Sunday Night Thoughts

Well, it's Sunday here in New York so I've made my lists and schedule for the week (I find it oddly relaxing…), and oh boy do I have a lot coming up!

I started a new position at the Smart Girls Group as a social media intern for the magazine, the Smart Girls Guide and I can't wait to dive in.  I'm working on strategy for the magazine's Pinterest page, as well as working with Twitter.  The Guide is becoming a major entity of SGG and is growing really quickly so we're working on creating an individual voice for it.  I love social media and Smart Girls Group, of course, so I thought, "why not?"!  That's going so be SO much fun because it's now basically my job to comb through the current and most recent issues of the Guide and promote it on social media.  What could be better than that?  The newest issue came out this morning so I'm going to read it tonight and pick out quotes and articles and pictures and get ready to tweet!  I have to tweet a *ton*, though so I'm looking into good social media management sites.  Any suggestions?

I started my new class, Islam in America, last week and I love it already!  Similar to my American Religious Texts class, this class is history and theology combined, and it adds Islamic history to it so I sit in class with a completely enraptured expression on my face and I have no shame for my nerdiness :)  We talked about the slave trade last week and how Islam was introduced to the US and this week we'll be talking about Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, which was a more militant, racially-driven group that arose in the US in the 20s and 30s.  I have to miss class on Thursday, though, because…..

I'M GOING TO THE SMART GIRLS CONFERENCE!!!!  I had originally thought that there was no way I could fit it in with work and my internship and class but, after a surprise discount that I interpreted as a sign from above, I made it work so that I'm only missing one of each of these, since the conference is right at Lincoln Center!  Trust me, this event is going to be HUGE!  We have an incredible speaker lineup, from Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Brenda Berkman, the first female firefighter of FDNY, Carly Heitlinger of The College Prepster, Renata Mutis Black, micro finance entrepreneur, and so many more!  I finally get to meet all of these women I have come to know during my time with SGG and I can't wait to sit in that conference room and bask in the inspiration.  Trust me, there will be *many* posts about this!

SO EXCITED! www.smartgirlsconference.com

SO EXCITED! www.smartgirlsconference.com

It's also going to be live streamed so you can catch any of the events from the website!

Oh, and I have to book my flight to London by Friday so it's about to get even more real that I, Katherine Labonte, am actually going to London in exactly 80 days.  *cue excited scream*.

Yup, it's going to be a great week!  Happy Sunday!

Inspired to be,

Katherine =)