What is your official title?
Ambassador at Maestro.
What’s an average day in the ‘Zoo look like for you?
I am an early riser. I love the feeling of waking up early and getting a good workout in before starting work, so I am normally up around 5:30/6:00am. I am part of Maestro’s front line so I get to do one of the things I love most – talk! I spend my day with current and potential clients as my first priority. I talk with them, demo our work, run meetings, and doing anything I can to make clients feel loved and appreciated – making sure every interaction they have is Maestro-spectacular.
I also love to create content, so I spend a good portion of my day posting to boost Maestro’s social media presence and contributing to the company blog.
After work I spend time cooking and creating even more content, but this time it’s personal for my food blog, Sincerely, Food. I also like to spend some time connecting with friends and family – over a walk, dinner, or drinks. If I can combine friends and family with something active, like a walk on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, I am a happy girl.
What kind of projects are you currently working on?
This summer, I started my food blog and I am absolutely loving it ☺ I am trying to get consistent posting several times throughout the week.
What has been one of your biggest learning moments?
I played volleyball in college. As excitement built for the opening weekend of our season my fourth year, I found myself sitting the bench and watching my freshman teammate start in my place. As a captain on the bench, I had to find a way to continue being a leader without presence on the court.
At first, I remember feeling crippled by this task – but I quickly figured out that sympathy for myself, would get me nowhere.
I made a decision that I was unwilling to let this break my spirit and ready to fight for my spot, no matter the outcome. So, I continued to work hard on and off the court. When I had a chance to prove myself, I took it, and started the last ten games of my final collegiate season. It makes me a bit sick to think about how close I was to letting that roadblock determine my future. I learned the importance of fighting and, equally important, I confirmed my belief that you have an impact no matter where you are standing in the gym, on the court or on the sidelines. I finished off my last year changed for the better and stronger than ever.
What have you been jammin’ to recently? What’s on the iPod?
I like a pretty wide variety of music. What I am listening to really depends on what I am doing. Driving with the windows down in the summer – country like Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, and Carrie Underwood. Cooking, cleaning the house, or hosting a family dinner – “chill music” like Sarah Bareilles, Matt Nathanson, and Mumford & Sons. Working out – Avicii, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding. I steer clear of what I refer to as “angry music,” because I like to feel energized and happy from my tunes.
What is next up on your reading list?
I just bought The Happiness Project. It was recommended by a friend and seems like a very inspirational read.
What is your favorite app to use?
I really like Instagram, yep, guilty.
I am also an avid Mint.com and FitBit user – I need to ensure my finances and fitness are in order!
How do you take your coffee?…or do you?
Hot with a drop of half & half.
What city have you always wanted to visit in MI?
I really want to go to Grand Marais, MI to see the Pictured Rocks. I have only seen pictures, which are gorgeous, so I can’t imagine seeing them in person.
Do you have a “go to” spot in Kalamazoo?
I am a Food Dance Foodie ☺ Which makes it even more dangerous to work at Maestro – we share a building so temptation is near!
Are there any places in the ‘Zoo that you haven’t been to and are dying to go?
What is the best reaction you’ve gotten to the name “Kalamazoo”?
I love telling people I am from Kalamazoo. The name is intriguing and nearly always prompts follow-up question or comment – that’s a real place?!
Do you use your hand to describe our beloved Mitten State?
DUH. I actually have a freckle that is exactly where Kalamazoo is on the hand map so I am guilty guilty guilty of using my hand to describe where I live.
What do you love most about Kalamazoo?
I love the people. I run into friendly, genuine, passionate people everyday. It warms my heart.
What can we do to improve Kalamazoo?
I grew up in the Kalamazoo area, moved away for 5 years to attend undergrad and grad school, and moved back in 2012. Since returning I have been impressed by the positive changes.
To improve Kzoo even more, I think we need an infrastructure to support our active and energized community. I would love to see trails to safely draw people downtown and parking to encourage booming weeknights and –ends!
Keep up with Sydney by following her on twitter at @shhydney.