Friday Feels: Ready For It?

Friday Feels: Ready For It?

Just wanted to check in with a quick Friday Feels. I worked from home most of the week, so I wanted to make sure I catalogued this week… you know… for prosperity’s sake.

Also, it has been a minute since I’ve written in a casual tone. My latest article was on LinkedIn strategies… which was fun to right but not as casual as #FridayFeels. ANYWAYS…

1. It has been so cold this week. I can’t even handle it. Today was 15 degrees. And, being stubborn ol’ me, I was sticking it to mother nature and not wearing gloves or a hat when I wandered off to the coffee shop today. Huge mistake. It’s so cold…ugh…

I’m holding onto Fall feels, though I know winter is on its way…

2. Soup, soup, soup. I’ve been eating lots of soup because its cold. Last night, I did chicken soup with noodle, veg, egg, and everything else from the fridge. It was actually really good and hearty, perfect for a frigid Thursday.

3. Ugh, I’m so hooked on exercising. This is pretty big deal for someone who didn’t really sweat for the first 22 years of his life (may a little exaggeration there…) I went to two classes at CycleBar Uptown this week, back to back days. And, I was sure that I would be so incredibly sore, but I was feeling really positive, challenged, and motivated. WOOT!

4. Making business moves. I’m doing lots of research and digging on the next step for my freelance work. Updates to come eventually!

Coffee from Canteen 3225

5. What The Fork? Roomie and I caught up on NBC’s The Good Place. If you haven’t watched this show, you are totally missing out. It is so GOOD… get it?

6. “… Ready for It?” I can’t stop listening to that new Taylor Swift song, and I love the way it makes me feel. However, the song of the week is “The Way Life Goes (Remix) [feat. Nicki Minaj & Oh Wonder]” by Lil Uzi Vert. Nicki adds so much to a track that was already pretty solid. No surprise, but this was this week’s standout for me.

7. Captain Jack. So… I saw Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time this week. I began with the first one (released in 2003… how time flies…). IT WAS EPIC. Johnny Depp is incredible as Captain Jack Sparrow. There is just so much great action in the movie. Why was I watching Pirates of the Caribbean 14 years after it was released, you may ask? Captain Jack was on the ballot for MPLS mayor… yeah, I’m confused as well…

And that rounds off my #FridayFeels. Thanks for reading, and I hope y’all have an awesome weekend.

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7 Ways to Grab LinkedIn by the Horns

7 Ways to Grab LinkedIn by the Horns

This is a repost of an article that I wrote on LinkedIn Publisher. If you would like to see and share the original article, click HERE.

Are you ready to give LinkedIn a big ol’ bear hug? Hop in the driver’s seat of the LinkedIn Limited SE? Grab LinkedIn by the horns? No matter which idiom you’d like to use, now is the time to make an impact on this social network.

LinkedIn needs our voices. It shouldn’t just be a place for big name influencers, the Ariana Huffingtons and Gary Vaynerchuks of the world. They have great content, but you know who else has meaningful, inspirational experiences to share? You!

LinkedIn now has 530 million users. That’s over half a BILLION users. With that many folks, we should be telling our stories and amplifying the experiences of our connections in aims of spreading them across the world. That is what social media is all about, especially on a site with a mission to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.”

A month ago, I made a point of becoming more active on LinkedIn. I posted pictures of myself at work, shared interesting articles from friends, and made nearly 100 new connections with old friends and new contacts.

I’ve noticed a huge difference in the kind of engagement that I get on the platform. And I’m not just talking vanity metrics (though I LOVE getting likes). These are meaningful conversations with people online about new projects and shared experiences. Investing your time in LinkedIn allows you to strengthen your professional relationships, breaking down barriers of distance and industry.

Investing your time in LinkedIn allows you to strengthen your professional relationships, breaking down barriers of distance and industry.

I had such a positive experience immersing myself in this platform that I’ve decided to share the seven tasks that provided me with the most impact on LinkedIn. These will teach you exactly how to grab LinkedIn right by the horns! Best part is, you can accomplish most of these on a Sunday afternoon.

