My Plane Ride Essentials

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is traveling. There is something magical about going to a new place and finding the little treasures it has to offer. I love seeing new sights, learning about different cultures, meeting new people and the sense of adventure.

Today, I am traveling from good ole Tulsa, Oklahoma to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for my cousin Peyton’s high school graduation. I am traveling by plane with my nana, so I thought I would share my plane ride essentials with you!

Iced Vanilla Latte

I think it is a sin for an airport to not have a coffee shop. I promise you, you do not want to be around me if I do not have a little bit of caffeine in my system.

The Perfect Playlist

It is impossible to make it through a plane ride without the perfect playlist ready to go. Grab a pair of headphones and decide what type of music you want to listen to. If you are like me, you probably have a different playlist for every mood you have (yes, I know I am weird).

A Good Book

If you want to take a break from music or you are a good multitasker, make sure to bring a good book to read! Today I am trying out Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I will let you know how it is!

A Journal and Pretty Pen

Obviously, you know by now that my love language is words, so I literally always have a journal on me. I like to always be ready to write down whatever inspiration comes to mind. Sometimes I just like to sit and write. It might not even make sense at first, but I love writing.

A Laptop

I do not think I ever leave my house without my Macbook. It is seriously my baby. It is kind of like my journal because I obviously love to blog, so I always want to have it on me just in case. Plus, I have to watch Netflix of course (my new obsession is Riverdale).

A Cute Bag

Well, you have to have something to carry all of your essentials of course! Today I have my gray Kate Spade purse and my Vera Bradley backpack.

Comfy Clothes

Airport attire is a comfy cute for me. An Alpha Phi T-shirt, my favorite pair of Lulu Lemon cropped leggings and my Adidas.

What are your plane ride essentials? Comment below!

XOXO, Sierra

 

Always There

Hi, there! I have not written a blog post since school was in session, so I thought it was time to get back to my love language: words. So here is a little life update on how my summer is going:

It has been a pretty low-key summer so far. Days of soaking up the sun and searching for a job to make money and not die of boredom. Until last weekend…

Friday, May 26, started off as a normal day. I spent the day with my best friend Ally, shocker I know, and helped her with last minute preparations for her graduation party. We ended the night making chocolate covered strawberries and learning how to cook from her sweet Mimi. Since I am living in an apartment next year, I figured it would be smart to learn how to cook so that Ally and I do not starve in Norman next semester.

It started getting late and we decided to run to Walgreens to pick up a few more things for her party on Saturday. That is when the night took a turn for the worse…

I was driving us into town when a young girl pulled off of the turnpike and t-boned us on the highway. We ended up spinning off into the ditch.

It was a pretty traumatic experience, to say the least. My car might not be ok at the moment, but Ally and I were both alive so that is all that I cared about.

The police came and they thought they were pulling up to a scene a lot worse than it was. Luckily, we did not flip my car, which saved us. They told me that I did a great job of keeping us ok, but all I have to say is that Jesus really did take the wheel in that situation.

A few days later, a trip to the emergency room, some pain medication and a trip to the chiropractor later and we are both a little sore, but alive and well.

I must say, I had a big wake-up call this weekend. I love my God, but sometimes it can be hard to feel his presence 24/7. People keep asking me how my car was not completely destroyed and how Ally and I were not hurt a lot worse, and I have a simple answer for them: God was watching out for us.

I know that might sound a little cliche to some, but I know for a fact that God was protecting me and my best friend that night. How else would we have made it through?

This incident made me stop and think for a second. Why did I need a huge wake-up call, like my wreck, to remind me of God’s presence? He is not just there in the big moments when we realize we need him. God is there in the little moments, the big moments, the moments we realize we need him, the moments we do not realize we need him, and everything in between.

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16

Once you accept God as your Lord and Savior, you are never alone. Is that not amazing? No matter where you are at, God is there. You are never alone. You never have to face anyone alone. You never have to do anything alone. God is always there.

XOXO, Sierra

Farewell To Sophomore Year

I am not really sure how this happened so quickly, but I am officially finished with my sophomore year of college. I swear that I blinked in August and now it is already May. Like seriously how did that happen? This year has been filled with new memories and growth. I thought that it would only be fitting to highlight some of the best (there is a lot, so I for sure cannot fit them all) moments of my sophomore year of college.

In August, I got to move into the barbie dream house, aka Alpha Phi. I was a little nervous to live in a house with over eighty girls, but it has been one of my favorite parts of college. I cannot thank my roomie, Jesse, enough for all of the Netflix binge watches, late night food runs, cries, laughs, rant sessions, fashion shows and more. Room 233 became a home, and I am so thankful I get to live with my bestie in the dream house this year. It will be missed!

