Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Many of you have had the wonderful pleasure of being a passenger in my gem of a car whom I've recently renamed Stella. I have done so, because she tends to have issues a lot, and when she does, I've found it's a great opportunity for me to yell "Stella" in my best Marlon Brando voice. If you've got no clue as to what I am referring to, I am deeply ashamed of you and advise you to either read or watch (your choice) the American classic, "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Back on topic, I was out running errands last week and when I got to the sports academy, I realized I'd absentmindedly left my water bottle on my kitchen counter. I debated whether I could get through my workout without it and came to the conclusion I couldn't. Reluctantly I drove home to fetch it. When I got to that crazy awful four-way stop on 6th and 10th, I waited my turn and then began to move forward. Oddly, Stella died. I started her up again and moved through the intersection, but not 60 feet through, she died again and this time unable to be resuscitated. Diagnosis: out of gas, usually preventable unless your meter is broken like Stella's is.
Not only was my baby dead on the side of the road, she was parked right in front of a bus stop. In a panic I called my roommate which labored no avail. Luckily my soul sister Josie came to my rescue. Upon her arrival we pushed my car in front of the bus sign and ventured to the gas station.
As I walked in, I saw the man at the counter wasn't my usual gas related savior. When I got to the counter, I explained my predicament only to have the Chevron attendant tell me that they didn't have gas cans and he couldn't help me. I was internally irate. I knew his statement was false as I'd used such services not only a month ago. I stood there hopeless, confused, and distraught about what I would do. And then HE came...
He worked at the Ford dealership next door. He offered me a can they had just "kicking" around the shop. I couldn't believe his kindness. We walked over and retrieved it from the dealership, and to my surprise it was already full! He said to use what I needed to get to the gas station and return it after.
So here's to you, lovely man from the Ford dealership. I am forever grateful for the kindness you provided a stranger in need. The world could use more of you.
And of course, here's to you Josie Olsen, for being a constant rescue in my life. Whether it's Stella breaking down on the side of the road or I'm in need of emotional support, you're always there and I love you unconditionally for it.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
- Evaluate competitive analysis of the marketplace
- Similar companies in the space
o Specifically those which market to social entrepreneurs or non-profits
o Those which target ‘Event Design’ or ‘Event Strategy’
o Conduct ‘Mystery Shopping’ or write questions/scope for Mystery shoppers
- Interview owner of Caspian and write main messaging documents
- Revise General Capabilities presentation
- Rewrite messaging for website
- Collect bios and photos of all Caspian staff
- Deliver to website manager to upload and QC all uploads
- Create ‘buckslip’ or ‘leave behind messages for Caspian
- Create press releases, newsletters, testimonials, specific to relevant clients or success stories
- Gain permission from past and present clients for stories
- Research best press sources for releases
- Discuss strategic long-range approach with Caspian owner
- Work with graphic designer to on ‘unique’ and particular presentation materials
- Interview and assess 2- 3 graphic design approaches
- Discuss client ‘touch’ program with regard to gifts, etc
- Research appropriate conferences and pitch speaking opportunities
- Discuss pitch and potential topics
- Contact HSMAI, MPI, eWomenNetworking, Entrepreneur, etc.
- Research and present additional business development opportunities (OPTIONAL)
- Social entrepreneur organizations new to the event space
- Non-profits with significant new capital
- Assist with Siena Italy Registration
- Provide customer service emails for Siena Attendees
- Compare data and provide reports for Siena Attendees
As you can see, I'll be pretty busy this year. If you are interested in seeing any of my work feel free to visit my PR blog at rachaelhansen.wordpress.com
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Farewells: Goodbye Stacia and Skyler! I will miss them both terribly but am so proud of them! They will both make fantastic missionaries.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
What is my favorite thing to eat on a warm saturday evening? That would have to be sushi. And where you might ask would be the best place in Boise to eat said sushi? Shige's Express. Probably the most anticipated family outing, usually rewarding yardwork or the return of a college student, so you can imagine my excitement to return to Boise and be treated to such fine Japanese cuisine.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Q:Whats better than kicking off summer with a pool party?
It was the last day of moving into my new apartment. I had been dreading and procrastinating it. Luckily Colie was spending the night at my house, so I had a hostage slave. After retrieving the rest of my stuff, we trekked off to aggie ice-cream to reward ourselves for all the hard work we'd done.
Monday, April 27, 2009
For Stacia's 21st birthday, a group of us decided to go up to green canyon and have a bon fire! Colie, Brady, and I set out to find wood for said fire in Brady's jeep. We got up to the canyon before everyone else and decided to take advantage of our free time, and capabilities of the jeep. In the midst of off-roading, I declared the jeep to be an "adventure car" and that was the night the three of us formed the Adventure Crew.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
So Leah and I had an english project where we had to do service somewhere around town and do a presentation on it. I got so excited. I jumped at the opportunity to go to my favorite service location in Logan...Centro de la Familia! It is a head start program for small migrant children. The ages range from infancy to six years old. They are the cutest things. Most of them speak primarily spanish. Unfortunately I only know about 10 words in spanish (I know, I know, you're thinking "what kind of cuban is this girl?"), however, I just love playing with them. Language doesn't even seem to be much of a barrier and I love it.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
So what could be the worst possible thing to do after getting home from End of Year Bash at 3 am? Getting up at 8 am for Baby Animal Days! Colie and I were required to volunteer at the Cache Valley event for our programming class, and neither of us were excited. Both of us looked a little haggard from the events of the previous night.
Our last event of the year is an all day party for the students called "End of Year Bash." We provide entertainment, food, and prizes all for free!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Last year, when I applied to be the Activities Director on the Programming Board at Utah State, I had to come up with some new and original ideas for events. One of my very favorite ideas, was a flea market. I wanted an event where students who were graduating, getting married, or just had stuff they no longer wanted could sell to other students. I also thought it would be great for young artists to make a little profit off of their talents.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We were sad to leave California, but couldn't wait to get to Vegas. We planned to tackle only half of our drive to Utah, and stay the night with my good friend Walker in the infamous city. Upon arrival we spotted the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and naturally stopped for a photoshoot.