Thursday, August 15, 2013

Career girl - and a giveaway!!

If you have actually followed my blog for a while (first off, i am so sorry!) but secondly - you might have picked up on the fact that i am a "career gal"  I spent way too many years in school, and have spent most of my twenties advancing my career, rather than getting married, having kids, and creating a home like most normal people.  For the most part, this has left me feeling all mopey now that i am 30, because i sit here some nights and wonder what the hell i have accomplished.

Well:  Boom.
This is what i have accomplished, bitches!

For those of you who don't know what the f*** i am talking about:

I am an industrial designer.  It's a hybrid of being an engineer, and an artist/innovator.  After teaching for a while, and receiving my master's degree in industrial design, i spent about three years at a consultancy.  This allowed me to work with a ton of different clients - i put in crazy hours, and got paid crap, but i made a ton of contacts and got some awesome products made, including the Turtle Wax Ice line (i designed all the bottles!) Some beverages in Asia, a variety of domestic food packaging, and: an entire line of sports hydration bottles!!

I have since moved forward with my career to a job that is much more stable/less stressful.  Now i am strictly in food packaging which focuses on high volume production/manufacturing.  It's a super boring way of saying that i spend all my time making sure that the food you buy everyday is safe (seriously, i fight many battles to make sure companies aren't using dangerous plastics on your food.) and that any packaging made is as environmentally friendly as possible (i could write a novel on this - if you ever want to have a seriously intense convo on sustainability - i'm your girl!)

What i am trying to say is that i have worked really, really hard for the past decade.  I am in a male dominated engineering field, and today, i am bragging about my awesome accomplishments.  I might suck at everything - but i kick ass at design.
And - to celebrate this, i am having a giveaway!  Not just any giveaway - a Gingerfoxxx designed giveaway!
During my adventures in industrial design, i got to work with a company that creates bottles/hydration packs for runners. Now, i can't take full credit - I had nothing to do with the fabric straps on the belts/handhelds - we focused on the closures and bottles.  And, i would have been lost without my partner in crime, Jim S.  But, i am super excited none the less - it's a pretty amazing feeling when you walk down an aisle of store, and can say, "Hey - I designed that!"


So, to celebrate, i am giving away the 32oz Bigshot Bottle and the 10oz quickshot plus handheld to one lucky commenter!  (I didn't name the products....)  All you have to do is comment on something you have done lately that is totally brag-worthy!  For an extra entry - share this giveaway either through your blog, twitter, facebook, i really don't f***ing care - just leave a comment telling me about it.  

I like hosting my own giveaways.  It's fun!  You have until Tuesday at midnight - go crazy!

40 comments:

  1. I ran a 5K at Arlington Heights this week and didn't have to be put down like a horse at the end of the race on the track. ;)

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    1. Ha! This just made me spit out my coffee!

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  2. I have had a few great runs lately, and (TMI I noticed my body shape is changing)

    I hope to run into you on Saturday!

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  3. I shared on FB. BTW..can you share where we can buy them, since we can't all win?? :)

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    1. I bought these at Sports Authority - i haven't actually looked anywhere else yet, but basically anywhere that Nathan products are sold (i would assume?)

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    1. Oh my awesome thing is that I ran 8 miles on vacation.

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  5. For the first time in forever I ran a 5K (not a race... the run just happened to be that distance) at a 10:00 pace :-)

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  6. Totes awesome! I will find any opportunity to use this line or video, so I hope you enjoy it - http://youtu.be/6KALJy9fw2Q?t=21s

    Something brag worthy I did lately...I COMMENTED ON THIS BLOG! BOOM NAILED IT!

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    1. Totes nailed it! Also, I love this movie.

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  7. I am definitely (and probably always will be) a career girl. We don't want kids and probably won't ever get married, but we're perfectly content with our 2 dogs and traveling a bunch. I'm cool with that.

    Also! Bragworthy thing: taught our puppy to high-five :) now she's the coolest dog at the park.

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  8. I haven't really done anything lately that is bragworthy. Unless you count running (but it was to cross the street before the light changed to avoid getting hit by a cab). :)

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  9. I ran my first 10k a few weeks ago. I had been hurt and hadn't been able to do much of the training. I was just happy to be standing at the end!

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  10. So awesome! Aby uses a quickshot. I'm going to buy the bigshot next time I go to REI just so I can tell the kids you designed it! Yay!

