How to Lose a Follower in Ten Ways - Instagram - Marketing - Dana Chirps

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1. Steal content. I hate that this has even made the list. I've had people steal my content a few times. It is infuriating. Some people say that "imitation is a form of flattery," but I find it lazy and annoying. Like most content creators out there, I work really hard and spend a lot of time writing and photographing. So when someone just takes my work, it's offensive. Also, when you steal content, KNOW that the person who created it WILL find out. If you are really that desperate, talk to the person who created the content and ask for their permission - they might say no, but consider this the unwritten code of etiquette and decency. 

2. Only post selfies. You are far too interesting to only show the world that you have figured out camera angles. Show me your perspective - what you're seeing, where you are, who you've met, what you're eating. And that's not to say that if you're feeling like a million bucks that you don't take a photo to capture it, but it is to say that people are interested in a lot more than just what you look like.   

It makes me cringe that this book even exists. aim higher, folks.

It makes me cringe that this book even exists. aim higher, folks.

3. Post the same thing as everyone else. We could turn these staged photos into a drinking game. Every time you see that pic of a couple holding hands with the girl leading the guy, take a drink! Every time you see a girl casually floating on an inflatable duck or unicorn in a pool, take a drink! Except we'd all die of liver failure. 

4. Only post about your MLM. Look, I say this as an avid user of some of these products - this madness has got to stop. Oils, wraps, face creams, shakes, body wraps, supplements, nail stickers, candles, lip gloss, etc. I don't want to "join your journey," or be constantly sold to. Make no mistake, I am sincerely happy for your transformations. However, I followed you because of YOU, not for your "incredible business opportunity." I wish Instagram would create an algorithm to detect these posts, so users could have the option to filter. 

5. Use those frickin' frackin' ridiculous face filters. Use them in stories, but don't post pics of yourself with them. Unless you're 12(ish) and younger, then be the best koala bear you can be!

6. Play the Follow, Unfollow game. Lord have mercy. When I see the same person following and then unfollowing me repeatedly, I usually just end up blocking them. Folks, there is no short cut to a genuine following. You have to do the work. Try reaching out to people, and having genuine conversations about what they're posting about. Real engagement is how you earn a real follower.

7. Use auto-comments. I could literally post a photo of a giant turd, and there would be at least one auto-comment that says "Great pic!" Bots are also against Ig's policy, so I hope that Instagram continues to shut these accounts down.

Example of auto comments. this account sent me dozens of generic and rotating comments in 24 hours.

Example of auto comments. this account sent me dozens of generic and rotating comments in 24 hours.

8. Disrespect the environment, just for a photo. Don't litter because that's lazy, disrespectful, and unclassy. Don't take things that aren't yours. If there is a sign that says don't enter/cross/etc. - don't! Most people think it is a matter of safety (especially if it's a historic site), but often it is a matter of preservation. Don't take away these experiences from future generations.

9. Purchase photo likes and followers. This one shocks me. It's literally like purchasing spam. Nobody wants to follow a spammy account.

10. Participate in loops. This is one of the many tactics that people use to get phony followers. It pains me because you're not getting a quality following. In the longterm, you actually make it harder for yourself, because your rate of engagement decreases which is essentially the point. Not to mention, I don't feel like liking 10 random pages, commenting on your post, and tagging 37 friends to be entered in a raffle to win body lotion. 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday - Dana Chirps

In the business world, we call this "managing expectations."

I am literally speechless.

If I had to guess... he's voting for Trump. 

I'm so confused as to how this became political? And for the record, I'll take a guy with a bathroom selfie over a guy without a picture ANYDAY.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

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#YoureNotHim

This is why I'm a huge supporter of pharmaceuticals.

He wants to wear my skin.

Spoiler Alert! He didn't have his shit together.

Well that was creepy.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

There's More Than Two Options - Dana Chirps

The modern day Civil War has made its grand debut on my newsfeed. The North and South are viciously fighting what I call "The Battle of the Confederate Flag". Instead of shooting muskets, they are firing away with their words on social media. But like most controversies of recent years, I keep hearing people voice a one sided problem. I think it's time for Americans to consider two sided solutions.

