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Monday Update: NCI Training Edition

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Monday Update: NCI Training Edition

Hi everyone and happy Monday!! This past Thursday I had my training for the National Core Indicators (NCI) research project in association with the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio…What a mouthful! I had the honor of being one of fifty out of over five hundred selected to take part in this opportunity and I was so happy to be there – even though I had to get up at 4:15 in the morning to begin my day! Let’s discuss, but first take a look at some of the responsibilities that my new job will hold by watching some or all of this video:

My day began early on Thursday morning and didn’t stop until I got home at roughly 7:30 in the evening. After I finished getting myself ready for the day, I packed some snacks, made some coffee, and then hit the road. I live in Akron, Ohio and my drive to Columbus took a little over two hours. Luckily, I began my drive early enough to account for traffic because the rush hour traffic was insane! I had to be at The Ohio State University’s McCampbell Hall by 8:30 to begin checking in and because of my early start I made it right on time.

When I got to our designated room number, I was a bit taken aback by the fact that I was easily the youngest person there. Everyone was at least thirty or older and as I learned throughout the day, all of them had some type of job in the field of service for people with developmental disabilities. Other members of the research project had children with some type of special needs and there were also some fantastic self advocates taking part in the day as well. My parents were so impressed when I told them this and I have to say, I was quite impressed with myself, too!

Our day began at 9:00 sharp and we were introduced to the responsibilities we would have as members of the NCI research project. It’s going to be our job to interview people with developmental disabilities to make sure that through the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities they’re receiving the best care possible. It’s also going to be our duty to report anything suspicious to make sure that there is no negligence or abuse going on.

Throughout the day we watched and analyzed the video I posted above, learned how to report possible cases of abuse, and listened to speakers such as the head of the Nisonger Center at OSU who is assisting with this project, department heads at the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the people in charge of the NCI project. It was so cool to be able to ask questions and interact with people who are in such high esteem in the world of developmental disabilities.

My training went on until five in the afternoon and I learned so much. We went over the survey that we’ll be completing in extensive detail and I feel confident in my ability to do it well. I have a folder full of paper with the slides of the Powerpoints that we were viewing too so I can look over them whenever I need. My mom read some of them with me too because she’s a developmental pediatrician and is always hungry for more knowledge!

My day was so jam packed with information that I couldn’t even begin to cover it all in one post. All of the speakers did a great job of holding my interest because it definitely would have been easy to zone out during the day! I am so happy to take part in such an important project and I can’t wait to begin conducting my interviews throughout the next few months!

So there you have it, this week’s Monday Update: NCI Training Edition! How was everyone’s weekend? What are your plans for the holidays? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

See You Friday!

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See You Friday!

Helloooo everyone! Just so you know, I will be out of office today because I’ll be working in Columbus for my job with the National Core Indicator research project. It’s going to be a two or so hour drive to get there so I’ll be leaving pretty early in the morning to get there in time to find the building and check in. I’ll be back with you on Friday for the latest and greatest so until then feel free to reach out to me via:

^^^ AHMED, THERE’S SO MANY PRESENTS!!!!!!!

Have a fabulous day today and I’ll See You Friday! What is everyone’s plans for the weekend? Who still has some holiday shopping to do? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Exciting Announcements!

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Exciting Announcements!

Hellooo everyone and happy Hump Day! A few weeks ago I applied for an interviewing position for families effected by developmental disabilities. I would get to chat with the family for a half hour or so and report my findings so that they can be provided with the best services possible for them. Well, yesterday I received an email that I was one of the fifty applicants accepted out of over five hundred for the position!!

Next weekend I’ll be making a two hour trek to Columbus for a day of paid training and then I can be on my merry way with the program. It promises to be a great opportunity and I’m so excited to get started! I was so happy to have heard back from the company because I had given up hope on earning a position with them! The timing couldn’t be better, either, considering my winter break from Tri-C starts next week! It looks like homegirl won’t have to scrounge around for a short lived retail job for my month off! 🙂

You’ll notice in the title of this post that Announcement was plural, so yes, I have one more cool happenstance to share with you guys. As you know if you follow lifewithlilred, I started working for Twistfire Media last week. Things are going fantastic as you might have read from my post about it! Someone pretty special to the company also happened to stumble upon the article, as well…The president of Twistfire!!

Yesterday when I was with Kyle, I checked my email and saw that I had a new message with the subject “Blog Post”. I opened the email and saw the sweetest memo from Twistfire’s very own president thanking me for my post and also giving a shout out as a fellow redhead. I was SO surprised and proud as I read through the email and it made me even happier to start working for a media company where the founders have a genuine interest in you and your work. Thanks again, Mr. President! (And if you’d like to know more about working for Twistfire Media, you can email me at sarah.mush6794@gmail.com)

So there you have it, this week’s Exciting Announcements compliments of Lil Red! Who else has some exciting news to share? What was the best news that you’ve received this month? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

^^^ That pretty much sums up how I’m feeling! 🙂

Twenty One Pilots

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Twenty One Pilots

My music obsession of the past few months has been none other than Twenty One Pilots. I love these Columbus boys so very much. (C-Bus Ohio – REPRESENT!) Their studio debut album, Vessel, is a strong one. It’s chock full of fan favorites including Holding On To You, Migraine, and Car Radio to name a few of the radio hits. But this album is so much more than a few radio singles. Literally EVERY track on Vessel is a solid effort in its own right. From the five minute first track Ode To Sleep to the two minute Truce to close the album, there’s not one song that I could do without. Our C-Bus duo has been labeled from alternative rock, indielectronica, to rap – but no matter what genre they dabble in, they always do it just right. Twenty One Pilots consists of Tyler Joseph repping a strong resume of talents including lead vocals, piano, keyboard, and synthesizer just to name a few. But we can’t forget about Josh Dun who helps out on background vocals and whose drumming is absolutely out of control. The fact that his drumming holds the same amount of energy and packs just as much of a punch as Tyler’s stunning vocals says a lot about his talent as a musician. And please, don’t even get my started on Tyler’s vocal ability, because I won’t be able to shut up. But okay, here I go. Tyler has the voice of an angel. His vocal range is INSANE. He can change from screaming, to classical loveliness, to rapping with the sickest flow ever at the drop of a hat. Honestly some of his rapping – specifically on Migraine, almost mimics early Eminem. These guys have SO MUCH TALENT, I really just can’t get over it. It’s funny because I had their album, Vessel, on my iPod for quite some time, with the intention of playing it eventually. But I didn’t start listening to it until Car Radio played when I had my music on shuffle. I was playing all 9000 songs I have on shuffle while I was in the shower and half way through, Car Radio started playing and I had no clue who it was. I had to hop out of the shower so I could figure out just who the hell this song was coming from. When I saw it was Twenty One Pilots, I immediately kicked myself in the ass for not listening to them sooner.

Do yourselves a favor and watch the video posted above. This is a recording of them playing Migraine in The Live Room. It will blow your mind. So so good.

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And as if they could get any better….they’re both drop dead gorgeous. ❤ Do I have any Twenty One Pilots fans on here? Leave me a comment and let’s chat! -Sarah