  1. Make an effort to post on LinkedIn at least twice a week. A topical industry article. A picture of your office setup. Thoughts on leadership lessons you’ve learned from owning a goldfish. Whatever you post, get your voice out there! If you have forgetful tendencies, consider scheduling your posts with an app like Hootsuite.
  2. Follow 10+ new people who are putting out quality content. These folks can be Mark Cuban or Jack Fitzpatrick (loving my shameless plug). This will give you all of the inspiration you need to keep pushing on that LinkedIn grind.
  3. Connect with 30+ folks from “People you may know.” This was a major eye opener for me. There are so many people out there on LinkedIn (Should I say it again? Over half a BILLION), and you likely know more that you think. Spend 20 minutes or so combing through. See who is out there. Find out what they are up to.
  4. “Add a note” every time you invite someone to connect. It doesn’t have to be the most creative note, it just has to be one. Millennials, if you can introduce yourself on Tinder/Bumble, you can do this. Doing this opens up a message thread where you two can chit chat, allowing you to find that next collaboration even quicker.
  5. Grab coffee with one connection you’ve lost touch with. Remember Alfred from your third grade music class. You know, the one who you saw in the “People you may know”section? He builds handcrafted birdhouses now. If you didn’t even know that he liked birds, you should probably grab a cup of coffee and catch up. You never know about what creative collaborations could sprout from a coffee chat!
  6. Connect with four current coworkers. I always hear people saying, “I’m not spending any time on LinkedIn because I am not on a job search.” But the thing is, LinkedIn isn’t just built for finding jobs, it is a space that allows connections already in your circle to flourish. For your coworkers, it provides context on past experiences and other interests, building upon that common ground.
  7. Go through your business card stack once a month. It’s okay folks, we all have one. For me, it was my top desk drawer, filled to the brim with miscellaneous business cards. Did you hit it off with someone at a networking event last month. You may need to add a nice note reminding them where you met, but connect with them anyway. Nurture that professional circle!

Setting these types of goals allow for genuine engagement with your connections, the foundational base of your network. It is honestly a beautiful thing. If you keep pushing out job leads, personal anecdotes, and industry tips to your network, you will get them back in return. It’s a big beautiful circle of sharing.

If you want LinkedIn to do more for you, you’ve got to put in the time. Together we can make such a rich and robust community that helps us all build meaningful connections, find work when we need it, and continue learning more and more.

On that note, let’s keep this conversation going. Share your LinkedIn tips in the comments!

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6 Lessons From Duck Camp

6 Lessons From Duck Camp

As a pretty-liberal, city-dwelling twenty-something, I get a couple of odd looks when I say: “Yeah, I’m heading north this weekend to hide in tall grass, shoot at some ducks, and take care of my business in an outhouse.”

Each year, our group heads up to northwest Minnesota in hopes of shooting ducks, but really focusing on spending quality time together. We get all decked out in camouflage, and make the journey up to the “Duck Camp.”

There is something magical about unplugging from the everyday technological drone and, instead, connecting to the moment and experience of the great outdoors. Time spent around campfire talking about life rather than binging Scandal on Netflix. Walking through trails that have been slowly carved out over years instead of driving on construction dotted roadways… These things do a body and mind good.

This year, up at the Duck Camp was no exception, but I was a bit more thoughtful and deliberate this year than those before…. Bringing you this post: “6 Lessons From Duck Camp.”

1. Actually hitting the ducks doesn’t actually matter.

Each morning, we get up around 5:30 am to start prepping and strategizing for the morning hunt. About 30-45 minutes before sunrise, we head out to get in our spots, patiently waiting for ducks to come and hang out nearby us. This trip, we didn’t snag any ducks, but the routine of it allows for enjoying time together or moments alone.

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

2. Seeing the world come alive at sunset is a game changer.

After 12 hours of slumber, the sun peaks out. From which, the light reveals leaves of color and beautiful painted skies. Birds begin chirping, fish begin stirring, and grasses ebb back and forth with the wind. The world wakes up.

Nests Near Lake

3. Family Traditions are SO important.

This is one of those “boys weekends” or “#ManCamp” excursions that I don’t have in my life too often. It ends up being a rag tag team of miscellaneous family members and friends that make it up to Duck Camp each year. But the conversations around the fire, shared meals, and time spent disguising ourselves from perceptive ducks make for amazing memories.

Tree stump in water

4. It’s up to us to conserve and be responsible with the environment.

If you are going to hunt, or enjoy time outside in general, it is important to make sure that it lasts for future generations by giving back to organizations that are working to conserve our environment and help the creatures that live within it. You can buy duck stamps (here) or contribute to your fav. environmental/conservation organization.

Beautiful Moss

5. Disconnecting from technology is a MAJOR key.

As soon as we made it up the spindling road up to the cabin, I turned off my phone and tucked it into my suitcase. I barely had any idea what time it was or what odd current event CNN was pushing to my phone. It was wonderful. And the best part, when I made it back online, everything was fine and the digital world did not go up in flames after my lack of presence.

Fallen Tree Plants

6. Wilderness brings good selfies.

I couldn’t help myself with this one…….. These may be ridiculous but I love them! I figured out timer mode on the new camera. By the by, all of these photos were shot with my new camera. I’m still trying to get a handle on it and its quirks, but I am totally pleased with the camera so far.

Selfies in the woods

Thank you for reading. I’ve been working on this one for a while, and wanted to make sure that it was one that did justice to the majesty of the great outdoors and time spent with family.

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Friday Feels: Startups and HoneyCrisps

Friday Feels: Startups and HoneyCrisps

PREFACE: It is totally Thursday now, but these are my #FridayFeels from last week. WHOOPS! I didn’t get a chance to edit photos, which TBH can take the longest for me. So, here is the text… I’ll put up a new one tomorrow before I head out of town tomorrow…

Is there going to be a week that I don’t say, “Oh wow! What a busy week…” I’ve been working hard to make the most of my time through organization, but I’m struggling to find the perfect method, nevertheless, I’m making it work!

