Live to Work or Work to live?

By Danny Cavanaugh

I don’t think anyone expects to be a workaholic when they first start off in their respective career. However, I’ve seen coworkers and friends become attached to their work, so much that their health deteriorates and their personality changes.

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So, what is the proper work/life balance?

That is the question of the day isn’t it? You see, I think it depends on your values and beliefs. Just because someone is “married” to their work doesn’t mean they are a bad person and just because someone lives for their family more than work, doesn’t mean they are lazy.

Well, what’s the answer then?

The answer is up to you! Personally I’m a hard working, motivated individual who aspires to be a successful professional, however my family values and my belief in God is what I live for. That doesn’t mean I’m lazy, it means I know what I’m working for.

So, what’s the most important thing with your work and home life balance? Understand what you’re working for!

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If a company doesn’t understand your need for family time, find somewhere else to work. Understand how valuable you are to your work and your family! The biggest mistake we can make is not balancing both aspects of our lives and feeling regret later on in life.

Now, I’m just a graduating college kid who doesn’t have as much experience in life yet, but take it with a grain of salt. Everything we do in life is for a purpose.

With that said, when I’m asked in interviews.. what motivates me? How bland of a question is that! Are you talking about in my family life? Professional sector? Physical health? What motivates me is my family, God, drive for success, perseverance and dedication to every aspect of my life.

Remember, don’t work your life away because at the end of the day money is just a materialistic thing. Understand what’s really important in your life and work for that importance.. after all, our time here on earth is short lived… do you live to work or do you work to live?

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Ellensburg’s Historic Golf Course

By Danny Cavanaugh

Ah, yes golf.. the world’s most difficult and frustrating sport in the world. However, I may be biased since I’m not very good at the game. Sure it can be challenging, but it’s fun to play.

I know many Central Washington University students who play the game, however they didn’t realize there was a course only a few miles away from campus in Ellensburg, Wash.

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The Ellensburg Golf Course is a fantastic nine-hole course located on the other side of I90 (opposite from CWU). It provides locals an affordable option to enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening of golf with friends and family.

Struggle with your game? No problem! EGC has a practice putting green and a driving range to help figure out your mechanics.

Personally I’ve been to multiple golf courses around the state and EGC is a wonderful place to visit. For the college student looking to do something fun while on a budget, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon drinking a beer.. or two with some friends.

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Owner of the Ellensburg Golf Course, Frank Crimp III

Although the golf course is only nine holes, you can still play a full 18. You might ask, “well Danny that’s no fun playing the same holes again.” Well, have you thought about your score on the back nine? The opportunity for a better score on the back nine is greater because of the previous practice on the front nine.

So, whether you’re visiting Ellensburg, a college student or a local trying to work on your golf game, EGC is a great place to get a round of golf in.

Next time you’re thinking about something to do on a nice day, head to the golf course with some friends, buy a couple beers and enjoy the worlds most frustrating game!

 

What Stresses You Out?

By Danny Cavanaugh

It’s a Friday night and you just got home from work or school. You’ve worked hard all week and you look forward to the weekend ahead. However, stress in our lives can prevent happiness and relaxation during the weekend.

On February 28, 2017 I visited a booth put on by the PR debate team at Central Washington University. Their goal was to create awareness for stress that people face on a day-to-day basis.

I found this to be a particularly interesting subject because everyone faces stress at some point in their life.

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I don’t think people take stress as seriously as they should. I know that I will hide my stress and bottle everything up inside. However is that healthy? Most likely not.

It’s important to recognize your stress and figure out the cause of that stress. Maybe you’re stressed over a deadline at work? I know for myself I’m often stressed over deadlines because I procrastinate. Therefore, one way to solve that problem and relieve stress is to start projects earlier and have a plan of action in case something goes wrong.

What else relieves stress? Go to the gym! Do you ever feel more energized or happier after the gym? If so, it’s because when you workout, your body releases endorphin’s, which are “feel good” chemicals in our body.

