe that communications and public relations is an integral part of building, maintaining and growing a business and therefore strive to align campaigns to business goals. It is my experience however that plans are created improperly created (and not implemented) because of the lack of communications between leadership and the communications team and/or sadly because of the presence of strong egos or "the way we did it in the past" is a better way, whether it actually is going to get them anywhere or not.

And regarding my night job, you're right! I will continue to keep my night job because I make great money, am paying off college loans and Outback totally gets branding, marketing and PR and is very successful. They are a company to be admired and that is why I have been there for eight years!


Good to have you back Kim. I love it when people comment with out the courage to say who they are! Keep up the good work. Much love.



It's good to see you're back at your blog. I am absolutely delighted that you have found a new job where you utilize your amazing talents. Macy's is very lucky to have you! You are, without a doubt, one of the most articulate and driven young women I have ever met. Your passion, enthusiasm, and continual drive for both personal and professional excellence is to be admired. Don't ever lose sight of this!

Never, never doubt your abilities or question what you know. You are a leader. Always trust in yourself and remain true to who you are and what you believe in.

Let me get this straight. You are 28 and moonlight at Outback Steakhouse. You had lots of great PR ideas that your former employer just could not bear to implement. In my experience, the reason employers do not PR implement plans is because the person creating the plans did not properly understand the business and suggested something that was not properly aligned with objectives, was too expensive, etc.
Don't give up the job at Outback . . .

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