We can fly people to the moon, surgically change men into women, create cars that drive themselves but somehow we can't think beyond two options if it involves any bit of controversy. C'mon, we're better than that. If we the people of the United States can survive purple ketchup, then we can surely work together on this. 

Here's my take on the matter:

  • The South: The Confederate flag symbolizes history or southern pride/heritage.
  • The North: The Confederate flag symbolizes racism. 

Solution: Let's create a new flag to symbolize the south. I can already feel the grumbling and arguments formulating around this idea as I type it, but hear me out. The North and South have an opportunity to actually come together, again. 

I understand that the Confederate flag is technically the flag that represented Northern Virginia. I also understand the historical events of the Civil War. I get it. But the middle finger was just a finger until it had a whole new meaning. This flag might have been one thing originally, but it evolved into having a new connotation - thanks to groups like the KKK.

This country has so many brilliantly creative people within it. Imagine if we pulled some of the top creative people from the best ad agencies together to create a new flag for the south. We could treat it like a rebrand. I realize it might sound a little crazy, but is it really that outlandish? The answer is no. It wouldn't even be the first time the flag has changed.

To me, being southern is genuinely caring about your neighbor - even if you don't know them (although usually you do), and treating all strangers like friends. Would you not be more proud to wave a flag from your porch, your cities, or even your jacked up truck that symbolized what brings the south together instead of what tears it apart? That's a flag I'd fly.  

I'm completely aware that this doesn't get rid of racism, not even close. But I think showcasing a flag that better exemplifies what the south actually stands for (and doesn't stand for) is a solid step in the right direction. 

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

My Response to Your Hockey Hating Article - Dana Chirps

I had other plans for this post tonight. Really, I did. But then I stumbled upon the most asinine article that has surfaced the face of the internet since the whole "is this ugly ass dress blue or gold" debacle. It was actually quite difficult for me to take this article seriously as it was written by a man with eyebrows that ought to have a Twitter account of their very own. But it really struck a nerve. You see, it's one thing to insult me or my loved ones, but it's a whole other level of abomination when you insult hockey. 

So here are my 5 counterpoints to your odious and sorry excuses to hate the sport so many of us love.

1) The Puck

You can't see the puck because you haven't taken enough time to study the game. When you're familiar with the game, you know exactly where the puck is. I say this without ever having played the sport myself. That, or those caterpillars growing out of your face may be intruding on your line of vision.

2) Substitutions

"I don't have a clue..." No, you really don't. So perhaps you should consider refraining from throwing shade towards a sport you know nothing about.

3) Brutality and boards

Hockey is one of the rawest sports out there. If you can't handle seeing some blood and casual bone breakage then I suggest you find a bridge club to participate in instead... although do be careful, I've heard some of those older ladies get quite vicious. 

4) Too Fast

I was convinced that when you suggested that skates be taken away from the sport that this article was satirical. Like, I'm embarrassed for you that you even proposed such a ridiculous idea. That's like saying basketballs should be square instead of round.

5) Too Indoors

Outdoor hockey is a special thing. We do have the Winter Classic and Stadium Series. But transferring the league to be entirely outdoors is simply unrealistic. Nice try, thanks for playing.

In summary, your points have derived from ignorance. So take the time to understand hockey, or chirp about something you know about. If you choose the former, let the definition of "chirp" be your first hockey lesson.

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

A Guy Who Gets His Own Post

I don't think I've ever exclusively dedicated a blog post to one guy. But I'm so disgusted by this incident, I'm doing so. This person struck a nerve because so many of my friends have recently had babies, and are battling the very real emotions from all the changes that a baby brings. 

For all of the beautiful (inside and out), badass, warrior princess females that have experienced pregnancy.