    And I've done nothing brag worthy. I even had to give up my ride this morn cuz my dog got sick and exploded liquid poo all over my bed and bedroom. Took hours to clean up. Now I'm in a fieldtrip with toddlers. Just hoping they don't explode with liquid poo too. #LivinTheLife

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    1. I understand pup poop-splosions all too well. You are a brave woman, my friend.

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  11. Woot! I'm going to tell everyone I know that I KNOW the woman who designed those mouthpieces.

    Also, I think the most brag-worthy thing I've done recently is get up and run before work TWICE this week. That is unprecedented and deserves lots of accolades.

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  12. You rock! I already have Nathan for all my hyrdration but who can't use more?

    I completed an Olympic Distance Triathlon a few weekends ago that scared the crap out of me up until I got done with the swim !!

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  13. Oh cool! I have been eyeing those Nathan bottles now that I 1) moved to the blistering hot South and 2) can't seem to find any running routes near me with water fountains. What?!

    The most bragworthy thing I've done recently is paint the inside of my entire house, including climbing the ladder and balancing the paint can. That's not easy!

    I also tweeted! https://twitter.com/itsoutsidetime/status/368427908701757440

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  14. What a fun giveaway!

    Not much to brag about today. I've had a strong week of marathon training. Very happy about that,

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  15. That is so cool! Brag worthy for me is that I applied for my massage licensing this month and hopefully will start taking massaging more seriously.

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  16. So cool!! Amazing job, they look so great! One thing totally bragworthy for me would have to be...landing my dream job this summer!

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  17. Awesome!!! Congratulations!!! I feel you on the whole "I'm 30, what do I have to show for it" while 150% of my friends pop out babies. Seriously, I think they are ALL pregnant right now.

    Anyway, my brag-worthy thing, other than my ability to keep my uterus fetus-free, is trying trapeze last night, even though I was honestly nervous/mildly scared.

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  18. I'm 33, no kids or hubby so I hear ya. My goal for a long time had been to run a 5k in under 24min and last week I finally did it with a 23:47! I was so pumped that at 33 I'm faster than I was at 23!

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  19. Ok, this is super cool! And honestly, I was married by the time I turned 30, but I'm 33 and just having my first kiddo. And buying my first house. I think it's awesome to wait:)

    And for something brag-worthy? I didn't fall asleep at work this week like I thought I would:)

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  20. Congrats! And I think it is awesome you have a career. Way to go!!!!!

    Brag worthy... not really... but I had a strong 10 mile run. I can't think of the last time I finished a long run, and felt so good.

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  21. I also shared you on Facebook.

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  22. Wow, I feel awesome being friends with you!!!

    Hmm, my awesome thing was waking up for an early long run today. It's been awhile but I'm back on a roll!

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  23. I got a new job at a university! I'm nervous about starting....

    Congratulations on your awesome career. It must be so exciting to see your work in stores.

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  24. That sounds like a very cool job!

    I ran 19 miles yesterday and then sat in a floatie on a lake and drank beer to recover. It was amazing.

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  25. My bragworthy moment? Last weekend, I ran back to back races and got PRs in both (and placed in both!) WOO HOO! Thanks for hosting the giveaway...so neat to read about your job/career path!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  26. Something I did lately?? I started my first real person job!!

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  27. Wow!! That is so awesome! I have always wanted to make something tangible in my work. So far only some software designs...

    I ran my 9th half of the year last week. Does that count? Ran up Mt Washington this year, too!

    Sorry to see in your last post that you can't make North Country! I was going to make you a trophy. Next time!!

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  28. I stopped drinking soda. And I've run my first three races this year and am five weeks away from my first half marathon.

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  29. I did an open water swim in rough water yesterday and didn't drown.

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  30. I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  31. I had Red Velvet French Toast this morning for brunch! (Or I PR'ed at the half marathon yesterday)! Hope all is well with you!

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  32. How did I miss this???

    Hmmm...brag worthy...I ran a new trail with Sara and we FOUND OUR CARS AGAIN! WINNING!

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  33. I love hearing about what you do, since I have a design background too :) It is amazing to see what you have designed in production! I bet it is like how I feel when I see something I designed built (that hasn't happened in awhile).

    Totally brag worthy - I have not fallen off my new bike yet! Woo hoo!!

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