5 Rules I’m Following for My Professional Instagram

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 8.39.04 PM.pngSocial media continues to be a big part of my life, so I have been juggling with the idea of starting a second Instagram for months. I was not sure if I should take on the small commitment, if it would get too complicated, or if I should focus it more to food. I finally took the leap when I realized I needed to better separate my personal and professional life. The thing was that I do not want to separate them too much. I had to decide what I wanted to post in order to make sure the account did not just become another thing with my name on. It has finally come down to these few rules that I stick by:

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I’m constantly following new people in order to get my name out there or to have a more exciting feed. Following back requires more caution, but I try to be good for a follow and like.

4. Connect to Other Platforms

Not that this has helped me so far, but connecting my photos to my twitter or even this very post keeps everything connected and simpler. It creates a big picture that allows my friends, family, and future co-workers get to know me better.

3. @CaseyIrwin97 is basically @conscienceofcasey

I didn’t make a strictly blog-related Instagram because I wanted to encompass more of myself as a brand and not just post there when I post here, but I will always incorporate the two. On top of everything, Instagram in another way to promote my blog and another creative outlet that ai try to post on as much as possible. 

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One of my favorite things about Instagram is the creative part of it. While my personal
account is still creative and pretty, my professional platform will have no boundaries and I will let myself have more fun with it.

1. Be Professional First, Myself a Close Second

My personal Instagram could easily be a professional one, but as I network and develop my skills I don’t think my friends would find conference photos quiet as entertaining. My professional instagram will incorporate my personal life and professional life into an feed that highlights my skills and social media interests.

I would love it if you could check out this Instagram I just rambled on about!

Constantly Captioning,

Casey

Warn the Presses: Proud Feminist Here

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I do not want to get political; I just want to be honest.

In just one semester at college, I managed to make two speeches about slut-shaming and analyze another speech about overall feminism. If I was not sure about it before, I am sure now: I am a feminist and I could not be more proud. I have never seen a problem with the word, but I have now been shown the real power and importance behind the idea of feminism.

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Slut-Shaming: All Hail Emily Lindin

The key to public speaking is speaking about something you are passionate about. Although my family never understood my chosen topics, making two speeches on the topic of slut shaming was very important to me. I was inspired by Emily Lindin, founder of The UnSlut Project–which is “Undoing the dangerous sexual bullying and ‘slut’ shaming in our schools, communities, media, and culture” (Twitter). My classmates expressed to me that they did not know this was a problem, so I am glad there are people out there devoted to stopping an issue that I have experienced myself (solely for the way I dressed on a hot day).

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 HeForShe: Everyone’s Girl-Crush, Emma Watson

Emma Watson has spent the majority of her life in the spotlight as an actress, but more importantly she has made somewhat of a name for herself as an intelligent, caring feminist. People expected her to behave a certain way when she earned the title of a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. This title, even combined with her Brown and Oxford University educations, is still seen as the least of her accomplishments and that might just be part of the problem that she was honored to become an ambassador. Watson speaks on behalf of women around the world in order to change people’s views on feminism in relation to how men view the word as well.

Coco Chanel. Maya Angelou. Malala Yousafzai.

All very different women; All feminists in my eyes (even if not in theirs).

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Recently shared by Christina Caine, founder of A21 Campaign

I will respect my fellow women in what they choose to call themselves, but I feel an extra sense of pride for women who take the title to the next level. I am both anxious and excited to see other women’s successes as well as my own, and I only hope that our strength leads to better results for women in difficult situations. Check out or follow the amazing women above because although they are making lot of great changes, we could all one day be in  the same ranks if we have enough courage and passion.

 

Forever a Feminist,

Casey

 

Studying: Coffee House Composure

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It can be hard to focus in college. So many people and activities and food. It’s important to find a place to really be able to focus, whether it be in the library or dorm. After my first semester in college, I know I prefer studying in coffee shops or cafés. Some people may not have found their favorite place personally, but even during my winter session I get the best work done when I leave my house and venture to a new setting. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is definitely my cup of coffee.

Why Coffee Houses?

  • But First, Coffee: Coffee is both a cultural phenomenon and basically an essential item to function. Cafés/coffee houses have an endless supply of it (shocker, right?!), as well as varieties of tea, delicious pastries, or even the occasional healthy foods. Although Starbucks is great, more unique places tend to have different and better things to offer.
  • The People: Small coffee houses are usually stocked with original characters and quality service. Both the customers and employees are usually conversational and pleasant to interact with!
  • Noisy, but not annoying: Working in complete silence is just a call for distractions for me as little things tick or tock. Too much noise is a distraction in it of itself. I find the low buzz of conversations and steamers the perfect complements for a study session.
  • Energy: Not to get too hippie-hippie here, but my past three reasons all add to the feelings of a coffee house or café. I find them so cozy, comfortable, and straight-up motivating. Most other people there are also studying, and everyone is hyped up on coffee and cream.
  • Even science supports the coffee-shop-studying-movement!
  • Who does’t want to feel like the cast of Friends?
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Make the Best of it:

  • Know Your Budget: Know going in that you are going to only buy one cup and a muffin so that you do not keep ordering coffee as you spend more time there and accidentally drop $20 on coffee in one day.
  • Try New Things: Those giant menus are created for a reason. Don’t order the same thing every time you go and it will help bring more excitement to what you are studying!
  • Get to Know the Staff: I have yet to master this, but having the people know your name and/or order could really make your stressful study days a little bit better.
  • Don’t go every single day because the day you skip will be filled with a caffein withdrawal headache.
  • For anyone in Newark, Delaware: Brew HaHa and Brewed Awakenings are the best things to ever happen on Main Street.

You’ve got nothing to loose, except maybe some money.

Please join me in my coffee house obsession and check out your local places, especially if you are a student or if only just to support a small business at the end of the day!

Your Caffeine Enabler,

Casey