A note from Kirsten. It’s Shark Week at KIRated… In this blog #newintern, a 5th grader talks about swimming with sharks and how to get out of doing the dishes. The #newintern has been with KIRated since right before his 10th birthday in May. His role is offering feedback on all social media content prior to publishing. He also shares funny stories on our video conference calls and helps me #tiaboss and #theintern brainstorm new ideas.
Shark week at KIRated……Brought to you by a 5th grader who swims with sharks and doesn’t like doing dishes. Enjoy! xoxo Kirsten
Hi, I am now a 5th grader. I am also the #newintern. I live only three blocks away from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Let me tell you about my week or as I call it, shark week.
Not too much has changed here at the beach in the summer of Covid 19. For me the only two new things about the global pandemic that I am involved in now are, my brother and I refuse to get haircuts and since we are already in phase 4 #NYStrong that everyone has to wear masks to go into public places.
Now I will tell you about my typical summer day. During a pandemic or not….
The first thing I like to do is swim in the ocean.
I am a 5th grader and I swim with sharks. I don’t think about it much, that I am swimming in shark infested waters. But it is true. Sharks are just off the coast, right here, at the beach where I swim. I am there early in the morning from 7:45-9am. This is before the lifeguards go up. Sometimes we surf, other times we swim and at the end we play in the ocean. There were shark sightings every day last week. It was shark week!
After that I will go home to eat breakfast and then go back to the beach. If there are no sharks!
If there are sharks, I play with my brother, maybe even ride on my bike or skateboard.
After that we get stuck on what to do next.
I might go to a friend’s house or maybe to swim in my neighbors’ pool. Sometimes we skateboard or bike around the neighborhood with them.
Then around 5pm, we have to start thinking about dinner.
I try to help with making dinner so I don’t have to help clean up dishes after.
That is the rule at my house, you have to help. We all have chores.
Then we go to bed.
And that is a day in the life of a 5th grader during coronavirus at the ‘beach’….
Sometimes I swim with sharks.
Some days I get out of doing the dishes and helping with dinner clean up.
If you love someone, let them nap; a teenager reacts to life and shares thoughts and questions during Covid-19 pandemic
A note from Kirsten. #theintern has been with KIRated since right before his 15th birthday in March. In addition to creating original social media content he offers feedback on all content prior to publishing. Recently #theintern was assigned to write a blog post. I figured, let’s get a teenager to share his thoughts on life during a global pandemic…and in the process, why not help him to learn a little about SEO? So, as of today, this teenager knows about tools that help optimize a blog post for Search Engine Optimization. This turned into a triple threat. An intern assignment + new content + a teachable moment….that’s a a win win win. Below is his blog post submission… We’d love to hear your comments and thoughts. Virtual Hugs, Kirsten
Hello. I am the intern. As the whole world knows we’re all living in the tough time of a global pandemic. Life has changed.
I was asked to share my thoughts on life during a global pandemic. Covid-19 has affected many different people in many different ways. This worldwide pandemic has opened big doors for people and it has closed doors for people. Some have found new talents and some have seemed to lose the ones they once had.
For me it has been a little bit of both, I’ve gained some and I have lost some. Being a teenager in this era I enjoy video games and spending time with friends. Most of which has been notched down due to the virus. Sure I can play games online with my friends but it isn’t as fun knowing we won’t be able to go to school the next day and share our tricks. And staying six feet away from a friend who is like a sibling to you is just not ideal in any circumstance. Although there are countless games to play, friends to talk to and things to do, they all get boring.
Basically being a teenager in the times of a global pandemic brings a few unanswered questions to the surface.
How many times can you practice your favorite sport without having a game to show what you’ve learned?
What’s the point of doing extra school work if you don’t even know if you will be able to meet your teacher in person?
Being the youngest sibling I have always had a knack for reading in between the lines. Over quarantine I’ve noticed that lots of people are trying to sustain food for themselves. Some people have planted gardens, some people planted apple trees. Heck, some people even bought chickens with the hopes that they would provide eggs for a hungry family. Sure it’s a good thing to do to get your head out of the crazy thoughts of the pandemic..
