Our Bucket List [Just For Fun]

Our Bucket List [Just For Fun]

Two words. Bucket List.

Our team wanted to share some of our bucket list items that we are dreaming about. As you can see below, our lists are just as diverse as our team! Check out the fun adventures we want to go on and the things we want to accomplish.

Andrea,

Get my PhD - it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to earn my PhD - something I hope to start working on within the next few years.

Publish a book- I love to write and hope to one day actually finish one of the hundreds of manuscripts I’ve started over the years - then somehow accomplish the Herculean task of getting it published.

Skydive- leap from a plane and feel the rush of life. Sounds fun.

(Photo Credit: NASA / rawpixel.com)

Laurie,

I’ve always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride. I gave it as a gift to my son for his twelfth bday but he saw straight through it… i.e. that it was more for me than him…he got a Nintendo instead.  Ironically, last year, at the age of 27 he rode hot air balloon over the temples in Thailand.  I know I planted the seed!

I’d like to take the Great Books course at NWU.

Travel travel travel.  Anywhere! Especially to my ancestral countries, Denmark and Bohemia. And Machu Pichu.

Swim with the manatees.

(Photo Credit: Scott Webb / rawpixel.com)

Emily,

Take a picture in front of the Leaning Tower of Niles and Leaning Tower of Pisa to see if anyone can tell the difference in the photos - I just discovered the Leaning Tower of Niles and am AMAZED.

Attend the Olympics (as a spectator, athleticism is not my calling)

Live out my Lizzie McGuire dreams and toss a coin in the Trevi fountain

Take a spontaneous trip somewhere. You know in the movies how people just walk up at the airport and say I want to go on the next flight wherever it goes, ya I want to do that. Who knows where it could take me?!

(Photo Credit: Chait Goli / pexels.com)

What are your bucket list items? Comment below! As you can see, Emily might need some inspiration to round out her list...


Meet Our New Team Member - Emily Wortman!

Meet Our New Team Member - Emily Wortman!

Black Rhino Marketing Group is excited to welcome a new member to the crash (a group of rhinos – don’t worry, Emily didn’t know that either)! We asked her only the most important questions and you’ll find her sometimes funny responses below. Meet Emily Wortman!

What is your background?

I grew up in central/southern Illinois in a fairly small town called Effingham. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to do something in the business world – no one could ever pass up my 25 cent cups of lemonade at my mom’s garage sales (ok I wouldn’t let them through without a purchase, sorry mom you may have lost a few customers).

Recently, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I-L-L baby). I studied Marketing and Finance in the Gies College of Business. During my time as a student, I completed internships in strategy, marketing, and accounting. While Black Rhino is my first “big girl job”, I’m excited to be surrounded by experienced professionals so I can continue to learn everyday.

What will you be doing for Black Rhino?

A plethora of things! Since Black Rhino is both marketing and financial services, I get to see it all. Specifically for Black Rhino Marketing Group, I will be the project manager for current and upcoming projects. I also do things involving research, writing, social media posting, and blogging among others! One might see me as the jack of all trades :P

Why did you want to join the Black Rhino team?

Black Rhino offers a lot of opportunities to learn about a lot of different things. They are involved in multiple industries and allow me to take on a lot of responsibility very quickly. I get to work directly with clients which is what I love to do. Overall, it’s a cool place with a lot of unique opportunities.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

Since I just moved to the city of Chicago, I like to see all the restaurants and things to do in my area. I have always loved to bake and cook, so I take any excuse to make something sweet. I’m also a huge Gilmore Girls fan – I’ve seen it too many times, but also can you actually watch it too many times? I’m trying to get into reading books but catch up with me later to see if I pick that up. All good book suggestions are welcome!

What’s your go-to fun fact?

I know how to drive a manual car (aka stick shift). I think that’s fun!

What are you most looking forward to at Black Rhino?

I’m looking forward to really digging in to help clients on their marketing strategies. Each organization has something that makes them unique and finding out what that is excites me. I want to help clients reach their full potential in their businesses. A client succeeding with material I helped to provide is what I’m most looking forward to!


BRMG Personality Type's

BRMG Personality Type's

Part of what makes Black Rhino Marketing Group so authentic is its diversity; Our team is made up of [awesome] people from different backgrounds and different personalities. For this teams blog, we thought it'd be interesting, and quite frankly fun, for our rhino team to take the Myer Briggs test in order to determine our personality type. Let just say, they were pretty spot on.

Andrea | ENTJ - Commander Personality

"Commanders are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal. However, Commanders are also characterized by an often ruthless level of rationality, using their drive, determination and sharp minds to achieve whatever end they’ve set for themselves. If there’s anything Commanders love, it’s a good challenge, big or small, and they firmly believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal. This quality makes people with the Commander personality type brilliant entrepreneurs, and their ability to think strategically and hold a long-term focus while executing each step of their plans with determination and precision makes them powerful business leaders." Read more about ENTJ.

Laurie | ENFP - Campaigner Personality

"The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party but are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd. More than just sociable people-pleasers though, Campaigners, tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected, seeing it through a prism of emotion, compassion and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning. Campaigners are fiercely independent, and much more than stability and security, they crave creativity and freedom." Read more about ENFP.

