LFW Member Spotlight – Rachel Stephens
Feb21

LFW Member Spotlight – Rachel Stephens

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Managing Editor and Blogger, Rachel Stephens! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer with us? I am the managing Editor and a blogger with Living Fort Wayne. I love writing and I love Northeast Indiana so volunteer for Living Fort Wayne seemed like a perfect fit. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne. I love to cook! When I am not working or writing I am surfing Pinterest and whipping up new recipes in the kitchen. If you could live any place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If I had to take up residence elsewhere, I would dream big and permanently live at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. While I have never been to Bora Bora, the idea of waking up in paradise next to the ocean everyday is enough to sell me. If you had a friend come in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? If I had a friend come in the summertime, I would have to show them the YLNI Farmers Market on Barr Street. Strolling downtown, picking up local produce and ordering lunch from a food truck is the perfect Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon experience, What is the most interesting place you’ve been in Fort Wayne that you don’t think many people know about? Over the summer I had the chance to tour the Electric Works campus. I am sure by now everybody knows about this exciting project, but it was a cool experience to see the old GE campus and hear about its former operations and how that history will be preserved in its renovations.   If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? “Remix to Ignition.” No doubt about it. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach...

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Build Your Career HERE – Changing Paths
Feb20

Build Your Career HERE – Changing Paths

How many of you feel like leaving your current job will be a job in itself? Your resume may be solid if you are staying in your current field. The problem is that jobs are limited in many fields and require people to leave the region if they want to advance in your industry. If you want to stay close to your friends or family, sometimes you have to think outside of the employment box. Even if you are ready to do this, your resume can be more of a curse. You work your whole life to make that piece of paper seem exciting and important, but when you decide to take a chance and make a change, it hurts you more than it helps you because your employer only sees your employment history and not your valuable talents. We all get it. Finding a job can be hard. Even if unemployment is low, one line on a resume can make someone else look just a little bit better. So what exactly do you do if you are wanting to make that change? Well, it isn’t quite as difficult as it feels. I talked to some industry experts in business consulting, economic development, management, professional development and entrepreneurial development. Unsurprisingly, these people had some of the same advice.   So how exactly do you find a career that is out of your normal work scope? Even the experts have made big career changes and have found successes. Sonya Snellenberger-Holm, Project Manager for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership told me, “I made a big shift in jobs when I started at the Regional Partnership. Before starting my job in economic development, I had only worked in the restaurant industry. While the two aren’t related I do think that being a bartender/server helped shape what I really wanted in a career. I knew I wanted a job where I could talk to people and build relationships with them. I also knew that I wanted a job that the result would make people feel happy. People like to go out to eat to socialize and have a good experience; people also like when their personal per capita income is raised, and they have more access to jobs. It takes very different steps to get to the result, but the outcome is the same. I like to make people happy. For anyone switching careers to something that is out of their norm, I would suggest going back to the basics. What makes you happy? Trust in the process and welcome the new change in your life, you never know what new stories you’ll...

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How to Hygge in Fort Wayne
Jan26

How to Hygge in Fort Wayne

About Hygge What is hygge? Aside from being a little difficult to pronounce (“hoo-guh”), the definition has an extremely easy to understand meaning. It encompasses the overall feeling of contentment, well-being, and being cozy. In our fast paced world, we often ignore these important feelings and practices. Lucky for us, it is very possible to hygge in Fort Wayne.   How to Hygge in Fort Wayne Contentment  Contentment is different for everyone. If you want to feel contentment, you should find something that you really enjoy and act on it. This could be catching a show at Embassy or checking out the latest performance from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Promote Your Personal Well Being  It’s a new year and you have new opportunities to do something for yourself. Help your mind, body, and soul by joining a local gym or taking a yoga class. Coziness  Cozy is in the eye of the beholder. It can be going to an amazing coffee shop like Fortezza, or enjoying time with your friends at a warm and friendly bar like JK O’Donnells.   How to Achieve the Entire Hygge Package Winter Cozy is a hygge themed evening brought to you by Riverfront Fort Wayne. Everything about this speaks hygge. According to Megan Butler, this event will stimulate the senses. She uses Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to create a sense of wonder and connection through the taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. The goal is to offer an amazing experience while re-defining winter. The event highlights the positives of winter (like a heated tent, cozy furniture, warm cocktails, food for purchase, live music from Ty Causey, sensory games, ice sculptures, and drink luges). The event will feature local ice sculptors and other local vendors like Mutton and Club Soda. Part of promoting your personal well-being and contentment will be highlighted through adult hands-on sensory activities. According to Megan Butler, you should think about sensory activities for autism. You can play with the activities and take them home. Riverfront Fort Wayne is committed to making people more conscious of the rivers. This event is an example of how people can live their lives around the rivers and have fun all year, even in the winter. Event Details Winter Cozy is a part of Winterval Admission is $10 at the door. Event Runs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is 21+ Sponsored by Alt 99.5, Riverfront Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Winterval is a Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation event. Contact Megan Butler for additional...