Do you really want to be woken up by a rooster every morning?
Do you want to scoop chicken poop every night?
I say no.
In my opinion, it is just so easy for my mom to go to the store and get a carton of eggs.
In general I would say an average day for a teenager in quarantine differs from kid to kid. In fact the difference is from day to day, one day you’re motivated to go out and do something good for yourself, the other day you just want to sleep.
May 2020 Update- Four things I am doing these days that make me happy and bring me JOY.
Week eight of #QuarantineLife. Yep, it’s May 2020 and in New York state we are in week 8 of the #stayhome #staysafe orders. These times are challenging. I have a positive outlook. Even in challenging times, I seek out things that make me happy. Normally, that is having great meetings with clients, hanging out with friends, traveling, going out to restaurants and spending time with my family attending sporting events of a niece or nephew or some other celebration. These days I’m looking at everything and trying to see the positive in it! In the past few weeks, the weather has gotten nicer, with sunshine and spring in the air. Now is the time to discover and celebrate things that make me happy and bring JOY! In this post I will share four things I am doing these days that make me happy and are bringing me JOY.
Growing up I watched David Letterman. I used to love his segment where he ran down a top ten list. Thanks Dave!
Here goes: my top 4 to-do list for May 2020….
4 – Get outside, enjoy Spring
3 – Prancercise around the neighborhood
2 – Not-so-serious video chats with co-workers
1 – Set up a College Pals Virtual Happy Hour
4 – Get outside, look for signs of Spring
During my walks around the 518 I often stop to smell the roses. When I think about it, I mostly stop after a long uphill, when I really just need to catch my breath. But regardless of why, I have been enjoying discovering flowering trees and flowers along my route. There are parks and plantings even in the heart of downtown, if you look, you too will see them! The past week has been fabulous! The sun is shining, the trees are blooming, flowers are abundant. Typically, at this time Washington Park in Albany is home to Tulipfest. This year it is called Virtual Tulipfest. I have been doing my own tour of the tulips and other things in bloom. WOW, they are spectacular! Photos below will give a peek at some of the blooms from my walks this week….I wish you could smell them! #518Tuliptracker
3 – Go prancercising around the neighborhood
I am a beginner at Prancercise….still on level one for most of my walks. To keep pushing myself, I have added the arms of level four. I also do it without the ankle weights. I do love prancercising!!!!
For those of you who say, “wait, what is prancercising?” Oh, I am so glad you asked! I grabbed the official definition from the website. Joanna Rohrback, BHS, the owner of Prancercise LLC, defines prancercise as follows; “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and is ideally induced by elation.”
Wow, now I am confident my prancercising is induced by elation.
I wish more people felt induced by elation like Joanna and me!
Please enjoy this video of Joanna doing a demo.
Next time you go for a walk, don’t just walk…PRANCERCISE you will laugh out loud and that is joyful!
Entrepreneurs are all adapting to how to operate a business during #stayhome #staysafe. Today’s students are adapting to the virtual classroom and all the challenges that come with remote learning.
I am lucky enough to have two interns at KIRated. My interns wish to remain anonymous so I have opted to give them nicknames; I’ve got #theintern and #newintern
#theintern is 15 years old
#newintern is 9 years old
This is not a traditional #internship. I “hired” #theintern about 6 weeks ago. He is my nephew and a freshman in HS. Freshman have a lot of schoolwork. #theintern has been creating and designing social media posts every other week or so. So #theintern was my first hire.
The other day my sister in law mentioned that her 4th grader seems to have some really light days of remote learning work. She asked if I needed another intern. HUH? I never thought I’d be lucky enough to have two interns!
We had our first hangout call with the whole team last week!
Highlights from the first official Google hangout video chat;
#newintern had dirty knees (he was outside playing right before our mtg)
#theintern was hungry (he had eaten lunch but at 15, he is always hungry)
During a screen sharing tutorial #tiaboss somehow clicked on something that put a virtual viking helmet on my head. #newintern started giggling and said he didn’t think this would be what a business meeting would be like.
