‎”Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Bathroom scale bulimia and weight loss

That quote, the one in the title? That’s by Eleanor Roosevelt. A little-known fact about myself is that there’s three people I thoroughly enjoy quoting: Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill. They just all had a sort of “pluck” … Continue reading

Relay for Life: a continuing adventure

I’ve blogged many times in the past about Relay for Life. I’ve participated in five of them, four as a student participant and a fifth as a volunteer DJ with a friend. If you aren’t familiar with Relay for Life, … Continue reading

I’m not very good at blogging.

I mean, I say that casually, almost in a cavalier sort of what. It isn’t something I’m deeply concerned about. KellyMRivard.com has fulfilled many needs in my life over the last few years: a digital sandbox, a creative space, a career search tool. But, I’ve always operated it under the caveat that it had to be fun. It is, and has always been, first and foremost a hobby. A safe haven. An online forum for me to use for decompression.

So, despite being a professional communicator who puts bread on the table by helping others make the most of their social media presences (including blogs), I don’t approach it with a whole lot of passionate. Continue reading

Why Younger Isn’t Always Better in Social Media Management

Foreword: I am a social media professional, although my title is technically “coordinator.” In many ways, I am a manager of social media, and I am an administrator on several outlets. I’m writing this as an expanded version of a … Continue reading

Celebrating American Agriculture for the 4th of July

I’ve been a little swamped lately prepping for my big move to Kansas City, which happens THIS FRIDAY. (If you’re confused about the dates, I was supposed to start at my job on June 25th, but we bumped it back to July 9th because my apartment would not be available until the 7th.) I’ve been packing, taking inventory, and tying up loose ends here.

I have a million and one thoughts I’d love to blog about regarding the move, work, agriculture, and a slew of other things, but instead, I’ll take a few moments to address tomorrow, the 4th of July. Continue reading

And the winner is…

I know all of you have probably been sitting at your computers all day, anxiously awaiting the announcement of who won.  (I hope no one did that. And if you win, and I found out you DID, I will revoke your boots and give them to someone with a significantly less worrying boot addiction.) I apologize for the wait; I had expected to pre-write this post but graduation day was a blur and family obligations today have left me playing catch-up. So here we are!

I’ve been excited to announce this, and without further ado, the winner of a free pair of women’s Shyanne boots from Boot Barn is… Continue reading

These boots were made for… [Giveaway & More!]

Change is scary. Even if my college years haven’t been exactly “easy” they’ve been mine; and despite the fact that I’ve been in a rush to get out, the people and things that kept me sane through this chaotic part of my life have left a permanent mark on me. I am a better, happier, more mature person because of college. And it isn’t just that I’m graduating…it’s that I’m stepping into a new, scary chapter of my life.

I’m moving 500 miles away from home. Kansas City. While that’s less than 1/4 of the distance to California, there isn’t a set timeline. I don’t go there for a few weeks or months and come back. I’m moving there. I’m starting my big girl career. There will be no “intern” in my job title. This is huge. In some ways, it feels like it isn’t real yet. It feels too good to be true.

I’ve worked for years to get to this point. Now it’s here, and I’m nervous. But, there are coping mechanisms for these things. Continue reading

Fringe benefits of social media…like a job. And free boots!

My last post was over three and a half weeks ago. Wow. That’s a long time. It’s because I’ve been busy living real life; sometimes, life goes so fast that you don’t have time or energy to document it. That’s the nature of social media: the thing we often write about and share online, will often keep us from the venues through which we share it.

I only have a week and a half left as a college student. That’s big enough news. (Also, can I take a moment to thank my awesome friends and family for a few early graduation/birthday gifts?)

This “Guy on a Buffalo” shirt was a graduation gift from my good friend Ty LeGarde over at Cowdog Blog. It says “PUNCH THAT COUGAR IN THE FACE.” I like to think the cougar is metaphorical for obstacles in life.

This BEAUTIFUL handmade jewelry box was care of Mike Davelaar, who I got to know through his involvement with The Truth About Agriculture and other agvocacy projects. It’s a one-of-a-kind, unique, beautiful gift. It also came with a very touching letter about the origins of the wood he chose for it.

And my absolutely fantastic family member bought me a….drumroll please…iPhone 4. And I am in love with it. And forever indebted to them for bringing this wonderful technological masterpiece into my life.

But there’s more.

Most of you probably already know this, but I’m sharing it here anyways. Continue reading