How to Tuesday: Put yourself Out There

Through all of my classes in school, the overriding theme was put yourself out there. What my teachers meant by this was to make yourself a brand and get your brand into the world in any way you can. The best way these days is through the internet and social media.

As you can see in the right hand side of my blog I have many different social media sites that you can find me on. Today I decided to make a Tumblr. A Tumblr is just a different type of blog. It’s mainly for shorter blog posts like pictures, quotes, and links. It’s a great way to start blogging for beginners.

I know you may be thinking why would I need another blog, right? Well, like I said before it’s just one more way to get my name out there. Can’t hurt, can it?

I’m still new to it,  but you can watch my Tumblr evolve by going to k-is-for-keighly.tumblr.com

 

– xoxo

Gator Grad 2014

On May 3, 2014 I graduated from my dream school, the University of Florida. I still can’t believe it! It feels great to finally be part of the UF Alumni that spans across the nation. I want to thank all of my friends and family who supported me along the way. I definitely could not have done it without you. Go Gators!!

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It’s Not Just Four Years, It’s For Life

That’s the Gator Nation,you’re not only a part of it for four years…you’re a part of it for life.

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I am so thankful that I was able to live out my childhood dream by attending the University of Florida.photo

From the time I attended my first Gator football game, to my last step out of the communications building I have loved every minute of my time here. My time spent in the Center for Media Innovation is especially important because it’s there that my career was born.

All of my mentors and peers have been there along the way, and will always be an instrumental part of me achieving my dreams.

photo (7)The things I’ve gotten to experience, and the people I’ve gotten to meet as a reporter for WUFT will always be unforgettable.

Not mention I won my very first Associated Press College Award for Best Hard Short News Feature on a story I did about Cyberbullying, a story with a message of great importance.

 

 

 

You can see that winning video below:

 

I’m so excited for what the future holds. Just like my time at UF, the route I take will be unpredictable but ill end up where I’m supposed to be.photo (6)

Here’s a Tip

Small thing can have big effects. That’s the main idea, I believe, of Malcom Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”.

Gladwell talks about this “tipping point” by describing it, in my opinion, as the point right where all the hard work has lead up to. The hard work that may never get noticed, but is always worth it. At that tipping point is where your dream, idea, or maybe long hours of work comes to fruition and becomes something much greater than you would ever imagine.

 “The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life, is to think of them as epidemic” – Malcom Gladwell.

 

That epidemic that Gladwell is speaking of is what is more commonly known to us now as “going viral”.

 

You can’t make something an epidemic, nor can you make something go viral…it just happens. Going viral is more in reference to online content, such as youtube videos, but it has the very same meaning as Gladwell’s epidemic. You start with something small, and slowly by word of mouth you have something huge.

Just like the “Hush Puppies” in the beginning of the book. Hush Puppies were a thing of the past. No one would ever expect for them to come back in style, but when a couple kids decided to start wearing them again in rebellion an epidemic is born. That’s when you get, as Gladwell writes, a 30 dollar shoe that makes its way into every major department store.

 

“Ideas, and products, and messages, and behaviors spread like viruses do”

 

That statement is a powerful one. We all know how quickly the flu spreads when one person at the office has it. So if ideas, products, messages, and behaviors can spread that quickly then that says to me as a society we must be very careful what we do. We must be careful with the messages and behaviors we spread for the younger generations. It really is that simple. I take greater notice to this idea when I pay attention to my younger brother. He exhibits every main idea about the tipping point. One day he will hear a phrase put out online, and in a couple days he and all of his friends and their friends will be using that same phrase. It’s incredible how quickly something can actually take effect.

This theory of ideas spreading like viruses do also is parallel to the theory of positive thinking. The theory of positive thinking typically means that we are supposed to think in a positive manner and that will catch hold somewhere in the universe and continue to grow. Like an epidemic, surrounding yourself with positivity is supposed to keep positive things happening in your life. Now, at the snap of your fingers you can’t make what happen immediately just as you can’t make a fashion trend spread like wild fire, but with continued positive thinking of an idea you have eventually the idea will “tip” ,as Gladwell describes, and you will see what you have always hoped for appear before your eyes.

