How I Make That Money Honey!

I am linking up with Lindsey at Bargain Blonde for her "How I Make That Money Honey: link-up because, let’s face it, the sad truth is we all can’t be professional bloggers – so I have this side gig called a career to tell you all about!

I live and work in the greatest city on earth – Houston, TX! {I’m biased I know – keep reading and you will understand why}

Let’s start with my edumacation – I am a Fightin’ Texas Aggie through and through loved every second of my college career! {why is it called a career? They don't pay you - in fact you pay them! Hmm...}
{not class of '08 - couldn't find a picture for us 2010 grads}

I started in the Liberal Arts school with a communication degree and then the thought of taking classes with names such as Western Rhetoric changed my mind QUICKLY.
{I mean, I am not even from the West right?}
Joking – I do know that the class is.not.about living in the West ladies and gentlemen.

Anyways, I decided that was not the degree I wanted and quickly switched to something with a little more of the journalism angle I was looking for {keep in mind that A&M does not have a Journalism degree so I had to make do} – hello Agricultural Communications and Journalism degree!

EEEK! – Does this require communication with farm animals? Or heaven forbid classes. Outside. with farm animals?

{I would die - literally - I am deathly allergic to horses/donkeys - intelligent major choice. I know.}

No worries I survived and actually really learned to love my degree and the people I met in it.
{minus the animal science class that was held in a barn - who got out of that by using the death card - THIS GIRL!}

I got major experience in everything from layout design and copy editing to publication writing. I even wrote for and then edited a Texas A&M Agriculture publication, called the AgriLeader, which is published every quarter. This, by far, was my favorite part and fuels my desire to work for a magazine one day.

This is the issue I co-edited!

After graduation, I did what every college student does who can’t find a job needs a break, I slept in and ate food from my mom’s fridge and told people I was “looking” – hey I was – on my days off from running errands and having fun with friends!

I finally ran out of money decided to take a job doing marketing for a company, but it just wasn’t the right place for me. {Looking back I truly believe that God had a plan because as much as I didn’t like that job, it gave me the time and funding to plan my wedding in 10 months}

May 2011 rolled around and I jumped head first into the position I am in now. My official title is Economic Development Marketing Coordinator. I work for a program that’s sole purposed is to recruit companies {domestically and internationally} to the Houston region by selling its high points through trade shows, conferences, forums ad campaigns, etc.

I plan marketing events around the world and then make them happen by coordinating the logistics and the collateral for each event. We then bring home "suspects" or potential new businesses that the organization's economic development team works with to bring their business to Houston.
{Hence my love for the city I represent on a daily basis!}
{p.s. - I started a new job, watched my soon to be sister-in-law go to her senior prom, celebrated my brother and sister's birthday, celebrated mother's day, had a bachelorette party, had a bridal shower oh and got married all in 4 weeks - crazy I tell ya!}

As crazy hectic as my job is I really love the opportunities it has given me {ie. Traveling} and the people I have been able to make connections with. It is definitely never boring – on any given day you can find international dignitaries running around here or here one of many languages being spoken or see some local big shots such as Governor Perry – like I said – always interesting!

{Plus I get to work with this hot little lady - Miss Tess @ A Modern Suburbanite's Life}

What do you do to bring home the bacon?

- Lindsey Nicole


Tess @ AModernSuburbanitesLife said...

awesome. can I just copy paste????

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

Nice! I like what I remember of Houston. My aunt and uncle used to live there, but since they moved I haven't been back! Sounds awesome!

Alyssa said...

Sounds awesome!! And I totally agree with you on the "college career" thing! Makes no sense at all! :)

The Preppy Student said...

I think you ended up with the correct major and an awesome job! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Monday:)

Lindsey said...

Who knew there were jobs like this?? I almost went to A&M and would have been in the ag jour major.

"After graduation, I did what every college student does who can’t find a job needs a break, I slept in and ate food from my mom’s fridge and told people I was “looking” – hey I was – on my days off from running errands and having fun with friends!"

EXACTLY what I did after graduation! Really regretting now taking mroe advantage of that. Why was I in such a rush to find a job??? Lame.

PinkLouLou said...

Well well lookey there, I see my girl lindsey commenting above! Don't listen to her.. she's crazy ;) hehe.

I babysit for a woman here who went to A&M! She's awesome, and represents well.

AND girlfrand, I work for a magazine now! it is a lot of fun, but also super duper deadline driven!! Call me id you ever wanna chat production. hahaa