This weeks #BossBabe is someone I went to high school with, Erin Kelly! Erin lives in Dallas where she is a Senior accountant for a commercial real estate company. Throughout this interview, Erin lets us know all the deets on how she has had a  successful career ever since graduating, including her 3 tips to anyone just starting out in their field!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

My name is Erin Kelly and I’m a 27 year old (soon to be 28) Dallas native. I was born and raised in Dallas, but spent my teen years in Allen, Texas. After high school, I received my accounting degree from the University of North Texas. Upon graduating I received a tax internship, which eventually turned into a full-time offer at an accounting firm in Addison, Texas. After about a year of tax accounting I decided to make a change and went into real estate accounting, where I still am today. I’m currently a Senior Accountant at Stream Realty Partners, a commercial real estate management company here in the Dallas metroplex. I’ve been with Stream for four and a half years.

What made you decide to start your career? Did you go to school for this?

I’ve always considered myself a very risk averse individual & knew that I wanted job security when I graduated from college, the accounting field gives you just that! Aside from being good with numbers, I took an accounting class in high school and thought “Hey, I’m pretty good at this!”.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

My family and friends. They think so highly of me (even if I can’t always see why) that it encourages me to do better in every aspect of my life. I’m constantly surrounding myself around loving, funny, and smart friends and family, that it kind of rubs off on me.

What is your favorite quote & why?

My favorite quote is one by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It’s a simple reminder for me to treat people with respect.

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Material things don’t matter and you need a passport!  Also, don’t rush the plans that God has for you. Trust his timing and not yours.

What is your end goal with your career? what do you want to accomplish?

I’d like to stay in accounting but other than that I’m not really sure at this point. As long as I’m constantly learning and progressing, I’ll be happy.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

1) Be kind! You never know what networking opportunity you can create for yourself. Also, you’ll never regret being kind.

2) Always be professional because you never know who’s watching. Having one too many drinks at the company party or posting that inappropriate picture on social media is never a good idea.

3) Be honest about your abilities. When you’re starting off in a career, you’re “fresh” and it won’t be hard for everyone to tell. Take this time to ask as many questions as you can and listen to those who are where you want to be.

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

Exceed the client’s expectation!

What is your least favorite?

Writing! I’ve never enjoyed writing and I had the idea that there wouldn’t be much writing in the accounting field. Boy was I wrong! I’m either writing explanations about the financials I have just produced or I’m editing/reviewing paragraphs that my property managers have just written regarding property matters.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

How much accountants depend on other departments within the company. I can’t complete any financial reports without information from property management, leasing, and even the engineering teams. It can definitely be a pain at times, but I can’t ignore the wealth of knowledge that I gain from being in constant communication with my coworkers in other departments.

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Hebrews 13:8-

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

Sometimes, I wake up in a really good mood. Most mornings, I’m eager to be awake- so thankful for another day. Other times, I dread getting out of bed. I want a few extra hours of sleep, a day with nothing to do, and no errands to run. Although I love my job, I wake up a lot happier Fridays than Mondays and loveeee my sleep on the weekends.  Needless to say- I wake up differently throughout the week. What’s calming to know about Jesus is that he’s the same Sunday-Sunday. No matter the day, year or hour- he loves and cares for us the same throughout.

It’s funny how when I was doing this weeks weekly inspiration piece I decided on this verse- not realizing that I had spoken the same thing previously, literally almost to the date a year ago. I had to laugh, because this verse is just as much true as it was then. Jesus is always there for us- even if sometimes we think that he’s not. He’s always cheering us on, always supporting us on this walk we call life & is always by our side. This week, my challenge for you is to remind someone going through a hard time that they are not alone. Maybe that looks like calling an old friend who had a long week & you had no idea! Or maybe it’s reaching out to help the new employee at work. This week, spread love by being a blessing to someone else expectantly.

