iHeart Country Festival

Hey friends. I’m still here. I know I haven’t written anything in a while and I honestly have no excuses. I just didn’t feel like it I guess.
I actually typed this up last week and forgot to post it, so it’s going up a little late. (Please forgive me!)

I’m here now though with a cool update. Since I work for iHeart Media (old news), I was chosen to work on the digital team at the iHeart Country Festival in Austin this past weekend. I had actually been waiting for over a month to find out if I’d be able to work it and was scared to get hopeful in the instance that I wasn’t selected. Luckily, I was. I was thrilled (to say the least).

This year’s iHeart Country festival featured artists such as: Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Combs, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Chris Janson, and so many more.

The morning of the festival, my coworker and I left from San Antonio at 8am and made our way to Austin. Once we were there and checked into our hotel for the night, we went to the venue. Before this, I really had no clue as to how these types of things worked, but I learned quick. We got there around 10:30 am, helped to set up the media room (or War Room, as it was called) and looked around the venue. We were given “All Access” passes, so as the name suggests, nowhere was off limits. We wandered around a but to try to get a sense of where everything is at since we would be moving around a lot throughout the day and didn’t want to get lost.

During the day at the venue, there’s a thing called the Daytime Village. There are lower-level artists performing here from 2-5p. My group of girls was in charge of tweeting on the iHeart Country and iHeart Media Twitter accounts. We were trying to get #iHeartCountry trending! (We did.) That part of the day was really cool because we got to hang out with the artists backstage before they went on. The performers during this segment were: Russel Dickerson, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, Locash, and Morgan Wallen. I hadn’t heard of any of them before that day, but they all did fantastic jobs during their performances.

After that, I had some free time so I popped into the stadium during Luke Combs’ sound check and holy moly. Y’all, he sounds just as amazing live as he does on all of his recorded songs. I sat in an empty arena and listened to him for 15 minutes or so and I absolutely fell in love with his voice. (How could I not?! I basically got a private performance of Beautiful Crazy.) It was absolutely amazing. Things like that are what made the stress and exhaustion of the day entirely worth it. Believe me, although it was unbelievably cool and fun, it was also plenty stressful and exhausting. (Think: standing from 10am-12am with little breaks.)

When the doors opened and the nighttime shows started with the big artists, I spend the first few performances in the War Room working from there. When Dan + Shay came on though, I made sure to take off and catch them since they are my absolute favorites. They also sound absolutely phenomenal live–everyone did. During the rest of the festival, I responded to fans on the iHeart Country Twitter account and posted Instagram stories on the KJ97 account. It was insanely fun and we just got to run around getting content from wherever we wanted (red carpet, the floor of the arena, backstage, etc.). Hanging out in the red carpet area while the artists were in there was one of my favorite things.

So yeah. That was my day last Saturday. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Absolute 10/10 experience.

Head to my Highlights on my Instagram profile to check out some of the footage from this spectacular day.

The Future

We’ve all thought about the future; we all think about the future constantly. We think about what we’re going to do after work or school, about what we’re going to eat for dinner, or even what task we’re going to start on next after finishing the current one. Humans are creatures who are always thinking about the future; whether or not that’s a good think, I don’t know. It just is.

One thing I know for sure is the importance of creating and cultivating plans for your future to look forward to and work towards. If you’re going to school day in and day out, why are you doing it? To get a degree, yes, but what next? You need to form goals for yourself to work towards so that you have a reason for doing what you’re doing. The same goes for those who work jobs, they’re making money, but for what? Yeah, you have to pay bills and have money to live, but what else are you doing with your hard earned cash? Make plans!

Looking forward to big events is important, but it’s the little joys that we look forward to that really keeps us going. Those dinner plans you made with a friend the other day? You know? The ones you’ve been looking forward to all week? Your excitement about this one simple thing keeps your mood up, and essentially gives you something to live for. Even little things like going to the gym after work, or making it through half the day and getting to take a break and eat lunch. Little joys like this get us from one point to the next.

