Our New Executive Director: EMMALIE CASTRO

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Meet TALK’s new Executive Director Emmalie Castro! Besides her strong passion for Public Relations Emmalie enjoys attending music & art festivals. The picture above is at Outside Lands, a music & art festival in San Francisco, Emmalie’s most recent adventure. In the blog below she tells us all about her traveling wishes!!

Thanks for sharing Emmalie :)

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5 Tips on How to Balance Your School, Work, and Social Life

Tip #5: Your email is your new best friend

Checking your email should be a daily routine. I check my email every morning to check for any class cancellations, postponed club meetings, or even personal emails. I can assure you that frequent email checks will make your day a lot smoother.

Tip #4: Create and maintain a monthly calendar or daily to-do list

            I must admit, this a newly found love of mine. Like most college students I was having a lot of trouble with my time management until I started creating and maintaining a calendar. I have found even if plans change it is good to at least have something to plan off of. If you’re not a fan of calendars, I would suggest a goal or to-do list. On my busy months I do both.

 Tip #3: Don’t over exert yourself

            Full time students shouldn’t work more than 20 hours a week on average. Make sure to dedicate some time for your schoolwork everyday, but don’t overdue it. Once you feel like you are mentally exhausted put the books aside and take a few minutes, then go back later if needed. School, work, and life in general can get hectic, so remember to take some time for you. It is most important to take care of yourself; your health is the most important thing.

 Tip #2: Dedicate your time according to your location

            What I mean by this is: when you’re at school dedicate your time to schoolwork, when you’re at wok focus on just work, and when you’re out with friends just relax and have a good time, don’t worry about everything else. This will give you time to breath when things are hectic, which is majority of the time as a college student.

Tip #1: Reward Yourself

You work hard, so when you reach your weekly goals you should reward yourself for all that hard work. I have specific days that I have requested off from work and after school I take the rest of my day off. Whether it is going out with friends, hanging out with family, or some time to yourself, it is always good to make time for you. Find rewards that work for you and help motivate you to complete your goals and cross off your to-dos!

 This is a guest post by Account Executive Emmalie Castro

Looking to Get Crafty?

Whether you are a crafty person or not, Do It Yourself projects are a great way to be creative and also find different ways of saving money. I personally love getting crafty as just a creative outlet but also because I love making my own creations. I get many different ideas from, you guessed it– arts & crafts heaven– Pinterest. Many times I pin things that I can’t make right away then use them later.
I really love to make things that pertain to seasons and holidays. This allows for me to use different themes for my ideas and make things in a manner that will benefit me the most. I currently am working on knitting beanies and scarfs for the fall and winter. It is very simple to crochet many different things once you have the main basic knit step down. (There are many tutorials available on YouTube.) once you know the basic step you can build to anything. All you need is yarn and a crochet hook to make all of your season’s favorite colored scarfs, beanies, and even blankets.
I’m a big fan of using recycled products and making new things with items that may not be reusable in practical ways. Wine corks are a great example of a reusable product. Once uncorked, wine corks aren’t very useful for what they are made for, but they can be reused in different ways that can be quite decorative. With Christmas right around the corner, I have collected enough wine corks throughout the year to make a Christmas reed it of them. All I need now is fishing wire to weave them all through in the order that I would like them to be. Another touch I add to my festive wine cork reeds is felt or ribbon to make the reeds look more festive.
Wine corks also make great collages or have other very practical uses, not only practical but decorative as well. I have made coasters, picture frames and other fun projects with corks.
Do it yourself crafts are a great way to give your home a nice decorative touch without going completely broke. Being a college student with such a busy schedule can make it difficult to have your place perfectly decorated. Little crafts can give your house a complete makeover with little effort and very little cash.
For those who like to entertain a creative side, crafts are a great way to keep busy and be artistic at the same time.
This is a guest post by Senior Account Manager Mayra Alvarez

Talladega, The Chase changer

This Sunday Talladega, the world’s largest speedway hosts the 5th chase race of the year. With only 5 races left in NASCAR’s playoff season, Talladega will provide drama and excitement for 500 laps. 43 race cars, reaching speeds well over 200 mph. The racing can only be described as bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic, at 200 mph.

With 13 drivers still in the playoffs, in reality, only 5 drivers have a real chance of winning the 2013 Sprint Cup. In 5th place the wild and crazy Kyle Busch is 37 points back of 1st place. His Chase hopes have taken a hit these last few races, but no one ever counts out Kyle in any race. If he can control his temper on the track, he can easily find his way back into contention.

Jeff Gordon, the surprise of the Chase filed, only because NASCAR expanded the Chase filed from 12 drivers to 13 after Jeff was robed of a Chase spot earlier in the year. Jeff has shown everyone he deserved to be in the playoffs and has raced his way into contention for his 5th NASCAR title. Was there any doubt a legend like Jeff Gordon wasn’t going to be a contender for the title.