All those giggles were followed by magic trick mastery. Below is a practice session of a disappearing avocado trick. The #newintern plans to perform this trick for the whole family on the next group zoom.
After magic, we got down to business…..the boys were very helpful designing and creating an upcoming social media post. The post is for “Eat What You Want Day” on 5.11.20. Both of the boys were really excited to include their favorite foods. Their choices include tacos, ribs, bbq chicken, fried calamari, a chocolate milkshake, a shirley temple, donuts and chocolate cake. Check out the post on the kirated_design Instagram feed. #YUM
1 – Weekly College Pals Virtual Happy Hour
Some of my closest friends are friends I met during college.
There is a core four that started the HHs. I’ll call us the 4 OG’s. I love a good nickname and abbreviation in case you haven’t noticed. Anyway, the 4 OG’s have been connecting virtually over Zoom calls since the March #stayathome and Covid-19 changed all of our lives.
To honor everyone’s wishes, I will be talking about our participants using our college nicknames. I am Game Girl, in the 4 OG’s we also have Coiler, Ginger and P-Ness.
During quarantine life the four of us have been enjoying our virtual Happy Hour every Thursday night. It all started March 26th when we instituted a theme for each HH. First we started with a “Tiger King” theme. After that we also had OTG (Off The Grid in case you don’t speak abbreviations…) athletics, tv/movie character and a “vintage SNL character” theme.
Once we started talking about SNL characters, we decided we needed to make it our mission to get Jimmy Fallon to join our Virtual Happy Hour. Why? Because one, Jimmy Fallon is a fellow St. Rose alum and two, the four OG’s were all at Jimmy Fallon’s first stand up gig when he performed at a College of St. Rose Beer Garden event.
One of us somewhere has the VHS tape of the event, if only we knew someone who has a VCR! We are very hopeful that Jimmy will join in on a future CSR Virtual Happy Hour!
For example, our reach-outs to Jimmy include social media, snail mail and email inviting him to join us. We are interested in other ways of getting in touch, so if you know how to get in touch with Jimmy directly or have a cellphone number, please share it with us!
The 4 OG’s have extended an open invitation for Jimmy Fallon to join our Happy Hour.
For the latest happy hour the 4 OGs decided we wanted to “share the laughter and the joy” with some of our other friends and roommates. So we invited some of our roommates from Lima, Maginn, Fontbonne and suite-mates from Alumni Hall to join. We planned a 1990’s theme Happy Hour.
Our HH was fabulous, lots of laughter, catching up on lives, reminiscing about some of our favorite memories and more!
As always, the four OGs have a plan!
We had many planning meetings before we expanded our group. That is to say, we are going to be methodical about our “invite list”. We are planners, we have a vision, we know how we want this to go. To further clarify, we already have a list going with other alum we want to connect with and invite to our Virtual Happy Hour.
We cherish these and all of our friendships. Cheers to long lost connections, laughter and storytelling.
Above all, we hope you will try to find the positive today and everyday. Moreover, we hope you will consider some of these tips to help you find your own joy! Leave a comment and let us know what you think!
Everyone I know is in quarantine due to the Corona virus pandemic, It is really challenging! I recently participated in a Q&A for Creatives in Quarantine with the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy. You can read my thoughts, featured in Creatives in Quarantine on the ACE website.
Our lives are overflowing with lemons these days. I’m thinking of this global pandemic; Covid-19, work on pause, quarantines, social distancing, supply chain issues, furloughs, lay-offs, graduations, weddings, holidays, sports seasons, all canceled. Forgot to mention… the stock market roller-coaster. With Quarantine Life in full effect these days are an emotional roller-coaster.
So, you know how people say, when life gives you lemons make lemonade? As an eternal optimist, I say, okay, I’ll take those lemons. I actually love lemons! Everyone who knows me knows I love lemons. I don’t love the situation we are all living through, but figured I’d make the best of it by figuring out ways to think positively about it.
