Archive for March, 2010


I am so tired that it’s even hard for me to type, but I have to get my blog in for the day.  Maybe this weekend, I will get some sleep and feel rested enough to catch-up and write blogs that I can put more thought into.  So here’s another freebie for everyone.  This is a random night of nothingness.  I am going to post the My Top Ten List of Randomness.  These are in no particular order. And I apologize in advance for what I will produce in my slap-happy sleep-deprived state.

10.  Celebrities who cheat on their spouse or significant other making news headlines–Why are cheating celebs news-worthy? I don’t see why celebrities even get married.  They are just going cheat anyway and at this point, it should just be a given that they cheat.

9.  Celebrities who go to rehab after they cheat on their spouse or significant other–Honestly, there’s no therapy/cure for being a dumbass.  And just because you go to rehab, doesn’t mean I’m not going to think any less of you. Well, I really don’t care.  Save your money and just stay out of the limelight. Your spouse is going to take everything you own in the divorce settlement.

8.  Bald People–When I was younger, every Sunday (out of boredom) I would sit in church counting all the bald people.  I went to St. Gerard Magella in Kirkwood, MO and I would count, on average, 25 bald men sitting in front of me.

7.  Farts–Farting is pretty damn funny.  I always have to laugh.  I don’t get disgusted unless the fart is so bad it clears the room, but other than that farts are pretty freakin’ hilarious when someone else does it.

6.  Mullets–Party in the front, business in the back…that’s all I have to say about that. (I’m a poet and didn’t even know…HAHAHA!)

5.  Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker–She tells it like it is to multi-millionaires who are unlucky in love.  She’s blunt, yet funny and always cracks me up.

4. Ann Coulter–Crazy ass bia bia and I don’t understand why political news channels ask her to serve as a commentator.  Even though I think she’s an idiot, she makes me not only giggle, but laugh out loud at her stupid comments.

3.  Hamsters–They are so cute.  I had about ten of them after I graduated college.  Binky was one of my hamsters who jumped out of his cage and made it into the wall of the apartment I lived in when I was 22.  My landlord lived next door.  I heard scratching in the walls and the next day I had a notice on my door saying the exterminator was coming around.  Needless to say, I never heard scratching on the walls again. RIP Binky.

2. iCarly–I know I’m old, but I don’t mind watching iCarly on Nickelodeon.  What can I say?  It’s entertaining.

1.  Crime Shows–I am fessing up.  I have an addiction to crime shows like Law and Order and CSI.  I can watch hours of the Law and Order marathons on TNT and USA.  These shows have warped my mind.  Every time I see a garbage bag on the side of a highway, I think to myself “there’s probably a body in there.”

Yes, it’s very random, but please don’t hold any of this against me.  I’m tired!  And I’m going to bed.  Please come back tomorrow, I promise I will have a much better post.

My last trip out of town was less than a week and a half ago; however, I am so ready for another vacation.  My last day at Crisis Nursery is April 14th.  I’m taking a short break before I start my new job at CASS on April 19th.   Once I start CASS, I can’t take any vacation days until after my 90 day probationary period.  Wow!! How will I survive?

While I’m excited to start my new job, I am tirelessly working to wrap up any loose ends at Crisis Nursery.  I don’t know if 2 1/2 weeks is enough time to get it all done, but I’m doing my best to leave my position in good standing.   Even though I will have to put any vacation plans on hold, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about my next adventure.

Ideally, I love vacations where I can just take my time and walk around to explore my surroundings.  I typically love cities where it’s easy and safe to get around by public transporation or on foot.  Recently, my boyfriend and I visited San Francisco and had an awesome time.  I know for our next trip we are looking into cities that we can take our time and enjoy exploring.  The following is a list of places we would love to visit next:

New Orleans

New Orleans

Portland
Portland
Austin
Austin
Seattle
Seattle
Denver

Denver

My boyfriend and I are always looking to add to our list, so help us out.  Please comment and give us more ideas.  I’m not sure where we will go next.  I think we might just have to put all our options in a hat and pick randomly. Hmmm???