Last week I "met" a guy on an online dating site. He seemed nice in messages, and was quite witty. We talked on the phone, and he didn't creep me out, so I decided to get sushi with him this past Friday. The date consisted of exchanging funny one liners, and pretty decent conversation. Before I met him, I already knew he was a bit of a gym rat, which I'm totally cool with as I'm a bit (understatement) active myself. During the date the topic of being active/healthy naturally came up in conversation. But then he started talking about his two year plan to achieve the body he wants. It wasn't that he had a long term goal that made me raise my eyebrow, it was the way he described it... it was abnormal. Leading up to the date, and then on the date while he was talking about his body goals he said as though it was his personal mantra,"do what you hate as if you love it." Call me crazy, but I'd rather do what I love... like I love it.

Anyhow, after our date I wasn't really put off by anything and was hoping to hang out with him again... although I was quite aware of his attitude towards his physique.

The next day we were texting and he asks me if I wanted kids. I answer I do and express some nervous feelings around the subject, and he said he felt the same. But he then said, "Plus I don't want me or my partner to be fat afterwards. Seen it happen." To try to better gage what he meant I stated, "Well you realize that a human being grows in a female for nine months, stretches her skin beyond recognition, causes her hair to change sometimes, her hips to widen, etc.?!" 

I followed that up with sending him a picture of a female who has had a least one child, who is clearly active, fit, and healthy... but like many moms, she has loose skin on her stomach, no biggie. In my opinion I thought she looked GREAT. Describing the photo I said, "Above average stomach post baby." Honestly, given his easy going personality, I was expecting him to say something like "Yea! Good for her! She looks awesome!" 

Nope. 

He said, "Bullshit. I've been with women who have had children and that's not what it looks like."

I'm shocked and on full WTF mode, but am still trying to give the benefit of the doubt. Thinking that maybe he's never had this explained to him before, I tell him, "You can lose weight. But you can't lose skin, or stretch marks, or bring your hips inward." His solution: "Eat clean, use cocoa butter and workout." He follows that by generously (sarcasm) saying "Not saying it's easy or happens over night but it's not always going to look like that." 

Then I asked if that picture bothers him, and he answered "Slightly, yeah." I was baffled. I told him he was delusional in his expectations, and that if cocoa butter was the solution for stretch marks all of womenkind would be joyfully marinating in cocoa butter jacuzzis. In fact, I was so shocked at what he was saying that I wasn't even mad (yet). The conversation continued: 

Saying he knows several women who have had children reminds me of white people who name their two black friends when racism comes up in conversation. 

Then he sends me a picture of a female who tracked her post preggle weight loss with three time stamped photos. Yes, she looked terrific, and I don't want to say anything to discredit that.  But I couldn't help but notice she was also the type that had a coveted thigh-gap. For most people to look like that it involves a lot of carefully measured, and incredibly bland chicken and broccoli, paired with a level of dedication at the gym that would leave you with little time for anything else - and certainly no wine.

Look. I'm 100% for people taking care of their bodies, and being healthy and active. I think it is important. But I'm not ok with someone trying to transfer their own insecurities (whether it's body dysmorphia or simply shallow and ego-driven) onto other people, especially when it's dealing with things that others have no control over (e.g. loose skin from HAVING A FREAKING BABY). It is wrong on so many levels to punish women who just sacrificed their bodies (and many other things) to produce a human... do you not think they are punishing themselves and having a hard enough time coming to terms with their new body? It is disgusting, it is pathetic, and it is disturbing to hear someone condemn someone for that. 

I could tell he was getting very uncomfortable with me defending what I felt was right. I ended the conversation by telling him that I didn't think he was going to want to date me. Should he ever talk to me again, I will not be as diplomatic. I hope he gets his head right someday. What a world he is missing out on. 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday 11 - Dana Chirps

Not wrong.

Hands down the worst pick up line I've ever gotten.

Hey there.

I'm hiding.

The force is strong in this one.

So this last one I feel the need to explain a little further... this guy, no- this grown-ass-man was obnoxiously BLOWING UP my Match.com account for about two weeks. While I realize you can block people, sometimes I think a direct approach is better. Especially when I saw that this 45 year old man was searching for females as young as 18 years old, I felt the need to say something. So if I instilled at least a little bit of hesitation on his part to pursue girls that young, I consider this a win. 

