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JANUARY 2010 YP Connections: Young Professional Q&A

January 2010: "What Would You Most Like to Accomplish in 2010?"

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Each month metroMAGAZINE, in cooperation with The Greater Omaha Young Professionals, polls a group of "YPs" to obtain a brief glimpse into their lives and their insights on our community. Following are the answers which were provided to this months' Q&A:



Karissa Johnson, 24

HR Personnel Clerk IV, OPPD

You know that feeling you have when youve just seen an incredibly amazing film?  Well, thats the feeling that I want to have on December 31, 2010. I want to look back on the year and be amazed by what just took place. 

In February, I look forward to attending a conference in Memphis with a young lady that I mentor through Kids Across America.  Later this spring, I will be traveling to a wedding in Chicago to support two friends of mine as they start a new life together. My adventures will also land me in North Carolina, where I look forward to sharing my gifts at an international church conference geared toward development, ministry, and empowerment.

As a beginning etiquette instructor, I look forward to obtaining etiquette certification in order to effectively instruct and train people of all ages.  With this certification, I will find great pleasure in providing etiquette training to young professionals, local organizations, and traveling to present on the value of being a polished professional! This development piece, along with beginning graduate school in the fall, will hopefully aid in new opportunities for career advancement! I am thrilled about 2010!

Erin Stoll, 31

Director of Development, Together, Inc.

Every year I make the same New Years resolutions: "Give up chocolate and work out 7 days a week." Or, I tackle something huge like "Run a Marathon" as I did this year. But for 2010 I decided that instead of torturing myself with no chocolate and 20 mile runs that I would take on a fun project instead. So with the encouragement of my husband and many close friends, I have decided to start a fashion and style blog. Ive only just begun to put the pieces in place but my goal is to help women find their own unique style in an affordable way by utilizing the clothing they already have in their closets. My motto is: "Women run out of ideas, not clothes," So I will show how easy it is to update your wardrobe with whats already in your closet, plus a few key pieces that are chic and affordable. Hopefully with the ideas and tips on my blog women will get inspired to shop their closets for a new outfit without spending tons of money! And if I have time left overmaybe Ill do a few half-marathons too!

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