 

What a day?? As I am wrapping up my last few weeks at Crisis Nursery, I find that I’m working a lot harder than I’ve ever had to before.  This day has been so mentally exhausting, that I can’t think of a thought-provoking topic to write about.  So in keeping with My 30 Day Challenge, I’m going to write about Monday Night RAW (it’s a great mind-numbing topic).  

As some of you know, I love the WWE.  I wrote about it in my last 3o Day Challenge.  (Check out my last wrestling post by clicking here.)  

This weekend, the Valley was invaded by wrestling fanatics from all over the globe.  They all descended upon Glendale last night for Wrestlemania 26.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend :(.  

But tonight, thanks to my friend, Deonne, I was able to attend Monday Night RAW tonight.  And honestly, I think I saw the best match-up ever.  Yes, last night the Undertaker took on the Heartbreak Kid and the Undertaker won his 18th straight Wrestlemania match.  I’ve never really been a Shawn Michaels fan and honestly, it wasn’t a really good match-up against the Undertaker.  So I don’t think I missed much.  But tonight, my three favorite wrestlers were all in the same ring.  Randy Orten, John Cena, Batista…oh yeah, and they were also joined by the All-American American, Jack Swagger (he was just an add-on; they needed someone to complete the foursome) in a tag team match-up.  Batista paired with Jack Swagger and Cena with Orten.  In the end Randy Orten pinned Jack Swagger and Orten/Cena won.  That match alone made my night, not to mention my WWE decade 🙂  

Here are some pictures from my tonight’s Monday Night RAW.   

US Airways for Monday Night RAW

US Airways for Monday Night RAW

  

Batista "The Animal"

Batista "The Animal"

  

Randy Orten posing after his win.

Randy Orten posing after his win.

  

Farewell to HBK

Farewell to HBK

  

This was my first WWE event and I’m very happy I got to go.  Hopefully next time I’ll be able to go to Wrestlemania.  We’ll see 🙂

As many of you know, I’m a very social person.  I love meeting new people.  I love gatherings.  And I love organizing events.  So where did my social nature come from? 

Maybe it’s due to being  part of a large Filipino family and my social nature is in my blood.  As some of you know, I grew up in the Midwest with no immediate family around. So where does the large family part come in?  Okay, let me give you some background information and I’ll get to it in a round about way. My dad joined the Marines while the US had occupied the Philippines.  When he finished his tour, my parents came to America and ended up in South Carolina.  They decided that they wanted to be closer to family so they decided to drive to California where we had family.  At that time, my mom was pregnant with me.  They decided to stop in St. Louis to rest.  My mom was so tired of driving she asked (my dad said she more like whined)  if they could just stay in St. Louis.  Well, they never made it to California and still live in St. Louis (32 years to date to be exact).   When my parents came to St. Louis, they knew no one, but by nature my parents are social.  They created their own family of friends in St. Louis. My parents grew up in the Philippines with frequent large family gatherings.  They continued this tradition with their friends or what we called our “adopted” family.  Growing up, I remember every holiday or special event was celebrated with a party or potluck of friends.  Eat, drink and be merry was our philosophy and that’s what I continue on to this day. 

Maybe my social nature comes from being a Gemini.  This “airy” sign (keep airhead jokes to yourself) are known to be social butterflies.  Communication and interaction are fundamental to Geminis.  To learn the ins and outs of what makes a Gemini click, take a look at this synopsis at http://astrologyindepth.com/Gemini But bottom line, Geminis love people and interacting with them. 

Regardless of whether being social is in my genes or in my stars, it’s who I am.  And that’s why  I’ve been adept to organizing special events and love doing it.  Whether it’s organizing golf tournaments, CEUs programs for doctors, luncheon fundraisers attended by over 700 people, networking happy hours or an intimate cocktail party geared towards major donors, I enjoy it all.  Over the years, I’ve worked on many different types of special events and I’ve gained a lot of insight on how to plan successful special events.  On Monday, April 5th The Phoenix Nonprofit Professionals Meetup is allowing me to share some of my insights.  I will be joined by Dianne Rohkohl of Raw Cabbage Design and Robyn Broshears of Auction Events & Solutions to impart some helpful special event planning tips.   I’ve worked with both these ladies on different events for Crisis Nursery and I know you will leave the meeting with great nitty-gritty tips to apply to your special events.  The meeting is open to everyone, so please come out.