I think the biggest adjustment for most is the WFH. Working From Home.
Me? I am very familiar with WFH. Before Covid-19 struck the US I had been full time WFH. So the 100% WFH life wasn’t a huge adjustment for me.
There are so many changes with Covid-19 and Quarantine Life. Change can be stressful, it is difficult to have things in our lives change so much.
When life gives me lemons, I make the most of it. Some people may want to hibernate, take a break, and wait for the air to clear. Not me. I want to get out there. Since I cannot actually “get out there”…. I am doing all sorts of new things to virtually “get out there”. Including participating in a Q & A about Quarantine Life.
It’s March 2020. We are all dealing with a new reality. This new reality is challenging and unsettling.
What is our new reality? The streets are empty. People are hunkering down at home. Schools are closed, workplaces are closed, only gas stations, supermarkets, hospitals and liquor stores seem to be open. I don’t know much about what is going on “out there”. I filled up my tank with gas, got a bunch of Lactaid, eggs and vodka before the whole sequestering thing really took effect.
I talked to my sister last night, I told her, the lucky ones are still getting paid to work remotely…(she’s one of those). Many of us in the creative, consulting, service community are trying to figure it out.
My new reality? I have been trying to keep to my schedule. This includes logging on and being productive. If today is any indication, my new reality includes falling into a rabbit hole of social media content consumption, sort of to pass the time. I think I’m looking for inspiration, but also looking for connection. Then I find myself coming back to reality. Shoot, I need to get cracking and produce something!
So here goes, my reality? People need community.
I know I do, I am looking for connections. It is hard when you are sequestered to not let your mind wander. What is next? Is our new reality of social isolation and challenging times here to stay? I am trying to stay busy, find ways to stay creative while home-bound. Oh yeah, I painted my kitchen chairs pink (more on that below)
How are you doing? That is the question I get asked most. I’m good. I respond. I am good. I think.
Yesterday a maintenance crew came by to test the fire alarms in my apartment. We kept our distance, but I chatted with Mike, someone I know in real life. I hadn’t seen AND spoken to someone that I knew since March 11th. That was thirteen (13) days ago! Sure, I’ve had conversations. Just that morning I ventured out to the supermarket to get coffee-pods, more Lactaid, eggs and salad greens. I was back home by 8 am. Mission accomplished. I’ve talked to many using my phone, I’ve texted, set up family video calls. I’ve reached out to people on FB, IG, LI and Twitter. I scheduled a virtual happy hour on Zoom. But I haven’t had a conversation with someone I know and been in the same room with them. Ugh. This is hard. I can understand why all the gen z’ers are still on spring break.
My new reality….. painting my chairs pink… is that practical, was it productive? Who knows? Pink kitchen chairs are my new reality.
Along with painting the town pink, I’ve written press releases, taken online classes, from Wharton no less! I have watered my plants, cleaned the buttons on the elevator and the doorknobs at the entrance of my building, sent off my 2019 paperwork for my taxes (this is early for me!) made some amazing egg frittatas, watched a ton of netflix, avoided the news, built a new invoice template for my business, listened to podcasts, walked, meditated, daydreamed and even “hired” my 14 year old nephew to help with social media content. I hired an intern!
What’s next you ask?
I hope to support and bring smiles to my community of people that are in the same work from home (WFH) solo-preneur boat as me, and keep plugging along. My goal is to be a consultant succeeding and growing her business. What else? I’ve got important stuff to do. I’m still working on training my ivy plant to stay in a wreath circle shape. I am seriously contemplating wearing a bandanna around my neck John Wayne style every day (today is day 2). I am drinking lots of water. I am going to keep reaching out to people. I am going to start changing out of my slippers during the day. These. Are. My. Goals. What are yours?
Sonya del Peral is the general manager at Nine Pin. She is also an attorney, a momboss, a community leader, a trailblazer (literally) and mom to Nine Pin founder Alejandro del Peral.