 

What is the absolute best season of the year? Football season of course! Collge would not be college without looking forward to every single Saturday game day in good ole Norman, Oklahoma. From dressing up in crimson and creme, spending the day tailgating with my sisters, and cheering on my favorite boys, game days are for sure the best days. I mean seriously…it is September yet? Boomer Sooner!

One of my favorite parts of freshman year was getting blessed with the best big out there. This year, my family grew a little bigger because I got two of the best littles out there! Hannah and Taryn are two perfect additions to our fam. They might drive me a little crazy at times, but I absolute love being their “mom” while they are at college. I cannot name two people that make me laugh more than my two littles. They keep me young and I am seriously so blessed that God put them in my life. I am not sure how I got lucky enough to have the best family out there!

If you know me, you know how seriously obsessed I am with my cousin Jessica’s two kids, Kaden and Blakelee. I honestly had no clue it was possible to love someone so much until these two kiddos were born. People usually think that Blakelee is my kid since I post so many pictures of her on social media, but do not worry guys I am totally content with playing with my B and Kaden for a long long long (long) time before I even think about having kids. I am beyond blessed to be “RaRa” to my two favorite babies on the planet. I thank God every single day that I get to play such a big part in their lives. They definitely have my wrapped around their fingers. I loved getting to watch them grow this year. From my little Kaden turning four and my Princess B who is about to turn one (ugh how?).

This year, my family decided to celebrate Christmas a little differently this year. Instead of spending Christmas at home, we loaded up and spent a week in a cute little house in beautiful Destin, Florida. I am not one for change, but it was such a nice little getaway with my sweet family. Plus, the good thing is that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus no matter where we are at. I am so lucky to have such a perfect Savior and such a perfectly dysfunctional family! You cannot choose your family, but I would not trade them for the world (most of the time at least).

 

Sophomore year also brought a (somewhat) big milestone with it, I have somehow made it to twenty years of life! Birthdays in college are a little hard without having your family, but luckily I have the best family out there. My mom, dad, and little sister drove up to Norman to spend the weekend with me. Also, my very best friend surprised me and joined us! The perfect day for me is being surrounded by the people I love, so I must say it was such a perfect day. They for sure know how to make a girl feel loved. I cannot wait to see what the rest of my twentieth year has in store for me.

 

March 4, 2017, was the No. 1 highlight of my sophomore year of college. What is so important about that day? One word: Soonerthon. In the fall of my sophomore year, I took a risk and decided to apply for Soonerthon Exec. I was lucky enough to be selected to serve as an Ambassador. As an Ambassador for Soonerthon, I basically was tasked with raising as much money as possible for the Children’s Miracle Network Foundation. I fell hard and fast for Soonerthon. There is nothing more rewarding than getting the chance to spend the day with some of the best kiddos on the planet and get to watch them enjoy being a kid for the day. The number of money we raise is important, but it is so much more than a number. That number is lives changed. That number is families getting to stay in Oklahoma to get the care their child needs. That number is so much more than a dollar amount, and I am so beyond blessed that I got to play a part in it. This year, I also learned that I get to serve on Soonerthon for the second year in a row as a team captain on Ambassadors, so I absolutely cannot wait!

One thing that I strive for every single year, is to grow in my faith. There is not a single “perfect” Christian out there because there is always room for growth. I actually love that concept. I will never be done learning and growing closer to God. God continues to amaze me year after year. In the moment I might not understand what he is doing or what he is trying to teach me, but a little farther down the road, I realize that everything happens for a reason. God never fails to reveal his glory to me and I am so thankful for that. This year God had me step out of my comfort zone, but it was so worth it in the end.

In January, I had the honor of being named the new Editor-in-Chief for the University of Oklahoma’s Odyssey community. I had big shoes to fill because of my EIC, Julia Bauer, was seriously such an incredible leader and mentor to me. I love being the EIC to my team. I get to edit articles and write articles, but most importantly I get to create relationships with my fellow colleagues on my team. I have grown so much as a leader this semester, and Odyssey is part of the reason to thank for that. I love my team so much, and I am so blessed to be their EIC!

 

 

My major is public relations, and I have seriously grown so much as a public relations professional this year. M first semester of sophomore year, I took intro to public relations and from there I fell in love. This semester I took public relations writing, public relations publishing, and global public relations. I seriously learned so much from those three classes. I also had the opportunity to be a part of OU’s student-run advertising and public relations agency, Lindsey + Asp, which also gave me great insight on the agency side of public relations. In April, I got to start my time as the public relations intern for Oklahoma Watch. I get to help set up for their monthly forums and it seriously so much fun! I love having so many opportunities to grow as a professional, and I cannot wait to learn more before I go out into the real world.

There are not many people I would go back to my high school for, but my best friend is one of them. My senior year of high school I took my best friend Ally to prom, and this year, I had the honor of being her date to her senior prom. It was so much fun getting to spend the day getting all dolled up with her and then spending the night dancing away. I mean let’s be honest, who needs a guy when you have the most perfect best friend on the planet? I am seriously so blessed that I get to call this girl my best friend. God knew that I needed her in my life. I cannot wait until she is at OU with me in the fall!