I am deeply concerned about Arizona’s future.  Last week, I learned that cuts to critical funding for early childhood programs and activities may lay in the hands of Arizona voters.  First Things First is an initiative that dedicates a tax on tobacco products to be used on expanding early learning and health programs for children birth through age five.  Arizona voters approved First Things First in 2006 by a landslide. This demonstrated that Arizonans value early childhood as the foundation of a child’s learning and are committed to investing in children to be more successful in school and in life.

In November, Arizona voters may be asked to vote to dismantle First Things First.  This will effectively wipe out Arizona’s investment over the last three years in early childhood education and health programs.  The elimination of First Things First will impact literally tens of thousands of children and their families throughout Arizona.  This will also effect hundreds of jobs supported by First Things First funds.

Arizona has traditionally ranked in the bottom 20% on almost all areas of child well-being.  Even in prosperous times, State funding for children’s services has not begun to meet identified needs.  Funding from First Things First has helped to keep essential human services intact.  If it is eliminated, I wonder where will vulnerable children and families in our community turn for help?  The State has eliminated or significantly cut funds to human services and education.  Nonprofits struggle to secure revenue to sustain their programs.  The loss of First Things First will only create a greater disparity.  Recognizing the current economic crisis Arizona faces, First Things First has offered an interest free loan to the State $3,000,000.  To date this potential win-win proposal has not been accepted. 

I encourage all of you who are concerned about the children and families to voice your concerns to our elected officials and at the ballot box in November. Our children, families and the future of our community are depending on all of you! 

 To learn more about First Things First, visit their website at azftf.gov.

I think I’ve kept everyone in suspense long enough. 

Drum Roll…PLEASE!

Today, I formally submitted my resignation as Communications and Marketing Manager at Crisis Nursery, Inc.  My last day will be April 14th.  On April 19th, I will start a new venture in my life and I’ve accepted the new Director of Fund Development  position for Central Arizona Shelter Services.

Crisis Nursery has been a big part of my life since I’ve moved to Arizona over four years ago.  I consider my co-workers as my family away from home and I appreciate each and every one of them.  It’s hard to leave them, but I know this is an opportunity I can’t pass up.  I am very excited for this new opportunity and I’m ready for this challenge.

I’m sad to leave my co-workers and friends at Crisis Nursery, but I will keep in touch (whether I like it or not).  My supervisor has locked into a 12 top table for their 7th Annual Breaking the Cycle Luncheon.  So if anyone is interested in attending the luncheon, please let me know.  I have space available at my table.  Seriously! The 7th Annual Breaking the Cycle Luncheon, is on October 19th, Camelback Inn at noon, RSVP with me 🙂

You can expect more blogs about my new endeavors; however, now it’s time to celebrate.  In the next couple of weeks there will be series of Happy Hours.  I’ll keep you posted. So please come out and help me celebrate. 

Woohoo!!

Tonight I had the opportunity to network with a wonderful group of female attorneys from Snell & Wilmer and their clients.  Every year, this prestigious law firm hosts a Women’s Networking Event.  Last year, they hosted a fabulous evening at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens with free admission to see the Chihuly Exhibit.  Tonight the event was at the Phoenix Art Museum and it featured the Ansel Adams collection.

Many believe networking is for people in sales or for those who love to be social; however, there so many benefits that are not always apparent to the nonprofit professional.  Yes, it can be fun.  And yes it can be exhausting at times, but it’s well worth the effort.  I’ve grown both professionally and personally through the people I’ve met because I’ve actively gone out and networked.  For me, networking is essential to my success. 

As a nonprofit professional, it’s difficult to strictly find networking events geared towards nonprofit.  Networking amongst nonprofit professionals normally happens at conferences and seminars.  Luckily a lot of nonprofit events in the Valley allow time for people to network.   ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation and The Phoenix Business Journal through their Nonprofit Business Summit are great opportunities to meet nonprofit professionals at different stages in their careers. A nonprofit professional can also choose to join associations or networks.  Two that I belong to are YNPN Phoenix (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) and the Nonprofit Professionals Meet-Up.