Sonya is a trailblazer because she is a founding member and helped establish the Capital Craft Beverage Trail (CCBT). See how that worked? To start your own craft beverage journey, check out the Capital Craft Beverage Trail, and get your passport stamped at the local cideries, distilleries, wineries and breweries!
Look for signs.
As she tells it, Sonya del Peral was hiking with her son Alejandro and they were talking about his interest in opening a farm cidery. When they reached the summit there was a double rainbow. That was a sign. That sign sealed the deal for Sonya del Peral. She was 100% on board with helping her son start the hard cider business based in Albany, New York.
When they were looking for a site, the team originally passed on the 929 Broadway, downtown Albany location. Why? Because they thought it would be too much work. Sonya went to look and agreed it would be a lot of work but thought it had a lot of potential. She was sold when she noticed the adjacent building. As you can see, there is a rose. Sonya’s husband, Casiano painted the rose over 20 years ago. Another sign!
Follow your passion, build a great team, be responsive and reliable, don’t over apologize.
These are some of the words of wisdom Sonya shared at the most recent Women Who Lead event.
The Women@Work, Women Who Lead event was held at the Hearst Media Center in Colonie, NY.
The Google Techstars Startup Weekend event is a Google for Entrepreneurs program in partnership with Google for Startups.
Another day, another event at the beautiful @urban Co-Works space in Schenectady! This time I was there to see the final day of the Google Techstars StartUp Weekend. More than 50 participants including inventors, entrepreneurs, students, educators, advisors, business owners, engineers, founders, mentors and community members all come together for 54 hours over the weekend. The Google Techstars brainstorm business ideas, collaborate, form teams and together develop the business ideas into actual business plans. At the end of the Startup Weekend a panel of judges from the business community listens to the five minute startup pitches and conduct a three minute Q. & A. session. After hearing all the pitches, the judges then decide on the top performers and award prizes. Exciting eh? I thought so.
On Sunday, I joined the Google Techstars crew at Urban Co-Works as a supporter
and audience member. I was excited to see the final presentation phase. It was great, there were ten final Google Techstar pitches. The teams pitched business that ran the gamut. including educational services, games, e-comm, a bear butcher, and the judges Q & A. It was pretty incredible to hear the different ideas and see how each pitching group handled the questions from the panel of judges.
So, I decided to see what the experts had to say and attended the American Marketing Association New York Capital Region “Get Social” panel discussion. These panelists shared lots of interesting and actionable information during the discussion. Including social tracking tools, potential media vendors, managing social media, creating content, image sourcing and apps to try.
I learned a bunch and have lots to research on new vendors and tools.
These experts shared lots of ideas and interesting stories. I will share one of each here, calling them my key takeaways!
Idea – I just signed up for something called “Twitter Flight School”. I cannot wait to add Twitter pilot to my resume!
Story – When you work at Stewart’s Shops Corp, employees are able to submit ideas for names of new ice cream flavors….Lauren Cifra is the brains behind Pumpkin to Talk About only available at Stewart’s .
ACE hosted a networking event to help launch the newest co-working space in the Capital Region.
Collectiveffort co-working is the latest offering from the Collective team. This team of creatives also introduced the Capital Region to the Power Breakfast Club.
Looking for a co-working space in the 518? Not sure where to start? Stop by the newest co-working space in the 518 and you might think you are dreaming.
Collectiveffort is the newest co-working space in the Capital Region. But back to that dream, nope, you are not dreaming…. CE is the latest from the Collective, a group of creatives in the Capital Region who want to encourage and help other creatives just starting out. Dreamy huh? Pictured is the podcasting booth where creators and podcasters can live-cast or record their latest episodes. Last week, a bunch of the creatives in the 518 got together to celebrate the grand opening along with the founders of the Collectiveffort at the monthly ACE event.
This space has something for everyone who participates in the creative economy. The vibe is creative! There are private office areas, spaces for audio and video editing, shoots, gathering, producing and collaborating.