BEHIND THE PEN
I am a writer and entrepreneur who finds creativity in the simple things of life. My insatiable curiosity for learning, combined with my passion for writing and helping others is what fuels me.
Hi, my name is Brigid! Thanks for visiting my site. I am incredibly passionate about writing and helping others. I believe each person has a gold mine of untapped potential to share with the world! I love inspiring others to become the best version of themselves. The goal with my writing is just that.
How my brain works through a project.
BRAINSTORM IDEAS FROM ANYTHING I KNOW ABOUT THE TOPIC IN MY MIND.
BEGIN EXTERNAL RESEARCH - LOOK ONLINE, READ BOOKS, INTERVIEW PEOPLE ETC.
WRITE FIRST DRAFT USING MY CREATIVITY AND CONTENT LEARNED DURING RESEARCH.
RESEARCH FURTHER TO LEARN NEW INFO, GET MORE FACTS, & CONTINUE WRITING.
REVISE WORK & LET EVERYTHING MARINADE IN THE SUBCONSCIOUS.
NEW IDEAS COME TO THE SURFACE, & THE FINAL DRAFT COMES TO FRUITION.
PORTFOLIO OF WORK
After graduating from Benedictine College with my BA in Marketing, I began my career journey. Fresh out of college, I worked for a year in Texas before moving back to the great state of Minnesota. In spring of 2020, I took additional courses at SCTCC. Through the university I joined The Northway Group, an advertising agency that works with real clients in the area. I then became a Marketing Specialist for PowerHAUS gym, where I did everything from logo design to creating print and digital materials. From there I managed a blog for a while, and worked other jobs in a marketing capacity. With each new position I worked, my goal was to learn and grow in my skills. The variety of jobs I worked prepared me for where I am today with my career.
I served as a marketing consultant for the Central Region Small Business Development Center from May 2022 - 2023. I offered no cost marketing and business strategy services to struggling small businesses in the Saint Cloud MN area.
ADVERTISING OPERATIONS & MEDIA
Spring 2021 - 2022
I worked as a advertising operations coordinator for MediaSpace Solutions, an advertising placement company. Working in the newspaper industry I gained critical skills and formed genuine connections. I also created content for and managed the company's social media channels to drive engagement.
Summer - Winter 2020
In June of 2020, I started working as a Marketing Specialist for PowerHAUS gym. Brand positioning, raising awareness, and increasing members were my main focuses. Here are some social media posts I made for opening weekend, our first event, and the company slogan. I managed their social media account from June 2020 till December 2020.
SCTCC PUBLISHED WORKS
As a Marketing Assistant for SCTCC, I wrote and published articles on content related to the college, students, and their employees. I created social media posts and published content for student events.
BLOGGING FOR OTHER COMPANIES
For a couple of months, I was writing blog articles other companies' websites. I wrote on topics such as water quality, siding materials, and cabinetry. See some of the articles I wrote below.
THE NORTHWAY GROUP
Winter - Fall 2020
I created this post, to celebrate The Northway Group's 14th year of service to the St. Cloud community. From Spring to Fall of 2020, I managed all social media accounts for the agency. When I started out, the accounts had been inactive for 2 years.
AAF CENTRAL MN POSTER CONTEST
In fall of 2019, I entered the AAF Central MN annual CMYK poster contest. The theme was the 90's. After researching some of the most iconic moments from the 1990's, this was what I created. The description below was also submitted with the poster.
Who remembers Blockbuster? How about VHS? It is crazy to think there was a time before DVD and Netflix. When you had to rewind rented movies before returning them. When you had to wait until next week for the next episode of Friends. When Whitney Houston starred in The Bodyguard, and the Spice Girls Wannabe was an instant hit. The 90's meant something different to everyone. This is what the 90's meant to me.
FOOD TRUCK & COPYWRITING
Spring - Summer 2019
During my time in Texas, I worked on a Chick fil A food truck. I assisted the team with day to day operations. Each day was different and you had to be ready for anything. Because of who I am, I saw an opportunity to create a training resource for new hires, and improvements that could be made with the food truck marketing. As my role evolved I met with directors to discuss ideas I had related to improving the marketing efforts for the food truck. I made suggestions with event planning and, assisted with off-site sales
EMPLOYEE TRAINING RAP
Chick fil A Baylor: Mission Statement
This is a throwback from my days working on a food truck for Chick Fil A in Texas. I was inspired by their mission statement and though why not turn it into a parody rap of ice ice baby by Vanilla Ice. No copyright infringement or commercial benefits intended. ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS.
GIVE IT A SHOT
Writing sample from a story I submitted to a contest during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Give It A Shot by B.B
Tyler poured the blended mixture into the margarita glasses and placed a lime wedge on the rim of each.
“Here you are ladies.” Tyler said, handing them their drinks. “Will you be starting a tab tonight?” he asked.
“No thank you” said the brunette.
“Okay, then it is $7 each.” explained Tyler. They gave him the money along with a one dollar tip and walked away.
Cody was at a loss. He didn’t have enough courage to get scolded by his friend again, but he also didn’t want to leave. Honestly, can things get worse? What have I got to lose? The worst that could happen is that she says she isn’t interested. I’ve been rejected plenty before, what difference does one more make? Cody was ready to go in, even if he was going to crash and burn. Walking towards her, his heart was beating fast. He felt himself getting light headed, but he knew he had to do this or he would regret it. He clenched his sweaty hands firmly and kept walking.
As he approached her, he found himself quickly losing faith. What am I supposed to say to her? I can’t wing things like Tyler. I think I may be overestimating my abilities. Maybe I should just call it a night; it’s not like it would ever happen anyway he thought heading toward the door once again.
Suddenly a waiter came out from the kitchen with a giant tray of fish tacos and chips. Not seeing the extension cord stretched from the wall to the street, he tripped over it; sending food flying in the direction of the honey blonde haired girl. In a moment of adrenaline, Cody flung himself in front of her, getting guacamole and fried fish all over his white shirt.
Tyler, who was muddling mint in a glass, looked up to see what the commotion was all about. He saw his friend covered in food, while the girl was completely fine.
“Idiot.” he said snidely as he added a lime wedge to the glass.
“Gotta give him props though, it was kinda cool.” said one of the guys at the bar.
“You definitely don’t see that every day.” added another guy.
In the midst of the chaos, Closing Time by Semisonic came on the radio. Both Cody and the girl were laughing as she wiped the guacamole off his face. His shirt may have looked like a Jackson Pollock painting, but he was happy.