Not gonna lie, I would have liked to have seen his face when he read that last sentence twice.

 

 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday 10 - Dana Chirps

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Nice try, Drug Lord.

You might want to empty your dirty hamper that's filled with d-bag neon tank tops before taking a butt ass naked bathroom mirror selfie. Or at least have the decency to remove your wedding ring. #rookie

This is true.

 

Good to check your reflexes now and then I guess.


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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday 9 - Dana Chirps

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Welp. That about sums it up.

He seems approachable.

This pic made me laugh my butt off. What do you don't see (due to privacy) is a smile reminiscent of one of Austin Power's cheeky grins. But really, I would have considered talking to him had he not been a vacationer just because he made his profile picture THAT ridiculous. 

What?! I was in a diplomatic mood.

I was so grossed out I couldn't even give him my full name. All he got was a letter. 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday 7 - Dana Chirps

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I dedicate this post to you, Jim.

I thought this was better than a bikini photo. 

Babe.

The Jedi Knight has spoken and his wife requirements are: must like sushi, and must like traveling.

Typical South Florida. 

Maybe the greatest thing to ever be posted on the internet. 

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday 6

You really disappointed me, "Nipples."

Just being honest.

Is this his way of asking me to buy him a drink??

Homie went pretty deep for an introductory message!

Just lost faith in the man part of mankind.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Us vs. Them

There has been a lot of controversial conflicts recently: Ferguson, Eric Garner, etc. Whenever something of this nature hits the media, my social media feeds blow up with polarized views. Often these views are expressed in a pompous way, as though to say "If you don't agree with me, you're stupid." I've decided I have a problem with that. Before I go on, please understand that the intent of this post is to not stake a claim on either side for any case.

Let me  start off by throwing my cards on the table: I grew up in a loving and hard working middle class family. I am a Libertarian... for me, this means fiscally conservative, and socially all over the place. However, growing up I used to be an extreme conservative/Republican. Admittedly, I used to post those pompous statuses I now cringe at. While I'm glad I was at least paying attention to political issues and current events at a relatively young age, I am not proud of the way I used to determine and then express my stances on various situations. Thank God for maturity.

As I matured, I learned something invaluable: if you want someone to hear you out and see things from your side, you HAVE to walk a mile in their shoes first. If you do this genuinely you may find yourself altering your own convictions... people seem to think this is a bad or embarrassing thing, but it is not!

Think about it, if you're solving a problem at work and you present your solution, and then a coworker says "But wait, I'm not sure if you thought of this angle. How about we do this instead?" What do you do? You hear them out. And then discuss the issue further with your coworker, and you may even go "back and forth" a little bit. But typically, the approach taken is a blend of ideas, not just your own... and assuming you're not working with incompetent people, the blended solution you come up with together ends up being the best option. People suck it up and work together on issues at work, and other environments, but they are so close minded on working together on LIFE issues.

Let's take Ferguson. I watched and read the news (through various media outlets to hear both versions). Take the final decision out of the equation because that's not what I'm writing about. Let's look at the response: the riots. I was horrified, and angry at those who participated in the riot. I still vehemently think that that was not the right thing to do.

But after a few days, I paused and wondered what could possibly provoke people to react so strongly, and violently, while effectively destroying and punishing their own community (like the store owners). I did a little research. I came across this video. I implore you to watch it. All of it. The dehumanizing actions exemplified in that video would cause anyone (including myself) to react strongly. I believe Ferguson was the straw that hit the camel's back. Again, I don't condone or agree with the way they reacted (and I am not commenting on the outcome itself). But to say that people (especially that community) don't have a right to be outraged makes me feel like they have not looked at both sides of the story.

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People keep saying that we as American citizens need to "work together." But what does that really mean? To me, it means hearing people out, and being open minded enough to listen, and ballsy enough to adjust your own opinions that you may have fought hard for in the past.