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Cartt Delivery: What you don’t know about this popular local delivery service
Jan26

Cartt Delivery: What you don’t know about this popular local delivery service

You’ve probably heard the buzz around the local, on-demand moving service called Cartt that took off in 2017, but did you know that these local entrepreneurs didn’t always plan to be the “Uber of Movers” or the “Uber for pick-up trucks?” Join me in this quick “Did you know?” conversation with Dylan Belcher, co-founder and CEO of Cartt. They have a small but mighty team. In 2017, Dylan Belcher, Justin Davis, and Seth Lugibihl built Cartt with the assistance of Steven Kennedy, one of their drivers. Like other on-demand companies, they use technology, helpers, and hands to keep the community moving. Helpers and hands make from $12-$25 an hour. They had to change their plans early on. LFW: What started the conversation with your team when you started this? Cartt: Cartt was actually supposed to be an on-demand grocery delivery service, all done through a mobile app. We came up with brand identity back in November of 2016. We were getting ready to release our beta version of the app to the FW community in February 2017, but two very big, well known on-demand grocery delivery services launched in Fort Wayne, SHIPT & INSTACART.  Both companies are backed by millions of dollars from Investors and since we were so young and not backed by any investors, we decided we needed to pivot our business model. We spent most of the summer in 2017 formatting and constructing the new business model. My partners and I knew that we didn’t want to leave the on-demand economy. Companies in this space like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and many others have been blowing up and attracting a large new customer base. In today’s economy and society, people want things FAST. It’s all about “Instant Gratification”. After many meetings and brainstorming (and much help from our mentors in FW), we transformed Cartt into an on-demand moving and delivery company. It’s kinda like “Uber for pick-up trucks.”  They are modifying the wheel (or at least the traditional business model). LFW: Were you intending on being the Uber for movers (or uber for pick-up trucks), or did that just kind of just happen? Cartt: We most definitely intended to be the Uber for movers. With the opportunity right now, we have the potential to take over the Midwest with this business model. The on-demand economy is here to stay for many years.  They have a service for everyone. LFW: What does Cartt offer that other moving companies don’t? Why go with Cartt instead of a well-known company? Cartt: We offer 6 key services from Store Delivery, Small Moves, Junk Removal, Craigslist Delivery, Donation Pick-Up, and Storage Moves. We also offer helping hands which helps our...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Tiana Maclin
Jan18

LFW Member Spotlight – Tiana Maclin

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Strategic Marketing Manager, Tiana Maclin! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role at Living Fort Wayne is the Strategic Marketing Manager. I decided to volunteer because of the amount of potential Fort Wayne has. As a new resident to Fort Wayne, I find it important to know what activities are going on around our community, sharing stories and allowing for a greater “togetherness”. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne I am a creative person. I enjoy writing music and expressing myself creatively. I am so happy that Sweetwater is nearby and there are plenty of ways to experience the arts. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If I could live anywhere in the world? That is a tough question! Can I have a top three? I would say Prague, Czech Republic; Ljubljana, Slovenia; or Dubrovnik, Croatia. I think these places are beautiful and I loved their culture. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? If I had a friend coming to town, we would probably go to the shops in downtown Fort Wayne. They are so quaint and I love the individuality. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? All. Of. The. Songs. I would sing them all. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always interested in meeting with other folks who are passionate about sharing all that’s great about living, working and playing right here in Fort...

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