Well, there you go a highlight of some of the best moments of my sophomore year of college. I made so many incredible memories, but it might have taken you a couple days to read this blog post if I had included all of them. I am seriously so blessed to have one mighty God, an incredible family, perfect sisters, the best best friend, and the chance to attend the best university on the planet.

 

Signing Of On Public Relations Publishing

Somehow I blinked in January during syllabus week and now it is already May and finals week? I am not really sure how that happened…

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I cannot believe this is my very last blog post for my public relations publishing class. I learned so much this semester about the world of digital design and how it can help me during my future as a public relations professional.

When I first started this class, I was super surprised to hear that instead of getting actual grades on our work that it would be more of a completion grade. This was my first class formatted in this way. I was a little nervous that I would allow myself to not take this class seriously since I did not have to worry about grades, but I am glad I did not do that. I think taking away the grade aspect of this class helped me tremendously. Instead of focusing on getting an A, I was focusing on letting my creative side shine and enjoy what I was doing.

If you have been keeping up with my blog posts, you know that I also write weekly blog posts reflecting on my time in this class. At first, I did not see why we had to do this, but I am so glad that we did! I think reflecting on what I learned and writing out my thoughts helped me grow as a person on top of growing as a public relations professional.

I love that I have a little story of myself on my blog now because of these blog posts. It is a great tool for me to go back and look at how much I have progressed during my college years. I will definitely keep this on my site not only as a personal branding tool but just so I can go back and remember my struggles and victories. I love being able to look back and see what my thought process was when working on various projects throughout the semester.

Just this semester, I can see how much I have grown as a public relations professional. I took this class and public relations writing, so I feel like I have all of the basics down. Before this course, I literally had no idea what Indesign or Adobe Premiere Pro even was. I might not be a professional by any means, but at least I know that I can use them if I had to. They are skills that I hope to continue to improve and grow upon as the years go on.

I cannot wait to look back on my blog site years from now and see first hand how much I have grown as a person and as a public relations professional. Thank you, Croom, for everything you have taught me this semester! I appreciate your patience and dedication to your students.

Summary Of Learning: Public Relations Publishing

Ladies and gentlemen…I made it through Public Relations Publishing!

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If you read my blog posts, I know this might come as a surprise to you. My blog posts usually consisted of me complaining about how hard it was to navigate everything from Indesign to Adobe Premiere Pro. If you know me, you know that I am the biggest perfectionist on the planet. I absolutely hate when I am not good at something and I get extremely frustrated when I cannot figure something out. That is why I was not sure if I would be happy with myself at the end of the semester.

My perfectionist self-struggled through this semester because I was not good at first (I am still not that great). Although, I really did learn a lot about myself this semester. I realized that it is okay to not be a professional at something on my first try or even ever if we are being honest. I had to step back and realize that it is not about how great I complete a specific project, but it is how much I learn and grow as a person and a public relations professional.

I do not want to give up when something is hard, and I am proud of myself for constantly working to be better this semester. I am not the most technically savvy person in the world, but I do have a lot of heart and passion. That is something I care about more than anything.

I am so thankful for Croom for his endless amount of patience with me and my millions of questions this semester. I learned so much more than I could ever imagine. I want to push myself to continue to learn more about public relations publishing and strengthen my skills that I have learned throughout this course.

Here is a short video of everything I have created this semester:

Reflecting On Public Relations Writing

How is this semester already over? This last semester went by in the blink of an eye, but I have learned a whole lot. The best part is that since I am done with my general education classes, I have learned so much as a public relations student. I feel like my skills have strengthened and I am more confident in my decision to chase a career in the public relations field.

I was a little nervous about taking this course at first, especially because I took it online instead of in a normal classroom setting. However, I still learned a whole lot and I was very proud of all of the work I completed this semester.

I started off this semester not knowing much about what public relations writing would cover. Honestly, I did not realize how valuable it is to know how to write and write effectively in the public relations field.

We started off with a refresher on AP style and then from there on we kept moving forward: news releases, media advisories, media pitches, fact sheets, backgrounders, position papers, feature stories, op-eds, letter to the editors, PSAs and ended with writing captions. I had a very basic knowledge of how to write a news release before this class, but that was it. I seriously learned more than I thought I would this semester. I was pleasantly surprised.

I grew a lot as a public relations professional this semester. I have learned so many valuable skills and it made me fall in love with public relations all over again. I know feel confident that I could write for almost anything that is thrown my way during my future. I know the basics, and I want to push myself to keep practicing my writing in order to be the best that I can be.

I look forward to learning more and more about the public relations field during my junior year. Thank you Pritch and Public Relations Writing for teaching me so much this semester!