P.S.- Deets on this outfit can be found here

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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So I’m not much of a pattern mixer- but did so a while back and just recently realized I never shared about it! Being that I am in neutrals most of the time, my patter mixing days will be far and few- but I can say that I had fun doing so! I always admire people who wear bold colors and prints together- totally accepting that I will most likely never be someone who can dress like that on a regular basis! Nevertheless- I do like this “eclectic look” and even more love people who rock it on a daily basis.


Pattern mixing became really popular last summer and as summer starts this year- I see the trend still “trending”. Being someone that doesn’t even have much pattern in my closet- I’ve found that the easiest way to patter mix is to use accessories instead! I know I’m not the only one that has tons of fun printed summer scarves and although in a few weeks it will for sure be too hot to wear these (in Texas at least), now is the perfect time to pattern mix what that favorite accessory of yours! I for one, took my favorite lemon scarf and paired with my black and white (of course) striped dress. Although this is for sure still considered “playing it safe” in the pattern mixing world, I still loved this look and was proud of myself for trying something new!

Whether you like to keep things simple like me, or like trying new trends like me- pattern mixing can be as easy as wearing a fun clutch for the day! I’ve linked some really fun patterned accessories below, all to help you step out of your comfort zone a little  bit! As neutral as I am when it comes to my close, adding a little pattern here & there is something I still like to do! (P.S- Deets on the shoes above here!)

Until Next Time!

-B

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This weeks #BossBabe is someone that I attended college with (and a fellow zista!)- Canaan Starnes. Canaan currently works at the Lyft Headquarters in Nashville, but has a passion for art, music, and anything fun! Being super adventurous and living life, Canaan tells us how her consistently has landed her to working aside some of her favorite artists and having the time of her life while doing so!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

Hey guys, I’m Canaan! I’m originally from Beaumont, Texas but moved to Houston in 2010 to attend the University of Houston (GO COOGS) & graduated in 2014 with a bachelors in Hotel & Restaurant Management. I currently live in Nashville where I work on the Existing User Experience team at Lyft HQ. In addition to working with Lyft, I also just recently started working with Insomniac Events – as an Artist Liaison at their festivals. While Lyft is fantastic,
working with concerts and music festivals are my passion. If you haven’t already guessed, I love to travel! I have been all over Europe and  Australia – by myself – which is something I would definitely recommend doing.
Out of all of the places I’ve been, Rotterdam is my favorite.  Such a cool city!

What made you decide to start your career? Did you go to school for this?

I went to UH because I knew I wanted to have a career somewhere in the hospitality industry. At the time, I never thought I would later have the chance to combine my passion for music & hospitality. October of my senior year, I received an opportunity to work the box office at a new music festival in Houston called Something Wicked. Being a huge music fanatic, I jumped at the offer. I can’t begin to describe the feeling I had after working that weekend, I just knew I needed to pursue that career. One of the companies that organizes Something Wicked also has a concert venue  in Houston called Stereo Live and it then became my goal to get involved in any way I could. I remained persistent (probably annoying at times) and agreed to work any position they had for me. Whether it was working in the box office or putting wristbands on the VIP guests, I was just happy to have a foot in the door.

A few months after I graduated, I was offered a full time position as their Director of Events. Working there, I learned so much and met so many great people. Having a small team allowed me to learn a ton about the different areas within the music industry.Three years, 600+ concerts, 12 Steve Aoki cakes and 400 Dada Life pillows later,
my time at Stereo Live had ended. I received a new opportunity to work for Lyft’s corporate office in Nashville. Leaving my job at Stereo and moving out of Houston was definitely not easy but I knew I needed to push myself outside of my comfort zone and see where it would take me.After a month of living in Nashville, I received an opportunity to be an Artist Liaison with Insomniac Events. I recently worked at their newest festival,
Middlelands, and will be traveling to Vegas in a couple days to work EDC!

What inspires you on a daily basis?