As a result, it’s important to recognize your stress and what causes it. Also, it’s important to understand what can relieve your stress. Whether it’s better planning at work and school, or exercising during the week. These are all important steps to reduce stress in our daily lives. However, according to the debate team their are five signs stress is taking over your life. stick it to mental health

If at any point you experience one or all of these five signs, don’t be afraid to speak up about it. After all, this PRSSA debate team did an excellent job bringing stress and the awareness of stress to a greater light.

Don’t let stress damage your life!

The Bird is in the Hudson

By Danny Cavanaugh

Throughout our lives, we all have certain crisis’ that we must go through. Whether your a female deciding what clothes to pick out for that “special” date, or you’ve experienced an unfortunate car crash, which resulted in legal obligations and hospital bills, a crisis of some magnitude is inevitable in our futures.

After watching the movie Sully, I came to a realization that the airline (U.S. Airways) had a major crisis on their hands. On January 15, 2009, one of their planes had to perform an emergency landing in the Hudson river, after a flock of birds took out both engines of the aircraft, according to airwaysmag.com.

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The man seen above is Sully who was brave enough, and experienced enough to make the decision to land the plane in the Hudson.

So, what crisis? After all, every soul on board was saved, how can there be a crisis? As we know, people often look for the negative story, “if it bleeds it reads.” so even though lives were saved, a plane was still in the Hudson.

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I can only imagine the shock and sense of urgency that the PR crisis team must have felt for U.S. Airways. An immediate response was necessary for their employees, shareholders, stakeholders, and the public. However, several questions had to be answered.

What caused the accident? Were there any alternative landing spots? Who or what is responsible for this incident?

These are just a few of the questions that needed to be answered. Can you imagine if there were any fatalities on board? Would consumers lack confidence in flying with U.S. Airways if that were the case?

With that said, PR professionals know to tell the truth, tell it all, tell it fast, and move on when it comes to a crisis.

Fortunately enough, Mr. Sully was able to perform the emergency landing in heroic fashion, with only a few injuries to passengers and crew.

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Tom Hanks- scene from the movie after passengers were safely rescued. 

Thus, is there a proper way to handle a crisis? Do people botch critical moments in crisis communications?

The answer to these two questions is yes. The proper way to handle a crisis is to remain calm, tell the truth, and don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, as we saw with John Edwards destroying his own personal PR (the most important PR of all), but that’s for another post.

Citations:

Auxier, Eric. (2016). The New “Sully” Movie: How Accurate. Airways. Retrieved from                            https://airwaysmag.com/capnaux/new-sully-movie-how-accurate/

Warner, Bros (Producer). Eastwood, Clint (Director). September 9, 2016. Sully (Motion picture). USA: Warner Bros.

 

 

The Benefit of Modern Medicine

By Danny Cavanaugh

Nowadays so many people are caught up in drama, whose popular, who has the most likes on Instagram, our looks, and what people think of us.

But what’s really important in life?

A wise woman once told me (my mother) if you have your health, you have everything.

My Uncle had been struggling with his health for years, which ultimately led to the failing of his kidney.

I couldn’t imagine being on dialysis and having your blood cleaned through a machine 3 times a week for hours each of those days.

Luckily if it wasn’t for this technology, my Uncle would be dead right now.

The first blessing in his endeavor was dialysis which was merely keeping him alive.

Now what? clean your blood 3 times a week and watch the life fade from you as your kidney continues to shut down?

The answer, my father.

How fortunate it was that these two men had matching blood types, and were after all, brothers.

It was a long arduous process which ultimately resulted in a “green light” for a kidney transplant from one brother to the next, forever maintaining a bond of brother hood through blood and flesh. brothers

I could remember my mother stressing out.

What would come of this surgery?

How would they recover?

For some unknown reason, I wasn’t worried.

A doctor with hundreds of kidney transplant procedures.

So, my father and mother flew out to Connecticut where my Uncle resided.

The surgery took place on a cold afternoon at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.

My fathers procedure took only a couple of hours, whereas my uncle’s took twice as long.

Overall, after the months of stress, the hours of surgery, everything was a success and they were on their way to recovery.

It takes a special bond and brother hood to go through what these fine men went through.

My uncle will be able to have a beer again, and when he does.. he says he will “cheers to the medical team, to God, and to his brother for being able to have a beer again.”