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6 Must Sees at Ragan's 2017 Social Media Conference #RaganDisney

Next week I have the absolute pleasure of taking a break from Michigan's winter tundra and head south to Florida for Ragan Communication's Social Media Conference for PR, Marketing and Corporate Communications at Disney World! This will be my second time attending Ragan's conference, nicknamed #RaganDisney due to it being hosted at the Happiest Place on Earth. The last time I attended, in 2014, I learned a lot about being a great digital storyteller, creating effective brand journalism, and everything that has to do with living in an internet of everything world. Here are the sessions and speakers I am most looking forward to this year:

Keeping Motivated and Beating the Winter Blues

Winter in Michigan is a magical time... for about four weeks. The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a beautiful winter wonderland for us Michiganders. It's the time where our mitten shaped state really shines! But then the holiday decorations disappear and the snow turns black. January is a gloomy time (despite of my January birthday). Daylight hours are starting to increase this time of year but in the last month Michigan has seen little to no actual sunshine further pushing us into post-holiday despair. I hard to stay motivated when all you really want to do is cuddle into a blanket with some tea and watch Netflix. But you have to pull yourself up by the fluffy socks and remember to stay focused on your goals and keep moving forward.

29 Before 30

I did it. I made it another year around the sun. Although society will tell you that 2016 was hell, I try and focus on the good that came this year. I found a way to deal with stress and anxiety, although not always successfully. I work every day to let go of negativity in my life, whether its bad vibes I've been carrying around for years or new influences. And I...

New Year, Blank Slate

This new year means you have a new blank slate. It's like writing a book, every chapter is blank until you fill it. Don't like who you are? Change it. Don't like who you're with? Change it. Don't like where you are? CHANGE IT! The possibilities are endless! You are the author of your own story. Now that we have 2016 out of the way, it is time to make room for your best chapter yet—2017. And the best way to to start anew is with a blank slate, both physically and mentally.

A Career Not a Just a Job

This summer I accepted a new position. This "new" position just happened to be my "old" position. Almost two years ago, to the date, I left a company I had been with for four years in search of something more. I loved my role and the company but I wanted to learn more and experience more of the industry—so I left.

28 Before 29th

Well today's the day... I made it around the sun another time to celebrate my 28th birthday! The last several years I've written a list of things I want to accomplish before my next birthday. I went though last year's list this morning and I guess it went okay but I think I can do better this year!