Tuesday How To: Be Successful

This Tuesday “How To” is going to be a little unconventional. While I’d love to say I know the perfect steps to guide you towards success, I don’t. What I do know is that I’ve found the secret to success (although I’m not all the way there yet) is to have a dream, a goal, a vision… just something in mind that you want and that you believe you can achieve.

School is great. I firmly believe that I would never be where I am today without the amazing program I’ve been involved in at the University of Florida, but I will say that the place I’m in today is the product of something I’ve always dreamed of.

 I came across this quote :

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

 

So for today’s Tuesday How To: Be Successful I will say there are just three steps to the success you’ve always hoped for:

1. Have a goal

2. Believe in yourself

3. Be prepared to put in the hard work

With those steps, and some other unexpected things along the way I’m sure that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.

 

Some of my peers who have also been working hard to achieve their goals include:

Elle Newbold

 
 
 
I invite you to check out there incredible blogs, they all do incredible work!

 

 

 

 

The Beginning of the End

I’ve applied for my degree, my graduation cap and gown are ordered, and with only 40 days left graduation is becoming very real, very quickly. Wow! 40 days?! I still don’t know where those four, life changing years have gone, but I’m eternally grateful that I got to experience them at the University of Florida.

As I reflect on my time at the College of Journalism and Communications, I know that I would never be where I am today without the help of my teachers and peers. Each and every one of them I’ve encountered has taught me something new, showed me the way, been there for advice or just for laughs (which are much needed during long newsroom days), and most importantly they’ve always been there for encouragement.

At the CJC we really are like one big family with the same dream. We’ve been through it all together, and I know these are people I can count on even in the future.

Take a look at some of my peers:

Rochelle Alleyne

Dana Kurtz

Monica Marin

I know these three have bright futures ahead of them, and I can’t wait to see where we all end up down the road!

How Much Does a Polar Bear Weigh?

Enough to break the ice! Hi, I’m Keighly! That’s Kay-Lee. You may be new to my blog, or maybe you’ve been reading it for a while, but I bet either way you can’t say you know much about the blogger behind the screen.

These days we are defined by our resume, which is fine. A resume is a quick sample of your experiences that do in many ways define a person’s character traits. Whether you’re goal oriented, philanthropic, or over-achieving are just a few examples of traits that a resume could display. There’s also a person’s “About Me“. An “About Me” in my opinion is just an essay version of your resume thus it gives away the same information.

However we aren’t just the product of our experiences, we are a product of what got us to those experiences as well. So I thought I would take this time to let you know more about me and where I come from.

I was born Keighly Lisa Chambers on June 26, 1992 in Hollywood, FL to the most beautiful, loving, and supportive family.

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With deep blue eyes, freckles, and dark hair I was the baby in my very large family. Now when I say “the baby”, I mean the first grandchild to be born. For my mom who likes to be known as “LC” however, I was her only child.

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Spoiled as ever, from the time I was born I had everyone’s attention. My mom began video-taping me each month on the 26th to document that I was another month older. My great-grandfather, or Pop as everyone knew him, picked up that tradition and from there took it to a whole other level. 2He and my great-grandmother, Gram, sat with me for hours and hours and video taped my every move. Whether I was sleeping, drawing, or eating cookies and milk I was on camera. They even took the time to dress me up in costumes, watch me sing, or sit around and play with toys. No matter what I was doing, I just loved to be on camera.

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Naturally, as I got older I began to have other hobbies. I loved to play soccer, and was part of a dance studio. One thing I was really talented at was drawing. I was a very creative child and took to crafts very easily. Many don’t know this, but I even won first place in an art contest in elementary school!

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No matter how much I grew though, I never wanted to leave the camera. When Pop wasn’t filming, I took the time to make short films of my own. From skits with my friends, to my own “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, to improvised talk shows I would spend my days after school filming away.

The love of being on camera eventually lead me to my yearning to be a news anchor for the elementary school news. From there it became my dream career and the rest is history. 8

I’m now in my last semester at the University of Florida, where I’m working towards my bachelors degree in Telecommunications – News. Attending UF was another dream of mine, and being a part of the College of Journalism and Communications has just been more incredible than I could have ever anticipated.

While I finish my degree, I am also interning at CBS 12 in West Palm. Being a part of that newsroom has given me even more of a passion for helping people and sharing their stories.

