Double Take – Moxie

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Changes ahead!

Somehow, some way, I have become comfortable with change. But, it wasn’t always that way. Last year, Dustin and I got married; we each took new jobs; we moved across the country; and we became more grateful for each other than ever. Now that we’ve learned to thrive in change, there’s more to come. Isn’t that always how it happens? Continue reading

#GEInstaWalk: A Geek’s Dream Adventure (Part 2 of 2)

Recently, I outlined why I’d like to join General Electric (GE) to visit wind turbines in Cape Cod, MA for part of GE’s famed #GEInstaWalk. #GEInstaWalk is a real-time tour highlighing some of GE’s most advanced technologies. And, three super fans and three Instagram influencers were invited to chronicle the experience.

I checked multiple times on the day that they were to announce the winners, and I was thrilled (and honestly, shocked) when I received an Instagram message inviting me to attend. Not only was I going to have the privilege to go on an amazing adventure, I was going to get to meet three renowned Instagram influencers, two other super fans, staff from the agency who coordinated the event, and staff from GE’s renewable and corporate communications teams. THRILLED! I knew that my husband would be a little jealous as I have him to thank for my appreciation and respect for clean energy. (He did his PhD dissertation on the systems that protect wind plants during faults. He’s a nerd in the *best* sense of the word.)

It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip from the well-organized planning to the thoughtful welcome gifts to the incredible access we had to one of the most brilliant machines on earth: wind turbines. Towering 264 feet in the air, these 77 megawatt wind turbines are a sight to behold. I could hear the blades whooshing above me, and their technology is so advanced that the position and direction of the blades adjust to the wind in real-time to optimize energy output. Here are some of my favorite parts of the adventure:

Keys to the Turbine

The keys to the turbine

 

One of the four ladders we climbed to reach 264 feet in the air

One of the four ladders we climbed to reach 264 feet in the air

INside the turbine, these tubes transmit the AC power fromt he top of the tower bfore converting it to DC and then back to AC to the grid, where it powers our homes and businesses.

Inside the turbine, these tubes transmit the AC power from the top of the tower before converting it to DC and then back to AC to the grid, where it powers our homes and businesses

 

The turbines are majestic and harness the fierce nature of weather

The turbines are majestic and harness the fierce nature of weather

 

Sitting 264 feet up in the air on top of the turbine! I was pretty terrified

Sitting 264 feet up in the air on top of the turbine! I was pretty terrified

 

It was a fantastic trip, and I have an even greater appreciation and respect for GE’s technology and renewable energy. Thanks, GE!

 

Top 10 Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes (that Actually Taste Good)

sexybeastDustin found out in 2011 that he has a gluten allergy and must eat gluten-free. His allergy isn’t as severe as individuals with Celiac disease (who can become very sick from only a few crumbs of gluten), but it does wreck havoc on his body. We both work full-time, so when he first began eating gluten-free, (I’m embarrassed to admit) he mostly relied on eating out options. Gluten-free takeout options were widely available in Atlanta.

When we moved to Albany, NY, the options for eating gluten-free takeout were no longer as widely available. It was cold at night, and it wasn’t as easy to pop around the corner for a quick bite to eat. I also had some much-needed time off during a transition between jobs, so it was the perfect opportunity for a fresh start.

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The Move to the Northeast: 10 Unexpected Surprises in Pictures

We're settling in and warm!

We’re settling in and warm!

Before we moved from Atlanta, GA to Albany, NY, Julia Cantor recommended Dustin and I document our expectations for the big change. She knew we had no idea what we were in for, having lived in the Albany area in college and having made a big move on the east coast (Boston to Atlanta to join Engauge) herself. And, she was right!

But, even though we didn’t know what to expect, we are much happier and more settled than we anticipated to be by this time. Dustin has started his job, and I start a new one on January (more to come on that). We love the area (I tell ATL people that Albany resembles Decatur to give perspective) and have even found a church we love.

A quick roundup of 10 highlights, learnings and surprises:

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Big Changes, Moving, and Gratitude

Jackets we bought on clearance, thanks to advice from my small group (thanks, Tiff!)

Jackets we bought on clearance, thanks to advice from my small group (thanks, Tiff!)

Big changes ahead. Dustin, my husband, and I are moving to Albany, NY this Fall (mid November). While any move to another area is significant, this transition is huge for us in particular because we have never lived outside of the South (I’ve never lived outside the state of Georgia). While we are bracing ourselves for the change (immersion by winter!), we are also very excited about the opportunity to move to a brand new part of the country and continue to develop our relationship as a new married couple. Continue reading

A Few Favorite Verses for Work/Life

It is the Friday morning of one of my hardest weeks yet at Engauge. For that reason, this seems more important than ever. These are a few of my favorite verses for work/life – or life/work as some at Engauge like to call it – balance.

  • Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. -Proverbs 16:3
  • The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. -Exodus 18:18
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. –Colossians 3:23 
  • Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. -Ephesians 6:6
  • Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? -Luke 16:10-12
  • Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. -James 1:19
  • You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. -1 Peter 3:4

#MakeItCount – Nike Film Director Scraps Project, Travels World, and Creates Viral Hit

Kaitlyn Dennihy sent me a link rogue video that said almost nothing at all about Nike, lasted four minutes, and made me want to go out and purchase the product more than any commercial I can think of recently. The story behind it’s creation is even more fascinating than the ad itself. But first, watch the movie:

Casey Neistat, film director, was hired to create his third commercial for Nike. Tired of the same routine, they took a chance that could have caused them to be sued for breach of contract. From the movie:

Nike asked me to make a movie about what it meant to ‘Make It Count.’ Instead of making their movie, I spent the entire budget travelling around the world with my friend Max. We’d keep going until the money ran out. It lasted 10 days.

And this story is true.

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