April 30, 2010

Its time.

I've waited long enough to devour this cross.  It is time.

Homework by the pond

Email from mom


Kree and KK~
Some words of advice I read in Reader's Digest:




Be curious, ask questions, listen to the answers. 
Learn something new each day. 
Take risks, apologize, and forgive. 
Be kind, and embrace joy!

Life itself isn't fair. 
Get over it, and don't blame others.

Your kindness will be remembered much longer than your brilliance.

It's not how much money you make, it's how you manage the money you do make.

Pray.

Choose your attitude each day: 
Own it, and don't let others determine your happiness.

Speak like an adult: drop wow, man, like from your vocabulary.

Expect more from yourself than you expect from others.

Always give 100% at work-then leave it at work, and give 100% at home.

Use good grammar, be at least 5 minutes early, sit up straight. 
Don't mumble.

Begin as you mean to go on.

April 29, 2010

April 28, 2010

I miss summer

I'm ready for days full of family, sunshine, laughter, friends, campfires, marc and bella pants.

April 23, 2010

Stewart park

Cookout after lifting with ICFH :-)

April 22, 2010

Something to think about

One evening an old cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside of people. He said
"well my son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It isanger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, judgement, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked, "well which wolf wins?"
The old cherokee simply replied, "the one you feed."

April 21, 2010

April 15, 2010

modern day marketing.


I have to admit, I may be one a few people who have never received a direct advertisement sent to my phone (knock on wood) and I would really like to keep it that way.  Ever since I have had a phone the first call I made was to put my number on the ‘no call list’, which must have somehow transferred over to advertisements as well.  Either that, or I have successfully avoided adding my number to the wrong website.  I know mobile marketing is an innovative idea; I just can’t stand the thought of having messages sent to me without me wanting them, but maybe that’s because I understand how effective mobile marketing can be…
Growing up in the digital age, I have witnessed the revelation and convergence of technologies including smart phones, applications, tablets.  Mobile applications, location-based marketing, and SMS (or text messages) are a few forms that mobile marketing can take. 
In a nation that thrives on consumerism, these products and capabilities give marketers the perfect platform to reach, engage, and bombard users on a constant basis.  This is precisely why mobile marketing campaigns have become extremely prominent and relevant (and why I don’t want them sent to my phone!).
Another reason why mobile applications have been effective as a marketing tool is due to the amount of different programs that are available.  There are applications for every consumer whether they are interested in sports, news, entertainment, games, or shopping (just to name a few).
 Personally, I just switched over to a Blackberry from the Dare and have been basking in the options allowed, not to mention the main feature; instant email notification.  No more carrying around my computer or stopping at every computer lab on campus.  The ease of a smart phone has forever changed the way I look at mobile phones.  Also, I believe that marketing through mobile applications is an effective way to make profits.  I have programmed “Blackberry App World” into my Blackberry, which allows me to search for any type of application that you may be interested in and download it either for free or for a small fee (but I usually stick with the free).

One of my favorite examples of mobile marketing is the Haiti relief effort.  In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, thousands of Americans are sending financial support — through their mobile phones.  The target market for that concept was active and technology savvy, that individual was most likely from generation X, Y, or the millennia and was directly connected to mobile media as well as traditional media.  The designated target market also enjoys feeling like they’ve made a difference and want the recognition.
Sadly, young people in general don’t give to charity but if you let them give by text message, they will become quite generous.  If you logged onto Facebook or Twitter or even watched TV shortly after the devastating Haiti earthquake it was likely that you saw messages like this:  "Text 'HAITI' to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts!" or, "Text 'Yele' to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund."
While both may seem like scams, mobile giving is legitimate, convenient and really that simple.  Just send a text message right from your mobile device and you have instantly donated to relief efforts.  The donation will be billed to your wireless account, with no need to enter credit card information, log on to a Web site or even speak to an operator.  Anyone with a mobile phone and an account with a major wireless carrier can text the phrase “Haiti” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross. That amount is charged to the donor’s cellphone bill.
Mobile marketing is a newer form of reaching consumers. It is extremely important in today’s world, because most people’s lives are more mobile than ever. Mobile phones, computers, and fast wireless internet make it possible to reach almost anyone almost anywhere. 
Just take a look at the facts to see how effective ‘mobile giving’ has been for Haiti Relief Fund.  The Red Cross has raised over $355,000,000 to date.  Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, estimated that about half of all donations have been online contributions.  More than 60% of donations received by the American Red Cross had been online contributions and 15% to 20% were made through its text campaign, said spokesman Roger Lowe.  All the major mobile carriers -- Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T -- participate in these charitable efforts and waive fees for text donations for an approved nonprofit organization through the Mobile Giving Foundation.
Jim Manis, the chairman and CEO of the Mobile Giving Foundation, said text message donations are attractive because they're quick and easy.  I can only imagine where mobile marketing will go from here, and I’m intrigued to find out…

April 14, 2010

registering for classes

after 35 minutes of swearing about homerconnect, I was finally able to register.  The only reason, I was facebook chatting with Key (who is over in Italy) and she found a way to do it which was kind of backwards.  None the less she saved my butt, and we are officially registered.  Take that homerconnect.  I can't wait to be done with you.

April 6, 2010

somethings missing

i haven't been out to take pictures in a long time... I'm dying to get out and snap a few.

April 4, 2010

11 years


i miss you grandma audie.