Even though I’m in nonprofit, I do not limit my networking opportunities to strictly nonprofit events and associations.  Networkingphx.com has a great calendar of events.  If you chose to, you could go to an event (or multiple events) every day of the week. Sometimes just looking at the calendar can be overwhelming, but it is also nice to see that there are so many opportunities to networking.  Over the years, I’ve developed an eye for great networking opportunities throughout the Valley.

Snell & Wilmer Women’s Networking Event is tops on my list.  I love the idea of having events at arts and cultural venues.  I’ve wanted to go to the Phoenix Art Museum for a long time.  I saw this as a perfect opportunity to go. This also gave me the opportunity to talk to this group of women about my work with children at risk of abuse and neglect.  This is a great group for potential supporters and donors.

The Phoenix Business Journal also has great events.  Their monthly BizMix events are always popular and some of them even include giving back to the community.  Another event of the Phoenix Business Journal that I always look forward to is their Book of Lists Party.  The venue for this event is always unique.  Last year, it was held at the Fifth Avenue & Madison Event Center.  For the most part, it looks like an empty warehouse, but it’s a great location to host an elegant event.  The Phoenix Business Journal did an awesome job converting it to their “Route 66” Theme. 

For many of these events, people who attend are professionals from different industries, but for the most part, its geared towards the business community.  As a fundraiser, I find these events perfect opportunities to meet supporters and potential donors.  Many times I’m the only nonprofit professional attending the event.  Bottomline:  If you are a nonprofit who needs funding, go to where there’s money :).

I am not overly outgoing and sometimes I don’t break out of my shyness until I have at least a glass of wine, but I know that networking is important in my ability to do my job and to be successful at it.  Personally, networking has opened many doors for me and I know it can be beneficial for others.  You may not need it for your job, but you never know who you will meet.  You may meet the person who might be your ticket to your next job or can connect you to your next professional endeavor.  So my advice, put yourself out there and network.  There are many opportunities and you won’t regret it 🙂

P.S.:  I need one more day to unveil my announcement.  Please check in tomorrow.  The suspense is killing you…right??

Official Start

I am officially starting My 30 Day Challenge.  After a fun, yet very exhausting trip to Vegas, I needed a day to recoup and gather my thoughts. 

While I have a whole host of potential topics just swimming in my head.  I’ve decided, my first post is going to be a teaser.  Tomorrow I will blog about an exciting new chapter in my life.  I don’t want to unveil it now, because (honestly) I don’t want to jinx it.  Also, I’m a bit of a tease and what’s life without a bit of anticipation?

Anywho…Please come back tomorrow and check out my big announcement 🙂 . 

Also, please visit my partners in crime. 

Seth Anderson http://www.jsetheranderson.com

Tony Arranaga http://lightrailblogger.com

Ryan Glass  http://originalname.wordpress.com/

These brave souls are joining me in The 30 Day Challenge.  And I say the more the merrier, please comment below and let me know if you would like to participate in The Challenge as well.  Happy Blogging!!

I decided I’m a glutton for punishment and I’m taking on the 30 Day Blogging Challenge again.

The concept is easy.  Blog once a day, everyday for 30 days.

The tasks itself…NOT SO EASY, but I’m up for the challenge.

When I initially started The Challenge last year, my hope was to begin blogging on a regular basis.  Sadly, real life intervened and blogging took a back seat to work, love and everything in between.  I’m not a quitter and I’m going to take a second stab at it.  In the first challenge, I wrote about everything from the WWE to interior decorating.  I’m going to focus my blogs on community and nonprofit work. Now I am not going to make any promises that I can keep  my posts strictly to community and nonprofit.  I might have to slip in a few about the Real Housewives of New York, dating or something mind numbing that only I find interesting.  But that’s the risk you take coming into my world. Muahahaha!!

The 30 Day Blogging Challenge for me will start March 22nd.  I’ll be back from Vegas and ready to get back to work.  I also don’t want to do The Challenge alone and I say  “the more the merrier.” Last year, Seth Anderson (http://www.jsetheranderson.com) and Tony Arranaga (http://lightrailblogger.com) took the challenge with me.  I know Tony is up for the challenge and I think I can talk Seth into it as well 😉 Ryan Glass has thrown down his gauntlet and is also up for The Challenge.  You can find him at http://originalname.wordpress.com/ So join the bandwagon and let’s get blogging.