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18 for ’18

Posted by janelle on January 7, 2018 in Leadership, Personal |
Selfie-Janelle & Jim@Thornewood

Enjoying our annual trip to Thornewood Castle

With 2018 firmly underway, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on what I loved about 2017–and share some goals for 2018.

Looking back over the past year, I’m grateful for:

  • The Employment Security Department’s work with Monster.com to develop a ground-breaking new job match site (WorkSourceWA.com)that allows Washington employers to post jobs and search for talent for free! I enjoyed travelling to Monster.com headquarters in January to hear some of the innovative new ways they are helping people hear about new jobs without really knowing they’re looking.
  • Our work to improve our online services for unemployment insurance claimants. We are continuously improving the system based on feedback from our customers but they now can do so much more online!
  • Our efforts to inspire more businesses to hire our nation’s veterans through our YesVets program.
  • Going to concerts with my friends and family: Tim & Faith, Blondie and Garbage, Primus and Foreigner with Cheap Trick–all different friends, all different venues, all good times.
  • Taking time out with my family at our cabin at Lake Quinault, playing in the sun, touring the lake by boat and hiking to the waterfalls.
  • Travelling for work and fun: Costa Mesa, Austin, Washington DC, Nashville, Boston and Coeur D’Alene.
  • Celebrating professional accomplishments by joining the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows and winning the PRSA Lloyd B. Dennis Award for Distinguished Service at the national level.
  • Enjoying a holiday getaway at the Thornewood Castle with my husband.
  • And last but not least, the continued health and happiness of my friends, family and Mr. Tigger, our two-year-old cat!

Looking to future, because it’s 2018 and because I can never resist trying to do too many things, I’m going to focus on these 18 things. Let’s see how it goes!

  1. Health: It wouldn’t be a resolution post if we didn’t start with this: Continue to work on improving my health, eating better and exercising more.
  2. Peace: Find time to enjoy the blessings in my life.
  3. Love: Spend more time with my wonderful husband in our relaxing home.
  4. Nature: Get outside more–both at home and around our state.
  5. Family: Visit grandma more often, road trips to the cabin with mom, play with my nieces and nephews.
  6. Friendships: More spontaneous lunch, coffee and happy hours.
  7. Finances: Save more, spend more mindfully.
  8. The Power of Jobs: Helping good people find great jobs has always been a passion of mine. Lucky for me, my job feeds that passion as our WorkSource system connects employers with jobseekers every day. My dream for 2018 is that more people experience the benefits of WorkSource to find great talent or new jobs. #powerofajob
  9. Nurturing talent and recognizing success: I’m blessed with an amazing team at work and this year, I want to take more time to help them achieve their goals–and to make sure they’re recognized for their successes.  Then taking it a step beyond, I’d love to recognize more people across our agency for the great work they do.
  10. Inspiration:  In February, I’m honored to speak at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) regional conference–#InsPiRe: Rise Above. I’m looking forward to inspiring them and encouraging them as they enter our industry.
  11. Mentorship: As a new PRSA Fellow and member of the induction ceremony committee, I hope to encourage more of my successful peers to join the ranks of the PRSA College of Fellows–and I’d also love to see more professionals pursue their Accreditation in Public Relations.
  12. Engagement and encouragement: Returning to my local PRSA board after a bit, I want to be a fully engaged board member and encourage more professionals to join our ranks for the strong professional development and lifelong friendships they will enjoy.
  13. Inspiring ethical behavior and civility: In my last year as the chapter outreach coordinator for our Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, I want to schedule more regular calls with PRSA Ethics Officers to provide ongoing and informational support for our collective work to raise the ethical bar for public relations professionals.
  14. Empowerment: Continuing work with the amazing women of the Thurston County United Way’s Women United and the Junior League of Olympia, I want to help lift the women and girls in Thurston County up to financial self-sufficiency through philanthropy and volunteerism. I look forward to sharing our stories, welcoming new members and raising more money than ever to help promote hope!
  15. Fighting cancer: I’ll proudly continue to work with my friends and family to fight cancer through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life with a goal of bringing in $2,500 again this year and supporting the great work of Cancer Pathways.
  16. Reconnecting: I’m blessed with long-time friends who regularly stay in touch. I look forward to seeing them whenever I can.
  17. Professional development: As a life-long learner, I hope to learn a few new tricks this year to help me continue to improve and grow.
  18. Gratitude: It always ends with gratitude. In 2018 and always, I’ll strive to express gratitude for the gifts in my life.

Happy New Year!


2015 in the rearview mirror

Posted by janelle on December 27, 2015 in Personal |

Every year around New Year’s, Facebook creates a “Year in Review” for people. This year, as I reviewed mine, I saw a year of great fun and deep sadness. Our family faced some huge changes that still bring tears to my eyes–losing Grandpa, saying goodbye to Pozo after 19 years and Grandma moving farther away. […]


It’s a new day

Posted by janelle on February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Life in a state capitol after a major election is a little like living in a snow globe–especially for those who serve at the pleasure of elected officials. Everybody is all shaken up, wondering if the incoming elected officials will retain them when things settle down. There are certainly no guarantees–even if the new elected […]


Media training for Media Relations Professionals

Posted by janelle on October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized |

It’s day two of the PRSA International Conference and my colleagues and I have been overwhelmed with great information. We’ve had three fantastic key note presentations, plenty of time between sessions and after hours for networking, and nearly a dozen different workshops to choose from every workshop session. Today, one highlight was Debbie Wetherhead’s workshop, […]


Conference Countdown

Posted by janelle on October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  Have you ever had one of those projects that dragged out over months and months? With multiple little fire drills? And lots of politics? And many complicated issues? And highly emotional and passionate voices sharing viewpoints without all the facts? And so many moving pieces you’re not sure if it’s ever going to work? […]


Happy renewal

Posted by janelle on September 30, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Happy renewal to janelleguthrie.com! Thank goodness I married a domainer…



Posted by janelle on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Thank you to the PRSA Puget Sound Chapter for two great events yesterday. We started off the day with a top-notch professional development seminar, featuring a breadth of interesting topics ranging from the challenges of managing global communications initiatives to innovations in outreach technology to telling digital stories through brand journalism. The seminar concluded with […]



Posted by janelle on March 22, 2012 in Tips |

Have you committed any of these  “5 Presentation Sins?” Do you: Cling to the podium? Use PowerPoint as your teleprompter? Exhaust your audience with information overload? Forget the stories? or Wing it? There’s still time to repent and reinvent! Thanks, Cvent, for the great tips for speakers and event planners alike.


Lessons from a snowstorm

Posted by janelle on January 22, 2012 in Leadership, Tips |

Last week brought a series of lessons in emergency preparedness for many across Washington as our state was walloped with as much as24 inches of snow in some areas followed by a debilitating ice storm that resulted in massive power outages impacting more than 325,000 households. Times like these shine a huge spotlight on your […]


Weekly Roundup

Posted by janelle on January 14, 2012 in Media relations, Politics, Tips |

The first week of the 2012 session of the Washington State Legislature was as crazy-busy as I expected, including: An editorial board with The Olympian; A fascinating forum with Secretary of State Sam Reed, three of my favorite current and former journalists and former Sen. Slade Gorton; An inspiring anti-trafficking event with Washington Engage; and […]

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