Anyone can post a staunch Facebook status. But rather than standing on a digital soap box to validate yourself through accruing likes from like minded people, how about having a conversation with someone who you presents an alternate opinion. The conversation shouldn't be a debate, instead, make your goal to understand why someone feels another way. Consider what others present as an option. Don't let your pride get in the way of changing your stance.

After all, we're all in this together.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Brian, You Have It All Wrong.

I realize you wrote this article some time ago, but it wasn't until this morning that I stumbled upon it on my Facebook newsfeed. Brian, you really missed the mark on this one. "It’s amazing how three numbers and a decimal point can single-handedly turn someone into a big, arrogant butthole."

I got news for ya... there are "big, arrogant buttholes" in every sport. But the sport of running very simply put is putting one foot in front of the other as quickly as possible. That's it. It's one of the least popular, least glorified, and least exciting  to watch sports out there. There's no World Series of Running, or a Running Cup, or even a Running Bowl. Those three numbers and a decimal point are all we have.

People run for a huge variety of reasons. To lose weight, because they see a fun looking race and it motivates them to try, because they just like to run, for a new challenge, for the endorphins, etc. In all honesty I have a hard time calling myself a runner because I've only done the total of two races, a full marathon being my first, and a 5k being my second. I signed up for a full marathon to use my adversity as a reason to do something rather than permitting it to stop me, for details on that read here. But I can honestly say I've never heard a runner say that they choose to run to prove they are better than other people, or anything remotely close to that sentiment.

"You're only impressing yourself"

And your point is what exactly? Are we supposed to do these races, wear the tee shirts, and buy the stickers for others? You're kidding me, right? Furthermore, HELL YEA I IMPRESSED THE SHIT OUT OF MYSELF WHEN I RAN 26.2 MILES!

You seem to be primarily calling out the long distance bumper stickers (13.1+ races). Long distance running is an animal. The amount of time you sacrifice to train, the kind of physical pain you feel after you start running 15+ miles, and the mental battle of putting one foot in front of another when you want nothing more than to stop is what makes long distance running special. And, well, completely crazy. But this is what unites everyone that has ever done a long distance race. Those bumper stickers are more than a tiny tangible piece of accomplishment - it's a way for other runners to identify each other, and to say they understand the glory of crossing the finish line, as they know what it took to get there.

The fact that you think those with those bumpers stickers make themselves "look like an ass," tells me just how unexposed and ignorant you are to this sport.

But you know what, let me offer this to you: Let me show you just how awesome the running community is, and how phenomenal long distance running is. Brian, I'm challenging you to choose a long distance race, whatever distance you want, whatever race you want. In turn, I will sign up and virtually train with you. My marathon was back in 2012, and I haven't regularly run since, so we are likely to be starting a similar point. I want to introduce you to a world that you know nothing about. If you stick with it, I can guarantee you won't regret it. I'll even pay for your registration.

While I wait for your answer, I'm going to buy a sticker that says 26.2 because you just reminded me how proud I am of that feat, and even more proud that I can call myself a runner.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Knees and Belly Buttons

I seriously can't believe I have a post with a title as ridiculous as this one. I also can't believe that this is even a discussion. I didn't anticipate for this type of issue to surface in my beloved sport, and I despise the fact that our world is getting overly PC. Here's the scoop: Meet Adam Proteau, a contributing writer to one of my favorite sites, The Hockey News. He has recently begun a crusade against the idea of females, specifically the Ice Girls, showing off their midriffs (or seemingly any skin below the chin) on the ice. Here is a link to his original post about this.

First let's talk about the good. I respect and appreciate the fact that Proteau took the time to ask his female Twitter followers how the NHL could better engage them as fans. He claimed that there were, "five common answers, including: hire more women in hockey positions (and hockey media), better sizing options for women’s jerseys and merchandise, a de-emphasizing of the color pink (or at least more non-pink jersey choices), the elimination of ice girls, and the key answer – don’t market specifically to women, and don’t do anything to make them feel like “The Other.”" 

While I think a lot of the feedback is true (in fact I agree on some of the points!), I am curious to know the credibility of this data. How many females actually responded? How many of these responders actually attend games?  What is the percentage allocated per suggestion? I realize this sounds nit-picky, but to take data seriously, you have to analyze it seriously, especially if it's going to determine any kind of business strategy.