Twin Cities Startup Week. One of the main reasons that my time felt stretched is that I was bee-bopping between different events for #TwinCitiesStartupWeek. So many great networking opportunities, open bars, and entrepreneurial insights! Met a lot of cool folks pursuing their dreams, which is so motivating for me!

“Scrappy.” On that note, I’m playing with new personal branding to describe my consulting biz. That word is “scrappy.” Besides sharing 6 letters with the word “crappy,” and the rude dictionary definition, I gosh darn love it. It really epitomizes how I work to deliver the best for my clients by working in a creative and hardworking fashion.

Logically, LinkedIn. I’m leaning into LinkedIn hard. I think it is a great platform for what I’m trying to do to grow my freelance business. I am a networker at heart, so it makes so much sense for me to be there. Connect with my on LinkedIn HERE!

Colder weather biking. I am trying to continue to go on my rides with my bike Shirley as the weather gets colder. I am really confused about how to layer correctly…. I will check back in with learnings next week. I get way too hot when I wear pants and a hoodie, but I am WAYYY to cold where I wear shorts and no hoodie. That’s where I’m at so far…

2017 PSL. Big News! I had my ceremonial PSL from Starbucks this past Monday. Now I can officially be a part of fall festivities.

Honeycrisp apples. On that note, my favorite apples were on sale at Cub Foods by the tote bag load. So sweet and crunchy. They really sweeten up my morning green smoothie AND are a great vehicle for caramel sauce.

Song of the week: “Cigarettes and Cush.” I am obsessed with this song by Stormzy and Kehlani. I usually don’t gravitate towards grime artists ever, but this song is ON REPEAT this week (along with the new Fergie album still.) Here is the track:

Thank you for reading. Wishing y’all an amazing weekend.

 

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Friday Feels: On a Sunday….

Friday Feels: On a Sunday….

Beautiful internet folks… I am back. After a brief hiatus, I am back with some Friday Feels from the last couple of weeks. I know it is Sunday, but you know what they say… YOLO. Fall came all at once here in Minnesota, and it totally caught me off guard (Yeah, I’m gonna blame my break on the weather…. LOL). But for real, it’s been a busy few weeks. I will give the highlight starting now:

1. Closing up the trailer. My parents came up from Maryland last weekend. We ventured up to the North Woods of Wisconsin to do some reno on an ongoing trailer project. Maybe one day I’ll go into further detail, but here is just a taste of the progress done by 3 Fitzpatricks 🙂 (and the sign that my grandpa made):

Trailer feat. insulation and electricity

2. Zucchini Bread Endeavors. In the last week, I’ve made 5 loaves of zucchini bread…. I have a tough time following recipes in general, but I used two recipes for inspiration. One of the best rated ones that I could find online was HERE (except I added died cranberries and chocolate chips). Then there was this more decadent one from Two Peas and Their Pod HERE. Carbs Carbs Carbs!!

3. Bike Adventures. My back brake wasn’t really working on my bike, Shirley, so my new friends at The Alt Bike and Board helped with the issue. Right after it was fixed I took a long ride around Lake Calhoun and Cedar Lake. I got unfathomably lost but made it home in one piece!!

Shirley by the lake

4. CycleBar + Rihanna. Speaking of biking, I went to an awesome “Concert Ride” at CycleBar in Uptown Minneapolis yesterday. It was the Rihanna ride… so ALL RIHANNA songs. Way too much fun. The instructor, Robert, was just a ROCKSTAR (get it… Rihanna pun…)!

5. New Fergie on Repeat. If you haven’t listened to the new Fergie album, Double Dutchess, you’ve got to listen to it ASAP. So so so good. My favorite track is “You Already Know,” but the whole album is just excellent. Here is the link:

6. Jessie Reyez and Dej Loaf Concert. GO SHOW 9, sponsored by Go 95.3 (my favorite Twin Cities radio station), was this week. There were 5+ acts, a wonderful mix of local acts and bigger names. Highlight: Jessie Reyez blew me away — she has so much talent and such a powerful voice. I’m working on a post on going to concerts, so I’m not gonna spoil too much yet… But the concert was so memorable!

7. Time-blocking and the Like. I’m attempting to find a bit more order in my life. My latest attempt has been with the Best Self Journal. I’m only a couple days in, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the thought process behind the journal’s design. I’ll keep you updated if I’m still using it in a week.

8. Jack in the Kitchen. On a work-life balance related note, I am working to burn through stress in positive ways. Recently, one for me has been cooking. This past Friday I posted up in the kitchen for four or five hours. I made 2 loaves of zucchini bread, veggie stalk, roasted vegetable crostini, and a vegan pumpkin chili. It totally helped me reset my mood. I have lots to say on this one, so I may turn it into another lengthier post.

I think that is all for this post. It is a beautiful day in MPLS today, and I’m going to hop on the bike and go for a ride. Hope y’all have an amazing week!

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