Soulmaz | ESFP - Entertainer Personality

"If anyone is to be found spontaneously breaking into song and dance, it is the Entertainer personality type. Entertainers get caught up in the excitement of the moment, and want everyone else to feel that way, too. No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as Entertainers when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style. They have the strongest aesthetic sense of any personality type, from grooming and outfits to a well-appointed home, Entertainer personalities have an eye for fashion. Entertainers are naturally curious, exploring new designs and styles with ease." Read more about ESFP

Dane | ENFP - Campaigner Personality

"More than just sociable people-pleasers though, Campaigners, like all their Diplomat cousins, are shaped by their Intuitive (N) quality, allowing them to read between the lines with curiosity and energy. They tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected – but unlike Analysts, who tend to see that puzzle as a series of systemic machinations, Campaigners see it through a prism of emotion, compassion and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning.." Read more about ENFP.

Jeff | INFP - Mediator Personality

"Mediator personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, Mediators have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. Comprising just 4% of the population, the risk of feeling misunderstood is unfortunately high for the Mediator personality type – but when they find like-minded people to spend their time with, the harmony they feel will be a fountain of joy and inspiration. Mediators combine their visionary nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives. Being able to connect many far-flung dots into a single theme, it’s no wonder that many Mediators are celebrated poets and authors." Read more about INFP. 

Darryl | ESFP - Entertainer Personality

"Entertainers are welcome wherever there’s a need for laughter, playfulness, and a volunteer to try something new and fun – and there’s no greater joy for Entertainer personalities than to bring everyone else along for the ride. Entertainers can chat for hours, sometimes about anything but the topic they meant to talk about, and share their loved ones’ emotions through good times and bad. If they can just remember to keep their ducks in a row, they’ll always be ready to dive into all the new and exciting things the world has to offer, friends in tow.." Read more about ESFP

Rebecca | INFP - Mediator Personality

"Being a part of the Diplomat Role group, Mediators are guided by their principles, rather than by logic (Analysts), excitement (Explorers), or practicality (Sentinels). When deciding how to move forward, they will look to honor, beauty, morality and virtue – Mediators are led by the purity of their intent, not rewards and punishments. People who share the Mediator personality type are proud of this quality, and rightly so, but not everyone understands the drive behind these feelings, and it can lead to isolation." Read more about INFP. 

Melanie| INTJ - Architect Personality

"It’s lonely at the top, and being one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types, Architects know this all too well. Architects form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population – it is often a challenge for them to find like-minded individuals who are able to keep up with their relentless intellectualism and chess-like maneuvering. People with the Architect personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy." Read more about INTJ. 

Check out the Myer Briggs personality test and determine what type of person you are!


Apps We're Obsessed With

Apps We're Obsessed With

Ahh, the era of smart phones, and what's a phone without its apps?

Here are the apps we are currently using and are slightly obsessed with...

Andrea

  • Facebook: "Because I need to see how our business pages are going, plus check in with my personal friends and family"
  • News: "Despite the fact that much of it is depressing, I do read the news fairly regularly"
  • Fitbit: "Trying to trick myself into believing I’m going to be more active – I’ll start this spring!"
  • Spotify: "Tunes and podcasts- I probably use this one the most"
  • Credit Karma: "I’m crazy about checking my credit and monitoring my payment history"

Liz

  • Snapchat: "Yes, I am a millennial. Yes, I like taking selfies. Yes, I use Snapchat."
  • Gmail: "My inbox is my life. I am constantly checking my email throughout the day"
  • Apple Music/Pandora: "My long commute calls for car jam sessions. I love music and these two apps are everything"
  • Youtube: "Feeding into my HGTV obsession, I love sitting down and spending hours watching DIY videos that I know I won't ever actually do (hey, I can always dream)"
  • MoviePass: "Every movie lovers dream. Trust me, you need the MoviePass in your life"

Laurie

  • Group Me: "This is an awesome app that my widely-spread-out large family uses to keep in touch on a daily basis. It’s basically glorified text messaging, but all in one place with a clean conversation thread that’s easy to follow, with photos, videos, links and whatever else you want to add. Much cleaner and less annoying than a ton of texts loading up your phone that you lose track of. And it keeps the entire thread FOREVER so you can go back and find things."
  • Bitmoji: "Ok it seems silly but I actually do use it! The secret is to create a fun avatar of yourself (you usually find yourself laughing pretty hard when you’re creating it); then pick surprising ones to send out—i.e. not your typical ones. There are hundreds of Bitmoji messages for every conceivable greeting, occasion, situation, emotion, time of day etc etc. If you’re clever, its not a “groooaan” to the recipient."
  • Parkwhiz: "Find parking in the city close to your destination well before you drive down and pay for it in advance…usually a little cheaper than normal."
  • Dictionary: "I love words.  What else can I say? Like…do you know what a schwa is?? Get the Dictionary app and find out!"

Soulmaz

  • FaceTime: "To talk to my mom"
  • Instagram: "Honestly, to waste my time"
  • Youtube: "To watch Persian movies and random stuff"
  • Soundcloud/RadioJavan: "To listen to Persian music and podcasts"
  • Waze & GoogleMaps: "To find my destination. I'd literally be lost without them"

Rebecca 

  • Duolingo: "Ahora, mi español es mas major que antes. Y el pequeño búho esta lindo."
  • Realtor.com: "Window shopping for a new house for our family. I like Realtor.com the best because it posts the most photos and is easy to navigate and customize your search."
  • CreditKarma: "So that window shopping can turn into actual shopping for a house! Check your credit as often as you like. For free and without dinging your score."

Dane 

Very simple guy with a very simple phone.

  • Phone
  • Map
  • Weather
  • Calculator

What are some of your favorite apps?