But moving past this point, and onto the main one. The Ice Girls.

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He seems to be coming from a sexually objectifying angle, saying "We ask them work for next to no money in frigid arenas with their shoulders, midsection and/or legs exposed. We ask them to objectify themselves – to be ogled and leered at by strangers – and never stop smiling. We ask them to reduce their contributions so that they’re little more than eye candy."

Oh. The horror. (Sarcasm)

Let's remember that these are women who sign up, and audition to do this because they :::gasp:::: want to! A lot of these girls are (rightfully) proud to wear these uniforms, as it gives them the opportunity to sport their team colors, while rocking a cute uni that shows off the body they have worked their tails off for! And the "never stop smiling" piece made me laugh - how is a frowning (or "resting bitch faced") Ice Girl good for business? I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to see someone smiling, and simply expressing themselves positively. Which is exactly what these girls choose to be a part of and do.

What really bothered me was this statement: "Nobody leaves a game and says, “The best part of the night didn’t have anything to do with the action on the ice – it was when that cheerleader jumped up and down in co-ordination with other cheerleaders and said something positive about the team!”" The Ice Girls aren't meant to be the main attraction, so why would one ever expect hear someone say that they were the best part? This also made what they do sound trivial. For very little financial compensation, these chicks help generate crowd interaction, on and off  the ice. They show up and participate in community events. These girls dedicate themselves to this part time job, often while balancing school/other jobs. And I think it's awesome.

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And for the record, I'd love to see Proteau attempt some of the moves these girls do, especially the coordinated jumping up and down bit he referred to... except that would probably make my eyes bleed.

On top of all that, Proteau suggested, "In late July, the Florida Panthers – a team that has struggled to attract fans – announced they’d be discontinuing their “Lady Panthers” cheerleaders. Good for them. If they don’t need scantily clad women to sell tickets, no team does."

Whoah whoah whoah. Since when should any NHL franchise base their marketing decisions on the Panthers' -  you know, the franchise that is losing close to $30 million dollars per year!? Um hello, they probably got rid of the Ice Girls because THEY'RE BROKE. And they probably put a lovely little  PR spin on it out of desperation.

Then Proteau releases another post. The gist of it is that the Flyers took away their Ice Girls after Proteau's first post, then came to their senses (with the help of their vocal fan base) and brought them back. It's not often I'll say something good about the Flyers franchise, but they did a solid job at listening to what their fans wanted. Naturally, Proteau is having a hissy fit. He went on yet feminist rampage. To the point of even saying things like...

"More importantly, do the Flyers actually believe fans will stop coming to games if they didn’t have women displaying their thighs, stomachs and shoulders like dehumanized meat products on the ice?"

Gosh Adam Proteau... is that how YOU look at them?

How about this... if knees, stomachs and belly buttons are that sexually objectifying, then maybe YOU should change the way you look at a woman instead of trying to take down a piece of NHL hockey that is positive and fun that both men and women appreciate.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday - 5

I don't even know what to say.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

We have not forgotten.

Bad form, Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters was trying to sell a Kent State University sweatshirt splattered with red "coloring" for $129 referencing the 1970 shooting that killed  four students, and injured nine.

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Are your sales so low that you have to divert to using pathetic PR stunts like this? Or was this an item you strategically thought through and believed that people would actually want to wear a low quality, overpriced, ill-fitting sweatshirt with fake blood stains splattered across the Kent State University logo, a university who suffered the horrific tragedy of a school shooting back in 1970?

Shame on you. How dare you trivialize that horrific event, and the lives that that event affected. And the fact that you deny that the splattered red is supposed to represent blood, by stating that it's "part of our sun-faded vintage collection," further exemplifies what an unethical company you are. You can't even cough up the truth when you've been caught.

While I'm too young to have been personally affected by the Kent State University shooting, I was in college at a neighboring university (JMU) when the Virginia Tech shooting occurred, where easily 100 of my friends went.

