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.

Self-Discovery…or whatever

So I was on Pinterest one day a few weeks ago and I found this list of “self-discovery journaling prompts”. I know journaling and blogging aren’t technically the same thing, but they’re not entirely different. I also know I told myself (and you guys) that I would be blogging at least once a week this year. I did pretty well up until last week. I just didn’t feel like I had anything to talk about and honestly forgot about the list I had saved.

Today, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to start with one of the most simple prompts though because some of them can get really deep and I’m not in the mood to dive into that right now.

What does my ideal morning look like?

This one is something that I knew the answer to almost immediately, but I’m sure is also something that will change frequently as I continue life.
My favorite days of the week are Saturdays and Sundays (like most people). Saturdays are my favorite because of what has now become my morning routine.

On Saturdays, I like to sleep in. Not too late, though–just until 9 or 10. Sometimes I’ll wake up earlier and just lay in bed on my phone until 10 or so. I love a slow start to the morning since every morning before work, I have absolutely no free time and am very efficient with my time.

After I’ve spent some time laying in bed, I get up and hop in the shower. There’s just something so relaxing about starting a carefree day with a nice, hot shower. I like that I don’t need to turn the lights on in my bathroom because I have a really big window that lets in plenty of natural light. It’s nice.

After that I get dressed, do my makeup as simply as possible, then usually go for a walk. There’s a local farmer’s market that I like to go to every weekend and it’s one of my favorite places on Earth right now. It is such a nice place to spend the morning. I’ll grab a cup of coffee from a local vendor, maybe get a snack, and if the weather is nice, plop myself down and enjoy the sunshine. There are also plenty of dogs to admire.

So that’s it. It’s fairly simple but that is absolutely my ideal morning. 🙂

xx – A

Friday!

Hey y’all! (Wow that sounds so Texan.)

It’s Friday…obviously! And I’m in a STELLAR mood. So, what better way to make use of this amazing mood than to blog amiright? I’ve been slacking lately because work has been insanely busy, but I love it. I love being busy and productive and making money. I usually try to do a “Things I Love Friday” but that’s not going to be the case this week. This week’s blog is going to be much less structured than that….whoops! I’m in too great of a mood to restrict myself with like a blog “formula.”

Anyways, back to my great mood. I want to take this mood and try to share it. (Does that even make sense?) I just want everyone to feel the amazing feelings I’m feeling today. I feel empowered, happy, at peace, and just all-around amazing. There’s a few reasons that led to this, but they’re not important.
If anyone is having a less-than-stellar day/week/month, whatever, I feel you! I’ve had bad days too. So flipping many of them. They suck. But you gotta work work work work work (like Beyonce) to get past them. So, it’s basically the weekend. This weekend, I want you to do something nice for yourself. No matter how busy you might be, spend a little time doing something for you and only you. It’ll help ground you and make you feel better if you’re feeling overwhelmed or something.
Also, spend some time with the people you love, whether it be friends, family, or both. Put your phone down, be present. Get in that quality time. You won’t regret it. xx

Okay, topic change! (I know, whiplash much?) I want to talk about work now! As I mentioned previously, work has been super busy! One of my team members went out on maternity leave last Friday, so starting this week, the remaining 4 members of the team had to pick up a ton of extra work. You see, each of our 5 team members (myself included) has a portion of the United States that they’re responsible for. (I’ve got Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and a few more states.) BUT, since my team member is out, the work I’m responsible for has definitely increased. It’s been a challenge, but I absolutely love challenges so like, bring it! This added workload on top of my new part-time blogging job has given me so much more workplace satisfaction. I love being busy!

Speaking of being busy, I’m getting together a league sand volleyball team. So I’ll be the team captain to “The Clever Beaches”! Okay so we haven’t actually all agreed on that team name yet. (The guys aren’t fans.) But I’ll be team cap and it’s going to make Tuesday nights super amazing. Plus my legs are going to get even more ripped because being the tallest girl on the team automatically means I’ll be front row spiking and blocking a lot. Another challenge…bring it!

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BUT Y’ALL. The biggest thing I’m loving this Friday (there’s that “Things I Love Friday”  reference) is that I have officially started saving for my next relocation. I have never planned on staying in San Antonio forever, and I think I’ve finally decided on my future home–FLORIDA! I’m still torn between a few cities, but I’m leaning towards the Tampa area. Also my best friend is interested in going with me, so that would actually be goals. I’d finally be out of Texas….a dream come true! I put away $500 into a savings account the other day, and I hope to have roughly $3k in savings by the end of the year. (Definitely achievable because I’m a frugal little child.) So yeah, that’s the plan.

So there ya have it….a very sloppy and unstructured “Things I Love Friday” blog. I hope I didn’t bore y’all too much. Hopefully I can get back into more regular blog posting with actual themes soon, but things have been chaotic.

Have an amazing Friday!

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