My favorite kind of things to look forward to though, are weekend activities or vacations. (I know I can’t be the only one!) I have this weird way of getting depressed about the future unless I have plans in the future to look forward to. Things like Saturday hikes or weekend trips to NYC are things I can plan and look forward to. Now, the NYC thing hasn’t necessarily been set in stone just yet, but it’s a goal for me to work towards. I have to save money to buy a flight to get there, and once I do that, I can have solid plans.

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As someone who has an ongoing battle with depression and anxiety, I have found ways to keep myself afloat. I keep busy, and I keep looking forward. I’ll continue doing this, until I find myself in a place where I don’t have to work to make plans, they’ll just come naturally. I have been broken and beat down in so many ways, but my determination to not let life just happen to me is what’s keeping me going. I will be in charge of my life, and I refuse to let myself be controlled by life’s shitty events, and instead would rather take charge of my own life. Making plans is my way of doing that.

Do things that keep you going. Always.

xx – A

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Today

Well, today’s blog is probably going to be pretty short and not particularly exciting, but I shall blog it anyways. I’m in a pretty good mood. I spent today actively avoiding leaving my apartment–partly because it was 40º this morning and partly because I just wanted to stay in and watch TV and work on job stuff and catch up on emails and whatnot.

Last week, I had an in-person interview on Tuesday, and that same afternoon, I went through a phone screen interview. I was told by the woman interviewing me over the phone that I would hear from her on Monday morning (aka today) if I make it to the next stage of interviews: in-person interviews. I was pleased to receive a call from her this morning asking if I was available to come in for an in-person interview Tuesday morning. (Obviously, I said yes.) I also received an email from someone at a different company that I had applied to asking if I was available for a phone interview on Tuesday as well. (More good news!) So of course, I’m very excited about making ACTUAL progress in my ongoing job hunt tomorrow.

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My goal was to spend the whole day without leaving at all, but I was notified by my complex of a shipment arriving for me at the office. (I wasn’t expecting anything, though.) Much to my surprise (and delight!), my new coffee table I had ordered on Amazon arrived two days early! Despite the fact that I had to haul it from the office to my apartment because it wasn’t delivered to my door like my furniture usually is, I was very excited! After opening it all up, I realized it would be slightly more complicated to put together than I anticipated, but after a few minutes I figured it out and got to work. Check it out! I love it!

So yeah, today’s blog is primarily about me wanting to talk about the things that are going well for me today. That may or may not be interesting for people, but I don’t know, sometimes it’s nice to just actually take a step back and think about how good I’ve got it. I live a pretty good life, and sure I’m allowed to have my bad days, but ultimately I live a good life. I have people who care about me, I have opportunities (hopefully) coming my way, and I live in a cute apartment and have a cute and cuddly kitty. It’s not a bad life to live.

xx – A

Job Hunting

img_5355As of about 5 minutes ago, I submitted my ONE HUNDREDTH job application. I started applying for jobs around 2 months before I graduated, thinking that would give me enough time to lock something down by the new year. Boy was I wrong. After 100 job applications, I have been emailed back maybe 10 times, and I have been brought in for 3 interviews.

I have a very strong resume.
I made excellent grades in school.
I worked for a year in an internship related to the career I wish to pursue.
I am friendly, smart, passionate, motivated, hardworking, positive, flexible, creative, and a great communicator.
I have my own website that is very well done that showcases a lot of the great work I did during college.
I was involved in clubs during college.
I have sent out hard copies of my resume to companies and family friends inquiring about jobs.
I have applied on job websites as well as directly through company websites.

I have don everything that “they” tell you to do in order to get a job, but alas, no job. What is this about? What more could I possibly do to get a job? I mean this is RIDICULOUS. I cannot be the only one who thinks this. WHAT is the deal with this job market?! I moved to a bigger city because there would be more job opportunities, but how have I still come up completely blank?

Why is it so hard for someone who REALLY wants to work to find a full-time job? I’ve been in a bigger city for a little over a month and I’m basically going stir crazy. I can’t handle sitting around NOT making money anymore. I need rent money, I need something to do, I need to move forward in my life. I cannot do that while I am unemployed. (Obviously.)

Anyways, this is a short blog entry. I’m just sitting inside a coffee shop and am upset and frustrated and discouraged. I needed somewhere to vent, and what better place than my own personal blog that I’m pretty sure zero people currently read?

xx – A