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About Me

Hey everyone, my name is Erin and welcome to Living Erin :)

Just a little background on me…I am from Ohio (Go Bucks!) and I am currently a 5th year undergrad at Ohio University (Go Bobcats!) and I will graduate this spring with a degree in Event Planning and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Now, this isn’t my exact degree title but it is kind of complicated so this is a simplified version. And before you ask, no - I have no idea what I am doing after school…that’s a whole post on its own. I am currently 23 and that is just crazy to think about…wow. I am also an intern for my university Athletic Marketing and Sales Department (Yay sports!) I love animals, wine, sports, antiques, the color pink, exploring, events, and other random things here and there. I’m all over the place, it’s fine.
This is me and my buddy, Toby
So, why a blog? I have wanted to start one for a while because I love to write but I have always been scared to put myself out there. What if people make fun of me? What if …
Recent posts

Planning My First Event: Securing The Venue

In my first post in this mini series all about planning my first ever event I talked about my initial thoughts, figuring out the type of event, and the importance of getting to know my group mates. Right after all of that, we needed to find the venue for this event. This was probably one of the most stressful parts of planning, and we will definitely get into that!

After we decided to have a wine and paint event on Moms Weekend, we needed to find a venue as soon as possible. My university is in a pretty small town, so all the venues are on campus, with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 in town - so we were definitely needing to have this event on campus. With this event being on a special weekend, you had to submit a request to reserve event space and then they would go through the submissions and pick which events would get the space…(instead of just simply reserving a venue if it was available). The deadline to submit this request was very shortly after we were given the project so ther…

How I Motivate Myself Through My Tattoos

Personally, I love tattoos. I think they are a great way to express yourself. So far I have three small tattoos, two of which are semi-hidden and one on my wrist. I also already know what I want and where I want my fourth one! Each of my tattoos mean so much to me and they really do motivate me to stay focused on the positives and just keep on going!

I got my first tattoo when I was 20, I think. Out of all 3, this one means the most to me.

Okay, I know it’s a little messed up *eye rolls* but let’s not talk about that, okay?

My dad has been saying this to me since I was little. He would say it if I got hurt (I played softball for most of my life), when I was sick, or when I was just having a tough time in life. Mind Over Matter. I knew I wanted this tattooed on me for a really long time so when the opportunity came I took it. I also knew I wanted it on the ribs because I can still see it but can cover it up 99.9% of the time. This tattoo, this saying, has gotten me through a lot. It hel…

Planning My First Event: My Initial Thoughts

On January 17th, 2018 I walked into my first class of my last semester, extremely excited because I have been looking forward to this class my whole college career - I am finally in Convention and Event Planning. I had no idea what to expect from this class, I honestly thought we were just going to be learning the ins and outs of event planning (lecture style) or maybe we get to volunteer at some events to get some background hands-on experience. Boy, was I wrong. We were put into groups of 5 and were given 12 weeks to plan and execute an event - specifically a fundraiser. Because I have learned so much throughout this process, I would really like to share! This post will serve as “Part One: My Initial Thoughts” in a mini series of “Planning My First Event”.

Being an event planner is my dream job, which is why I was so excited to finally be able to take this class! I was ready to learn all that I could about planning events. What I didn’t think I was ready for? Planning and implementi…

My Three Goals For Graduation

I have never been the person who sets goals for themselves, really. I have always had goals and aspirations in mind, but I never wrote anything down or made it concrete. Well, I completely changed that during these last few years. I went through a rough time in my early years of college and I think a lot of that had to do with the lack of goals I truly made for myself. So, I started putting more details into my goals and I started writing them down. A solid goal should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. This has helped me track and measure my progress on my goals, which keeps me motivated to keep working so I can reach them. With graduation approaching, I have recently set a few goals I would like to reach before I walk across that stage.

Goal Number One:By May 5th, I will have a accepted a job in either events and/or marketing. This goal is huge for me. Ever since freshman year I have been terrified of being “stuck” without a job after graduation. All I want ri…

My 4 Easy Steps To Staying Organized

It took me quite awhile to not only become as organized as I am, but to appreciate and love being organized. For a long time I hated it, it made me feel too constricted or whatever. But once I started figuring my way through these four easy steps I started to realize how wrong I was. Being organized helps reduce my stress and anxiety about school work and life in general, which is honestly so helpful.

Step One: Use Your Planner!
When I started college I thought I was too cool for a planner. I thought I could remember all of my assignments and all the work they entailed. I thought I could remember all of the due dates for those assignments. I thought I could keep track of all of my life responsibilities in my head. I just thought I was too good for a planner. I WAS WRONG, DON’T BE FRESHMAN ERIN. Planners are an essential tool to keeping your schoolwork and life organized. After syllabus week I recommend going through and filling out your planner for the rest of the semester with your co…