More Than Halfway - Dana Chirps

I looked up and it was suddenly August. Time flies. I figured since we’re a little past the halfway mark of 2016 (I seriously can't get over that!) that I’d see how I’m doing with my new years resolutions, and if there are any tweaks I’d like to make to them. I don’t know what it is about writing down goals and ambitions… but it just motivates me.

Here’s the list of my 2016 resolutions with my feedback in bold.  

Fitness - I really like the at home workouts. They pretty much take away any/all excuses and the portability keeps me on track when I travel. I would like to check out options for a weekly fitness class of sorts (MMA? Hip Hip Dance?) just to do something different for cardio. I’ve still been good about my living room workouts. At the beginning of June I got a FitBit ChargeHR, and I absolutely love the thing, and it helps me stay motivated. It’s also gotten me to incorporate other forms of working out like walking, running, rollerblading, and biking. One adjustment I’d like to make is that I would like to join a structured group workout program, I’m leaning towards Crossfit, but we shall see as I heard there is a Cycle Bar opening in Fort Lauderdale!

Diet - Like most Americans, the holidays put a slight damper on my diet, but nothing too crazy. So when I get back to Fort Lauderdale (currently in VA visiting for the holidays), I plan to jump back on track. I’m pretty good, I could be more consistent though. But on the plus side, I have been cooking a bit more. I’d like to find some healthy but delicious recipes to master.

Work - Do my thing. And maximize the opportunities I have been given and will continue to get. Still doing my thing. Work is actually a bit hectic. I do marketing for luxury apartments in South Florida. Typically someone in my role has about 25 properties, and I’m at about 50 properties. Needless to say it’s a little crazy. The plus side is that The Company (that I’ve been with since last fall) has really given me tremendous experience. The Company has me involved with all kinds of things: the conception of the property, providing feedback on architecture and deciding upon amenities and finishes, interior design, branding (naming, tagline, colors, etc.), website design, signage, online marketing (SEO, PPC, social media, remarketing, etc.), print marketing, video, budgets, media schedules, analytics, etc.! I think because I get so busy that I sometimes forget what an incredible experience this role can be. But I do hope/pray/beg for some more manpower so that I can have a more manageable portfolio size and really be able to dive deep with those properties.

Social - I've recently achieved a much better work/life balance, and really look forward to continuing to enjoy it in 2016. Somewhat recently, I’ve met some really great new girlfriends who I’ve been having a blast with! They are all really smart, beautiful, and upbeat girls that like to be out and about doing things. And lucky for me, a few of them have FitBits and love doing things to get their steps in, too! ;) 

Personal - Stick to my guns. I'm surrounded by temptation in any and every form you can and can't imagine. I've made some mistakes, and although I've already moved forward from them, writing them as a goal is a good reminder to be the person my dog thinks I am. I think I’m doing a pretty solid job at this. I’m certainly not perfect, but I really do strive to be a better person in all of my relationships. I can say that I like who I am, and will continue to try be a better version of myself.

Travel - San Antonio (ok this one is a gimme b/c it's for a work trip), Key West (maybe for my bday?), NYC, and somewhere in Europe (Iceland? Budapest? Ireland? Barcelona? Italy? To be decided...). Well I think I have nailed this goal! So far: Key West, New Orleans, San Antonio, Portsmouth twice, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, San Fransisco, Key Largo. I wonder what else I can squeeze in this year. :)

Photography - I bought an absurd camera, and I'm definitely getting the hang of it but still have a lot to learn! I definitely need to practice more. I really would like to expand my pet photography, and learn to capture people better.  

DanaChirps - Just keep writing. Always. But an adjustment to this goal is that I’d like to rebrand DanaChirps. 

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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.