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Sydney Hill

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 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?

I have never been to Old Dog, Bold, or Chinn Chinn…ok some of those are in the Kalamazoo AREA, but all of them have been recommended to me and I have not made it yet – excited to try them!


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.