So, I recently joined the events and activities committee at work. It's been a lot of fun meeting and working with people in other departments and doing something a little more lighthearted than my normal daily tasks. I've been helping the committee with designing graphics for internal communications pieces, like posters, email banners, desk drops, and menu table cards.
Here, Halloween is a really big deal. Like a REALLY BIG DEAL. The committee began planning for this day well over a month ago. People volunteer to stay at work into the wee hours of the night to decorate the floors from the ceiling to the ground. The festivities include a pumpkin painting contest, a rubber duck photo challenge, a desk decorating contest (it's more of a marathon, really), a catered lunch, a costume contest, a skit competition, and a lip sync battle.
My department's theme was Harry Potter, so naturally, the night before, I laid out my costume: a white button down with the Gryffindor crest on it, a grey cardigan, a striped tie, black tights, a black skort, and black character shoes. This was perfect since I was supposed to just be on photo duty. Little did I know that in the morning, I would only be wearing this costume for a whole 10 minutes.
Turns out, we were one lip sync battle participant short. Being the newbie, the committee asked if I would participate, so we could still do a "battle." What was I supposed to say?! I quickly dug through my things in my car to see what I could pull together; luckily, my brother was away at college, and I had "borrowed" his gold jacket. I also still had several items that I was going to drop off at a donation center. I landed on doing "Bennie and the Jets" sung by Haley Reinhart (originally by Elton John) and "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" from Disney's Mulan. I completely winged it, and this is what happened:
Video by Stephanie Yomorta
I went on first and did "Bennie and the Jets" then walked off not really knowing what I just did in front of 500 employees. The emcee announced my competitor; it was a group of 3. No one came up. He announce them again. Still, no one came. The emcee then said that their not showing meant that I won the battle and the cash prize! I just had to do an encore performance... Piece. Of. Cake.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to track down a video of the second song, but here are some photos:
Even though the day didn't quite turn out the way I thought it was going to, I'm really glad with the turn of events. I joined the committee to meet new people, and I certainly did that. Other employees came up to me throughout the day to congratulate me on the "win" and to introduce themselves.
If I learned anything today, it's to take up challenges as they come and to just enjoy the moment.
Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday. Happy Halloween, everyone!
Pretty much every year since I was little, I've done a road trip to San Francisco with family and friends. This coming weekend, I'm suuuuper stoked to be hanging out at some awesome coffee shops in the city. If you're in the area, let's grab a cuppa coffee/tea and maybe sing a song together! I'll be playing an acoustic set or originals from my upcoming album.
Like many others, 2016 was a rough year with a lot of challenges. As the rain was gently landing on my windshield, I pulled over and took a moment to think about all that has happened. I'm incredibly thankful for my friends, family, and support system who have helped me find strength and helped pull me through all the physical, mental, and emotional trials. Here's to hoping for the best for the new year.
I have the great opportunity to do social media and event planning at Electra Bicycle Company. This is the most "non-bike" bike company you'll ever come across. Each bike is a piece of artwork and rides like a dream. In their most recent post as part of the 13 Questions thread, I answer some fun questions, like the following...
Check out the original post on Electra Bicycle Company's website.
There are many things that happen from day to day that we often forget. Art is a helpful reminder of those events. It can help us as an outlet to heal or celebrate what happens in our lives. On this blog portion of my website, I'll be sharing my experiences of working on projects and my thought process. The good, the bad. The pretty and the ugly. This is my space for creative writing. Thanks for coming on this journey with me.
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