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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Public Relations with an Investor Relations Twist

By Danny Cavanaugh

I’ve always considered myself to be an adequate writer, however I knew I never wanted to be a journalist. I have all the respect in the world for journalists, but I always told my parents at a young age that I was going to be a business man.

So, how could I get involved in the world of business with a PR major? The answer is Investor Relations.

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Now you may be wondering, Investor Relations? What the hell is that?

IR is simply the ability to take a company’s financials and then tell the story of the company through those financials. In other words, tell employees, customers, shareholders and investors how the company is doing in order for them to invest in the company.

Although it may be a difficult path to get into IR, this is my ultimate career goal. Sure, I’m not an accounting major or a financial analyst, however I believe I can achieve an abundance of success through my PR background, along with the business minor I’ve obtained at CWU.

Besides, I’ve always been good with talking to people and I have common sense.. for the most part. So, why not set the bar high right?

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With that said, IR professionals have a wide range of duties including: releasing earnings reports to the public and SEC, leading financial analyst briefings and handling the PR side of a financial crisis.

Now, I may have only taken a couple accounting classes, but I know I have the potential and the skills to succeed within this type of career. Overall, there are many career paths you can take with a Public Relations degree.

But you see, my goal is to work on the business side of PR.. Investor Relations.

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!

 

The Era After Big Papi

By Danny Cavanaugh

The Boston Red Sox are currently 17-14 and had struggled with scoring runs ever since David Ortiz, A.K.A. “Big Papi,” retired. So far the Sox have struggled with hitting the long ball and lack that intimidation factor in the middle of their line-up.

Now, they’re over .500 and starting to swing the bats. However, what should their approach be moving forward without David?

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The key is to stay true to who they are as baseball players, (they meaning the current Red Sox players), and play clean, fundamentally sound baseball. They might have to hit- n’- run, steal more bags or even lay down a sac bunt in order to move guys around the bases. Of course they’ll hit the long ball from time-to-time, but they need to focus on maintaining base runners and getting guys into scoring position.

Sox fans don’t worry! The 4 B’s are the future of the organization with a strong pitching rotation. There have been some good signs within the past couple games with putting up eleven runs and seventeen runs.

As long as they buy into the team atmosphere, understand who they are as baseball players and understand their identity as a baseball team, they’ll be just fine.

Image result for mookie bettsso, what does the future look like for Red Sox nation? Is there another World Series chance for them soon?

The answer? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

However, I will say this; if the Red Sox can stay healthy, stay consistent in their lineup and develop a strong bond with one another, they’ll be in playoff contention.

With that said, what does the era after Big Papi look like? It looks like a opportunity for more Red Sox success.

 

Everyone Should Own A Watch

By Danny Cavanaugh

Friend: “Frank what time is it man? My phone died on me.

Frank: “Uh beats me! I have no idea either, mine is dead too.

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Have you ever been camping miles from the nearest civilization without service or your phone service decides to be a real pain and crap out on you? I know it’s happened to me.

Now, I never use to own watches or care for them much. Besides, Who cares about watches right? Nowadays we have our phones and with a quick tap of the unlock button we can see what time it is with ease. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve started to wear watches more often than not.

Why is that?

It first started as a style thing, I mean it still kind of is, but that’s beside the point. I noticed that all the bad ass operators from the military wore a lot of G-Shock watches, so of course I had to get one since I loved the military!

So, I went on line and purchased a G-Shock that had all the cool gadgets including: a stop watch, solar power battery, water proof, analog and digital time, multiple alarms and much more. On the other hand, why did this watch turn out to be a good investment, besides me wanting to be a “cool” bad ass?

This investment turned out to be one of the best purchases I could have made because of what my work life entails. First of all, I’m a baseball instructor teaching 30 minute, back-to-back private lessons every day.. I needed to keep track of time.

Now why should you care right? “Danny I don’t teach private lessons why should I care about watches? Plus, I don’t go camping..ever.

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One of the cool things a watch can do for you is give you a sense of style. Whether you’re going in for that first job interview out of college and want to “dress up” your suit more, or accessorize your favorite outfit (for the ladies), watches are a great way to add confidence and sophistication to your style.

Just remember, your phone won’t always be there for you, so what’s your back up plan? A watch is a great tool to provide you with multiple time-keeping capabilities, as well as giving you a sense of style.

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!

Jared’s strategic Iron Horse

By Danny Cavanaugh

Don’t ever skip out on a public figure coming to your organization to present information or give a speech on their expertise. It is important to pick their brain and gain knowledge for you own benefit. One of the best ways we can learn is through other experiences people have created.

Jared Vallejo from Iron Horse Brewery came into one of my classes at Central Washington University to give a speech on the brewery and the experiences he has had there. He talked about marketing strategies, the culture of the brewery, and some of the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.

However, what really stuck with me? What was the one thing that I related to and appreciated the most?

Don’t be afraid to fail! It sounds simple right? However, from my experiences inside and outside of school, successful people have always been bold, and they haven’t been afraid.

The best advice he gave us was to fail, fail some more and fail again. Why? It means you are trying! The worst thing you can do (from a business standpoint) is to become stagnant and boring. What I like about Jared and the IHB is their ability to adapt and create new marketing techniques to entice consumers into buying their products.

As a consumer, I’m always looking for something that interests me, excites me, and ultimately connects me to that product. What Jared and the rest of the brewery staff have accomplished is a culture that relates to their customers and the products they produce.beer-bottle

With that said, I work for a small business that is continuously trying to grow and expand. The words that Jared said to us will always stick with me, and entice me to adapt, create, and take chances on marketing campaigns throughout my own experiences.

Overall, failure is important, whether it’s in a business setting, or other aspects of our lives. Without failure, we won’t have success. After all, success develops through our experiences and chances we take in life.