Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Jenny Update 2010

Brick Wall: This is my annual could say it's a recap of my brick walls in 2010.

Hi guys and gals! Here’s what I’ve been up to in 2010:

In March, I had the pleasure of joining a startup company, Visible Vote. It’s a political app you can download and use to cast your vote on the bills in Congress (just as your legislators do). The technology will send your vote to your elected officials (equivalent of calling or writing their office), and then it will tell you how often they agreed with you. This was such an exciting and unique experience in which I was able to practice new areas of marketing for me. Most important, it prepared me for an unbelievable professional opportunity, which is my new job as the Social Media Manager of CareerBuilder! Social media marketing had become a huge passion for me, and I’m thrilled that I have this chance to make it my career!

You all know how much I love the Florida Gators, and this year I was honored to be selected to the University of Florida Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council. I’ll be serving a two-year term advising the Board of Directors on ways to reach and serve young alumni. This is an amazing leadership opportunity, and you know how much I enjoy being a leader in Gator Nation! Thanks to the UFAA, I even got to go back to The Swamp to see the Gators take on USF in September. Go Gators!

This year has brought many new challenges, the first of which started in January when I decided to become a vegetarian. (I blame Oprah for this. I attended the filming of one of her shows that was based on the food industry.) It was a welcome change, and I liked that it also made me try things I would not normally have tried. When I began training for my first half marathon in the summer, I noticed something was “off.” After a visit to my doctor, she determined that I have food allergies to gluten, wheat and diary (yikes!). She also recommended that I work chicken and fish back into my diet because of my running training and because there is gluten in many meat substitutes. So the vegetarian life was good while it lasted, but I agreed with her that I should make the change, and what a change it’s been! This revelation has made an impact on every decision I make regarding food, but it’s also been a blessing in disguise since I feel 110% better each day! It also made a difference in my running, and I’m very proud that I finished the Rock ‘n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon on August 1!

The rest of the Weigle’s have stayed busy too…Mom and Dad were able to do some traveling this year and take a cruise throughout the Northeast. They continued to host many friends and family and also visited loved ones throughout the year. They amaze me with the way they are able to stay in touch with our extensive family (so that’s where I get that from). Amanda continues to work as a traveling occupational therapist. At the beginning of 2010, she was living in Raleigh, NC. Since then she’s lived in Austin, TX, and her current rotation is in Greenville, SC (Mom and Dad are loving it!). We had Weigle-sibling weekends in both Raleigh and Austin… sometimes we all just have way too much fun together! Adam continues an extended internship with USF’s Athletics Department while also networking for that first job in the “real world.” (If you’re looking for an outstanding entry-level professional, then allow me to introduce you to the one-and-only Adam Weigle.)

Thank you 2010 for another wonderful year. I found myself in Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, NYC, Austin, Raleigh and DC. I made amazing new friends and celebrated special moments with old ones, like when I surprised my college roommate for her 30th birthday (love you Heather!). I helped my dear friend Mike plan a surprise proposal to his girlfriend Brie while they were in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend (oh, that was so much fun! Can’t wait for your wedding Mike & Brie!). I finally found a spiritual home when Urban Village Church started services in the spring. While I still love being in Chicago, the hardest part remains being so far away from many loved ones and not getting to see people enough. And you wonder why I’m on Facebook so often (yes, for work, that’s one reason)…it’s a great way to keep in touch.

What will 2011 bring?! Hopefully, I’ll FINALLY get to do some international travel at some point ( one day…one day). In January, I’ll be moving to a great new apartment on the edge of Old Town and the Gold Coast. The Weigle Family Reunion will take place in August. I’ve got a handful of weddings coming up for close friends. I plan on training for the Chicago Marathon this summer. I will be in Gainesville in March and September for more Young Alumni Council meetings. And I hope I can prove myself to be a rock star in my job and in the world of social media! Oh yeah, and there’s a milestone birthday around the corner for me, too!

I hope 2011 brings you and your family many many blessings and many many many smiles. I’m thankful for people like you in my life! And for the fact that you actually read this until the end (haha)!

Happy holidays and a blessed New Year,

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