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. There are (unfortunately) others. I'm guessing you chose Kent University as you probably thought enough time had passed and that you'd be able to get away with it. Well, you thought wrong. Just because more time has passed does not mean that the victims of the Kent State University shooting deserve less respect.

Everyone has a mix of opinions regarding politics, guns, shootings, mental health, etc. Folks, I implore you to put that stuff aside, as I think we can all agree that this was a tasteless move. We can't ban people from their first amendment rights, but we CAN take a stand and say what we will and will not support through the means of our dollars. Every time you spend a dollar you are casting a vote. If  you agree that what Urban Outfitters did was wrong, then purchase your funky hipster clothes elsewhere.

Show the surviving victims, and honor the ones who are no longer with us that we have not forgotten.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Soft People Suck

I can't stand how soft people have become as a society. People want to project reality through a fluffy veil of bull, instead of calling a spade a spade. I realize there is a time/place for everything, and that there are things that are off-limits. Now, with that being said... there is also an appropriate time to chirp, and poke a little fun at someone or something. For example, most professional sporting events have a "Kiss-Cam," where the camera scans the audience and pauses on a couple forcing them to kiss on air. I've seen the Kiss-Cam capture good kisses, bad kisses, awkward looks only to be followed by awkward kisses, people picking their noses, etc.

Recently at the Tampa/Philly game in Tampa, the Kiss-Cam paused on a less-than-svelte Flyers fan going to town on some chicken wings.

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That's it. And people (not including the fan) got majorly butt-hurt over it.

A newscaster posted on his Facebook page, "TAMPA IS A MEAN CITY.... they couldn't find anyone kissing on the "Kiss-Cam" last night at the Tampa Lightning vs Philly Flyers game. Instead, they fat-shamed an overweight Flyers fan. He laughed, but don't tell me his feelings weren't hurt. Good thing I'm not the Commissioner of the NHL - somebody would be fired. That's not the way to treat paying customers."

...............Um.

I think the newscaster overreacted. Is it not common knowledge that if the Kiss-Cam is rolling, that nobody is safe? Not to mention, hockey isn't exactly the best sport to choose to participate in (in any capacity) if your feelings get hurt easily. Additionally, I haven't found any reports stating that this fan was offended/cared about having his adoration with fried chicken exposed. Only that he was a great sport and laughed it off.

I get the impression that this newscaster doesn't really follow too much hockey (if I had to guess, he probably watches some of the NHL playoffs, at most). While unfortunate, that's ok (I guess), except for the fact he is making statements like the one above without understanding the culture of hockey.

Hockey is one of the most humble sports out there. The players police themselves, and keep each other in line through physical and verbal abuse direction. It's just the nature of the sport, and I love that. It helps prevent divas from sprouting, and it yields a team chemistry unique to the sport.

Here's the bottom line: Even off the ice and out of the rink, if you can't laugh at yourself, you're doing it wrong. Nobody is perfect, and while everyone is (hopefully) trying to be the best that they can be, what is the harm in laughing at your imperfections along the way?

If you can't take the cold, then get out of the rink and go watch some soccer.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday - 4

Gentlemen, here is a simple example of what not to do. I can assure you she won't be interested in spending time with you if you start a conversation off by proclaiming that you're not good at starting conversations, and then ending it with "i would like to know you more?" The question mark is the kicker.

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday - 3

I feel like I should preface this week's SLW with the fact that I am normally not this cut-throat, however, the level of douchebaggetry on this guy's actual profile was exceedingly high.  I also thought it was a bit random and perhaps presumptuous that he automatically guessed I was a Penguins fan!

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.

Single Lady Wednesday - 2

1) "Sweetypie," my eyes are blue. In fact, there is not one fleck of green in my eyes. There is not a single picture of me that could make anyone think my eyes are any other color. They are blue as in, BLUE.

2) Read out loud what you sent me. Would you ever actually say that in person? A good rule of thumb - if you wouldn't say it in person, don't send it via the interwebz.

3) Thirdly, the question mark?! What?!

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Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.