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A little more about me: My family means the world to me. I am no longer an only child, as my little brother blessed our family when I was 9 years old. My favorite color is pink. I can watch Titanic over and over. I love to cook, even though I’m usually not too good at it. I have an obsession with makeup and own way more than anyone could put on their face at one time.  I am the pickiest eater you’ll ever meet, and change the menu no matter where I go. My favorite way to travel is by cruise ship because I love, love, love the ocean. I have never had the same hair color for more than a couple of months. My friends are a huge part of my life, and are basically a second family. I have an amazing boyfriend that has made my life complete for the past two years. I consider myself to be extremely loyal, caring, and dedicated. I have too many clothes, but never anything to wear. I’m 5’11 and still wear 5 inch heels. I live for accessories and change my jewelry with every outfit. Most of all, like the headline of my blog, I am bright eyed, genuine, and passionate with everything I do.

Now you know some of my quirks, and things that make me…me! Like all good reporters will tell you, everyone has a story. That was just a glimpse into my life, but always remember we are made of more than what gets put on paper.

Workout of the Day

Okay guys, I have to admit that I took the day off yesterday. Even though I used light weight and did a short workout my legs were still ruined.

BUT, today I was back to it. I did biceps and shoulders today. Mixed it up with supersets and abs in between rest times. A superset means doing two different exercises back to back. To learn more about supersets and their benefits click here

I did supersets of two exercises that hit the same muscle. This is also known as agonist supersetting. To keep my rest time short, and my heart rate up I added abdominal work in between sets.

Here it is this week’s Bicep/Shoulder Workout:

Bicep Superset:
Isolated Dumbbell curls: Reps- 10-12X each arm
Reverse bar curls: Reps- 10-12X
4- sets

Do one superset, then Ab work for 30 seconds. Planks, V outs, Russian twists, bicycle crunches etc.

Then go back to superset.

Bicep Superset:
Hammer Curls: Reps- 10-12X each arm
Bicep curl with bar: 10-12X

Do one superset, then Ab work for 30 seconds. Planks, V outs, Russian twists, bicycle crunches etc.

Then go back to superset.

Shoulder Superset:

Front shoulder raises: 10-12X
Barbell shoulder press: 10-12X

Do one superset, then Ab work for 30 seconds. Planks, V outs, Russian twists, bicycle crunches etc.

Then go back to superset.

Shoulder Superset:

Lateral shoulder raises: 10-12X
Arnold Press with Dumbbells: 10-12X

Do one superset, then Ab work for 30 seconds. Planks, V outs, Russian twists, bicycle crunches etc.

Then go back to superset.

And done.

I found that even though it was intense, I liked doing abs in between sets so that I didn’t have to do them at the end. Supersets and ab work in the middle make for a short, intense workout which is great for muscle building.

Let me know what exercises you do on bicep or shoulder days! I love to learn as well.

xoxo

How-To Tuesday: “Messy on Purpose” Hairstyle

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Today’s How-To Tuesday  is dedicated to a Kardashian inspired look. Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian will always be a prominent style icon. You’ll never see her step out in anything less than flawless, which always makes her a style favorite of mine to try and duplicate. I have to admit that a lot of my style is inspired by Kim’s trendy looks, but today I was focused on hair.

There’s been many times that I’ve taken a picture of Kim K to my hairstylist to copy her hairstyle of the month. Kim’s hair is always changing, as she was recently seen dropping her long dark locks for blonde. Lately she’s back to brown and also a shorter look. When she was blonde though, she often did this same “messy  on purpose” style that caught my attention.

Kim posted this picture to her Facebook yesterday and I instantly knew I wanted to try it this morning for work. So, I did just that.

How did I do it? I put this look together with a lot of hairspray and my Milani Hair Triple Threat Clipless Curling Iron using the 1 1/4 inch barrel.

Start by parting your hair to a very intense side part. To achieve this look I have to part my hair to the side further than I normally would.

Use a large barrel curling iron to curl the bottom of your hair, about 6 inches down from the top. Curl sections in thick pieces to insure you do not get a tight curl. When all of your hair is curled, comb out them out.

Tease the crown of your head with hairspray for a thicker look. Finally, run your hands through the bottom of your hair while spraying to add the “messy” to this “messy on purpose” style.

This style is super easy to do and will leave you looking like a Kardashian Doll for a day!

Complete this look with some contouring makeup found here.

xoxo