Venus Trapped in Mars

18 June 2014

#9to5TotalSocial

Venus Trapped in Mars


It is time for the second installment of #totalsocial with me and Helene! This month's theme is 9 to 5 and this month's hashtag is #9to5TotalSocial! Come link up, via any social platform,  and tell us all about your 9 to 5, check out full details here for more info!








As I've mentioned about a million times, I moved from Knoxville to Dallas in September of 2012 ---- whoa it has actually been a while now, I guess I can't really pull the new card anymore can I? I knew I wanted to live in a big city, so I started applying for jobs in my top two choices, Chicago and Dallas. A fantastic offer with a fantastic company came my way, and without hesitation, I chose the Big D and headed 842 miles south with my best friend Lisa and her husband Justin who helped me move! 




I work for an international outboard motor company where I do graphic design, advertising and marketing for the North American market. My job duties in Knoxville were actually very similar, albeit a totally different company. I can't tell you how much I enjoy working as the only member of a department, versus being just a number in a gigantic marketing/advertising agency. 

Different tasks and challenges present themselves each day, and I honestly learn something new each and every single day. For example, I'm currently working on learning all about google adwords, which is fun and quite useful knowledge to have!  See also: I had to teach myself photoshop when I started the position in Tennessee. Woof. Talk about a challenge at first, but, looking back, that was the most beneficial thing I've ever done for my career. 

My favorite part about my job though is the opportunity to travel. I'm new to the boating industry, so each trip I go on, I learn more and more about not only our motors, but the industry as a whole. Apparently, boating is not all Pontoons and Fourth of July fireworks! Who knew? Oh, and the scenery on the trips ain't too shabby either! 

So today I thought I'd talk about some of the places I've gotten to visit for work in the past year and a half! 


But that food though....



 



It was cold, and I discovered my tennis shoes were designed with holes in the bottom for ventilation, and by ventilation I mean frostbite. But all frostbite aside, I love love love this city. Maybe it is because my Grandmother is Canadian, aye?






Mega Yachts and Dumb Running Backs. 
Lamar Miller: "How do you spell Sarah?"  
Me: "With an H"
Lamar Miller: "Ok, so S.....?"
Me: "A..R..A..H............."

Whoa buddy. Glad that college education of yours was totally paid for. Money well spent by the University of Miami. 








 






My mama always taught me, "When you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all!" 





 

This place looked like freshwater straight out of a movie. Stunning, way beyond words amazing. 
Good thing where we're going, we don't need words! Just pictures!
(Oh, and I was attacked by an alligator, see that moss he attacked me with?) 












 





Sunrises and sunsets that would melt your heart. And I got a coconut head so that was cool. 
 









 
 I'm sure y'all remember that water though...










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34 comments :

  1. Some amazing places you have visited with your work! Sounds like you made a good decision moving there!

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  2. If you ever need someone to fill in for you, just let me know. You seriously have one of the best perks ever!

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  3. Do you want to be an attorney? Because Id swap spots with you .. Im not even joking!

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  4. You're in Florida way too much for us not to meet!!! PS: totally jealous of your job.

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  5. I love it! so many fun places to go. thats what i miss is traveling, it's such a great experience!

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  6. I wish my job took me places yours did... my big trips? Odessa and McAllen.... boo hiss...

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  7. Im totally freakin jealous right now LOL

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  8. So jealous that you get to do so much awesome traveling!! Love the new blog layout too!!

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  9. My goodness you have an incredible job! So exciting and you actually get to use your graphic designing skills. You must love that. It's funny that your experience in Canada was cold compared to all of the other warm places you visited. AND- if you want to write aye.. I'd go with a simple 'eh'.. A little Canadian lesson for ya ;) Aye- would be more of an Australian spelling me thinks..!

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  10. You get to visit so many fun place's.

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  11. You're job really is incredible!!!

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  12. kjfhkasjfhkjasfh I am so incredibly jealous!!!!!! Get the heck out of here girl! Your job is amazing.

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  13. Had no idea you were a graphic designer! I was always wondering, "How is everyone so good at putting graphics together for their blogs?" And now it all makes sense. Love your new blog design!

    Jenn | Business, Life & Design

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  14. I wish I had your job. That water though!

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  15. I am so jealous! My job is boring. I'm stuck in an office all day.

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  16. I'm seriously jealous of your travel opportunities! I haven't made it to the point where they send me places yet, but maybe I'll go to Austin in a month. Fingers crossed? ha

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  17. Uhm...you totally have an amazing job. I just got back from NOLA not too long ago... ahhhmazing. I'm originally from Florida and I love all of those locations :) But seriously, whenever you come to visit Knoxville again, we need a blog date. I'm only an hour away!!!

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  18. I lived in St Pete (actually Clearwater, but same thing, almost). And your are so right, sunsets that will melt your heart. Nothing beats a Florida sunset :)

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  19. You are so lucky you get to travel for work and do graphic design. Those two are seriously things I wanna do but I haven't explored much on the graphic design and I guess I can always start somewhere right? I mean I've been using Photoshop for the longest so I'm sure I learned a thing or two :)

    I love all your pictures! Especially the palm trees in Miami. Oh how I miss palm trees!!

    Thanks for doing this linkup, it's seriously too cool for school :D

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  20. Your job sounds pretty sweet! I LOVED all the pictures. You obviously have learned a lot and can put it to use in both work and the blog...so awesome. Thanks for hosting!

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  21. I think this might be my favorite linkup ever and I think you might have the coolest job ever. I'd love to see a post in the future with advice on applying for jobs in cities where you don't live

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  22. Hey Sarah!!! Omh my god what amazing trips and photo's!! :D Nothing beats loving your job!!! Great post girl!! ;D XOXO

    Lisa,xo

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  23. With an 'h' is really the only way to go.

    Ps love the new look!

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  24. It is beyond cool how much you get to travel for your job.

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  25. I totally wish that I had a job that I could travel for! What fun places you have been to!

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  26. Ok I think you win for best job! Look how much fun!! I am currently self teaching on Adwords too!!!

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  27. I've been self teaching myself Photoshop as well and man it's hard! Adobe Illustrator is SO much easier for me. I'm thinking about getting Photoshop for Dummies :)

    Your job looks lovely. Trade you? You'd love WA!

    Kerry / / www.xokerry.com

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  28. Oh! Come back to Toronto and let's go do fun stuff! But preferably not in the winter because I like to hibernate when it's cold.

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  29. Oh! Come back to Toronto and let's go do fun stuff! But preferably not in the winter because I like to hibernate when it's cold.

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  30. Yay! Come back to Toronto and let's go do fun things! Except preferably not during the winter because I tend to hibernate when it's cold outside...

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  31. Um, I'm sorry. I do not know why that happened... I must be really amped about your job?

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  32. So jealous of all of your traveling opportunities! I used to work in the boating industry and we would go to the Toronto Boat Show every year. I swear this winter was particularly brutal, but I would still recommend scheduling your next vacation in Toronto for the summer. Take a quick trip to Muskoka and the boating can totally count as work, right?

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  33. 1) I LOVE your new blog design. It's awesome. 2) You need to come to Tampa sometime ;) 3) Your job seems really interesting!

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