This chapter is called...Permanency!

>> Thursday, April 8, 2010

Most of you know that my life has been a little insane for the last 11 months. Okay, more like unpredictable, stressful, and frustrating... as well as some huge positives.


I have been through a 3 month interview process, sent out hundreds of resumes, written dozens of cover letters (anyone want to buy them??), met with countless public officials in several cities to inquire about jobs, applied for volunteer international development projects, called people out of the blue to ask questions about their organizations, submitted huge writing assignments, attended networking events...

After a while.. you have to weigh your options.

For as long as I can remember I have been ambitious. It must truly run in my genes. I wanted so desperately to blaze my own trail. To be a part of something huge and be able to say I got there completely by myself. You can say I'm stubborn.. just like my daddy.

Well, after so long of being poor and feeling like you've exhausted all of your (decent) options, some opportunities might look a little more appealing. Okay, a lot more appealing.

Once I started becoming more involved in the Servpro trainership, I realized that a lot of what my dad does to increase volume in the SC franchises is really similar to what government run business development centers do for local business. Actually, I have a feeling my dad is even more efficient than these centers based on the way the trainership is organized.

I have actually had fun (don't make fun of me) working on spreadsheets for my dad recently to prepare for his big trainer meetings this month. Servpro corporate has a goal to increase sales across the nation by 15% in the next 5 years. That means the trainers have to get very serious with their franchises to help them do whatever it takes to meet those goals. For this past meeting, my job was to collect all of the franchises' volume data for the past 5 years and visualize on a graph what their volume should look like in the next 10. Some franchises were exceeding expectations, others will have a major wake-up call. The presentation was important for all of the franchises as well as my dad. The goal is extremely challenging but it's also exciting at the same time. My job will be to increase the overall volume across the state. If their salaries grow, mine will grow as well. Pretty cool.

I know it's going to be a ton of work and a lot of travel involved. I also know that my parents are in a dire need for extra help so it's nice to know they aren't just "creating" a position for me.

So, I've committed 3 years at least. It could easily turn into a long-term role, but I'm glad to have a certain amount of time committed for the sake of permanency. The best part is that, since I will be paid/hour I can decide to take a day off if a photo shoot comes up! Definitely a perk of knowing the boss ;). Also, I have a good feeling the more I learn about business management the better I will get at my own photography business. I also get to take some classes on finance and business development.. which I'm actually super stoked about! Guess the student in me will never die.. haha.

And who knows.. after 10 years of working in business development for Servpro I could possibly take on a volunteer community role in economic development. I would think it would at least provide me a lot of valuable experience that would be useful for city officials. We shall see.

My official title: Field Training Manager of Eastern South Carolina

I'll take it :)

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Nature's Harmony part 2

>> Friday, April 2, 2010

I know you all have just been DYING to see the rest of the farm photos, right? :P Well I have certainly made you wait long enough, regardless. It's been a busy and interesting week to say the least. Maybe I'll blog about it.. maybe I won't. We shall see.

Without further adieu (what does that mean anyway??), more cute animals. Hope you enjoy.


These are Ossabaws. They are immigrant pigs that became semi-wild after breeding with local pigs in Georgia. Evidently chefs in NY pay top-dollar for their meat. Random fact for the day.
This is how you feed pigs
Heading down to feed the females and piglets
Just a couple weeks old
Evidently this sow is due any day.. I should have come one weekend later :)
oh, pigs.
Dairy cows are absolutely beautiful. Absolutely.
Feeding the geese
This means he is threatening me. Well, I grew up with geese too and I'm not skeered. Bring it.
These are naked neck Rouge chickens
Which are smart enough to know how to fly into the feed barrel
chickies in the incubator
This makes me miss the days of incubating ducklings. Except I have a feeling this farm is a lot better at raising them successfully than I was when I was 10.
hi cutie
My mom wanted to take home a lamb one day after a visit to the state fair. We were very close to raising a sheep in the backyard. Would have been interesting.
Besties
Gumdrop and Dante were my favorites. Dante liked chewing on my shorts and chacos while out in the field.. we were tight.
'ello Govna

Gobble gobble. This is a Holland White turkey.
Free range chickens have the life. Mixed in there are Rhode Island Reds, Black Australorp, Barred Rocks and White Rocks
Am I the only person who thinks chickens are beautiful? :P

There were also peacocks on the farm but I wasn't able to find them once I came back around to take photos. Still kind of kicking myself for that but I think I have enough animal photos to last a year or 2. What a wonderful time!

Special thanks to Kerry for being such a great host and an interesting teacher. Kerry, you're going to make a great farmer!

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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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