The man that is never in contention for a race win at the beginning of a race, but always finds himself there at the end, Kevin Harvick is only 29 (like his car number) points back of 1st. It would have been easy for Kevin to give up on this lame duck season after he announced his was leaving this team at the end of the year. Quit and giving up in not in the Bakersfield natives blood.

In 2nd place, and only 4 points back is 5-Time champion Jimmie Johnson. After a late suspicious caution flag at the end of last weekends race, cost Jimmie the win and point lead. Jimmie is determined to capture the flag at Talladega this Sunday and take over the point lead.

Matt Kenseth, the point’s leader heading into this weekend. Matt hates racing at Talladega, because racing Talladega is a game of luck. Like Matt, sometimes your lucky, miss the crashes and win like Matt has done before. Other times, you get caught up in a wreak 100 yards from you and your race is over, maybe even your season.

After this weekend race, I’m sure we will have a clearer picture of who the title contenders are. We have seen crashes at Talladega that have taken out half the field in seconds. In other races the big wreck never happens. No matter what happens, we should see the true champion contenders emerge after this weekend. I put my money on Jeff Gordon to take the win Sunday.

This is a guest post by Account Executive Patrick Moorman

Are Your Photo’s Professional Online?

Google-logo-retargetingHere’s something you should do right now: Google yourself. Why? Because a lot of people Google your name! Employers, family, classmates, guys and girls — all of them. I do it. If there is a girl I’m interested in I’ll look her up on Facebook or see if she has a twitter account. Just to see if she’s available, among other things. You could call it a little bit “creeperish”, but I can guarantee that a significant, if not majority, of people do the same thing. And it’s something entirely natural, that if you meet someone who catches your eye, you want to know more about him or her.

If you’ve ever seen The Social Network, you probably remember the scene where one of Mark Zuckerberg’s classmates runs around the lecture hall asking if some girl is single. After Zuckerberg sees that he runs off and adds an iconic feature of Facebook: your relationship status. All people want to know.

Curiosity isn’t limited to dating either. There was some heated debate only one or two years ago regarding employers demanding access to their employees Facebook accounts. But the fun fact is that companies are already researching the online presence of their applicants. Again, it’s perfectly natural. During an interview, are you not presenting an idealized, immaculate image of yourself? Your online identity is a much more accurate barometer of a person’s character, and employers want to see that.

This is why it’s critical to know what image of yourself that you have presented to the world. Images of you drinking and partying won’t bode well for you. And what is even alarming is that every tweet, post, and image might remain on the Internet indefinitely. Things don’t go away. I Googled myself, and I saw images from my MySpace account from seven years ago. It was mostly trite, but my sixteen-year-old self easily could have posted something much more egregious. And I know that high school classmates did indeed post things that were embarrassing at best and damning at worst. Guess what? They’re still there. They don’t go away. Your online footprint might just last for the rest of your life. So, you should treat every post as if it will. Any image of you, ask yourself, “is this tasteful?” Every seemingly controversial post; ask yourself, “is it necessary for me to say this?” Treat everything you post online as if your parents might see it, because they just might — prospective employers might, future boyfriends or girlfriends might, and depending on how the internet goes, your children might.

This is a guest post by Julian Paredes

Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Eat

Ladies and gentlemen is that time of year again, the leaves are falling off the trees and kids are asking for candy. October officially jump starts the three month holiday party season, whether they are office potlucks or special events.

With that said, are you tired of always bringing the store bought deserts, plastic utensils, and refreshments to the holiday potluck parties? Do you want to learn how to make delicious, creative, and effortless dishes that will have you be the talk of the office?

Whether you are a person whom just wants to learn a new recipe or a person who is tired of receiving the looks of disproval every time you walk in with your plastic plates, I hope you enjoy this recipe!

This recipe presented below is the deviled eggs recipe and is both easy to make and appropriate for an office potluck. Remember the dishes you share don’t have to be sophisticated or elaborate; they just have to be something good to eat!

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Cooking Time = 25- 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 dozen eggs (Makes 2 dozen)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olives

How to make:

  • Boil the eggs
  • When boiled let sit covered for 10-15 minutes
  • Drain the water and run cold water over the eggs
  • Peel the eggs
  • Using a knife, cut each egg in half, horizontally
  • Remove the yolk and place them in a mixing bowl and arrange egg whites on a plate.
  • Using a fork mash up the yolk in the mixing bowl
  • Then add mustard, mayonnaise, Tabasco, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl, and stir
  • Add in the mixture of egg yolk to the center of the egg whites.
  • Add an olive on top and decorate your deviled eggs, make them as scary as you want!

This is a guest post by Account Executive, Margarita Farias