I have an amazing support system. I’m at a point in my life where I have gained such a solid group of friends. There is something I see in each one of my friends that inspires me. My mom is also a huge inspiration to me. She is this 5ft tall, Sicilian lady who has a voice like Aretha Franklin. It’s very rare that you will see her without a smile on her face. If I can be half the mother she is one day, I will be happy. I’ll never forget the time I had 1 day to get 400 identical pillows for a concert we had going on later that night. After spending so much time calling around Houston
to see what I could find, the closest place to the venue ended up being a pillow factory in Beaumont (where my parents live). My mom, without question, dropped everything she was doing that day, rented a U-Haul, and drove 40 boxes full of pillows to Houston. She is the real MVP.

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

The past year has definitely been the most challenging year I’ve ever experienced. This verse always reminds me to keep my head up through whatever challenge I’m currently faced with.

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Stop trying to control everything in your life (& stop drinking so many Redbulls)! I’m such a planner and if I could just go back & tell myself that everything would work out better than what I originally had planned, I would’ve saved myself a ton of un-needed stress.

What is your end goal with your career? what do you want to accomplish?

Hmm…this seems to be the question I keep asking myself. If you were to ask me this question at the end of each year, you would have gotten a different answer for each year.I just started 2 new opportunities, so right now, I’m just soaking everything in and enjoying the present.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

  1.  Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. I believe being comfortable at a job is a bad thing. If you’re comfortable, you’re not learning new things or growing yourself/your career.
  2. Whenever you start a new job, you’re a fresh set of eyes to the company and your specific role! Don’t be afraid to share your ideas or start something new! One of the core values at Lyft is “Make it Happen” which I think is such an awesome phrase to live by. If nobody has done it, create it. If you want to move up, do it.
  3. To all the job searchers — sometimes, you will get told “no”; IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. If you’re told “no”, trust it’s not the right time or company for you; another door will open, I promise.

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

Meeting so many new people! Moving to a new city and traveling to different festivals, I’ve had the chance to meet so many new people. Growing up, I was always the kid in school the teacher had to constantly move because I would talk to everyone. I’ve always enjoyed talking to new people and learning from them.Another plus – Lyft allows dogs at the office! So being surrounded by dogs every day is a huge favorite of mine.

What is your least favorite?

To be completely honest, there really isn’t a “least favorite” thing. With both jobs, there are definitely times where I’ll be stressed, but the people I work with are amazing. They are so encouraging and are always there to talk it out or lend a hand when I need it.

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Being able to adapt to change so quickly is very important, but not something I ever gave a thought prior to this job. However, if I had to pick one thing that really stands out to me, it’s been the items some people ask for on their riders.Whenever I worked at Stereo Live, I had to make sure the green room was stocked with whatever, the artists we had playing that week, requested. I have a lot of interesting stories to say the least, but all made for great memories.

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s weekly inspiration comes from Ruth 2:11-

“Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband- how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.”

The book of Ruth is  a book in the bible that is very dear to me for so many reasons. I love Ruth not only for who she was as a woman but also for the many lessons that she can teach men and women alike. Although this verse might not be substantial to some, it has such an important message: you never know who is watching you from afar. You literally have no idea who is waiting around, waiting for the perfect moment to bless you.

Ruth could’ve decided not to go with her mother-in-law and stay where she could’ve possibly felt more comfortable. She could’ve been bitter about no longer having a husband and she could’ve been resentful. Instead of being any of this, Ruth decided to stick near her mother-in-law and work. She handled her time of waiting gracefully. This is something that has been in my mind for a little while now- waiting patiently. Whether you’re waiting for that new job you’ve been praying for, that new car you’ve been eying for a while now- or even simply waiting for a phone call that hopefully ends with good news. Remember that in your waiting period- your next blessing could be coming sooner than you think.

P.S.- Deets on the outfit above can be found here!

Until Next Time!

-B

 

 

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